Message from the Superintendent
It is my pleasure to present the September edition of the Lower Moreland Township School District Superintendent’s Newsletter. I hope this letter finds you and your family healthy and well.
Striving to maintain and steadily improve upon the quality education our students deserve and our community has come to expect is always energizing. LMTSD is certainly thankful to the teachers, support staff, administrators, parents, and community members who partner and deliver the educational opportunities and experiences needed for all of our students to succeed. As the 2022-2023 school year begins, please join us in visiting with our teachers and staff during your child’s scheduled Back-to-School Night and please stay connected through our Parent/Guardian Resource Center. I am confident that Lower Moreland Township schools will challenge and develop our students academically and socially. Patience and adaptability from all stakeholders are key to all safety protocols, instructional practices and technology. Please be sure to stay updated with District and specific school information on our website.
Once again, LMTSD will be partnering with Lower Moreland Township Police and employing a School Resource Officer for the 2022-23 school year. Detective Justin Brommer will be assisting the District in all aspects of safety and security as its Resource Officer. Ensuring the safety of all students and staff involves multiple components, including physical security, emergency management, and violence prevention efforts in the form of threat assessment processes. Detective Brommer will assist in all aspects of these areas. I also encourage all parents/guardians to take time and explore the District’s bullying/cyberbullying page in order to locate a number of helpful resources.
Lastly, the Board of School Directors helps to support quality educational programs and delivers oversight to LMTSD. At the Board’s Legislative Meeting on September 20, former School Director, Dr. Murray Cohen, will be recognized for his 19 years of service to the Lower Moreland Township School District.
Have a great September and wonderful start to the 2022-2023 school year.
Scott Davidheiser, Ed.D.
Business Office (Mark McGuinn, Business Manager)
The summer months are an extremely busy time for the Business Office with a fiscal year-end of June 30th, closing all of the financials in preparation for audit, processing hundreds of orders for equipment, books, supplies, etc. needed for the new school year as well as continuing the daily operations that are needed during the summer. However, one of the larger tasks to be undertaken is transportation. During the summer months, the Business Office, in coordination with the Special Education Department, First Student, Inc. and the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit sets up all transportation for the students who qualify for the ESY (Extended School Year) programs. These programs ran (in-district) from 7/5/22 to 8/5/22 and there were also some out of district placements that ran longer. In addition, in June of each year, notices are sent out to all of our non-public schools that we have bused to in previous years asking for calendars, early dismissals and student rosters. This information comes in during the summer and are collected into a database for uploading into the transportation program. Under State Law, school districts are mandated to provide transportation for resident students who elect to attend a non-public school anywhere within 10 miles of any boundary of a school district. For Lower Moreland (in 22/23), the District is busing to over 35 different non-public schools. Once all information is received, the routes are run through the transportation program and checked/verified to ensure all students were placed on a route. The timeline of these schools are earlier than public schools and have to be put in place as early as August 18th (LaSalle College High School) to ensure students are picked up according to their individual schools’ calendar.
Once all of the routes are completed and checked, an automated message will be sent through our phone notification system letting parents know that routes are available on a private link on our website. Additionally, copies of the routes will be sent to the individual schools for their reference. All during the school year, students are added/deleted based on information received and the District acts as quickly as possible to address these changes. The Lower Moreland Township School District endeavors to ensure that all students have a safe and efficient ride to and from school and the work that goes on behind the scenes helps make that happen each year.
Fall Sports Are Underway
Curriculum and Instruction (Julien Drennan, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Prof. Dev.)
The founder and CEO of Talking Points recently gave a TED Talk discussing, "The most powerful yet overlooked resource in schools". You can view her message here. Stories like hers are why we have partnered with Talking Points. We value our parents and welcome the opportunity to work together to support all students.
Scenes from the New School Year
Human Resources/Public Relations (Cheryl Galdo, Esq., Dir. of HR/PR)
Good things are happening in the District. Here are just two examples:
LionVoiceLionVoice, the Murray Avenue acapella group led by Mr. Evan Weisblatt, has five songs available on Spotify. Recorded with a few microphones and a computer, the students sound as good as if they were in a professional sound booth.
Four Diamonds Mini-THON recognized Lower Moreland High School at the 2022 Mini-THON Leadership Summit on August 5.
Awards were given to Mini-THON schools that excel in areas including leadership, student and faculty participation, social media engagement, and fundraising. Lower Moreland High School representatives joined more than 400 student leaders and advisors for the annual Four Diamonds Mini-THON Leadership Summit in Hershey, PA, to share best practices and ideas, celebrate successes, and inspire each other to continue the fight to conquer childhood cancer.
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.
New teacher orientation was hosted by K-12 Instructional Coach, Karleigh Sugden. New staff members had the opportunity to meet with their department mentors, learn about teacher effectiveness following the Danielson framework, and collaborate with one another to plan instruction for the first week of school. You can meet Lower Moreland’s newest teachers here: New Teacher Video.
Students in Mr. Kirk’s seventh-grade European History class are utilizing their Dell 2-in-1 Chromebooks for classroom activities. Students conduct research, communicate and collaborate with peers, and share projects using Google Workspace tools. One feature that has been particularly useful at the start of the school year is the speech-to-text tool with translations. Students can compose notes using their voices and the text is automatically typed and translated. Text can also be translated and read back to students allowing for all learners to be engaged in the activities You can learn more about accessibility features of the Chromebooks here: Chromebook accessibility.
Teachers New to the District Attend Orientation
Student Services (Frank Giordano, Director of Special Education and Student Services)
As the school year begins, the Office Of Student Services would like to make our families aware of a Resource Fair and Family Fun Day for students with disabilities and their families, sponsored by Spring-Ford Area School District. Information about the fair can be found using this link. We hope that you find the information useful and informative.
Lower Moreland Township School District