Welcome to the Leonia Middle School

  • Welcome to Leonia Middle School

    Leonia Middle School

LMS Administration

David Saco
LMS Principal
(201) 302-5200, ext. 3200
saco@leoniaschools.org 

Christine Davis
LMS Vice Principal
(201) 302-5200, ext. 3201
davis@leoniaschools.org 

Dear Parents and Guardians:
 
Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year. 
 
I hope that summer gave you and your family time to relax, reconnect, and spend quality family time. 
Here in the district, the administrative team, the supporting staff, the custodians, and the maintenance personnel have worked to prepare the schools for your child’s return.  Thanks to the municipality and a grant, you will find some new sidewalks around ACS.  Classrooms in ACS, LMS and LHS have been spruced up with some newly painted rooms, and rooms with replaced, attractive, and durable flooring.  At LHS, construction on the new addition began in late June and we will be watching the steel frame the building in the next few weeks.  The goal is for enclosure for interior work before the cold weather sets in.  When the project is completed by June 2018, there will be 8 new classrooms, small-group instructional spaces, and a state-of-the-art Culinary Lab.  Next summer, interior work will be completed on a larger cafeteria, new student services rooms and barrier-free access to the Little Theater. 
 
We continue our goal of Chromebook carts in every classroom with the addition of 15 new Chromebook carts district-wide.  In addition, your child will find more technology (SmartBoards, Hovercams, laptops) than ever in classrooms.
 
The 2017-2018 school year in Leonia begins with excitement, preparation, eagerness and anticipation.  It is an opportunity for transformation and growth for students and staff alike.
 
As we begin this new year, let us pause for a moment to think about our family and friends, colleagues and students struggling in the Houston and Galveston, Texas areas as well as those in Louisiana and the Gulf Coast affected by Hurricane Harvey.  Our thoughts are with them as they open their new school year.
 
Please visit our schools and participate in school events.   Be sure to check the district calendar for these events or visit the three Home & School websites for the latest.
 
Best wishes for a successful school year,
 
Sincerely,
 
Joanne Megargee
Superintendent
Leonia Public Schools

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.