December 3-14, 2018
Wolves Word Newsletter
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
Monday, December 3
7th Boys Basketball @ Whitewater
8th Boys Basketball v. Whitewater (4:10 p.m.)

Tuesday, December 4
Band Concert - 6:00 p.m. (more information below)

Monday, December 10
7th Boys Basketball v. Elkhorn
8th Boys Basketball @ Elkhorn

Tuesday, December 11
Choir Concert - 6:00 p.m. (see more information below)

Thursday, December 13 - LATE START @ 9:30 a.m.
Buses will pick up two hours later than normal pick up time.

Thursday, December 13
7th Boys Basketball v. East Troy
8th Boys Basketball @ East Troy

WINTER BREAK - NO SCHOOL -- December 24 - January 4
School resumes Monday, January 7, 2019
EXTRA CURRICULAR ANNOUNCEMENTS
Students and Parents: Another way to check announcements is at the Daily/School Bulletin in PowerSchool. Information concerning late bus options can also be found there! Check it out on your PowerSchool app!

BAND: The Lake Geneva Electric Parade is Saturday, Dec. 1st at 5:00. 7th and 8th grade band students need to be to LGMS checked in and ready to play by 3:30 pm. The uniform is to dress warm. Lots of wolves wear would be great. We will issue red & white Santa Hats. Shake-up hand warmers are a great idea. Students are encouraged to decorate their instruments with battery operated lights, but it needs to remain playable. Students should be picked up from LGMS after the parade at 6:15 pm.  

The 6th-8th Grade Winter Band & Jazz Band concert is Tuesday, Dec. 4th at 6:00 pm in the LGMS gym. Students need to be here ready to play by 5:30 pm to warm-up and tune. The uniform is red band shirts, khaki pants, and ALL black shoes & socks.  

DANCE TEAM: The Dance Team will perform on Monday, December 3rd at approximately 4:20 PM and again on both Monday, December 10th and Thursday December 13th at 4:05 PM. The girls that are not picked up after the performance may stay and watch the basketball game and ride the 5:30 PM bus home. Please come and cheer us on. December 13th will be our last performance.

7TH/8TH BOYS BASKETBALL: We are now in the middle of our conference game season. We have one change on the basketball calendar to make note of: The end of the season celebration has been changed from Friday, December 7th to Friday, December 14th. December 7th will now be a regular practice until 5pm. Please refer to the provided practice and game schedules or contact your son's coach for more detailed information. 

FIDDLE CLUB: Fiddle Club and Jazz Choir have a combined performance at the Geneva Manor on Wednesday, December 5th followed by a small party afterwards at LGMS. Students should plan on having a ride to pick them up at 5:30pm or may take the late bus home.

JAZZ CHOIR: Fiddle Club and Jazz Choir have a combined performance at the Geneva Lake Manor on Wednesday, December 5th after school. Students should wear their Choir/Orchestra Polo, black pants, black socks, and black shoes. The performance will end around 4:15pm and we will transport the students back to LGMS for a party. Any families that would like to donate treats/plates/drinks for the party would be appreciated. We will have approximately 40 students. Items may be brought with the students to school or dropped off at school that day. Students may either be picked up at 5:30pm or take the late bus home at that time.

Jazz Choir will be performing at the Winter Choir Concert on Tuesday, December 11th. Students should report to the choir room in their choir polos, black pants, black socks, and black shoes by 5:00pm. We will also be performing at the Above and Beyond Ceremony the following morning on Wednesday, December 12th. Students should report to the choir room in their choir polos, black pants, black socks, and black shoes by 6:20 am that morning to warm up before the performance.

CHOIR: The LGMS Winter Choir concert is on Tuesday, December 11th at 6:00pm in the LGMS Cafeteria. All choir students should report to the choir room by 5:00pm in their choir uniforms (choir polo, black dress pants, black socks, and black shoes) to warm up, rehearse combined choir selections, and songs with instrumentalists.

SKI CARDS: Interested in skiing at Alpine Valley for cheap??? Mr. Turk has ski cards that will allow the cardholder to purchase reduced lift tickets after 3PM for most days. The card itself costs $18, and allows you to purchase the lift ticket for $18. Present card at the ticket office. If interested in purchasing a card, bring $18 in cash to Mr. Turk. If you have questions, please contact Mr. Turk at school.

FRIDAY NIGHT FAMILY SKI: Starting January 7 2019, Mr. Turk will be selling lift tickets to anyone interested in skiing at Alpine Valley on Friday nights. The first Friday night is January 11. You DON'T have to have a card. You may pay $18 for each person interested in skiing (please bring cash). Mr. Turk will have lift tickets at school for Friday night, or you can find him at the hill on Friday night in the ski school area to purchase lift tickets. He will be there from 4-530ish...see you on the hill! If you have a question, please contact Mr. Turk at school.

STUDENT COUNCIL: Holiday Grams go on sale the week of December 10-14. See below for more information. Student Council will meet on Wednesday, December 5th until 4:10 p.m.

MUSIC DEPARTMENT: The LGMS Music Department trip to see the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra play the soundtrack to Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban is Friday, December 14th at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee. Students who purchased tickets should stay after school that day to attend the trip. We will have dinner at Stonefire Pizza in New Berlin on our way into Milwaukee. We expect to return to LGMS between 11:45-midnight. Students will call home when we are on our way. Students may bring additional spending money for games at Stonefire, but remember that a $20 game card was included in the cost of the buffet. Please remember that we will be at the Riverside Theater and the dress code will be Dressy Casual: i.e. khaki pants, dress pants, polo shirts, sweaters.  

SOLO AND ENSEMBLE: See information below.
The student council would like to thank all of you for your generous donations! With your help, we were able to donate over 32 boxes of food to the Lake Geneva Food Pantry. We also raised $470.84 to buy turkeys for local families in need!

THANK YOU LGMS STAFF AND STUDENTS!

DISSECTION TIME!
During bullfrog dissection, students are following the procedure in their laboratory manual, recording data, and making comparisons between the human anatomy and the frog's anatomy.
CONGRATULATIONS
HONOR BAND MEMBERS
Congratulations to the following students for being accepted and participating in the UW Milwaukee Middle Level Honors Band: Aidan Francois (horn), Patrick Sowiak (alto sax), Rocky Linn (tuba), Zach Galitz (trumpet), Gracie Rasch (clarinet), Hayden Fowler (trumpet), Lilly Knopp (trumpet), Ila Keyzer (oboe), and Montana Peters (flute).

SOLO AND ENSEMBLE INFORMATION
About our LOCAL Solo and Ensemble: 6th grade (select 7/8graders)
Our Local Solo and Ensemble is a music festival for all 6th grade and beginning 7th and 8th grade participants from Band, Choir, and Orchestra at L.G.M.S. Students have been given a solo (performed by themselves) or a duet (performed with a partner) selection that they will perform for an adjudicator. The adjudicator provides written and verbal critique of the performance. This is a required music department event. The festival takes place from 3 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 22nd at Lake Geneva Middle School, but the students are only required to attend their event(s) and are not required to be there the entire evening. However, many students do stay to watch their classmates perform. Friends and family members are allowed to watch any of the performances. All of the music students have received their musical selections and should be working diligently on preparing for this event.
6th grade students who earn top ratings AND perform a solo that is found on the WSMA Solo and Ensemble list may qualify for District Solo and Ensemble.

District (WSMA) Solo and Ensemble: Grade7/8 (select 6th graders)
District Solo and Ensemble is a music festival for all 7th and 8th grade Band, Choir, and Orchestra participants. This festival is also open to surrounding school districts and Badger High School. All students will select a solo and/or ensemble that they will perform for an adjudicator. That solo must be from the approved WSMA list. The adjudicator will provide written and verbal critique, and a score for the performance. This is a required LGMS music event. The festival takes place from 8 a.m – 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 2nd at Lake Geneva Middle School, but students are only required to attend their event(s). Friends and family members are allowed to watch any of the performances. All of the music students have received their musical selections and should be working diligently on preparing for this event.

State (WSMA) Solo and Ensemble: Select students
If students perform a Class A solo and/or ensemble at the District Festival and receive a 1* they will advance to the State Solo and Ensemble. This is held in the spring. Usually only high school students play Class A and make it to State.
IMPORTANT PARENT INFORMATION
SCHOOL SUPPORT GROUPS
The Lake Geneva Middle School Student Services Department will be offering support groups for students. Support groups are an excellent opportunity for students to gain skills and insights into subjects that may be distracting them or preventing them from achieving their full academic potential. Groups meet weekly and are scheduled at rotating times. All students received information from the school counselors about the groups and were given a chance to sign up online. The groups that were shared with the students are listed below. If you have any questions about the groups and/or would like to include your child in a group, please contact your child’s counselor (Rob Ocker - last names A-L and Julie Milligan - last names M-Z).

ANGER MANAGEMENT : For students concerned about how they deal with their own anger and would like to learn strategies to manage anger appropriately.
LOSS: A support group for students dealing with issues surrounding the death of someone important to them.
RELATIONSHIPS : A support group designed to help students in their relationships with friends, acquaintances, and adults in their lives.
DIVORCE/FAMILY CHANGE : A support group for students dealing with a divorce situation, or change in their family structure.
STUDY SKILLS : A support group designed to help students with organizational skills, time management, and study skills.
LGBT : A support group for students who want to discuss and receive support with lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and/or transgender issues.
IMPORTANT REMINDERS
Parents and Student Reminders

BREAKFAST: Breakfast is served starting at 7:00 a.m. The cafeteria area is only open to students purchasing breakfast.

STUDENT PICK UP: If you need to pick up your student during the day, we ask that you please send a note with your student in the morning with a time that you will be picking them up. That way we can write them a pass to hand to their teacher when it's time to leave. This avoids having to disrupt classes by calling in looking for a student.

BUS PASSES: If your student will be riding the bus home with a friend, please send a letter in the morning indicating who he/she will be going home with. We will then issue a bus pass.

LATE START: Late starts are the second Thursday of each month. On those days, school begins at 9:30 a.m. We ask that students not be dropped off earlier than 9:20 a.m. Buses run 2 hours later than normal pick up time.

LATE BUSES - NEW THIS YEAR:
Late buses run as follows:
3:30 p.m. - Tuesdays and Thursdays
4:20 p.m. - Mondays through Thursdays
5:30 p.m. - Mondays through Fridays

LATEX BALLOONS: We have students with latex allergies so please, no latex balloons.

WATER BOTTLES: Students are allowed to have water bottles during the school day - WATER ONLY. Please, no other liquids.

Help for Students After School


Primetime is our building-wide after school student academic support program. Primetime is an opportunity for students to get extra assistance from their teachers. Students at all grade levels are assigned to stay for Primetime when they are missing 3 or more assignments or currently have an F in any class. Primetime is assigned Monday morning in homeroom when teachers go over grades with students. Students who meet the requirements are required to stay on Tuesday and Thursday until 4:15. Our goal at LGMS is to get all students the support they need to be successful.
Chromebook Care
Parents and Students: While we understand that accidents happen, it is important that students do their best to properly care for their chromebook. Should something happen to the chromebook, students should complete a Chromebook Repair Request form and take it, along with their chromebook, to the LMC. Chromebook Repair
Join The LGMS PTO
For more information, contact:
President, Tara Trent
(262) 729-7443

Treasurer, Tracy Smith
(262) 215-5661

Secretary, Valerie Baker
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