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LCMSD Update 5.3.24
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Too Long, Didn’t Read (TLDR)

  • Letter from Chief Norton regarding e-bike regulations 

  • Hall Middle to start a bike registration program in August 2024

  • Golden Bell Awards announced

  • Parent LCAP feedback meeting schedule for May 14 at 5:30 in the Hall Library

  • LCMSD partners with Hanover Research to conduct study on standards-based grading


Dear LCMSD Community,


It’s always an exciting time to be in LCMSD and this month is no different! Our goals are not only to provide the very best educational experience for our students, but also to continually advance our practices. This is one of the essential ingredients that makes LCMSD a great place to learn and grow. Below are important District updates. As always, thank you for your support in our schools. 


Dr. Brett Geithman

Superintendent


Marin County Honors 2024 Golden Bell Awards

Annually, extraordinary members of the educational community are recognized at the Golden Bell Awards for their dedication to the students and communities throughout Marin. The Golden Bell Awards Ceremony will be held at Dominican University on May 23 at 4:30 pm. Additionally, LCMSD Awardees will be celebrated at the Board Meeting on May 15 at 6:00 in the Hall Library. LCMSD has much to celebrate - below are the 2024 Golden Bell Awardees. Congratulations to all!


  • Trustee of the Year for all of Marin County: Annie Sherman

  • Lyn Everly, Secretary at Neil Cummins

  • Florencia Gascon, Spanish Teacher at Hall Middle

  • Natasha Griffin, Science and Leadership Teacher at Hall Middle

  • Alyce Hinshaw, Campus Support at Neil Cummins

  • Victor Quintana, Paraprofessional at Hall Middle

  • Dana Swisher, 2nd Grade Teacher at Neil Cummins

  • Community Partnership: Amy’s Drive Thru


Superintendent Coffee Chat Part II (minus the coffee) – May 14 from 5:30-6:30 in the Hall Library 

We greatly appreciated the attendance at this week’s coffee chat where we discussed the draft 2024-25 goals (LCAP), as well as survey results. Due to the high parent interest, we have scheduled an additional session for May 14 from 5:30-6:30 in the Hall Library. We hope to see you there!


E-Bike Update from Chief Norton & Bike Registration Program Coming Soon

Beginning in August 2024, Hall Middle will initiate a bike registration program (details to follow). The goal is to promote bike safety, as well as ensure that students are riding age-appropriate and legal bikes. We have been working with our partners at the Central Marin Police Authority (CMPA) and will be publishing our plan prior to the start of school. In preparation for this, it is important that parents are aware of what types of e-bikes are permissible for students. Chief Norton has issued this letter to help inform parents as they make these decisions and/or if they have already purchased an e-bike for their child. 


District Partners with Hanover Research to Conduct a Standards-Based Grading Study

In 2022-23, an area of concern that rose to the top was school safety. To gather further information, we partnered with Hanover Research on a safety perception survey, as well as engaged our insurance provider, Keenan, who conducted a two-day physical site analysis and a two-day culture and climate analysis. These data were then used to determine our strengths and areas of growth. With our School Safety Task Force, we then prioritized our next steps and have begun implementation. 


As standards-based grading is a newer initiative, it is important for us to know how we are doing in a deeper, comprehensive way. With that, we have re-engaged with Hanover Research to partner on a mixed-methods study that includes: 1) LCAP survey questions; 2) 11 focus groups (grades 6-10 students, parents of grades 6-10 students, staff - Hall and Redwood); and 3) a five year analysis of quantitative data. The focus groups have been scheduled for the month of May. Parents of students in grades 6-10, if you missed the focus group email - here is the link to express interest in participating. Part 3 of the study will begin this summer and early fall. We anticipate the full analysis will be completed within the 1st trimester of the 2024-25 school year and look forward to approaching them in a similar way as we did safety - identify areas of strengths and growth and prioritize our next steps. We will share broad analyses with our stakeholder groups. 
 


LCMSD Board of Trustees
Eric Schmautz, President
Amir Movafaghi, Vice President
Beth Blair, Clerk
Natalie Medved
Annie Sherman
 
Superintendent
Brett Geithman, Ed.D.