Welcome to the Leonia Middle School

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    Leonia Middle School

LMS Administration

David Saco
LMS Principal
(201) 302-5200, ext. 3200

Christine Davis
LMS Vice Principal
(201) 302-5200, ext. 3201

Message from the Superintendent

Greetings Parents and Community Members:

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas....” As I write this message of glad tidings, the air temperature has a wind chill of 11 degrees and I think I saw a flurry of snow earlier in the day. It must mean that the holidays and winter solstice are near.

On behalf of the Leonia Board of Education, our faculty, administrators, staff and students, I wish you a Happy Holiday Season and a New Year filled with good health and much happiness.

Thank you for your partnership with the Leonia Schools. Together, we provide every child with an opportunity to grow in content academics, art and music, wellness and personal growth.

Best wishes for a happy holiday season, and a New Year filled with much joy.

Joanne Megargee


NJHS Toy Drive and LHS Academies Open House

Dear LMS Parent Community,

I hope this note finds you and your family well. Today I have two updates for you. The first talks about our annual LMS NJHS Toy Drive, and the second announces the next LHS Open House event.

NJHS Toy Drive:
Each year around this time, the National Junior Honor Society organizes our LMS Holiday Toy Drive. This is NJHS’ largest project. It benefits low income and homeless families that receive services from Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY.

Beginning tomorrow, an NJHS member will be visiting your child’s homeroom with information and gift tags that identify items of need. If you are able to donate a new, unwrapped toy or other needed item to this great cause, please consider allowing your child to sign up and claim a gift tag home. When donating, please tape the tag to the toy and return it to homeroom by Monday, December 5th.

Knowing how busy this time can be, I appreciate you taking a moment to consider helping LMS with this important event.

LHS Academies Open House:
Save the date. The next LHS Open House is scheduled for Tuesday, November 29th from 6:00-8:15pm. This night will focus on the LHS Academies of Science, Culinary Arts, and Marketing and Business. If you are interested in learning about the academic opportunities these Academies offer, please consider attending. The event will kick off in the LHS Little Theater.

Below is a brochure for each of the three LHS Academies.

LHS Academy of Business and Marketing Brochure.pdf  
LHS Academy of Culinary Arts Brochure.pdf  
LHS Academy of Science Brochure.pdf 

Happy Thanksgiving,
Dave Saco

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.