October 30, 2020

Message from Principal, Janine Holmes

Hello Raiders,

I hope you are all healthy and safe as we continue our journey through these unusual and difficult times. We miss you and are confident that you have adjusted to virtual learning.

This issue of the newsletter contains a lot of important information including Advanced Placement tests, SAT at Loch Raven, senior portraits, caps and gowns, college information, the yearbook, and winter sports. You can also find valuable information on Schoology and on our school website

Wednesday, November 4 and November 28 will be regularly scheduled synchronous learning days because of Election Day and Thanksgiving. Please be sure to log into Schoology each Wednesday that we have asynchronous learning days in order to be marked present.

Class advisors and club sponsors will be sharing news about participating in extra-curricular activities. Watch Schoology and our website for communication from the sponsors. Sponsors have determined ways to virtually continue participation and events. We hope that you can find an activity that interests you.

Our administrators, counselors, social worker, and teachers are here to support you. Please don’t hesitate to email us if you have any questions or need assistance. Students can also join teachers during office hours for assistance. Our goal is for every student to be successful.

As always,

Stay Positive, Work Hard, and Make It Happen!

Janine Holmes

bcps news and messages

BCPS is continuing our continuing our Mind Over Matters campaign to raise awareness about mental health and promote wellness for students and staff. Throughout the year, you will find activities on our Web site.

Because this issue is so important, you should also know that every school has a counselor, psychologist, and Student Wellness Committee, and every school has access to a social worker and nurse to help students.

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Every Child, One Voice…Together we are better!

Did you know the PTSA is not just for parents? It’s also for students and staff, businesses and community groups. Membership scholarships are available! JOIN TODAY!

Our mission is to support the students, staff, and LRHS community through various initiatives and programs by creating, linking, hosting, raising, engaging, offering, inspiring, encouraging, tracking, and BELIEVING WE CAN MAKE EVERY CHILD’S POTENTIAL A REALITY. Join or volunteer today!

Visit our website for more information.

Follow us on Instagram (lochravenhs.ptsa), Twitter (LochRavenHSPTSA) and Facebook (PTSALRHS) for up to date info.

Please support our PTSA!

All membership fees and donations can be made online at:

raider of the month

The Raider of the Month program recognizes the many ways our students strive to uphold Raider Nation's expectations of

  • Stay Positive
  • Work Hard and
  • Make it Happen.

Each month, teachers are asked to nominate a student they feel exemplified one or more of the following areas.

Stay Positive: respect, appropriate language, pride in LR community

Work Hard: punctual and ready to work, professional conduct

Make it Happen: strive for success, believe it is possible, work bell to bell

Based on the nominations received, a committee of teachers votes on the winners. Each grade level will have one student recognized as Raider of the Month. Therefore, we will have four winners each month.

Each student nominated should be proud to be recognized as a Raider of the Month nominee!


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ap exam registration

Advanced Placement exams will be held May 3-7 and May 10-14, 2021. At this time, we are planning for in person testing.

It is time now to register for AP tests for the 2020-2021 school year. Loch Raven will continue to use Online School Payments (OSP) to collect AP exam fees. Online School Payments (OSP) is easy. The link below allows you to create or log into your account and pay exam fees via debit or credit card. If you would like to pay by check, please contact the AP Coordinator, Sarah Miller at to discuss.

To visit Online school Payments click here:

This year, we are charging $90 (normally $94) for a full priced exam to offset the cost of using the OSP service. We understand that some families are not able to pay the full $90 right now and a deposit of $40 can be made instead (see below for additional financial information). Payments and decisions about Exam registrations for 1st semester AP courses must be made by November 2. Any registrations made after November 12 will accrue a late fee of an additional $40. If you have a financial hardship, please reach out to Ms. Miller,

  • If you are paying the entire amount ($90) for a full priced exam, you will click AP 2021 NON-WAIVER FULL PAYMENT on the OSP menu and then add it to your cart.
  • If you are only paying the deposit amount ($40) for a full priced exam, you will click the AP 2021 Deposit item and add it to your cart.

Once the items are in the cart, you can adjust the quantity. Please list the names of the exams you are taking in the Purchase Notes box at check out! Just like last year, we will continue to pay for a student’s 5th, 6th and 7th exam. Please include all exams you are taking in the Purchase Notes.

A mandatory late fee of $40 per exam will be added to any AP registrations received after November 12 (March 1 for second semester classes). We will repeat this process in February and March for semester 2 AP courses.

Financial help may be available:

If you have been accepted into the Free and Reduced Meals Program through BPCS, you may qualify for an AP exam fee waiver (Fill out this form if you have a question about your status). If you would like to apply for the Free and Reduced Meals Program click here. Once it is verified that you qualify for the program, you will receive notification via email. DO NOT MAKE A PAYMENT AT THIS TIME IF YOU ARE ON FREE AND REDUCED MEALS!

If you are not eligible for Free and Reduce Meals but have a financial need, please reach out to Ms. Miller directly at to discuss options. Waivers are available in some cases. The waiver would reduce the price to $53.

Need help? Reach out!


Email- Also, available for Google Meets!

Visit for more exam information

sat at loch raven

BCPS and The College Board have announced that the SAT exam will be offered at Loch Raven High School and nine other Baltimore County Public Schools on Saturday, December 5.

Students interested in taking the test must register by Thursday, November 5 on the College Board website. Early registration is recommended as these sites will be open for all area students, not just BCPS students. As of today, our school is not listed on the College Board website; please keep checking.

Information on fees and fee waivers also can be found on the College Board website. Fee waivers are available to certain Grade 11 and 12 students from low-income families.

Information about precautions being taken to protect students during testing related to COVID-19 can be found on the College Board website.

important reminders!

STUDENT SERVICE LEARNING: MSDE is not authorizing a waiver for the Student Service Learning graduation requirement of 75 hours. Based on this information we have worked with content area supervisors and have learned that all infused hours will be offered in a remote setting. Additionally, after meeting with a panel of stakeholders to include BCPS parents, students, and staff, the recommendation moving forward for INDEPENDENT HOURS is that Safe At Home Independent Projects ONLY should be completed until safety measures surrounding the pandemic changes.

Ideas for some Safe at Home Independent Projects have been listed below. Please reach out to our coordinator ( for other project ideas. Some suggested SAH Independent Projects:

  • Create a Safe at Home educational videos – Have a hidden talent and want to inspire others? Work with your school coordinator to create a plan.
  • Partnering with a local school for tutoring

SENIOR PORTRAITS: If you have not yet had your picture appointment, please contact Lifetouch as soon as possible to schedule an appointment for one of the make-up days of November 4, 5, & 6. Please contact the Lifetouch Customer Care Line at 410-644-7700 to make your appointment or with any questions. You can also schedule an appointment at:

If you scheduled an appointment but did not receive an appointment card from LIfetouch, please contact them.

COLLEGE VISITS: You can sign up for college visits via your Naviance account. Simply log in to BCPS One and go to the orange Naviance tile. Once in Naviance, scroll about halfway down until you see the "What's New" section. Under that, you will see a listing of the currently scheduled visits. To sign up, click on the "See more" link and then click "Register." You will be sent an event link to join and the link will be active 15 minutes prior to the start of the event.

SCHOOL RINGS: If you are interested in a school ring, please see the flyer below from our ring vendor, Balfour. You can order on line or go to their office in Towson. They offer many styles.

yearbook news

The yearbook is now available for early purchase. The information can be accessed through the Schoology link. Forms and additional information are below.

Please also note that yearbook recognition ads can be designed on line. Choose the size of your ad and honor your student with this special yearbook option!

If you have any questions or need additional help, please send Ms. Hinton, our yearbook advisor, a message at

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counseling connection

Help with Anxiety: Staff in the Special Education Resource Center will offer a 90-minute webinar open to all BCPS parents and employees. Dr. Tana Hope from the Child and Family Therapy Clinic of the Department of Behavioral Psychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute will present an overview of anxiety disorders and how they develop. Additionally, the speaker will address common difficulties anxious children display, current treatment options for anxiety, and what parents can do to help their anxious child.

This professional learning opportunity will be offered on Thursday, November 5, 2020, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., and Saturday, November 21, 2020, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Participants must register via Eventbrite.


ASVAB Career Exploration Program (CEP): R
esources are available to assist students in preparing for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), which is the first step for students participating in the CEP, but can also be used for purposes of military enlistment.

The newly updated Official Site ( of the ASVAB is available for students. Once on the site, students should click on the Enter as an Applicant link. Here students will find a number of helpful resources, including:

  • What to Expect When You Take the ASVAB,
  • Preparing for the ASVAB,
  • Sample Questions, and more

Remember, when you are ready, the ASVAB CEP stands by to assist our families. Call or email any time with questions.
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4th annual BCPS-HBCU Fair to offer virtual connections to college reps, instant admissions for students

On November 11, BCPS will be hosting a virtual HBCU College Fair for seniors and AVID juniors. Many colleges will be offering instant admissions as well.

The fair is listed like a college visit in Naviance for students to sign up. Students who are interested in instant admissions to any school would need to have their applications completed by October 28.

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schoology update

Schoology has an Email digest feature that will send parents updates on their children's work in the platform. A report of grades, missing assignments, and more can be sent daily, weekly, or monthly. Here's the link to get started.

caps and gowns

Hey, Seniors - It's hard to believe that it is time to start planning for your graduation. Jostens is our vendor for caps and gowns, and they also offer other senior gifts, graduation announcements, and memorabilia. If you want to order announcements or other products, please order by the end of November.

The cap, gown, and tassel package has a discount price of $8.05 plus tax for a total of $8.53. The deadline for this price is January 31. After that date, there is a significant increase in the price. The easiest way to order is online. However, if you need help to order another way, please email Mrs. Oliver, our graduation coordinator, at Our goal is always for every student to pay the discount price!

You can place orders on their website or by phone 800-567-8367.

If you have any questions about ordering, you can email our Jostens rep:

We will continue to share information on Schoology and in Google Meets.

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WINTER sports

If you are interested in playing a winter sport (Basketball, Indoor Track, or Wrestling), you must register on FormReleaf as soon as possible. The link is below. After you register, please get a physical form completed and stamped by your doctor. Once the forms and physical are received, you will be approved for tryouts.

If you have any questions, please contact Mike McEwan, our Athletic Director, at

Try-outs for winter sports will start on December 7.

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Parent University Update

National Allliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is offering several online classes and support groups that might interested you.

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 8-session educational program for family, significant others and friends of people living with a mental health condition. It is a designated evidence-based program that includes presentations, discussion and interactive exercises. Research shows that the program significantly improves the coping and problem-solving abilities of the people closest to an individual living with a mental health condition.

NAMI Basics is a free, 6-session education program for parents and family caregivers of children and teens who are experiencing mental health issues. You’ll learn the facts about mental health conditions and how best to support your child at home, at school and when

they’re getting medical care. This peer-led program provides critical strategies for taking care of your child and learning the ropes of recovery.

More details of times and how to register can be found on the Parent University website.

Food distribution update

Baltimore County Public Schools will provide school meals, at no cost, to all children ages 2-18. Meals are available to all children up to the age of 18, and to students with disabilities regardless of age. Parents or guardians can pick up student meals. Curbside pickup is available at the main entrance of every middle and high school each Monday and Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. There are also many bus distribution locations. Please see Free Student Meals for locations and times.

On Monday students will receive: Two days of meals-breakfast and lunch (consists of cold food items, fruit, vegetables, milk and breakfast items). On Wednesday students will receive: Three days of meals-breakfast and lunch (consists of cold food items, fruit, vegetables, milk and breakfast items).

The Student Support Network will continue to supplement the BCPS food distribution program. The Network will be at Parkville High School and Loch Raven Technical Academy each Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or until their food supply runs out.

If you need additional assistance with food or household items, please email our Social Worker, Caryn Putchat at

bcps resources

Click here to get updates from Baltimore County Public Schools

Here are the links to connect to BCPS One and Schoology

Create a BCPSOne account

Accessing Schoology Once You Have a BCPS Account

Parent Schoology Support

BCPS Social Emotional Support Team Resources for wellness, mental health, self-care and related topics:

Baltimore county public library virtual learning resources

BCPL has student support services, homework help, free remote printing services, and virtual conversations/discussions. These are great free resources for students and parents.

Here are the links:

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