Cougar Connection: August 14, 2020

COUGAR CONNECTION

Virtual School Tour
We are here to ensure all students, especially our new ones, have a positive transition to Lakewood Middle School. As much as we would love to give each and every one of you an in-person tour, given the unique circumstances, we felt it best to create a virtual tour. Please watch the LKMS Virtual School Tour here: https://youtu.be/V1OCaqbXjZ4.

Interesting Times
Yesterday, Thursday, August 13, would have marked the originally scheduled start to the 2020-2021 school year. This past week we have been very busy scheduling our students who will be participating with in-person learning and with VirtualED. Regardless of the manner in which your child will be learning this year, we are here for you and your family. Although our district’s website already includes a plethora of information, (https://www.bluevalleyk12.org/Page/35640), additional information regarding modifications to the 2020-2021 school year will be communicated in the weeks leading up to the new first day of school, September 9.

2020-2021 LKMS Handbook Available
The 2020-2021 LKMS Handbook is now available online. The LKMS Handbook is designed to help our students, staff, and parents better understand our routines and procedures. If you are new to LKMS, we feel as though the handbook is a great resource. Lastly, please note that, especially during these unprecedented times, the handbook is subject to change.

https://www.bluevalleyk12.org/cms/lib/ks02212623/Centricity/Domain/5203/LKM%20Student%20Handbook%202020.pdf

IMPACT
The start of the school year is filled with excitement, anticipation, and more. Annually, schools typically choose a theme for the upcoming year. This year our school’s theme is IMPACT. The vision of LKMS is “to inspire and empower students to positively impact the world.” At LKMS we want to inspire our students to make a difference in this world while at the same time empowering them with the tools and resources to do so. We also believe that we need to ACT (in a variety of ways) to have the greatest IMPACT.

Take an active role in your child’s online safety with Securly Home
We recognize that student safety and well-being in the online world is a shared responsibility between our schools and families, and with Securly Home, taking an active role in your child’s online safety has never been easier. While school personnel may monitor online activity on district devices when students are connected to the BV Network/IP Address, it is the responsibility of our families to monitor online activity on district devices in the evenings, on weekends, over holidays and during school breaks, including summer break. As our incoming 6th grade students will be receiving Chromebooks this year, it is our hope our parents will take advantage of this resource once they receive their device. 

DOWNLOAD Securly Home Parent Portal app (on iTunes or Google Play)*: With the Securly Home Parent Portal app, families can monitor student technology use and customize filters on district devices. Custom filters/rules set through the Securly Home Parent Portal will only apply when a district device is NOT connected to the BV Network/IP Address. If you choose not to set custom rules, devices will continue to be filtered through the district’s default settings. This app is currently available to families with students who received a district Chromebook/MacBook as part of the 1:Learner initiative. Securly Home accounts are tied to the email address you have listed in ParentVUE. If you need assistance adding or updating your email in ParentVUE, call the front office of your school.

RECEIVE self-harm notifications: Families who download the Securly Home Parent Portal app will automatically be opted-in to receive mobile push notifications if their child searches content related to self-harm on a district-provided device. For resources to help talk to your child about their well-being, visit the district website. 

PAUSE access to the internet: With Securly Home, families can temporarily disable/pause access to the internet on their child’s district device outside of the BV Network/IP Address.

REVIEW weekly online activity emails: Families will receive weekly email reports from Securly containing a sample of their child’s online activity on district-provided Chromebooks/MacBooks as part of the 1:Learner initiative. Those who do not want email updates can opt out by clicking Unsubscribe at the bottom of the Securly email.

Learn more at www.bluevalleyk12.org/securly, including answers to frequently asked questions. Need help? Email help@securly.com or visit https://support.securly.com.

You Matter Festival
Supporting the emotional and mental health of our students is a priority. Last year we welcomed Will Gurley, high school student and organizer of the You Matter Festival, to visit with all LKMS students and staff. All LKMS families are invited to virtually attend the 3rd Annual You Matter Festival. This music festival promotes mental health awareness and suicide prevention. The virtual event takes place on August 15th, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM at youmatterfestival.net.

Welcome New Staff Members
One of the most important aspects of a successful school is having dedicated, caring, and professional staff members work with its students. Many hours were spent over the last 3 months interviewing and hiring people who we believe are excellent staff members to work with your child(ren). Please join me in welcoming the newest members of our learning community:

  • Alexis Messerly, School Psychologist
  • Haley Knudsen, Theatre and Modern Communications
  • Tori Loepp, Vocal Music
  • Ethan Loewen, Orchestra
  • Kristin Callison, Physical Education