Link to original post:


Happy Monday, LMS Families!

I hope you all had a nice weekend.  Here is what's happening this week at Lander Middle School.

PIE Meeting:  Our monthly PIE meeting will be held tonight at 6pm in the LMS Library.  Join Mrs. Shanley for discussion on the School Performance Report and the Comprehensive School Climate Inventory.  The meeting will be recorded and posted later this week for those parents who are unable to attend.

Elk's Hoop Shoot:  The annual Elk's Hoop Shoot is scheduled for Wednesday, December 12th in the LMS gym.  Registration begins at 5:30 pm and shooting starts at 6:00 p.m.  The competition is open to any student ages 8-13.  If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Green at

LMS Angel Tree:  Thank you to all of those who picked up an Angel Tree envelope from our tree.  Please remember that presents must be turned in no later than this Friday, December 14th.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Jensen.

LMS Winter Dance:  Student Council is hosting their winter dance this Friday, December 14th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  The cost of admission is $2 or $1 and a canned food item.  If you are interested in chaperoning, please contact Cristina Jensen at

Session III Activities:  Practices begin for Session III activities on Monday, December 17th at 3:30pm.  Students can still sign up for Boy's Basketball (7th and 8th), Nordic Skiing (6th, 7th, and 8th), Tech Club (6th, 7th, and 8th) and Art Club (6th, 7th, and 8th).  The cost to participate is $20 and students must have a current physical on file in order to participate in athletics.

Geography Bee:  The 2019 local Geography Bee is scheduled for Monday December 17th during FLEX. All students interested in competing in this year's competition will have until the end of next week to sign up. The winner of the local competition will have a chance to compete at State in the spring and represent the Lander Middle School.


Grade Level News:

8th Grade:  

8th grade Science is starting our final body system. We will spend the next two weeks learning about our heart, blood and blood vessels. We will have Mrs. Cox the school nurse come in and teach us how to take our blood pressure. We will learn about the 4 different blood types and the different blood vessels. And we will end the week with a frog dissection!


7th Grade:

Students are finishing writing argumentative essays in English Language Arts.  Extensions this week and next for students include studying LOGICAL FALLACIES to expand our knowledge of rhetoric, learning proper formatting for the development of annotated bibliographies, and to top it off, an opportunity to participate in an NPR podcast competition that allows students the chance to publish their writing with national public radio and have their work heard nation wide on open spaces and fresh air.


6th Grade:  

As a state finalist for the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest, the 6th grade team is excited to be recognized for their STEM idea to improve the local area. The main goal of the project is to build an ADA Accessible walkway to allow safe access to the arboretum being constructed by Mr. Prine's FLEX group and to Squaw Creek. There were five schools selected from the first round; four of which are high schools. The contest requires an explanation of how students will use STEM to improve their community or solve a problem. December 21st the results will be announced. The team is hoping to be the state finalist. 

6th Grade Science: Students completed designing, building and redesigning a model to show how a geoscience process changes the Earth's surface. Part of the common assessment included writing a claim with evidence to explain their model's impact on the Earth's surface. This was the final project for the Earth processes unit.   Physics is the theme for the next science unit. The first section of the unit will require students to learn the different forms of energy. A cross-curricular math/science common assessment is being created to include unit rates. Students will build models to show mechanical energy.They will build and test models, along with collecting and analyzing data using unit rates. The goal is to create several cross-curricular activities with this unit.

The 6th grade social studies class is studying the Industrial Revolution to identify how steel, electricity, and oil transformed America and the world. Students will research inventions from the time period and attempt to connect those inventions to the 2019 History Day theme: Triumph and Tragedy.



Babb/Schaff are about to start our last rotation of Health. Students are using Socrative, Flipgrid, and Peardeck to learn about the decision making and problem solving process. We're using real world scenarios as practice-looking at how to address bullying, hygiene issues, and excessive sugar intake. 

Cooper's class is working on a fitness unit while learning about including the F.I.T.T principles of frequency, intensity, time, and type of exercises and the impact those have on wellness. 

Red Bow is working on Badminton.



Creative Foods has been busy learning about different leavening agents and baking homemade bread! 


FACS class working


FACS class refrigerator



  • 12/12 – Elk's Hoop Shoot, 5:30 pm
  • 12/13 – LMS Band Concert, 7:00 pm, LVHS Auditorium
  • 12/14 – LMS Winter Dance, 6pm
  • 12/17 – Session III practices start
  • 12/17 – LMS Holiday Choir Concert, 7pm, LVHS Auditorium
  • 12/21 – Christmas break starts, 1/2 day, dismissal at 12:20pm


Have a great week!

Julie Shanley, LMS Principal