Message from the Superintendent
It is my pleasure to present the April edition of the Lower Moreland Township School District Superintendent’s Newsletter. I hope this letter finds you and your family healthy and well.
Congratulations to the Lower Moreland High School Mock Trial Team for making it to the state finals this year, which were held virtually on March 24-29. The team, which is sponsored by teacher Mr. John Haldeman was one of only 14 schools to advance, out of 247 teams. The team ended up with the 6th best overall team score at the state finals. The team’s only loss was to the eventual state champion, Abington Heights High School. The competition is coordinated by the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division and gives student teams the opportunity to argue both sides of a case before an actual judge. Lawyers and community leaders serve as jurors for the mock trials.
On April 21, 22, and 23, the Lower Moreland High School Drama Club presents its production of Disney's High School Musical: On Stage!. Tickets for reserved seating are now on sale, and regular general admission tickets are available at the box office for each performance. Please click here for showtimes and ticket information.
As we move into Tax Season, I invite you to learn more on how you can decrease your Tax Liability while investing in our school district. If you own a business or work for a company in the state of Pennsylvania, now is the time to act. Through the Education Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC), businesses can donate up to $750,000 each year to EITC-eligible organizations, and then claim 75 percent of that donation as a credit that offsets their state tax bill. For more information, please visit the LMTSD Foundation website: www.lmtsdfoundation.org . You can also email representatives of this LM High School student-run organization at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Foundation for Lower Moreland Schools is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 corporation dedicated to improving public education in the Lower Moreland Township School District. Originally established in 2009, the Foundation's mission is to raise major gift funds from the private sector to expand and enhance current school programs, all for the benefit of our students and faculty. Invest in us to file these donations with your taxes by April 15, 2022. Follow us: Instagram: @foundationforlmschools and on Twitter: @LMTSD_FLMS.
Have a great spring break week.
Scott Davidheiser, Ed.D.
Business Office (Mark McGuinn, Business Manager)
Over the last two years sponsors of the School Nutrition Programs including the Lower Moreland Township School District have been operating under a significant number of waivers to provide program operators, children, students, and families with the greatest flexibility to obtain nutritional meals during the unprecedented circumstances caused by the COVID pandemic. These waivers expire no later than June 30, 2022.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) does not have the authority to extend the
waivers without Congress providing that authority. To date, Congress has not provided USDA
that authority. While many organizations continue to advocate to Congress for this cause, it is
essential to prepare to return the School Nutrition Programs to normal, pre-COVID operations. To that end, the Lower Moreland Township School District presented a food service budget to the Board of School Directors at the April Work Session with the return to pre-COVID 19 rules and regulations. Please note that the District does not have the authority to continue offering free meals unless the waivers mentioned above are extended.
Unless there is an extension of any of the multiple waivers, Household Applications for Free or Reduced Meals will be required to determine free and reduced eligibility for the 2022-2023 school year unless a student is directly certified. By the rules and regulations set forth by the USDA, we cannot accept any applications for the 2022/23 school year until after July 1, 2022. We will be updating the website with the new information and applications after 7/1/22. Additionally, you will be receiving reminders from your School Principals on the upcoming changes with the food service program in the coming months. If there are any questions, please contact our Food Service Director, Logan Myers (email@example.com) or call 215-938-0270 ext. 6024.
La Salle Accepted Students Day with LaSalle President Timothy O'Shaughnessy and the admissions team
Logan Myers, Food Services Director, worked with the Giant School Rewards Round-Up Program, to secure a $10,000 donation to the District's Food Service program
Curriculum and Instruction (Julien Drennan, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Prof. Dev.)
As a part of the ESSER grant, the district implemented Talking Points, a text messaging tool and app that allows for translated communication between administrators, teachers and families. This is an added layer of community building and engagement that had not been achieved through traditional translation methods. All families can select the language to receive messages in and Talking Points offers over 100 languages to choose from! In Lower Moreland, 71% of contacts have selected English as their communication language. Additionally, families in the District have opted to receive messages in Russian, Chinese, Malayalam, Albanian, Hebrew, Korean, Ukranian and Spanish. Since the implementation of Talking Points over 50,000 messages have been sent and received. This includes messages initiated by families, as well as those sent by teachers and administrators. The majority of users receive communications via SMS, however 22% utilize the Talking Points app, which is available on Android and iOS. Because Talking Points engages users in a highly accessible environment, administrators have observed an increase in parental involvement, communication and responsiveness. While Talking Points is used most heavily at Pine Road School, all staff and families K-12 have access to this powerful communication tool. Talking Points was recently highlighted in The Hechinger Report. If you are interested in learning more about Talking Points and other districts' success in using it, you can access the article here.
Mr. Tony, the driver of Bus 22, received a Staff Shout Out Award from Pine Road ES, presented to him by Principal Scott Cole
Pictured are members of the staff of the LMHS Literary Magazine, Human Voices. Click here for this year's edition.
Human Resources/Public Relations (Cheryl Galdo, Esq., Dir. of HR/PR)
Summer Sports Camp at Lower Moreland High School
The Lions Summer Sports Camp @ Lower Moreland High School is available for students in grades 2 through 8 (in Fall 2022) from June 20-July 29. The camp offers campers the opportunity to participate in various sports to stay active, have fun, and sharpen skills throughout the summer. Some of the sports students will enjoy include: Basketball, Softball, Tennis, Soccer, Badminton, Swimming, Archery, Floor Hockey, Volleyball, Football, Lacrosse, Baseball, and Team Handball. The deadline for registration is Monday, May 30. Please click here for pricing and registration information.
Summer Job Opportunities for Students
The District has summer job opportunities for students. The District is looking for Camp Counselors and Counselors-in-Training for the Lower Moreland High School Summer Sports Camp. The District also has a need for Summer Maintenance Workers.
Information for these positions and links to apply are available here. The deadline to apply is April 22.
Technology (Jason Hilt, Ed.D., Director of Technology)
The Technology Department supports information technology systems and instructional technology programs and practices in the district. Each month, we highlight how our students and teachers engage in 21st Century learning activities. We also share updates on new initiatives and tips and tricks related to devices and technology tools used in the district.
High school student Dalana Deanne Arnwine printed a stamper for Coco Loco on the 3D Printer. She is working on a 3D design independent study and uses the 3D printers in the library for a variety of projects. She made this stamper with an attachment that makes it easier for students to grip. The stamper face could also be changed out to alter the design.
Fourth-grade students are using Fabmaker studio in STEM and Technology. Fabmaker is a 3-D design and digital fabrication software tool developed specifically for use in the classroom. Using the engineering design process, students were introduced to the program by creating designs such as a triangular pyramid and a cube. For their cube project, once the design was complete, students sent it to the cutter, which cut the paper on the specific folds and outlines specified in the design. Other projects will include designing a treehouse and learning how to create a pop-up design.
This month’s video highlights our Lower Moreland Canvas story. Canvas was adopted and implemented over the course of this school year at the secondary grade levels. You can find out how our students and teachers are using Canvas in our video: https://youtu.be/RnChehfZ1ZU
Student Services (Frank Giordano, Director of Special Education and Student Services)
The Lower Moreland Township School District's Special Olympics Unified Track Team, which brings people with and without intellectual disabilities together on the same team, has begun its second season and will compete in the team's first meet on April 7 at home. Following that meet, their next will be May 3rd at Springfield School District. Please join the Office of Student Services, and all of the school district, in wishing them luck in these upcoming competitions. They have been hard at work practicing for this moment and we can’t wait to cheer them on!
Lower Moreland Township School District