Message from the Superintendent
It is my pleasure to present the August edition of the Lower Moreland Township School District Superintendent’s Newsletter. I hope this letter finds you and your family healthy and well, and I hope that you had a restful and enjoyable summer.
Please join me in welcoming two new administrators to the district - Mr. Robert Dominick, Athletic and Activities Director, and Mr. Lance Freeman, District Facilities Manager. Both administrators have been actively transitioning and working on-site throughout this month and have been integral in the preparations to begin the 2022-2023 school year.
The district is excited to kick off the 2022-2023 school year on September 6. LMTSD continues to be committed to providing a successful and joyous educational experience for our students and families. As such, the district has applied for multiple grants offered through this year’s state budget. These grants will continue to allow the district to invest in continued school safety efforts through technological hardware upgrades and the addition of a student success coordinator at the secondary level who will assist students that are continuing to struggle with academic success and engagement back into the school environment.
The 2022-2023 school year also brings a renewed sense of energy as we begin the school year. The Montgomery County Office of Public Health has eliminated many former COVID-19 strategies such as close contact tracing, spacing considerations, and mask-to-stay/test-to-stay programs just to name a few. Isolation for 5 days for any student/staff that tests positive for COVID-19 will still be required and the district will continue to offer a virtual learning experience for any student who provides a positive test result. An updated Health and Safety Plan is again required in 2022-2023 for all PA school districts and the Board of School Directors will discuss this at their next scheduled meeting. More specific information related to this plan will be communicated with families prior to Sept. 6.
Lastly, please enjoy reading this year’s 2021-2022 Annual Report titled Building Toward the Future.
We look forward to the start of the 2022-2023 school year for students on September 6!
Scott Davidheiser, Ed.D.
Business Office (Mark McGuinn, Business Manager)
Beginning with the first day of the new school year, the Lower Moreland Township School District (along with all other school districts in the country) will return to serving breakfasts and lunches as they did before the pandemic. The waiver from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), that allowed all districts to serve meals for free, expired on June 30, 2022. As of the date of this newsletter, there has been no movement to extend that waiver further, so our school district will return to the provisions of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
The District is strongly encouraging families to fill out the Free and Reduced Applications if you believe your family will qualify. Information on income qualifications and paper applications can be found here.
Please note that provisions for free breakfasts and lunches over the past two years were only afforded by the federal government and the return to the National School Lunch Program is mandated by the USDA. We all realize the importance of students being properly fed and we look forward to serving your student(s) in the upcoming year.
If there are any questions, please feel free to contact our District Food Service Manager, Logan Myers at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (215) 938-0270 ext 6214.
Pine Road Elementary's Community Garden
Curriculum and Instruction (Julien Drennan, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Prof. Dev.)
Pine Road Elementary Welcomes New Students
Human Resources/Public Relations (Cheryl Galdo, Esq., Dir. of HR/PR)
Pine Road Elementary
Nikayla Begaye-3rd Grade, Emily Pitkow-2nd Grade, Jaime Kullman-5th Grade, Randi Navon-Special Education, Mariel Nigro-Special Education, Megan Shelly-Special Education, Julia Trainer-1st Grade, and Katelyn Wolfgang-Kindergarten.
Murray Avenue School
Lauren DiMaio-Special Education, Julianne Laurich-Math, Logan Mohr-Music, and Emily Wicks-English as a Second Language.
Lower Moreland High School
Robert Burns-Math, Daniel Center-Social Studies, Kyle Lutteroty-School Counseling, and Ted Miller-Business.
The district is also pleased to welcome several new paraprofessionals who play a vital role in assisting teachers and helping students who need extra support.
Technology (Jason Hilt, Ed.D., Director of Technology)
During the summer months, the technology department was busy preparing for another extraordinary school year. Technology staff members inspected and cleaned mobile devices, installed new equipment, prepared training materials, repaired hardware, deployed updates, and replaced obsolete hardware in school buildings. The technology department is looking forward to continuing to support information technology systems and instructional technology programs and practices in the district. Here are a few highlights for the new school year:
In addition to preparing classroom technology and mobile devices, the major areas of emphasis during the summer months are providing teacher and staff professional development and supporting new staff members. Members of the technology department completed training sessions to acquire and enhance skills related to Google Workspace for Education, networking, security, and project management. Teachers and staff participated in virtual training sessions using the district Learning Management System. The instructional coaches will welcome new teachers to the district at the end of August. New teachers will engage in learning about educator effectiveness, Special Education, data-informed decision making, and technology as well as meet their colleagues who will support them as they begin their tenure in Lower Moreland.
All students in grades K-12 will be using 2-in-1 touchscreen Chromebooks at school and at home. The Chromebooks are lightweight, fast, and durable, and they will be configured with tools and applications to support the needs of all students. The district was able to standardize the Chromebook model at each building which will help streamline repairs and replacements this year and beyond.
One new and exciting project that started last year and will be continuing this school year is planning for the new Lower Moreland Township High School. The technology department has been working closely with the high school administrative team and construction personnel to ensure the new building is equipped with cutting-edge technology and innovative learning spaces. Project updates, interviews, and other exciting content can be found on the district website at this link: New High School Project.
Scenes from the Football Scrimmage against Dobbins High School
Student Services (Frank Giordano, Director of Special Education and Student Services)
The McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth Act ensures the immediate enrollment, school stability, and academic support needed to increase the educational success of homeless children and youths. It defines homeless children and youths to be those who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.
If you have school or preschool-aged children or you are a youth not in the custody of a parent/guardian and are experiencing homelessness, please contact one of the persons listed below for assistance:
Lower Moreland Township School District Homeless Liaison
2551 Murray Avenue
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006
Region 8 Homeless Coordinator
(Bucks, Delaware, Lehigh, Montgomery, and Northampton counties)
215-348-2940 ext 1361
State Coordinator Pennsylvania Department of Education
Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program
333 Market Street, 5th Floor
Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333
211 - 211 provides callers with information about and referrals to social services for every day needs and in times of crisis. Phone: 211, www.211.org
Foodfinder.us - a nonprofit website and app (for iOS or Android) that offers the location and contact information of more than 40,000 food pantries and similar food programs across the country.
Lower Moreland Township School District