Message from the Superintendent
It is my pleasure to present the May edition of the Lower Moreland Township School District Superintendent’s Newsletter. I hope this letter finds you and your family healthy and well.
Starting the first full week in May (7th-13th), we honor all teachers during National Teacher Appreciation Week. On behalf of LMTSD and the Board of School Directors, we thank all LMTSD teachers and staff for their dedication, compassion and commitment to our students. LMTSD recognizes and appreciates how our teachers play such a pivotal role in our students’ lives.
During the month of May, the district celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander and Jewish American Heritage Month. The month of May is also Mental Health Awareness Month. In addition to recognizing and celebrating our diverse community and all families attending our schools, it is also important that all of us continue to maintain good mental health. Along with contacting our school counselors for any assistance your child may need, please click here if you or your child is in need of immediate help.
Lastly, please be reminded that many end-of-year celebrations, concerts and performances take place in May. We hope to see you at these events this month.
Scott Davidheiser, Ed.D.
Business Office (Mark McGuinn, Business Manager)
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires all school districts to prepare budgets for their General Fund which account for the day-to-day operations of the school district. Budgets must be approved by June 30 for the fiscal year beginning July 1, and ending June 30 the subsequent year. For the Lower Moreland Township School District, the budget process begins in September of the preceding year when the Act 1 index is announced. This index is set by the State and denotes a limit a district can raise local real estate taxes. For the 2023/24 budget year, this index is 4.1%. In keeping with the practice of staying at or below the Act 1 index, and in accordance with a resolution passed by the Board of School Directors, the District cannot raise taxes beyond the 4.1% Act 1 index. At the April School Board Meeting, the Board of School Directors approved a preliminary budget that showed a preliminary tax increase of 3.97%. Details of that presentation can be found at https://www.lmtsd.org/Page/13641. The District will continue to endeavor to bring the proposed increase down and be as fiscally prudent as possible. The final budget is scheduled to be adopted In June of 2023.
Curriculum and Instruction (Julien Drennan, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Prof. Dev.)
Every year the district focuses on curricular areas to renew. A renewal takes place over a number of years and includes an evaluation of current programming, a review of all aspects of curriculum and instruction, and the procurement of resources for use during the implementation of the program. Here is a summary of the 2022-2023 curriculum work that is being presented at the May 9th meeting of the Board of School Directors:
- Social Studies (Year One): Strengths of the program include rigorous secondary offerings, interdisciplinary approaches, real-life and real-world connections, and the sense of acceptance and support felt by students. Areas noted for improvement include offering social studies-related clubs and field trips, active learning opportunities, additional exposure to diverse topics and perspectives, the inclusion of current events, and career connections.
- Business (Year One): Strengths of the program include the opportunity for students to make and experience real-world connections, personalized content, and financial literacy curriculum. Areas noted for improvement include offering business-related activities for interested students, additional or different electives, and establishing connections to colleges, universities, and career-related experiences.
- Mathematics (Year Two): After a pilot and evaluation process, the following materials are being recommended to the Board of School Directors for adoption: Everyday Mathematics 4 (grades K-5), Carnegie Math Solution (grades 6-8, Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II)
- World Language (Year Two): Vista Higher Learning, Chemins (French I-AP), Vista Higher Learning, Temas (AP Spanish Language), Teacher's Discovery, Flangoo Interactive Readers (Spanish III-VI)
Professional development will be provided to assist teachers with the implementation of new resources during the 2023-2024 school year.
Photos from Pine Road's Multicultural Family Night Event
Human Resources/Public Relations (Cheryl Galdo, Esq., Dir. of HR/PR)
Please find this year's publication of the High School's Literary Magazine here. The magazine had an overwhelming amount of submissions this year, and it even includes some live musical pieces
Seventy-one Lower Moreland students volunteered in a postcard campaign at the Multicultural Night for Make Us Visible PA event. The postcard writing activity was to raise awareness for Pennsylvania legislators about the need to include Asian American and Pacific Islander history and contributions in the K-12 curriculum.
Mini-THON student leaders were invited to Penn State Health Children’s Hospital for a tour to see their fundraising dollars at work. Students were able to speak with a social worker, art therapist, and research director, who provided insight into how our efforts directly fund programs and life-saving research at the hospital. The students left feeling inspired and looking forward to next year’s events!
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.
Fourth and fifth grade students at Pine Road are working with Fabmaker to design and create 3D shapes. Fabmaker is a web-based prototyping application in which students can design and build 3D objects. Students in fifth grade designed and fabricated 3D shapes that they learned about in their geometry unit. Fourth grade students are using Fabmaker to create a landmark or capitol building for a state they are researching in social studies.
The New Lower Moreland High School Documentary Team has been hard at work since the start of the construction project. The student documentary team captures still photos and video footage, chronicles construction milestones, and conducts interviews with project personnel. Their mission is to document the construction of the new high school and a brighter chapter in the Lower Moreland community. The documentary website and interview episodes can be found here: documentary website.
Student Services (Frank Giordano, Director of Special Education and Student Services)
May is Better Hearing and Speech Month! Throughout the month, the LMTSD Speech Dept. will provide the Lower Moreland staff with information on speech and language disorders, tips to make classrooms communication-friendly, hold some fun speech/language trivia events, and offer suggestions for how teachers can protect their own voice and hearing.