I am very excited to be starting another school year at Loogootee Middle School as the Youth First Social Worker. I have been with Youth First Inc. for 14 years and am proud to represent such a committed and passionate organization. The Youth First Mission is to strengthen youth and families through evidence-based programs that prevent substance abuse, promote healthy behaviors, and maximize student success. I am one of over 40 Youth First Social Workers serving local schools in Posey, Gibson, Warrick, Vanderburgh, Pike, Daviess and Martin counties.
My role is to provide counseling support to students and families who may have social and emotional needs. I work with students on an individual or small group basis. I often assist students with behavior concerns, peer conflict, depression, anxiety, anger, divorce adjustment, grief, as well as other areas of concern. I also work closely with teachers to provide support and education at the classroom level. Another Youth First program I will be providing again this year is Strengthening Families (for students ages 10-14 and their families). My services are confidential and free to all families. For more information about Youth First and our programs please visit our website at www.youthfirstinc.org.
Please contact me at any time throughout the year if you feel your child could benefit from my services. You can reach me by phone or email: 812-295-2409, Ext. 437 OR firstname.lastname@example.org.
LMS will have the school-wide incentive again this school year. Students will have the opportunity to earn points for grades, behavior, and attendance. At the end of the term we will have an afternoon of various activities in which students may use the points they earn to attend these activities. Our first Pay-Day will be Friday, October 21st for 5th and 6th grade and Friday, October 28th for 7th and 8th grade. Students can earn points in the following ways:
1. Honor Roll
- High Honors (All A's) - 10 points
- Honor Roll (All A's and B's) - 6 points
2. Grade Improvement (begins 2nd 9 weeks)
- One letter grade improves and none fall - 4 points
- Two letter grades improve and none fall - 6 points
- Three letter grades improve and none fall - 8 points
3. Missed Assignments
- Zero missed assignments - 20 points
- 1-2 missed assignments - 10 points
4. Behavior/Responsibility - 20 points
- No parent contact for misbehavior
- No discipline referrals
5. Perfect Attendance - 15 points
6. Outstanding Attendance (missing 1 day) - 10 points
7. Zero Tardies to Class - 10 points
8. One Tardy to Class - 5 points
Students will be able to use their points at the end of each nine weeks for various activities. Each activity is worth a different amount of points.
One addition to Pay-Day for this school year is Golden Tickets. Students have the ability to earn Golden Tickets if the ean 60 or more points for each 9 Week Term. Students who earn a Golden Ticket each Term will have a bigger event they can attend for Pay-Day after Term 3.
Accelerated Reader Challenge
Reading is fundamental... We hear this phrase all the time. Reading is the foundation for learning and will help improve academic success in all subject areas. The LMS 5th/6th graders will be implementing an Accelerated Reader Reward System to encourage kids to read every day. Books that students check out from the public library, read at school, or have at home are likely to have an AR test your child can take at school. Students can earn rewards for reaching different point levels. Students will be rewarded when they reach five different point levels. Once a student has reached a certain level, their picture will be posted in the ring and they will receive the reward. Check out the list below to see point values and rewards below.
- 10 Points - Book Worm
- 25 points - No Homework Pass
- 50 Points - Flurry Party
- 100 Points - Water Balloon Fight
- 150 Points - Lunch with Mrs. Wade
This year, there will also be a school-wide goal for students to work towards. For term 1, the challenge is for the 5th/6th grade students to reach 3,000 points. If they meet their goal, the teachers will be getting pies in the face!
Music Camp (5th Grade)
Mrs. Lindsey Walton will be putting on a nine week music camp for students in grade K-5. The camp will be after school on Wednesday’s in the auditorium until 4:15 P.M (3:15 on Early Release Days). The camp begins Wednesday, September 6th and ends Wednesday, November 8th. The campers will perform on Thursday, November 9 at 6:30 P.M. More information will be sent home with the students.
New Additions to Loogootee Middle School