LMS Weekly Reminders


For the Fallen

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

The excerpt above was taken from the poem "For the Fallen" by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943); published in The Times newspaper on 21 September 1914.

Monday, 12th is an A-Day

First Dance

The first dance of the school year will be Friday, September 16th immediately after school (from 2:00-4:00 p.m.). Admission will be $5.00. Snacks will be on sale. Permissions slips will be sent home on Thursday, September 15th. Please note that NO STUDENT WILL BE PERMITTED TO STAY FOR THE DANCE WITHOUT A SIGNED SLIP ON FILE BY FRIDAY AT NOON.

Attending a school dance is a privilege. As such, the privilege of attending may be revoked by school administration. If the privilege is revoked, a parent/guardian will be contacted by an administrator. In accordance with our school dance policy, students who have received more than one referral, assigned 2 or more days of ISI, or an out-of-school suspension will not be permitted to attend the dance.

Parent involvement is welcomed. Please consider registering as a volunteer. See the "School Volunteer Portal" button below for details on how you can be a school volunteer for this dance or other LMS events.

School Volunteer Portal

Beginning this year, all school volunteers must apply annually for approval. The application process runs until 5/1/23. There is no application fee for school volunteers.

Renting Musical Instruments

Students enrolled in Band or Orchestra needing an instrument from the school will have to complete the process through either Mrs. Czechanski or Mrs. Kovach. The process will place all rentals on the student's Destiny account and rental costs will be billed through My School Bucks. If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact the instrumental music education department.

Safety Issues

In the interests of our students' safety, please note the following:
  1. Parents may not pick up students other than their own unless there is already a note in the main office giving them permission to do so.
  2. You must present a valid picture ID when checking out a student. Please take this time to update your emergency contact list so that we have the most current list of approved contacts for your student.
  3. We have had a few instances of students bringing in glassware which have broken in classrooms or hallways during transition. For everyone's safety, please do not send students to school with glass bottles and or containers.

Thank you for your assistance.

Student Meal Charges

Student meal charges are only allowed for reimbursable meals or milk purchases, never a la carte items. The charge limit for each student is $25. Students may purchase a meal with “cash in hand” regardless of the amount of money owed. Students currently approved for FREE meals receive a meal regardless of the amount of money owed. Families should be advised that beginning in early September, weekly automated phone calls and emails are being sent to notify households of students whose meal account balance has become low (less than $5.00 remaining). Contact Megan Doran in Food and Nutrition Services at madoran@smcps.org for more information.

School Meals

Please note that while meals are not free for all students, SMCPS are still offering the free and reduced meal program based on the status determined from the meal benefit application. Students who qualify based on income or direct certification will still receive free or reduced meals this school year. A new application must be submitted for this school year to qualify.
Meal Benefits Application

Students who qualify will still receive free or reduced meals.

Student Handbook- Presentation Secondary 2022-2023

There have been a few changes to disciplinary codes. Please access the above link to preview the secondary student handbook presentation that was shared with students.

Please Keep in Mind

As you are aware, there are standards for appropriate dress when attending school. What is acceptable to wear to the movies and the mall might not always be acceptable for school. Based on some outfits that the staff and I have begun to see, please consider this a friendly reminder about our LMS dress code expectations.

  • Students must wear clothing that covers certain body parts. Clothes must be worn in such a way that the chest, midriff, pelvic/groin area, and buttocks are covered..

  • Clothing displaying or suggesting profanity; sexual activity through graphic images, words, or innuendos; weapons; drugs/alcohol or drug paraphernalia; violence; or tobacco products may not be worn, visible, or displayed.

  • Clothing with identifiable gang/crew representation or paraphernalia may not be worn, visible, or displayed.

  • Symbols or messages generally accepted to promote intolerance, hate, racial slurs (for example Confederate flag, swastika, Ku Klux Klan or KKK) may not be worn, visible, or displayed.

  • Head coverings may only be worn indoors so long as the student’s face is visible and it does not interfere with instruction or student safety.

  • Shoes must be worn that are safe for all activities. Fuzzy bedroom slippers are not appropriate for school.

  • Student dress for school-sponsored activities must be in compliance with the Student Dress Code.

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Classic Car Show

Leonardtown Middle School is hosting a fall car show on Friday, October 7 (with a rain date of Friday, October 14). This car show will cost 2 P.A.W.S. tickets to attend, for our students demonstrating our P.A.W.S. expectations during the first marking period. LMS Jaguars that have proven themselves to be P.A.W.S.-itively phenomenal will be able to attend the car show! Those students have demonstrated qualities of being Positive and Polite, Accepting Responsibility, Working Hard, and putting Safety First. At the car show, students will be voting to determine sixth, seventh, and eighth grade "Best In Show" winners. All car show participants will receive a dash plaque and the love and appreciation of Leonardtown Middle School staff and students.

Parents/guardians, if you have a vehicle that you are interested in bringing to the Classic Car Show, please fill out the Google form below! Thank you

Classic Car Show

Please complete this form if you own a classic car and would like to register to participate in the reward event.

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Help us Meet Our Goal

Dear Leonardtown Middle School Families,

September 8th marked the 100th day before National Wreaths Across America Day, December 17, 2022. Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, wreath-laying is carried out at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as at more than 1,600 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad. The Maryland Veterans’ Cemetery in Cheltenham is one of the additional locations where wreath laying honoring our country’s fallen heroes takes place. There are over 28,000 gravesites, of which more than half go without a remembrance wreath each year.

Leonardtown Middle School is an official sponsorship group (MD0402P) again this year. Our goal is to sponsor 250 wreaths. You can help us reach this goal by sponsoring one or more wreaths that will go directly to the cemetery in Cheltenham. One wreath sponsorship is only $15.00. There are many options available. By sponsoring a wreath, you can help to REMEMBER AND HONOR the American heroes that served. Sponsorship can be done directly by going to the link below. The link will take you directly to the LMS site and guarantee that we receive credit for your sponsorship. All orders must be received by November 28th. This fundraising opportunity is being brought to you by the MTSS committee in hopes of raising funds for student assemblies, incentives to promote the P.A.W.S. program, and to promote a positive culture at Leonardtown Middle School.

Thank you in advance for your support.

~The LMS MTSS Committee~

Wreaths Across America

Please click on the link above to learn more about the organization and its goals, and to take this opportunity to Remember and Honor those that have served.

Annual Conflict Resolution Day Bookmark Art Contest

In observance of National Conflict Resolution Day on October 20, 2022, the Maryland Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution Office (MACRO) is seeking entries for the 17th annual Conflict Resolution Day Bookmark Art Contest.

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  • Our first LMS PTA General Membership Meeting is on Thursday, September 15th. The meeting will take place at 6:00 p.m. in the LMS Media Center. Come see what the PTA is up to this year! You will have a chance to hear about what the PTA has done so far, what we plan to do for the year, vote on our yearly budget and bylaws, and meet our executive board.
  • Spirit Night: Come out and support our LMS PTA on September 27th at Salted Scoop
  • Memberships are $8/adult or $15/family and $7/teachers & staff. You can also register online at https://lmspta20.memberhub.com/store
Sixth Grade PawPrint

August/September 2022

Employment Opportunities

SMCPS accepts teaching applications year-round. APPLY TODAY!!

Upcoming Important Dates

September 15th - PTA General Meeting in the LMS Media center at 6:00 p.m.

September 22nd - 2-Hour Early Dismissal

September 23rd - Professional Day - No School for Students

September 27th - PTA Spirit Night -- Salted Scoop/SOF Market