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On January 31, 2014, the State Board of Education approved House Bill 5 adopting new rules regarding Texas high school curriculum and graduation requirements. In response to these new requirements, Lorena High School will hold mandatory eighth grade parent and student meetings on April 21 and April 24.  Both meetings will be held in the Lorena High School Commons at 6 PM. All current eighth grade parents and students are highly encouraged to attend one of these meetings. Information concerning House Bill 5 curriculum and graduation requirements will be presented, and parents will have an opportunity to ask questions. This information will allow parents and students to make informed decisions regarding freshmen requirements and electives.

At the end of each meeting, parents and students will be asked to complete a 2014-2015 Freshmen Choice Sheet and to select an endorsement. Information regarding endorsements will be presented, and advisers will be available to assist with this process. Choice sheets must be signed and turned in before students can register for their freshmen classes. For more information prior to the meetings, students and parents may reference LHS House Bill 5 graduation requirements and possible endorsements which are located on the Lorena High School website.

You can click here to find all the Info for Incoming Freshmen on the High School's Guidance and Counseling page. Please make plans to attend one of the two important meetings on either April 21 or April 24. For more information, call the high school office at 254-857-4604.

Congratulations to Dr. Borchardt!!

Dr. Borchardt has been nominated and selected as the Lorena Middle School Teacher of the Month for April.  Dr. Borchardt teaches 6th and 8th grade Social Studies. He also helps with 5th grade math.  
Dr. Borchardt is in his first year of teaching.

Below is a portion from the nomination letter Dr. Borchardt received:

I would like to nominate Dr. B because he is always working hard and doing his best.  He goes out of his way to make sure that everyone understands.  He always has fun lessons and review games.  Dr. B is also super dedicated to his social studies UIL team.  He made sure we had everything and pushed us to do our best.  I couldn't ask for a better History teacher. Dr. B always answers any questions we have and explains everything to us.  He makes class fun and interesting which makes me look forward to 5th period!! He teaches us very well. He is also very nice.  Dr. B never really gets mad, sometimes a little frustrated when kids talk, but he is never rude or mean.  Dr. Borchardt is definitely not a teacher I will soon forget about.

Congratulations Dr. Borchardt!

If you are interested in nominating a teacher for Teacher of the Month, please go to the following link 
LMS Teacher of the Month Nomination Form or contact the front office at 254-857-4621.

Congratulations to Garrett Swain!! 

Garrett has qualified to represent Lorena Middle School and participate at the state level of the National Geographic Bee.  The state Bee will be held on Friday, April 4, 2014 at Pat May Center, HEB ISD in Bedford, Texas.

Garrett will compete against other students from across the state. The winner will have the opportunity to advance to the national competition, which will be held May 19 - 21 in Washington, D.C.

Congratulations to Garrett.  This is an AWESOME accomplishment.  We are very proud of him and wish him continued success as he competes at the state level.
In order to fulfill the requirements of House Bill 3 passed by the 81st Texas Legislature and incporated into the Texas Education Code (TEC) Chapter 39, the Texas Education Agency developed the STAAR (STate of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness), which will provide the foundation for the state of Texas public school accountability system.  STAAR is designed to more thoroughly assess the content of a course, including both concepts taught in previous grade levels and readiness for the next instructional level.  Questions will require higher order thinking skills and more complex through processes. A significant change from TAKS, which was untimed, is that the STAAR is limited to 4 hours.  Extended time accommodations for students with unique learning needs will continue to be offered. 

The STAAR program at grades 5 - 8 assesses the same subjects and grades previously assessed on TAKS.  
More details about STAAR can be found on this page (TEA - STAAR Resources).

Social Studies
Grade 5
April 1
April 2

April 24

Grade 6
April 22
April 23

Grade 7
April 22
April 23
April 1 & 2*

Grade 8
April 1
April 2

April 24
April 22
Grades 5 & 8 Retest**
May 13
May 14

Grades 5 & 8 Retest**
June 24
June 25

*The 7th grade writing assessment is a 2-day exam.
**The Student Success Initiative requires that students in grades 5 and 8 pass both the reading and math exams to be promoted to the next grade. 5th and 8th grade students not successful on the April administrations of math and reading will retest in May and /or June if needed.  

Eighth grade students enrolled in Algebra 1 will take the End of Course (EOC) exam in May.  Students will only be assessed in the subject for which they are enrolled. 

Please note that on the days students are testing, we request that parents and guests not join students during lunches.  We thank you in advance for your cooperation and support. 

Welcome to LMS

"Greatness is not in where we stand, but in what direction we are moving." Oliver Wendell Holmes

At Lorena Middle School, our mission is to support district level initiatives by creating an exemplary learning environment committed to student achievement and leadership development as we engage students, parents, and the community to maximize life-long learning.

In the Lorena I.S.D. a "Tradition of Excellence" has always been about the journey from good to great. This year, our theme is "Expect Greatness." Lorena Middle School will support that district initiative by continuing to share our passion for learning with the students we serve in grades five through eight. With community and parent support, our goal is to ensure that each student has a challenging and safe learning environment in which to excel.

Lorena Middle School achieves greatness through high expectations, respect for ourselves and others, integrity, and excellence in all that we say and do.

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