Another Wonderful Whole School Assembly

Our assembly started with our wonderful student council going over some skits to show proper behavior around the school.  They would start a skit and then freeze the scene for audience participation.  The scholars gave feedback and suggestions on what an appropriate choice would be in the specific scenario.

Then, the infamous PLUS shirts were awarded.  All the scholars that received shirts this time around had one thing in common; they all volunteered to help give tours at the 6th Grade Parent Preview Night.  We, as a school, were very appreciative of them and heard many great pieces of feedback from future Lane parents!


In addition to being chosen for helping out Lane beyond the normal school day, each scholar received a shoutout from one of their teachers.  It was hard to narrow down what to say about each scholar, but we tried.

Hailey always has a smiling face every day, no matter what time of the day.  She is so pleasant to be around and a friend to all.  She has shown great perseverance this year in all the work she’s accomplished and the great gains she’s been making!

Gabby works hard at school and uplifts her classmates.  She has helped acquaint numerous new students to the West Coast routine and is always putting in 100% effort in her classwork!  She also helps to improve Lane by being on Student Council.

Patrick is also on Student Council.  He constantly pushes himself to dig deeper and extend his learning.  His KidBlog posts are very interesting and informative.  Patrick is always there to help his peers!

Andrew has done a wonderful job this year so far advocating for himself.  He asks questions if he is confused or wants to learn more about something.  He is a great addition to the West Coast.  His scholarship is evident in the work he completes.
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Reading Stamina

With Badger Exam coming up, one of our big focuses is building reading stamina.  The passages your scholars will see on this exam will be longer than ones they’ve seen on any previous test with a higher expectation.  We want all our scholars to be able to read a passage and not feel overwhelmed by its length.  This will not only better prepare them for the test but is an important skill for their futures.  We are working on building reading stamina in the classroom, and it would be great if you could help at home too!

The information below was found at

Reading stamina is a child’s ability to focus and read independently for long-ish periods of time without being distracted or without distracting others. Reading stamina is something that parents can help students develop. Here’s how:

  1. Vary the way the reading is done. Parents can think about this in terms of having their child “read to himself, read to someone, and listen to reading.” Some combination of the three should make up the reading time, especially for new or struggling readers.
  2. Choose “just right” books.  This means he should be able to decode almost every word in the book correctly. In this situation, avoid using books that are too difficult to read alone. If your child will be reading with you, choose books that are lively and engaging.
  3. Set reasonable goals.   For middle school aged readers, consider starting with 20 minutes of reading time, and work up from there. Add a few minutes to your reading time every week or so.
  4. Celebrate progress. Without getting too caught up on the number of minutes spent reading, celebrate the time that is spent reading. Share your favorite parts of books read, plan the next visit to the library, and share progress with other family members.

Spending longer periods of time reading means fewer interruptions and more time reading what you love. As your child moves into higher grades, having reading stamina will help your child navigate the longer texts and assignments. Using these tips can help develop more stamina in your reader.

Human Growth & Development Letter (All students received a copy yesterday)

Dear Parents/Guardians:

The School District of West Allis-West Milwaukee, et al., will be presenting a program on the early stages of puberty to the students in sixth grade. The program helps boys and girls understand:

  • The structure and function of the reproductive system
  • The physical and emotional changes that take place during puberty
  • The importance of personal hygiene

The students will be separated into two gender based groups. These groups will be small groups with approximately 20 in each group. The boys and girls will not be together for any part of this program. The boys from both coasts will be together and hear the same message from Mr. Matt Napoli. The girls will also be together and they will get their instruction from Ms. Miller. The program will include a video, a presentation by school personnel, and a question and answer session. The sessions will be held at your son/daughter’s school at the following time:

Grade 6 Presentation at Lane Intermediate School:

Date: Tuesday, April 14th and Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Time: Starting at 8:00am both days. Scholars will be rotate in and out of the presentation in hour time slots.

We want parents to be aware of this program and when it is taught so that you can have an opportunity for discussion with your child at home. Parents are also welcome to attend the presentation with their child. Parents may inspect the curriculum and instructional materials.

You are being notified of the state law 118.019 via school newsletter prior to the program being taught at Lane Intermediate School. You may opt/exempt your child out of human growth and development instruction. If a parent files a written request for exemption with a child’s teacher or principal, the District will honor that request. If you opted to have your child not participate, your child will be placed with another teacher during the presentation.


Mr. Henry

Principal Lane Intermediate School


“Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.” Dr. Martin Luther King

Activism Research Paper Update

We are done with note taking and research!  All students should have notes taken and organized for their Activism topic.  Please ask your scholar to see their research and have a conversation about what they’ve learned so far.  If they don’t have any notes taken, they are behind and this is definitely now homework.

Today, we went over the scoring checklist for the paper.  All students have a paper copy, can view it digitally through iTunesU and here is a link in case you want to see it too!  If students are working on their writing at home, they should have the checklist by them to make sure they’re hitting all the important components of the essay.  We also looked at an exemplar writing example today.  The example has explanation boxes as to what makes this piece of writing well done.  You can see the sample writing here.  Students also have access to it digitally, but did not get a paper copy (I only made enough for one class set).

This week we will be working on HANDWRITING their rough drafts!  Yes, all scholars will be using pen/pencils and paper to write their rough draft.  Please make sure your scholar has pens or pencils; this is becoming a big problem again.  Next week, we will be revising and editing the essays.  Then students will be publishing their essays on their iPads the week after.  This process should be able to be done in class as long as time is being used effectively!  Feel free to check in day to day to see what your scholar has accomplished!  Thanks for all your help and support!

March Madness Volunteers Needed

Lane PTA would like your help in hosting our first March Madness on Friday March 13th from 6pm-8:30pm. We’re planning to have concessions, basketball shoot out, karaoke, ping pong, foosball, human hungry hippo and much more! In order for us to make this a success, we’re looking for volunteers to help supervise our scholars during the event to ensure they all have a great time!

All volunteers will receive a free concession item and beverage, so please consider helping for 1 hour or 2, whatever works best.

Please sign up through this designated link or if you have any questions/comments, feel free to email PTA at

DATE: 3/13/2015 (Fri 6:00PM – 8:30PM)

LOCATION: Lane Intermediate-North Gym

Click the link to sign up to help:

Upcoming Contests!

 Your scholars have a great opportunity to participate in several contests for the next few weeks:
1.  Achieve Competition vs. East Coast
2.  Jackie Robinson Essay Contest – Social Studies 
3.  TenMarks “Math Madness” Competition
All of these contests have prizes for the winning class or individual prizes.
Please feel free to ask your scholar about these contests!