Viking Voice Community Edition

February 2023

Principal's Remarks

The second marking period marks a time for us to begin to prepare for next school year. Our students had an opportunity to learn about courses and programs that will be offered for next year. Parents had the opportunity to learn about our programming, graduation requirements and the supports that are in place for students. I encourage you to review the information shared in this newsletter and if you have questions, please call your child's school counselor.

We have also been working to expand our partnerships with community-based mental health supporters. By the end of this month we will have finalized our partnership paperwork with Changing Lives at Home (to provide supports for substance use and abuse) and Hope Health Systems. Both of these organizations, along with our current partnership with Villa Maria, are committed to providing supports to our students and families.

I extend an invitation for you to join us on March 14th for a special presentation for parents about the various programs available to students that provide early college access and exposure. There are four programs - AVID, Upward Bound, TRIO, and CCBC Early College Access Program (ECAP) - that offer different levels of support and exposure to students and guardians. This presentation will begin immediately after the March 14th PTSA Meeting which begins at 6:00 PM.

We are excited about the opportunities being provided to our students during the second semester. Our newsletter shares information about these opportunities and we hope that our students take advantage of them.

It continues to be an honor to be the principal of this school and getting to know your child and the community. I look forward to the continued opportunities for us to work together in supporting our students throughout the year.

With gratitude,

Allison Seymour


#DoGreatBeGreat #VictoriousVikings

Follow LHS on Facebook and Twitter @LansdowneViking

Mark your Calendars!

  • Thursday, February 16th: Athletic Boosters Meeting, 6:00 PM, Shop 6
  • Thursday, February 16th: FAFSA Completion Night, 6:00 PM
  • Friday, February 17th: Interim Grades Available in Schoology
  • Friday, February 24th: "The Wiz", LHS Musical, 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, February 25th: "The Wiz", LHS Musical, 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday, February 28th: Black History Month Assembly, period 4
  • Friday, March 3rd: ASVAB Testing, 8:00 AM
  • Friday, March 3rd: Second Chance Learning Assignments Due to Assistant Principals (for identified students)
  • Tuesday, March 7th: Winter Sports Athletics Celebration, 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday, March 8th: District 1 Budget Town Call, CCBC Catonsville, 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday, March 14th: PTSA Meeting, 6:00 PM, Library
  • Tuesday, March 14th: College Preparation Information Session, Immediately Following PTSA Meeting, Library (see below for more information)
  • Thursday, March 16th: Athletics Boosters Meeting, 6:00 PM, Shop 6
  • Friday, March 17th: Schools and Offices Close 3 hours early, 11:15 AM Dismissal
  • Saturday, March 18th: Achievement Team Support for All Students, 8 - 11 AM
  • Friday, March 24th: End of 3rd MP, Schools Close 3 Hours early, 11:15 AM Dismissal for Students

We have a PTSA!

We are very thankful for those members of our school community who have joined our PTSA. We encourage you to join them because we know many hands make light work.

PTSA of Lansdowne High School

LHS PTSA Executive Board

Becky Miskimon, President

Shedrick Durden, Vice President

Nancy May, Secretary

Joanne Taylor, Treasurer

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Vikings of the Month

Congratulations to the students below for being honored as the "Viking of the Month". Students are nominated by teachers based on academic achievement or improvement during the month.

November Honorees:

Gr 9 - Darius Simms

Gr 10 - Penda Diop

Gr 11 - Jake Howard

Gr 12 - Faith Schaefer

December Honorees:

Gr 9 - Kamylla Silva

Gr 10 - Nikiya Pugh

Gr 11 - Sharee Hardrick

Gr 12 - Tatyanna Stevens

January Honorees:

Gr 9 - Joseph Artis

Gr 10 - Kevon Benson

Gr 11 - Zachary Miskimon

Gr 12 - Cassidy McCurley

Virtuous Viking of the Month

Students are nominated by staff for displaying the virtue of the month in an exemplary fashion.

November Honorees - Virtue of Integrity

Gr 9 - Maicy Powers

Gr 10 - Elaina Combs

Gr 11 - Lukas Nuckles

Gr 12 - Dorian Simmons

December Honorees - Virtue of Courtesy

Gr 9 - Topaz Norris

Gr 10 - Tyrell Wilkes

Gr 11 - Mariana Taylor

Gr 12 - Naveya Miller

January Honorees - Virtue of Diligence and Purposefulness

Gr 9 - Monica Espinoza

Gr 10 - Jayci Neal

Gr 11 - Shalom Owolabi

Gr 12 - Seth Brazee

1st Marking Period Honor Roll Celebration

We celebrated 329 students for earning Honor Roll in the first marking period! We love celebrating our #VictoriousVikings.

Grade 9 Marking Period 1 Honor Roll

Grade 10 Marking Period 1 Honor Roll

Grade 11 Marking Period 1 Honor Roll

Grade 12 Marking Period 12 Honor Roll

2nd Marking Period Honor Roll Celebration

Congratulations to the 311 students who earned Honor Roll 2nd marking period! Keep up the great work in your classrooms! #DoGreatBeGreat

Grade 9 Marking Period 2 Honor Roll

Grade 10 Marking Period 2 Honor Roll

Grade 11 Marking Period 2 Honor Roll

Grade 12 Marking Period 2 Honor Roll

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We believe that strong first-time instruction is key in creating opportunities for academic success for our students. We also know that there are times when students are unable to access first-time instruction for reasons such as absences or they just didn't understand the material presented to them.

Our team has designed and implemented specific programs to support students who are academically struggling. If your student needs additional support, we encourage them to access any one of these opportunities, starting with teacher support through Coach class.

  • Coach Class with their teachers The coach class schedule can be found here.
  • Lunchtime Achievement Center The Lunchtime Achievement Center will be open on Tuesdays during all lunch shifts in room 125. Students should report directly to the room at the start of their lunch shift. This is an opportunity for students to gain assistance on work they may need help with. Twenty (20) students will be able to participate per lunch shift.
  • Achievement Teams Each grade level has a core group of teachers who have committed to offering content specific study halls on the Wednesday and Thursday (2:30 - 4:00 PM) before interims come out or the close of the marking period. Students are invited to the Wednesday and Thursday sessions based on their grades. On Saturdays (8:00 - 11:00 AM), the Achievement Teams are open for ALL STUDENTS who desire to come and get assistance or complete missing work. Students are not required to stay the entire time on Saturdays, but staff will be here the entire time to provide academic support.

Visit from Roah Hassan, Student Member of the Board

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Programming, Promotion and Support at Lansdowne High School

On January 16th, parents and guardians had an opportunity to learn about the Academic and Careers programs we offer at Lansdowne High School. Information about promotion and graduation requirements were shared as was information about the different academic supports we offer to students. Here is the information that was shared with families. Should you have questions, please reach out to your child's school counselor by calling (443) 809-1417.

Parent Presentation - English

Parent Presentation - Spanish

Completer Flier - English

Completer Flier - Spanish

Advanced Placement Courses at LHS

Advanced Placement Courses at LHS - Spanish

On Track for Graduation and Promotion

On Track for Graduation and Promotion - Spanish

Our Performing Arts Program Sharing Their Gifts

On Wednesday, January 18th, students in our Performing Arts program shared their love of music, song and dance with the Principals and Executive Leadership Team of Baltimore County Public Schools.

Construction Updates

Construction is getting ready to begin! Bids were approved by BCPS at the January 10th Board of Education Meeting which means that pretty soon we will begin to see the fencing go up around the property. We expect the track to be closed by February 17th, possibly sooner. For the next couple of months, much of the work will be ground and water work in preparation for the construction to begin.

Spring Sports: The construction has resulted in the loss of all of our outdoor athletic fields. As a result, teams will be traveling to off-site locations for practices and games. Mrs. Seymour and Coach Hawkins will be meeting with all students trying out for a spring sport on March 1st to communicate our safety expectations and plan. This information will also be shared with parents at the spring coaches meeting.

We are EXCITED about what is to come and will continue to provide updates to the community throughout the process.

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AVID: Advancement Via Individual Determination

AVID’s Mission is to close the opportunity gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.

AVID in BCPS is a schoolwide system in K-12 schools that supports all students across the campus with college and career ready skills.

AVID middle and high schools offer an AVID elective class for students in the academic middle with aspirations of completing an early college experience (AP/IB/dual enrollment courses) during high school in preparation for matriculation. For one period a day, students receive the additional academic, social, and emotional support that will help them succeed in their school’s most rigorous courses.

UMBC TRIO Talent Search Program

Are you looking for plans after high school? How about trade school, community college, or a 4-year college! UMBC’s Educational Talent Search Program (ETS) is for you! We are a FREE college access program designed to support students in 6th-12th grade explore their post high school options. Some FREE activities include college campus visits, cultural field trips to museums and plays, as well as trips to Six Flags and Dave and Buster’s. We also offer individual, small, and large group check-ins and workshops on career/college readiness topics.

Pick up an application from the Guidance office.

Questions? or 410-455-2901

CCBC TRIO Upward Bound Program

CCBC Catonsville Upward Bound Program is an intensive enrichment program that enhances the academic and personal growth of students. We serve 9th - 11th grade Lansdowne High School students.

  • We provide FREE tutoring via google meet on all core subjects Monday-Friday after school or 24/7 via
  • FREE college tours (virtual, day, and overnight)
  • FREE academic and enhancement two Saturdays a month at CCBC Catonsville
  • We give stipends for participation

For more information, please contact us at or call us at 443-682-1187.

CCBC Early College Access Program (ECAP)

BCPS Tuition Free Program is an early college access program for all BCPS students, offered by the Community College of Baltimore County and Baltimore County Public Schools.

About the program

  • Eligibility: Students must be enrolled in a BCPS high school.
  • Cost: Students only pay for supplies. Tuition, fees, and books are covered.
  • Benefits:
    • Get a jump start on your college education while saving money and time.
    • Be better prepared for college academics and college life.
    • Earn credits toward your CCBC associate's degree, a continuing education certificate or credential, or transfer to another college of your choice.
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At Lansdowne High School, we celebrate the gifts of all members of our community and alumni are an important part of our community. As we prepare for new beginnings with a new building, we are looking to build our Alumni Database so that we can share upcoming news, celebrate your gifts and contributions to your community, and develop a network of resources to support our students. Please feel free to share with as many classmates as possible.

Positive Behavior Plan

Did you know that LHS has developed a Positive Behavior Plan to help guide us with our work around supporting the social-emotional needs of our students? The plan can be found by visiting our website or clicking here.

There are three components to our work that we are focusing on monthly.

1. Social Emotional Learning Skills

  • CASEL is the organization that we have begun to use as a framework to guide our work. Monthly our students are engaging in classroom lessons that focus on one or more of the topics in the framework: Self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision making, relationship skills and social awareness.

2. BCPS Mind Over Matters Campaign

  • Mind Over Matters is an ongoing movement to raise awareness about mental health and promote wellness for students and staff in Baltimore County Public Schools. Each month there is a different theme that we focus on in a variety of ways. More information about the Minds Over Matters campaign can be found here.

3. Celebration and Acknowlegement of Virtues

  • Why virtues? Virtues are universal and recognized by all cultures as basic qualities of well-being. When we practice virtues and build our “character muscle,” we attract what may have been missing in our life such as fulfilling relationships and achievement of meaningful goals.

We know that there is more work to be done to support our students emotional health and our team is committed to developing and offering more opportunities to help our students grow in these ways. Besides our student support team of school counselors, social worker, school psychologist and social-emotional learning teachers, we have partnered with Villa Maria and are currently in the process of partnering with other community-based providers to support our students and families. Should your student or family be in need of additional supports, please call our school counseling office at 443-809-1417.

Service Learning Opportunities

Students are required to earn 75 hours of service learning in order to graduate. Many of these hours are infused in the courses students take, and are often linked to successful completion of final exams in middle school, as well as grades 9 and 10.

Members of the Class of 2023:

All hours (75) completed AND paperwork submitted by January 17, 2023

Members of the Class of 2024:

50 hours completed AND paperwork submitted by January 17, 2023

Opportunities for service learning are shared regularly on the morning announcements. Students may speak with Ms. Harris (room 217) or Ms. Cabaniss (School Counseling Office) about service learning opportunities, to turn in forms or to pick up forms to document hours.

Class of 2023

Save the date for Graduation: Saturday, June 10th at 2:30 PM, SECU Arena @ Towson University

Calendar of Events for Class of 2023

In order to be eligible to participate in senior events in the spring, seniors must be in 'good standing'. This means:

  • All 75 service learning hours completed and paperwork submitted by January 17, 2023.
  • Passing all graduation courses with C average or better. Students must earn a passing grade in the second semester in order to be eligible to earn course credit.
  • Participate in all required state testing as communicated by the testing coordinator.
  • No suspensions in the second semester.

Students who are not in good standing will be placed on social probation until all expectations are met.

Senior Assembly and Parent Information

Families and Businesses wishing to make donations to the Class of 2023 to assist in offsetting the cost of Prom and other senior events, may do so in the following way:

  1. Donation is to be made by check, made out to Lansdowne High School. On the memo line, please write "Class of 2023"
  2. Donation should include a letter, with the name and address of the donor, that clearly states how the money should be used. The letter can be as simple as "Funds are to be used to support social events for the members of the Class of 2023"
  3. Donation can be given to Ms. Hayes (library) or Mr. Davis to be credited to the Class of 2023 fund.

Parent Access to Schoology and Focus

Parents are now able to log in to Focus, BCPS’ Student Information System, and Schoology, BCPS Learning Management System. Parents will need to create a parent account with the same e-mail address they provided to their school to sign up. Parents must be marked in Focus as having educational access to gain access to their student’s information. It will take up to 30 minutes to gain access to Focus and up to 48 hours to access Schoology. There is a link within Focus that will take parents directly to Schoology. If a parent clicks the Schoology link before the connection is established, the parent will receive an error message. Parents can contact their child’s school to resolve any issues with this process.

Here are the directions to create a parent account for access to student grades. The email addressed used to set up the account MUST match what is on file with the school. If you need to make a change to your email, please reach out to your child's school counselor.

Ms. Montague, ESOL Students,

Ms. Heldmann, Last Names A - G,

Ms. Stefanoski, Last Names H - N,

Ms. Cabaniss, Last Names O - Z,

If you are still having difficulties after confirming your email addresses match, please contact the BCPS help desk at (443) 809-4672 or by visiting

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Athletic Eligibility for Spring Sports

To be eligible to play winter sports, students MUST maintain at 2.0 unweighted GPA for the 2nd marking period and have no more than one failing grade.

Registration paperwork should be submitted here:

If you have questions, please reach out to Coach Hawkins, Athletic Director, via email or at (443) 809-1424.