Lower Moreland High School

Newsletter

February 12, 2020

Greetings Families!


Please read through our Newsletter for important dates, announcements, news and happenings around our school.


Thank you,

Mr. William J. Miles, Principal


P.S.- Don't forget to follow us on Twitter! @LMTSD_LMHS and Instagram at lmtsd-highschool

Important Dates and Reminders

Important Dates:


2/14/20- Early Dismissal, 10:55am


2/17/20- Holiday- Schools and Offices Closed


3/7/20- Winter Ball (see permission form below)

What's Happening

World and American Studies

On Thursday, February 13th, the freshman and sophomore classes will attend a special assembly as part of their interdisciplinary World and American Studies classes. Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice David Wecht, Holocaust Survivor, Ernie Gross, and Holocaust Liberator, Don Greenbaum, will present their talk entitled: "When the Rule of Law Fails: Lessons of the Holocaust". Students will also have an opportunity to ask questions of the presenters.

Music News

On Friday, February 14th, The Lower Moreland High School Jazz Ensemble is traveling to Rockville, Maryland, to participate in the “Mid Atlantic Jazz Festival”. They will be competing against 15 other bands from 8 different states. They will also be participating in two full days of concerts, lectures, workshops and clinics with some of today’s top jazz musicians. This is their 8th straight year participating, and last year the ensemble placed 2nd out of the 16 bands.
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Debate Club

Congratulations to the following students who will be competing in the final competition in the Southern Pennsylvania Debate League On Wednesday, February 12:

Michelle Marti-Congress

Manav Singh - Extempt

Physical Education

The High School tradition of a Badminton Tournament across grade levels proved to be one of the best this year. Students completed a self-assessment than choose to play in the Let's Move or Competitive games. Students in the Let's Move continued to work on their skills and strategies while the competitive partnerships challenge teammates in a tournament bracket. Pictured are two partnerships from 9th grade and two from 12th grade. The growth in the game is so fun to watch! Congratulations to all participants. Bring on Volleyball!
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STEM Competitions at the High School

American Mathematics Competition


The American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) program leads the nation in strengthening the mathematical capabilities of the next generation of problem-solvers. Through classroom resources and friendly competition, the AMC program helps America’s educators identify talent and foster a love of mathematics. The AMC program positively impacts the analytical skills needed for future careers in an innovative society.

The American Mathematics Competitions are a series of examinations and curriculum materials that build problem-solving skills and mathematical knowledge in middle and high school students.


On February 5th, Lower Moreland High School hosted this event for the 10th year. We had over 60 students compete. Official scores are not yet available but local winners will be announced. The competition has over 300,000 students participating annually, from over 6,000 schools. A sample question from a previous exam is "What is the fraction for a perfect square?"



Physics Bowl

The high school hosted the Physics Bowl for the second year on January 28th. Each year, approximately 10,000 students take the 40-question, 45-minute timed, multiple-choice test. The contest is run by the American Association of Physics Teachers. Student scores to keep an eye on this year are Ashwin Thomas and David Volchonok.


Biolympiad

On February 12 3 students have been selected to compete in the Biolympiad. This is the premiere biology competition for high school students in the United States, the USA Biolympiad (USABO) enriches the life sciences education of nearly 10,000 talented students annually. This contest is sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Education. The USABO mission concentrates on stimulating young scholars’ intellectual curiosity and developing their critical thinking in laboratory skills and biological reasoning to propel them to careers of excellence and leadership in science and technology.


PennDot Innovation

The Lower Moreland Team was selected as finalists in the 2019-2020 PennDOT Innovations Challenge! Our team was among Pennsylvania’s best and brightest high school students and we were very impressed by the ingenuity of ideas to help make Pennsylvania’s roads cleaner and safer. The team consists of Manav Singh, Jake Grinshpun, Gopiga Dass, Misha Bankulla, Rahul Singh and special guest consultant Daniel Porotov.

The team has been chosen along with seven other finalists to present before a panel of judges at PennDOT’s District 6 office in King of Prussia on February 25. The challenge was to create a device that could help PennDot save money and keep roads clear of litter and debris.

The student's submitted blueprints for a Street Lamp equipped with object recognition capability to identify large, hazardous and high priority road debris to send back to PennDot for removal. This device helps PennDot to mitigate driving risks and prioritize areas of need.


Governor's STEM Competition

On February 21 The Governor's STEM team will present their project to a panel of judges in a competition at the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit. THe students won last year's competition and took home many honors and awards at the state competition in Harrisburg. Hoping to win again the team began strategizing for this years contest last June. They have been given $500 to build a functioning prototype of a device to help Pennsylvanians. Last year the team created an automated trash can that could remove the cap from a plastic water bottle and separate it from the bottle in order to facilitate more efficient recycling. The project for this year is still top secret and requires a high level security clearance in order to protect it from corporate espionage but their outcome will be reported in a later edition of the newsletter. Good luck team!



Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

Sophomore Chessie Bovasso received an Honorable Mention for her works submitted to the contest. A panel of teachers, writers, literary professionals, and University of Pennsylvania graduate students selected her exceptional work from over 1,100 submissions submitted by students in the Philadelphia region, including Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties. Congratulations Chessie!

World Language

Matt Turetsky, Class of 2017, came to visit Spanish classes to talk about the research project he worked on in Peru this past summer and his upcoming study abroad experience in Chile.

Lip Sync

On February 7, 2020, Life Skills held their Annual Lip Sync here at Lower Moreland HS. See below for some pictures of the event!

General News and Announcements

Absence Procedures-Blue Cards

The Blue Card for student absences is now electronic and can be found in the Announcement section of the high school website. This should be submitted rather than sending in a blue card to the school.


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfZKH8dpnXH-6PJocTTsVJSPJKzfdhREVEPTxD2Uu1bd49d1w/viewform

Transportation Information

Please remember that vehicles may only drop off and pick up out front of the main entrance in the line. No vehicles are permitted near the tennis court bus loop at arrival time or at dismissal time. The bus for the Eastern Center leaves the front of the building each morning promptly at 7:25 am. A late student will need to stay at the high school in study hall, or acquire transportation by a parent or guardian. Once the bus leaves campus it will not be called back to pick up a late student.

Yearbook Information

Remember, seniors receive a yearbook as part of their class dues, so there is no need to purchase one.


SENIORS! Purchase a yearbook ad! The link for purchasing ads for seniors will be posted on the high school webpage.


Parents of underclassmen, you will soon be able to purchase a 2019-2020 yearbook for your child. The link for purchasing yearbooks will be on the high school webpage.


https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/

School Counseling Department

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We invite you to save the date of Saturday, April 18th to come together as one Lower Moreland community to raise awareness about suicide prevention. This is a topic from which no community is immune, including ours. In conjunction with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), students from LMHS Future Business Leaders of America and LMHS Interact Club have joined forces, along with a number of faculty advisors, to organize our 2nd annual Out of the Darkness campus walk. Please consider both spending a few hours with us and also bringing your families and friends along. You are welcome to form teams and / or to walk in honor of someone special in your life.

Walk details are as follows:

Walk Date: 04/18/2020
Walk Location: Lower Moreland High School/Bryn Athyn College
Check-in/Registration Time: 7:00 am
Walk Begins: 8:00 am
Walk Ends: 12:00 pm

Here is the link to register and / or to make a donation: http://afsp.org/lowermoreland - If you scroll to the bottom, you can donate and register with any team, and we have created the LMTSD Faculty and Staff team if you wish to donate there.


While our goal is to raise $5,000 for AFSP in support of the work that they do, it would be even more meaningful if we could gather a large crowd, both to honor those we have lost and to send a clear message to our students and to our community that help is available and that no one has to walk through life alone.

Please help us spread the word and share the attachment! We would be very appreciative of your support.

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Resources for Parents and Guardians

Anti-Bullying FAQ

We wanted to provide some information to families following our LMTSD Parent/Guardian Bullying Prevention Information survey. Below are some answers to some Frequently Asked Questions and information related to district procedures.

Are you aware of the anonymous reporting system being used in Pennsylvania, Safe2Say Something?


Safe2Say Something is a statewide anonymous, 24-7, reporting process for a variety of safety concerns. Click HERE for more information on this initiative.


Are you aware of the Lower Moreland Township School District Harassment/Bullying Reporting Form?


This form is used to gather information about incidents related to bullying. Students, parents, teachers, and administrators can all use this form. This form can be found on each school’s website. Click HERE to view the form.


As a parent, I have a clear understanding of the school's policies, practices, and procedures related to issues of harassment and bullying.


All reported incidents related to bullying are investigated, regardless of how they are reported. The District Code of Conduct is the structure used to apply consequences. Cases are referred to the police if the nature of the incident requires it.

We continue to partner with students, staff, and families to provide a safe environment for all students.

Bullying Prevention

Lower Moreland Township School District is committed to preventing all forms of bullying, cyberbullying, and harassment. For more information please see the district web site: https://www.lmtsd.org/Page/13723 In addition, please know that at the High School, bullying and harassment forms are available in the main office as well as the guidance office.

Vaping Tool Kit: Please use the link below to access the Montgomery County Dept. of Health's vaping tool kit. It has educational materials on vaping and e-cigarettes.

http://www.montcopa.org/vapingtoolkit

Please see the below presentation that was given at Murray Avenue on 11/21/19 regarding substance abuse.

LMHS PTA

The Lower Moreland PTA brings parents, students, school and community together to make a difference in the education & quality of life for our children.


We have many exciting things planned for this year, but we need your support! A LM PTA Membership is only $15 per Lower Moreland family. Please join here.


Please join us at our February LMHS PTA meeting, which will take place on February 21st at 11:45am. See flyer for details. We will start with our PTA meeting, then enjoy a lunch prepared by ECAT students, and then a tour of the school. Lunch is $10 per person, payable to LMPTA. The meeting is open to all at no charge

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Lower Moreland Music Boosters

Congratulations to all participants in the district music concerts:

  • All District Choir Concert - Jan 30
  • District String Pops Concert - Feb 13
  • All Band Concert - Mar 12

Save the date for the May 2 Jazz Pasta Dinner!

LMHS Cafeteria News

Lunch menus are posted on a new interactive website, Nutrislice. Our innovative and interactive site and mobile app make our school menus more convenient and informative than ever before! Download the Nutrislice App from the App Store or get it on Google Play and search Lower Moreland.

The price list for items purchased in the cafeteria are posted under Food Services (Cafeteria Information) on the school's website. 2019-2020 Price List.


The High School Cafeteria had a new iFood Station on Friday last week, Made to Order Quesadilla Bar! Students could add toppings to their cheese quesadilla including black beans, sweet corn, pico de gallo and guacamole.

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Athletics

Spring Sports Registration for the High School is now open. Please follow the directions at the following link in order to register. The season starts on March 2nd, and all registrations are due by February 28th to ensure participation starting. https://lmtsdathletics.com/main/otherad/contentID/48614455


Congratulations to John Przybylinski and Ceili Courduff on being named BAL Independence Division MVPs. Congratulations to Coach Becker on being names BAL Independence Coach of the Year.


Our wrestling team will participate in the BAL Championships on Friday 2/14 at Church Farm School. Nick Bratspis & Pat Whittle medaled at the Tennent Panther Invitational on Saturday 2/8.


District I Playoff Dates

Basketball: Girls host Villa Jo Marie 2/19 at 6:00; Boys host Springfield Twp. HS 2/19 at 7:30. All Tickets are $5. If both teams win they will play on 2/22 at a time and location TBA. Check into www.piaad1.org for more details.


Wrestling: District I/XII: 2/22 at Church Farm School


Swimming: Thursday 2/27 and Friday 2/28 at LaSalle University. Our boys swim team looks to win its 6th consecutive District Championship. The boys finished the regular season with a record of 8-1, while the girls finished with a much improved 4-5 record this season.


Diving: Championships are at North Penn HS on 2/22. Yuval Levi looks to improve upon last years silver medal, and qualify for states once again!


Indoor Track: Meet of Champions will be 2/22 at Lehigh University.