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Our mission is to provide a positive and safe environment that inspires students to become responsible, well-rounded, civic-minded, global thinkers who are equipped with 21st century skills and are prepared for the academic rigors of high school and future challenges.
Announcement Archive

 
District Announcements
School Self-Assessment for Determining Grades
January 4, 2016

New Jersey Department of Education School Self-Assessment for Determining Grades under the Anti-bullying Bill of Rights District and School Grade Report 2014-2015.
[More Information]
School Announcements
PARCC Testing Schedule
April 22, 2017


Starting on Wednesday, April 26th middle school students will begin taking the PARCC Assessments according to the following schedule:


7th & 8th Grade Math, Algebra & Geometry Testing

 
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 MATH, Unit #1
Thursday, April 27, 2017 MATH, Unit #2
Friday, April 28, 2017             MATH, Unit #3
 
7th & 8th Grade English Language Arts Testing (Students MUST bring their own headsets on each day of ELA testing)
 
Monday, May 1, 2017 ELA, Unit #1
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 ELA, Unit #2
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 ELA, Unit #3
 
All students should report to their homerooms, ready to begin testing at 8:30 A.M. Any student who is NOT in his or her testing room by 8:30 A.M. will NOT be allowed to test that day and will be moved into a makeup session. Please arrive on time. 

Other notes:
  • Cell phones are NOT permitted in any testing location and MUST remain in students’ lockers during testing.
  • No food or drink is allowed in any testing location.
  • Students may bring their own mouse to use during testing.
It’s S’More Fun With Books @the Scholastic Book Fair!
March 13, 2017

The Scholastic Book Fair is camped out all this week at the Lewis F. Cole Middle School!    Students will be able to shop the book fair starting on Thursday, March 16th during their language arts classroom visit. On Thursday students will also be allowed to shop during their lunch period.

 

Come one, come all to our Scholastic Book Fair Family Event this Thursday from 5:30 to 7:00 PM.  Family members of all ages are welcome! Mark it on your calendar today!

 

Click HERE to visit the home page for our book fair. Click HERE to visit the online book fair that will be open through March 22nd. At the online fair, you can shop for all ages and also buy a book to fulfill a classroom teacher’s wish list. Hope to see everyone at the fair!!


 
February 17, 2017
2017 Lewis F. Cole School
March Madness! Craft Fair & Raffle
Saturday, March 25th, 2017
(click here for vendor information and application)
February 1, 2017
 

Project Cicero
 “A room without books is a body without a soul.”
-Marcus Tullius Cicero

For the fifth year, Project Cicero, an annual non-profit book drive, is taking place at the Lewis F. Cole Middle School. Since 2001, Project Cicero has been supporting school and classroom libraries in the NY & NJ public schools. The organization’s efforts have collected and distributed more than 1.8 million new and gently used books. New Jersey’s teachers and librarians who are trying to build or rebuild their collections will directly benefit from the books acquired during this year’s drives.  The Lewis F. Cole Middle School will proudly participate in Project Cicero through March 2nd.  All students and staff are encouraged to donate a brand new or gently used book.

  • All picture, early reader, fiction, test prep, and nonfiction books WILL BE accepted. 
  • Textbooks, adult books, library discards or out-of-date nonfiction/reference WILL NOT be accepted.

Our school’s goal is to receive a donation of at least one book from every student in the middle school and one book from every faculty member. Please help get more books into the hands of New Jersey’s children. Books will be collected during homeroom. 


SUMMER MATH ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM
March 24, 2017
 
Click Here for summer math advancement program information.  Applications are due no later than Friday, April 21.  

Click Here for the Parent / Guardian Math Program Presentation Given on April 6, 2017.  
Scheduling for 8th Grade Students
January 12, 2017

Eighth grade scheduling season is upon us.  In order to give students and parents insight into the Visual & Performing Arts and 21st Century Life and Career courses (a.k.a. Practical Arts) offered to 9th graders at Fort Lee High School, teachers have created videos for students and parents/guardians to view. Click HERE to view these videos. 

The Electives Form will be distributed during homeroom on Jan. 13th. After viewing the videos, students should complete and return the Electives Form by January 20th to their homeroom teacher. 

If you have any questions about the course offerings, please contact Ms. D. Brigida, 8th Grade School Counselor at 201.585.4660 x 5506.


Finding Kind Screening- Mark Your Calendar!
December 22, 2016

On Wednesday, January 11th at 6:30 P.M., the Lewis F. Cole Middle School and its PTA will present a screening of the movie Finding Kind for all middle school parents.
In Finding Kind, filmmakers Lauren Parsekian and Molly Thompson, who met while in school at Pepperdine University, set out in a cross-country journey of discovery and education. Interviewing women and girls about their lives and experiences, Parsekian and Thompson find among all of the unique personal stories some universal truths about growing up as girls.
Finding Kind is a document of that journey and of the filmmakers’ quest to take these experiences and find a common ground of kindness and mutual respect. In addition to all of the individual girls and women who share their personal experiences about girl-on-girl bullying with the filmmakers, Parsekian and Thompson include interviews with respected experts and authors in the fields of psychology, education, and the interrelationships of women and girls.
All middle school parents and their middle school children are invited to attend the screening. This is not just a movie for or about girls; this is a movie about adolescent behavior. Parents of boys are welcome and encouraged to attend.
 
To learn more, please take a moment and view the Finding Kind trailer below.
 


MOCK ELECTION RESULTS
November 4, 2016
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CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR MOCK ELECTION RESULTS.  THANKS TO ALL LFCMS STUDENTS, FACULTY AND STAFF FOR PARTICIPATING.  
GIVE KIDS A SMILE DAY
December 9, 2016
February 3rd is New Jersey's annual "Give Kids a Smile" day.  You can make a free appointment for your child to see a participating dentist in our area.  Click Here for more information.    
FORT LEE HIGH SCHOOL ACADEMY APPLICATIONS
October 11, 2016

Click below to view information on how to apply for each of the academies at Fort Lee High School.  All applications are accessible through the respective Academy's Google Classroom. Codes for the Classrooms are located within the respective applications.

ACADEMY OF FINANCE APPLICATION INFORMATION

ACADEMY OF THEATER ARTS APPLICATION INFORMATION

PRE-I.B. ACADEMY APPLICATION INFORMATION

 

Yearbooks on Sale Now
November 2, 2016

Get Your ALL COLOR Yearbook!
 
Buy your 2017 Lewis F. Cole Middle School ALL COLOR yearbook for only $45 until November 30, 2016.  After November 30, 2016, the price will be $50.  To order go to www.yearbookordercenter.com and refer to job #13649. You may also create and purchase an ad for an 8th grade graduate on this website. Yearbooks were SOLD OUT LAST YEAR. Don't be left out! Sale ends January 15, 2017


October 30, 2016
MADONNA 5K TO SUPPORT BRIANA LOPEZ IS A SUCCESS!

Thank you to everyone who came out to support Briana.  We had a great day and came together as a community for one of our students.  Some of the pictures are below of our middle school family at the event.   
  

 

Environmental Club Earns BCUA Grant!
September 13, 2016

Congratulations to Mr. Larcheveque and the Environmental Club for earning a $1,000 grant from the Bergen County Utilities Authority!  This grant will assist us with the implementation of our newly revised recycling program.  Way to go!!!


Middle School Recognized for Anti-Bullying Program
May 6, 2016

Click HERE to read the article from NJ.com reporting on the April 29th visit to the middle school by fullback Thomas Bohanon of the New York Jets and members of the STOMP Out Bullying organization. The middle school was recognized for its character education and anti-bullying programs that encourage kindness and reward positive behaviors. 


Back-to-School Night Information
September 9, 2016

Back-to-School Night is Tuesday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m.
Click Here for Back-to-School Information.
 
Parent/Guardian Information and Required Forms
August 24, 2016
Please Click Here for All Required Information and Forms
CYBER-SAFETY PRESENTATION
October 7, 2016

Thank you Mrs. Ortega and Mr. Fusco for the great presentation.  For all parents and guardians who missed the meeting:           
Click Here for the Cybersafety Presentation Given at the October 6 PTA Meeting

 

 

Attention 8th & 9th Grade Students & Parents
January 26, 2017

The New Jersey Department of Education has released new high school graduation requirements including changes to participation in the PARCC exams for students in the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021. Please read the letters clarifying these changes by clicking on each below. ​


Girls Soccer
July 20, 2016

Any girls entering grades 7 or 8 who are interested in playing soccer this fall click here for information.  
Summer Math@LFCMS
May 6, 2016

July and August heat up with our Summer Math Program! Click HERE to read a letter from Mr. Daniello about the requirements for entry in the program.

 
Spirit Week 2016
May 15, 2016

Let the Games Begin!
Please click HERE to view the daily participation activities leading up to Field Day on Friday, May 20th. 

 


 
Summer Math Advancement Opportunity
June 5, 2016

Students interested in advancing in math over the summer may be eligible to can take a course at our board approved locations.  Click HERE for the application.  Please read the eligibility  and placement test requirements carefully. 



 

Free and Reduced Meals Application
August 22, 2016

Please click here for the 2016-2017 Free and Reduced Meals Application. This application should be printed, completed and returned to the middle school's main office.


April 21, 2016
PARCC Testing Information​  
In preparation for PARCC Testing, we ask the following from our students:
1.  Get a good night's sleep and eat a healthy breakfast before coming to school.  
2.  Please be sure that Chromebooks are fully charged at home the night before testing.
3.  Please bring in a pair of earbuds or headphones.  The test consists of an audio listening component.
4.  Strive to do your best on this standardized assessment.  It will assist us in defining your strengths and weaknesses in the areas of mathematics and language arts.  

April 27, 28, 29 - Math 
May 2, 3, 4 - Language Arts  

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March 20, 2016


The Feelin Groovy Bookfair is coming to Lewis F. Cole Middle School. The fair promises to offer a groovy selection of imaginative, educational, and enticing books for young adults and teens to enjoy. This year the fair will also include books written for teens but loved by adults, as well as books for middle schoolers younger siblings.
Students will preview what will be offered at the Book Fair on Monday, March 20th and Tuesday, March 21st when they visit the media center with their language arts teachers. Flyers will be distributed at that time. To view the electronic flyer click HERE. Feel free to download the BOOK FAIR APP to help your child find the right books. Students will then shop at the fair from March 29th through March 30th. Helping your child discover the fun in reading has lasting impacts!
Please make plans to attend the upcoming Book Fairs PARENT NIGHT on Wednesday, March 30th from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. in the media center. Classroom teachers wish lists will be available. If you are unable to attend the Book Fair, please visit the Online Book Fair which is NOW OPEN by clicking HERE.
The Feelin Groovy Book Fair is a great way to restock your bookshelves at home after donating so many books to Project Cicero. All purchases online and in person benefit our school. See everyone at the fair!
-Mrs. Spahn



 
 
1st Annual Athletic Open House
February 25, 2016

The Fort Lee high school athletic department would like to invite you to the 1st annual athletic open house. The open house will take place on Sunday, March 6th at 4pm. All parents and athletes are to meet in the high school auditorium for  a brief introduction and they will be given small group tours of all of our state of the art athletic facilities. For more information you may call the athletic office @ 201-585-4675 X 6521, otherwise we look forward to seeing you on March 6th. [More Information]
Bridgemen Bulletin
December 1, 2015

Attention middle school students and parents! Please click HERE to read the Bridgemen Bulletin and preview some of the academic, social, extracurricular and sports activities offered at Fort Lee High School.

 
SADD Coat Drive
December 1, 2015

Let's take the chill out of winter for local needy families! Donate a gently worn or new coat from now until January 4, 2016. Please click HERE to view SADD's coat drive flyer.
 



 
 

November Calender of Events
November 2, 2015

Please click HERE to access the middle school’s “November Calendar of Events.”

 
Fort Lee High School's Open House
October 22, 2015

Wednesday, October 28th is Fort Lee High School's Grade 9 Open House and Information Night for 8th grade parents and guardians at 6 p.m. in the high school's auditorium.   This event will give you the opportunity to learn about our high school's programs of study and opportunities for co-curricular involvement.  We hope to see all 8th grade parents! To view the Open House flyer, please click HERE.


Attention 8th Grade Parents & Students
October 19, 2015

Please click HERE to read a letter from Mrs. Lauren Carrubba, Director of School Counseling Services, which outlines the schedule of events that have been planned over the next several months to assist 8th grade students and their parents with the transition from middle school to high school.


 

OCTOBER PARENT LETTER
September 30, 2015
Click Here for the October Letter from the Principal
OCTOBER EVENTS CALENDAR
September 30, 2015
Click Here for the October Events Calendar
Governor's Educator of the Year Awards MS
May 15, 2015

My name is Christine Lepore and I have been teaching Physical Education and Health at the Lewis F. Cole Middle School in Fort Lee for 15 years. Before coming to Fort Lee, I taught Physical Education in the parochial schools in Manhattan, New York, for five years and after taught Physical Education and swimming for seven years to at-risk adolescents in Harlem, New York. I am so fortunate to work at the Lewis F. Cole Middle School. The Physical Education team, as well as the teachers and administration, are very caring and supportive. Being one of 11 children, I have always been involved with caring and bringing up kids so I decided to go into a field that made the most sense to me. Because health and fitness are my passion, I try my best to teach my students to make healthy choices, and I run the intramural program on Wednesdays and Thursdays. When it comes to my personal fitness, I go to boot camp each day after work. I received my B.S. in Physical Education from Hunter College in New York and my M.S. in Recreation from Lehman College in the Bronx. Besides teaching, my husband and I are raising our family Katie 19 is a film major, and Julianna 15 is a sophomore in high school. I am so grateful for this recognition of “Teacher of the Year.” Thank you to the Lewis F. Cole staff, I truly would not want to work anywhere else.



After graduating with a BA in English from Montclair State University, Mrs. Spahn began teaching at the Lewis F. Cole Middle School 1996. Immediately, she recognized that middle school students were quite unique and a lot of fun to teach because they arrived to class each day with loads of energy and were often unpredictable. Mrs. Spahn also understood early on that the faculty and administration of the middle school were very supportive of each other, and as a result, she remained in her classroom teaching her students to love reading and writing for the next 13 years. After earning her Master’s Degree in Education with certification as a School Library Media Specialist, Mrs. Spahn changed hats and moved into the library in 2009. The media center, according to Mrs. Spahn, is the heartbeat of the school, the place where learning, reading, research, and technology all come together. Over the last five years, Mrs. Spahn has worked hard with the support of administrators like Mrs. Giacomelli and Mr. Daniello to assist teachers and students with using technology every day in the classrooms. As a result of Mrs. Spahn’s efforts, middle school teachers have become more comfortable and proficient with technology. Even more importantly is the fact that students have begun to develop their 21st Century skills through this daily interaction with technology. Moving forward, Mrs. Spahn would like the new media center, which is scheduled to open this fall, to inspire students to be creative though the addition of a “Maker Space.” Overall, Mrs. Spahn is extremely honored to be receiving the Governor’s Educational Services Professional of the Year and would like to thank the administration, faculty, and students of the Lewis F. Cole Middle School. 
 
8th Grade Promotional Exercises
June 16, 2015

The 8th Grade Promotional Exercises will take place on Thursday, June 25th at 6:30 P.M. at the Fort Lee Community Center. Students taking part in the promotional exercises should arrive by 5:45 P.M. Congratulations to all the 8th graders who are moving on to high school!


Five middle school students receive awards in the Letters About Literature Contest
May 6, 2015

Under the direction of School Library Media Specialist, Cean Spahn, and Language Arts teacher, Barbara Milone, 8th grade students here at the middle school wrote personal letters to their favorite authors. These letters focused on how one book, short story, or even poem inspired students to change their view of themselves or their world. The letters were then entered into the 2015 “Letters About Literature” contest sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

Out of the more than 69,000 nationwide entries, over 2,000 of which were from New Jersey, the national judges returned only about 196 letters to New Jersey. The third and fourth rounds of judging, performed by members of New Jersey’s educational and library communities, narrowed that number down to under 100 before judges in the fifth round selected one first and one second place winner, along with29 Distinguished Honor letters. For the third year in a row, a student from the Lewis F. Cole Middle School came in as one of the top two winners in the entire State of New Jersey in the Level II contest category.

Congratulations to New Jersey’s SECOND place winner, Grace Tan, an eighth grader here at the middle school. The judges were quite impressed with Grace’s sincere letter to Stephen King, which explained how King’s article “What You Pass On” taught her to be more generous, help others, and live each day as if it was her last. 

Additionally, out of the 29 New Jersey Distinguished Honor winners in the Level II contest category, four are from the Lewis F. Cole Middle School. Congratulations to Renata Ashapatov, Lily Koslow, Bertina Kudrin, and Haley Lifrieri. All of their letters demonstrate writing sophistication and the positive effects that books have on readers.

In addition to receiving recognition on New Jersey’s Center for the Book website, all of the winners have been invited, along with their families, to a statewide awards reception, which will be held in Hamilton, N.J., on May 19th.

Everyone here at the middle school is extremely proud of the winners for their exceptional achievements!


General School Supplies List
August 1, 2016
PARCC Presentation for Parents
February 5, 2015

Please take a moment to view the presentation from the PARCC information night for parents that was held on January 22nd. The slideshow gives an overview of what is expected of students on these new assessments that will be administered in March and May.


Lewis F. Cole Middle School Anti-Bullying Coordinator
October 11, 2016

Angela Waack, Guidance Counselor
467 Stillwell Avenue
Fort Lee, New Jersey 07024
201-585-4660;5505
awaack@flboe.com
NJ Kids Safe Online Poster Contest
January 19, 2015

Special congratulations to Sam Kwon for being named the 8th Grade State Winner of the Kids Safe Online New Jersey Cyber Security Poster Contest. The competition included 483 posters from 38 of New Jersey’s K-12 schools. Sam will be honored at an awards luncheon sponsored by the New Jersey Association of School Resource Officers. Sam’s poster (shown to the left) will also be submitted to the Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center as an entry for the national competition. Everyone at the middle school is proud of Sam’s accomplishment and wishes him success in the next round of judging!


JANUARY PARENT/GUARDIAN PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE
January 5, 2015
PARCC UPDATE
December 20, 2014

Please click HERE to read a very informative letter from our Director of School Counseling Services, Lauren Carrubba, regarding the upcoming PARCC assessment.

 
December 18, 2014

Get Your ALL COLOR Yearbook!

 Buy your 2015 Lewis F. Cole Middle School ALL COLOR yearbook for only $50. To order go to www.yearbookordercenter.com and refer to job #13649. You may also create and purchase an ad for an 8th grade graduate on this website. Yearbooks were SOLD OUT LAST YEAR. Don't be left out. Sale ends January 15, 2015.



 

Welcome Back Letter 2014-2015 School Year
August 11, 2014
Classrooms of Tomorrow
February 28, 2015


Click HERE for a link to an interesting WPIX news report which discusses what classrooms of tomorrow will be like featuring staff from the Lewis F. Cole Middle School. 

 
Chef Jet Tila Visits Middle School
March 5, 2014

Chartwells welcomed Celebrity Chef Jet Tila to Lewis F. Cole Middle School on April 9th. Chef Tila, who has a rich background in Southeast Asian cuisine as well as classic French training, cooked up some Szechuan chicken, rice, and broccoli lo mein for 7th and 8th grade students to sample during the lunch periods. Afterwards, Chef Tila conducted two live demonstration assemblies for students in the school's gym. Using his portable kitchen, Chef Tila talked to students about the benefits of cooking with healthy foods like peppers. He also showed students the sauces he includes in his cooking, and how each sauce can alter the flavor of a dish. Finally, he gave away signed caps and chef uniforms to a number of students in the audience. Students and faculty alike enjoyed Chef Tila's visit, and the middle school would like to thank Chartwells for organizing the event.

To read the NorthJersey.com article click here.


PTA Spirit Wear Sale!
March 21, 2014

It's time to show some school spirit! The PTA is sponsoring a spirit wear sale. Sweatshits, sweatpants, fleece pants, t-shirts and mesh shorts are available. Order your Lewis F. Cole Middle School spirit wear by April 4, 2014. Click here to download and print an order form.


The Academy Programs at Fort Lee High School
March 13, 2014

To access a brochure which gives important information about each of the Academy Programs offered at Fort Lee High School, please click here. Please also review the 8th grade scheduling timeline listed below.





8th Grade Scheduling Calendar
March 5, 2014

March 14th:  An assembly presentation will be given to all 8th grade students on Fort Lee High School’s Program of Studies at 9:30 am.   All students will be given an “Elective Request Form” which must be completed, signed by parents, and returned to Guidance no later than March 21st.   

Applications for the Academy of Theater Arts, Academy of Finance, and International Baccalaureate Program will be available in the middle school main office. Please remember all students must complete the “Elective Request Form” even if they are applying to an academy.   

March 18th & March 20th The International Baccalaureate Program will hold a parent information session in Fort Lee High School Media Center at 6:30 pm. 

 March 21st – Applications for the Academy of Theater Arts and International Baccalaureate Program are due to 8th grade counselors.

 March 24th- Applications for the Academy of Finance are due to 8th grade counselors.

 March 25th - Auditions & interviews Academy of Theater Arts and International Baccalaureate Program will be held at the middle school. 

 March 28th- Academy of Finance interviews will be held at the middle school.

 Between March 27th - April 3rd- Acceptance letters for the Academy of Theater Arts, the International Baccalaureate Program and the Academy of Finance will be distributed to students.


Project Cicero Update
March 12, 2014

Project Cicero concluded last week and was a huge success! The media center’s initial goal was to collect 600 books, but after three weeks, Lewis F. Cole students and faculty amassed over 1,000 new and gently used books. This is an accomplishment we can all be proud of. The following homerooms had 100% participation, with each student bringing in at least one book:

  • Homeroom 105, led by Ms. Giannattasio & Mrs. Luciano
  • Homeroom 107, led by Mrs. Murphy & Ms. Steckler
  • Homeroom 110, led by Mrs. Nugent & Mrs. Lepore
  • Homeroom 111, led by Mrs. Ruesga & Ms. Yundi
  • Homeroom 112, led by Mrs. Delserro & Mr. Zappel
  • Homeroom Art led by Mrs. Anderson & Mr. Adams

 The 7th and 8th grade homerooms which brought in the most books were:

  • 7th Grade Homeroom 112, led by Mrs. Delserro & Mr. Zappel, collected 140 books.
  • 8th Grade Homeroom 111, led by Mrs. Ruesga & Ms. Yundi, collected 118 books.

Thank you to everyone who participated in Project Cicero. As a result of our efforts, on Saturday, March 8th, more than 300 teachers from various New Jersey schools had the opportunity to select books for their classrooms and libraries. Click here for a link to the North Jersey.com article related to Project Cicero.


Middle School Takes First Place for Second Year in a Row in the Letters About Literature Contest
April 2, 2014

Under the direction of School Library Media Specialist, Cean Spahn, and Language Arts teacher, Barbara Milone, 8th grade students here at the middle school wrote personal letters to their favorite authors. These letters focused on how one book, short story, or even poem inspired students to change their view of themselves or their world. The letters were then entered into the 2013-2014 “Letters About Literature” contest sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

Out of the more than 69,000 nationwide entries, over 2,000 of which were from New Jersey, the national judges returned only about 250 letters to New Jersey. The third and fourth rounds of judging, performed by members of New Jersey’s educational and library communities, narrowed that number down to 75 before judges selected one first and one second place winner, along with29 honorable mentions. For the second year in a row, a student from the Lewis F. Cole Middle School took FIRST place in the Level II contest category.

Congratulations to New Jersey’s FIRST place winner, Simona Vigodner, an eighth grader here at the middle school. Simona’s sincere letter about how Ruth Sepetys’ Between Shades of Gray taught her to appreciate her life and her family really touched the judges. Simona’s letter has moved on to the national rounds of judging in Washington. If selected Simona could win a $1,000 cash award! Good luck to Simona in this next round of judging.

Finally out of the 29 New Jersey honorable mention winners in the Level II contest category, three are from the Lewis F. Cole Middle School. Congratulations to Elizabeth Barash, Jamie Han, and Joshua Yoon. All of their letters demonstrate writing sophistication and the positive effects that books have on readers.

In addition to receiving recognition on New Jersey’s Center for the Book website, all of the winners have been invited, along with their families, to a statewide awards reception, which will be held in Hamilton, N.J., on May 14th.

All of us here at the middle school are extremely proud of the winners for their exceptional achievements!


Character Education Assembly
February 6, 2014

BMX Riders Wow 7th & 8th Graders

January ended with a character education assembly on Friday, January 31. The students were treated to a professional BMX Bicycle Stunt Show in our gymnasium. Ramps were set up and the professional bicyclists spoke about the importance of bicycle safety, maintaining a healthy diet, and remaining drug and alcohol free.

 Character education is vital to our middle school students, and the choices they make at this age must be positive and without negative peer influence. Please click HERE to see a slideshow of some of the other great pictures.


PTA SOCIAL - TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11
February 3, 2014
Please CLICK HERE for additional information.


LFCMS Winter Coat Drive
December 11, 2013
S.A.D.D. is holding a winter coat drive through January 17, 2014.  Please bring in any new or lightly used winter coats for those less fortunate in our community.  No one in Fort Lee should be without a coat this winter.  The bin to deposit coats is in our school's front entrance lobby.  Thanks for all of your support!  


Breakfast with the Principal and Assistant Principal
November 18, 2013
In recognition of American Education Week, Mr. Daniello and Mrs. Glynn will host a continental-style breakfast for parents and guardians on Friday, November 22 at 9:00 a.m. in the cafeteria.  Topics of discussion will include our vision, goals, and construction timelines.  The breakfast and presentation will be followed by a guided tour of our school to see our teachers and students hard at work.  We hope to see everyone on Friday!                                                                                                                                                              
August 28, 2013
           Welcome Back!
School Starts September 9.
Spirit Week 2013
May 19, 2013

Spirit Week 2013

Monday, May 20th - PJ Pants Day

Pajama pants must be worn -Sweatpants or shorts are not included.

Tuesday, May 21st - Fort Lee Day 

Wear clothing that says "Fort Lee" or wear Black & Orange

Wednesday, May 22nd – Superhero & Wizard Day 

Wear something with a superhero or wizard logo – No costumes or masks!! Attire has to be t-shirts, sweatshirts, or pants.

Thursday, May 23rd - Sports Team Day

Wear something that has a sports team: town, college, or professional

 

Friday, May 24th - Memorial Day 

Wear RED, WHITE and BLUE: Blue jeans and mainly white sneakers count or something patriotic.


Field Day
May 13, 2013

Let the Games Begin!

Field Day will take place on May 29, 2013. The rain date will be on May 30, 2013. The Physical Education Department is once again promising a great day of outdoor sports activities. At this time, parents and students should take a moment to click below and read the important letter from our school nurse regarding safety in the sun. Remember field day is all about fun in the sun, not frying in it!


                              Field Day Letter From Nurse

Letters About Literature
April 26, 2013

Middle School Takes First & Second Place in Letters About Literature Contest

Under the direction of School Library Media Specialist, Cean Spahn, and Language Arts teachers, Barbara Milone and Kristine Cecere, 7th and 8th grade students here at the middle school wrote personal letters to their favorite authors. These letters focused on how one book, short story, or even poem inspired students to change their view of themselves or their world. The letters were then entered into the 2012-2013 “Letters About Literature” contest sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and Target.

Out of the more than 69,000 nationwide entries, over 2,000 of which were from New Jersey, the national judges returned only about 250 letters to New Jersey. The third and fourth rounds of judging, performed by members of New Jersey’s educational and library communities, narrowed that number down to 75 before judges selected one first and one second place winner, along with about 20 honorable mentions for each level. For the first time ever, two students from the Lewis F. Cole Middle School took FIRST and SECOND place in the Level II contest category.

Congratulations to New Jersey’s FIRST place winner, Gavin Lifrieri, an eighth grader here at the middle school. Gavin's heartfelt letter about how Sharon Creech’s Love That Dog taught him to appreciate his life and his family really touched the judges.  Gavin’s letter has moved on to the national rounds of judging in Washington. If selected Gavin could win a $1,000 cash award! Good luck to Gavin in this next round of judging.

Additionally, congratulations to Tino Thoon, also an eighth grader, who took SECOND place in the state for his introspective letter to John C. Wright. Wright’s The Hermetic Millenia taught Tino to find the courage to believe in a bright future for our world, even when society is “surrounded by selfishness, greed, violence and war.”

Finally out of the 27 New Jersey honorable mention winners in the Level II contest category, four are from the Lewis F. Cole Middle School. Congratulations to our seventh grade winner, Joshua Yoon, and to our 3 eighth grade winners Minju Kang, Ruth Park and Trisha Sheth. All of their letters demonstrate writing sophistication and the positive effects that books have on readers.

In addition to receiving recognition on New Jersey’s Center for the Book website, each of the winners has been invited, along with their families, to a statewide awards reception, which will be held in Hamilton, NJ, on May 14th.

All of us here at the middle school are extremely proud of the winners for their exceptional achievements!

Intermedia Update
April 12, 2013

Intermedia Strikes Gold Again!

Intermedia, the art and literary magazine published each year by 7th and 8th grade students of the Lewis F. Cole Middle School, has been presented for the first time in its 40 year history with a Gold Crown Award by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. A Gold Crown Award is the highest honor a scholastic magazine can receive.

This year, over 1,300 magazines, newspapers and yearbooks from around the country were judged on writing/editing, design, content, concept, photography, art and graphics. Only two middle school magazine publications were bestowed with a Gold Crown Award.

 This is an honor in which Art Adviser, Nina Anderson and Literary Adviser, Cean Spahn are extremely proud. Special congratulations go out to all the writers and artists, including literary editors Christina Ping and Alex D’Ambrosio, and Art Editor, Gabriella Higgins, who were instrumental in making our “Time” theme resonate in the minds’ of the judges!


6th Grade Parent Orientation
April 4, 2013

Annual 6th Grade Parent Orientation

All parents and guardians of 6th graders are invited to attend our annual orientation program on Tuesday evening, April 16, 2013, at 7:00 P.M. in the middle school gymnasium. At this meeting, parents/guardians will be introduced to several members of the staff and receive an overview of all the unique programs the middle school offers its students. There will also be an opportunity for parents/guardians to ask questions about our school to a panel of current 7th and 8th grade students. Afterwards, all attendees will receive a guided tour of the building. Please mark your calendar for April 16th!


Toiletry Drive
March 11, 2013
TOILETRY DRIVE FOR THE NEEDY

We are asking for toiletries to be donated. All donations will be given to the Epiphany Church to assist our friends and neighbors by meeting their basic needs with supplies they often need. Thank you in advance for your support.
 
ITEMS NEEDED SUCH AS:
v      toilet paper( packaged/wrapped, state law)
v      soap/body wash
v      deodorant
v      shaving cream
v      shampoo/conditioner
v      baby products
v      feminine products
v      toothpaste/toothbrush
v      body lotions
 
ALL ITEMS MUST BE NEW!! ITEMS WILL BE PICKED UP IN HOMEROOMS.  

Project Cicero Update
March 11, 2013

Project Cicero Update

Project Cicero concluded last week and was a huge success! Our initial goal was to collect 600 books, but after three weeks, the Lewis F. Cole Middle School amassed over 1, 800 books from more than 300 students and 20 faculty members. This is an accomplishment we can all be proud of. The following homerooms had 100% participation, with each student bringing in at least one book:
 
v      Homeroom 101, lead by Mrs. Anderson & Mr. Berlingo
v      Homeroom 105, lead by Mrs. Ruesga & Mrs. Luciano
v      Homeroom 106, lead by Mrs. Wiederholz & Mr. Sidorsky
v      Homeroom 107, lead by Mrs. Murphy & Ms. Steckler
v      Homeroom 113, lead by Mr. Hanley & Mr. Fusco
 
The 7th and 8th grade homerooms which brought in the most books were:
 
v      7th Grade Homeroom 105, lead by Mrs. Ruesga & Ms. Luciano, collected 211 books
v      8th Grade Homeroom 106, lead by Mrs. Wiederholz & Mr. Sidorsky, collected 383 books.
 
Thank you to everyone who participated in Project Cicero. As a result of our efforts, on Saturday, March 9th, more than 180 teachers from various New Jersey schools had the opportunity to select books for their classrooms and libraries.
 
The Lewis F. Cole Middle School plans to participate again next year and will have a goal of collecting at least 2,000 books.
 
Click here for a link to the North Jersey.com article related to Project Cicero.
Project Cicero
February 11, 2013

Project Cicero is coming to New Jersey!

“A room without books is a body without a soul.”
-Marcus Tullius Cicero

For the first time, Project Cicero, an annual non-profit book drive, is coming to New Jersey. Since 2001, Project Cicero has been supporting school and classroom libraries in the New York public schools. The organization’s efforts have collected and distributed more than 1.8 million new and gently used books. New Jersey’s teachers and librarians who are trying to build or rebuild their collection will directly benefit from the books collected during this year’s drives throughout the state of New Jersey. 

 The Lewis F. Cole Middle School will proudly participate in Project Cicero for the first time from February 15th through March 6th. All students are encouraged to donate a brand new or gently used book.

 All picture, early reader, fiction, test prep, and nonfiction books WILL BE accepted.  Textbooks, adult books, library discards or out-of-date nonfiction/reference WILL NOT be accepted.

 Our school’s goal is to receive a donation of at least one book from every student in the middle school and one book from every faculty member. Please help get more books into the hands of New Jersey's children by donating starting on Friday, February 15th.

 **The middle school would like to thank Ms.  Jennifer Backer for including us in this worthy cause!

Band & Orchestra Visit Elementary Schools
April 11, 2013

Middle School Band & Orchestra Visit Elementary Schools

Nineteen students from Lewis F. Middle School’s award winning Band and String Orchestra traveled to Schools 1, 2, 3 and 4 on April 9 and 10, 2013, to play for 5th and 6th graders. Selections included "The Barber of Seville," "Phantom of the Opera," "Colonel Bogey March," "Twenty One Guns," and "Midnight Escape." Students, faculty, and administrators at the elementary schools were enthusiastic in their praise and appreciation of the student musicians.  "Your entire presentation was so professional!  I can't believe these are middle schoolers!" remarked one staff member at School 2.

The 6th graders are being encouraged to register this spring for instrumental music in 7th grade in order to facilitate their transition to the middle school. Beginners are welcome.

The students were directed by Miriam Lockhart, Band, and Mary Stephenson, String Orchestra.


8th Grade Boston Trip
December 4, 2012

8th Grade Class Trip to Boston

This year’s Boston trip is on June 5th, 6th, and 7th in 2013. The final payment was due on April 5, 2013.  Students must also return a completed medical form and permission slip to Ms. Reicherz as soon as possible.  If you have any questions, please see Ms. Reicherz after school. 



Back to School Night
October 2, 2012

The Lewis F. Cole Middle School’s “Back to School Night” will be on Thursday, October 11, 2012, at 7:00 p.m.

 Dismissal for students will be at 12:30 p.m. and lunch will not be served.





Middle School Promotional Exercises
April 2, 2012

Middle School Promotional Exercises

The Lewis F. Cole Middle School’s promotional exercises have been moved to Wednesday, June 20th at 6:30 P.M. in the Fort Lee Community Center.



PARENT PORTAL FOR REQUIRED FORMS
August 11, 2015
CLICK HERE for all required forms to be submitted to our school's main office.  
Math Counts Competition
February 17, 2012
 

It’s first place for the Lewis F. Cole Middle School Math Club!! 
On Saturday, February 11th LFCMS’s Math Club participated in the Bergen County Math Counts competition held at Bergen Community College. Over 200 students from 32 schools competed, with the Lewis F. Cole Middle School team taking first place for the third year in a row! Additionally, 8th grader, Michelle Kim ranked 3rd overall in Bergen County. Everyone at the middle school is extremely proud of the students and Mrs. Kumar, who advises the club. In March the Math Club will move on to state level competitions.

Congratulations and best of luck to the following team members: Michelle Kim, Sungbin Jeon, Jeffrey Jing, Hannah Kim, Minsung Cho, Kenny Li, Helen Kim, David Han, and Mikako Inaba.



Yearbook Ads on Sale Now!
February 9, 2012
modules/groups/homepagefiles/cms/1607066/File/Vendor ad flyer.pdf 

Yearbook Ads are on Sale Now!

Why not purchase a yearbook ad today and celebrate a great accomplishment in your child’s life? If you are a business owner now is the time to advertise your services. You can buy and create your ad online at: www.yearbookordercenter.com.
Please reference Job #13649. Size and pricing information can be found by clicking on one of the flyers listed below:
8th Grade Boston Trip
December 1, 2011

8th Grade Trip to Boston (June 6, 2012 - June 8, 2012)

If you are interested in going on the Boston trip, make sure you read the packet that went home with report cards!  Parents and/or guardians need to fill out the medical form and permission slip that were in the packet and bring them back to school completed as soon as possible. Also, you need to register online at the ETA (Educational Travel Adventures) website.  All information needs to be filled out online including the medical waiver. Payments go to ETA not to the middle school.  You can either pay online through the website or mail them a check.  The first payment is due on December 14th. 
 
Here is the website and log in information –
Login:  Lewis12
Password: Bostontrip12

 
 


Lewis F. Cole Middle School Yearbook
November 3, 2011
Buy your 2012 ALL COLOR Lewis F. Cole Middle School yearbook today! The yearbook is $40 until November 30, 2011. After November 30 the yearbook will be $45. Sale ends January 13, 2012. To order go to www.yearbookordercenter.com and refer to job #13649.
Title 1 Middle School Letter
February 25, 2011
The Lewis F. Cole Middle School enjoys an outstanding reputation for the quality of our instructional program, the professionalism and dedication of our faculty, the academic achievement of our students, and the involvement of our parents.   Here are just a few examples of what makes Lewis F. Cole a school of excellence. [More Information]
School Anti-Bullying Specialist Information
September 1, 2011
School Anti-Bullying Specialist
Lewis F. Cole Middle School
Angela Waack, Guidance Counselor
467 Stillwell Avenue
Fort Lee, New Jersey 07024
201-585-4660;5505
awaack@flboe.com
School Yearbooks
October 20, 2010
Lewis F. Cole Middle School 2011 yearbooks may be purchased at www.yearbookordercenter.com. The order reference number is 13649. Ads from businesses, friends and family members to 8th grade grads may be designed and purchased via this website as well.
Parent Newsletters
August 27, 2010
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