Award of Excellence
Eric Gugick, Leonia and Nicole Castaldo and Julie Maiorino of Edgewater receive
the American Legion Educator Team Award of Excellence.
Leonia Middle School Art Show & Art Displays
Thank you LMS Art Portfolio students for hanging the Leonia Middle School Art Show. Stop by the Rotunda and see a sampling of all the beautiful artwork that was done this year. Student artwork will be on display now through June 9th. All LMS student artwork may be seen on the LMS Online Student Art Gallery.
Art Portfolio students also exhibited at Thomas Edison National Historic Park, in West Orange, NJ. Visit all artwork that was on display there. Art will then be displayed through the Dream Rocket project, at a later date.
Art Portfolio students will display their paintings in another exhibit at the Morristown National Historic Park, Morristown, NJ, over the summer (June-September 1). Art will then be displayed through the Dream Rocket project, at a later date.
Sixth grade students exhibited their Deider Triglia style “soda can faces” at the Leonia Sculpture Garden, on Broad Avenue, Leonia. They will be on display there through June.
Dear LMS Parent Community,
The weather seems to be leaning more toward Spring these days, and recess is right around the corner. LMS has been buzzing with many activities. PARCC testing is in full swing, and has been a very smooth administration again this year. The past few weeks have also brought fun and exciting activities to LMS including the 6th grade Science Fair, our Earth Day Expo, the annual HASA International Pot Luck Dinner, and this year’s Drama Club performance of Dorothy in Wonderland.
When we return from the Spring Recess, Mrs. Davis and I will be looking ahead to next year’s scheduling. With that comes the opportunity for students to apply for Portfolio placement in Language Arts, Science, and/or Social Studies. Attached to this email you will find the necessary application documents, including my letter which describes in detail the eligibility requirements, process steps, and submission deadlines. Please read the letter carefully and talk with your child about their academic goals before deciding to have them submit an application. If you have any questions regarding the program or the process please feel free to contact me or Mrs. Davis.
Enjoy the Spring Recess. Whether you are traveling or staying closer to home, I wish you all a fun and restful time with friends and family.
Mr. David Saco
Leonia Middle School
2015-2016 New Jersey School Performance Reports
The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) presents the 2015-16 School Performance Reports. These reports are designed to inform parents, educators and communities about how well a school is performing and preparing its students for college and careers. In particular, the School Performance Reports seek to:
Focus attention on metrics that are indicative of college and career readiness.
Benchmark a school's performance against other schools that are educating similar students, against district and state-wide outcomes, and against state targets to illuminate and build upon a school's strengths and identify areas for improvement.
Improve educational outcomes for students by providing both longitudinal and growth data so that progress can be measured as part of an individual school's efforts to engage in continuous improvement.
While the New Jersey School Performance Reports seek to bring more information to educators and stakeholders about the performance of schools, they do not seek to distill the performance of schools into a single metric, a single score, or a simplified conclusion. Instead, the intention is that educators and stakeholders will engage in meaningful conversations about the full range of the data presented. While the School Performance Reports bring attention to important student outcomes, the NJDOE does not collect data about other essential elements of a school, such as the provision of opportunities to participate and excel in extracurricular activities; the development of non-cognitive skills; the pervasiveness of a positive school culture or climate; or the attainment of other employability and technical skills, as many of these data are beyond both the capacity and resources of schools to measure.
NJ Schools to Watch
Leonia Middle School has been named a School to Watch by the New Jersey Schools to Watch Committee. Schools to Watch is an initiative launched by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform in 1999. Through state level Schools to Watch initiatives, the National Forum identifies schools across the United States that are well on their way to meeting the Forum's criteria for high performance.
The Forum contends that three things are true of high-performing middle-grades schools:
- They are academically excellent— schools challenge all students to use their minds well.
- They are developmentally responsive— schools are sensitive to the unique developmental challenges of early adolescence.
- They are socially equitable— schools are democratic and fair, providing every student with high-quality teachers, resources, and supports.
To achieve this national recognition, Leonia Middle School has demonstrated established norms, structures, and organizational arrangements to support and sustain the trajectory of the school toward excellence. LMS will join recognized schools and will be featured in state and national publications, and will be visited by educators from anywhere in the country. Schools to Watch also participate in professional development and serve as a model for other schools using the Schools to Watch Criteria to guide school improvement and reform.
The recognition is a byproduct of systemic change that began three years ago, as a result of the middle school faculty taking part in a very honest and introspective self-study. The self-study revealed the strengths and weaknesses of the school’s structures as seen by the faculty. Confronting the data and brainstorming on how to make the school a better place is an ongoing process. Each year the staff reevaluates the school by undergoing the self-study and implementing recommendations.
This year the LMS faculty’s self-study scored high enough in each area for the school’s leadership team to decide to submit an application. The application was accepted and approved for a site visit by the NJ School to Watch Site visit team.
A team of five people, which included other Schools to Watch administrators, teachers, and university partners, visited LMS for a day. During the day the visitation team met with teachers, students, and parents to evaluate the school’s structures and practices.
In March of 2014, Dr. Nicholas Bernice, LMS Principal, attended the New Jersey Association for Middle Level Education conference to formally accept the School to Watch award. He also attended the National Conference in Washington, DC in June 2014 where LMS and Carl H. Kumpf Middle School in Clark, NJ were both recognized as awardees for New Jersey. In September, NJ State Chairpersons Dr. Gail Hillard-Nelson and Mr. Frank Corrado visited LMS and awarded the school its Schools to Watch banner to all of the LMS faculty and students.
Social Studies Portfolio Trip - Museum of NY CityLMS
LMS: Home and School Presentation for 7th and 8th GradeLMS
Memorial Day - School ClosedLMS
Memorial Day - School ClosedAcademic
Holocaust Presentation- 8th Grade- Period 7 (Music Room)LMS
NJASK Science - 8th GradeLMS
7th Grade Field DayLMS
LMS/EVG Picnic/Field Day 6th Grade - At EVGLMS
Advisory - 10LMS
NJASK Science - Make up Day - 8th gradeLMS
Home & School Meeting and Elections - 7:00 PM - LibraryLMS
Leonia Academy of Science Induction/Graduation Ceremony - 7 pm LHS Little TheatreLMS
Student Council Volleyball Tournament 3 pm LMS GymLMS
Philadelphia Trip Grade 8 (students should arrive to school at 6:30 am)LMS
8th Grade Field Day and Spirit CruiseLMS
8th Grade Pool Party - Leonia PoolLMS
8th Grade Awards Night - 6:00 pm -LMS GymLMS
NJHS Induction Ceremony - 6 PM - LMS GymLMS
8th Grade Pool Party Rain DateLMS
LMS Kickball Tournament hosted by LMS Service Club
5:30pm -8:30pm - This event raises money for the Tomorrow's Children's Fund at Hackensack HospitalLMS