Remote Learning Guide

Lower Merion High School

Dear Students and Families,

Please play the welcome video below for the 2020-21 school year. We know this virtual format will require some flexibility among our students and teachers/staff as we all adapt to remote learning. Please refer to this smore to help guide you/your student through this learning experience.

Introduction video below...............

Welcome Letter to Families and Students

Please see attached letter for start of school info

To the Student Body,

Students, I would like to emphasize that we are a school that not only cares about what you learn but also about what type of person you become. As a school community we will continue our emphasis on kindness and integrity and will be ever-mindful that character counts. I want each of you to understand that as you engage in and navigate your own learning and growth in close partnership with professional educators, your role as a student requires you to do the following: be on time and ready to learn every day, develop good study habits, get organized so you don't miss any assignments, ask questions, address concerns earlier rather than later, and challenge yourself to do your best in every class you take. I am sure your year will be filled with academic accomplishments and memorable relationships and I wish you the very best of luck as you make your mark in the LMHS community. Also, please take some time to thank your teachers and parents/guardians for their hard work and dedication to your success.


Have a great year!

Hughes

Welcome Class of 2024 (click on picture below) ACES UP!

Dear Class of 2024,

In an effort to assist with your transition to high school, the faculty and staff of Lower Merion High School would like to take this opportunity to welcome you as you join us here at Aces Nation! Please view the link below to meet our amazing faculty and staff.

https://flipgrid.com/37838202

Best wishes for a successful school year!

-Mrs. deFranco, 9th Grade Assistant Principal

How to Navigate LMHS for Incoming and New Families

This power point is from the 9.2.20 Night Presentation

LMSD Family Toolkit For Remote Learning

The LMSD Curriculum Office created a LMSD Family Toolkit for Virtual Learning. This toolkit was developed by elementary, middle and high school teachers, along with District administrators, as a common resource for LMSD students and families

Reminder:

Our next Advsiory is Friday (9/18, "A" AM Day) from 9:00AM till 9:45AM.You should look at your schedule to find out the name of your Advisor. Then go to the Advisor’s Blackboard and under classes, select Advisory and then click on the link to join the Advisory session.

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What does next week (September 14th to 18th) look like as we have a modified bell schedule each day because of meetings?

On Monday (9/14 - "C" AM Day): Counselor Meeting Grade 12 students only from 9:00AM until 9:45AM - no meetings for grades 11, 10, and 9

Classes start for everyone at 10AM
Set 1: 10AM until 11AM

Set 2: 11:15AM until 12:15PM

Set 3: 12:45PM until 1:45PM

Set 4: 2PM until 3PM


On Tuesday (9/15 - "C" PM Day): Counselor Meeting Grade 11 students only from 9:00AM until 9:45AM - no meetings for grades 12, 10, and 9

Classes start for everyone at 10AM
Set 5: 10AM until 11AM

Set 6: 11:15AM until 12:15PM

Set 7: 12:45PM until 1:45PM

Set 8: 2PM until 3PM


On Wednesday (9/16 - "D" AM Day): Counselor Meeting Grade 10 students only from 9:00AM until 9:45AM - no meetings for grades 12, 11, and 9

Classes start for everyone at 10AM
Set 1: 10AM until 11AM

Set 2: 11:15AM until 12:15PM

Set 3: 12:45PM until 1:45PM

Set 4: 2PM until 3PM


On Thursday (9/17 - "D" PM Day): Counselor Meeting Grade 9 students only from 9:00AM until 9:45AM - no meetings for grades 12, 11, and 10

Classes start for everyone at 10AM
Set 5: 10AM until 11AM

Set 6: 11:15AM until 12:15PM

Set 7: 12:45PM until 1:45PM

Set 8: 2PM until 3PM


On Friday (9/18 - "A" AM Day): Advisory for all grades from 9:00AM until 9:45AM

Classes start for everyone at 10AM
Set 1: 10AM until 11AM

Set 2: 11:15AM until 12:15PM

Set 3: 12:45PM until 1:45PM

Set 4: 2PM until 3PM

Please play the video below for an explanation of the remote learning schedule.


* Teacher and student schedules are subject to change based on individual student needs.

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Special Schedules from September 8 - September 17th

Special Schedules from September 8 - September 17th


Please click HERE or see the attachment and pictures below to access the schedules we will utilize to start the school year. We will start the year in advisory to welcome back ALL students at 9:00 am on Tuesday, September 8th. Please look for more guidance regarding advisory.

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Instructional Technology for All HS Students

On this page, you will learn about how to access virtual classes, get help, and use LM’s most common sites like PowerSchool, Blackboard, and Google Apps for Education.

Student Accounts: How to Log On

Here is some important info regarding student accounts, including what students should be using to log in and what to do if they can’t:

How Students Log On:

PowerSchool

Username: s0#####

Password: NEW 20-21 network password (students received new passwords when picking up their laptop)

Blackboard

Username: s0#####

Password: NEW 20-21 network password (students received new passwords when picking up their laptop)

LMSD Google Accounts (including Gmail)

Username: s0#####@students.lmsd.org

Password: whatever the student selected when they set up their account. If they forget, they will need to contact Helpdesk and request a reset

Students who forget OR do NOT have their new 20-21 network password before Tuesday

Students should contact the Helpdesk and the Helpdesk will verify identify and provide the info:

Call at 610-645-1899

Email techsupport@lmsd.org

Attendance

Students will be expected to attend all periods Monday through Friday. Teachers will record attendance in PowerSchool in both academic and advisory periods.


Student Expectations: Attend Class, Be Engaged, Be Kind :)

Expectations for attendance, cameras on, and being a person of good character....


Student Expectations

· Be on time for all classes

· Camera on

· Audio muted unless you are speaking

· Your classroom is now your home, if possible do not work in your bedroom

· Work in a space where you can concentrate - away from distractions

· Consider how you dress

· No recording

· No bullying

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Netiquette Guidelines For Students

Netiquette refers to "etiquette on the internet." The following guidelines for online etiquette are good rules to follow if you want to enrich online academic conversation and communicate in a respectful and effective way with others.

Teacher Expectations

Watch the video below to see how we expect our summer preparation will make a difference in your experience. The video was done by the Instructional Committee head, Mr. Scott Weinstein, Principal of Harriton HS. Mr. Weinstein provides a detailed information of how we developed our instructional expectations for this year.

2020-21 Student Planner

There is a student planner with letter days & dates available to copy here if you’re interested: Remote HS Student Planner (Go to File > Make a copy) It includes the weeks from 9/8 to 10/2. Once there is more information on the schedule post-10/5, a new edition will be shared. You can also access the planner by clicking the picture below.

Student Instructions for Blackboard Collaborate & Zoom

These instructions are meant to help you navigate these resources.

Camera or microphone problems?

Troubleshoot Microphone & Camera on Macbook using Chrome by clicking Here

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Questions? If you have questions - open this document: Who to Call?

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A Message from Our Student Services Department

We know that this transition to on-line classrooms has been challenging. It’s a learning curve for all of us and we are all adjusting together. Please know we are all here to support you in many ways:

· If you are struggling with accessing or completing schoolwork, please reach out to your school counselor (posted below).

· If you’re a teen who is starting to feel overwhelmed and need another teen to talk to, please call Montgomery County’s teen talk line at (866) 825-5856 or text (215) 703-8411. It is available, free of charge, Monday through Friday, from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

· Montgomery County Children’s Crisis Support Program provides not only immediate support for crisis situations but also assistance with managing recurring or future crises. Support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-888-HELP-414.

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Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period.

Executive and Legislative Documents

The Law Library of Congress has compiled guides to commemorative observations, including a comprehensive inventory of the Public Laws, Presidential Proclamations and congressional resolutions related to Hispanic American Heritage Month.

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Advice to complete independent learning work

  • Make a plan - Identify where in your residence you work best; this place should minimize distractions.
  • Create a daily schedule - Decide when you will start to work and the order you will work on tasks, how long you will work on each task, and when and how long you will give yourself a break. Checklists are perfect for this!
  • Organize materials - Gather the materials and supplies that you will need to complete assignments.
  • Monitor the schedule - Make use of a timer or watch to help keep you on track.
  • Set alerts or reminders - Use a calendar or reminder app to schedule office hours or live lesson reminders so you don't miss out.
  • Check-in - Make use of teacher Synchronous Instruction Time to update your progress, ask questions, and seek feedback.

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LMSD Reporting Form

The Lower Merion School District strives to create a community where every student feels valued and safe. All members of the LMSD community are urged to use form to share areas of concern regarding matters of social-emotional safety.

Lower Merion High School

To Access the Lower Merion High School Website Click here

Welcome Back from LMHS Cheer-leading Squad: Click on picture......

Hello All!


LMHS cheer wanted to send you our September video! We have been working hard to share positive messages and thought teachers need it more than ever!


Might be a fun 2 mins of your life while you take a break from all your prep! Coach Rebecca Ferber

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