LISA West Middle School Newsletter

Principal's Corner
 
 
Dear Parents/Guardians,

I would like to begin by saying thank you to all of you as we face this time together.  I am extremely grateful to all of our teachers who are working hard every day to make educational opportunities available to students during this time of online education.  I know there have been hardships and obstacles, and I am deeply appreciative of all of the parents, guardians, and students who have worked hard to overcome them.  I

I'd like to give everyone a couple of updates. 

We are looking at alternative ways of approaching the 8th Grade Graduation ceremony.  Please be on the lookout for updates here.

I know that many of you have been wondering about locker cleanouts and the like.  Unfortunately, at this time, we cannot have folks in the buildings.  However, we are planning for a distribution of locker contents beginning on May 14.  Prior to that, a Google Form will be sent to all parents/guardians to let folks sign up for times.  The lockers will be packed into bags and boxes and handed out to parents/guardians as they come through a pick-up station outside the school.  

Beginning next week, we are going to be giving out incentives for students who are showing outstanding participation in the AMI work on Google Classroom.  Keep encouraging your kids to work during this time - it will put them in a stronger position for starting back to school next year.

Please rest assured that we are doing everything we can to make this time a successful educational time for students.  I am deeply grateful for all that you do to help our students.

Peace,
Dr. Durand

Dr. Durand is reading "Storm Front" by Jim Butcher.
 
Locker Cleanout
Please use the link below to schedule your locker cleanout. The form is due May 11. Pick up will be May 14th and 15th. Please be mindful, there are only 10 slots available per time. If you have questions, please email Mrs. French at bfrench@lisaacademy.org

Locker Clean Out Form
 
We know many of you have questions. We're here to help. Please use the contact information below to reach our staff. Please be sure to visit our website for additional information
 

Science Department

Ahmet

Adiguzel

aadiguzel@lisaacademy.org

Vence

Johnson

vjohnson@lisaacademy.org

*Sherry

Washington

washington@lisaacademy.org

English Department

Karen

Kremer

kkremer@lisaacademy.org

Stephanie

McGill

smcgill@lisaacademy.org

Zavante

McGriff

zmcgriff@lisaacademy.org

Brittany

Foster

foster@lisaacademy.org

Caleb

Gunnels

gunnels@lisaacademy.org

John

Beall

beall@lisaacademy.org

*Samantha

Hogg

hogg@lisaacademy.org

Math Department

Lorraine

Gordon

lgordon@lisaacademy.org

Melanie

Small

msmall@lisaacademy.org

Ashley

Swain

swain@lisaacademy.org

Olivia

Van Brocklin

ovanbrocklin@lisaacademy.org

Katherine

Barnes

kbarnes@lisaacademy.org

Amanda

Wright

aswright@lisaacademy.org

*Ersin

Apuhan

eapuhan@lisaacademy.org

Social Studies

Jo Ellen

Miller

jmiller@lisaacademy.org

Amy

Walker

walker@lisaacademy.org

*Jennifer

Schaffner

jschaffner@lisaacademy.org

Electives

*Vickie

Carroll

carroll@lisaacademy.org

Michaela

Cozad

mcozad@lisaacademy.org

Monica

Simpson

simpson@lisaacademy.org

Kira

Pope

pope@lisaacademy.org

 

*Department Chair


Dr. Kevin Durand, Principal
durand@lisaacademy.org 
501.366.8506

Breanna French, Dean of Students
bfrench@lisaacademy.org

Amy Cullers, Registrar
acullers@lisaacademy.org
501.529.4924

Kawanda Miller, Secretary
miller@lisaacademy.org
501.539.9438

Jacqueline West, Counselor
west@lisaacademy.org

Maria Foshee, ESOL
mfoshee@lisaacademy.org

 

Special Message from the Superintendent

Dear LISA Academy Families, LISA Academy considers protecting the health and safety of our staff and students a top priority. In response to the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, our administration has been reviewing and monitoring recommendations issued by CDC and the state of Arkansas to prepare for any action should an emergency be declared. Please click link above for more...

Resource Center
Please visit the sites below for internet options. We will post additional options as they become available to us. 

https://www.simplemost.com/companies-offering-free-internet-students/

https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19
 
 
We are excited about the things happening at our high school. 
The first video is of the new high school building. This video can also be found on our website in the "About Us" drop-down.  Please take a look at it. 

The second video is a presentation of high school course offerings and opportunities that are available. 
Course Offerings: https://vimeo.com/397266310
Twitter
Facebook
Instagram
 
 
 
 
We know many of you have questions. We're here to help. Please use the contact information below to reach our staff. Please be sure to visit our website for additional information
 

Science Department

Ahmet

Adiguzel

aadiguzel@lisaacademy.org

Vence

Johnson

vjohnson@lisaacademy.org

*Sherry

Washington

washington@lisaacademy.org

English Department

Karen

Kremer

kkremer@lisaacademy.org

Stephanie

McGill

smcgill@lisaacademy.org

Zavante

McGriff

zmcgriff@lisaacademy.org

Brittany

Foster

foster@lisaacademy.org

Caleb

Gunnels

gunnels@lisaacademy.org

John

Beall

beall@lisaacademy.org

*Samantha

Hogg

hogg@lisaacademy.org

Math Department

Lorraine

Gordon

lgordon@lisaacademy.org

Melanie

Small

msmall@lisaacademy.org

Ashley

Swain

swain@lisaacademy.org

Olivia

Van Brocklin

ovanbrocklin@lisaacademy.org

Katherine

Barnes

kbarnes@lisaacademy.org

Amanda

Wright

aswright@lisaacademy.org

*Ersin

Apuhan

eapuhan@lisaacademy.org

Social Studies

Jo Ellen

Miller

jmiller@lisaacademy.org

Amy

Walker

walker@lisaacademy.org

*Jennifer

Schaffner

jschaffner@lisaacademy.org

Electives

Vickie

Carroll

carroll@lisaacademy.org

Michaela

Cozad

mcozad@lisaacademy.org

Monica

Simpson

simpson@lisaacademy.org

Kira

Pope

pope@lisaacademy.org

 

*Department Chair


Dr. Kevin Durand, Principal
durand@lisaacademy.org 
501.366.8506

Breanna French, Dean of Students
bfrench@lisaacademy.org

Amy Cullers, Registrar
acullers@lisaacademy.org
501.529.4924

Kawanda Miller, Secretary
miller@lisaacademy.org
501.539.9438

Jacqueline West, Counselor
west@lisaacademy.org

Maria Foshee, ESOL
mfoshee@lisaacademy.org

 

Special Message from the Superintendent

Dear LISA Academy Families, LISA Academy considers protecting the health and safety of our staff and students a top priority. In response to the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, our administration has been reviewing and monitoring recommendations issued by CDC and the state of Arkansas to prepare for any action should an emergency be declared. Please click link above for more...

Resource Center
Please visit the sites below for internet options. We will post additional options as they become available to us. 

https://www.simplemost.com/companies-offering-free-internet-students/

https://www.internetessentials.com/covid19
 
 
We are excited about the things happening at our high school. 
The first video is of the new high school building. This video can also be found on our website in the "About Us" drop-down.  Please take a look at it. 

The second video is a presentation of high school course offerings and opportunities that are available. 
Course Offerings: https://vimeo.com/397266310
Twitter
Facebook
Instagram
 
Principal's Corner
 
 
Dear Parents/Guardians,


It never ceases to amaze me how quickly this year has gone. We are right at the end of the third quarter and grades will be going out next week.  We'll only have one quarter left when we come back from Spring Break and it will be a very busy one.  Next week, we will be conducting the 3rd ACT Aspire Interim test.  Please remind your students how important it is to do their best on each and every testing opportunity.  We will be testing on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week (March 17 and 18).

Given our expansion, we may well have a few more seats for students for next year in our Middle School building.  If you have friends or neighbors with middle-school-aged children, this would be a good time for them to apply.  As the semester goes on, the waiting list may well get longer, but since we are doing a bit of expansion, this is a great time to join the LISA Academy family.

With regard to the topic of the moment that seems to be in everyone's mind, please make sure to check out our Superintendent's Special Message on Covid-19 and our plans to address the situation.

Finally, make sure to keep your students encouraged.  As the year moves into the final laps, it is sometimes easy to let off in our intensity.  Just think, soon, we will have Spring Break to get rejuvenated to be able to push through to the end of the year in great style.  

Peace,
Dr. Durand
Dr. Durand is reading "An Introduction to Language and Literacy"
We are excited about the things happening at our high school. 
The first video is of the new high school building. This video can also be found on our website in the "About Us" drop-down.  Please take a look at it. 

The second video is a presentation of high school course offerings and opportunities that are available. 
Course Offerings: https://vimeo.com/397266310
 

Special Message from the Superintendent

Dear LISA Academy Families, LISA Academy considers protecting the health and safety of our staff and students a top priority. In response to the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, our administration has been reviewing and monitoring recommendations issued by CDC and the state of Arkansas to prepare for any action should an emergency be declared. Please click link above for more...

February 20, 2020 our students visited the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis.
 
Congratulations to our Science Olympiad team for their accomplishments on 
Saturday. Team 1 had a total of 3 golds, 2 silvers, and 1 bronze. Team 2 had a total of 1 gold and 3 bronze. Team 1 received the 2nd place overall trophy.  These students will participate in our state competition on April 11th. Please, wish these students Good Luck!
 
 
GT Parents

We are looking for parents to serve on the GT Parent Committee. If you are interested, please complete the form.
 
Upcoming Events
In an effort to maintain building security if you are planning to come visit your student at school please call the front office at least 24 hours in advance.
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Facebook
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Principal's Corner
 
 
 
Dear Parents/Guardians,


I want to take a second and say THANK YOU to everyone who worked so hard at spreading the word about LISA Academy during our application and lottery period.  We are very excited about new students coming to LISA and we are looking forward to the new 6th Grade Academy that will be on our campus next year.  Recall, the 6th Grade Academy will be in the current middle school building and the 7th and 8th grade students will be in what is now the current high school building right next door.  It is definitely an exciting time for LISA Academy West Middle School!

We are moving ever closer to the time of the state-mandated ACT Aspire Summative exam.  It seems like only yesterday we were starting school in August, and now it is March, almost the end of the 3rd quarter, and so close to April.  The ACT Aspire Summative exam will be April 28, 29, and 30, so it is only about 7 weeks away.  Obviously, that will likely go by just as quickly as the first three quarters of the school have gone.

In preparation for testing, we have bulked up our tutoring programs and expanded our pull-outs some.  If your student has been included in pull-outs or tutoring, please make sure to encourage them.  We've seen some tremendous growth among our students who are in these programs, and we feel confident that we will see great returns in the student's understanding of concepts and skills.

Returning to the topic of next year, I'd like to offer two reminders.  First, the video of the new high school building is embedded in this newsletter and is also on our website in the "About Us" drop-down.  Please take a look at it.  Second, Ms. Simpson has included a link to the presentation of high school course offerings and opportunities that was made to our students.  I have also linked it in the website under the "Academics" tab.  

I know students are looking forward to Spring Break!  I know I am, too.  Please encourage them to read, read, read.  We have books that can be checked out of our classroom libraries and they have the CALS technology card that can provide them access to even more resources, all free of charge.  The very best thing someone can do to increase their educational opportunities (and, to my mind, quality of life) is to read!

Peace,
Dr. Durand
Dr. Durand is reading "The Fixer"
 

Special Message from the Superintendent

Dear LISA Academy Families, LISA Academy considers protecting the health and safety of our staff and students a top priority. In response to the recent coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns, our administration has been reviewing and monitoring recommendations issued by CDC and the state of Arkansas to prepare for any action should an emergency be declared. Please click link above for more...

February 20, 2020 our students visited the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis.
 
Congratulations to our Science Olympiad team for their accomplishments on 
Saturday. Team 1 had a total of 3 golds, 2 silvers, and 1 bronze. Team 2 had a total of 1 gold and 3 bronze. Team 1 received the 2nd place overall trophy.  These students will participate in our state competition on April 11th. Please, wish these students Good Luck!
 
 
From the Desk of the Dean of Students
2nd Semester

Orientation

Please view our January Orientation video. The video was shared with all students this week and can be viewed in the Jaguar Google Classroom. 
 

Here is a link to the discipline information in the handbook

Things to pay attention to:

  • 3rd Level One Offense: One Day Suspension
  • 4th & Future Level One Offenses: Level Two Consequences
  • Using a cell phone and disrupting classes are Level One Offenses
If your child will be going home with another student or there is a change to their after school plan for just a day, then please email bfrench@lisaacademy.org so that we make sure we know where everyone is supposed to be.  Thank you for your help in ensuring the safety of the students.

Please review our dismissal policy (Student Handbook page 11). 
Students should be picked up no later than 30 minutes after dismissal each day. Students should not be in the school building later than 10 minutes following dismissal time unless accompanied by a staff member...
  • Students picked up after 3:01 will be charged $10
  • Students picked up after 3:15 will be charged $20
  • Students picked up after 3:30 will be charged $30
  • Students picked up after 3:45 will be charged $40, and so on
 
GT Parents

We are looking for parents to serve on the GT Parent Committee. If you are interested, please complete the form.
 
Upcoming Events
In an effort to maintain building security if you are planning to come visit your student at school please call the front office at least 24 hours in advance.
Twitter
Facebook
Instagram
 
 
February 20, 2020
 
Principal's Corner
 
 
 
Dear Parents/Guardians,


I'm writing this while watching the snow fall on Thursday morning.  Several of our students have just headed out to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis to learn more about that incredibly important period in our history; a period whose promise we still work to realize more fully.

I would like to congratulate our Quiz Bowl team for their 3rd-Place finish at the State Quiz Bowl tournament, and our MathCounts team for yet another great tournament, finishing 2nd in our District and getting ready for the State competition that we have won over ten times previously.  I'd also like congratulate our Science Olympiad competitors in advance for what I am sure will be a outstanding performance at their state competition this weekend.

While it's been a busy, busy time for our competition teams, it's also getting to the point in the year where it becomes busy for all of our students as they prepare for state testing.  We will be administering the third of three ACT Aspire Interim tests in early March (before Spring Break).  Please make sure to remind your student that the best way to prepare for testing is to work really hard in class all the way up to the testing window.  Our teachers and staff are dedicated to providing the best education possible to ALL students, and it is that triangle relationship - Parent/Student/Teacher - that is so critical for student success.  Thank you for all that you do to make sure your student has the best education possible!

We recently had our Scholastic Book Fair, and I am very grateful to students for suggesting some good books for me to read.  However, before getting to those, I am taking time during this Black History Month to read and reread a couple of works that have been very important in my own intellectual development.  Dr. King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail" always pulls strongly on my heart, and while I have read many of Zora Neale Hurston's works ("Their Eyes Were Watching God" and "Tell My Horse," for example), I am taking the opportunity to read one of hers that I haven't yet read, "Moses, Man of the Mountain."  If any of you happen to be interested in the brilliant work of the Harlem Renaissance, let me know - I have a reading list to share.

Peace,
Dr. Durand
Dr. Durand is rereading Dr. King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail," and reading Zora Neale Hurston's "Moses, Man of the Mountain."
 
Congratulations to Hadi Mian who placed first in the National Geographic Bee and will be representing LISA Academy Middle School in the state tournament. 3rd place is Kaneeka Chakraborty, 7th grade (on the right)and Bhavana Sridharan, 8th grade ( on the left). We are so proud of all of you!
 
Congratulations to Our Math Counts Winners
 
LISA West Academy Poetry Night and Art Auction
 
 
 
From the Desk of the Dean of Students
2nd Semester

Orientation

Please view our January Orientation video. The video was shared with all students this week and can be viewed in the Jaguar Google Classroom. 
 

Here is a link to the discipline information in the handbook

Things to pay attention to:

  • 3rd Level One Offense: One Day Suspension
  • 4th & Future Level One Offenses: Level Two Consequences
  • Using a cell phone and disrupting classes are Level One Offenses
If your child will be going home with another student or there is a change to their after school plan for just a day, then please email bfrench@lisaacademy.org so that we make sure we know where everyone is supposed to be.  Thank you for your help in ensuring the safety of the students.

Please review our dismissal policy (Student Handbook page 11). 
Students should be picked up no later than 30 minutes after dismissal each day. Students should not be in the school building later than 10 minutes following dismissal time unless accompanied by a staff member...
  • Students picked up after 3:01 will be charged $10
  • Students picked up after 3:15 will be charged $20
  • Students picked up after 3:30 will be charged $30
  • Students picked up after 3:45 will be charged $40, and so on
 
GT Parents

We are looking for parents to serve on the GT Parent Committee. If you are interested, please complete the form.
 
Upcoming Events
 
In an effort to maintain building security if you are planning to come visit your student at school please call the front office at least 24 hours in advance.
Twitter
Facebook
Instagram
 
 
February 6, 2020
Principal's Corner
Dear Parents/Guardians,

As we are getting into the Spring semester, I wanted to remind you all of a couple of important upcoming events.  On Wednesday, February 12th at 9, we will have the annual lottery for new applicants.  There's still time for folks to apply for the 20-21 school year.  If you have friends with students who might be interested, they can still apply until February 9th.

Beginning next week, we will be expanding our mandatory tutoring for students who didn't do as well as we'd hoped on the latest ACT Aspire Interim test.  I know that there are many tests that students undergo during the school year, but it is important that they always do their very best on each one. We all want each of our students to succeed to his or her highest potential, and we will continue working every day to make that happen.

To that end, we are also opening Saturday tutoring sessions as well, beginning on February 15.  While teachers will be contacting parents and guardians of students whom they think would benefit from the Saturday tutoring, it is also okay to have your student or for you to ask about including your student in Saturday tutoring.  We will be doing Math and English tutoring, so if you think your student would benefit, please let us know so that we can include them in the list.

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be coming up soon, as well.  When the links for setting up meeting times with your student's teachers comes out, please make sure to book your time with them.  The Parent-Teacher-Student relationship is so critically important to maximum student success.

Peace,
Dr. Durand
Dr. Durand is re-reading "The Lightning Thief"
As you know, we are going to have a new high school building next year.  Mr. Secgin has put together a terrific video that I would like to share.  I would also like to say that I'm extraordinarily proud of all of the students featured.  I can remember them when they were small 6th graders starting their LISA West adventure, and when I had them as 9th graders and their wide eyes in the high school, and I can't wait to see the strides that our students make in their new setting in 2020-2021!
 
Parent/Teacher Conference is scheduled for February 14, 2020 from 9am-5pm. Please use the links below to schedule.
 
Mr. Adiguzel Science https://aadiguzel.youcanbook.me/
Mr. Apuhan Math https://eapuhan.youcanbook.me
Ms. Barnes Math https://kbarnes.youcanbook.me
Mr. Beall ELA https://beall.youcanbook.me
Ms. Carroll Specials https://vickiecarroll.youcanbook.me/
Ms. Cozad Specials https://mcozad1.youcanbook.me
Ms. Foshee ESL  
Ms. Foster ELA https://tinyurl.com/Parent-Teacher-Conference-Appt
Ms. Gordon Math  
Mr. Gunnels ELA gunnels.youcanbook.me
Ms. Hogg ELA  
Mr. Johnson Science https://vjohnson.youcanbook.me
Ms. Kremer ELA https://kkremer.youcanbook.me/
Ms. McGill ELA smcgill.youcanbook.me
Mr. McGriff ELA http://whenisgood.net/c4yi9jx
Ms. Miller SS https://jmiller4.youcanbook.me
Ms. Pope Specials https://pope-spanish.youcanbook.me
Ms. Schaffner SS https://jschaffner.youcanbook.me
Ms. Simpson Specials http://www.mopubsathleticclub.com/Appointments.php
Ms. Small Math https://msmall.youcanbook.me
Ms. Swain Math swain.youcanbook.me
Ms. Van Brocklin Math https://ovanbrocklin.youcanbook.me
Ms. Walker SS https://walker3.youcanbook.me
Ms. Washington Science https://washington.youcanbook.me/
Ms. Wright Math https://aswright.youcanbook.me
 
 
 
 
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Thank you to everyone who made our Language Festival a HUGE Success!!!!!


  

    
 
From the Desk of the Dean of Students
2nd Semester

Orientation

Please view our January Orientation video. The video was shared with all students this week and can be viewed in the Jaguar Google Classroom. 
 

Here is a link to the discipline information in the handbook

Things to pay attention to:

  • 3rd Level One Offense: One Day Suspension
  • 4th & Future Level One Offenses: Level Two Consequences
  • Using a cell phone and disrupting classes are Level One Offenses
If your child will be going home with another student or there is a change to their after school plan for just a day, then please email bfrench@lisaacademy.org so that we make sure we know where everyone is supposed to be.  Thank you for your help in ensuring the safety of the students.

Please review our dismissal policy (Student Handbook page 11). 
Students should be picked up no later than 30 minutes after dismissal each day. Students should not be in the school building later than 10 minutes following dismissal time unless accompanied by a staff member...
  • Students picked up after 3:01 will be charged $10
  • Students picked up after 3:15 will be charged $20
  • Students picked up after 3:30 will be charged $30
  • Students picked up after 3:45 will be charged $40, and so on
 
Congratulations to our 2020 Homecoming Princess, Marlen Valadez, and Our 2020 Homecoming Queen, Savannah Jones. 
 
GT Parents

We are looking for parents to serve on the GT Parent Committee. If you are interested, please complete the form.
 
Upcoming Events
Be sure to visit the website for details on books and adding money to you eWallet account. Click the flyer below to be directed to our Scholastic Website
 
In an effort to maintain building security if you are planning to come visit your student at school please call the front office at least 24 hours in advance.
Twitter
Facebook
Instagram
 
February 3, 2020
Principal's Corner
 
Dear Parents/Guardians,

As you know, we are going to have a new high school building next year.  Mr. Secgin has put together a terrific video that I would like to share.  I would also like to say that I'm extraordinarily proud of all of the students featured.  I can remember them when they were small 6th graders starting their LISA West adventure, and when I had them as 9th graders and their wide eyes in the high school, and I can't wait to see the strides that our students make in their new setting in 2020-2021!
 
 
 
 
 
Apply Now
Open House Registration
Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate School Choice Week. Students had an amazing time celebrating. 
 
 
From the Desk of the Dean of Students
2nd Semester Orientation
Please view our January Orientation video. The video was shared with all students this week and can be viewed in the Jaguar Google Classroom. 
 

Here is a link to the discipline information in the handbook

Things to pay attention to:

  • 3rd Level One Offense: One Day Suspension
  • 4th & Future Level One Offenses: Level Two Consequences
  • Using a cell phone and disrupting classes are Level One Offenses
If your child will be going home with another student or there is a change to their after school plan for just a day, then please email bfrench@lisaacademy.org so that we make sure we know where everyone is supposed to be.  Thank you for your help in ensuring the safety of the students.

Please review our dismissal policy (Student Handbook page 11). 
Students should be picked up no later than 30 minutes after dismissal each day. Students should not be in the school building later than 10 minutes following dismissal time unless accompanied by a staff member...
  • Students picked up after 3:01 will be charged $10
  • Students picked up after 3:15 will be charged $20
  • Students picked up after 3:30 will be charged $30
  • Students picked up after 3:45 will be charged $40, and so on
 
 
GT Parents

We are looking for parents to serve on the GT Parent Committee. If you are interested, please complete the form.
 
Upcoming Events
 
In an effort to maintain building security if you are planning to come visit your student at school please call the front office at least 24 hours in advance.
Twitter
Facebook
Instagram
 
January 23, 2020
 
 
 
 
Apply Now
Open House Registration
 
Principal's Corner
 
Dear Parents/Guardians,


It's a busy time at LISA Academy!  Obviously, the plans for the new high school and the creation of the 6th Grade Academy and the moving of the 7th/8th grades into the current high school building are top of mind for folks - and that is all very exciting!  At the same time, there are some other activities that are critical to get done during this very busy time.

The first of these in re-enrollment.  The deadline for re-enrollment is Friday, January 24th.  If for some reason you haven't received the email with the re-enrollment form, please contact our front office - 501-227-4942 - so that they can help with that.  On a personal note, I have very much enjoyed getting to know our middle school students this year, and I know that they will have a great experience next year in the newly updated LISA Academy West system.  I would like to see all of the students back next year because the future is very bright for them and for LISA!

Secondly, we are in the midst of the recruitment season for new students for LISA Academy.  I'd like to remind everyone that we have an incentive for recommendations.  If parents or guardians recommend three students who apply to LISA, those parents/guardians will receive a free uniform shirt for their student - either for this year or for next year (for example, if your student is moving from 8th to 9th grade and thus from the grey shirt to the blue shirt, you might want to take advantage of getting next year's uniform purchases off to a good start with a free one).  I would also like to thank all of the folks who have gotten flyers or yard signs to advertise LISA Academy.  We still have flyers and yard signs. 

Third, there are some really exciting events coming up.  The Language Festival will be February 1st (please see the announcement below).  I was visiting the Spanish classes today and they were planning the food that they will be preparing for the Festival.  It is always delicious, and I can guarantee that it will be a memorable event! In fact, I got hungry listening to all of their plans.  I'm really proud of our students for their drive, creativity, and performances!

I'd also like to take a second to thank Arden Santos for her book recommendation.  I finished reading "I am Malala" yesterday, and it is definitely one of the best books I've read in quite some time.  If you are interested in being inspired by both personal courage and a commitment to life-changing power of education, I can promise that you will love this book!

I received another student recommendation for a book, and I'm looking forward to starting it.  Micah Verser told me about "Monster" by Walter Dean Myers.  The book won the Coretta Scott King Award and I'm looking forward to giving it a read.  Thanks, Micah!

Peace,
Dr. Durand
Dr. Durand just finished "I am Malala" and is starting "Monster".
 



Registration for Spring 2020 Clubs will open Wednesday, January 8 and close Friday, January 31. All payments must be made to the front office by Friday, January 31. See Mrs. McGill for any questions.
 
 
From the Desk of the Dean of Students
January Orientation
Please view our January Orientation video. The video was shared with all students this week and can be viewed in the Jaguar Google Classroom. 
 

Here is a link to the discipline information in the handbook

Things to pay attention to:

  • 3rd Level One Offense: One Day Suspension
  • 4th & Future Level One Offenses: Level Two Consequences
  • Using a cell phone and disrupting classes are Level One Offenses
If your child will be going home with another student or there is a change to their after school plan for just a day, then please email bfrench@lisaacademy.org so that we make sure we know where everyone is supposed to be.  Thank you for your help in ensuring the safety of the students.

Please review our dismissal policy (Student Handbook page 11). 
Students should be picked up no later than 30 minutes after dismissal each day. Students should not be in the school building later than 10 minutes following dismissal time unless accompanied by a staff member...
  • Students picked up after 3:01 will be charged $10
  • Students picked up after 3:15 will be charged $20
  • Students picked up after 3:30 will be charged $30
  • Students picked up after 3:45 will be charged $40, and so on
 
 
GT Parents

We are looking for parents to serve on the GT Parent Committee. If you are interested, please complete the form.
 
Upcoming Events
 
In an effort to maintain building security if you are planning to come visit your student at school please call the front office at least 24 hours in advance.
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January 16, 2020
 
 
 
Principal's Corner
 

Dear Parents/Guardians,


I'm glad to see all our students back and getting into the swing of the new semester.  This is a very busy semester - testing, re-enrollment, Language Festival, STEMFest, just to name a few of the activities coming up.

I want to highlight especially re-enrollment.  Everyone should have received several emails with regard to re-enrollment of students for next year.  It is VERY important to fill out this form for your students so that their seat will be confirmed for them next year.  The deadline for re-enrollment is January 24 - so, very, very soon.  If you are having ANY difficulty with the re-enrollment process, please come by school so that our front office can help you out.  We very much want your student to be with us next year!  Any students who aren't re-enrolled will not be guaranteed a seat next year, so it is really quite critical that the re-enrollment happens as soon as possible!

It's also application season.  Remember that word of mouth is still the best way for folks to hear about LISA.  Tell your friends, neighbors and acquaintances, please.  We have yard signs and flyers if you know of places that would be good advertising for the LISA Family.

Peace,
Dr. Durand
Dr. Durand is reading "I Am Malala."
 
 
 
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Registration for Spring 2020 Clubs will open Wednesday, January 8 and close Friday, January 31. All payments must be made to the front office by Friday, January 31. See Mrs. McGill for any questions.
 
Thank you Board of Education Member, Susan Chambers, for visiting our campus. 
 
From the Desk of the Dean of Students
January Orientation
Please view our January Orientation video. The video was shared with all students this week and can be viewed in the Jaguar Google Classroom. 
 

Here is a link to the discipline information in the handbook

Things to pay attention to:

  • 3rd Level One Offense: One Day Suspension
  • 4th & Future Level One Offenses: Level Two Consequences
  • Using a cell phone and disrupting classes are Level One Offenses
If your child will be going home with another student or there is a change to their after school plan for just a day, then please email bfrench@lisaacademy.org so that we make sure we know where everyone is supposed to be.  Thank you for your help in ensuring the safety of the students.

Please review our dismissal policy (Student Handbook page 11). 
Students should be picked up no later than 30 minutes after dismissal each day. Students should not be in the school building later than 10 minutes following dismissal time unless accompanied by a staff member...
  • Students picked up after 3:01 will be charged $10
  • Students picked up after 3:15 will be charged $20
  • Students picked up after 3:30 will be charged $30
  • Students picked up after 3:45 will be charged $40, and so on
 
The National Geographic Bee will take place in the classrooms the first week of January. A study guide can be provided by the Social Studies teachers. If you have any questions please contact Ms. Walker at walker@lisaacademy.org. Thank you!
 
 
GT Parents

Dear parents, We are having a GT night at LISA West Middle School January 16th, at 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Please join us for a Q and A and participate in our service program The Wisdom House Project. Light snacks will be provided. We hope to see you there!

We are looking for parents to serve on the GT Parent Committee. If you are interested, please complete the form.
 
Upcoming Events
 
In an effort to maintain building security if you are planning to come visit your student at school please call the front office at least 24 hours in advance.
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