Friday, August 12, 2016

Check out the school garden page or go on a field trip and check out the garden behind LMS.

Friday, June 10, 2016

JUNE 10, 2016  SUMMER is Here...This blog is easily read on your mobile device.  The simplest way to access is to go to the LMS school web page and click on School Counseling under the STUDENTS section. 
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I will post announcements, podcasts and educational information for parents and students.  We know from our SCREENAGERS documentary that educational games and screentime if limited is helpful. 
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MInd Yeti
Parks Pals Game

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

February 2, 2016

Ground Hog Day and it's beautiful.  I guess that means 6 more weeks of winter.  Here are the updates. that will see us through a month or two.

Happy National School Counseling Week.  Feb 1-5.   We had a special viewing of the documentary Paper Tigers.  A in depth look at traumatic brain stress and what one school did about it.  Ms. Nesin and I wrote grants and booked Spotlight Cinema to hold a screening for the 8th grade students and the wider community.  We will be talking about this documentary in 8th grade classes and listening to students ideas about solutions.
Paper Tiger will be playing at Spotlight Cinemas  Feb 2 and 3rd at 7 pm.

Kindness Week will be celebrated Feb 8-12.  We have activities planned and prepare to wrap the school in KINDNESS in Feb and beyond.  #kindnessmattersatlms

Grief Support Group:
Pathfinders is announcing its Spring 2016 session:
Mondays March 7-May 16, 2016
6-7:30 pm   ages 4-adult
Call Linda Boyle for more info: 944-2474

School Counseling Intern
Mrs. O'Connell is excited to announce a school counseling intern will be joining her for the spring semester.  Ilunga Mutombo is excited to be joining us and will be learning all things school counseling with Mrs. O'Connell. More information to come.

School Garden:
If you drive behind the middle school you will see a fabulous gardening shed that the Old Town High School Applied Science class made under the supervision of Stan Peterson.   We have a great lead on a greenhouse with solar power.  Watch out DEER!  You are our next project.  Any parents interested in helping contact Mrs. O'Connell or Mrs. Drake.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

December 2015

Fall has rushed by and with it time.  Where did the time go.  Here are some updates:

School Garden- we have added some items to make the soil healthier and hopefully with this good weather this week some turning of the soil will happen.  The best news is that the gardening shed which is almost finished by the Applied Science Class at Old Town High School will soon be in place by the garden.  We are very excited and appreciative of Mr. Peterson and his students.

LMS Civil Rights Team-The LMS Civil Rights team has some projects that they are working on.  The STAR Board is up and looking for STARs.  You know the kind.... students or adults who are a star in someone's life and need to be recognized.  .50 will buy a gold star that will have your compliment or encouragement printed on it.  We will be hosting a KINDNESS Challenge that will begin on January 19-29, 2016. We will keep you posted for upcoming events.   The team is involved with a leadership opportunity with the  Maine Youth Action Network.   Our very own Kayla Burke was on the news talking about the conference we attended.  Students on the Civil Rights team were inspired to create a video to promote our campaign for a school wide event.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Welcome Back 2015

2015- this is the year of some new adventures.
September 2015

The LMS Gardening Club will welcome Mr. Al Benner the inventor of a really cool app for kids to learn about gardens, plants and the environment.   Check out his website at Powerful Plants.  He also got to the second round of the show Shark Tank in Portland.  Mrs. O'Connell invited him to visit our school and speak to students about inventing and school gardens.   Tuesday 11-12 in the LMS library.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Gardening Thoughts July 2015

Thoughts from the Leonard Middle School Gardeners.

We have a work in progress, some of the plants are growing,  Zucchini and tomatoes are growing.   

The 3 Sisters Garden is really growing great. The beans look about 3 inches tall.

The peppers are really ripe and look ready to pick. 

We pulled a lot a weeds and watered some plants.  There were baby tomatoes, which were round and bumpy. 

My second time in the garden I finally got the monster weed.  I used a trowel and it was a big weed. 

We added some flowers to make it more colorful and pretty.   We put them under the garden loom.

For my first time in the garden it has improved since I last worked in the garden at the end of school.   It is exciting to see all the food growing and it isn’t that far from when we will be eating what we grow. 

I got sprayed with the hose. 

We worked in the kale and broccoli garden.  We got most of the weeds out.  It seemed like it needed more water.  We think it is a good thing about the garden.  It is an activity that outside, and kids need good nutrition.

I was doing really hard work in the tomatoes.  My uncle works in a gardening company and he had to work hard.   I find gardening ok. 

Weeding in the tomatoes was hard.  I liked it in the garden and being outside.