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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Week of March 30 - April 3, 2020




Hello LMS Families;

I am sure that by now you have either read or heard that students will not be returning to school on Monday, April 6th and the closure has been extended indefinitely.  

To support our middle school students, we will continue to provide distance learning on April 6th.  Teachers and students worked hard the last couple of weeks to get accustomed to this new normal.  So, we will be taking advantage of the scheduled spring break to recoup, recharge, and rest to be ready for this next phase.

While we are on break, teachers will not be sending out any new material nor will they be answering emails.  I would like to encourage our students and families to take a break as well.  We will be back on the 6th to continue with lessons.  Please watch for communication later in the week regarding our distance learning plan.  

Stay safe and stay healthy.  Practice social distancing.  

Best,
Julie


Sunday, March 22, 2020

Week of March 23 - March 27, 2020

Good evening, LMS Families - 

Wow! What a week, huh?  I want to say thanks to the LMS staff for answering the call to action and working to get lessons prepared and uploaded to Google Classroom, Schoology, and Canvas as well as creating packets for our students who needed them.  It was a huge undertaking and they did it.

Thank you to all the students and parents that came in last week and picked up materials. I also want to recognize Cindy Hayford, Lisa McCart, and Matt Jacobson for helping us make deliveries of materials and technology to those families who couldn't make it to the school.

Google Classroom for Parents:  Many of our teachers are using Google Classroom to push out lessons to students.  Here is a short video for our parents who want to learn more about this platform. 

WYTopp testing:  State Superintendent of Education, Jillian Balow submitted waivers to the US Department of Education to forgo state testing for this school year.  Wyoming's waivers were approved, so WYTopp testing will not take place.  

Amazon Audible has a free offer for audio books.  This is a great way to keep kids engaged in reading. Keep Kids Connected

Social Distancing:  As a reminder, there have been several calls to the district about students gathering around town. Fremont County School District #1 has made the difficult decision to close schools with the goal of minimizing the impact of the coronavirus. In addition to the school closure, conscientious hygiene practices and social distancing are important. Here are some easy, common sense ways to do that: Click Here - Social Distancing LinkPlease remind students that it is okay to get outside but to refrain from congregating in large groups and to practice the 6 foot guideline for social distancing. 

Lastly, I wanted to share something with you that was shared with me through a principal group I belong to on Facebook.  I think it really provides some perspective for us as parents and for our kids.  I know that with my own children, I am taking more time to do things with them and not concentrate so much on the school work.  We have spent time the past several days playing board games, reading to each other, watching old movies, and learning to cook new recipes.  We are even talking about adopting a new puppy!  

Important read! ❤️

From a District Superintendent

Dear parents with school aged children:

You might be inclined to create a minute by minute schedule for your kids. You have high hopes of hours of learning, including online activities, science experiments, and book reports. You’ll limit technology until everything is done! But here’s the thing...

Our kids are just as scared as we are right now. Our kids not only can hear everything that is going on around them, but they feel our constant tension and anxiety. They have never experienced anything like this before. Although the idea of being off of school for 4 weeks sounds awesome, they are probably picturing a fun time like summer break, not the reality of being trapped at home and not seeing their friends.

Over the coming weeks, you will see an increase in behavior issues with your kids. Whether it’s anxiety, or anger, or protest that they can’t do things normally - it will happen. You’ll see more meltdowns, tantrums, and oppositional behavior in the coming weeks. This is normal and expected under these circumstances.

What kids need right now is to feel comforted and loved. To feel like it’s all going to be ok. And that might mean that you tear up your perfect schedule and love on your kids a bit more. Play outside and go on walks. Bake cookies and paint pictures. Play board games and watch movies. Do a science experiment together or find virtual field trips of the zoo. Start a book and read together as a family. Snuggle under warm blankets and do nothing.

Don’t worry about them regressing in school. Every single kid is in this boat and they all will be ok. When we are back in the classroom, we will all course correct and meet them where they are. Teachers are experts at this! Don’t pick fights with your kids because they don’t want to do math. Don’t scream at your kids for not following the schedule. Don’t mandate 2 hours of learning time if they are resisting it.

If I can leave you with one thing, it’s this: at the end of all of this, your kids’ mental health will be more important than their academic skills. And how they felt during this time will stay with them long after the memory of what they did during those 4 weeks is long gone. So keep that in mind, every single day.

Stay safe.❤❤❤

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Week of March 16 - March 20, 2020

Good afternoon LMS Families - 

I am going to keep this blog post relatively short today and post some relevant information for our families that are concerned about sending students to school.  With the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Lander, I understand that parents may be feeling anxious about sending students to school and students may be feeling anxious as well.  Rest assured, that LMS is here to support our students and families.  

A second district statement was posted on Friday afternoon before news of the confirmed case was released. This is directly from that statement, "This message is to inform you that the district plans to offer alternative means of instruction. At this time, we will hold classes as scheduled in all schools, but if parents decide to keep children home to limit potential exposure to Coronavirus, students will not be penalized for missing school. If you will be keeping your child at home due to illness or concern about the Coronavirus, please contact the school as you would for any other student absence. If your child will be absent from school on a given day, they will not be permitted to participate in after school activities such as athletics, clubs, and Lights On."
If you are making the decision to keep your child(ren) out of school, please do the following:
  • Contact the front office (332-4040) or email Mrs. Colman, jcolman@landerschools.org or Mrs. Green, kerriegreen@landerschools.org to inform the school your child will be absent. You will be asked if you have internet at home and if your child has access to a computer/laptop or will need to check out a device.
We will contact your child(ren)'s teachers and inform them of the absence. If your child has internet and access to a device or checks one out, the teachers will communicate directly with your student(s). If you do not have internet, we will provide hard copies of the work that you can pick up in the front office. Please allow us 24 hours to gather all needed materials.

Message from WHSAA regarding Spring Sports:
Wyoming High School Athletic Association

WHSAA COVID-19 UPDATE
"The WHSAA Board of Directors, representing the 72 members schools in Wyoming, is issuing the following guidance as we proceed with our school activities.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the WHSAA has suspended all extracurricular activities statewide, beginning Monday, March 16th through at least March 28, 2020, with schools having the option to extend the timeline should they choose.

The 3A/4A State Basketball Tournament will not take place this year. We understand the tremendous disappointment this decision is for our student athletes, especially our seniors, but please realize that we must be a responsible state organization and that our highest priority is ensuring the safety of our students, schools and communities.

Spring sport practices will be allowed at the discretion of each school district. The WHSAA staff will continue to work diligently with the state entities that are experts in this area and follow their guidance as we proceed in determining the best course of action with the remainder of the spring activities. We encourage all our schools to do the same with their local and county experts.

We appreciate your patience and support of our students as we work through this complex situation."

Parents - if you have read this far, thank you.  Please know that LMS Administration and Staff are here to support our students and families, whatever that looks like.  If you have any questions about distance learning or anything else, do not hesitate to reach out.  

Best - 
Julie