Lower Moreland High School
February 12, 2020
Please read through our Newsletter for important dates, announcements, news and happenings around our school.
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
2/14/20- Early Dismissal, 10:55am
2/17/20- Holiday- Schools and Offices Closed
3/7/20- Winter Ball (see permission form below)
World and American Studies
Congratulations to the following students who will be competing in the final competition in the Southern Pennsylvania Debate League On Wednesday, February 12:
Manav Singh - Extempt
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?"
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.
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.
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!
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.
General News and Announcements
Absence Procedures-Blue Cards
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.
School Counseling Department
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.
Resources for Parents and Guardians
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.
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.
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
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.
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.