May 29, 2014

Good afternoon, everyone.  I have not forgotten you, but time has been taken this week with meetings and other demands.  With a two-hour window before the next meeting, I wanted to use this opportunity to wrap up the school year and include any relevant informational items.

CALENDAR ITEMS

Saturday, May 31
Sports Physicals; LHWHS, 8:00 am to Noon
For next year’s 8th grade sports and for incoming high school students who wish to participate in sports.  Sponsored by the Ladue Schools Family Assistance Program.  Fee is $15.
Physical forms can be printed from the following website: 

Thursday, June 5
Final grades should be mailed by this target date.  You may already be aware that grades can also be viewed through the Infinite Campus parent portal.

CONGRATULATIONS and THANKS

Congratulations to our 2014 Greenwood Award winners, 8th graders Fatima Sheriff and Charlie Loitman.  Fatima and Charlie were announced at our Farewell Assembly last Friday.  Congratulations as well to our other Greenwood Award Finalists: Allison Harpole, Lily Hauptman, Megan Present, Grace Wallace, Alex Kemppainen, Albert Liu, Glen Morgenstern and Eric Yang.  As announced at the assembly, the Greenwood Award is a tribute to the late Dr. Ed Greenwood, a former teacher and principal in Ladue.  The award is presented at the end of each school year to an outstanding 8th grade boy and girl, based upon recognition of their exemplary scholarship, citizenship, and service.  LMS faculty members nominate students for consideration and make the final vote to determine the two ultimate winners.  Congratulations, again, to this year’s Finalists and Award winners for their exemplary performance and service to our school!  

We were recently informed that our 6th grade camp program will receive "Promising Practices" recognition from the Character Education Partnership, the same group that recognizes National Schools of Character.  The purpose of Promising Practices is to share good character education initiatives with schools across the country.  Our application was called "Mihaska - Once We Were Five, Now We Are One! - 6th Grade Camp."    

I want to extend a sincere, heartfelt thank you to all of our LMS parents, students, and staff for making this a great school year.  I often state that I am blessed to be associated with great people.  That includes you and your children.   

CORRECTION(S)

I hope there are no mistakes or omissions, but have been wrong in the past.  If I have botched anything up in this message, or left anything out that needed to be communicated, I will send out an update to the Update.

NEW ITEMS

Summer Schedule
I believe that I already shared information about our summer schedule and office hours.  If I am only imagining this, then here it is:
Beginning Monday, June 2, the LMS Office will begin a four-day work week (Mondays through Thursdays), from 7:45 am to 5:00 pm.  This will last through the week of July 21.  Our Office will also be closed on Thursday, July 3.  Beginning the week of July 28, we will resume our normal schedule (Mondays through Fridays), 7:30 am to 3:15 pm.
Two summer programs will be running in our building on some Fridays during our summer four-day schedule.  These programs will be supervised by designated district personnel.  Please be aware that LMS secretaries and administrators will not be present on those Fridays.
Also, all district and building administrators are scheduled for our yearly summer retreat, which will occur on June 10 and 11.

UPDATED ITEMS

My office is still a disaster area (no great surprise).

REPEAT ITEMS

LMSPA eBlasts
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Board Briefs
Information regarding Ladue Board of Education meetings and work sessions can be found on boardbriefs.blogspot.com

For those of you who have returning 7th and 8th grade students, I will be sending out messages over the summer months regarding the coming school year.

Take care.  I hope you and your families have a great summer.  Best wishes to our outgoing 8th graders for great success in high school!

Greg


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