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Leavitt Middle School

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Keith Wipperman

Principal
Keith Wipperman

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Wow, this year sure has flown by! As we enter into the summer of what has been a terrific year at Leavitt Middle School, I want to keep you updated on some very important dates and events.

One of the great things that the state did for our district was to provide us with a fresh way of looking at our school data. This system held us accountable while also celebrating success. Think of it as a consumer report that provides the community with a way to review how schools are making progress in helping students learn and achieving academically. Our school has achieved a “Four Star” ranking under the district’s School Performance Framework; based on a five star scale. Our “Four Star” designation means of our students are making continued efforts to learn and grow from the last school year; that a large number of them are passing state tests; and that we are making progress in closing achievement gaps between all students – regardless of their individual educational needs. Additionally, our designation means that our school is fostering a positive learning environment for all students – this includes solid attendance, educational equity for students, engaging parents and developing positive relationships with them. Our goal is to continue to make refinements and improvements that will allow us to increase our results. As your principal, I remain committed to working with all of our staff, parents and students to help this school reach its highest performance levels. However, in order for this school to fulfill all of its potential, I will need the help of everyone in our school family. Parental involvement is a key component of our school’s success and I encourage you to stay involved in your child’s education by checking Infinite Campus, checking in on their study habits and assignments, and talking to them about school. Furthermore, I encourage you to attend out monthly PAC meetings to provide your thoughts on how our school is doing and things we can do to improve. You are a member of our family and any assistance you provide is appreciated as we look to educate young minds and have all of our students “Ready By Exit.”

During this school year, we have been very fortunate to be successful in our fundraising efforts through our school-wide fundraiser and through our daily student store sales. That money all goes directly back to your students in the form of student of the month activities, honor card rewards and prizes, classroom supplies and materials utilized by your children, student trips, and student council activities. Next year, we will be working towards fundraising for a security gate just inside the front doors by the health office in the quad. We are doing this to help continue to ensure student safety. More information will be coming home in the fall. We hope you will be able to help support this as the gate will cost approximately $17,000 and it must be totally site-funded at Leavitt MS. Finally, we collected over $400 worth of boxtops for use in the classroom. We would like to thank the parent volunteers for their assistance. We appreciate your support as we continue to see our school budget get smaller and hope you will continue to support the school generously.

As many of you know we have worked very hard to successfully increase the use of technology at Leavitt MS over the last few years to increase student engagement and to help prepare them for college and careers in the 21st century. This was our first year with a whole grade level having iPads in their hands and we have learned a lot and will continue to refine our practices in the classroom. We will look to further implement this program by possibly including our 7th graders as I try to secure more funding.
There is one small issue that I need your assistance with as parents and guardians. The district has gone to completely digital version of school registration on Infinite Campus. Please be sure that you log into Infinite Campus and complete your family’s online registration. You only have to do this one time for the whole family. Then they are registered for school upon bringing in a current proof of address. We are trying to get 100% of registrations complete and we ask that you get this done ASAP. We have computers available at Leavitt MS if you need assistance.

As we prepare for the 2015-2016 school year we again await news of the budget in order to determine what we will be offering. I will be continuing to look to secure funding to get our whole school into a one-to-one model where all students have access to an iPad. As part of the Clark County School District’s Middle School Initiative, Leavitt Middle School will also continue to implement the Advanced Placement (AP) Springboard curriculum which utilizes pre-AP strategies in middle school math and ELA classrooms in order to prepare students for AP classes in high school. Finally, we will implement the Gateway elective strands which utilize high-level science teaching strategies and increased technology to encourage students to work towards careers in science and engineering. These programs are geared toward helping children work toward college and careers in the highly competitive fields of Robotics and Flight and Automated Flight (Drones). We believe this will help to increase the rigor of instruction at Leavitt Middle School.

Important notes/dates:
• July 27 @ 6:30 PM – Mandatory Cheer Parent Meeting
• August 17 & 18 – Jumpstart event
• August 24 – First Day of School
• August 27 – Open House

I hope this edition of the newsletter finds you in good health and ready to embrace the hot summer weather.

Sincerely,

Keith Wipperman
Principal

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Daily Announcement 6/1/15

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