Message from the Superintendent
It is my pleasure to present the October edition of the Lower Moreland Township School District Superintendent’s Newsletter. I hope this letter finds you and your family healthy and well.
Each year in October, schools across our nation emphasize the importance of anti-bullying measures and focus on kindness. Everyone in our school, including students and parents, play an important role in creating a safe, welcoming climate for all. During October's Bullying Prevention Month, please join us in celebrating our kindness towards one another by connecting at our LMHS Outdoor movie night, Homecoming celebrations, Murray Ave. Color Week, Pine Road Halloween festivities, and much more. Click here to explore our school calendar of events that we hope will help connect each one of us. I also encourage you to take time this month to talk with your child about the importance of anti-bullying. Visit stopbullying.gov or our LMTSD anti-bullying webpage for more resources.
Each October, National Principals’ Month recognizes the essential role principals play in making schools great. Principals are among some of the hardest working, yet often least recognized individuals in education. Principals assist in setting the academic tone for our schools, support student and staff wellness, and set a vision for achieving student success. Please join me in recognizing Mr. Scott Cole, Principal, Pine Road Elementary School, Ms. Jen Dilks, Principal, Murray Avenue School and Mr. Bill Miles, Principal, Lower Moreland High School for their efforts and dedication to their students, staff and communities.
Lastly, the Lower Moreland High School Project continues at a steady pace. All building footers are complete with approximately 70% of walls and steel erected. Please click here to investigate more videos, pictures and related stories about the project captured by our Student Documentary Team.
Scott Davidheiser, Ed.D.
National Merit Semifinalists and Commended Scholars
Business Office (Mark McGuinn, Business Manager)
As previously announced, Pennsylvania 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. As of the date of this newsletter, there has been no movement to extend that program further, although there have been talks on the federal level to expand the free meals programs. The School District will certainly keep everyone informed if there are any further changes.
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.
It is the expectation that all charges incurred by students be paid on a timely basis. This can be done via cash, check, or credit card payments via MySchoolBucks which is an online payment system. Information on payments, free/reduced information as well as any other food service questions can be located at: https://www.lmtsd.org/domain/60.
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.
Curriculum and Instruction (Julien Drennan, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Prof. Dev.)
Human Resources/Public Relations (Cheryl Galdo, Esq., Dir. of HR/PR)
Kids' Night Out
Mini-THON's Kids' Night Out is on October 29th from 6PM - 9:30PM. Please click here to register.
The kids will have the opportunity to play games, do arts and crafts, watch fun Halloween movies, and go through a haunted house, all under the watchful eyes of LMHS students and volunteer parents and staff.
An Evening to Honor Veterans
Mrs. Shannon Dallahan, a Pine Road School Counselor, is once again organizing "An Evening to Honor Veterans" on Friday, November 4. This event is a wonderful evening of music, artwork, and speeches to honor the service and sacrifice of our nation's veterans.
Mrs. Dallahan created a video in 2019 of veterans connected to Lower Moreland students and families. She is seeking new photos to update that video. Here is information on how to submit a photo.
Technology (Jason Hilt, Ed.D., Director of Technology)
The Technology Department supports information technology systems and instructional technology programs and practices in the district. Each month, we highlight how our students and teachers engage in 21st Century learning activities. We also share updates on new initiatives and tips and tricks related to devices and technology tools used in the district.
Last month, our tech tool spotlight focused on Chromebook accessibility features. Here is a link to the accessibility features in case you want a refresher: Chromebook accessibility. This month, our featured technology tool is Google Translate. This powerful tool allows users to translate text, handwritten notes, and conversations from one language to another. The translation tool can help students who are learning English better communicate with teachers and classmates. Google Translate is available on Chromebooks and can be installed on mobile devices. Here is a link to a Common Sense Media for Families video highlighting the many features of this technology tool: https://youtu.be/XaBrwzPQbhM.
Students in Ted Miller’s Broadcast Journalism and Production class used WeVideo to create commercials promoting a classmate to be a news anchor for ESPN. Since students were using WeVideo for the first time, Mr. Miller created this open-ended project based upon student interest. First, students posted a mini biography about themselves on a discussion board. Then, they used the information to conduct classmate interviews. Students used WeVideo Classroom to create a video that included the use of transitions, stock images and videos, and voiceover. Using WeVideo Classroom, Mr. Miller was able to create the assignment, monitor student progress, and give feedback in real-time. Once production was complete, students viewed each video and reflected on the creative process. One student noted the fulfilling feeling of starting from scratch and ending with a video. You can check out one of the videos here.
Kindergarten Students Using Chromebooks in Learning Centers
Student Services (Frank Giordano, Director of Special Education and Student Services)
In order to assist families with obtaining much-needed, and often hard-to-find, resources for mental and behavioral health needs outside of the school environment, the Office of Student Services and Special Education maintains a list of local resources that can be shared with parents upon request. The list is shared with our School Counselors, School Psychologists, and Principals and is ever-changing. It is updated as the resources in our community change, as new resources become available, and as our office is made aware of them. If you feel your child is in need of outside resources and don’t know where to turn, you can contact the appropriate School Counselor who will provide you with contact information for an appropriate resource based on your child’s needs.
Lower Moreland Township School District