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Dear Students, Staff, Parents, and Guardians:

I hope everyone was able to enjoy the holiday break. Break gives us time to rest and recuperate and to gather energy as we push towards the end of the first semester. I truly hope that all of you had time to spend with your immediate and extended families during this wonderful time. I want to thank everyone for their amazing generosity as we again were able to provide many needed items during the holiday time through our canned food drive and Angel tree. We fed many local families during both Thanksgiving time and the holiday time as well as collected enough canned food items to fill two U-Haul trucks that went to the families at Orr Middle School. This time reminds me how lucky I am to work at Leavitt Middle School.

As the first semester of the school year draws to a close, it is a great opportunity to remind our students of the importance of having a strong work ethic and where their hard work is going to get them, namely graduation and college. Please take a minute to talk with your son/daughter about the opportunity that will come with the fresh start in their grades after semester exams. Semester exams were held on January 15 through the 17th and report cards will come home on February 4.

I hope that many of you were able to see CCSD’s 2013-2014 school performance framework (SPF) ratings on the CCSD the website. Leavitt has earned a four star rating! A four-star rating means that our school continues to perform better than almost every other middle school in the state on our annual CRTs as well as continuing to show strong growth in all areas. We also made our annual yearly progress (AYP) goal this year! This is very exciting news as you have to meet the criteria in all 37 areas to meet your AYP goal.

We are so proud of our straight A and honor roll students! Students who make the honor roll (3.0 G.P.A. or higher) received an “Honor Card” to use throughout the second quarter for such items as student store treats, front of the line passes, and early-out passes. At the beginning of the second semester, we will hold our Honor Card Extravaganza Drawing. Honor Cards were pulled at random for prizes such as Kindles, iPods, Razor scooters, and over $1000 dollars in gift cards. This past quarter we had 859 Patriots earn an Honor Card. That is 60% of our students! We also had 160 with perfect attendance!! Keep up the good work Patriots!

Another exciting development had been the success of our basketball teams. Our girls are still undefeated and the boys have only lost one game at this point. Great job Patriots!

As we begin the second semester, we will begin a collection of Box Tops to help support student recognition and activities at Leavitt. Please look for Box Tops on your favorite products and clip and save them. We will be collecting them in February. Prizes will be awarded for the top collecting classes. This program is a great way for Leavitt to raise money so please tell your friends and family to help clip and save them as well. Keep in mind that if you are collecting for your local elementary school we do not want to take Box Tops from them. Thank you for your continued support. Please take some time to check out our new website and basketball page at www.leavittms.net as well as like us on Facebook where I share all of the positive things our students and staff accomplish.

As we close out the first semester, the administrative staff at Leavitt Middle School wishes you a very happy and safe 2014. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to assist you.

Sincerely,

Keith Wipperman

Principal

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