Principal Green's Monthly Newsletter

Hello Middle School Students, Families and Staff,

Welcome Back!!!  It is a privilege to say hello and welcome everyone back for another year of teaching and learning at Lincoln Middle School.  I am excited to start my 5th year as the building principal and to ensure we focus on the whole child academically, behaviorally, and socially.  My main goal is to ensure that social-emotional learning and care are available to all community stakeholders while assuring we address the academics and uncertainty of our health crisis that is prevalent throughout the world.  

The past year has been very challenging for all as we battled how to educate ourselves and students during a global pandemic.  Although no one could have predicted this would truly come to be, we dug in and worked collaboratively to provide students with an educational platform under very stressful times.  I am very happy to say our staff and community did an outstanding job working within these parameters to provide students with a good educational experience in spite of the many obstacles. For this reason and many more, we have grown and are better for it.  

As we look forward to the 21-22 school year, we are excited to have students back into the building!  We understand that this will be an exciting time for all, but for some a time of adjustment and perhaps some anxiety.  Please rest assured we will help students and parents navigate this time period.  We also know that many students worldwide have struggled and there will be some learning gaps due to our past experience but as we work together I am optimistic that our students will show good growth both academically and socially this year.  

In addition, we will have our extracurricular activities available for students.  All sporting teams and after-school clubs will be made available for students in the fall.  We will continue with our Students of the Month recognitions which will begin in October.  We will also have a Fall Icebreaker and Open House (after school dance-6 pm-8 pm) in early September as well as our Trunk and Treat (October) and our Why You Matter campaign.   We are looking for family members to be involved with our Parent Group.  We will meet only once a month and you are welcome and encouraged to have a voice in your child's educational experience.  Mrs. Diane Cofield has been our parent leader for the last 3 years and she has done a fabulous job.  Please get involved and help us make your student's educational experience the best it can be.  We will share more about the Parents’ Group at the student orientation.  When you come to our student orientation, you will be able to sign up and learn more about it.

Finally, let's remember that we are supporting middle school students and we must not put too much-added pressure on them to be perfect, but ensure we support them along this journey.  As your principal, I implore you to be more focused on your student’s application of learning and collaboration skills more than grades at this time.  Middle School is a challenging time for all young people, make sure we remember this as we navigate these new waters together.  

As many of you know,  my door is always open for comments and suggestions which support students and the community.  Let’s go Railsplitters!!!

Please see the following important dates and mark your calendar accordingly:

Wednesday and Thursday, August 18th & 19th

8th grade Web Training- 8 am - Noon

Monday, August 23rd

6th-grade Orientation- 8 am to 12 pm: Note( open to new students as well)

Monday, August 30th

First Day of School!!!  

Wednesday, September 1st

Open House- 6 pm to 8 pm (Come meet your student’s teachers!)

Friday, September 10th

Why You Matter Ice Breaker Dance- 6 pm to 8 pm -Tentatively
(Let’s have some fun!)

Respectfully,

Tim K. Green, Principal

October Newsletter

Principal Green’s Monthly Newsletter

October 2021

Greetings:
The first 5 weeks of school have come and gone. It has been a very busy and exciting time at middle
school. Everyone is getting used to being back in school again and involved with our daily routine of
regular schooling. During this short time period, our goal was to get acclimated into the normal school
day and learning environment. Teachers spent a lot of time getting to know their students and supporting their social-emotional learning. It would really help teachers if you can routinely review your student(s)
code of conduct and ensure the procedures are followed.
We have also made a conscious effort to support our staff as well as we continue to navigate in the world of COVID-19.

I want to thank our families and the community at large for supporting us with our transportation concerns. Our transportation department is working diligently to provide students with transportation so they can get to school on time. As we get closer to the winter months, your cooperation and support will be more important as the weather becomes more challenging.

We just concluded Measure of Academic Performance (MAP) testing through NWEA. We are analyzing the results to assist teachers with strategic plans that are standard-based and applicable for students’ growth and development. We know that all students have struggled nationally with virtual learning, but
we’re optimistic that better days are ahead. As a reminder, NWEA is a standardized testing mechanism that helps educators identify a student's academic strengths and opportunities for enhanced growth.
Please be sure to ask your student’s teachers about their NWEA results.
NWEA is given 3 times annually- Fall, Winter, and Spring.

Our first parent meeting for this year will be on Thursday, October 7th at 5:30 pm. This meeting will be held virtually. If you would like to attend, please email greentk@lincolnk12.org or fergusonl@lincolnk12.org. Please note that a decision on whether future conferences will be in person or virtually has not been finalized.

We have many wonderful activities planned for this month but welcome all new ideas and assistance from all families. The following events/activities are planned for October:
Student of the Month- TBD
Why Not Campaign- TBD

Trunk and Treat- Tentatively October 26th or 27th
Parent-Teacher Conferences- October 27th and 28th

Volunteers are needed to assist during our look schedule- 10:30 am to 1:30 pm.  If you are interested, please advise.

Additionally, we have always had very big events in the past at middle school.  We really want you to help us make these events memorable and full of fun for our students.  Please plan to attend the first meeting, we would like to establish committees for all our events.  Whatever you can contribute to our efforts, is greatly appreciated. 

 

Happy Halloween!!!