Superintendent's Newsletter

March 2022

Message from the Superintendent

It is my pleasure to present the March edition of the Lower Moreland Township School District Superintendent’s Newsletter. I hope this letter finds you and your family healthy and well.

The Lower Moreland High School’s FBLA, Interact and SADD Clubs have joined together to bring the Annual Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention and Awareness Walk back to LMHS in-person this year. The walk will take place on Saturday, April 9. Registration will begin at 7:30 am. We hope to see you there!

Since 1995, presidents have issued a series of annual proclamations designating the month of March as “Women’s History Month.” These proclamations celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States and recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields. Please join LMTSD as we celebrate Women’s History Month.

Have a great month and enjoy the arrival of spring shortly!

Scott Davidheiser, Ed.D.


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Business Office (Mark McGuinn, Business Manager)

Each year, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue provides a list of taxpayers’ names and addresses to be reviewed by school districts for each tax year. The purpose of this report is for school districts to make corrections to a list of names and addresses of taxpayers who reported to the Department on their Pennsylvania Personal Income Tax returns they are residents of the school district on Dec. 31 of a given tax year.

For the most recent tax year received by the School District (tax year 2020), business officials had to remove 1,469 taxpayers/addresses out of a total of over 6,835 taxpayers/addresses that were incorrectly denoted as Lower Moreland Township School District. These corrections are sent to the correct school districts as well as the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue for reconciliation purposes and in conjunction, other school districts will send their miscoded information to Lower Moreland for verification purposes. As a reminder for all residents of Lower Moreland Township School District, the School District code that should be denoted on an individual Pennsylvania State Income Tax return should be 46460. As folks complete their returns for the tax year 2021, please ensure that the school district code is correct.

If addresses are not corrected and taxpayers are not properly removed, their corresponding income levels will be attributed to the district denoted thereby skewing the income levels and making the individual district appear “wealthier” than it actually is. In Pennsylvania, “wealthier” school districts receive less direct State funding for their Basic Instruction Subsidy as well as other State reimbursements. If there are any questions about this process, please contact Mark McGuinn, Business Manager at or (215) 938-0270 ext. 4515.

Curriculum and Instruction (Julien Drennan, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Prof. Dev.)

During the curriculum renewal process, stakeholders have the opportunity to provide feedback on programs, instruction, and related experiences. Currently, surveys are available for parents and guardians to complete in the areas of Mathematics, Science, Library and Technology, and World Language. If you are a parent/guardian of a current Lower Moreland student and are interested in completing the survey, please use the links below.

If you have multiple students, please complete the survey based on your perceptions of the oldest child's experiences. The survey can be completed multiple times, should you wish to capture information relative to your younger student(s) as well.

All surveys will close on March 8, 2022. Thank you, in advance, for your feedback. The committee uses the data to shape the implementation of updated curriculum and the development of professional development priorities for the future.



Library and Technology

World Language

Lunar New Year Celebration at Pine Road

Human Resources/Public Relations (Cheryl Galdo, Esq., Dir. of HR/PR)

Annual Diversity in Education Recruitment Fair

The district is proud to once again participate in the Montgomery County Annual Diversity in Education Recruitment Fair on Wednesday, April 20th from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit in Norristown. Current teachers, college students majoring in education, and other educational professionals are invited to speak with school district representatives about professional opportunities with Montgomery County school districts. Register online at For questions, please contact

March is Music in Our Schools Month

To celebrate "Music in Our Schools Month," our schools have many events planned. All Band Day is the anchor event and will be shared with the community virtually. The rest of the activities are happening throughout the Music Department all month long:

  • All Band Day (March 17th): Lower Moreland band students will have an opportunity to collaborate, create, and perform with students throughout the entire district-wide band program in fourth through twelfth grade. The goal of this festival-style concert is to build community and camaraderie among band students through shared performance and workshop opportunities. The event will culminate in a recording session and performance that will then be shared with the community
  • Pop Up Concerts: Pine Road Band and Orchestra students and Murray Avenue a capella group, Lion Voice, will be performing
  • Choral Master Class: ICCA finalist OwlCappella from Temple University is coming to do a masterclass with LionVoice
  • Instrument Design Lab: In conjunction with the story "Ada's Violin: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra", students will have the opportunity to meld music and their STEM skills with a "build your own instrument" project.
  • Philadelphia Orchestra Virtual Concert: Students will participate in a virtual concert presented by the Philadelphia Orchestra that features music from around the world. Students will get to work virtually with a Philadelphia Orchestra docent to learn more about the music they will hear at the virtual concert.
  • String Quartet Performance Assembly: A local string quartet will be presenting a masterclass to orchestra students that introduces them to the idea of chamber music
  • Mystery Tune Contest: Pine Road morning announcements will feature a "Mystery Tune" that challenges students to use their musical detective skills to listen to brief clips of popular songs and guess what the song is.

Pine Road's Locks of Love Event

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.

Student Anna Mazik used WeVideo and a variety of recording equipment from the high school library to create her final project in her documentary filmmaking class taught by Mr. Pat Engleman. Her project examined the environmental, economic, and social impacts of fast fashion. Anna's documentary, Saving Our Planet includes local interviews with LM’s own Dr. Kim McGlonn, news clips, stock photos, and other media to share the story with all of us.

First graders worked on a floating and sinking challenge in the Pine Road STEM Innovation Lab with Mrs. Krupa and Mrs. Zschunke. First, they explored different materials to see if they would sink or float. Students were then challenged to help a gingerbread person cross the river after listening to a story. Once they designed their solution in teams, students tested them out to see if they could hold the weight of the gingerbread person. Check out this month’s tech tidbit to see some of their solutions and results:

Pine Road Proud Pillar Assemblies are happening virtually this year with a schoolwide Google Meet to recognize outstanding students and build community. This month, in addition to recognizing responsible students in the building, Mrs. McMullan challenged students with the following prompt: How can we be responsible for including others at Pine Road? Students completed a follow-up activity to explore this idea in their classrooms after the virtual assembly.

Student Services (Frank Giordano, Director of Special Education and Student Services)

This year the Lower Moreland Township School District will once again be operating an in-district Extended School Year program. As always, the IEP team for each child will make a determination as to his/her need for Extended School Year based upon regression and recoupment of IEP goals. Revisions to IEPs will be made as necessary. The program will run from July 5th to August 4th, Monday through Thursday from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM and will operate at all three school buildings. More details will be forthcoming as we calculate our final numbers of students who are eligible and will be attending. All parents of eligible students will receive a letter from the Student Services Office with additional information.

Lower Moreland Township School District

Scott A. Davidheiser, Ed.D.