//added 3/21/18 by JB
Junior V.A.S.E. contest
Lamar Art students attended Junior V.A.S.E. ( Visual Arts Standards of Excellence) this past Saturday. Students were given the opportunity to interview with a juror, view work by other Art students from varying districts and compete creatively within their years of art level.
Three students, Emma, Paola, and Maribel received medals for their accomplishments. Emma and Maribel each received two medals and a perfect score on one of their sculptures.
Lamar Lioness Club
The Lamar Lioness Club reaches out to the community. We try to make the world a better place by building confidence in each other, reaching out to help our community, and bringing awareness to create a kinder world. We are an all girls group who work together at building a stronger and more connected world through love and not hate. The Lioness Club is full with goofballs. So far we have made posters to bring awareness to Childhood Cancer and Autism. We visit and help in the LIFE classes as peer tutors. In December we put together a competition throughout our school in order to collect nonparishable food items. We collected over 1200 items for St. Luke Catholic Church food pantry. This past Saturday, the 14th, we were asked to help represent Lamar Middle School at the Go Irving ISD event. In doing so, we worked to spread joy and positivity by asking our guests to describe what they love about themselves and a wish for the world. In the words of Gandhi, we strive every day to “Be the change we wish to see in the world” and spread our message as far as we can reach. Take our survey:https://tinyurl.com/LMSlioness
Orchestra UIL Sweepstakes- A First in Lamar History
Congratulations to our Lamar full orchestra in achieving sweepstakes at UIL.
All six adjudicators gave the concert and sightreading superior ratings.
This is a first in Lamar history. These kids went above and beyond this year!
Annual Irving Art Show 2018
Look at our talented student art work. They spend hours on their pieces and have done a great job creating visual masterpieces.
Kickstart Kids State Championship
Please join me in congratulating the following students for placing and advancing to the Kickstart Kids State Championship:
Jessica P. 3rd Place Kata (Forms) Female 13-14 yr. Green Belt Division
Juan G. 3rd Place Weapons Kata (Staff Form) Male 13-14 yr. Green Belt Division
Ever G. 2nd Place Kumite (Forms), 3rd Place Kata (Forms) Male 11-12 yr. Orange Belt Division
Ayla A. 1st Place Kata (Forms) Female 11-12 yr. Gold Belt Division
Ayla A. Grand Champion Beginner Kata All age Divisions 11-17 yr. old!
Teacher and Employee of the Month: Dec 17/Jan 18
Congrats to our teacher and employee of the month for December and January. Dehia Terihay is one of our 7th grade ELAR teachers who differentiates lessons with technology. Cheo Moreno is our Dean of Students who builds relationships with all students and helps run PBIS.
Parents and Students
Applications to enter the Singley Academy lottery are available! Click the attachments.
Lioness Club Gives Back
The Lioness Club worked extremely hard collecting, boxing, and loading items collected for a donation to help families in need during the holiday season. There was close to 1,200 items donated and all went to the food pantry at St. Luke Catholic Church who was more than appreciative to all of Lamar. Thank you to everyone else who helped! It truly feels better to give than receive, and our girls had fun!
iPad Parental Tips and Tricks
How can I check my child’s use of cellular data?
Students receive 5 GB of cellular data each month. The reset date is the 29th of every month. To avoid using all the data, always connect to Wifi whenever available.
How to check: Settings > Cellular data > Current Period (the max period per month is 5G)
How to see what apps/programs my child is using the most on his/her device?
Following the steps below will allow you to see what apps/programs use the most battery on the device. For example: Google classroom 25%, Notes 15%, Nearpod 2%. If you notice that your child is using apps like Youtube, Instagram, and Twitter the most, please remind him/her that the iPad is used to support learning and academics.
How to check: Settings > Battery > Battery Percentage switch to on > Check battery usage for last 24 hours and last 7 days
Teacher and Employee of the Month: November 2017
Congrats to Coach Jeffery for being our teacher of the month for November. He does an amazing job of incorporating technology, driving students to do their best, and leads our boys in athletics to top performance. Congrats to our employee of the month, Ms Kirby, who guides students to reflect and grow from each curcumstance they encounter.
PARENT MAP TESTING INFORMATION
If you would like more information about MAP testing and how to read your students progress charts, please visit this site: https://www.nwea.org/parent-toolkit/. This will provide you with a toolkit to help you understand what MAP testing is all about. This PDF is also helpful as it is a Parent's Guide to MAP Growth
Students Volunteer at Steps and Strides Fun Run
8th grade female athletes lend a helping hand at the steps and strides fun run put on by the Irving Cares Foundation. Our lady lions helped the foundation set up and break down all equipment and cheer on the runners as they approached the finish line.
This weekend we rolled out 700+ ipads to begin our 1 to 1 Verizon grant. Our student and teachers are super excited to start revolutionizing education. If you were not able to receive your ipad this past Friday, please come see us in the morning from 7:30-8:00am Tuesday through Friday this week.
College Shirts Every Wednesday
Our AVID program wants teachers and students to show their support for continuing education by wearing college t-shirts every Wednesday. In addition, we will be taking students on virtual trips to a variety of colleges and university in hopes of sparking excitement. Thank you for your support!
Lamar Middle School is now a Verizon Innovative Learning School
As of today, there are over 4 million jobs in science, technology engineering and math fields. Verizon has committed over $160 million over the past 5 years to building and sustaining programs across the country that provide free technology, access and immersive, hands-on learning to students and teachers, particularly in underserved and minority communities.
What is a Verizon Innovative Learning school?
In partnership with Digital Promise, Verizon provides tablets with data plans and training to every student and teacher at underserved middle schools for 24/7 learning and to prepare students for success.
To learn more or join our mission to give technology and tech education to students in need at weneedmore.com. Parents, click here to learn more.
Please help support our PTA who works hard to supply our students and teachers with supplies, school dances, and other fun events. Visit joinPTA.org to become a member of Lamar's PTA. Like our PTA facebook page at MB Lamar PTA for news and updates. We are also continuing out Box Top for Education drive. Send all box tops to school with your child and they will turn them into their 2nd period DEN teacher to earn jeans days. Email email@example.com any questions you may have.
Yearbook On Sale Now!
Don't wait for school to start to order your yearbook and preserve the memories of this school year. The best price of the year is now. Order online now until August 20th and pay only $30. After August 20th, the price will increast to $34 until sales close at the beginning of May.
For all 8th graders, please don't forget to order a special ad to be published in the yearbook for your child. Now through January 31, 2018 you can purchase ¼ page - $15, ½ page- $30, or a full page - $60.
Click HERE to start your online order.
Check out our infographic with live links: Yearbook Infographic
Teacher and Employee of the Month
Congratulations to Mrs. South and Mr. Henderson for being Lamar's teacher and employee of the month for March. Mrs. South is our amazing 7th /8th GT ELAH teacher and Mr. Henderson is our Dean. Both work hard to serve our students and help them succeed.
Field Trip to Dallas Holocaust Museum
115 8th graders visited the Dallas Holocaust Museum March 31st. Students took a guided tour and watched videos of holocaust survivors sharing their memorys of the historic tragedy. Afterwards, students enjoyed lunch at Klyde Warren Park. Students returned to school and were given time to write letters of thanks to the museum and create a product as a reflections of their visit. The entire field trip was planned by two 8th grade students who took initiative to get their fellow classmates an experience they will never forget.
Irving ISD Art Show
Lamar students entered a variety of pieces into the Irving art show this past week. Please check out the wonderful work done by the hands of our creative students.
Lamar sent one small group of students to this year’s Regional Tournament, held in Haltom City this past Saturday. This small group of 6th graders have been working extra hard, twice a week, since December to prepare themselves for the tournament. This year, they chose the Improv Challenge, where they placed 5th out of all the middle level teams who performed (a total of 16 teams). Lamar’s Nerdy Birdy Trio was the only team to place in the Middle Level Improv Challenge in Irving ISD! In addition to placing, this team also won the Spirit of DI award for their enthusiasm, teamwork, and dynamic imagination!
Author Varian Johnson Visits Lamar
Varian Johson, author of The Great Greene Heist and To Catch A Cheat, visited Lamar Middle School last Friday. Mr. Johnson spoke to our students about his life and how he became a published author. This was a wonderful experience for our students and staff.
First Student will manage and operate all Irving ISD student transportation services as part of a five-year contract beginning August 1, 2018. Dallas County Schools will continue to provide services to the district through the end of July. Irving ISD students and families can expect bus transportation to continue during the transition. Click here to read more.