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Welcome to Londonderry Middle School

In-Person & Remote Learning

2020 – 2021

                                            “A Smile Behind Every Mask”

                                            LONDONDERRY MIDDLE SCHOOL
                                                              PARENT UPDATES
                                                        WEEK OF APRIL 12-16

Dear Londonderry Middle School Families

As the warm weather approaches, this often triggers a change in the clothing style many of our students will wear to school. This can often inadvertently result in a violation of The Londonderry School District Student Dress Code Policy. I can assure you that this is not a new phenomenon in schools, especially at the middle school level. We encourage our families to talk with their child and make sure they know these dress code expectations. If a student arrives at school and their attire violates the dress code policy, we approach children courteously and respectfully about the situation. As a parent of two former middle school students, the rule of thumb in our house regarding school clothing was, “if there was doubt in the choice of clothing for the day,” it most likely should not be worn to school.

All of our families have expectations for their children, and however those rules are enforced, the same message is the key. As always, we appreciate your support in these matters as they can be challenging for middle school parents. I feel by working together and communicating a consistent message, we can help our children navigate these expectations successfully.

If you have any questions, please contact your child’s school counselor at 432 – 6925 or Mr. Van Bennekum @ ext. 3300.
Mrs. Heather Newman, Grade 8 ext. 3144
Ms. Kate Denby, Grade 7 ext. 3180
Mrs. Sharon McCarthy, Grade 6 ext. 3290

Appropriate dress and grooming contribute to a productive learning environment. The school has a role to play in providing students with guidelines to cultivate appropriate appearance and dress standards. The appearance and dress of all students enrolled in the Londonderry School District will be neat and clean, and will observe acceptable rules of modesty.

A student's attire will not be destructive to school property, will comply with the health code of the State of New Hampshire, will not create a safety issue and will not disrupt or interfere with the educational process. Students are to wear clothes that are suitable for the school activities in which they participate. Student's clothing must not present a distraction which would be disruptive to the educational process.

Students and parents/guardians shall be informed about the school dress code at the beginning of the year and when revised. A student who violates the dress code shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action. The Principal or designee may, upon finding that dress or attire is not in compliance with this policy, require the student to be removed from class and request that the student change their dress or attire to be in compliance with this policy prior to admission to class. In appropriate instances, parents may be contacted and requested to bring appropriate dress to school.

The following regulations shall apply to all regular school activities. Coaches and teachers with appropriate notice to the students and parents may impose more stringent dress requirements to accommodate the special needs of certain sports and/or classes. The Superintendent, Principal or
their designee may establish other reasonable dress regulations for times when students are engaged in extracurricular or other special school activities.
     1. T-shirts and other clothing and jewelry imprinted with words, pictures   or their insignia of alcoholic beverages, tobacco or other drugs, obscenities, overt/covert sexual reference, gang identification or which advocate prejudice or harassment of religion, race, ethnicity, sexual
orientation or disability, are inappropriate in our school and prohibited.
     2. Lingerie or pajama wear may not be worn as outer garments except for days/activities specifically approved for that purpose.
     3. Hats, bandannas or sweatbands are not to be worn in school, except for headgear worn for religious or medical reasons.
     4. Clothing shall be sufficient to conceal undergarments at all times.
     5. Clothing that immodestly exposes the chest, abdomen, midriff, genital area or buttocks, including but not limited to the following are prohibited:
               • Spaghetti straps                                         • Backless tops
               • Tube tops                                                        • Halter tops
               • Muscle-style tank tops
               • Shorts or skirts shorter than fingertip  length
      • Pants worn below the waist                 • See-through fabrics
     6. Shoes or other appropriate footwear must be worn at all times.
     7.  Chains, studded bracelets, belts or necklaces, and/or other items of dress which in the judgment of school administration pose a potential danger to persons and/or property, are prohibited.
Adopted: April 25th, 1978
Amended: March 10th, 1998
Amended: July 25th, 2000

                                          SUMMER PROGRAMS @ LMS
LMS Summer Math Academy: (Please look for Information forthcoming)
1. Addressing the impact of the pandemic in mathematics at all levels.
2. A focus on better preparing students for the next grade
3. Final determination on students who will qualify will be made at the end of May
4. Designed to address students who are one grade level below in Numbers and Operations or Algebra.

Traditional Summer School Offerings: (More Information will be released in June)
1. These are courses to address students who will have failed math or reading.
2. Provide an opportunity for students who demonstrate significant gaps in their learning and need extra time to develop.

Important Dates
School Board Meeting Tuesday, April 20th
Spring Break April 26 – 30
Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week May 3 – 7
Trimester 3 Progress Reports May 10th
National Nurse’s Day Thursday, May 6th
Memorial Day Monday, May 31st
Rising 6th Grade & Remote 6th Grade Saturday, May 15th
Parent & Student Open Building Day
More Information Coming