"Live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever" - Gandhi

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Locks of Love

Patricia Claus, an 8th grader here at LRMS has organized to have Locks of Love at our school. If you have long hair that you are willing to donate, they will take your hair and make it into a wig for children with life-threatening disesases that have made them lose their hair.

You must have at least 10 inches of hair to donate to be cut off. Layered hair is acceptable but the longest layer has to be 10 inches. Bleached hair is not acceptable but colored hair or permed hair is. Talk to your stylist about it, so you can collect your hair after a haircut to donate.

The Locks of Love foundation appreciates your support and willingness to donate. Please help if you can!

Go to http://www.locksoflove.org/donate.html for more details
By: Trinity J.

Talent Show Update

The talent show pictures are in!

We are so proud of our star students that performed in the school show on May 25th. 

Here are just SOME of the amazing talent that Laurel Ridge has. We our gald that the show was a success and thank everyone that helepd or participated in it, including Mr. Yoder's leadership class.


Kate McCourt singing
Four Leadership 8th grade boys dancing

Two 6th graders dancing

Gunnar Richardson playing guitar

A fabulous piano player

By: Emma A.

New Library Arrivals

Guess what? Mrs. Duncan just released some amazing new books to our library !

Some of the books that you are excited for: The Invaders Brother Chroniks Book: 2 , and 13 Reasons why.

So hurry down to our library now and check them out. But you better hurry! They all have to be returned by June 1st.

By: Cami R. and Kennedy C.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

End of the Year Deadlines!

Make sure to turn in your end of the year slips! You must not have more than three FYI's, more than one disciplinary referral, any out of school suspensions, or any failing grades.

All library books must be returned and negative lunches balanced by June 1st. Return all textbooks by June 6th. End of the year trip slips and $10.00 fee are both due June 6th.

See Mrs. Templeton for more information. GET THEM TURNED IN SOON!

By: Trinity J.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Titans Got Talent

Do you have a talent? Have you always wanted to show the world but never had the courage to do it? Well, these fifteen middle schoolers have it and aren't afraid to show it!

On Friday th 25th Lauren Clark, Brooklyn Bamforth, Jessica Mulkey, Katie Sax, Kate McCourt, Daniel Muro, Cameron Dandini, Gunner Richardson, Maddy Giasson, Aimee Altimarano, Aubrey Kratchman, Sergio Estrella, and Mr. Yoder's leadership class will be performing.

Grace and her friend Brooklyn will be zumba dancing. They have been dancing for two years and would like to share their girft with the school. Another dancer in the show is Jacob E. he's dancing to the song " Hips Don't Lie!" His dance outfit includes booty shorts and colorful tank tops. Jacob says he's very excited to perform with the leadership class.

Don't forget Sergio's Taekwondo, and many exciting singers! But to tie the whole show together there is Gunner on guitar, and Cameron Dandini and Daniel Muro doing a hillbilly dance!

I know that the Publications class is excited to see all of these amazing talents, are you? Do you have a talent? Come by next year...to be a STAR like these performers in the talent show tomorrow!

By: Ellaina L.
    LRMS students seem to be on top of the latest trends! Here is the latest look:
  • Tribal prints
  • Sandals
  • Stripes
  • Braided hair (katniss)
  • TOMS
  • Colorful nail polish
  • Rolled up jeans
  • Thick, cotton headbands
BOYS:   (All year round)

  • ( Tall ) Nike socks
  • Nike shoes
  • Sport shirts
  • Basketball shorts
  • Skater hats
  • OSIRIS shoes
By: Ally and Emma

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Election Results

Everyone that was at school last Thursday witnessed many amazing speeches by our qualifying candidates.

 These candidates included, Maddie Ray for Secretary, Delaney Palmer and Arjun Vijay for Vice President, and Josh Duricka and Reid McBride for President.

There was a schoolwide vote to elect our new student council for 2012-2013 the following Friday. The results of the votes were, Maddie Ray as Secretary, Arjun Vijay as Vice President, and Josh Duricka as President.
We thank all the candidates for their hard work and participation, and every one of these 7th graders qualified to be elected.

The upcoming 8th grade class is excited to have their great student council, and future leaders for next year.

  1. President- Joshua Duricka
  2. Vice President- Arjun Vijay
  3. Secretary- Maddie Ray
  4. Treasurer- TBD
By: Ally E. and Emma A.

Friday, May 18, 2012


"LITMAG": Our school magazine/book of art, poems, stories,etc. to show the amazingly creative talent of students at LRMS.

Submit your work to Ms. Sullivan in room M-20 no later than next Tuesday, May 22nd . The Litmag is going to press on Thursday. We want to show our student body the talent of their fellow classmates!

Your creativity is what keeps the Litmag going so remember to sumbit to us as soon as possible!

By: Emma A.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Tragic Woodburn High School Fire

Last Friday, May 11th there was a tragic fire at Woodburn High School. This fire was caused by three Woodburn students, and burned a big portion of the school.

The school is currently shut down this week, and students are not allowed on campus. Help Laurel Ridge to make a card to show our care and support for Woodburn.

We want to show that we encourage them in thier rebuilding efforts. Our publications class will have a card for everyone to sign on Tuesday, May 29th, in the cafeteria. Thank you for the support!

By: Emma A. with additional reporting from Ally E.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Who ARE the Publications Staff?

You might be wondering who the fantastic Publications staff is as you're looking at this blog.

We are a dedicated group of kids who love to write, type, and use their creativity to benefit our school. We have recently finished the LRMS yearbook, and this Titan Times blog has been one of our many creations.

Our class has had the privilege of being taught by Ms. Sullivan, our amazing Publcations teacher. She has helped us become better writers, and has allowed us to use our creative ideas to make our projects the best possible.

This blog is for our students, about our students, and we hope you enjoy reading all about Laurel Ridge Middle School!

By: Emma A. and Ally E.

Knight Says Outdoor School Was "A Blast!"

Students/Staff that went to Outdoor School (ODS) stayed from April 17-20.

The publications class has interviewed Ms. Knight to get their feedback on ODS and what they did, as well as the teachers who stayed behind.

First off, Ms.Knight told us what she liked about it and what she did saying,  "It was a blast! We got to throw balls at the kids.And I also really liked the pancakes!" Ms.Knight also mentioned that they played a game called 'Life and death" in the forest where Ms.Knight and the other teachers -- I mean Captain Sandy pants, Myra Mains, and Sea Witch -- were the "clones" and were allowed to throw balls at the children to "kill" them.

Once they "killed" the children, the clones got their life bands (rubber bands). She says her favorite time was when she got to go to the beach and act goofy. She also got to drive a 26 ft. U-Haul!  She says, "I was happy I didn"t have to ride the bus!"

Overall, it was a very fun experience for the 6th graders as well as the teachers who went along, and it was said that it was the best field trip in middle school for them yet!

By Trinity J. and McKenzie J.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

What We Learn In Pride

Throughout the year of 2011 and 2012, students of Laurel Ridge Middle School have discussed a wide range of topics in our pride class. Unlike any other class in a normal school day, pride class is a mix of all three age groups sixth, seventh, and eighth grade.
Pride class is only once a month, always on a Wednesday. These topics include trust in one another, Respect, Responsiblity, Caring for one another, and Fairness to all.

These discussions are lead by the student's advisory teacher we communciate with others, and learn through hands on activities like making posters showing what we learned to hang in the hallways.

What is the point to all of this? To emphasize, teach, and model ethical values to the students of Laurel Ridge without any political, religious, or cultural opinions.
By: Maddie R.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Students Create HOPE KITS for Medical Teams International

Laurel Ridge has done such a great job of helping Haiti over the past two and a half years that we decided to move on and help another organization. With the help of the student body, the entire school voted to support Medical Teams International, an organization that aims to, according to their website, "serve the people stricken by disaster, conflict and poverty all over the world with the most effective programs possible."

The school has started its first donation.   A 4 week donation period started recently to gather materials for Hope Kits, from April 30th to May 25th:

  • Week 1:  Combs, brushes, soap, and spiral notebooks
  • Week 2:  Washcloths, pencils, colored pencils, and pencil sharpeners
  • Week 3:  Adult and child toothbrushes, toothpaste, and construction paper
  • Week 4:  Gallon garbage bags, jumbo storage bags, stickers, and any extra supplies 
All the collected donations will be organized by students in the Leadership class so that Medical Teams International can create Hope Kits.

Start bringing in supplies today to support such a good cause!   For more information about Medical Teams International, visit their website here!

By: Jacob Z.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

End of the Year Fun

 The end of the year is coming up quick, which means the end of the year trip is coming too! This includes sixth, seventh, and eighth graders.

The point of these trips is to celebrate all of our students' good grades and celebrating them moving onto the next grade. The sixth graders will be going ice skating at the Sherwood Ice Arena for their end of the year trip, and the seventh graders will be going to OMSI to watch an IMAX movie and to look around. The eighth graders will be going to Big Al's.

Make sure you fill out the end of the year contract and turn it into the office by May 11th if you want to be able to attend this field trip. If you do not have this form, go see Ms. Templeton's office to get one.

You don't want to miss out on these fun trips!

By: Cameron G.