2018-2019 Principal's Message



Lewis F. Cole Middle School has flourished as a stepping-stone to high school for almost 70 years.  Each school year, we build upon successful programs and add to our list of new accomplishments through the infusion of innovative activities and teaching strategies. The professional teaching staff and administration at the middle school take pride in developing students who are succeeding academically at each new level of learning, while incorporating the character elements needed to foster civic responsibility and good citizenship. Our large and culturally diverse school population continues to strive for excellence at every academic and social level. At the same time, we have been able to maintain a positive community profile, which embraces the spirit of volunteerism and inter-generational activities.

We continue to offer a comprehensive program of content studies. While accelerated programs in Geometry, Algebra and Language Arts meet the needs of our gifted and talented students, our basic skills programs help struggling students meet levels of proficiency. Special education teachers are able to fully accommodate students’ needs in a regular classroom setting through collaborative teaching programs. The library’s technology lab helps to supplement existing middle school programs and prepares middle school students for the rigorous demands of our high school.

Along with the arts and sciences, we offer a wide range of clubs and activities for our students to get involved in after school hours. Intermedia, our school’s literary and fine arts magazine, consistently wins Gold and Silver Crown awards for its outstanding publication. We also offer a yearbook club, student council, student ambassadors, math team, foreign language club, computer club, after-school band, after-school choir, after-school bells ensemble, Students against Destructive Decisions (S.A.D.D.), after-school intramurals and many other after-school activities . Our commitment to our students’ growth goes way beyond the classroom and reaches out for social and emotional belonging.  Please click here for a full list of all of our after-school clubs and activities.

Character education is a major component of our student programs and curricula.  Our students come from an extremely diverse population of Fort Lee families.  Stress is always placed on the importance of practicing random acts of kindness and respecting the differences of others.  Digital literacy and responsibility are also major themes of our character education programs.  It is vital for us to teach our children the importance of deciphering false information and propaganda from facts and reliable, first-hand sources.  We will work hard to teach our students the importance of making positive decisions and using social media to their advantage.    

This year, we continue with construction to the four-story addition that is expected to bring grades 5 and 6 to our middle school community in September 2019.  This will free up much needed space in our four elementary schools and house our 5-8 curricula for all subject areas in one house.  This is an exciting new adventure that will bring approximately 32 new classrooms, a new cafeteria, new gymnasium and new office space. 

Our curriculum is consistently being modified to meet the individual needs of our students.  Last year, we were directed by the New Jersey Department of Education to move away from the Common Core Curriculum Standards and move towards the New Jersey Student Learning Standards.  It is always our goal to revise our curriculum so that it remains a living, breathing document which provides guidance and resources for teachers, students, and parents alike.  Our curriculum is modern, up-to-date, and focuses on many of the social issues our students face in today's world.  Click Here for the curriculum of our course offerings.

This is also the fourth school year of our 1:1 Google Chromebook initiative.  All 7th and 8th grade students are issued a Chromebook in order to support their studies and academic growth.  Our teachers are always advancing their practice in the use of Google Classroom and provide our students with a virtual medium to submit and receive assignments.  We are proud of our technological growth over the last four school years that has also brought interactive projectors to all classrooms and offices. 

Our media center makes available a full Makerspace lab and a video production studio.  Our students are excited about STEAM initiatives and moving towards a more engineering designed approach to their free time.  This is evidenced by the overwhelming participation on our Robotics Team, which was implemented during the 2017-2018 school year.  Last school year, we also worked extremely hard to plan and build a full music technology studio.  This will be implemented for the first time during the 2018-2019 school year and will provide students with the opportunity to create and produce their own music.  We are excited about all of our S.T.E.A.M. initiative and look forward to sharing our successes with our parents, guardians and the Fort Lee Community.  

As a solid school community, we are committed to moving 
LFCMS forward. It is our goal to further reinforce an already strong academic program that will prepare our students to be future communicators, analysts, and synthesizers of knowledge.  We also set the objective of teaching our students to make positive choices in a highly advancing technological society.  All students must become critical thinkers, life-long learners, and contributing members of our community. We always take pride in our work and look forward to assisting all students in their academic and social challenges.

Dr. Robert Daniello
Lewis F. Cole Middle School