Novel Study to End the Year

We will be doing a novel study for the last three weeks of the school year.  Each scholar will be choosing a novel of their liking to read and analyze.  We have TONS of books at school available for the scholars, but if your scholar has one from home or wants one from the public library they may bring that to school as well.  It is extremely important that they have the book each day though so it needs to be something they can leave here or will remember to bring back.

We will begin this on Wednesday, May 27.  

All students must have a novel by then-whether from school or home.

Scholastic also has great two day shipping if you want to order some books for your scholar.

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Boys Night Info!


Friday, May 8th – 6pm-8:00pm


Boys come out for a good time filled with throwing, dribbling and running activities.

Basketball shoot-out, Ping Pong, Foosball, Bash ball and much more.

Top winners will be awarded a prize!


We’ll have lots of food and beverages for a minimal cost!

     This event will only be $5.00 for all scholars

   (Admission includes 2 slices of pizza (with hot dog option) and a cookie)


2 Guest Speakers

One of the guest speakers will be Corporal Nelson of the West Allis West Milwaukee Police Department speaking on the dangers of the Internet, posting texting and internet bullying.


Enjoy old friends, while making new friends



Male volunteers needed, please contact Joyce Boone at: 414/336-4441 or at:

Already May!

Where has the school year gone?  We cannot believe we are already at the progress report point of the 4th quarter.  Progress reports should be coming home either today or tomorrow.  These are midpoint grades.  Remember, students are given the opportunity to retake quizzes they struggle on.  Please remind your scholar to do that if needed!

iPads will be collected on Tuesday, May 26.  Students need to return their iPad and their school issued charger.  The past two days we’ve been checking iPads and chargers.  If your scholar still hasn’t brought their charger in to show a teacher, please have them do that.

That being said, all scholars need to be at 80 Achieve articles by May 26.

Student council has organized a book drive for Children’s Hospital!  If you have any slightly used or new books, please have your scholar bring them in!

Upcoming Dates:

Friday, May 8:  Boys Night 6-8

Tuesday, May 12:  Reading Maps Testing

Thursday, May 14:  Math Maps Testing

Friday, May 15:  PBIS Incentive Roller Skating Field Trip

Monday, May 18:  Spring Concert

Thursday, May 21:  Art and Fashion Show 6-8

Friday, May 22: Girls Night 6-8

Friday, May 22: 80 Achieve Articles due

Monday, May 25:  No School

Tuesday, May 26:  iPad Turn In

Back to School

We started our Morning Base Group with an exciting realization.  Two months from today, our scholars will be on their first day of Summer vacation.  We then continued on by informing them we have two months left of school!

These last two months will fly by!  We have a lot going on in April and May.

This is directly from Mr. Henry’s portion of the Lane Newsletter:

We will have our Human Growth and Development courses on April 14th and April 15th. Information was sent home as well as a phone call informing you of this course. Please call if you have any questions.

Badger state testing will begin April 20th and the testing window will be open until May 8th. It is important that your scholar(s) is at school during this time. We want to be sure that we offer the best test taking environment that we possibly can.

MAP testing will also be taking place until May 15th. Please encourage your scholar(s) to try his/her very best. Please make sure they eat breakfast during these testing days or have them stop by the cafeteria for a breakfast treat.

School Pics will be here on April 16th to take spring pictures. Forms will be sent home if you would like to purchase spring pictures.

We have our WAWM School Board Presentation on Monday, April 27th. Please come out that night to support Lane if you are available.

The Band/Orchestra/Choir Spring Concert will be held at Lane on Monday, May 18th at 7:00pm.

Additionally, 7th grade programming sheets went home before Spring Break.  We have additional paper copies of these in the office.  Here is a digital version if you want to print it yourself.

Please keep checking in with your students on iTunesU.  It is crucial that all scholars end the year on a high note and get all their work done well.  As always, each week scholars have 2 Achieve articles to complete, a NoRedInk quiz and 2 Ten Marks!

Any questions — feel free to email!

Spring Break Assignments

Spring Break is here!

With the 4th quarter just one week in, it’s important all scholars are up to date.

For Balanced Literacy:

Each student should have 62 Achieve articles done.

Each student should have completed their NoRedInk Colon Quiz.

For Math:

Each student has 2 Ten Marks they must complete over break.

For Science:

Each student had a Forecasting Presentation and Checklist.

Many completed theirs yesterday and today.

Some students did not have this done.

For Social Studies:

Each student had a CER and inquiry assignment.

Many students have this done as well.

If your scholar is bored over break, please suggest some independent reading!  We went to the library yesterday, and everyone had the opportunity to check out a book.  As always, they can work ahead on Achieve and TenMarks too if they’d like!

Have a safe and happy break!

On Wisconsin!

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