Built in 1999, Lower Macungie Middle School is one of two middle schools in the school district. The school currently houses 1,078 students in grades six through eight. Three administrators, seventy-nine teachers and forty-one support personnel comprise the staff. LMMS offers the school and community outstanding facilities: 44 classrooms, 8 science labs, 2 art rooms, 2 music rooms, 3 computer labs, a media center with extensive print and electronic resources, foods lab, sewing lab, manufacturing and computer labs for technology education, cafeteria seating for 400 students with a scatter kitchen, 700 seat auditorium, gymnasium, auxiliary gym, fitness center and beautiful field space for softball, football, field hockey, lacrosse, cross country and other outdoor activities. The facilities are used for many community activities and events including LMYA Basketball, Lower Macungie Mustang Youth Football and Cheerleading, Macungie Minstrelaires, Nutrition Inc. annual Health and Wellness Fair, numerous dance recitals, many Community Education classes, the regional Math Counts competition and several elementary school concerts.
Lower Macungie Middle School combines a rigorous academic program with a strong focus on the needs of the adolescent learner. The curriculum includes Core Academic courses in Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies; 12-week Exploratory courses in Health and Wellness, Fitness and Computers; and 9-week Related Arts courses in Art, Music, Technology Education and Family Consumer Science. Students may also choose to participate in music electives including grade level Chorus, 6th or 7th/8th grade Band and Orchestra. Honors courses in the Core Academic courses are offered in grades 7 and 8. Students also have the opportunity to enroll in level I World Languages in grade 8.
Small learning communities are established through interdisciplinary teams at each grade level. These teams provide the Core Academic instruction, academic intervention as well as countless opportunities for students to build academic and social skills through team building activities. Student learning needs are supported with the resources of the Instructional Support Teacher, Literacy Coach, Math Coach, Gifted Specialist, the Special Education department and Academic Support Assistants. There are many co-curricular activities that students can participate in during the school day including National Junior Honor Society, Band, Chorus, Orchestra, PJAS Science Fair, History Day, Chess Club, Drama Club, Math Counts, Challenge 24, Envirothon, Geography Bee, and Spelling Bee. Extra-curricular activities include Student Council, Builders Club, Running Club, Art Club, Painting Club, Global Citizenship Club, Ski & Snowboard Club, Yearbook Club, 6th grade Volleyball Club, Color Guard and Marching Band. 7th and 8th grade students may compete on PIAA Interscholastic Sports teams in Football, Field Hockey, Girls Volleyball, Cross Country, Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Wrestling, Boys Volleyball and Softball. The Cheerleading squad is made up of 7th and 8th graders from both middle schools and along with supporting our football team they compete in several competitions each year. The Buzz TV studio provides a daily news program produced by a team of 8th grade technicians and on air personalities. Our vocal and instrumental groups participate in Music in the Parks adjudications and consistently earn ratings of Superior and Excellence. We also host the High Notes Festival annual band adjudication.
LMMS has a rich history of excellent theatrical productions. The Fall Comedy is often one act plays that have included Heros in My Head, Tartuffe, Adventures in Dating, No Thanks, and Taming of the Shrew. Past Spring Musicals include Boys From Syracuse, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Suessical, Oklahoma and Beauty and the Beast. Students fill the roles of performers, stage crew, set designers, as well as sound and lighting technicians. Several student organizations support local community needs. The Cadence Choir, a select vocal ensemble, participates in several annual community concerts including singing the national anthem at Coca Cola Park for the Iron Pigs baseball team, the Old Fashioned Christmas in Emmaus, the senior citizen Thanksgiving Day luncheon held at LMMS and several concerts at area senior centers. Student Council and the Angel Network prepare food baskets for families in need for Thanksgiving, Winter and Spring holidays. Student Council also holds food drives for area food banks and raises money for local charities during homeroom Penny Wars. Through snack bags prepared by Student Council and homemade crayons and sketch books from our Art Club, our students also support Camelot for Children.
Our school holds an Annual Veterans Day Program each November. This program was created in 1968 by Mrs. Susan Koltisko, who was an East Penn Language Arts teacher for many years. Each year we are joined by many local veterans in this stirring ceremony to honor those that have fought to preserve our freedom. In March 2010 The Exchange Club of Western Lehigh dedicated a mobile Freedom Shrine to LMMS. The shrine is composed of 6 panels including 47 historical documents that remind all Americans that their freedom is a result of the hard work and determination of our forefathers. LMMS was fortunate to receive a PA Cares grant during the 2009-10 school year to implement the Olweus Bully Prevention Program. Our local version, H.I.V.E., Helping Individuals Value Everyone, creates small class meeting advisories that meet each week and discuss a variety of issues and strategies to support student bystanders that observe bully behavior. In addition we receive an annual grant from the Lehigh Valley Educators Credit Union that supports our student recognition program. The students, parents, faculty and staff of Lower Macungie Middle School work together to create a dynamic environment that supports learning and healthy development of our adolescent clients. We strive the make LMMS A Place Where Everyone Wants to Be!