Thursday, December 21, 2017

Happy Holidays!

New Books for Vacation Reading

The end of the book fair brings a slew of new titles to the Learning Center for your holiday reading. Here are just a few of them:

Tradition meets contemporary when Feather Anderson's beloved grandfather, a traditional Lakota healer, pulls her out of class one snowy morning and takes her on an old-fashioned vision quest in the heart of New York City in hopes of finding the perfect Lakota medicine. It becomes the most magical day ever, the day she saves her little brother’s life.
Ry, a 16-year-old Wisconsin resident en route to camp, is left behind in Middle-of-Nowhere, MT. Bad goes to worse: he loses a shoe and his phone charger, his grandfather back home is injured, and his parents are having their own misadventures in the Caribbean. A superhero of a fix-it guy named Del helps Ry to put his life back together. Along the way, readers learn that there is more to Del than initially meets the eye. Full of quirky humor, crazy happenings, and subtle life lessons.

Yeva grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, but she knows that the forest holds secrets and her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them. When he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance. She  hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty or the Beast?

Outcasts United is a moving account of refugees finding a new life in the U.S. It’s the true story about the Fugees, a youth soccer team made up of many different refugees from around the world, and their amazing coach, Luma Mufleh. Clarkston, Georgia was a typical southern town until it became a refugee resettlement center. The author explores how the community changed with the influx of refugees and how the dedication of Lumah Mufleh and the entire Fugees soccer team inspired an entire community.

Meet Molly―a very special dog. Molly knows that her purpose is to take care of her girl, C.J., but it won’t be easy. Neglected by her mother, who won’t allow her to have a dog, C.J. is going through some tough times. Molly’s job is to stay hidden in C.J.’s room, cuddle up to her at night, and protect her from bad people. Nothing will keep Molly away from the girl that she loves. This is an adorable book for dog-lovers!

In an alternate 19th-century Russia, the tsar can call upon the abilities of an enchanter. Normally, there is only one a time, but if two are born they must compete to remain alive. Vika can control the elements and has been training her whole life to serve her country. Nikolai has been training with his mentor. Neither knows the other exists. Friendships, romances, and betrayal make the stakes even higher in a Crown’s Game that will cost Nikolai or Vika their life. The book ends with one winner remaining, but the final sentence hints that the loser has not disappeared forever, so a sequel is sure to come.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Book Fair

It's Time for the Book Fair!

The 2017 Book Fair will take place in the Learning Center NEXT WEEK, from December 4th-8th. The fair will be open after before and after school Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and before school on Friday. Students will be visiting the fair with their English classes during the week. Come prepared to purchase your holiday gifts!

Remember, that you (or your parents!) can also order books ONLINE! Just go to our online fair site:

THANK YOU for your support!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Banned Books Week 2017

What's a Banned Book?

Banned books are books that have been banned or challenged in schools and libraries throughout the country for a variety of reasons. This video will tell you more about Banned Books Week!

Here at Lakeshore Middle School, we buy age-appropriate books for a wide variety of middle school readers.  We have students with different religions, different ethnicities, different family backgrounds, and different life experiences.  We have books to suit all of them!  

If you're looking for a special kind of book to match your needs, we can help you find it.  And if you find a book that doesn't meet your preferences, don't choose it! :-)

Learn more about banned books on the following sites. Remember, we won't have all of these at LMS, because some are written for elementary or high school students. Click on the Destiny Catalog link (in the right sidebar) to see whether LMS owns a specific book.

~Wayne State College has a great list of banned books with reasons for their being banned at THIS LINK.

~HERE is another list by the New York Public Library.

~Teenreads publishes a blog feature called "UnBan a Book." HERE is the list of teen books they've advocated "unbanning." 

~15 Banned Books Every Tween and Teen Should ReadHERE is the list of highly acclaimed titles. 

Happy Reading!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Get Reading!

More Helpful Videos

The Learning Center is here to support your reading life! Below are two new videos: one to help you search the library catalog for a specific book (or type of book), and another to help you find books that you'll enjoy. These videos are also posted on the Video Tours page, where they will always be available.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Welcome Back!

The Learning Center is Open for Business!

We can't wait to meet our new 6th graders and introduce them to the LMS Learning Center.  If you are new to LMS, please watch the video below for an introduction to our space.  It will take you on a brief tour of the book sections, so you'll know how to find the best book for you.  Happy Reading! 😊

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Spelling Bee Champ Goes to Washington

Good Luck, Sam!

Sam Stephens, an 8th grader at LMS, is in Washington D.C. this week for the Scripps National Spelling Bee! As the regional champion, he earned a place at the national competition and will be competing there against all the regional champions in the country the week after Memorial Day.

Sam is accompanied by his spelling team coach, Mrs. Veldman, whose support and hard work make it possible for LMS students to compete at the local--and now national--levels. Thanks to Mrs. Veldman, and way to go, Sam, who will represent LMS with Lancer poise and class!

Below is Sam at the prelim competition (second row, second from the right) and being interviewed by a television reporter.

Friday, May 26, 2017

8th Grade Poetry Contest Winners

Congratulations Poetry Contest Winners!

Over ten teachers, including three language arts teachers from St. Joseph High School, judged the packet of poems voted the best in each LA class. Poems written by these four 8th graders received the most judges' votes for best poems overall.

1st place: Megan Hollerbach for her poem, "Hit and Run"
2nd place: Kirsten Miazga for her poem, "Star Gazing"
3rd place (tied): Trinity Sharkey for "Laundry" & Olivia Trivedi for "Metamorphosis"

These winners' poems will be displayed at Forever Books in downtown St. Joseph, so be sure to look for them when you stop in to the bookstore this summer. Winners also received bookstore gift certificates.

If you see these girls in the hallway, be sure to congratulate them!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Mr. Groeschel Returns

Chemistry's the Bomb!

Ed Groeschel is a physicist and long-time friend of the LMS science department. For many years he has visited LMS to share the wonders of chemistry with the 8th graders--and this year was no exception.

On May 3rd and 5th Mr. Groeshel wowed the 8th graders with liquid nitrogen and other exciting chemical concoctions. The 8th graders and their teachers, Ms. Porter and Mr. Buschlen, extend their sincere thanks to Mr. Groeschel and we hope his visits continue for many years to come.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Lancers Battle the Bears to Victory

Congratulations 7th Grade Battle Champs!

The LMS Battle of the Books Champions, The Page Turners, dueled with Upton Middle School's Battle Champions, the One-Point Wonders, at Pizza Hut on April 20th. We're thrilled to report that they brought the Battle of the Books champion castle trophy home with them! The trophy moves from school to school depending on the year's winner. Thanks to the Page Turners' impressive victory, the trophy will, for the first time, rest in the LMS Learning Center until next year's battle. We are SO PROUD of our 7th grade Battle champs!
A friendly lunch with our opponents.

The Page Turners in the heat of battle.

The Castle Trophy in its new home at LMS.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Battle 2017

Battle Success!

Click on the video to see highlights of the Battle of the Books 2017, which took place on March 30th:

CONGRATULATIONS to three fabulous winning teams:

The Page Turners will compete against the Upton Middle School (St. Joseph) champion team on April 20 at Pizza Hut!
Good luck, Page Turners, and GO RED!

Bonus Contest Winners, The BOOKEMON!

What a super year for the BATTLE! Great job and KEEP READING!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Holocaust Survivor Inspires

Eva Kor Speaks to Lakeshore 8th and 9th Graders

Eva Kor survived the Holocaust and Dr. Mengele's twin studies, and has spent her life speaking out for justice and forgiveness. On March 7th she visited Lakeshore High School to meet with 8th and 8th graders and share her story. Her talk was frank and inspiring! 

Here, Eva signs the Learning Center copy of her book, which will be available for students this week. Other Holocaust books are still on display, along with reviews by 8th grade students who read them. 

MANY THANKS to Mrs. Veldman, who single-handedly made the entire event happen! You rock, Mrs. V!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Holocaust Survivor to Visit LMS

Eva Kor Coming March 7

In 1944 Eva Kors and her twin sister, Miriam, were 10 years old. With their family they were transported from their home in Transylvania, Romania to Auschwitz. There Eva and Miriam were separated from their parents and older sisters and never saw them again. Because they were twins, the two girls were chosen to be the victims of medical experiments conducted by the Nazis. But they lived to share their experience.

On March 7, Eva will come to Lakeshore to speak to 8th and 9th graders about her experience. You can learn more about Eva by reading THIS CNN ARTICLE. Also, view the trailer for the upcoming documentary film about Eva's experience below, which will be released in late 2017:
Finally, we encourage 8th graders to read stories and historical accounts of the Holocaust. HERE are almost 30 book reviews written by Mrs. Johnson's 8th grade students to help you choose!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Spotlight on History

World War II and Holocaust Era Books

In preparation for a special 8th grade event coming to LMS in March (more on that later this month!), students in Mrs. Johnson's LA class have written book reviews of fiction and non-fiction books related to World War II and the Holocaust. The are posted on a special LMS Reads feature page and are displayed in the Learning Center near the circulation desk. 

Read the students' reviews HERE and then stop by to check one out!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Battle of the Books 2017

Get Ready, LMS 7th Graders!

The 2017 Battle kicks off on Monday, January 30.  

Other important Battle dates this year:

  • Monday, Feb. 13-- Bonus Point Contest Kickoff
  • Monday and Tuesday, March 6-7--Practice Battle
  • Wednesday and Thursday, March 22-23--Semi-Final Battle in 7th grade ELA classes. 
  • Thursday, March 30--FINAL BATTLE in the LMS gym from 8:00-9:45 am!
Get ready to READ and get ready to RUMBLE! :-)