Lanier MS Updates - November 1, 2019

Important Upcoming Events

11/1 -   End of First Quarter

11/4 - 11/5  Student Holidays

11/6 - Career Day

11/7 - SCA Dance

11/18 - 1st Quarter Celebration

11/21 - PTA Meeting

11/27-29 Thanksgiving Holiday



Being Resilient in Algebra with some Elbow Grease

From the Principal's Desk

Dear Eagle Families,

It's November!  We are so thankful for the opportunity to work with your children at Lanier each and every day.  We are thankful for their spirited participation all week in the Spirit Week! 


Speaking of Spirit, I'd like to introduce Ms. Marcotte, an 8th grade Algebra teacher who took the initiative to empower her students with some elbow grease.  Her 8th grade students were feeling challenged and a little defeated by the rigor of the Algebra class they had signed up for.  She needed a way to inspire them and saw John Cena on the Today show one Saturday morning. John Cena is jumping from the ring to the pages of a children’s book series which has a modern day feeling similar to the theme of the Little Engine That Could.  In his book Elbow Grease, the main character is a younger, smaller monster truck in a family of monster trucks who each have very different personalities. Elbow Grease has guts, grit and gumption and shows his brothers that he can succeed. She shared the book with her classes and told them if they put in a little "elbow grease" they would gain the resilience and critical thinking skills needed to be successful in Algebra. In the interview, Cena said he wants the book to pass on positivity to help younger generations see that the right mindset is the key to achievement. The students helped create a mural on the wall of the classroom with a picture of Elbow Grease and some inspirational words to help keep their spirits lifted in a positive direction. The students think it would be fun to get John Cena in to read them the book and have been posting pictures of the wall on Twitter and Instagram! She's pleased that she found something to turn their mindset to positivity.

This week, the ESOL Department also hosted the ESOL Family Dinner Night. As you can see by the pictures, it was very well attended. Hearts, and bellies, were full as students shared their stories and wonderful dishes from their cultures.

Thank you to all staff and students who participated in Anti-Bullying Spirit Week. I was so happy walking down the hallways of Lanier finding our Eagles celebrating.  Based on the picture below, you might think the staff is full of twins, nope, that was just Spirit Week. What did the Rock, Paper, and Scissors ask students to do about bullying? "Cut it out!"  




Tammy Hanna

Principal, Lanier Middle School

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Spirit Week - LMS Staff celebrated Twin Day


The evening began with a lovely dinner hosted by the ESOL department.  Many staff members and families got together to break bread. 


Rock, Paper and Scissor of Lanier (Ms. Johnson, Ms. Bousman-Stanczak (APs) and Ms. Teague (DSS)


End of First Quarter

It is hard to believe, the end of the first 9 week grading period is Friday, November 1, 2019.

For quarter 1-3 :  Report cards will be sent home with LMS students. Report cards may also be available online through SIS ParentVUE and SIS StudentVUE.  ParentVUE and StudentVUE can also be accessed using a Mobile App, such as an iPhone, iPad or Android device.

For your convenience we have provided you a list of the distribution dates for report cards for the remainder of the school year.  Please be sure to note these dates so that you can check your students’ report card grades once they arrive at home and/or online.

(Dates are subject to change due to inclement weather.)


As a reminder, don’t forget to ask your child for his/her report card on Friday, November 8, 2019.  If you do not receive a report card please contact the Student Services office at (703) 934-2430. If you have specific questions concerning your child’s grades contact his/her teacher directly.


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SIS ParentVUE and SIS StudentVUE can also be accessed using a Mobile App, such as iPhone, iPad or Android device. Click on this link:

Lost and Found

Has your student misplaced his/her sweater? jacket? binder and etc?  Have them look through the lost and found in the main office.  We are starting to cumulate many items. 


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