Lower Moreland High School


January 12, 2023

Hello Lower Moreland Families,

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season with your families! Please enjoy the latest newsletter for the 22-23 school year!

Thank you,

Mr. William J. Miles, Principal

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

What's Happening

Mid Terms

Please see the below link for information regarding Mid Terms on January 26th-31st.


Course Scheduling Information Night

Mark your calendar!

LMHS Course Scheduling and Information Night Virtual Presentation

  • Wednesday, February 8, 2023, 7:00pm (YouTube link to follow)
  • For parents of students currently in grades 8, 9, 10, and 11.

  • Information regarding scheduling core and elective classes for the 2023-24 school year

Yearbook Information

Parents of seniors: please make sure that you and your senior have selected their portrait for the yearbook through Barksdale's website before 1/27. Please check your email and proof package for further information from Barksdale (not Lower Moreland). Note: Seniors receive a yearbook so you do not need to purchase one; however, you can purchase an ad recognizing your graduate. Go to the yearbook order center using this link: https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/product/yearbooks. The order number is 4071. Then, click on Yearbook Ads.

Parents of underclassmen: You should have received information for purchasing a yearbook from Herff-Jones. The link to purchase is: https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/product/yearbooks and the order number is 4071. Please note: ads can only be purchased for seniors.

Music News

After years of mask requirements & several digital arrangements, the 2022 Lower Moreland Winter Concert was the first full winter concert in years; masks lifted off of our faces and stress from atop our shoulders. As a collaborative ensemble, the dedicated orchestra intricately perfected our three pieces, Dance of Youth, Thundersnow, and Ahrirang, a traditional Korean song, sometimes considered the country’s unofficial anthem. Likewise, the chorus brought season’s greetings to the table, performing music filled with comfort & joy. Very special thanks to Dr. Gulish & Mrs. Stanell, the directors & masterminds behind the scenes, allowing our rehearsals to be smooth-sailing & successful in the end. All is calm, all is bright - written by Avery Samarco, Sophomore.

Health and PE News

9th grade health students had the opportunity to have a visit from guest speakers from the Montgomery County NAMI, National Alliance for Mental Illness on January 3rd and January 4th. Our guest speakers provided students with information on warning signs for mental health concerns, community resources for mental health, what students can do if they feel they need support, what to do in the event they need to find support for a friend and suicide prevention information. NAMI is a free presentation provided by the county to our LMTSD students in which we request each year for our 9th grade health students to support their mental health.
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National Honor Society

Recently, we had four different drives through NHS. We teamed up with Girl Up 2030 for a book drive benefiting Philly Bookshelf. We also worked with Interact Club to have a food drive for Philabundance. We collected canned foods for people in need in Philadelphia. We also had a toy drive for the Mitzvah Circle. Lastly, we had a shoe drive for Jenkintown Running Company. The shoes that were worn out will be used for recycled materials to make new shoes.

General News and Announcements

High School-Late Buses

Please be aware that late buses are available for students who stay after school for clubs, sports, or other activities. Buses will arrive between 4:15 pm and 4:30 pm at the main entrance of the high school.

Traffic Patterns-Reminder

As you know from the recent construction project on the high school campus, the access road from Red Lion Road to the school campus was reoriented in preparation for the building of a new high school. With that reorientation comes new traffic patterns for which we need to be aware and make necessary adjustments. I understand that it may take additional time to navigate the areas around the school campus, but it is essential that we all follow safe driving practices. For the safety of our students, and to ease the traffic on the high school campus, I ask parents/guardians to follow these procedures:

For the safety of our students, and to ease the traffic on the high school campus, I ask parents/guardians to follow these procedures:

Morning drop-off and Afternoon pick-up

  • Please follow all signs (including YIELD) and proceed across the front of the building to door 5 to drop off your student(s). Please do not stop in front of the Main Entrance.
  • Please ONLY drop off students along the curb. It is not safe for students to exit a vehicle in the drop-off roadway.
  • Please DO NOT drop off students before you get to the front of the school building, as there is not a safe walk way.
  • If possible, enter the school campus using the Red Lion Road access road and turn right into the pick-up/drop-off loop.
  • Please do NOT drop-off or pick-up a student in the front parking lot area.
  • Please do NOT drop-off or pick up a student in the large main parking lot where staff and student drivers park as that could create a potentially dangerous situation.
  • Please do not drop-off or pick-up a student in or near the bus loop.
  • Administrators and/or a police officer are present to help direct vehicles, so please follow their instructions.
  • Leave plenty of time to safely navigate the school campus.

Act 158 Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements & Keystone Exams:

The state graduation requirements have been updated for the class of 2023 and beyond. These new requirements offer alternate pathways for students to show college and career readiness in the event the Keystone proficiency pathway is not attained. The following are the five pathways for students to show postsecondary preparedness:

Keystone Proficiency Pathway

Keystone Composite Pathway

Alternate Career & Technical Pathway

Alternate Assessment Pathway

Alternate Evidence-Based Pathway

The attached slides provide detailed requirements for each pathway, how to prepare, and timeline for students. The attached graphic visual summarizes the options for students.

Students who participated in the 2022 Spring Keystone Exams should have received scores reports in the mail by now. If a student did not reach proficiency on one or more of the exams, we will recommend they participate in the Winter Keystone exams in early December. More information will be communicated home in early November.

Breakfast and Lunch

Governor Tom Wolf has decreed that all school breakfasts for qualifying School Breakfast sites will be free starting October 1, 2022. For the Lower Moreland Township School District, this will begin on 10/3/22 and will continue for the remainder of the 2022/23 school year.

Please note that this will be for breakfasts only and that school lunches will continue to operate on a free or reduced or paid basis based on the classification of the student(s). The District is strongly encouraging families to fill out the Free and Reduced Applications if you believe your family will qualify.

High School Code of Conduct

The High School Code of Conduct is included in the school agenda book that is available to each student. It is also on the INFO section of the HS website.

If a parent or guardian would like a hard copy of the code of conduct, please contact Mrs. Curry at acurry@lmtsd.org,

Attendance Protocol

All of your attendance reporting needs will be handled by one electronic form that will replace the Blue Card online form and the Yellow Card online form (used at Pine Road). This will also replace the need for a phone call to the attendance line.

  • Use this form to report your child’s absence. Submitting this form will both report the absence and document it. No follow up Blue card is needed.

  • Submit this form to sign your child into school late.

  • Submit this form to sign your child out for an appointment (early dismissal). This form allows you to enter a return to school time if your child will be returning to school.

Please Note:

If you are taking an extended vacation, you will still need to complete the Request for Excusal from Regular School Attendance, familiar to most families as a vacation request form. The form is found on the Virtual Backpack under Forms.

Doctors’ notes still need to be submitted to the school attendance secretary or sent into school.

New Family Mentoring

In our district, we are lucky to have students and families who are from diverse cultures. Did you know that in our district, we have over 30 languages spoken?

To better support our new families, we would like to invite you to participate in serving as a mentor. As a mentor, you would be responsible for explaining school routines and special events and answering any questions that arise.

For those families who do not speak English as their native language, working with a mentor family who speaks the same language could be very helpful in learning to navigate our school system.

If you are interested in volunteering your time, please complete THIS form. New families would contact you upon their arrival to the district.

Late Arrival/Early Release

We are doing the late arrival/early release program for this school year again. For more information on the requirements and expectations of this privilege, please see the link to the application. A student cannot begin the late arrival or early dismissal until the application is approved by Mr. Miles.

School Counseling Department

Parents/Guardians of Class of 2024

Junior Conferences will begin January 12th, 2023. Please click here : Junior Conference letter (Info) for detailed information.

Eastern Center for Arts and Technology

Are you interested in joining a program at Eastern Center for Arts & Technology? Registration for the 2023/24 academic year OPENS 1/12/2023 for all current grade 10 and 11 students.

Please check your College/Career Counseling Google Classroom and REMIND app for the live link (available 1/13).

All registrants will also have to complete the CareerScope (a link will be provided upon receipt of your registration form). Complete registration includes: the registration form and completed CareerScop assessment.

Please click here for Open House, and Program Cluster Tours information.

Exciting news! The school counselors have added an Instagram account as an additional mode of communication of all things related to LM's Comprehensive Developmental Counseling Programming. Check us out on our new thread @lmhscounselors

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.



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Baseball Tryouts

Tryouts for baseball begin on March 6th. There will be a mandatory meeting for all current and prospective players on February 1st at 2:30 in room 117.