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Middle School

The Middle School has developed a comprehensive plan for the 2020–2021 academic year. While this year may look different, the team continues to provide an engaging and joyful learning experience for all students while remaining nimble and preparing to shift accordingly as circumstances change.

Daily Schedule

The Middle School conducts a full day of classes for students. Click here for the Grades 5–8 schedule. 

To support health checks, sanitizing and traffic patterns, LJCDS has staggered start/end times:

Grades 5 and 6

8:20 a.m.–2:40 p.m. 
Drop-off  7:30–8:20 a.m.
Pickup  2:40–3 p.m.
Eastgate Parking Lot

Grades 7 and 8

8:40 a.m.–3:20 p.m.
Drop-off  7:30–8:40 a.m.
Pickup  3:20–3:40 p.m.
Eastgate Parking Lot

Procedures & Protocols

Indoor/Outdoor Classrooms

  • Classes are designed to utilize both indoor and outdoor spaces, with no more than 45 minutes indoors before students proceed to outdoor assigned classroom learning space

  • Shading is available as well as desks and chairs for outdoor classes

  • Rainy Day/Heat: Given our indoor/outdoor learning model, we are prepared to run a rainy day/heat index schedule (similar to a snow day) whereby students and teachers will engage in the day's content from home. We will attempt to closely monitor the weather to provide advanced notice. The heat index of 100 degrees or higher for the coast will be used for closing campus and switching to online learning.

Student Cohorts

  • Students are designated in grade-level cohorts.
  • Each Grade 7 and 8 classroom has an assigned indoor/outdoor space.
  • Most art, music and design and innovation classes are taught in-person

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  • Essential Questions/Interdisciplinary

    One of the overarching goals of our elective program is to create pathways for our Middle School students to explore interests outside of traditional academic courses in areas such as the arts and design and innovation. In this COVID-19 environment, many of our electives are challenged or prohibited from running as designed. In response, we’ve reimagined the elective program.

  • Grade 7 Math Update

    In the 2020-2021 academic year, the Middle School launched a new Integrated Math 5th to 8th-grade sequence. This sequence responds to the demands of mathematics in the 21st century, highlights the interconnectedness of math concepts, weaves algebra throughout, and is commensurate with the integrated math sequences offered by high achieving countries internationally.  
    The sequence is available to all students and to group all students into heterogeneous cohorts. This option to shift to heterogeneous groupings aligns with the model that has been successfully implemented in the fifth grade. If your child was originally placed in Integrated Math 7, Honors, they will still be able to engage in honors-level content and earn an honors designation on their Grade 7 transcript in the heterogeneously grouped cohort. 
    Additionally, every student in the Integrated Math sequence can choose to pursue an honors designation. Each lesson within each unit of study will have tiered activities and extensions. By successfully completing challenges or extensions, each student will be given the opportunity to earn an “Honors Level” designation. Honors-level tasks and assignments will be made available in place of, rather than in addition to, on-grade-level work. We aim to be proactive and transparent in our communication to students and families regarding how, and when, students can take advantage of these opportunities. 
  • Technology

    • The Middle School continues to utilize the Blackbaud portal for both students and families. Course information, class assignments and school information is posted on the portal.  

    • Formative is available for teachers to create digital formative assignments/assessments.

    • Zoom will be used if needed when students are not on campus or when a teacher needs to stream to another classroom on campus.

    • Swivl, a robotic mount that tracks and records a moving person, is used in a few Middle School classrooms.
  • Early Care/Extended Day

    Morning drop-off for Extended Care starts at 7:30 a.m. Middle School Extended Day takes place in the quad from 3:15-5:30 p.m. There is no need to sign up and there is no fee. All students not picked up by a parent/guardian by 3:15 p.m. will gather in the quad. Parents can pick up their children from the Early Childhood Center (ECC) parking lot. Please note: all other parking lots will be closed. The security guard in the ECC lot will notify the appropriate Extended Day group when the parent/guardian arrives and the child(ren) will be walked over to the ECC lot. Parents/guardians remain in the car. Contact Jessica Lacoff-Roberts with any questions. 
  • Learning Resource Center

    Specialists push into assigned outdoor spaces and work with students 1:1 or within grade levels.
  • Physical Education 5–6

    Middle School students participate in physical education outdoors and in the gym with other members of their grade level. They do not change into PE uniforms and should plan on wearing appropriate clothing/shoes for PE to school.
  • Physical Ed/Athletics 7–8

    The South Coast Middle School League, of which LJCDS is a member, is beginning to outline plans for a return to competitive athletics with contests starting as early as just after the new year. Coach Judy Spoelstra attends the league’s meetings and has taken an active role in planning the return to sports. More information to follow as it becomes available.
  • Arrival Process

    The arrival process to school will be different this year to ensure the health and safety of our community. Click here to learn more about the arrival process.
  • Return to Campus Checklist

    We have created a checklist to help you prepare for on-campus learning. Click here to review the checklist.

Middle School Team

List of 4 members.

  • Photo of Kristy Johnson

    Kristy Johnson 

    Head of Middle School
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  • Photo of Meghan Edwards

    Meghan Edwards 

    Assistant Head of Middle School for Academics and Global Education
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  • Photo of Indigo Dow

    Indigo Dow 

    MS History Educator; MS Dean of Equity, Inclusion & Community Engagement; Asst. Football Coach
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  • Photo of Alicia Deutz

    Alicia Deutz 

    Middle School Administrative Assistant and Attendance
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I have every confidence that our LJCDS team will deliver the educational excellence that you expect.

Kristy Johnson,
 Head of Middle School

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