Lower Moreland High School
September 25, 2019
Please read through our Newsletter for important dates, announcements, news and happenings around our school.
Mr. William J. Miles, Principal
P.S.- Don't forget to follow us on Twitter! @LMTSD_LMHS
Important Dates and Reminders
Save the Date: Parent presentation: “A Parent’s Guide to Teenagers and Substance Use”: Thursday November 21, 2019, 6:30 PM Murray Avenue.
School Closed, Holiday- 9/30/19 and 10/1/19
***Senior Portrait Make-Up Day- 10/1/19 and 10/2/19. Please call 1-800-220-7667 to make an appointment.
School Closed, Holiday- 10/9/19
Interim Progress Reports viewable on HAC- 10/11/19
Early Dismissal- 10/16/19, 10:55am
PAYS Survey- 10/23/19
End of Marking Period 1- 11/7/19
Six students were recognized for attaining the status of National Merit Scholar Semi-Finalist for the Class of 2020. These six students represent 16,000 students across the nation who have reached this status. Grace Devlin, Gwendolyn Duncan, Nyah Jurado, Michelle Nikhinson, Clayton Ostroff and Aviel Resnick.
Six students were recognized for being Commended Scholars. These students represent 34,000 students across the nation who have reached this status. Rachel Brodsky, Logan Geffen, Phillip Grabovsky, Katelin Markmann, Audrey Movsesian and Elizabeth Rubin
-Audrey Kim and Caleb Lee were recognized for their participation in the Korean Congress Centennial Celebration held in Philadelphia in April of 2019.
-Kody Levine, an Eastern Center for Arts and Technology student was recognized for his acheivement in the Skills USA competetion in opening and closing ceremonies.
General News and Announcements
New Absence Procedure
Yearbook Photo Announcements:
Parents of seniors, be sure to contact Barksdale to pick your child's yearbook photo. If you need to schedule a make-up appointment, contact the Barksdale schedulers at 1-800-220-7667. Make-up dates at the high school are 10/1/19 and 10/2/19.
Parents of underclassmen: Your child's school photo will appear in the yearbook. Photos were already taken, but if your child needs a retake or make-up photo, the date is 10/18/19.
School Counseling Department
Seniors may now turn in their Transcript Request Forms and we have begun the process of sending information to colleges. Please be mindful of deadlines and remember to allow 10 School Days from receipt of your Transcript Request Form until all materials are sent.
College Rep Visits
College rep visits are now underway! The list of colleges and universities sending a rep to visit LMHS is in Naviance. Students should sign up 24 hours in advance of the meeting and print their registration page to use as a pass. Teacher permission must be granted via signature on the pass. College rep visits for the week of September 23rd include: Neumann University, Drexel University, Muhlenberg College, Lycoming College and Pace University.
Important Upcoming Dates
Please keep an eye out for our annual fall mailing that contains information about all important upcoming dates for the year!
AP Self-Study Requests
Students who are planning to self-study for an AP exam this year should stop into the School Counseling Office for a request form to take the relevant test in May, 2020. The deadline for submission of the form is Friday, 10/11. Please note, submission of the request form does not guarantee approval.
PSAT and Senior College and Career Exploration Day
All students, grades 9-11 will be taking either the PSAT 8/9 or the PSAT/NMSQT on Wednesday, October 16, 2019.
Students are encouraged to get a restful sleep and eat a healthy breakfast.
What to bring on testing day: #2 pencils and a calculator.
Seniors do not come to school on this day; seniors are expected to investigate colleges or careers by visiting a school, taking a virtual tour, conducting a job shadow, researching careers, or other worthwhile activity.
Resources for Parents and Guardians
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.
School Psychology Department
If you or someone you know is suicidal, get help immediately via 911, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK or the Crisis Text Line (text “HOME” to 741741).
Suicide is the leading cause of death among school age youth. However, suicide is preventable. Youth who are contemplating suicide frequently give warning signs of their distress. Parents, teachers, and friends are in a key position to pick up on these signs and get help. Most important is to never take these warning signs lightly or promise to keep them secret. When all adults and students in the school community are committed to making suicide prevention a priority-and are empowered to take the correct actions-we can help youth before they engage in behavior with irreversible consequences.
Suicide Risk Factors
Although far from perfect predictors, certain characteristics are associated with increased odd of having suicidal thoughts. These include:
- Mental illness including depression, conduct disorders, and substance abuse.
- Family stress/dysfunction.
- Environmental risks, including presence of a firearm in the home.
- Situational crises (e.g., traumatic death of a loved one, physical or sexual abuse, family violence).
Suicide Warning Signs
Most suicidal youth demonstrate observable behaviors that signal their suicidal thinking. These include:
- Suicidal threats in the form of direct ("I am going to kill myself") and indirect ("I wish I could fall asleep and never wake up again") statements.
- Suicide notes and plans (including online postings).
- Prior suicidal behavior.
- Making final arrangements (e.g., making funeral arrangements, writing a will, giving away prized possessions).
- Preoccupation with death.
- Changes in behavior, appearance, thoughts and/or feelings.
What to Do
Youth who feel suicidal are not likely to seek help directly; however, parents, school personnel, and peers can recognize the warning signs and take immediate action to keep the youth safe. When a youth gives signs that they may be considering suicide, the following actions should be taken:
- Remain calm.
- Ask the youth directly if he or she is thinking about suicide (e.g., "Are you thinking of suicide?").
- Focus on your concern for their well-being and avoid being accusatory.
- Reassure them that there is help and they will not feel like this forever.
- Do not judge.
- Provide constant supervision. Do not leave the youth alone.
- Remove means for self-harm.
- Get help: No one should ever agree to keep a youth's suicidal thoughts a secret and instead should tell an appropriate caregiving adult, such as a parent, teacher, or school psychologist. Parents should seek help from school or community mental health resources as soon as possible. Call the suicide helpline above if school is not currently open, or take your child to the Abington Hospital Emergency Room, where they can be seen by a mental health professional at any time.
Lower Moreland Music Boosters
The next LMHS PTA meeting will be held on Monday, October 14th at 9:15am in the LMHS Library.
Don't miss the Harlem Wizards' return to Lower Moreland! The Wizards will bring their lively show of basketball tricks, hoops and alley oops to LMHS on Thursday, October 3rd. Tickets and more information available on the website.
Lower Moreland Community Food Truck Festival is returning to LMHS on Saturday, October 5th from noon-3:30. Come enjoy the great food and stay for live music, games and visit with our community partners! More details on our Facebook event, or on our Instagram page @LMHS_pta.
Join us at the LMPTA Ice Cream Social. All LMPTA members and their families are invited to join us for FREE ice cream on Wednesday, October 16th from 6-7:30pm in the Pine Road Cafeteria. This is our way of saying "thank you" for all of your support.
LMHS Cafeteria News
Winter Coaching Opportunities:
High School Assistant Wrestling
Middle School Assistant Wrestling
Girls Assistant Basketball Coach
Assistant Swimming Coach
Please contact Matt Heiland for more information on these opportunities.
ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME
The Lower Moreland Township School District is excited to announce the district’s first ever Athletic Hall of Fame. This has been created to recognize and honor individuals who have made significant contributions to our storied high school athletic programs. Individuals may be nominated in one of the following categories: Past Athletes; Past Coaches; Teams; and Contributors.
The LMTSD Athletic Hall of Fame will acknowledge those who have raised the level of public awareness and appreciation for the high school athletics through their distinguished achievement and excellence, both on and off the field of competition. These individuals may include former student athletes, coaches, administrators, contest officials, trainers, teams, or distinguished volunteers. Nominees must be retired from their fields and must exemplify the highest standard of sportsmanship, ethical conduct and moral character
Congratulations to all nominees, names will remain in the pool for the next cycle of nominations. The LMTSD Athletic Hall of Fame will be composed with names that have undoubtedly impacted school athletics in Lower Moreland.
- Graduated from Lower Moreland High School, individual or team nomination
- Been out of high school for a minimum of 10 years; Coaches must have 10+ years of coaching experience, and must be retired.
- Demonstrated remarkable athletic accomplishments
- Should be recognized for their unique contribution to the Lower Moreland High School sports history.
The nomination window will be open from June 24th through September 30th for the first class of the LMTSD Athletic Hall of Fame.
Fall Sports Update
Congratulations to Nikole Lisovvy who won the BAL Singles Tennis Championship this past weekend. The team will be the number 1 seed in the upcoming District I tournament.
The Homecoming football game will be on 10/12 at 1:30 PM vs. The George School. This week the boys are at Morrisville Friday night at 7:00PM.
Boys Soccer sits at 3-5 currently and sits in 10th place for the District I rankings. The top 8 teams will make the post season tournament. Senor Night will be on 10/16 vs. Collegium Charter.
Girls Soccer is 6-3-1 at the halfway point and currently sits in 5th place in the District I Playoffs. The top 10 teams make the postseason tournament. The girls senior night will be on 10/10 vs. Calvary Christian.
Cross Country continues to make progress in preparation for the BAL Leauge and District I meets in October. Leena Saidi has led the girls team with two medals at weekend invitationals. On the boys side, Justin Sandler, Tom Hellenbrand, & Ben Zonshayn have been the front runners for the team.
The Field Hockey team is 6-1-1 on the season and currently sits as the #2 seed in District I. The top 8 teams will make the district tournament. The girls senior night will be 10/15 vs. Morrisville.
The golf team will have Bryce Fazio and Anthony Mangan participate in the BAL League Championships at Makefield Highlands on Wednesday 9/25.
Wednesday 10/2/19, 7:00-8:00 PM in Room 225.
The FACTS Athletic program is designed to help parents of student athletes understand and navigate the college planning process. Planning for college is an overwhelming process in and of itself but when you factor in the recruiting process, NCAA Rules & Regulations, blackout periods, college visits, etc. parents do not know where to begin. Our program is designed to address all of these concerns .