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2021-2022 School Year Information and Updates

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Greetings Panthers,


This is your Lakeside Middle School Weekly Update #21 for the week of January 17-21. The information provided below summarizes the next two weeks and beyond. We hope you all had a wonderful weekend and are looking forward to another great week of school.


Academic Recovery Program Invitations:

LMS is fortunate to offer a new Academic Recovery Program (ARP) this year. Students who failed a core subject for first semester will receive invitations and registration information on Tuesday, January 18, in envelopes to be delivered to parents/guardians. This program will be hosted free of charge as an after-school option which will take place over 10 consecutive school days. Each session will focus on two core subjects and run from 3:00pm to 4:30 pm for a total of 15 hours of instruction.

  • Session 1 (February 7-24)
    • Math
    • Social Studies
  • Session 2 (February 28 – March 16)
    • ELA
    • Science

The following guidelines will be implemented this year for the Academic Recovery Program:

  1. For successful completion of an ARP class, students must demonstrate mastery on classroom assessments given during ARP and the ARP Final Exam. Classroom assessments will be weighted as 70% of the student’s final average and the final exam will be weighted as 30% of the final average.  
  2. Students who earn a passing semester average for the ARP course using the grading guidelines will be assigned a final grade of 70.  The original semester grade and the ARP grade will appear on the student’s transcript.
  3. Students may take no more than two classes through the Academic Recovery Program.  We will prioritize math and language arts classes for students who have a semester failure in these areas.
  4. Students are allowed only 1 absence.  
  5. ARP classes will include core classes only.  

Transportation will not be provided by the school district. Parents and guardians are responsible for picking up students in a timely manner after the class is completed each day. If you have any questions about the Academic Recovery Program, please contact our coordinator Nicole Ruge (nicole.ruge@ccboe.net).   


Registration Updates for the 22-23 School Year: Deadlines Upcoming on January 21!!!

Registration for the 22-23 school year will begin following the Winter Break. Updates to the registration process and timeline will be shared here each week.

  • Columbia Virtual Academy 22-23 School Year (Registration Deadline is January 21)
  • Rising 7th and 8th Grade Registration Information and Timeline (Registration Deadline is January 21)
    • All current 6th and 7th grade parents/guardians will need to complete the appropriate Google Forms below by January 21st. If you have any questions about registration for next school year please contact either of our counselors: Ashley Atkins (ashley.atkins@ccboe.net) and Dr. Neshika Coney-Devine (neshika.coney@ccboe.net).


Teen Safety Matters Curriculum:

During the 2018 legislative session, Senate Bill 401 was passed which requires public school districts in the state of Georgia to provide annual, age-appropriate sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention education in grades kindergarten through ninth grade and in-service training for school personnel.


The MBF Teen Safety Matters program includes the topics of bullying, cyberbullying, child abuse, sexual abuse and digital dangers with an emphasis that adults are responsible for children’s safety. The topic of sexual abuse is not an easy topic to have with young children, and the Columbia County School System respects parents and the values that each family holds for their children. To honor this high level of respect, parents will determine if they want their child to be a part of this discussion or if they would prefer to have the discussions at home. Your child’s school counselor and/or health teacher will conduct the lessons at school. All materials that will be used in the classrooms are available for viewing by parents upon request. Please know that the goal of this requirement for our district is to keep children safe.


Letters will be sent home with all students on Tuesday, January 11, 2022. If you “DO NOT” want your child to participate in the program, please complete the form and return it to the school prior to the start of the lessons based on the schedule below. Lessons are scheduled to begin according to the following schedule:

  • 6th Grade – March 7-8
  • 7th Grade – February 7-8   
  • 8th Grade – January 24-25


Spring Sports Tryout Schedules:

Preparations are being made for the upcoming baseball, soccer, and track seasons. All students trying out for athletics must be in good standing with their grades as well as have a completed physical packet. Please review the tryout dates below. All tryouts will end promptly at 4:30pm. Please make sure your students are picked up no later than 4:45pm. If you have any questions about any of the sports below please contact the coaches listed below.

  • Baseball Tryouts (A & B Teams)
  • Soccer Tryouts (Boys & Girls)
    • Coach: Dr. Ashley Snyder (ashley.snyder@ccboe.net)
    • Boys Tryouts: January 18 (2:45pm – 4:30pm)
    • Girls Tryouts: January 19 (2:45pm – 4:30pm)
  • Track and Field Tryouts (Boys & Girls)
    • Coach: Kay Roland (kay.roland@ccboe.net)
    • Boys’ Sprinting Events: February 14 @ old LHS Track (2:45pm – 4:00pm)
    • Girls’ Sprinting Events: February 15 @ old LHS Track (2:45pm – 4:00pm)
    • Distance & Field Events: February 16 @ old LHS Track (2:45pm – 4:00pm)


Upcoming Important Dates:

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday: January 17
  • Baseball Tryouts: January 18-20 (2:45pm – 4:30pm)
  • Soccer Tryouts: January 18-19 (2:45pm – 4:30pm)
  • Registration for School Year 22-23 Deadlines: January 21
  • Progress Reports Q3: February 4
  • District Professional Learning Day/Student Holiday: February 18
  • Student/Teacher Break: February 21



Jeremy R. Medlin


Lakeside Middle School, Title 1