Lower Moreland High School


December 11, 2019

Greetings Families and Happy Holidays!

Please read through our Newsletter for important dates, announcements, news and happenings around our school.

Thank you,

Mr. William J. Miles, Principal

P.S.- Don't forget to follow us on Twitter! @LMTSD_LMHS

Important Dates and Reminders

Important Dates:

Winter Break- No School December 23- January 1st. Classes resume on January 2, 2020

Winter Concert- December 12, 2019

What's Happening

Chess Team

The Lower Moreland Chess Team took 1st place at the 50th annual National Chess Congress. The tournament took place over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in Philadelphia. Members of the tournament team that competed are Emmit Fitzgerald, Varun Singh, Phillip Duarte and Sean Thomas.

The highlight performance was by Emmit Fitzgerald of the Lower Moreland team who individually took 4th place overall in the Under 1800 section. His last match was the difference between a $2700 grand prize first place finish and 4th place but Emmit was unable to close the deal. He is looking forward to his next tournament and happy with the progress of the high school team.

The HS team is off to a great start this season with 2 victories. A 4.5 to .5 win over Archbishop Wood and a clean sweep 5-0 over Central Bucks East. Brendan Achildi won his first match in 63 seconds with a risky but effective gamble. For his second match Brendan played over 2 hours, unable to find a weakness in his opponent until the very end. The interscholastic team consists of Team Captain and Board 1 Clay Ostroff, Board 2 Emmit Fitzgerald, Board 3 Brendan Achildi, Board 4 Aviel Resnick and a variable Board 5 played by Liam Resnick or Thomas Hellenbrand. Other members include Varun SIngh, Sean Thomas, Philip Duarte, and Nihal Bankulla.

Investment Competition

The Lower Moreland HS team competing in a University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business competition are currently 32 out of 727 teams competing globally.

The Knowledge@Wharton High School (KWHS) Investment Competition is a global, online investment simulation. Students learn about teamwork, communication, risk, diversification, company and industry analysis and investing.

Each team manages a portfolio of $100,000 in virtual cash over the course of 10 weeks using Wharton’s Online Investment Simulator. Team Captain Mihir Ram did some research and found that the average Chinese family spends 15% of their disposable income on educating their child. As a result our team this year is banking big on education in China with a solid core built on Disney and Amazon. Since inception they are up 8.4%.

The focus of this competition is education. Winners are selected on the strength and articulation of their team investment strategies and overall competition experience, not on the growth of their portfolios. The KWHS Investment Competition is also a global experience, so far engaging high school students in more than 30 countries around the world.

Student competitors are required to submit a brief mid-project team review and a more comprehensive final written investment strategy and competition experience overview.

This is our third year competing and so far our best showing. The team is hoping to be among the winners of the regional round and be invited to compete in a global finale at Wharton in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Governor Tom Wolf Visits Eastern Center for Technology and Arts

Governor Tom Wolf paid a visit to Eastern last week and Nicole Roche, grade 11, demonstrated some treatment techniques in the Veterinary program.

Toys for Tots

Lower Moreland HS is collecting new, unwrapped toys in a collection box outside the Main Office.

Donating a Toy is one of the experiences that makes Marine Toys for Tots different from other programs. When you place a toy in a Marine Toys for Tots collection box you experience the joy of knowing that toy will be under the tree in a family's home and bring a smile to a less fortunate child Christmas morning. This gives our supporters a unique personal connection to Marine Toys for Tots.

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Spanish Class Trip

Spanish students took a field trip on 12/6 to see Spanish and Latin American art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and then ate lunch at Buena Onda in the city.

Physical Education and Health Department

The Physical Education Staff invited Premier Martial Arts, from Huntingdon Valley into the classroom. The instructors brought a Self Defense program to teach students how to stay safe and what to do and what not to do if you are attacked. All Juniors and Seniors participated in this valuable class. Chief of Police David Scirrotto joined the program and demonstrated some tactics as well. The students had time to practice and ask questions. We look forward to having Premier Martial Arts back next year.

The National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) joined the School Counselors and Health and Physical Education department in supporting, educating and advocating on the topic of mental illness. NAMI volunteer presenters and young people who had personal stories, spoke to all 9th and 12th grade health classes. In the next few months, programs will also be provided to all 10th and 11th grade students. The programs will continue in the years to come in all grade levels offering each grade a designed curriculum to facilitate a better understanding of mental health conditions, increase coping skills and empower participants to become advocates for their family members.

Future Business Leaders of America

Students from the Future Business Leaders of America Club (FBLA) participated in Regional Competitions. This year we had a record number of participants. Students took Online Objective tests in Economics, Business Calculations, Entrepreneurship, and Personal Finance. Students who have advanced to States are:

Mihir Ram, Business Calculations

Brendon Achilid and Kevin Wang, Entrepreneurship.

Mason Lumer, Economics

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On December 5, students participated in Performance Events at the Regional Conference held at North Penn High School. Presentations were given in Graphic Design, Introduction to Business, and Publication Design. These competitions required students to create marketing materials such as logos, webpage banners, and various graphics as well as a stage design for a new and upcoming music artist/band.

All three teams have advanced to States.

Isabella Duarte and Ariella Levin, Publication Design

Michelle Marti and Sarah Brodsky, Introduction to Business

Bennett McGowan and Erika Nirenberg, Graphic Design

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The Climate Reality Project

Guest Speaker: Jesse Lytle, the Chief Sustainability Officer at Haverford College, will be speaking to students about climate change on Wednesday, December 18th at 2:30 PM in the High School Library. All are welcome.

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General News and Announcements

Absence Procedures-Blue Cards

The Blue Card for student absences is now electronic and can be found in the Announcement section of the high school website. This should be submitted rather than sending in a blue card to the school.


Transportation Information

Please remember that vehicles may only drop off and pick up out front of the main entrance in the line. No vehicles are permitted near the tennis court bus loop at arrival time or at dismissal time. The bus for the Eastern Center leaves the front of the building each morning promptly at 7:25 am. A late student will need to stay at the high school in study hall, or acquire transportation by a parent or guardian. Once the bus leaves campus it will not be called back to pick up a late student.

Yearbook Information

Parents of seniors, please pick your child's yearbook photo through Barksdale by December 15th. Remember, seniors receive a yearbook as part of their class dues, so there is no need to purchase one. You can, however, purchase a yearbook ad. The link for purchasing ads for seniors will be posted on the high school webpage.

Parents of underclassmen, you will soon be able to purchase a 2019-2020 yearbook for your child. The link for purchasing yearbooks will be on the high school webpage.


School Counseling Department

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The school and college counselors met with the junior class on Thursday, 12/5 for their program on College Admission Testing, Research and Planning. A parent program was offered the same evening. Juniors will all be scheduled for a seminar in early January to begin their college / post high school research. Prior to the end of December, juniors should complete the items on their assigned checklist. For a copy of these items, including the full parent presentation, please review this link or visit our website.

Official PSAT/NMSQT score reports will mail out this week for grades 10 and 11. Score reports for grade 8 PSAT 8/9 results will mail late December. All grades have access to online score reports via collegereadiness.collegeboard.org starting 12/11.

The Center for Parent and Teen Communication is an excellent resource on myriad topics that affect teens during adolescence. Here is a link to an article on building resilience in teens using the "7Cs." These include Confidence, Competence, Connection, Character, Contribution, Coping and Control.

The School, College and Community Counseling team wishes all of our LM families a safe, healthy and happy holiday season!

Resources for Parents and Guardians

Anti-Bullying FAQ

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.

Bullying Prevention

Lower Moreland Township School District is committed to preventing all forms of bullying, cyberbullying, and harassment. For more information please see the district web site: https://www.lmtsd.org/Page/13723 In addition, please know that at the High School, bullying and harassment forms are available in the main office as well as the guidance office.

Vaping Tool Kit: Please use the link below to access the Montgomery County Dept. of Health's vaping tool kit. It has educational materials on vaping and e-cigarettes.


Please see the below presentation that was given at Murray Avenue on 11/21/19 regarding substance abuse.


The Lower Moreland PTA brings parents, students, school and community together to make a difference in the education & quality of life for our children.

We have many exciting things planned for this year, but we need your support! A LM PTA Membership is only $15 per Lower Moreland family. Please join here.

Please join us at our next PTA meeting on Monday, January 13, 2020. Also, please save the date for our annual PTA meeting at Eastern Center for Arts & Technology, including a tour and lunch, on Friday, February 21, 2020.

Lower Moreland Music Boosters

The LMHS Winter Concert is this week--Thursday, December 12 at 7:00PM at LMHS. Stop by the LM Music Booster table that night. to purchase your Designer Bag Bingo tickets and some added special surprises. If you can't make the concert, you can still purchase tickets to our Sunday, January 26th bingo event by sending in the form or purchasing directly at the lmhsmusic.com online store. Enjoy a fun Sunday afternoon with family & friends. Tickets make a great holiday gift.

Also, to help us reach our sales goal, the Boon Supply online sales have been extended to 12/31. Please visit the website at https://boonsupply.com/147822 and place your orders as soon as possible.

Visit lmhmusic.com for all of the upcoming concert dates and important music news.

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LMHS Cafeteria News

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 search Lower Moreland.

The price list for items purchased in the cafeteria are posted under Food Services (Cafeteria Information) on the school's website. 2019-2020 Price List.

The High School Cafeteria had their Harvest Feast on November 25th which included Spice Rubbed Turkey Roast, Homemade Stuffing, Creamy Mashed Potatoes and Fresh Green Beans. The students and faculty loved the Turkey and the carving station during lunch.