From the Middle School Principal...
Each year as we begin the second semester of the school year, I share information with parents regarding district
expectations for student attendance, behavior, and academic effort. Please take time to sit down with your child to
review this information and set goals for the remainder of the school year.
I want to pass along our Middle School Statement of Beliefs and ask you to talk with your child about his/her role in
creating a positive environment here at Lowville Middle School:
Statement of Beliefs
We believe that each person in our school deserves:
A safe and secure environment
To be treated with respect by others
The opportunity to be the best they can be
Therefore, we are committed to supporting school-wide expectations that will provide an environment where
Show respect for all people and property
Demonstrate sincere effort and quality work
Direct only kind manners and courteous language toward others
Show responsible behavior in all instructional and non-instructional areas, including hallways, cafeterias,
athletic fields, locker rooms, and on buses
Attend school faithfully and are on time for class
Never use, possess or be under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or tobacco products while involved in any
Are positive team players in the classroom and at extracurricular events
I also ask that you take time to encourage your child to get involved in activities outside of the classroom. We want all
students to make connections at school, whether it is in a club, an athletic team, or involvement in other after school
programs. Students who involve themselves in school activities are more likely to build positive relationships and learn
valuable skills that will help them find success later in life.
Please remind your child that the following programs are available to all middle school students:
For homework assistance, academic intervention services, and other academic needs:
MS Connections After-School Program, Peer Tutoring Program, After School Library Program,
Individual/Group Assistance from Teachers and Staff, Student Learning Center Support and Counseling
There are also many clubs, extracurricular activities and sports that are available to support our students throughout the
Book Club, FFA, FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America), FBLA (Future Business
Leaders of America), Science Club, Technology Club, Art Club, Yearbook Club, Library Club, Spelling Bee,
Odyssey of the Mind and Student Council
Chorus, Band, Jazz Band, Select Chorus, and the MS Musical
Modified Boys and Girls Basketball, Soccer, and Swimming; Girls Softball, Volleyball and Track; Boys
Baseball, Lacrosse and Wrestling
Encourage your child to do his/her best in school and to get involved. Please contact the Middle School Office to get
more information on any of the academic or extracurricular programs that are available to our Middle School students.
NYS Assessments Scheduled
The NYS Board of Regents made the decision this past summer to reduce the number of days of student testing from
three to two on the grades 3-8 State assessments in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. This change
takes effect beginning with the tests that will be administered this spring. Students in grades 3-8 are slated to take
these exams in April and May.
These exams will assess whether or not your child is meeting proficiency in New York State in relation to the Common
Core Learning Standards outlined by the NYS Education Department. Please reinforce the importance of these exams
with your child. The results of this year’s exams will be reported to us over the summer. Individual student reports will
be used to measure your child’s proficiency and help us in making determinations for next year’s academic intervention
services (AIS) placement as well as eligibility for accelerated and advanced placement courses.
Our teachers have been working diligently all year to prepare students for these very important assessments. In
addition to the classroom instruction your child receives each day, please encourage them to take advantage
of the AIS opportunities and review classes that we will continue to provide throughout the spring semester
to help prepare students for these exams. A letter along with a permission slip will be mailed to parents
detailing the after school review schedule for ELA and Math. Many students have already been busy preparing
throughout their lunch periods, study halls, and at our after school programs. Please contact the Middle School Office
at 315-376-9010 should you have questions or need additional information on any of our programs. We hope that all of
our students put themselves in the best possible position to be successful on these assessments.
Order the Middle School
The Middle School Yearbooks are currently on sale. The cost for this year’s full color yearbook is $25.93 plus tax.
Yearbooks can be purchased in one of three ways for your child:
Go to the Jostens (our yearbook publishing company) web site at HYPERLINK "http://www.jostens.com" www.jostensyearbooks.com and purchase the
Return the yearbook information form that Jostens has sent home by either mail or e-mail.
Call Jostens at 1-877-767-5217 to place an order.
Only a few yearbooks will be available in May when they are delivered. In order to guarantee your child has a yearbook,
purchase one now!
YEAH! Program Offers Weekly Karate & Tae Kwon Do Lessons
LACS students in Grades 4-8 can join the new 2018 class! The program meets on Saturday mornings from 9:30-10:30
a.m. Parents and their children may attend a trial class at any time! Sign up with Mrs. Watson, YEAH! Coordinator at
For further information on the program go to: http://americankangdukwon.org
KIDS Students Visit SUNY Potsdam
In November, the Middle School KIDS students visited SUNY Potsdam. They attended a performance of “The Unknown
Soldier,” a story about a teenager who uses old letters he found to piece together the life of the young WWI soldier
fighting in the trenches in France. The group also met up with recent LACS graduate, Rachel Pridell, who gave them a
brief tour of the campus and shared her experiences as a student at Potsdam.
MS Select Chorus Performs for Office of the Aging Program
On Wednesday, December 6 the Middle School Select Chorus performed at the Lowville Town Hall Theater for
community residents at a program sponsored by the Office for the Aging. The group performed Christmas carols for the
group of senior citizens in attendance. Special thanks to Mrs. Jan Lyndaker and Mark Brooker for making this event
Middle School Student Earns
“Artist of the Month” Award
Each month an outstanding Middle School art student is chosen as the Artist of the Month. Students chosen for this
award receive a signed certificate and set of colored pencils as well as recognition on the morning announcements and
art room door.
November’s Artist of the Month award went to LeAnne Lisciandro-Boutelle. LeAnne worked diligently throughout Art
7, completing each assignment skillfully and creatively. Her focus and dedication are to be commended!
December’s Artist of the Month award went to Paige Bush. Paige was dedicated and persistent while learning new
painting techniques and, as a result, her work is truly outstanding.
If you see any of these artists, please congratulate them on their hard work and positive attitudes!
Furry Friends Festival
Lowville Academy FCCLA sponsored the Furry Friends Festival on October 24. The festival was open to the public and
other FCCLA chapters in the north country. The event included carnival games, snacks, and a frozen t-shirt contest.
Chairperson for the Furry Friends Festival was FCCLA Senior member, Maddison Hardy. Carnival booths were created
and facilitated by members of the Middle School FCCLA chapter. The Lewis County Humane Society was presented
with a donation of $200.00.
13th Annual Middle School
Christmas Extravaganza Held
On December 22, Lowville Middle School held its 13th Annual Christmas Extravaganza. This event celebrates a month
of activities that have our students celebrating the spirit of “giving back” during the holiday season. Both students and
staff participated in fundraising activities throughout the month of December. Monies raised are used to purchase gift
cards for a few of our students and their families and to donate to the local food pantry and Back Pack Program. The
annual Middle School food drive was able to donate over 1,200 food items and a monetary donation to the Lowville Food
Pantry and LACS Back Pack Program. Overall, the staff and students of Lowville Middle School had a successful
month of taking part in the true meaning of Christmas ...to care and share.
The actual extravaganza is a variety show with a Christmas theme. It features music, games, contests, laughs, and the
musical talent of some of our students. Student performers were Stephanie Beyer singing “Hallelujah,” Taci Smith
and Mikayla Nicol performing “Mary Did You Know” with Taci on the piano and Mikayla singing, and Hannah
Raymond played “Rudolf” on her violin. Senior Zachary Zubrzycki, accompanied by Mrs. Lyndaker, sang
“Hippopotamus for Christmas,” a performance five years removed from when he originally did it as a middle school