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Long Beach Middle School

English Language Arts Department

Core Values

We believe in cultivating a sense of community in our classrooms wherein students feel nurtured, safe to express themselves, and encouraged to take risks. These class communities will be challenged to work together to solve problems, and students will be required to be fair and respectful. We strive to help them to understand the inherent value of effort. We value students' individuality and talents, and we teach to diverse learning styles using multiple strategies. We believe students deserve multiple opportunities to be successful, but they must also be held accountable for their work and behavior. It is our goal to make clear connections between what is happening in the classroom and what is happening in the world at large. We work to help students develop an appreciation for literature and how it relates to their own lives. Ultimately, we want students to grow as individuals, readers, writers, and thinkers.


The LBMS Language Arts program uses an integrated language approach to teach reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Teachers provide activities which encourage students to:

  • read for content and enjoyment
  • write complete sentences and well organized paragraphs
  • employ correct usage in writing and speaking
  • speak well before a group
  • listen and follow directions
  • use library reference and research skills
  • use new and colorful words in writing creatively
  • build vocabulary
  • compile narrative, argument, research, explanatory, and expository samples of writing in a person writing portfolio.  See an example of the range of writing experiences our students will create this year: See MS Writing Portfolios

Whole-Class Novels List

Current News

LBMS Students Celebrate the Close of the School Year with a Trip to the Beach

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In late June, Long Beach Middle School eighth graders enjoyed a trip to the beach learning about the ocean as a natural resource, team building and how to surf. Students were taught surfing fundamentals with Skudin Surf. Skudin Surf brings the sport of surfing to people of all ages and abilities in a fun, positive and safe environment.

Additionally, the students participated in other beach activities throughout the day to make their final days as a middle school student memorable. Long Beach teachers Tara Mele and Billy Papetti coordinated the end of year event for the students.

Date Added: 7/19/2022

Moving Up From Middle School

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Long Beach Middle School’s eighth grade graduates celebrated their advancement to high school with a Moving-Up Ceremony, held on June 21 on Veteran’s Field. The students have experienced an educational program based on philosophies that serve as guiding principles throughout life.

Following the Pledge of Allegiance, students performed the song “We Won’t Stop Dreaming,” which was followed by inspiring remarks from Board of Education President Dennis Ryan and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Jennifer Gallagher.

Principal Lorie Beard facilitated the event and addressed the graduates.

“You have a lot to be proud of,” Ms. Beard said. “You arrived at the middle school as sixth graders facing a whole new environment and have grown tremendously over the last three years. Everything you do, everything you say and every choice you make are opportunities to bring joy and goodness to yourself, others and to the world.”

Halfway through the presentation of diplomas and special awards, Student Organization President Aneisa Nicholas shared reflections on behalf of her peers. As the evening concluded, Long Beach High School Principal Jeffrey Myers welcomed the incoming freshmen to the exciting chapter ahead.

Date Added: 6/29/2022