Viking Voice Community Edition

November 2022

Principal's Remarks

It is hard to believe that we are already in November and at the end of the 1st marking period. In this edition of the "Viking Voice", we celebrate our school community. Below are just a few of the events that have taken place during the first marking period that demonstrates how we embody our motto of #DoGreatBeGreat!


  • The Groundbreaking Ceremony
  • A successful Spirit Week, Pep Rally and Homecoming Weekend
  • A brand new PTSA
  • Outstanding athletic accomplishments for our fall teams, including earning the title of Regional Champions in Boys' Soccer
  • Our fall play - "Alice in Wonderland"
  • A number of field trips to enhance learning and create opportunities for our students
  • The return of our Future Fair
  • Senior Mock Interviews
  • Continued support of our Mind Over Matters campaign and SEL work
  • Magnet Showcase and Open House events


Lansdowne High School remains the center of an inclusive, culturally diverse community where we praise our collective contributions with honor and compassion. We provide students with the opportunities to create and define their purpose and encourage them to persevere though rigorous challenges with courage, commitment, and creativity. Our staff promises to honor and utilize the gifts each member of our school community possesses to create habits of respect, responsibility and readiness by offering a variety of academic and extra-curricular opportunities.


It continues to be an honor to be the principal of this school and getting to know your child and the community. I look forward to the continued opportunities for us to work together in supporting our students throughout the year.


With gratitude,

Allison Seymour

Principal


#DoGreatBeGreat #VictoriousVikings

Follow LHS on Facebook and Twitter @LansdowneViking

Mark your Calendars!

  • Friday, November 4th: 11:15 AM Dismissal for HS Students (3-hour early dismissal ALL BCPS Students)
  • Tuesday, November 8th: Schools Closed for Election Day
  • Wednesday, November 9th: Fall Athletics Awards, 6:00 PM
  • Thursday, November 10th: Food Pantry Open 2:30 - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday, November 10th: FAFSA Completion Night sponsored by UMBC (registration required – more information below)
  • November 14th – November 18th: American Education Week
  • Monday, November 14th: Report Cards Available in FOCUS at 4:00 PM
  • Monday, November 14th: National Honor Society Inductions, 6:30 PM, Auditorium
  • Thursday, November 17th: Athletics Boosters Meeting, 6:00 PM, Shop 6
  • Thursday, November 17th: 9th Grade Parent Meeting, 7:00 PM, Room 100
  • Thursday, November 17th: Lansdowne Cafe Event (Art, Music and Games), 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday, November 22nd: Food Pantry Open 2:30 - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday, November 22nd: Dance Concert, 7:00 PM, Auditorium
  • Wednesday, November 23rd: 11:15 AM Dismissal for HS Students (Schools and Offices close 3 hours early for Thanksgiving Break)
  • Thursday, November 24th and Friday, November 25th: No School
  • Tuesday, December 6th: Winter Music Concert
  • Wednesday, December 7th: Junior Ring Ceremony
  • Thursday, December 8th: Food Pantry Open, 2:30 - 5:00 PM
  • Friday, December 9th: 2nd Marking Period Interims
  • Tuesday, December 20th: Food Pantry, 2:30 - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday, December 22nd: Schools and Offices close 3 hours early for Winter Break
  • Tuesday, January 3rd: Schools and Offices Reopen
  • Monday, January 16th: Schools and Offices Closed, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • Tuesday, January 17th: End of 2nd Marking Period, Schools close 3-hours early for students

Allied Soccer, East Division Champions

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2022 Boys Soccer Regional Champions

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We have a PTSA!

Thank you to all those who have expressed an interest in helping to form our PTSA. Elections were held in October and the PTSA Board is working on getting ready to begin a membership drive and setting meeting dates.


LHS PTSA Executive Board

Becky Miskimon, President

Shedrick Durden, Vice President

Nancy May, Secretary

Joanne Taylor, Treasurer


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Vikings of the Month

Congratulations to the students below for being honored as the "Viking of the Month". Students are nominated by teachers based on academic achievement or improvement during the month.


September Honorees:

Gr 9 - Damaris Tario

Gr 10 - Santiago Vasquez

Gr 11 - Dennis Truong

Gr 12 - Jose Julian Arevalo


October Honorees:

Gr 9 - Kateryn Valencia Arredondo

Gr 10 - Ngan Huynh

Gr 11 - Kimberly Zaldana

Gr 12 - Makai Barrett

Virtuous Viking of the Month

Students are nominated by staff for displaying the virtue of the month in an exemplary fashion.


September Honorees - Virtue of Self-Discipline

Gr 9 - Madalynn Hill

Gr 10 - Lilly Kreuger

Gr 11 - Solomon Uk

Gr 12 - Lesley Ronquillo


October Honorees - Virtue of Compassion and Understanding

Gr 9 - Zachary Mullin

Gr 10 - Jefferson Mendoza

Gr 11 - Haley Pruitt

Gr 12 - Kenia Segovia

Academic Supports for Students

We believe that strong first-time instruction is key in creating opportunities for academic success for our students. We also know that there are times when students are unable to access first-time instruction for reasons such as absences or they just didn't understand the material presented to them.


Our team has designed and implemented specific programs to support students who are academically struggling. If your student needs additional support, we encourage them to access any one of these opportunities, starting with teacher support through Coach class.


  • Coach Class with their teachers The coach class schedule can be found here.
  • Lunchtime Achievement Center The Lunchtime Achievement Center will be open on Tuesdays during all lunch shifts in room 125. Students should report directly to the room at the start of their lunch shift. This is an opportunity for students to gain assistance on work they may need help with. Twenty (20) students will be able to participate per lunch shift.
  • Resource Room The Resource Room will open to all students who receive instructional supports through an IEP, 504 plan or EL plan starting on Monday, November 14th. Staff in the resource room will support students in receiving instructional or testing accommodations that are indicated on their student plan.
  • Achievement Teams Each grade level has a core group of teachers who have committed to offering content specific study halls on the Wednesday and Thursday (2:30 - 4:00 PM) before interims come out or the close of the marking period. Students are invited to the Wednesday and Thursday sessions based on their grades. On Saturdays (8:00 - 11:00 AM), the Achievement Teams are open for ALL STUDENTS who desire to come and get assistance or complete missing work. Students are not required to stay the entire time on Saturdays, but staff will be here the entire time to provide academic support.

Performing Arts Middle School Visits

American Education Week Events

We will be hosting a variety of events the week of November 14th to celebration American Education Week. We ask that parents wanting to visit on Wednesday register by Friday, November 11th.


Monday, November 14th: National Honor Society Inductions, 6:30 PM

Wednesday, November 16th: Visitation Day from 7:30 AM - 10:30 AM Register Here

Thursday, November 17th:

  • Athletic Boosters Meeting, 6:00 PM
  • Lansdowne Cafe: Art Show/Open Mic/Game Night for Families, 6:00 PM
  • 9th Grade Parent Meeting, 7:00 PM


BCPS' Parent University also has a number of seminars scheduled for families during this week. The calendar of sessions can be found here.

Spirit Week and Homecoming Events

CCBC TRIO Upward Bound Program

CCBC Catonsville Upward Bound Program is an intensive enrichment program that enhances the academic and personal growth of students. We serve 9th - 11th grade Lansdowne High School students.


  • We provide FREE tutoring via google meet on all core subjects Monday-Friday after school or 24/7 via tutor.com
  • FREE college tours (virtual, day, and overnight)
  • FREE academic and enhancement two Saturdays a month at CCBC Catonsville
  • We give stipends for participation


For more information, please contact us at catonsvilleupwardbound@ccbcmd.edu or call us at 443-682-1187.

Groundbreaking Ceremony

UMBC TRIO Talent Search Program

Are you looking for plans after high school? How about trade school, community college, or a 4-year college! UMBC’s Educational Talent Search Program (ETS) is for you! We are a FREE college access program designed to support students in 6th-12th grade explore their post high school options. Some FREE activities include college campus visits, cultural field trips to museums and plays, as well as trips to Six Flags and Dave and Buster’s. We also offer individual, small, and large group check-ins and workshops on career/college readiness topics.

Pick up an application from the Guidance office.

Questions? talentsearch@umbc.edu or 410-455-2901

Mock Interview Event

Student Leadership Opportunity

Chick-Fil-A Leadership Academy Do you want to make a DIFFERENCE in your local community? Want to be part of a national movement across America? Learn to be a GREAT LEADER while MAKING A REAL IMPACT through Chick-fil-A Leader Academy. Join over 30,000 students in across the country in a leadership program focused on IMPACT THROUGH ACTION. Go to [app.chickfilaleaderacademy.com/apply]app.chickfilaleaderacademy.com/apply to APPLY NOW for a spot in Chick-fil-A Leader Academy in your school this year. Interested students may see Mr. Churchill in room 109 for more information. The next event is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, November 9th right after school in room 109.

Magnet Open House

Sports Physicals Event

We thank City of Refuge - Baltimore and MedStar Health for their desire to give back to our community. This sports physical event was the first of what we hope to be many opportunities to engage in community events and provide needed resources to our families.

Positive Behavior Plan

Did you know that LHS has developed a Positive Behavior Plan to help guide us with our work around supporting the social-emotional needs of our students? The plan can be found by visiting our website or clicking here.


There are three components to our work that we are focusing on monthly.

1. Social Emotional Learning Skills


  • CASEL is the organization that we have begun to use as a framework to guide our work. Monthly our students are engaging in classroom lessons that focus on one or more of the topics in the framework: Self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision making, relationship skills and social awareness.

2. BCPS Mind Over Matters Campaign



  • Mind Over Matters is an ongoing movement to raise awareness about mental health and promote wellness for students and staff in Baltimore County Public Schools. Each month there is a different theme that we focus on in a variety of ways. More information about the Minds Over Matters campaign can be found here.

3. Celebration and Acknowlegement of Virtues



  • Why virtues? Virtues are universal and recognized by all cultures as basic qualities of well-being. When we practice virtues and build our “character muscle,” we attract what may have been missing in our life such as fulfilling relationships and achievement of meaningful goals.


We know that there is more work to be done to support our students emotional health and our team is committed to developing and offering more opportunities to help our students grow in these ways. Besides our student support team of school counselors, social worker, school psychologist and social-emotional learning teachers, we have partnered with Villa Maria and are currently in the process of partnering with other community-based providers to support our students and families. Should your student or family be in need of additional supports, please call our school counseling office at 443-809-1417.

Voter Registration Event

Service Learning Opportunities

Students are required to earn 75 hours of service learning in order to graduate. Many of these hours are infused in the courses students take, and are often linked to successful completion of final exams in middle school, as well as grades 9 and 10.


Members of the Class of 2023:

All hours (75) completed AND paperwork submitted by January 17, 2023


Members of the Class of 2024:

50 hours completed AND paperwork submitted by January 17, 2023


Opportunities for service learning are shared regularly on the morning announcements. Students may speak with Ms. Harris (room 217) or Ms. Cabaniss (School Counseling Office) about service learning opportunities, to turn in forms or to pick up forms to document hours.

"Alice In Wonderland"

Class of 2023

Save the date for Graduation: Saturday, June 10th at 2:30 PM, SECU Arena @ Towson University


Information about ordering caps and gowns will be sent soon to families. Students will be required to purchase caps and gowns through the Josten's site this year for direct delivery to the school.


In order to be eligible to participate in senior events in the spring, seniors must be in 'good standing'. This means:

  • All 75 service learning hours completed and paperwork submitted by January 17, 2023.
  • Passing all graduation courses with C average or better. Students must earn a passing grade in the second semester in order to be eligible to earn course credit.
  • Participate in all required state testing as communicated by the testing coordinator.
  • No suspensions in the second semester.

Students who are not in good standing will be placed on social probation until all expectations are met.

FAFSA Submission Event for Seniors and Their Parents

Registration is required for this event. Click here to register


If interpretation services are required, please email Mr. Dan Bramer, College and Career Counselor, at dbramer@bcps.org.

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Collection of items will continue throughout the month of November.

Parent Access to Schoology and Focus

Parents are now able to log in to Focus, BCPS’ Student Information System, and Schoology, BCPS Learning Management System. Parents will need to create a parent account with the same e-mail address they provided to their school to sign up. Parents must be marked in Focus as having educational access to gain access to their student’s information. It will take up to 30 minutes to gain access to Focus and up to 48 hours to access Schoology. There is a link within Focus that will take parents directly to Schoology. If a parent clicks the Schoology link before the connection is established, the parent will receive an error message. Parents can contact their child’s school to resolve any issues with this process.

Here are the directions to create a parent account for access to student grades. The email addressed used to set up the account MUST match what is on file with the school. If you need to make a change to your email, please reach out to your child's school counselor.

Ms. Montague, ESOL Students, amontague@bcps.org

Ms. Heldmann, Last Names A - G, sheldmann@bcps.org

Ms. Stefanoski, Last Names H - N, jstefanoski@bcps.org

Ms. Cabaniss, Last Names O - Z, jcabaniss@bcps.org


If you are still having difficulties after confirming your email addresses match, please contact the BCPS help desk at (443) 809-4672 or by visiting https://www.bcps.org/tech_support.

Athletic Eligibility for Winter Sports

This is a reminder that current LHS students interested in playing winter sports MUST maintain their athletic eligibility through the first marking period.


To be eligible to play winter sports, students MUST maintain at 2.0 unweighted GPA for the 1st marking period and have no more than one failing grade.


Registration paperwork should be submitted here: https://app.formreleaf.com/organizations/lansdowne-high-school


If you have questions, please reach out to Coach Hawkins, Athletic Director, via email thawkins@bcps.org or at (443) 809-1424.