The Rebel Report Week of January 3, 2018

This is the final Rebel Report of 2017. Have a wonderful break with your students! Happy Holidays -- Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year from the entire Larson staff! School resumes on Wednesday, January 3.

Thanks, Mr. Williams!

Mr. Williams finished his 12+ year tenure at LMS yesterday. Many thanks to him for his support of our students and staff. He will be missed!

Music Day Fun!

Larson Bands Raise Record Amount!

This is the 11th year Larson hosted a Salvation Army Kettle at the Winter Band Concert. Small groups of band members play Christmas Carols during intermission and at the end of the concert as people give. This year we broke our record at $854.19!

New Innovation Studio @ LMS

Students are now utilizing our new Innovation Studio. Read about the Troy Foundation for Educational Excellence's support of this great new instructional space at the link below!

Videographer Visits LMS

Earlier this week, LMS students had a great opportunity to hear a presentation from Mr. Seth Stark -- Video Producer, Cinematographer (and LMS parent!). Thanks for sharing your knowledge and encouraging our students, Mr. Stark!

LMS Robotics Rocks!

The Larson Middle School Robotics Club grew to seven teams this year and included 70 students. Our middle school students participate in the First Tech Challenge. Each year a new challenge is released in early September and teams participated in several qualifying tournaments in November and December. The Omegabots and Rebel Droids were both Design Award Finalists. The Omegabots also were Rockwell Collins Innovate Awards Finalists, Motivate Award Finalists and the Judge’s Award Winner. The Robosonics were Think Award Finalists. Both Robosonics and Omegabots progressed to the semi-final rounds at their tournaments. The Robo Rebels won the final round with their alliance at their qualifying tournament and advanced to the State Tournament in Battle Creek Dec 14-15 to compete with 96 other teams from Michigan. At the State Tournament, their alliance won their Division and in the final round lost 2-1. Overall, their alliance took second place at the State Tournament and will now advance to participate in the FIRST Super Regionals in Cedar Rapids, Iowa March 15-17, 2018. Larson Robotics Club would like to thank all their sponsors including: Automotive Technical Solutions, Ford, FESTO, McNaughton-McKay Electric company, the Larson PTO, DTE, Consumers Energy and FIRST in Michigan. We also want to thank Larson Middle School for building space to hold meetings and practices. The Troy Hammerhead FRC team #226 (Troy’s combined High School Robotics team) also supported us this year with high school mentors on several of our teams and provided practice field space and assistance with some fabrication of robot parts. Our club is completely run by volunteers, so we greatly appreciate our volunteer coaches and parents who helped guide the students through the design, building and programming of the robots. These teams all spent many hours preparing for their tournaments. For more information about the Larson Middle School Robotics Club check out our website at the link below. We will begin recruitment for the 2018-19 school year in late April - May 2018.

TSD Tech Talks -- "Screenagers"

Troybery 2018 Titles Revealed!

The TSD Middle School Media Department is excited to announce the finalized list of potential books that have been chosen for our Troybery 2018 reading program, which can be found at the link below, just in time for your holiday shopping! A mock-Newbery program, the Troybery Program has encouraged Troy middle school students since 2000 to read the best middle grade books published that year and then vote on their favorites. Many fantastic books have won over the past 17 years, and we look forward to seeing what the TSD students think of our candidates for this year. Changes implemented to Troybery last year will continue this year. We will start with a list of 30 potential Troyberys, and students will help narrow the list down to the Top Ten in March through a Troybery March Madness Tournament. The winner will be announced at the 18th Annual Troybery Awards Ceremony on April 27. All students need to do is read any three books from the Potential Troybery list in order to participate. We highly recommend that you review this list with your child and also familiarize yourself with the titles so that you can be sure your child is reading books appropriate for him/her and that meet your family guidelines. Our list includes high and low level books, a variety of genres, as well as titles more appropriate for mature readers which are noted with an asterisk. We have done this to appeal to our 7th and 8th graders, who, according to our statistics, were less interested in participating in Troybery in the past because the books felt too "young" for them. How do books end up on our potential Troybery list? The media specialists seek input from students and teachers. When we hear students and teachers raving about a book, see students talking about the book on our Schoology group, or see many kids submitting the same book title to our form, we add it to the stack of books to consider. For a book to be considered for the Troybery candidates list, it must be published in 2017, must be a middle grade book, and must be a stand-alone or first book in a series. We will only have five copies of each of these books to start out, and we appreciate you visiting the Troy Public Library or purchasing copies to enable your child to get a copy!

Washington D.C, 2018 (Current 7th)

Attention parents of current 7th graders- there will be an informational meeting for all parents interested in sending their students to Washington, DC next year. The meeting will be held on January 11th at 7 pm. We will be talking about the itinerary, travel dates and costs. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Lee, jlee@troy.k12.mi.us. Hope to see you there!

TYA Youth Recognition Awards

Troy Youth Assistance will acknowledge and celebrate Troy Youth who make exemplary, voluntary contributions to the Troy Community at the 46th Annual Youth Recognition Awards Program on April 18, 2018, at Troy High School. The nominees must be school-age Troy residents and may be nominated for recognition. More information at the link below.

TYA Event -- "Girls Stand Strong"

Magazine Sale/Renewal Link

For many years, Larson has raised funds by encouraging our community to order/renew magazines 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!

LMS PTO Fundraising – Kroger, Amazon, and More!

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!

Box Tops for Education!

Please send in all of you unexpired neatly trimmed Box Tops. You can bring them in anytime to the Media Center. Help us reach our school year goal of $500.00! Thanks for your support. Questions can be directed to Lorelei Wakula lorelei6@yahoo.com.


Created with images by Jomar Thomas - "Capitol Hill Washington D.C."

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