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Good snowy morning, LMS Families!!

Was anyone else caught off guard by the amount of snow that fell? I was only expecting a couple of inches but there looks like there is a lot more than that. Be safe driving out there!

Last week was Kindness week at LMS and Student Council did a phenomenal job pulling this together. Here is an overview of what they did everyday and a couple of comments from students on how it went.
Monday-Cover up mirrors to promote positive body image and self-esteem.
Tuesday-Mix it up at lunch for each grade.
Wednesday-Say 2 nice things day.
Thursday-Structured recess for each grade.
Friday-Post-it notes on each locker. StuCo members will be putting a positive/inspirational note on each and every students locker that morning. When students arrive, they will be greeted by a beautiful note just for them.

We saw groups of kids playing together at lunch who we never see talking to each other, laughing and joking. A 6th grade student told Mrs. Jensen that he used to get called fat most weeks in 5th grade and said he liked middle school better because an 8th grader told him she liked his shoes on Wednesday. A huge group of 7th graders used their notes today to put on a fellow students locker to make her feel good when she gets back. (she’s been in the hospital this week).

Thanks again to Student Council and Mrs. Jensen for all the hard work that went into this amazing week. A little kindness goes a long way!!


Valentines Day: Student Council will be selling chocolate roses starting February 4th during lunch. They will be $2 each. Students who purchase a rose can send it to any student at LMS, including themselves . These roses will be delivered during lunch on Valentine’s Day. Money made from this event goes to future activities at LMS including the end of the year dance and laser tag in May.

Valentines Dance with Riverton Middle School: LMS will be hosting our 3rd annual combined middle school dance! It will be on February 15th, from 6-8 P.M. Like the previous combined dances, 100% of the profits goes to an individual or Make-a-wish Wyoming. This year, LMS has chosen two Lander families in need of some extra support. The Lane Family and Logan ‘Logie’ Yardas. Dean Lane was diagnosed with stage 4 esophageal cancer, and this dance can help pay for his medical treatment such as radiation and chemotherapy. Logie (4 years old) was diagnosed with leukemia, and similar to Dean, money made from this dance can have a huge impact on paying his medical treatments to keep him healthy. If any parents are interested in chaperoning, please contact Mrs. Jensen at or 332-4040.

6th grade Social Studies: Sixth grade social studies is wrapping up a big research project by constructing web pages on a historical topic of personal choice. Students will finish the project with a organised web page full of interpretive paragraphs that aim to support a claim with evidence from multiple sources. The web page will also include helpful and interactive visuals including maps, photographs and drawings, documents and artifacts, and videos related to topics of choice. Students will display their pages to their classmates as a celebration and will assume the position as Historian teaching each other about their topics.

8th Grade Spanish: 8th Grade students are learning the difference between Ser and Estar (to be) this week in Spanish. If you’re still confused about ser and estar, look at the following links:

Creative Foods: Students are learning about Protein. This week they learned about the different types of meat: beef, pork, poultry and fish. They had a great time making Beef Tacos!

Picture of student-created taco

MS Spelling Bee: The LMS Spelling Bee will be held on Monday, January 28th during lunch recess. The Bee will consist of a paper and pencil test consisting of approximately 20 words from the Scripps National Spelling Bee grade-level list. The top two LMS candidates from each grade level will attend the Fremont County Spelling Bee on Wednesday, February 6th at CWC Little Theatre in Riverton. Questions? Please contact Erica Parker ( or Tyler Roberts (

6th Grade: A PBIS reward day is scheduled for 6th grade students on January 31st from 10:30 to 12:15. Student choices are ice skating, swimming, or going to the CanTeen at the Lander Public Library. The goal of 6th grade teachers is to promote positive social and academic behavior by organizing a celebration once a month. The next celebration is scheduled for February 28th.

Results from Nordic Skiing at Laramie:
Conditions were turning Shackelton-esque by the end of the race, but the skiers hung tough! They did quite well on the course, significant improvement over the race a couple of weeks ago here. Below are results.

We switch to skate skiing today, and have just 2 more events, both in Casper. One is Feb 9th, with the state finale on 16th.

8th grade girls:
1 Kyra Simonsen
2 Shayla Babits
3 Marlee Jones
9 Samantha Dunbar
7th grade girls:
5 Meesha Prine
9 Allie Atnipo
10 Maddie Flint
14 Felicity Olsen
6th grade girls:
1 Ameya Eddy
8 Rachel Jensen
9 Monica Whitman
17 Cas Frude
8th grade boys:
5 Logan Wietzki
7th grade boys:
3 Bennett hutchison
5 Diego Lobatos
8 Levi Taglioli
18 Jacob Neely
6th grade boys:
5 Nate Smedts
8 Mack White
9 Mason Wietzki
12 David Kempf
Novice Girls:
3 Kaylee Arsenault
5 Helaina Whitman
13 Ruby Anderson
14 Ava hunter
19 Pia Baxter
Novice Boys:
5 Jackson Washburn

After School Tutoring: After school tutoring is every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm in room 105.

February 4th and 5th – WYTOPP Winter Interim Testing. Lander Middle School will use this test schedule during winter interim. Please do not schedule any appointments during our testing times.

Image of test schedule

February 14th – NAEP Testing, 8th grade only
February 15th – Student Council Combined Dance with Riverton Middle School, 6pm
February 20th – Trimester Two Ends
February 26th – Parent Teacher Conferences, 3:30 to 7:30
February 27th – Parent Teacher Conferences, 3:30 to 7:00

Parent Portal: I would like to encourage parents to regularly check your student’s progress, so that students and parents are able to monitor individual learning and make improvements or adjustments to study habits. You can check your student’s progress online through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.

Parent – Teacher Conferences: To help increase productive communication and assist in student learning, please reserve some time in your schedule to attend Parent/Teacher Conferences. Conferences will be held on Tuesday, February 26th from 3:30 to 7:30 pm and Wednesday, February 27th from 3:30 to 7:00 pm. During conference hours teachers are available throughout the building, normally in their classroom, and parents proceed around the school to discuss their student’s progress in each course. Unlike elementary schools, no specific, individual times are reserved; it is a first come-first serve basis.

Please feel free to contact any individual teachers at any time if you have an immediate question or concern, or feel a conference is needed. Teacher email addresses are listed on our web site at If your student is experiencing difficulty in multiple classes please contact one of our School Counselors by calling 332-4040.

This Week’s Activities:
1/28 – Spelling Bee, lunch hour, Mrs. Parker’s room
1/29 – 7th Boys BBall @Wyoming Indian, 3:45/4:45
1/30 – 8th Boys BBall vs. Wyoming Indian, 3:30/4:30

Lots of information in this week’s blog. I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Julie Shanley, LMS Principal