As part of our accreditation process, the Troy School District periodically assesses the culture, practices, actions and experiences of our students and staff. This is measured in several different ways—through data and evidence we provide, through a visit from an accreditation team in early December and through a survey given to students and staff.
Next week, all students in grades 3-12 will complete a survey asking about their experiences as a learner here in Troy. The survey, which is short and age appropriate, will be taken at school, but we wanted to let you know that your child will be asked to reflect on his or her learning environment. Sample questions might ask how often students give presentations or share their work, how often they work in groups or whether they complete work that is challenging.
The surveys are anonymous and are not tied to specific students. The goal is to gain insights the District can use in our efforts to continuously improve our practice. We will analyze the results as a whole and look for patterns or areas that we can build on.
There is nothing you, as a parent, need to do in this effort, but we wanted you to be aware of what will take place in our school this week. We appreciate your support and will certainly share what we learn with our community after the review is completed.
STRONG Parent Survey
As you know, we continually work to provide a supportive and engaging learning environment for your student. A significant part of that effort is integrating and reinforcing our Larson STRONG practices, which have been identified as RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, RESILIENCE, and RELATIONSHIPS. It is critically important that we continually seek out and utilize parent input to ensure that we are reinforcing character traits appropriately. The best schools are a function of strong home-school partnership. As a new year begins, we want your opinion! Please click on the link below to share your input!
All interested participants please make sure to join our Schoology group using the following Access Code: HZPCW-WTJCV You need to add your information in the Membership Contact Information sheet in our 2018-19 Folder under resources. Please put the year 2019 in parentheses after your name. You must complete this by Fri. Oct. 5th! Also, the payment option for the SciOly Club Fee via PaySchools is now available. You must also complete payment for the club by Oct. 5th. If you have any questions please see Mr. Egan in room 711 or message me via our Schoology group.
Science Fair Update
All interested participants please make sure to join our Schoology group using the following Access Code: 6X9GW-SDHK9 You need to submit a project proposal by Fri. Oct. 5th! Proposal forms are posted in resources in our Schoology Group. If you have any questions please see Mr. Egan in room 711 before School or message me via our Schoology group.
A.L.I.C.E. Parent Meetings
The Troy School District is implementing the A.L.I.C.E. protocol during the 2018-19 school year. A.L.I.C.E. takes a more proactive approach in the event of a serious emergency/crisis. These protocols will eventually replace "Code Red" lockdown drills that have been conducted for many years. All district employees have started training and this training will continue during the school year.
We will also conduct informational parent meetings, which will be held at all four middle schools. The information below includes dates, times and locations for the A.L.I.C.E parent meetings. You can attend the session that is most convenient for your schedule.
Thursday, October 4th at 7:00pm – Smith Middle School
Tuesday, October 9th at 7:00pm – Boulan Park Middle School
Wednesday, October 10th at 7:00pm – Baker Middle School
Thursday, October 11th at 7:00pm – Larson Middle School
8th Grade Washington D.C. Parent Meeting
Attention all students traveling to Washington D.C. next month: there is a meeting for students and parents on Tuesday, October 9 at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria. We will be addressing the itinerary, bus and roommate assignments, and what to bring. Please be sure to make arrangements to attend. Contact Mrs. Lee with any questions firstname.lastname@example.org
Reproductive Health Parent Preview (7th Grade Parents)
The annual parent preview for the material used in our Reproductive Health unit in 7th grade Health classes will be held in the Larson Media Center at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, October 2. Please note that this is the only time scheduled for this event --you should plan on attending if your child has Health during the first or second semester and you are interested in previewing these materials.
Troy Youth Assistance Family Programs
Purchase your 2018-2019 Larson Yearbook NOW
Please visit Pay Schools –> Larson-> LMS yearbook and purchase your child’s yearbook now. If you have multiple children at Larson, please purchase one under each student’s name as we distribute them to individual students in June. While we have some extra yearbooks available for purchase in June, there is no way for us to guarantee your child a yearbook unless you purchase it in the fall. The cost is $20 until December 1st. Please contact Ms. McHugh at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Magazine Sale/Renewal Link
For many years, Larson has raised funds by encouraging our community to order/renew magazines or digital subscriptions through Great American Fundraising. We receive a substantial profit for each order placed through the link below. Please consider helping Larson out by renewing your magazines here. All profits from the sale go directly back into the classroom!
It's time to renew or adjust your rewards program! The Larson PTO raises significant funds every year through your normal purchases at Kroger, Amazon, and more! These funds go right back into the classroom, directly impacting all Larson students. If you have not registered yet (especially at Kroger and Amazon), simply click on the link to find out how. Thanks!
In addition, the LMS PTO gladly welcomes donations, which are tax-deductible. All funds go directly back to student programs and teacher grants. Donations can be dropped off in the LMS main office. See more info below.