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August 12, 2019



Dear Londonderry Middle School Parents,

             I want to welcome you to the 2019 – 2020 school year.  We are excited about the coming school year as we complete the final summer preparations for the first day of school on Tuesday, August 27th.   As the new principal, I am anxiously awaiting the opportunity to greet all of our students, parents, and staff in anticipation of a great school year. 

            Our staff of highly qualified educators and support personnel is committed to providing the families in our community the very best school experience.  As your children move through their middle school years, parents remain a vital part of their child's educational experience.  Working together to keep the channels of communication open will be essential for their success.   The LMS faculty and staff are professionals dedicated to meeting the needs of all the students and the families we serve.  I invite you to take advantage and please join us for school activities and events whenever possible throughout the year.

            We are committed to a standards-based learning approach that personalizes the student experience by requiring them to demonstrate evidence of mastery throughout the process.  In addition, we emphasize the development of successful work habits that build self-confidence and student growth overall.  These work habits include Self Direction, Communication & Collaboration, Engaged Citizen, Critical Thinking, Creativity, and Problem Solving.   Information on how these skills are integrated into your child’s learning experience will be discussed at the Parent Information night.

            Each year we welcome new faculty and staff to the LMS family, and this year is no exception.  Please welcome the following new staff members:  

  • Justin Blake, Grade 7 Special Education Cyclones

  • Michael Cuddyer, Grade 8 English Language ArtsTornados

  • Debra Dunn, Grade 6, Special EducationTsunamis

  • Melissa Horn, World LanguageRelated Arts

  • Danielle Seskes, Grade 7 English Language Arts Hurricanes

  • Valerie Simpson, Grade 8 Advanced Math Heatwaves

As you prepare for the beginning of a new school year, I remind all of our students to complete the summer reading requirement.  Also, take time as a family to begin talking about the start of school and the transition from summer routines. Just talking about school may help to lessen any apprehension or anxiety that often arises this time of year.

I look forward to meeting you throughout the school year, and if you have any concerns, my door is always open.



William J. Van Bennekum, Principal

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July 8, 2019


Dear Londonderry Middle School Families,

            I am excited and privileged to serve as the new principal at Londonderry Middle school.  This summer, I will be taking the time to get acquainted with the staff in addition to meeting those students who are taking advantage of the summer programming at LMS.  I want to extend an open door invitation to those who are new to the middle school or have a student currently enrolled to visit at your convenience.  If you would prefer to meet or talk privately, please call to set up an appointment.

            The summer is a great time for children to rest, relax, and read a great book.  I encourage all of our students to read throughout the summer and to complete the expected requirement before the start of the school year.  Please take time and check out the Summer Book Group Schedule and sign-up with your friends to talk and discuss your selected book with a member of the LMS staff.  The summer reading schedule can be found on the main page of the website with directions on how to register and participate in a group discussion. 

            I look forward to meeting our LMS families, and if you need assistance during the summer, please contact the main office @ 432-6925. 


Enjoy your summer.


William J. Van Bennekum, Principal

Mr. Van Bennekum is beginning his first year as the principal of Londonderry Middle School.  

Originally a native of New Hampshire, he grew up in nearby Gilford where he resides today with his wife Cathy, a Winnisquam Regional School District Data Coordinator, and his two children Nicholas, a senior at SUNY ESF @ Syracuse and Kaitlyn, a Junior at the University of Rhode Island.

Mr. Van Bennekum began his educational career in Chesapeake Virginia, where he taught for seven years as a middle school math, science, and social studies teacher. In addition to teaching, he also served as an Athletic Director and Boys' Basketball coach. The following year, he was offered his first administrative appointment as an Assistant Principal.   He served the communities of Indian River, Western Branch, and Deep Creek for eight years before making a move back to his home state of New Hampshire where he served as the Principal of Holderness Central School for the past twelve years.

Mr. Van Bennekum is a graduate of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education grades 4-8 and holds a Master of Science in Education Administration. He completed his certificate of graduate studies in Educational Leadership at Plymouth State University earning his superintendent certificate in December 2016.  He is currently a student in the Educational Leadership Doctoral program at Plymouth State University.