Murray Avenue School Newsletter - 1-21-2020
Martin Luther King Day of Service Activity
-Thank you to everyone who donated to our Martin Luther King Day of Service activity. Students, parents, and staff members made fleece blankets to donate to a local youth organization, Valley Youth House, that serves children and teens who are experiencing emergency homelessness. We were also able to send many bags of toiletries to this organization.
Congratulations to our MA Future Cities Team
The Eighth Grade Gifted Support class presented their city of the future at this year's Future City Competition on Saturday January 18, 2020. The students, with the support of their engineering mentor Greg Jakubowski, have been working on futuristic solutions for their city "Peppopolis" this entire school year. In addition to the model made 100% out of recycled materials, they also developed and managed and presented a virtual city, wrote an essay, forumated a presentation, created a project plan, and interviewed with 40+ engineers about their concept. This year’s problem focus was Clean Water: Tap Into Our Future, and the students were tasked to develop systems to combat a chosen water threat. Murray Avenue won two awards, "Best Use of Materials" presented by TA Instruments, and the "Fire Protection Engineering" award presented by the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, Philadelphia - Delaware Valley Chapter.
Ski Trip Info for This Week
Upcoming Grade 8 High School Transition Activities
On January 23, 2019, Grade 8 students will tour the Eastern Center for Arts and Technology (ECAT) to get an overview of their programming.
On Wednesday, February 5, 2019, high school counselors will visit Social Studies classes to give students an overview of the high school Program of Studies and scheduling process. In the evening, there will be a meeting for parents and guardians about the scheduling process as well as curriculum information held at the high school at 7:00 pm in the auditorium.
Grade 8 students will choose electives for Grade 9 between February 5 and February 12th. Parents/guardians will be able to view their child's choices in the Home Access System between February 18, 2020 and February 21, 2020. During this time, parents/guardians can call the office to make changes if necessary. Elective choices will only be viewable during this window.
Ordering the Murray Avenue Yearbook
LMTSD Bullying Prevention Information
We wanted to provide some information to families following our LMTSD Parent/Guardian Bullying Prevention Information survey. Below are some answers to some Frequently Asked Questions and information related to district procedures.
Are you aware of the anonymous reporting system being used in Pennsylvania, Safe2Say Something?
Safe2Say Something is a statewide anonymous, 24-7, reporting process for a variety of safety concerns. Click HERE for more information on this initiative.
Are you aware of the Lower Moreland Township School District Harassment/Bullying Reporting Form?
This form is used to gather information about incidents related to bullying. Students, parents, teachers, and administrators can all use this form. This form can be found on each school’s website. Click HERE to view the form.
As a parent, I have a clear understanding of the school's policies, practices, and procedures related to issues of harassment and bullying.
All reported incidents related to bullying are investigated, regardless of how they are reported. The District Code of Conduct is the structure used to apply consequences. Cases are referred to the police if the nature of the incident requires it.
We continue to partner with students, staff, and families to provide a safe environment for all students.
Murray Avenue PTA News & Events
Murray Avenue PTA is seeking business sponsors for the Ultimate Challenge event that will be held on March 20th. Information can be found at the link below
Murray Avenues is looking for 1-2 people to help chair an all school event happening on April 18th. Please contact us at Murrayaveschoolpta@gmail.com for more information.
Next PTA meeting: February 12th, 9:15 AM
Mark your calendars! The Murray Avenue PTA meeting in March will be an EVENING meeting
Monday, March 9th, at 7:00 PM
Breakfast and Lunch menus are posted on a new interactive website, Nutrislice. Our innovative and interactive site and mobile app make our school menus more convenient and informative than ever before! Download the Nutrislice App from the App Store or get it on Google Play and then search Lower Moreland.
Food sold during the school day is required to meet nutrition standards and are referred to as Smart Snacks. Smart Snacks encourage students to make healthier snack choices to help give them the nutrition they need to grow and learn. Check out the 2019-2020 price list for the list of snacks we served in the cafeteria.
Makerspace in the Library
Mrs. Jolly's art students created new interpretations of a classic from art history, Hokusai's The Great Wave. As students learn about the library MakerSpace tools, their creative opportunities expand outside of the art classroom. This Great Wave was hand drawn, then etched and laser cut using our GlowForge lasercutter.
MurrayMakers at lunch explore littleBits, a circuitry kit that promotes computational thinking as students "build something that does something."
Future City competitors also took advantage of our Cricut Easy Press which made creating team t-shirts quick, easy, and safe.