• March 30 Communication to Families and Students

    Posted by Karen Sinders on 3/29/2020

    March 30, 2020


    Dear Lufkin Families,


    I hope that you are safe and doing well during this unprecedented time. The administration and staff miss our students. Please join me in welcoming Mr. Jesse Gore who is our 6th grade AP. He joined Lufkin on March 23. He had already met the staff and was looking forward to meeting the 6th grade students. He has jumped right in, and we appreciate his leadership.


    The District notified families that we will be out of school through May 15 and that remote learning would begin. Year-round schools begin remote learning on Monday, April 6. Please note that track outs will take place as planned, which means that Track 4 students will not begin remote learning until Thursday, April 23. However, all students on Tracks 1-4 need to have any late work submitted to their teacher by Friday, April 3 for 3rd quarter. Your student’s teachers are communicating details to your student through their normal electronic mode of communication.


    Reminder highlights: 

    • If you are reading this on your phone and do not have home internet access, you are encouraged to contact Spectrum Cable, which is offering 60 days of internet access for free. The number is 844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
    • Food distribution sites can also be found here:  https://www.wcpss.net/domain/16591


    Moving forward:

    • Students: Your teachers may have already reached out to connect with you and check on your well-being. 
    • Parents/Guardians: Teachers are reaching out via survey, phone calls, and emails to find out if your student has access to a device and internet service as we prepare for remote learning on April6.  We are discovering that we are missing or have incorrect parent/guardian phone numbers and/or emails.  If someone from your student’s team has not reached you, please email them on Monday, March 30. If you believe that you need to add or update your phone number and/or email, please send an email to the Lufkin’s Data Manager, Ms. Lisa Bannister at lbannister@wcpss.net
    • Students and Parents/Guardians of rising 7th & 8th graders: Registration is now open for elective classes for the 2020-21 school year. Please go to the Lufkin website for links and information. Registration is to be completed by April 17. Should you have questions please contact your student’s counselor:


    I miss your students. Please let them know I am thinking about them.


    Take care.


    Stay safe,


    Karen Sinders, Principal


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  • March 1, 2020

    Posted by Karen Sinders on 3/1/2020 7:35:00 PM

    March 1, 2020

    Good evening. Happy March! Spring sports begin this week – good luck to all our athletes.


    This week:

    • Monday, 3/2 – softball, home
    • Tuesday, 3/3 – Election Day, Lufkin is a polling (voting) location
    • Wednesday, 3/4 – track meet at Holly Grove MS
    • Thursday, 3/5 – 7th graders have performance task testing
    • Thursday, 3/5 – soccer home (rescheduled date)
    • Friday, 3/6 – school dance, 6-8:00 PM for all current Lufkin students (see permission slip)
    • Friday, 3/6 – last day of school for Track 1 before tracking out
    • PLANNING AHEAD – Monday, March 9 is a staff workday for year-round staff. NO SCHOOL for students

    Highlights from last week:

    • We were excited to be in school for the full week! Hadn’t seen that for a few weeks.
    • Saturday, February 29 – our BOB (Battle of Book) students did an outstanding job. See Twitter @LufkinPrincipal or @lufkintweets for pictures.


    Upcoming events:

    • The PTA is having a spring fundraiser: Color Battle. Profits from this fundraiser will be used to purchase technology for classrooms. Please see  parent/guardian letters below. 
    • The PTA is sponsoring Talent Show for students on Friday, April 24. See website for details if your student is interested in participating.

    Please refer to the Lufkin website, scroll to the bottom of the front page, under WAKE COUNTY NEWS for communication regarding coronavirus: District Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19). This information can be found on any school’s website.


    This week’s Positivity Project (P2) will be: learning about cheering others’ successes in our OPM (Other People Matter) #5 series. Be sure to ask your student about the various discussions this week.


    Warmest regards,

    Karen Sinders, Principal

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  • February 23, 2020

    Posted by Karen Sinders on 2/23/2020

    Good evening. Hope everyone enjoyed the snow and Mother Nature giving students yet another 3-day weekend!  


    This week:

    • Monday, 2/24 - All RHS (Reproductive Health and Safety) forms for 7th & 8th graders are due for parents/guardians who want their student to opt out of this unit. Letters were sent home with students the week of February 10.
    • Monday, 2/24 – 6:30 PM PTA meeting in the Media Center. All parents/guardians are always welcome. Planning for the 2020-21 school year is underway, your ideas and input are needed.
    • Wednesday, 2/26 – PTA Spirit Night at Papa Murphy’s, 726 West Williams Street, Apex, NC. Mention Lufkin and 25% of your purchase will be given to the PTA to support our school. Thank you in advance for your participation.
    • Saturday, 2/29 – County-wide Battle of the Books (BOB) competition is being held at Apex Friendship Middle School. Competition begins at 8:00 AM. Good luck to our BOB participants!


    Highlights from last week:

    • Storyteller, Donna Washington performed for all students.
    • Students participated in a lockdown drill. They did a very nice job.
    • Bodek, 8th grade counselor, held high school registration meeting for parents/guardians of rising 9th graders on Tuesday.


    This week’s Positivity Project (P2) character strength is Zest/Enthusiasm. Please ask your student what they learn about this character strength throughout the week. Click link below: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7uPo8G9U6FdNVgwOE85NEN3NzA/view


    Warmest regards,

    Karen Sinders, Principal



    • End-of-year testing windows for EOGs, EOCs, and NCFEs are: Track 1: May 21-June 4, Tracks 2-3-4: June 17-30
    • 8th Grade Awards Program and Dance will be Friday, June 5. Each student will receive two (2) tickets for guests to attend the Awards Program which begins promptly at 6 PM
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