Lower Moreland High School

Newsletter

November 16, 2022

Hello Lower Moreland Families,


We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with your families! Please enjoy the latest newsletter for the 22-23 school year!


Thank you,

Mr. William J. Miles, Principal


P.S.- Don't forget to follow us on Twitter! @LMTSD_LMHS and Instagram at lmtsd-highschool

Traffic Patterns-Reminder

As you know from the recent construction project on the high school campus, the access road from Red Lion Road to the school campus was reoriented in preparation for the building of a new high school. With that reorientation comes new traffic patterns for which we need to be aware and make necessary adjustments. I understand that it may take additional time to navigate the areas around the school campus, but it is essential that we all follow safe driving practices. For the safety of our students, and to ease the traffic on the high school campus, I ask parents/guardians to follow these procedures:


Morning drop-off and Afternoon pick-up


  • Enter the school campus using the Red Lion Road access road and turn right into the pick-up/drop-off loop.
  • Please follow all signs and proceed across the front of the building to door 5 to drop off your student(s). Please do not stop in front of the Main Entrance.
  • Please do NOT drop-off or pick-up a student in the front parking lot area.
  • Please do NOT drop-off or pick up a student in the large main parking lot where staff and student drivers park as that could create a potentially dangerous situation.
  • Please do not drop-off or pick-up a student in or near the bus loop.
  • Administrators and/or a police officer are present to help direct vehicles, so please follow their instructions.
  • Leave plenty of time to safely navigate the school campus.

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What's Happening

Go Phillies! See you next season!

Staff members dressed up for the Phillies World Series and Eagles vs. Texans game on 11/3/22. Thank you to the Phillies for an amazing season!
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Military Visit to LMHS

On Thursday, November 17th, enlistment coordinators from various Military branches will be visiting LMHS from 9:50 am to 12:50 pm in the cafeteria.

Students will have the opportunity to talk with coordinators and gather programming information about their enrollments’ roles and responsibilities, details about their specific branch of the military, and their enrollment process.

Help us celebrate and honor the service men and women by providing a warm welcome to them tomorrow!

Trip to Les Miserables

Lower Moreland French students attended a production of Les Misérables at the Academy of Music in Philadelphia on Thursday, November 3. The students were immersed in rich culture, history and powerful music. There was an overwhelming positive response from the students who thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Set in early 19th-century France, Les Misérables is the story of Jean Valjean, a French peasant, and his desire for redemption, released in 1815 after serving nineteen years in jail for stealing a loaf of bread for his sister's starving child. Les Misérables tackles moral values including love and sincerity, forgiveness, sacrifice and justice vs. injustice. This production, in particular, makes an impact on audiences with the incredible set, the iconic barricade which acts as the backdrop for the majority of the second half of the show, and the impressive special effects technology.

Choir Newsletter

Room 116 News

In partnership with the Warrington Community Ambulance Corps the students in Room 116 created calming “jars” to donate to the Pediatric Emergency Care facility for children with autism. The purpose for calming jars is to create a calming visual support which can be helpful to people with autism. We used a variety of materials to create three types of jars (we used water bottles), using glue and water, oil and water or corn syrup and water, as well as glitter and food coloring. Each of the bottles the students created was unique, depending on what materials each of them chose. Our 116 students both enjoyed the activity and felt good about helping children who could benefit from this calming activity.

Library Newsletter

Mini Thon

Mini-THON News

If you are interested in chaperoning or donating food for the day of Mini-THON, please fill out the following forms. We cannot thank you enough for all your support in the fight against pediatric cancer!

Food Donation Form for Mini-THON

Chaperone Form for Mini-THON

Act 158 Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements & Keystone Exams:


The state graduation requirements have been updated for the class of 2023 and beyond. These new requirements offer alternate pathways for students to show college and career readiness in the event the Keystone proficiency pathway is not attained. The following are the five pathways for students to show postsecondary preparedness:


Keystone Proficiency Pathway

Keystone Composite Pathway

Alternate Career & Technical Pathway

Alternate Assessment Pathway

Alternate Evidence-Based Pathway


The attached slides provide detailed requirements for each pathway, how to prepare, and timeline for students. The attached graphic visual summarizes the options for students.


Students who participated in the 2022 Spring Keystone Exams should have received scores reports in the mail by now. If a student did not reach proficiency on one or more of the exams, we will recommend they participate in the Winter Keystone exams in early December. More information will be communicated home in early November.

New Family Mentoring

In our district, we are lucky to have students and families who are from diverse cultures. Did you know that in our district, we have over 30 languages spoken?


To better support our new families, we would like to invite you to participate in serving as a mentor. As a mentor, you would be responsible for explaining school routines and special events and answering any questions that arise.


For those families who do not speak English as their native language, working with a mentor family who speaks the same language could be very helpful in learning to navigate our school system.


If you are interested in volunteering your time, please complete THIS form. New families would contact you upon their arrival to the district.

General News and Announcements

Breakfast and Lunch

Governor Tom Wolf has decreed that all school breakfasts for qualifying School Breakfast sites will be free starting October 1, 2022. For the Lower Moreland Township School District, this will begin on 10/3/22 and will continue for the remainder of the 2022/23 school year.


Please note that this will be for breakfasts only and that school lunches will continue to operate on a free or reduced or paid basis based on the classification of the student(s). The District is strongly encouraging families to fill out the Free and Reduced Applications if you believe your family will qualify.

High School Code of Conduct

The High School Code of Conduct is included in the school agenda book that is available to each student. It is also on the INFO section of the HS website.


If a parent or guardian would like a hard copy of the code of conduct, please contact Mrs. Curry at acurry@lmtsd.org,

Attendance Protocol

All of your attendance reporting needs will be handled by one electronic form that will replace the Blue Card online form and the Yellow Card online form (used at Pine Road). This will also replace the need for a phone call to the attendance line.


  • Use this form to report your child’s absence. Submitting this form will both report the absence and document it. No follow up Blue card is needed.

  • Submit this form to sign your child into school late.

  • Submit this form to sign your child out for an appointment (early dismissal). This form allows you to enter a return to school time if your child will be returning to school.


Please Note:

If you are taking an extended vacation, you will still need to complete the Request for Excusal from Regular School Attendance, familiar to most families as a vacation request form. The form is found on the Virtual Backpack under Forms.


Doctors’ notes still need to be submitted to the school attendance secretary or sent into school.

Late Arrival/Early Release

We are doing the late arrival/early release program for this school year again. For more information on the requirements and expectations of this privilege, please see the link to the application. A student cannot begin the late arrival or early dismissal until the application is approved by Mr. Miles.

School Counseling Department


The High School Counseling Department will be hosting a virtual College Planning Program on Thursday, November 17th from 7:00-8:30pm. The presentation will focus on College Admission Testing and a Q&A.


To attend the event please see the Google Meet joining info:


Video call link: https://meet.google.com/nae-tkdv-act
Or dial: ‪(US) +1 252-528-7972‬ PIN: ‪309 931 273‬#
More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/nae-tkdv-act?pin=6722112585472


Grade 10: EASTERN Visits LMHS


Eastern Center for Arts and Technology is visiting LMHS grade 10 students on Thursday, December 9, 2022, at 9:10 am.
This is a great opportunity for grade 10 students to hear from our very own LM students attending an ECAT program. Learn about their experiences and how to manage a dual high school enrollment. Also, learn how EASTERN programming can give students a competitive edge in college or in a specialized career program.

Visit https://www.eastech.org/ for more info.



Grade 10: LMHS Visits EASTERN (registration required) - MEDICAL/PERMISSION FORM DUE 11/22 TO MRS. ROMANO


Get on the bus and venture to the Eastern Campus for LIVE hands-on participation in two ECAT programs (of choice).



Registered grade 10 students will be bussed to/from our campus. Thursday, December 15, 2022, from 12:15 pm—1:45 pm (return to LMHS).


This is a great opportunity for grade 10 students to hear from our very own LM students attending an ECAT program. Learn about their experiences and how to manage a dual high school enrollment. Also, learn how EASTERN programming can give students a competitive edge in college or in a specialized career program.

Visit https://www.eastech.org/ for more info.

Exciting news! The school counselors have added an Instagram account as an additional mode of communication of all things related to LM's Comprehensive Developmental Counseling Programming. Check us out on our new thread @lmhscounselors


College Readiness Parent Program 9th & 10th Grade Parent/Guardians November 22, 2022

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.

http://www.montcopa.org/vapingtoolkit

LM PTA

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Athletics

Congratulations to all of our fall sports teams on their successful seasons!! Boys Soccer, Girls Soccer, and Field Hockey all qualified for the District One playoffs. Though they ended up losing to higher seeds, all three teams showed great heart and enthusiasm in their games. The future is bright for these programs, and the coaches and players should be proud of their achievements.


After winning the District One 2A Championship, the Girls Tennis team traveled to Hershey on Friday the 28th to compete in the State tournament. The girls lost in the semifinals to Knoch High School, the eventual winner of the 2A State Championship. The next weekend, Hannah Kideckel competed in the PIAA State Singles Championships, finishing in the top 8 after losing in the semifinals to the eventual state champion. There are no doubts that the girls will compete at the District and State level next year.


Cross Country continued their winning ways on October 21st when the Girls Cross Country team won the American Conference title at the SOL Championships. The boys team placed second to William Tennent. The next Friday at the District One Championships, the girls team won the District One 2A Championship for the second year in a row; Amelia Ogawa and Jack Becker were crowned as District Champions, finishing 1st in their respective races. At the State Championships in Hershey on November 5th, the girls team finished 12th, 4 spots higher than the previous year. Individual qualifiers Jack Becker and Vincent Frankina finished in the top 80. Coaches Green and Jacaruso have done a tremendous job with the program over the last few years.


Winter Sports officially begin November 18th, and we are looking forward to a great winter season. Go Lions!!