Sportsmanship

KNOW! To Practice Good Sportsmanship

The benefits of participating in sports are vast. Sports help build character, boost self-confidence, strengthen perseverance, promote discipline, enhance physical and emotional health, develop teamwork skills, and promote healthy competition. Sports also provide children with additional supervision and additional mentors to help guide them as they grow, which is monumental. In fact, a study by Big Brothers Big Sisters shows that youth are 52% less likely to skip school and 46% less likely to use drugs when they have a caring adult mentor in their lives. Sports also give young people a focus, and another reason to say “no” to substance use and other risky behaviors.
 
As parents, we should recognize the importance of athletics, and show appreciation for our team coaches and sports officials, who are most likely out there not only because they enjoy the sport, but because they care about our young people.
 
Yet, according to the Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA), sports leaders are not feeling the love. When over 2,000 high school athletic directors were asked in a national survey what they liked least about their job, 62% said it was “dealing with aggressive parents and adult fans.” Sports officials agreed, with nearly 80% having quit their job after the first two years - due primarily to unruly parents.
 
Because of this, there is a growing shortage of high school officials. No officials would mean no more games, which would be tragic for so many youth. For this reason, the OHSAA issued a stern warning to parents and fans in a recent press release. Though it is geared toward high school athletics, it can be a lesson applied to parents of various age groups.
 
If you are a parent attending a high school athletic event this year, you can help by following these six guidelines:
 
Act Your Age. You are, after all, an adult. Act in a way that makes your family and school proud.
 
Don’t Live Your Life Vicariously Through Your Children. High school sports are for them, not you. Your family’s reputation is not determined by how well your children perform on the field of play.
 
Let Your Children Talk to the Coach Instead of You Doing It for Them. High school athletes learn how to become more confident, independent and capable—but only when their parents don’t jump in and solve their problems for them.
 
Stay in Your Own Lane. No coaching or officiating from the sidelines. Your role is to be a responsible, supportive parent—not a coach or official.
 
Remember, Participating in a High School Sport Is Not About Getting a College Scholarship. According to the NCAA, only about 2% of all high school athletes are awarded a sports scholarship, and the total value of the scholarship is only about $18,000.
 
Make Sure Your Children Know You Love Watching Them Play. Do not critique your child’s performance on the car ride home. Participating in high school sports is about character development, learning and having fun—not winning and losing.
 
In closing, the OHSAA reminds parents and other fans that purchasing a ticket to an athletic event does not give them the right to be rude, disrespectful or verbally abusive. Instead, all fans are encouraged to cheer loud and proud, while being responsible and respectful, and to keep in mind that the future of sports - and the well-being of many of our children - depend on it. 

LaBrae's 2019 Ohio Report Card

The Ohio Department of Education has released the 2019 school report cards, reflecting academic performance for the 2018-2019 school year.  When you access LaBrae's district report card, or the report card of one of our buildings, you will notice that we receive grades in categories labeled Student Achievement, Student Progress, Gap Closing, Graduation Rate, K-3 Literacy, and College/Career Readiness, which is identified with the label "Prepared for Success".  

Many successes are evident in LaBrae's 2019 report cards, and our performance in many areas continues to rank high in comparison to other Trumbull County schools.  While LaBrae is proud of the many positives on the report card, it also acknowledges those categories on the report card that represent opportunities for improvement.  Our challenge continues to be maintaining areas of academic excellence while diligently addressing those improvement opportunities.  Furthermore, while LaBrae is proud of its success on Ohio's report card, the report card is not our only measure of success.  There are numerous examples of excellence and commitment to students throughout our District, that when coupled with our achievement, serve as evidence of the good being done for our students and families.  In essence, LaBrae works hard everyday to create a learning environment that is safe, nurturing and educates the whole child.  All of our successes are a testament to the hard work of our students and staff, and are achieved with the help of a strong and supportive community. Our staff is honored to serve this community and this is a report card of which the entire LaBrae educational community can be proud.   Should you have questions regarding LaBrae's report card(s), please contact the Office of the Superintendent at 330.898.1393.

Lastly, LaBrae Local Schools has also provided a PDF attachment below comparing all of the grades earned by the 20 public school districts in Trumbull County.  In addition to this year's County rankings, a ranking of Trumbull County Schools from the previous year is also provided for comparison purposes. 

(Note: The report card links below will direct you to the Ohio Department of Education's website and provide excellent interactivity, allowing the viewer access to greater detail in each component accessible through embedded hyperlinks.)

LaBrae Local Schools' 2019 Ohio Report Card

LaBrae High School's 2019 Ohio Report Card

LaBrae Middle School's 2019 Ohio Report Card

LaBrae Intermediate School's 2019 Ohio Report Card

Bascom Elementary School's 2019 Ohio Report  Card  

{Bascom's Report Card will only provide K-2 literacy data on the percentage of students who are on track in reading.  Bascom Elementary does not administer Ohio assessments in grades K-2, therefore, the building does not receive a grade in many report card components.}

Cafeteria Accounts/Fee Payments

PaySchools Central for Online Payments

Pay Schools Central

LaBrae Local Schools offers an online payment system called PaySchools Central. PaySchools Central provides all parents in our district with an easy way to pay for student fees and lunch accounts in one place. This can all be done in the convenience of your own home through an easy-to-use online portal: payschoolscentral.com.

The PaySchools Central parent portal is easily accessible and will always be available on the home page of our website. Also, you can access PaySchools Central by clicking on the graphic above.  You can also access PaySchools Central with the convenience of a mobile app, called PaySchools Mobile, which is available in your respective app store.  However, PaySchools strongly recommends that parents register using an Internet browser on a p.c. or phone rather than using the app, as the app is not mobile friendly for registration.

Creating a PaySchools Central account is easy, quick, and free! Simply add your child to the system using their student ID number and some other basic information. Next, the system will take you through a step-by-step registration process. Once your account is created, you will find a variety of features that will make the management of your student’s fees easier.  Please refer to the PaySchools Central user guide below for guidance.

LaBrae is pleased to offer our parents a streamlined online payment system that will provide you with a faster, easier, and more convenient option for paying school fees for your entire family. For further questions regarding PaySchools Central, contact the treasurer's office at 330.898.2408.

QuikApps Program for Free/Reduced Lunch Applications

LaBrae Local Schools also provides QuikApps, an online free and reduced meal application system, for the families in our district.  QuikApps is now integrated with PaysSchools Central.  If you don't have a PaySchools Central account, you will need to register for an account.  QuikApps offers families a private and secure method of submitting free or reduced lunch applications. QuikApps makes it easy for parents to apply for free or reduced meal status for their children using a simple, secure, step-by-step online form. Applications can be signed electronically, and eligibility for meal benefits is efficiently reviewed and meal status is typically determined within 24 hours of application submission.  Moreover, parents are encouraged to permit email notifications in their account settings so that application determinations are automatically sent upon review and approval or denial. You can access QuikApps school meal application within the menu of PaySchools Central.  Please see the QuikApps guide below for step-by-step instructions on creating an account within your PaySchools Central account, accessing the application and submission of the application for review. 

Tutorial Videos:

PaySchools Central Tutorial Video

QuikApps Tutorial Video

If you have further questions regarding the QuikApps program, please contact sally [dot] deehratlabrae [dot] school (Sally Deehr), LaBrae's Food Service Director, at 330.898.5863.

LaBrae Community Newsletter 2019

7th and 12th Grade Immunization Requirements

Parents, please be aware there are immunization requirements for students entering 7th and 12th grades.  Please see the details in the PDF below.  Immunization records for ALL new students and students entering 7th and 12th grades are due by September 27, 2019.  If you have questions, please email sharron [dot] harperatlabrae [dot] school (Mrs. Harper.)  Make your appointments early to avoid the rush at the start of school.  Thank you.

End of the year report cards for High School and Middle School Students

If you would like your child’s end-of-the-year report card mailed home, provided all fees are paid, please provide a self-addressed stamped envelope to the appropriate main office.  Please include your child’s name in the bottom left hand corner on the front of the envelope.  Otherwise, report cards can be picked up and fees can be paid from June 7th - 14th from 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. and then again from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.  Beginning June 17th, picking up report cards, paying of fees, and getting work permits can be done in the Treasurer’s Office.  Have a great summer break!

Open Enrollment is closed for the 2019-2020 School Year.

Inclement Weather and School Delays/Cancellations

Now that winter weather is upon us, the conditions always create the potential that school will be delayed, or cancelled, due to inclement weather.  LaBrae wants parents to know that LaBrae does have a 2-hour delay schedule that can be implemented when the weather conditions make a delayed start the most viable option for that day's schedule.  If a 2-hour delay is called, LaBrae pre-school classes will be cancelled for that day, and LaBrae will not serve breakfast the morning of the delay. 

Parents are encouraged to have a child care plan in place for days when a 2-hour delay is utilized, or when school is cancelled.  Also, parents should ensure that the office has accurate phone numbers on file so that school delay/cancellation phone calls are delivered properly.  In addition to the phone call via LaBrae's call system, SchoolMessenger, LaBrae will ensure that delay and cancellation notices are also sent through the District social media outlets, Twitter and Viking Nation, and notices will be sent to local radio and television stations for broadcast.

Viking Pantry

In November 2018, LaBrae Local Schools opened the Viking Pantry.  The District is pleased to be able to offer this service to our students.  LaBrae is grateful to the partnership with the Second Harvest Foodbank of the Mahoning Valley, which enabled the District the opportunity to establish a pantry to serve students. There are two pantries located in the District, one at Bascom Elementary and one at the Complex. 

LaBrae is appreciative of everyone who has donated to the Viking Pantry, or worked to make this vision become a reality. Donations to the Viking Pantry are being accepted. Donations can be dropped off at Bascom or the Main Complex (high school entrance) anytime during the school day. Please contact Amy Frederick for more information or to make a monetary donation: amy [dot] frederickatlabrae [dot] school or 330-898-0800.  If you are aware of a student in need, please use the referral form below.

Viking Pantry Referral Form

Final Forms

FinalForms

FinalForms is utilized in grades PK-12 to manage emergency medicals forms, handbooks, and other activities that previously involved distribution, completion, and return of a form.  Parents with multiple children in the district will find this portal for document management to be a tremendous time saver.

At least one parent for each child must have a Final Forms account.  Students in grades 6-12 will also need to create their own individual account as the student will also be required to electronically sign various forms of acknowledgement.  Only parents and students who are new to LaBrae need to register and create accounts.  If you had a LaBrae Final Forms account last year, your account is still active.  All parents, and students who will be in grades 6-12 for the coming school year, are asked to review and electronically sign all forms by the first day of school.  For students in grades 7-12 that plan to play a fall sport, the parent and student registration needs to be completed as soon as possible in order to begin fall practices. 

To register for your account, please use the Final Forms Guide for Parents below.  The FinalForms guide will assist you in the registration process. To access the FinalForms page to begin registration, or to login, click on the FinalForms icon above, or use the login link at the bottom of this page.

Below are a few tips when registering:

  • For students in grades PK-5, student emails and student signatures are NOT required.
  • For students in grades 6-12, the student email address must be a unique email address. A registered parent email cannot be used as a student email address.
  • Grades 7-12: If you are a student athlete and your OHSAA Physical has been completed, you will NOT need to print the last two forms, the OHSAA PPE Medical History and the OHSAA PPE Physical (for Physicians). However, you will still need to fill out and SIGN both forms regarding the OHSAA PPE. Again there is no need to print these forms, if your OHSAA Physical has been completed. If your physical has not been completed you will print these forms to take with you to the physician’s office.

     Final Forms Login Page

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