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.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Summer is here!


There will be alot happening at LMS.  Be sure to check the school web page for times for lunch and breakfast.  Summer school will be happening mid July.  The LMS School Garden will be working hard under the sun and rain to produce some crops that the students have diligently planted.

Monday, February 23, 2015

New face in the Guidance Office

February 2015

I mentioned Mrs. Racheal McGraw in an earlier post.  Mrs. McGraw is a school counseling intern from Husson University working with Mrs. O'Connell for the remainder of the year.  This will be once a week on Wednesdays.   Mrs. McGraw will be supervised and working with Mrs. O'Connell in all activities.  The extra support for students is exciting.  Mrs. McGraw wrote this article to help inform parents of our work together.

Racheal M. McGraw

School Counselor Intern

I am a school counseling graduate student currently working in a school counselor capacity at a school in Bangor and as an intern at Leonard Middle School. As a school-counseling intern, I offer services that are aligned with the standards and practices of the American School Counselor Association (ASCA) National Model. The program offered at Leonard Middle School is comprehensive and seeks to meet the needs of all students, regardless of multicultural, developmental and diverse factors. It is my goal to meet the needs of all students and provide services to enhance their academic, career, and personal/social areas of growth.

The LMS school counseling program is comprehensive and includes a variety of practices that support optimal growth of all students academically, socially and emotionally. These services include individual and group counseling, classroom guidance, crisis interventions, preventative techniques, academic reinforcement and support services.  These services target three specific areas of needs for students:  academic, career, and personal/social development. As an intern, my position is not designed to provide long-term counseling to students. However, the Leonard Middle School program partners with community agencies equipped to address the needs of our students and families outside of the school environment.  

Education and Experience

I received an A.S. degree in Business Administration from Husson College and a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Maine, Orono. I am expected to graduate from Husson University in May of 2015 with an M.S. degree in School Counseling.  I have a background in mental health, working with the at risk youth population for several years. During this experience, I worked closely with youth who had severe behavioral issues and mental health diagnosis.