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Principal’s Message:


We wrapped up SOL testing season with our 8th graders taking their Science SOL test this week.  I am happy to share that we surpassed an 80% pass rate this year which is 10% higher than last year and one of the highest pass rates in recent history.  I am very proud of our 8th graders for finishing strong even on their fifth SOL assessment this year.  We are headed into several celebratory events and they deserve to celebrate all of their hard work.

Speaking of celebration, I wanted to take a moment to celebrate and send appreciation for all of our parents who have been volunteering their time to help us out the last several weeks.  We had a bit of a last minute idea to recruit parents to help with SOL supervision.  Every spot was filled up quickly and our parent volunteers helped ensure a quiet and secure testing environment for everyone.  Our PTO and more parent volunteers also put on our 8th grade dance last weekend and I was so impressed with all of the attention to details.  Everything ran smoothly and I think there was a little something for everyone there for a fun evening.  Also layering in all of the volunteer support for all the dances, the carnival, 5K, field day, and performances - I am so thankful for our parents for both your partnership in our academic journey together but all of the extra support you so graciously provide. 

Looking ahead we have a short week that will be our normal operations and then we head into the final week of school with a wide variety of activities throughout the week.  We only get eight and a half more opportunities this school year and we intend to make the best of each one.

Next Week at Lakeside:

Monday, May 27th: No school for students

  Memorial Day Holiday

Tuesday, May 28th: Teal Day

Wednesday, May 29th: Black Day

  Expedited Retake SOL tests - Science/Civics 8
  6:30 PM: Drama Performance
  Timberwood Dining Night Out

Thursday, May 30th: Teal Day
  8th grade trip to Massanutten Water Park

Friday, May 31st: Black Day

The Final Week:

Monday, June 3rd: Teal Day

Tuesday, May 4th: Black Day

Wednesday, June 5th: Teal Day

  Laptop collection - bring in computer and charger

Thursday, June 6th: Black Day
  10:30 AM-11:30 AM: 8th grade ceremony
  Doors open at 10:00 AM

Friday, June 7th: Teal Day
   Final day of school
   1:00 Dismissal 

Family Council Update:

  • Remember the Bellwether Audit's research on the experiences of students of color and their families? (Here's a reminder.) Room for improvement, but it's possible! At our last meeting of the 2023-24 school year, Family Council heard from a multi-racial panel of parents and educators who participated in the year-long "Race Matters in School Communities" discussion group. Gene Cash of CAVA challenged the Reps, PTO leaders, and principals who joined in-person to think more deeply about racial awareness, sensitivity, and responsibility. Thanks to parent/educator participant Margot Diaz for allowing us to share these reflections on the transformative experience. Interested in bringing Race Matters to your school or community or participating personally next year? Click here.

  • Check out the Meeting Minutes, which include an update from Albemarle Foundation for Education on the School Champions Initiative.

  • Do you enjoy the updates from the Family Council? Join us as a Representative for next school year! Learn more:

  • Share your info on this Interest Form no later than Weds, June 5.

Not quite done with the year at Family Council... still coming: DonorsChoose program volunteers needed, April & May QnA from ACPS, and (drumroll please...) a 2-minute survey from Family Council to all families in ACPS to help us listen to what matters to you!

Your Lakeside Middle School Family Council representative is Ann Livengood and you can contact her at if you have any questions or concerns.

Lakeside News Items:

  1. PTO Dining Night Out Fundraiser:  May 29: 4:00pm until closing
    Timberwood Grill Forest Lakes, 3311 Worth Crossing
    Lakeside PTO will receive 10% of all sales during this time for Dine In and Takeout orders. Tell your friends and family!

  2. Final call for all Lost and Found Items. Come claim your belongings before the final day of school. Thank you!

  3. The end of the year is always busy. In addition to all the events coming up, one of the biggest is Field Day. This year, Field Day is on Monday, June 3rd. The PE Department is looking for help. Here is the Sign-up Genius if you are able to assist. Thank you.

  4. Anyone wishing to try out or participate in any AHS/VHSL sport or Conditioning program MUST HAVE A VHSL PHYSICAL on file in AHS Athletic office dated on or after May 1, 2024. Need a form?   Go to and look for the  highlighted link.  For more details on AHS sports and clubs, please see this note.

  5. PTO Positions: Are you looking to get involved or help our school next year?  We have two open positions for the 2024-2025 school year-Treasurer and Secretary.  Please reach out to Kate or Shannon at if interested in serving or for more information about these positions.

  6. The Albemarle County Parks and Recreation Department will be sponsoring the Summer Recreation Camp at seven locations. This program is for children ages six to thirteen. The program consists of organized recreational activities, sports, games, contests, arts & crafts, and special events. This program is run in coordination with summer school. For more information, please click here.

Lakeside Middle School
Main Office: 434-975-0599
Report Attendance: or call 434-975-0599

Michael Craddock, Principal
Craig Smith,  Assistant Principal

School Counselors:
Cabell Guy - 6th Grade
Heather Lindsay - 7th Grade
Anna Hill - 8th Grade

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