Lower Moreland High School


October 23 2019

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

Important Dates and Reminders

Important Dates:

PAYS Survey- 10/23/19

Election Day, School Closed- 11/5/19

End of Marking Period 1- 11/7/19

Save the Date: Parent presentation: “A Parent’s Guide to Teenagers and Substance Use”: Thursday November 21, 2019, 6:30 PM Murray Avenue.

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Congrats to some of our LMHS teachers for completing a Spartan Race at Citizens Bank Park!

Mr. Cella, Mr. Gaw, Mr. Wittmer, Dr. Gulish and Ms. Dehner.

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Congratulations to the September Student of the Month, Phillip Jaskiewicz, grade 12.
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Students Against Melanoma Club

The High School Students Against Melanoma Club has been very active in the month of October around the Lower Moreland campus raising awareness for sun safety. Students in the SAM Club participated in the PTA’s Food Truck Event on October 5th by holding a table to share information on skin cancer prevention, provide sunscreen to patrons, provide a fun giveaway raffle, a coloring station about sun safety for kids and raise money for the Richard David Kann Melanoma Foundation. We have a number of new faces to our club and were excited to have them join us for this 1st event of the year.

Health and Physical Education

Mrs. Colleen Quinn-Maxwell for the 2nd year is organizing dress down days for faculty and staff for the month of October to raise money to support our local Nicole’s Place that supports victims and survivors of dating and domestic violence. In addition to our amazing staff supporting this very important cause, all 9th grade students are currently learning about healthy and unhealthy relationships. Students are also beginning an advocacy campaign for awareness for Purple Thursday which is a national awareness day on Thursday October 24th where people are asked to bring up the conversation of relationships and what is healthy and unhealthy and wear purple which symbolizes power.

Students are creating advocacy canvas, posting on social media, having classwork related to the conversation and will have guest education presenters from the Laurel House to lead important sessions on how to recognize unhealthy relationships, how to help others in unhealthy relationships and what community resources are available to victims of abuse. We hope you will join us in WEARING PURPLE on Thursday October 24th and supporting Nicole’s Place.

General News and Announcements

New Absence Procedure

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.


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

Parents of seniors, please pick your child's yearbook photo through Barksdale by December 15th. Remember, seniors receive a yearbook as part of their class dues, so there is no need to purchase one. You can, however, purchase a yearbook ad. The link for purchasing ads for seniors will be posted on the high school webpage.

Senior Portrait Make-Ups need to be scheduled by calling Barksdale at 1-800-220-7667. Please have these take before Thanksgiving to ensure that your yearbook photo is submitted.

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

Veteran's Day

The Lower Moreland High School Community is in search of our local veterans that would like to actively participate in programming on Veterans Day. Our goal is to learn from and honor those who served. If you or someone you know might like to participate please reach out to our Assistant Principal, Mr. Rehr via email at erehr@lmtsd.org. We all thank you in advance for your sacrifice and service.
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Message from the School Psychologist

October is bullying prevention month and it encourages a platform for school personnel to consider factors outside of the Bully/Victim/Bystander continuum.

Bullying is the most common form of violence at school and optimal focus for prevention and intervention spans the context of school and families. A recent study out of the University of California (Yang, C. Sharkey, J., Chen, C., & S. Jimerson, 2019) expanded this ideology by exploring whether parent’s perceptions of fairness of rules (FR) matters and the relationship of FR with teacher/parent communication. While the study continued to emphasize the known importance of parent/teacher relationships with the context of bullying victimization, it brought to the forefront, for the first time, the importance of the school in understanding parent’s perceptions of the Fairness of Rules (FR) established by the school entity. When parents understand and perceive that school rules are fair, they are much more likely to trust in the school’s disciplinary practices when their child experiences bullying at school. The research also suggested that when parents have trust in the FR, parents may be less likely to seek frequent and close communication with school personnel related to issues of bullying. In other words, they trust in teachers and school administrators to do their jobs! Maybe we should heed the adage, seek first to understand rather than to be understood.

School Counseling Department

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Upcoming college visits the week of October 21st: University of Chicago, University of Pittsburgh, Vanderbilt University, Lafayette College, Lock Haven University, University of Delaware

Article on upcoming changes to ACT: https://www.act.org/content/act/en/students-and-parents/more-choices-for-the-act-sept-2020.html

Financial Aid Night: Thursday, November 7th . Mr. Thor Kress, local financial consultant, will be the presenter.

Article on Kindness from the Center for Parent and Teen Communication: https://parentandteen.com/kindness/

Resources for Parents and Guardians

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.

I encourage each parent or guardian to participating in a bullying survey at this link: https://forms.gle/qfBcUmJdXu8fZGEx7

Students in grades 9 to 12 will participate in an Olweus Bullying Survey next Wednesday, October 29th during an afternoon 45-minute Forum. The survey will be anonymous and conducted on line through Chromebooks. Look for more information that will come to you in the form of an e-mail tomorrow evening.

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.


Below are just two of many pieces of information that exist for parents. As we know social media can have positive and negative outcomes based on the intentions of the user. These links are not comprehensive of every social media app that a parent should be aware of. Education and awareness of for our children's social media use is essential.



Lower Moreland Music Boosters

All concert dates and events are listed on the lmhsmusic.com website.

Claire's Gourmet Fundraiser is ending this week. Please submit all orders by Friday, October 25. Delivery will be on Wednesday, November 20.

Save the Date! Enjoy some pizza and refreshments while listening to our own LMHS Jazz Band Combo perform at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, Horsham, on Tuesday, November 26. Whether you dine-in or grab a quick take-out meal, you will be supporting our musicians


Our next LMHS PTA Meeting will be held on November 11th in the LMHS Library at 9:15am.

Just in time for Thanksgiving....fresh bakes pies and loaf cakes from Tanner Brothers! Order your delicious baked goods for your holiday table or donate to a family in need. https://www.lmtsd.org/Page/13733

Yankee Candle products make excellent gifts for any occasion, including Holidays, Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Housewarmings! And even better - LM PTA will receive a 40% profit from each item you purchase!

If you order online at www.yankeecandlefundraising.com (enter group #990013767), you can have the items shipped directly to your home (for additional shipping fees). Items can be ordered online through January 8, 2020.

If you ordered via the catalog (by 11/8), the items will delivered to your child’s school the week of December 3rd. Need a catalog? Email us at LMHSpta@gmail.com. More info at https://www.lmtsd.org/Page/13732

Fun pasta makes a great gift or fun addition to your dinner table. Pasta comes in shapes to celebrate any occasion...from a team win to a concert to a family holiday. Order online and have items shipped to your home, or ask us for a paper catalog and items will be delivered to school. More info at https://www.lmtsd.org/Page/13371or shop online at https://www.funpastafundraising.com/shop/lmpta.

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 then 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

October 26th is National Pumpkin Day! The cafeteria will be celebrating National Pumpkin Day the rest of October with festive decorations and special treats including Pumpkin Cheesecake, Pumpkin Muffins and Pumpkin Breakfast Bites. Stop by the cafeteria for a Pumpkin Treat this month!

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LMHS Athletics

Our Girls Tennis team will be participating in the PIAA State Playoffs this week. Tuesday at 10:30AM they take on Masterman HS. If they win they will move onto Hershey this weekend.

Nikole Lisovvy will compete for the PIAA Singles Championship next weekend in Hershey. There she will look to defend her state championship from a year ago.

Boys Soccer will face Pottsgrove in Round 1 of the District Playoffs Wednesday night at 6 PM. If they win they will travel to HGP or Upper Perk on Saturday.

Field Hockey will host St. Basils on Tuesday at 3:30 in the first round of districts. If they win they will travel to Springfield or host Bristol Thursday.

Girls Soccer will face Pottsgrove Friday at 5 PM on the road. A win would advance the girls to the semi-finals where they would face Villa Jo Marie on Monday.

XC will participate in the District I Championships this Friday at Lehigh University. At leagues last week, Leena Saidi took 2nd place in the girls race, while Justin Sandler earned a medal on the boys side.

Football earned their first win of the season on Homecoming. They defeated the George School 21-20. This Friday night come will be senior night at Mark V. Mayson Stadium. Kickoff at 7 PM.