• Communication for Week of June 7

    Posted by Karen Sinders on 6/7/2020

    Dear Lufkin families,


    Good evening. This is the last communication for the 2019-20 school year. It certainly has been one for the books. What a 20th year it was. Although we did not get to celebrate this milestone in the manner we had hoped, I feel we did so much more. Our students were resilient and demonstrated their ability to learn in the most unusual of circumstances. Our staff, especially our amazing teachers, rolled up their sleeves to reach out to students; keep them engaged in their learning; sought a multitude of resources and collaborated to ensure appropriate instruction and work was provided for students; and they provided feedback rather than ‘grades’ as remote learning is how we finished out the school year.


    To the eighth grade students: I wish you the very best as you begin high school. Be true to yourself and do your very best in all that you pursue. Check Twitter @LufkinPrincipal for some pictures from Friday’s drive-thru celebration.


    To the sixth and seventh grade students: I hope you enjoy this extended break that you will have before we begin the 2020-21 school year. Stay safe and be kind. I look forward to seeing you in August!


    Families of our Lufkin Road Middle School students: Thank you for your support. Families of our 8th grade students:  you must be so very proud of your student. This class is special. I wish them well. Families of our 6th & 7th grade students: as more information is provided from the District, I will send information via SchoolMessenger and the ‘Principal’s Message’ on our website. By June 15 our website will have information about your student’s team supply list through Yubbler. All ‘final grades’ for all tracks will be available for you to see by June 12 in PowerSchool. Most students already have their grades posted; however, with the option to have a numeric grade for HS courses, it is a good idea to check after June 12. A reminder that report cards will not be printed or mailed. If you do not have access to PowerSchool you may contact our Data Manager, Lisa Bannister, via email at lbannister@wcpss.net .


    Have a nice summer! Stay safe.


    Warmest regards from your Lufkin Proud Principal,


    Karen Sinders


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  • Item: Pick-up Process for June 5

    Posted by Karen Sinders on 6/4/2020 1:30:00 PM

    Good afternoon Lufkin families! 


    Tomorrow is the day all students will have one last opportunity to come to our school to return novels, library materials, other materials that may have been borrowed from individual teachers (reading books, textbooks, etc.), and sports uniforms. Students will pick up items that were in lockers, locks (6th grade only), spring sports pictures, spirit wear that had been order, and YEARBOOK! Yes, we have confirmation that they will be delivered at 7:00 AM tomorrow – talk about cutting it close. Shout out to our superstar yearbook advisor, Lisa Adcock! 

    Please review process below for pick-up and drop-off of items. If, for some reason, you are not able to come during your students’ team’s assigned time, items will be kept at the school until we return in August.



    Friday, June 5 each team has an assigned window of time to come to school to pick-up and return items, see below. To expedite the process, please have your student’s first and last name printed, as large as possible, on a piece of paper and place that paper in the front window, passenger side. Thank you. 


    As you move through the carpool line, there will be designated drop-off/pick-up stations. The first station will be for novels (these are the books that ELA classes were reading), the second station will be to drop-off library materials. You will then continue to wind through the carpool line and when you get to the carpool signage, we will hand items to students four vehicles at a time. Once those cars move, the next four vehicles will proceed to the pick-up area. This is much like when we have students get in vehicles for carpool in the afternoon. If students have a textbook or other materials that were borrowed from their classroom teacher, those items will be turned in when students are handed their bag of items from their locker while at this station.

    After going through the carpool area to pick up your students items (these are bagged and labeled) and drop off the above mentioned items, you will proceed to the bus loop area IF, and only if, you need to do one or more of the following: pick up yearbook, pick up spring sports pictures, pick up spirit wear, drop off sports uniform.  


    The only individuals permitted to get out of the vehicle will be parents/guardians who are picking up their student’s medication. You will need to park and enter the building. You will be required to have a mask and ID, gloves are recommended. 


    As a reminder, below are the set times for each grade and track. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow. 


    Sixth grade students:  

    Track 6-2:  10:00 - 10:30 AM 

    Track 6-3: 11:15 - 11:45 AM 

    Tracks 6-1 & 6-4: 2:00 - 3:00 PM  


    Seventh grade students:  

    Track 7-2: 10:30 - 11:00 AM 

    Track 7-3: 11:45 - 12:45 PM 

    Track 7-4: 1:00 - 1:45 PM    

    Track 7-1: 2:00 – 3:00 PM  


    Eighth grade students:  

    Track 8-1: 4:00 - 4:45 PM 

    Track 8-2: 4:45 - 5:15 PM 

    Track 8-3: 5:15 - 5:45 PM 

    Track 8-4: 5:45 - 6:30 PM 



    Due to social distancing requirements everyone must remain in the vehicle at all times. There will be a banner displaying the names of our 8th grade students (and picture if a school picture taken)DJ, Ronnie Williams, with The Perfect Beat, will be playing songs from a playlist created by our 8th grade students throughout the 4-6:30 time frame; award recipient lists will be combined and shared by each team electronically following Friday’s celebration.   


    Students can bring gifts for teachers and vehicles can be decorated! We are looking forward to seeing you and celebrating your accomplishments this year as you move on to high school! 


    All families: If your student is returning to a WCPSS school for the 2020-21 school year and currently has a Chromebook, there is no need to return it now; if your student is not returning to a WCPSS school please bring Chromebook and/or hotspot. Students may also keep library books until they return to school; however, if you choose to return library material there will be a drop-off spot in the carpool area.  


    We do ask that if you are exhibiting any COVID symptoms, please do not come to the school campus.  


    See you tomorrow! 


    Your Proud Principal, 


    Karen Sinders 


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  • Communication for Week of May 31

    Posted by Karen Sinders on 5/31/2020

    Dear Lufkin families,


    I hope this communication finds you and your loved ones safe.  This is a difficult letter to write. I went into education to make a difference in the lives of students and empower them to believe in themselves and their ability to be whomever and whatever they chose. Middle school is a time of change and growth for students. This spring has provided students, families, and our staff the opportunity to grow and learn in ways we never thought possible. Has it been a struggle? Yes, at times it has been difficult. However, through it all I have been so proud of the resilience of our students and the ‘we can do this’ attitude of the Lufkin staff.


    I have so many emotions, as I am sure many of you do. What a 20th year it has been.


    In keeping with format of recent weeks, here we go:



    For some families, this week is it – Track 1, this is your final week of ‘school’. Enjoy the activities and maximize the opportunities provided by your teachers.


    Students on Tracks 2, 3, & 4, this is your final week of new material and lessons.



    Track 1 final grades/marks can be found in PowerSchool.


    Tracks 2, 3, & 4 final grades/marks will be available by 5:00 PM on Thursday, June 4.


    Report cards are not being mailed. A copy will be printed and placed in each students’ cumulative folder as part of their permanent records. Families can view final grades in Power School. If you are unable to utilize PowerSchool, please call the school at 919-387-4465 and leave a message. The messages are being checked daily; or you may contact our Data Manager, Lisa Bannister via email @lbannister@wcpss.net and you may request a copy be mailed to you. We will need to verify your mailing address.


    Please note that for students taking math 1 and/or 8th grade students taking Spanish for HS credit, students will receive a PC-19 or WC-19 unless you complete and return the Google document. To simplify the process a Google document has been created and you will submit that to your students’ teacher(s). THIS IS  A CHANGE FROM THE COMMUNICATION SENT LAST SUNDAY DUE TO A CHANGE MADE BY DPI EARLY LAST WEEK. This form must be completed for Track 1 students by 5:00 PM on June 3 and for Track 2, 3, & 4 students by 5:00 PM on June 10. A reminder this option is only available for courses taken for high school credit.




    Friday, June 5 is the date for picking up your student’s items. Below is a reminder of times that have been set for each grade and track. It is imperative that families come during the assigned time as locker items will be rotated in and out of the carpool area.


    Below is a detailed plan for retrieving and returning items from the school. General instructions that pertain to all students is listed first, followed by a breakdown by grade level. All students will pick up items while remaining in their vehicle and utilize our carpool area for pick-up. Times are being set aside for each grade and track. If a parent/guardian needs to enter the building to pick up medication gloves and masks must be worn, and  you will need to have identification with you.


    Please note that unless you are picking up medication, you will remain in your vehicle. For families wanting to pick up medication, you will be required to have a mask and gloves and ID to enter the building and will park in any of the available parking spots in the carpool area.


    For students still needing to: return sports uniforms; pick up spring sports pictures and/or spirit wear you will proceed to the bus loop area AFTER you pick-up your items in the carpool area. CHANGE from last week: band instruments will NOT be picked up during this time. If your student still has an instrument at school you should have received a communication from Ms. Carmichael; if not please reach out to her at lasimmons@wcpss.net


    Still no word that our yearbooks have shipped; however, we are remaining optimistic that they will be on campus for pick-up on June 5. Again, all families are to go to the carpool area first, then the bus loop area. This is due to the large volume of items we must hand out and specific times being set for each grade and track. To help expediate the process if you could have your student’s last name displayed on a sheet of paper in the front right-hand side of the windshield that would be greatly appreciated.


    Any student who has a novel at home that they were reading for their ELA class, please return that to the school when you come to pick up your personal items.


    Finally, if your student is returning to a WCPSS school for the 2020-21 school year and currently has a Chromebook, there is no need to return it currently. Students may also keep library books until they return to school; however, if you choose to return library material there will be a drop-off spot in the carpool area.


    Lockers have been emptied and items bagged with students’ names visible.


    Sixth grade students designated pick-up times: Please keep locks as you will use those for the locker you receive in 7th grade. Sixth grade pick-up times are as follows:

    Track 6-2:  10:00 - 10:30 AM

    Track 6-3: 11:15 - 11:45 AM

    Tracks 6-1 & 6-4: 2:00 - 3:00 PM (we have combined these tracks because 6-1 was tracked out and had already emptied their lockers and several 6-4 students took their items with them on March 13


    Seventh grade students designated pick-up times: Please come through the carpool lane to pick up and drop off items.  

    Track 7-2: 10:30 - 11:00 AM                                                                                       

    Track 7-3: 11:45 - 12:45 PM                                        

    Track 7-4: 1:00 - 1:45 PM  

    Track 7-1: 2:00 – 3:00 PM (we have combined you with 6-1 & 6-4 because you were tracked out and should have already emptied your locker).


    Eighth grade students designated pick-up times: Your 8th grade certificates will be given to you at this time, along with a few other ways to celebrate you moving on to high school.

    Track 8-1: 4:00 - 4:45 PM

    Track 8-2: 4:45 - 5:15 PM                                                             

    Track 8-3: 5:15 - 5:45 PM

    Track 8-4: 5:45 - 6:30 PM


    Everyone, we do ask that if you are exhibiting any COVID symptoms, please do not come to the school campus.



    The WCPSS Board meeting is Tuesday, June 2, and we will learn about the start date and tracking for multi-track year-round schools.


    Planning ahead: we will not be selling student agenda books for the 2020-21 school year. Due to the financial struggles placed on some families because of COVID that was an expense we chose to remove from families. Although this was a fund-raiser for the PTA, not knowing the impact of COVID on our Lufkin families I felt it was an expense families should not have to incur for the 2020-21 school year. We will again offer Yubbler for purchasing school supplies for your student(s) and their teacher(s). Look for this to be posted on our website the week of June 8.



    As the 2019-20 nears the end I want thank all Lufkin families, and especially the students, for your support. Students, you have been so resilient and dedicated to your learning as we had to abruptly end our time in the building and move to remote learning. It has truly been an honor to work with you, the students this school year. Parents/guardians, I want to thank you for your support throughout the year. I am looking forward to the 2020-21 school year and wish all rising 9th graders the best as they begin high school. You hold a special place in my heart.


    Your Proud Principal,


    Karen Sinders

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