Letter From the Principal

Dear LMS Parent Community,

Welcome to November at LMS. Spirit Week was a great success again this year. I have a few updates to share with you. 

LMS Photo Day

Yesterday students received their Picture Day photos in homeroom. Please remember that the Make-up/Retake Photo Day is scheduled for Monday, November 14. If you are interested in having your child sit for a make-up or re-tale photo, and you would like to place an order, please follow the instructions listed in one of the following scenarios.

  1. If your child was absent or missed taking their photo on the October 7, you may use the attached order form. If you wish to order a photo package, have your child bring a complete order form to the photographer on November 14.

  2. If your child took a photo on the October 7, but you are unhappy with the package you received, you do not need to complete a new order form. Your child may return to package you are unhappy with to the photographer on November 14 and sit for their re-take photo. BNL will fulfill re-take orders once they have received the unwanted photo package.

  3. If you did not place an initial photo order, but are happy with the photo your child took on October 7 and would now like to order a photo package, you may complete the attached form and have your child bring it to the photographer on November 14. Your child will not need to sit for another photo in this case.

NJEA Convention

Please remember that all Leonia schools will be closed on November 10 and 11.

Next HASA Meeting

Save the date. The next LMS Home and School meeting is scheduled for November 14 at 7:30. Please join us. I will Eblast additional information to you next week.

Dave Saco

Welcome Back President Ilves!

Estonian president, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, visits Leonia Middle School.
President Ilves graduated Valedictorian - Class of 1972 at the original LHS,
which is now Leonia Middle School.  


Welcome Back!

August, 2016

Greetings Parents, Guardians, Students and Community Members:

On behalf of the Board of Education, our Administrators, Faculty and Staff, I welcome you to the 2016-2017 school year.  May your child have much success in their new grade level and may you find a true partnership with the Leonia Public Schools.  We look forward to welcoming you on those first few days and hope that you will stop in to say hello, as well. 

For your read, The Bergen County Association of School Administrators has published a welcome letter that I thought would be of interest.  Enjoy the helpful hints for a successful school year.  Most of all………welcome back!

Joanne Megargee, Superintendent


August 2016

The Bergen County Association of School Administrators, comprised of school superintendents and other central office personnel, looks forward to welcoming Bergen County’s 162,000 students back to our schools for another year of learning and growth. We delight in our work with your children and families, and with excitement and enthusiasm pass along the following guidance as we stand on the cusp of another school year.

  • A New Year is a Fresh Year

Entering the next grade level offers your child the opportunity to have a fresh start. Use this wisely. Before the school year begins, speak with your child about the successes and struggles of last year, and how this year can be used to make steady and upward improvement. Perhaps a change in study patterns, attending extra help, or more support at home is necessary.

  • First Things First

Bergen County’s schools offer many exciting opportunities and activities for their students, and while there is strong social/emotional growth that takes place during school, it is important to remember that our schools are primarily academic institutions. It is essential that you help to support the academic growth of your child by consistently and clearly expecting them to dedicate time to their studies. There is no greater thing that you can do to help prepare your child for their future.

  • Hard Work Above All

There is simply no replacement for hard work. Emphasize to your child that time dedicated to their studies, attention to school work, and effort will be the deciding factor between success and failure.

  • An Involved Child is a Successful Student

Research shows that the most highly engaged, successful and satisfied students are those that play a role in the life of the school beyond their classroom studies. Encourage your child to join school clubs or sports teams, volunteer, and be a part of the life of their school. You can set this example by joining your school’s Home & School Organization, attending school functions, and showing your child what positive and helpful participation looks like.

  • Strive for Balance

Help your child find the appropriate middle ground between taking their studies seriously enough, but not so much that there is a negative impact on their health and wellness. There have been increasing reports of students experiencing high levels of stress due to seemingly unending deadlines and expectations. Using time wisely, not taking on too much outside of school, and finding time to relax are all essential. Keep an eye on your child, and continue to strive for that middle ground.

  • You Set the Greatest Example

As important and vital schools and teachers are in the life of your child, remember that you are your child’s first and most influential teacher. Your words, attitude and actions set your child’s tone and attitude, and it is essential that you support your child’s school experience. Set an example by working closely with teachers, be involved in the life of the school, and continue to remind your child that a strong education is the best ‘insurance policy’ that one can have in an unpredictable world.

We look forward to a great 2016 - 2017 school year, and wish our students, families, and communities all the best.

The Bergen County Association of School Administrators

Message from the Superintendent

Greetings Parents and Community Members:

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas....” As I write this message of glad tidings, the air temperature has a wind chill of 11 degrees and I think I saw a flurry of snow earlier in the day. It must mean that the holidays and winter solstice are near.

On behalf of the Leonia Board of Education, our faculty, administrators, staff and students, I wish you a Happy Holiday Season and a New Year filled with good health and much happiness.

Thank you for your partnership with the Leonia Schools. Together, we provide every child with an opportunity to grow in content academics, art and music, wellness and personal growth.

Best wishes for a happy holiday season, and a New Year filled with much joy.

Joanne Megargee


NJHS Toy Drive and LHS Academies Open House

Dear LMS Parent Community,

I hope this note finds you and your family well. Today I have two updates for you. The first talks about our annual LMS NJHS Toy Drive, and the second announces the next LHS Open House event.

NJHS Toy Drive:
Each year around this time, the National Junior Honor Society organizes our LMS Holiday Toy Drive. This is NJHS’ largest project. It benefits low income and homeless families that receive services from Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY.

Beginning tomorrow, an NJHS member will be visiting your child’s homeroom with information and gift tags that identify items of need. If you are able to donate a new, unwrapped toy or other needed item to this great cause, please consider allowing your child to sign up and claim a gift tag home. When donating, please tape the tag to the toy and return it to homeroom by Monday, December 5th.

Knowing how busy this time can be, I appreciate you taking a moment to consider helping LMS with this important event.

LHS Academies Open House:
Save the date. The next LHS Open House is scheduled for Tuesday, November 29th from 6:00-8:15pm. This night will focus on the LHS Academies of Science, Culinary Arts, and Marketing and Business. If you are interested in learning about the academic opportunities these Academies offer, please consider attending. The event will kick off in the LHS Little Theater.

Below is a brochure for each of the three LHS Academies.

LHS Academy of Business and Marketing Brochure.pdf  
LHS Academy of Culinary Arts Brochure.pdf  
LHS Academy of Science Brochure.pdf 

Happy Thanksgiving,
Dave Saco