Lesher Middle School

an IB World School

Welcome Parents!

August 20, 2018

Dear Lesher Families,

Welcome back! I hope you’ve all enjoyed a wonderful summer with family and friends. While the summer may be over, the fun isn’t. What excites me most every August is meeting our new students, the potential of our new hires, quality of our returning staff, and our ability to get it done again in 2018-19! Our BHAG: Big Hairy Audacious Goal (Good to Great, 2001, Collins) remains the same… provide our students access to equitable and excellent learning experiences and outcomes through high expectations with high support. It’s our moral imperative, it’s our professional responsibility, it’s what we do, and it’s THE LESHER DIFFERENCE!

Our declaration of care for those we lead and those we serve is to LOVE OUR PEOPLE. The people who’ve allowed us to be in their lives and those we’ve allowed to be in ours. They deserve our care and attention to make good things happen for them wherever and whenever we can. Our slogan endures: ROW THE BOAT. When you row a boat, you’re rowing with your back to the future, which you cannot see or control. You must trust the person in front of you, that they’re doing their job and rowing at the same speed and efficiency as you are. You don’t know what’s ahead. You’re rowing in the present, which is the only thing you can control. And you’re looking at the past, which is the only thing you can really learn from, but you can’t change. You can take your oars out of the water and drift, or you put them in the water and row. We choose to row.

More specifically, our staff will row toward these 2018-19 deliverables:

  1. Implement Sustainable Teaching Practices with Kelly Burns.
  2. Begin Peer Observations/Lesson Study using the 5Ds+ Standards-based Teaching & Learning Framework & IB’s Approaches to Teaching.
  3. Expand our EL Achieve Instruction (English Language Development- ELD) to include a Building-wide Reading & Writing Framework to improve student thinking & writing.
  4. Continue Expect Respect schoolwide to teach students how to build healthy relationships & prevent violence and abuse.
  5. Continue assessing Student Performance via the IBMYP Criteria, Strands, & AtL Skills per our IBMYP criterion-referenced gradebook.
  6. Continue our MTSS & Progress Monitoring to enhance student academic, behavioral, & social/emotional performance.
  7. Continue our Co-teaching Model between our Integrated Services & General Ed. Teachers to improve growth gaps for students with disabilities.

Thank you for entrusting your child to our care and ROWING THE BOAT with us. It’s going to be an awesome year!

Living the dream,




Transportation Update – VERY IMPORTANT!

Our parent pick up/drop off area is along the east side of the property on Ellis St. This separates our parent pick up/drop off area from our pedestrian, bicycle, and bus drop off areas on Stover and Lake Streets along the west and north sides of the property. When entering the parent drop off area please pull all the way forward (past the entrance sidewalk), and refrain from making U-turns (you may exit south onto Prospect St., north onto Lake St., or through the church parking lot to Lake St.).


Foundational to our Professional Learning Community, is our authentic middle school and IB practice of providing teachers on grade level teams (6, 7, and 8) in the core areas of math, English, science, and social studies with common planning periods and students. Encore teachers (world language, PE, technology, and the arts) have a common planning period too. Our modified block schedule of four 79-83 minute “block” classes daily in an alternating blue/gold day format with a daily 40 minute “skinny” period provides Extended Learning Opportunities (ELO) for enrichment, support, and intervention at the end of the day.

Stay Informed

Information on our 2018-19 Lesher deliverables and School Unified Improvement Plan (SUIP) will be forthcoming throughout the year via our Lesher Difference email blasts, Lesher_MS Twitter page, and posted on our website. Another great way to stay informed is by joining the Viking Volunteers (Parent Teacher Organization), and/or serving on our School Accountability Committee (SAC). Please contact Office Manager Jeannie Mitchell at 472-3803, or jeanniem@psdschools.org if you’re interested in serving with the VV or SAC.

Fundraising Update

Our Viking Volunteers’ Direct Donation program is our ONLY schoolwide fundraiser! Our annual goal is $10,000… we’ve never met it, but remain hopeful. You received information about Direct Donation at check-in day. Viking Volunteers will have a table set up at Back-to-School Night if you have questions. We’re grateful for your support of this necessary program.

New Staff Update

  1. Hannah Kvitle (6th-8th Grade Integrated Services)
  2. Heather Ewer (6th-8th Grade Asst. Instr. Director)
  3. Kenzie Helmink (6th-8th Grade Art)
  4. Annie Wind (6th Grade Social Studies/ELA)
  5. Matt Doherty (7th Grade Math)
  6. Lucas Burge (7th Grade Math)
  7. Ashley Nangle (6th Grade Counselor)
  8. Katie Noelck & Christy Stiger (Mental Health Specialists)
  9. Kaiti Jones (29% English 7/60% Expect Respect Grant Coordinator)
  10. Whitney Adams (Wasinger’s 6th Grade Math/Science Long-term Sub.)
  11. Christine Riddo (Integrated Services Para.)
  12. Genevieve Steensma (Registrar)
  13. Lisa Crossland (Dean of Students/7th Grade Administrator)
  14. Janice Martinez (6th Grade Asst. Principal/Assessment Coordinator)

Summer Facility Upgrades

  • New 30’ x 40’ field house (shed).
  • New bike rack and Lake St. bus drop off black top.
  • 5 new solatubes from 5K energy competition 2nd place award.
  • Phase 2 of our Learning/Pollinator Garden construction coming in October: plants, boulders, benches, and an interpretive sign thanks to a 25K Fort Collins Nature in the City and Audubon Society Grant.
  • New 6th grade hallway tardy-prevention clock.
  • New main gym and auxiliary gym wall padding thanks to a PSD School Innovation 23K Grant.

Please remember these important dates & events:




Tuesday, 8/21

6th Grade Transition Day –

with New 7th & 8th Graders

7:35am – 2:25pm

Lesher Middle School

Wednesday, 8/22

1st Day of School –

ALL students Grades 6 - 8

7:35am – 2:25pm

Lesher Middle School



Back-to-School Night

6 – 8:30pm

Lesher Middle School

Monday, 9/3

Labor Day

No School

Friday, 9/21

Teacher Collaboration Day

No School for Students

Friday, 10/19

Student-Led Conf. Exchange Day

No School

Monday, 1/7

Teacher Work Day

No School for Students

Friday, 4/12

Student-Led Conf. Exchange Day

No School

Monday, 2/18

Teacher Collaboration Day

No School for Students

“Shells sink, dreams float. Life’s good on our boat.”

-Jimmy Buffett

WE ARE...        LESHER!

Lesher Middle School, an IB World School
1400 Stover Street Fort Collins CO 80524
Phone:970.472.3800 Fax:970.472.3880 Attendance: 970.472.3815