Dear Lee Middle School Students and Families,
We hope that all of our students enjoy their summer vacation through a variety of relaxing activities. We also want all of our students to enjoy new adventures, travel with family, and explore the many opportunities available for continued learning. In this respect, we are starting LMS’s first Summer Reading Program. The habit of reading a good book for pleasure is a habit of mind that reaps many benefits. Research is clear that students who do not read during the summer can lose up to three months of reading progress and that loss has a cumulative, long-term effect. Therefore, LMS is committed to helping students learn to read so that they will then read to learn.
Please review the suggested Summer Reading book list on the back of this sheet. The books listed are merely suggestions. Students are also invited to choose and select other books that interest them and meet parent approval. On the back of the reading log, there are directions for ebook access through the Follett and MyON. Students can access the ebooks using their school Chromebooks. In addition, there is a calendar attached that is full of ideas to make reading more exciting throughout the summer months. In order to receive credit for summer reading, students will need to do the following:
- Record the books that they read on the reading log.
- Complete both sides of the bookmarks provided.
- Document completed calendar activities.
All reading logs, bookmarks, and calendar activities will be returned to the student’s English Language Arts teacher at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year to be eligible for prize drawings, Timberwolf tickets, and other summer reading incentives. Our students were asked in a recent survey what incentive could we offer to encourage them to read. We received the following responses from across all the three grade levels---gift cards from Starbucks, local restaurants, Starlight Skating Rink, and Sky Zone. These are realistic and wonderful incentives to motivate our students. Parents, please consider donating one or several of these items to the school’s office to be awarded to our students for reading. We are excited about our new LMS Summer Reading Program and hope that you and your student will take advantage of these activities and books while reaping all of the benefits that reading has to offer! Please support us by encouraging your child’s participation in this activity. Happy Reading!
Mrs. Doonan, Mrs. Holloway,
Mrs. Taylor, and Administration
Do you get in trouble for reading at inappropriate times? Do you stay up late reading when you should be sleeping? Battle of the Books may just be the club for YOU! If you are interested in joining Battle of the Books for the 2017-2018 school year, you will want to get a head start on reading the following battle books
Division ll ( Grade 6-8) Book List
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
- We Will Not be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement that Defied Adolf Hitler by Russell Freedman
- Ten Days a Madwoman: The Daring Life and Turbulent Times of the Original “Girl” Reporter, Nellie Bly by Deborah Noyes
- The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge
- A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
- Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson
- A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
- Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen
- War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
- The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
- Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
- Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien
LMS Guitar Club
Guitar club allows beginning and advanced students to play guitar together - beginning players will learn chords and strumming patterns, while advanced players will work on tablature and riffs.
Dear Coweta County School System Employees and Stakeholders,
Yesterday was an important day in the life of our school system. During a called board meeting at 4:00 p.m., the Coweta County Board of Education and many stakeholders in attendance received the exit report from the AdvancED External Review Team. This event concluded our evaluation by the external team using a research-based instrument that examined purpose, governance, teaching and learning, resources and fiscal management, and continuous improvement. I am humbled and honored to report that we received a glowing review from the external team.
During the exit report, lead evaluator Dr. Steve Oborn stated that he had never seen scores on the evaluation instrument that were as high as ours. Having served as an evaluator across the globe and across our country, he stated the we were an "exemplar" that other school systems should look to as a model. The visiting team described our school system as: "A passionate and caring school system dedicated to excellence, energized by the notion of family, and committed to the success of each student."
During the exit report, Dr. Oborn referenced evidence of engaging classroom instruction, meaningful stakeholder involvement, exemplary leadership by the board of education, strong school and district leadership, autonomy at the school level, fiscal responsibility, and engagement of parents and students. The team called our students the most well-mannered students they had ever encountered! The team pointed out that all of our employees were to be commended for striving toward our vision of student success.
Accreditation of a school system is crucial for a community. Economic development in a community, quality of life in a community, competitive college admissions for students, and the reputation of the school system in part hinge on this important event that occurs once every five years. Receiving an accreditation evaluation that places the Coweta County School System at the top of the list is outstanding. You have exceeded the expectations of expert evaluators, and your work has created opportunity for our community and for our students. I want to extend my heartfelt appreciation to each of you for your service to our students and to our community. You are the best - and an outside team has proven it through this review.
I am fortunate to be able to serve as your superintendent, and our community is fortunate to have each of you working together to make our school system the best in the land. As Dr. Oborn stated, we are a family. Thank you and congratulations.
You may see the video of the exit report at: http://viewpure.com/DbxuFteyZHk?start=0&end=0