The View 38002 February 2016

**************ECRWSS**** PRSRT STD ECRWSS U.S. POSTAGE PAID EDDM RETAIL LOCAL POSTAL CUSTOMER inform. educate. connect. Arlington & Lakeland’s Community Newspaper February 2016 theview SQUIRMY WORMIES Arlington Elementary Students Set Up Organic Waste Recycling Center By Terry Louderback Students in Aaron Thomas’s ESL class at Arlington Elementary learn “hands-on” the vital role that decomposers, such as worms and bacteria, play in the environment. Students also learn about recycling and ways that humans can better take care of our environment by being responsible with our food waste. Phase 1 of the project consisted of two worm farms; funding for this phase was provided by the Arlington Education Foundation. The worm farms allowed the students to use food waste and paper waste as food for they digest the organic waste (usually referred to as castings), the students can use it as a nutrient rich fertilizer. Worm castings can have 10x the amount of nutrients that regular soil has. The next step in the project (Phase 2) has been funded by a $2000 grant from The Lowes Toolbox for Educators. With it, Thomas plans to add more worm farms as well as regular composting bins Photo courtesy of AES and is researching the requirements for a small the worms. The worms eat the greenhouse. organic waste and once Lakeland’s Middle School Plans Moving Ahead By Terry Louderback At the February 8 Board Meeting, the Lakeland School Board approved a Fall 2017 opening for the new middle school, a year earlier than originally forecast. Site work on the middle school is expected to begin before the end of the month. Lakeland Superintendent Dr. Ted Horrell anticipates opening the school with grades 5-8 in the first year. He added that “this will be, in part, determined by the terms of the new inter-local agreement with Arlington Community Schools. “ While official notice to terminate the Inter-Local Agreement between the two school systems has not yet been submitted, Horrell states that the two superintendents have been in communication throughout the planning process for the middle school. Horrell puts the estimated number of students at opening between 600-650. He confirmed that Lakeland students in grades K-4 who are currently zoned for Donelson Elementary in Arlington will be re- zoned for Lakeland Elementary. While the name of the school has not yet been determined by the school board, the official mascot—a Lakeland Lion— was approved at the January 15 meeting, along with modifications to the current LSS logo. According to the Lakeland School System, these updates to the LSS logo were designed to enhance the visual appeal of the Lakeland School System logo and provide more flexibility and consistency in the use of school and system colors for various uses including athletic uniforms, spirit items, and promotional materials. Arlington resident Jessica Willams snapped this picture of a single perfect snowflake as it fell on her frozen firebowl on January 22. For more pictures of snow day fun, see page 12 Inside this edition... Happenings, p.2 Business News, p. 4 Relay for Life 38002, p. 6 School News, starts on p. 8 Arlington HS Students Take Top Honors at West TN Art Regional Art Show, p. 11