The theme of RESPECT reverberates throughout La Grande Middle School. The components of this theme: Responsibility, Esteem, Safety, Pride, Empathy, Communication, and Teamwork, are characteristics that are discussed, taught, encouraged and honored throughout a student’s time at LMS. Comprised of 442 students in grades 6, 7 and 8, the building that currently stands as La Grande Middle School was opened in 1976.
The district's sixth graders began calling LMS their school beginning in the fall of 2006. This group of students are attending self contained classrooms and have electives in PE and music.
Seventh and eighth grade students at LMS are organized into “teams” into which they are assigned the seventh grade year. Under this format, students have the same core teacher (math, science, English and social studies) for two years. LMS also incorporates an advisory program, exploratory electives (including art, computers, Spanish, theatre, band and choir) and a community-supported Drug-Free Youth program.
Each year, public schools in Oregon are given a “report card” in which a building receives a rating based on criteria established by the state. The ratings are based on a combination of student performance on state tests, attendance and other factors. On our most recent report card, LMS earned a “satisfactory” rating in Student Performance, a “strong” rating in Student Behavior, and an “exceptional” rating in School Characteristics. In the area of Improvement (state assessments and attendance), LMS data “stayed about the same.” Therefore, La Grande Middle School received an overall Satisfactory rating from the state. The state report card is one tool that helps us communicate with our community regarding the job we are doing educating kids.
Kyle Mckinney - Principal
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