Lockhart Community Brief.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Pictured very top:  
Student Services supporting 12 Days of Christmas with their red & white. Ms. Howard (Counselor), Mrs. Brown (Assistant Principal of Instruction) and Mrs. White (Counselor). Please see story below with the daily themes for the week ahead! 
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Thank you again to those from our community that carved out time last Monday to attend our PTSA Clothing Swap or December SAC meeting. One of my goals for this school year is to increase the level of community involvement here at Lockhart as this benefits our students in so many ways.

As a reminder, this is our last regular five-day school week of 2017. There is no school for students on Friday, December 22 and their winter break begins on Monday, December 25. December 22 is still a regular workday for the teachers as they will be compiling final grades for the second quarter. If you have a student attending Lockhart, please make sure they have no missing assignments or projects of any kind in their classes. We want all of our Lancers to get the best grades they deserve and it would be shame to fall short due to an incomplete on a particular activity.

I hope this finds you having braved the cooler air successfully and set to go for a productive week ahead. Thank you very much for looking over our progress.


Lisa James
Lockhart Middle School

Lancer Vital Signs
Weekly attendance rates by grade level.

Oct. 27
Nov. 3
Nov. 10
Nov. 17
Nov. 30 a)
Dec. 6 b)
6th grade
94.6% #1
94.4% #1
95.7% #1
95.2% #1
95.1% #1
96.5% #1
7th grade
8th grade

a) Week after Thanksgiving break
b) Average of three days only. Dec. 7 and 8 unavailable at time of production.

* Percentages are based upon average daily attendance rates; higher percentages are more favorable.

Teacher of the Year Celebration
Congratulations Ms. Moore!

Teachers of the Year from throughout the OCPS system were recognized last Tuesday in a very special event at the Rosen Centre Hotel.

Ms. Moore, Lockhart's Teacher of the Year, presently serves as the school's testing coordinator.

"12 Days Before the Winter Holidays" Continues . . .
Wednesday, 12/6: Candy Cane Day - Wear Red & White

Thursday, 12/7: Winter Wonderland - Wear Blue & White

Amya Santana showing her support for the 12 Days of Christmas by dressing up
for Winter Wonderland last Thursday.

Friday, 12/8: Fruitcake Day - Dress as nutty as a fruitcake

Monday, 12/11: Reindeer Games - Antlers, bells, & blinking noses 

Tuesday, 12/12: Grinch Day - Without them knowing, do a random act of kindness for someone to grow the Grinch's heart

Wednesday, 12/13: Legendary Lancer Day! Wear your Lancer Pride.

Thursday, 12/14: Holiday Sock Day - Wear your favorite holiday socks

Friday, 12/15: Santa's Helpers - Get your elf on

Monday, 12/18: Light up the Night - Wear your best light display

Tuesday, 12/19: Holiday Hat Day - Wear your favorite holiday hat

Wednesday, 12/20: Ugly Sweater Day!

Thursday, 12/21: Charlie Brown Christmas Day - Wear your favorite peanut character shirt

Friday, 12/22: Teacher Work Day
Rigor in the Classroom

Ms. De Almeida doing "close reads" with her math students this past week . . .

Ms. Kranyik's reading class is seen below also using Close Reading strategies while reading a passage about Pearl Harbor on Thursday, December 7, 2017 (76th anniversary of the air raid on Hawaii).

Media Center News

Spelling Bee

Students were given their word list for the upcoming Spelling Bee. The Classroom Bee will take place the week of Januart 8th-12th in ELA classes and the School Spelling Bee will occur in the media center on January 19th at 9:30 a.m. Parents are welcome to attend.

Accelerated Reader
Just a reminder that students should be reading daily to meet their required Accelerated Reader goal. Each grade level has a required goal of AR points to reach (6th grade=60 points, 7th grade = 70 points, 8th grade = 80 points) by the end of the year.

Each nine weeks the AR goal is (6th grade=15 points, 7th grade=17 points, 8th grade=20 points) and rewards are given at different times throughout the year. Our Lancers should read at least 20 minutes daily to improve overall comprehension and vocabulary. If your child needs a book recommendation please do not hesitate to ask.

Taking AR Tests Online
Step 1: Log-in to Launchpad and click Library Research Tool (screenshot just below)

Step 2: Click "Renaissance" to take the AR test (second icon from far right below)  

Step 3: Click on the Accelerated Reader/Orange icon to take your test

Keep on reading!

~ Ms. Janet Anderson, Media Specialist - janet.anderson@ocps.net
407-296-5120 x5162104
Community Event

Monday's Motivational Moment

COOKIE A woman was waiting at an airport one night, with several long hours before her flight. She hunted for a book in the airport shops, bought a bag of cookies and found a place to drop.

She was engrossed in her book but happened to see, that the man sitting beside her, as bold as could be. . .grabbed a cookie or two from the bag in between, which she tried to ignore to avoid a scene.

So she munched the cookies and watched the clock, as the gutsy cookie thief diminished her stock. She was getting more irritated as the minutes ticked by, thinking, "If I wasn't so nice, I would blacken his eye."

With each cookie she took, he took one too, when only one was left, she wondered what he would do. With a smile on his face, and a nervous laugh, he took the last cookie and broke it in half.

He offered her half, as he ate the other, she snatched it from him and thought... oooh, brother. This guy has some nerve and he's also rude, why he didn't even show any gratitude!

She had never known when she had been so galled, and sighed with relief when her flight was called. She gathered her belongings and headed to the gate, refusing to look back at the thieving ingrate.

She boarded the plane, and sank in her seat, then she sought her book, which was almost complete. As she reached in her baggage, she gasped with surprise, there was her bag of cookies, in front of her eyes.

If mine are here, she moaned in despair, the others were his, and he tried to share. Too late to apologize, she realized with grief, that she was the rude one, the ingrate, the thief.

What is the lesson of this poem for our Lancers? Don't hurry too fast to judge others; it might prove best to examine yourself first.

Make it a great week Lancers!
Mrs. James, Principal
Lockhart Middle School
Sunday, December 10, 2017

Lockhart Leadership Team

Lisa James - Principal - lisa.james@ocps.net
Kelly Brown - Assistant Principal of Instruction - kelly.brown@ocps.net
Tanekia Gage - Assistant Principal - tanekia.gage@ocps.net
Steve Pearson - Administrative Dean - steve.pearson@ocps.net
James Gore - Administrative Dean - james.gore@ocps.net
Adrianne Hill - Behavior Specialist - adrianne.hill@ocps.net

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