Lakelands Park Middle School
|Lakelands Park Middle School|
|1200 Main Street
Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA
|School district||Montgomery County Public Schools|
|Principal||Deborah R. Higdon|
|Student to teacher ratio||15 (2012–2013)|
|Color(s)||Blue and Silver|
|Rival||Ridgeview Middle School|
|Publication||The Falcon Times,
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Lakelands Park Middle School is a public middle school located in Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA. Managed by Montgomery County Public Schools, the school educates in grades 6-8. The school was named after Lakelands Park, which is adjacent to the school. With its premises used regularly for community events, the school has a high local profile.
Deborah R. Higdon became the school's principal, in August 2009, taking over from the original principal Joseph Sacco.
Lakelands Park Middle School was built in 2005 to resolve overcrowding in other schools in the county, as a result of a unique collaborative effort between the Montgomery County Board of Education and superintendent Dr. Jerry Weast, at a cost of $21 million. The building is 153,588 square feet (14,268.8 m2), and includes three floors, a full-size gym, auxiliary gyms, three computer labs, and rooms for art, music and technology. The media center has a collection of more than 18,000 print and non-print materials, including books, magazines, videos, DVDs and CD ROMs. The Research Learning Hub includes 32 networked computers.
The school set ambitious academic targets, including 100% of the students reading at or above grade level by the time that they leave the school. However, the school was soon placed on the state watch list due to poor results.
After students graduate from 8th grade, the high school they go on to depends on the elementary school that they attended. Students move to Quince Orchard High School if they went to Brown Station or Rachel Carson elementary schools and those who went to Darnestown Elementary School go on to attend Northwest High School. If students went to Diamond Elementary School, they either attend Quince Orchard High School if their home is south of Great Seneca Highway or Northwest High School if their home is north of Great Seneca Highway.
Sports and extracurricular activities
Lakelands Park has teams, that compete against other schools, in boys' and girls' softball, boys' and girls' basketball, boys' and girls' soccer and coeducational cross country. The City have constructed a synthetic turf sports field, at a cost of just under $950,000, in the adjacent Lakelands Park. The sports field opened in October 2014. Initially there was no public access but, in May 2015, it was announced that the field would be available to the community on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Student Sara Mercer has been selected to represent the United States in China at the 2016 Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships.
Music and theatre
The Lakelands Park Theatre, the school's drama club, wrote and gave a public performance of an original drama Pirate School!, in February 2008.
The school's Advanced Orchestra received an overall Superior rating at the Maryland State Orchestra Festival in 2010, which is the highest possible rating.
Awards and external contributions
Teacher awards and contributions
A teacher at the school, Carol Nezzo, was invited by the National Capital Language Resource Center to jointly present a paper entitled "Learning Strategies for Young Learners - Playing among the 5 Cs" on June 20, 2007.
Susan Cooper, Eric Kuhn and Martha Chess were winners of the Outstanding Educator award given by the Montgomery County Council of PTAs for the 2009–2010 school year. They were recognized for "supporting families who have children receiving special education services in the Montgomery County Public School system".
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- "Milestones, Goals and a Request for Residents' Input", The Washington Post, February 2, 2006
- "Gaithersburg's New School", The Washington Post, August 25, 2005
- "New Lakelands Park Middle School plans for excellent year", Parisa Karimi, The Prowler, September 30, 2005
- "Elementary schools progress, but not middle schools", Marcus Moore, The Gazette, July 22, 2009.
- "Schools Ease Off Cellphone Restraints", Daniel de Vise, Washington Post, August 27, 2007
- "Athletics". Montgomery County Public Schools. 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2014.
- Davis, Jenn (20 June 2014). "Construction to begin soon on turf field at Gaithersburg park". Maryland Gazette. Retrieved 19 July 2014.
- Brick, Krista (6 October 2014). "LAKELANDS PARK TURF FIELD MAY BE LOCKED TO ALL WITHOUT A PERMIT". Montgomery Community Media. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
- Burke, Sonya (2 May 2015). "GAITHERSBURG OPENS LAKELANDS SYNTHETIC FIELD FOR PUBLIC PLAY ON WEEKENDS". Montgomery Community Media. Retrieved 4 November 2015.
- Schipper, Pam (3 February 2016). "LPMS Student to Compete in China". The Town Courier. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
- Murret, Patricia M. (6 February 2008). "Ahoy there, Lakelands Park Middle School mateys". Maryland Gazette. Retrieved 19 July 2014.
- "The Bulletin", Montgomery County Public Schools, June 4, 2007
- Jenny Doren (24 May 2012). "Adam Rusak, of Gaithersburg, competing in National Geographic Bee". ABC News. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
- Mary Gail Hare (1 April 2011). "Knowledge, good fortune key to geography bee win". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 5 January 2013.
- "NCLRC's 2007 Summer Institutes", Office of English Language Acquisition, US Department of Education, January 29, 2007
- "MCCPTA Special Recognition Ceremony", Montgomery County Council of PTAs, May 2010.
- Official website
- Lakelands Park statistics from MCPS
- Lakelands Park Middle School at the Wayback Machine (archived September 1, 2006)