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:

GRAND CHAMPIONS, the PAGE TURNERS!
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!
SIDELINE WINNERS, the DoREADos 2!

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! :-)