Welcome to the
Lowville Middle School
Dear Students, Parents and Community Members:
Each year as we conclude the first 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 second semester.
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, sports, and other extracurricular activities that are available to support our students throughout the year:
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, and Student Council
Modified Boys and Girls Basketball, Soccer, and Swimming; Girls Softball and Track; Boys Baseball, Lacrosse and Wrestling
Chorus, Band, Jazz Band, Select Chorus,
and the MS Musical
Again, I encourage you to have an honest conversation with your child about how they are progressing. Encourage them to do their 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.
Scott D. Exford
Middle School Events
Principal: Mr. Scott Exford
7668 North State Street
Lowville, NY 13367
NYS Assessments Scheduled
The NYS Assessments in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics will be taken by our students in March and April. 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) placements as well as eligibility for accelerated and advanced placement courses.
Our teachers have been working diligently all year to prepare our students for these very important assessments. In addition to the classroom instruction your child receives each day, please encourage your child 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 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.
From the Counselor’s Desk….
We would like to welcome the following middle school students who have enrolled at Lowville this year: Alex Misener, Mena Ehlers, Joseph Gage, Jordyn Hanson, and Tyler Stowell.
As we cross the academic halfway point we find that 8th graders are counting the days until they enter high school. All 8th grade students have or will be exploring career options in their Home & Careers classes. They will attend a brief tour of the Howard G. Sackett Technical Center to learn about the programs offered there. The HS Counselors and I have provided each 8th grade student with a 2017-2018 high school course selection booklet. Please take time to review this with your child in preparation for their 4-year planning meeting that will be held between late February-March. If you have not already done so please contact the HS Guidance office at 376-9017 to schedule this meeting.
February is a great month to revisit the good habits we (parents and students) started the school year with. Parents - I urge you to use the second quarter report card as an opportunity to open a discussion with your child. Ask them what they feel is going well this year (socially and academically) and which areas they would like to improve…and are they able to do this independently or is it something with which they need assistance? Talk with your child about their friendships and their online experiences. These discussions remind them that you are their biggest advocate and that you want to know how they manage their daily lives. It is also much easier to have the really big conversations about sensitive or serious issues if you have an open line of communication along the way.
Students - now is the time to really consider where you are academically. Look closely at your second quarter report card and ask yourself, “Am I doing my best?” and “Are these grades really what I want them to be?” Look at each class and set a new goal - maybe it’s to increase your grades by 2-5 points. If you are happy with your grades, perhaps it’s to maintain that grade. Regardless of your goals, the next 20 weeks will pass very quickly and only you can make it a good 20 weeks!
Mrs. Becky Tiffany
Middle School Guidance
Students-Of-The Month Recognized
Lowville Middle School is proud to announce the recipients of the Student-of-the-Month Award for November and December.
November - Grade 6, Anna Exford, daughter of Scott & Jessica Exford; Grade 7, Erica Jacobsen, daughter of Christy Corbett & Thomas Jacobsen; Grade 8; Courtney Kafline, daughter of Jeffrey Kafline & Jennifer Spencer.
Mr. Exford, Anna Exford, Erica Jacobsen, and Courtney Kafline
December - Grade 6, Jonathan Staring, son of James & Joyson Staring; Grade 7, Michael Monks, son of Michael Monks, Sr. & Jamie Harper; Grade 8, Anna Western, daughter of Brian and Marie Western.
Mrs. Tiffany, Anna Western, Michael Monks,
and Jonathan Staring
Nominees are selected by their grade level teachers as exhibiting such characteristics as:
1.Working to the best of their ability
2.Showing strong citizenship and character; honest and trustworthy
3.Demonstrating school spirit and a positive attitude
4.Being responsible and completing quality work
Student recipients receive a Student-of-the-Month Certificate, coupons from Arby’s and specially labeled bowling pins from AMF in recognition of their achievement.
All students are eligible to be recommended as Students-of-the-Month. Each month brings a new opportunity for all students. The Lowville Middle School staff and administration feel proud to work with these highly regarded students.
Middle School Student Earns
“Artist of the Month” Award
Each month a current art student is recognized for their outstanding effort and achievement in art class. December’s Artist of the Month Award goes to 6th grade student Shelby Law.
Shelby was chosen to receive this award based on her effort in the art room. Shelby works hard to complete art projects on time and is always ready to try new techniques and art activities. Her artistic skill and positive attitude are evident in whatever she does, and her work is always completed skillfully and with excellent craftsmanship. Shelby sets a great example for her classmates and she is to be commended on her achievements!
YEAH! Program Sponsoring Babysitting Course
The Youth Empowerment and Adolescent Health Program is partnering with the Lowville Free Library to provide an American Red Cross Babysitting Certification Course. This is a two day program designed for youth ages 11-15. Participants will receive certification in child and infant CPR and will gain skills and confidence to safely and responsibly care for infants and children. Attendance on both days is required for completion of the program.
The program will be held Tuesday, February 21 from 9 - 3 and Wednesday, February 22 from 9 - 3 at the Lowville Free Library. Students should pack a lunch for both days and pre-register by calling Carlie Watson at 376-9010 ext. 1240 or 788-8533.
12th Annual Middle School
Christmas Extravaganza Held
Sean Miller and Noah Comet
Twelve years of laughs, music, prizes, games, the Grinch, and a lesson in giving back! The Lowville Middle School presented their 12th Annual Christmas Extravaganza on December 22. This show is the culmination of a month long event that encourages students to take part in the true meaning of the season… giving back. The annual Extravaganza food drive allowed us to donate over 1,300 items to the Lowville Backpack Program and the Lewis County Food Bank. This pushes the twelve year total to over 14,000 food items donated.
Sage Stoltzfus, Monica Rombough, and Kassandra Shackelford
Money raised from the Christmas Closet was also donated to the food pantry. The Christmas Closet provided an opportunity for middle school students to purchase donated items for Christmas gifts for family members. Additional money was raised through events such as the Holiday Hat Day, and monetary donations from the Lowville Lions and the Middle School Student Council were used to provide a little something extra for a few students and/or families to brighten the holidays.
Morgan Nortz, Meredith Lovenduski,
and Kyla Reed
As always, the students’ musical talent was on display. Our “Street Performers” performed Christmas music in the hall for the students as they made their way to the gym.
Thank you to our street performers:
•6th graders Noah Comet, Anna Exford, Olivia King, Sean Miller, and Sage Stoltzfus
•7th graders Kyla Reed, Meredith Lovenduski, Morgan Nortz, Monica Rombough, and Kassandra Shackelford
Thank you to the students who performed at the show:
-6th grader David Fayle - played several X-mas songs on the piano including a great rendition of “Mr. Grinch.”
-6th graders Alex Dosztan, Mackenzie Ples, Lily Clark, and Taylor Stalker played “Jolly St. Nicholas” and “Jingle Bells.”
-7th graders Alexis Riley and Trinity Marquis sang “Silent Night” accompanied by Mr. Macaulay on the piano.
-8th grader Anna Western played “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” on the ukulele.
Cole Reed and Max Makuch
Former Extravaganza performers, who are now talented seniors, sang an incredible a capella rendition of “Silent Night.” In addition, there was music, door prizes, and several fun and messy games. 5th grade teachers Mrs. Shawn Macaulay, Mr. Terry Pike, and Mrs. Jessica Exford were recognized along with their students for donating food and money toward our cause……good stuff! “Joke Masters” Max Makuch and Cole Reed provided some laughs with Christmas riddles. The Grinch made his usual appearance at the beginning of the show but was soon sent home by enthusiastic Christmas spirited 6th graders.
Mackenzie Ples, Alex Dosztan,
Taylor Stalker, and Lily Clark
Thanks go out to event coordinators Mr. Ted Bach, Mrs. Becky Tiffany, Mr. Matt Macaulay, and Mrs. Courtney McCreadie along with committee members Mr. Brian Guyette and retired teacher Mr. Pat Bradish.
VFW Patriot’s Pen
Writing Contest Winners
For the 12th consecutive year, Lowville Academy sixth grade students have participated in the Annual Patriot’s Pen Writing Contest, a national competition sponsored by the VFW. We are proud to announce that the following students have placed in this year’s local essay competition explaining the theme “The America I Believe In”: David Fayle (1st place), Anna Exford (2nd Place), Brandon Sauer (4th place). The winners attended a celebratory VFW dinner where they read their essays to our local veterans. Best of luck, David and Anna, at the regional, and hopefully, the national competitions.
David Fayle, Anna Exford, and Brandon Sauer
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:
1.You can go to the Jostens (our yearbook publishing company) web site at www.jostensyearbooks.com and purchase the book online.
2.You can return the yearbook information form that Jostens has sent home by either mail or e-mail.
3.You can call Jostens at 1-877-767-5217 to place an order.
Only a few yearbooks will be available in May when they are delivered; so please guarantee that your child has a yearbook, purchase one now!
Mrs. McCreadie Announces December Writer of the Month
Congratulations, Paige Hirschey!
Paige has been working hard since day one in English this year. She continually shows improvement in her writing, and most recently her outstanding, descriptive writing about her outside reading book revealed her progression as a more vivid, analytical writer.
“The ability of writers to imagine what is not the self, to familiarize the strange and mystify the familiar, is the test of their power.” -Toni Morrison
Former Recipients: September - Gavin Macaulay, October - Sydney VanNest, November - Hugo Zabielowicz