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On Tuesday evening the BOE approved the following changes
to the 2018-2019 school year calendar:


Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Single Session Day

Thursday, June 20, 2019
Single Session Day
LHS graduation

Friday, June 21, 2019
Single Session Day
Last day of School
LMS graduation

LMS Tech Team Takes 1st!

The 8th Grade Tech Club, led by LMS Tech Teacher Mrs. Lisa Pieciak, took 1st Place at Tenafly High School’s Engineering Design/STEM Competition held on March 20. Out of 12 Bergen County middle school teams, our LMS Tech Team scored the most points for Prototype, Engineering Documents, Science Lab, Computer Aided Drawing (CAD), and Presentation. Our students employed their critical thinking skills while collaborating to problem solve and debug as they created an arm that would lift, hold, and deliver a full cup of weighted material. They had to lean on each other as teammates, and persevere through stressful moments in order to successfully complete this challenging, and fun competition. Congratulations to LMS students Daniel Barron, Yena Choe, Jennifer Haemmerle, Quinlan Han, Noah Kang, Emily Kim, Patrice Pascaul, and Harry Skountzos. Way to make it great! 


Dear Parents of LMS 8th Graders,

Below you will find important information about ordering graduation gowns yearbooks, and the forms to complete when ordering. Purchasing a 2019 LMS yearbook is a great way for your child to remember their LMS experience. All 8th graders must purchase a graduation gown in order to participate in this year’s ceremony.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Dave Saco

 2019 LMS Graduation Gowns.pdf

2019 LMS Yearbook.pdf 

Help Us Keep Your School Safe

In the text box, text “LeoniaTip” (one word and not case sensitive) followed by a message to 67283 to submit a confidential tip that will keep your school and friends safe: such as a weapon in school, a peer in crisis, drug possession, distribution, smoking and electronic smoking.


Contact Dr. Bertolini at 201-302-5221 with any questions regarding this phone app.

 See Something Text Something K-12 Eyewitness.pdf 


NJ Schools to Watch

Leonia Middle School has been named a School to Watch by the New Jersey Schools to Watch Committee.  Schools to Watch is an initiative launched by the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform in 1999. Through state level Schools to Watch initiatives, the National Forum identifies schools across the United States that are well on their way to meeting the Forum's criteria for high performance.  

The Forum contends that three things are true of high-performing middle-grades schools:

  • They are academically excellent— schools challenge all students to use their minds well.
  • They are developmentally responsive— schools are sensitive to the unique developmental challenges of early adolescence.
  • They are socially equitable— schools are democratic and fair, providing every student with high-quality teachers, resources, and supports.

To achieve this national recognition, Leonia Middle School has demonstrated established norms, structures, and organizational arrangements to support and sustain the trajectory of the school toward excellence.  LMS will join recognized schools and will be featured in state and national publications, and will be visited by educators from anywhere in the country. Schools to Watch also participate in professional development and serve as a model for other schools using the Schools to Watch Criteria to guide school improvement and reform.

The recognition is a byproduct of systemic change that began three years ago, as a result of the middle school faculty taking part in a very honest and introspective self-study.  The self-study revealed the strengths and weaknesses of the school’s structures as seen by the faculty.  Confronting the data and brainstorming on how to make the school a better place is an ongoing process.  Each year the staff reevaluates the school by undergoing the self-study and implementing recommendations.       

This year the LMS faculty’s self-study scored high enough in each area for the school’s leadership team to decide to submit an application.  The application was accepted and approved for a site visit by the NJ School to Watch Site visit team. 

A team of five people, which included other Schools to Watch administrators, teachers, and university partners, visited LMS for a day.  During the day the visitation team met with teachers, students, and parents to evaluate the school’s structures and practices. 

In March of 2014, Dr. Nicholas Bernice, LMS Principal, attended the New Jersey Association for Middle Level Education conference to formally accept the School to Watch award.  He also attended the National Conference in Washington, DC in June 2014 where LMS and Carl H. Kumpf Middle School in Clark, NJ were both recognized as awardees for New Jersey.  In September, NJ State Chairpersons Dr. Gail Hillard-Nelson and Mr. Frank Corrado visited LMS and awarded the school its Schools to Watch banner to all of the LMS faculty and students.