Master J.K. Lee Sends a Strong Message

Lane Intermediate was lucky enough to have a guest speaker, Master J.K. Lee, come speak to us about confidence, anti-bullying and other important topics that are important for all middle schoolers to hear.  After his presentation was done, the students blogged about their thoughts.  Instead of writing my interpretation, here are some of their thoughts from the presentation.

“J. K. Lee was an awesome instructor. I liked how he would give examples that made sense to me. He taught me things like not to fight back when being bullied. When I was being bullied by someone, I would fight back and get in trouble. Now I know that when that happens, not to fight back and I learned some techniques that will help me in the future.”

“Today JK Lee came here to tell us how to stand up to bullying.He also taught us how to block some moves for self defense.We learned ways that you could say something to somebody so we don’t do anything physical to them.We learned something called hot buttons.Hot buttons are something that makes you upset when some one says something to you that gets you really angry.”

“Today we had a guest visitor at Lane, his name was Master Lee. He told us some things about himself and why he was here. Then he said he was going to teach us some verbal self defense. He said you have to be kind to your opponent, and you have to be confident. Without confidence, the bullies will think it is easy to pick on you. We practiced some verbal, and physical defense will Master Lee. We had lots of fun, and I hope he comes again.”

“I thought that this presentation for bullying was just going to be a boring talk about nothing. But, it was not that at all, thanks to JK Lee. He did much more than talk. We moved around, did fun activities, and got us intrigued in what he was doing. That made this 45 minutes of fun. I was skeptical about it first. “What does this have to do with bullying?” He gave us examples about what had experienced throughout his life-including him being a victim.

He showed us what to do, say, and react to when we are in a bullying-type situation, and that helped me a lot. I will definitely use those ideas if I ever get into a situation like that. You should too. In fact, we all should. These are the kind of things we needed to learn long ago. And, yes, we finally have. Thanks, Jk Lee!”

He taught a lot of important lessons and shared some great strategies!  Please follow up with your child about what they learned today.
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Plus Stars – Week 4


Perseverance: Hannah H. (not pictured) — Hannah always shows perseverance with everything she works on in at school.  Instead of turning in the work that is asked, Hannah excels and perseveres to turn in work at her highest quality.  She also shows her perseverance by staying on task and is always doing what she’s supposed to be doing all day long.

Leadership:  Leslie S. —  Leslie is an excellent leader by example.  She is an amazing scholar who helps her peers when they need it.  You can always find her collaborating and helping others who struggle.  Additionally, she leads by showing others how their behaviors should be in Workshop by modeling the appropriate behaviors for scholars.

Uplift:  Austin B. — Austin has been constantly uplifting people.  He is one of our daily door holders when we head down to morning base group.  He uplifts his teammates on the basketball court.  Additionally, he also goes over to Madison Elementary and uplifts his elementary school reading buddies.  He always has a positive demeanor about him and is a pleasure to be around.

Scholarship:  Abby S. – Abby shows her scholarly ways daily in Workshop.  She asks good questions when she is confused and always there to help another scholar who maybe struggling.  Her scholarship is shown daily by going above and beyond her daily expectations.  She is even working on a story with a few other students.

We are very proud of these students, in addition to all of our scholars at Lane!

Parent Portal

Hello everyone,

We just wanted to check in really quickly and let you know that our grade books are all up to date.  Please check for missing assignments and communicate with your student.  Kids should be aware of these things because they have a checklist in iTunes U and they have turn-in links on Edmodo.  Thanks for your continued support!

Important Information from the West Coast

Seminar Schedule:

Monday:  Math & Science

Tuesday:  Balanced Literacy (Reading) & Social Studies

Wednesday:  Math & Science

Thursday:  Balanced Literacy (Writing) & Social Studies

Friday:  To be determined based on the week/student need

Due Dates:   (All assignment due dates can also be found on iTunesU)

Balanced Literacy

Weekly:  2 Achieve articles with a score of 75% or better on the activity from the first try; 2 Kid Blog posts on any topic

Every Tuesday:  a Writing assignment (assigned the previous Thursday)

Every Thursday:  a Reading assignment focusing on a reading strategy (assigned that Tuesday)

Science & Social Studies

Work will be assigned in Seminar but the due dates differ depending on the task.  Please check with your child nightly to ask what they’re working on and due dates for Science and Social Studies.


Weekly:  Assignments will be due on Tuesdays and Thursdays with a quiz on most Fridays; 2 TenMarks assignments with a score of 75% or higher.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences are tonight at Lane from 4:30-8:00; they are in the main gym.

You will find all the teachers sitting at separate tables, which gives you the opportunity to line up and speak to whomever you need to.  Conferences should last no longer than ten minutes to respect the time of those waiting.

If you are unavailable tonight and have a concern or comment, feel free to email us, call us or Class Dojo message us.

Scholastic Book Orders!

Shop Online:     One-Time Class Activation Code: MMGGP

Dear Families,

Encouraging reading is one of the most important things we can do to help your child succeed. It can be tough finding the right books to keep them interested, which is why I am so excited that our class will be participating in Scholastic Reading Club this school year.

With Scholastic Reading Club:

– Every book you buy earns FREE Books for our classroom library

– You can choose from handpicked, grade- and reading-level-specific books for your child

– You’ll find the best values on a variety of formats, including eBooks

Each month, your child will bring home Reading Club flyers. Together you can choose from books hand-selected by teachers and experts, and then order online or by returning your order form and payment to me.

I’d also love some help growing our classroom Reading Club. If you’d like to help out, please let me know! I’m excited to get our class reading!

Thank you for your support!

If This Is Your First Time Ordering Online:


– ENTER the one-time Class Activation Code (top of this letter)

– SHOP from a carefully curated selection of the best books, value packs, and Storia eBooks

– SUBMIT your order and earn FREE Books for our classroom

– All book orders will be shipped to our classroom so we can celebrate the joy of reading together!

Plus Stars – Week 3


Plus Stars of the Week

Perseverance:  Joseph J. — Joe has been working hard on all his tasks and persevering through his assignments.  When he is confused, he does not give up.  He perseveres through challenge and asks questions when needed.  He has been working extremely hard keeping up with his assignments on iTunesU.  Way to go Joseph, keep persevering.

Leadership:  Jazzy R. —  Jazzy is an amazing leader by example.  When spotted in Workshop, she is on task and doing what she’s supposed to be.  Other students are able to view Jazzy as a leader because of her positive actions.  She has also been a leader in Workshop by helping her peers that were struggling with their math assignments.  Nice job, Jazzy!  Keep being a leader.

Uplift:  Morgan K. — Morgan has been uplifting people all year.  This week she uplifted her peers by helping those who were struggling.  She has uplifted her teachers by her hard work on her school tasks and by her smiling, positive attitude daily.  Lastly, she uplifted elementary school students this week as well when she traveled to Madison Elementary.  Keep uplifting people, Morgan!

Scholarship:  Jasmine M. – Jasmine showed her scholarship this week by working extremely hard to get caught up on her work.  She realized she had some things missing and asked specific questions to find out what she needed to accomplish.  She then worked on those tasks and put in her best effort.  Way to be a scholar, Jasmine!

We are very proud of these students, in addition to all of our scholars at Lane!

Make sure to check back to see who our next PLUS Stars will be!

Infinite Campus – Parent Portal

Our grade books are finally up and running properly!  

Please check these weekly to see the work turned in and work that is missing for your student.

If your child has missing work, it will be labeled.  We all are happy and willing to accept missing work, and we expect all work to be completed even if late.  If you or your child are unsure of what the specific assignment is that is missing, bring up iTunesU.  Most are labeled in Infinite Campus exactly or very similar to how they are labeled on iTunesU.  If you still cannot figure it out, please feel free to email or Class Dojo us.

Students, additionally, are constantly made aware of missing work.  We give them printed out reports with what is missing.  Also, you should be able to see what assignments are checked off in their iTunesU course.  If it is not checked off, it’s not completed.

Thanks for your help in being proactive in your child’s learning