Lower Moreland High School
February 8, 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!
Mr. William J. Miles, Principal
P.S.- Don't forget to follow us on Twitter! @LMTSD_LMHS and Instagram at lmtsd-highschool
Important Message from the Principal
Since the beginning of the second semester, there has been an uptick to student lateness. I ask that students and their families give themselves enough time to navigate traffic in the township as well as on-campus traffic.
All student parking spaces have been distributed. Only students who have an approved parking placard may park on the high school campus. Violations will result in warnings and/or citations.
Course Scheduling Information Night- 2/8/23
The process for scheduling students for their 2023-24 courses has begun this week. Please see the timeline below for important dates regarding the scheduling process.
- February 6th-10th: Student elective request window
- February 8th at 7:00pm- Virtual Course Scheduling and Information Night
- February 6th-17th: Teacher recommendation window
- February 24th: Verification sheets viewable in HAC (please review these with your students)
- March 7th-17th: All 9th-11th grade students meet one-on-one with their school counselor to discuss Verification Sheets and recommended/requested courses
An important resource to use during this process is the high school's Program of Studies.
Class of 2023 Announcements
LM PTA Scholarship Application: Every year, the Executive PTA board awards PTA-funded scholarships to graduating seniors! In order to apply for the scholarship, please click on this link: https://forms.gle/MJLRVbBKERzAaaSeA. DEADLINE TO APPLY: April 15, 2023
Senior Baby Picture: Use this link to submit a baby/toddler picture of your Senior! https://forms.gle/wgqs1eZbV4KacyDd8. This picture will be used in the pre-graduation slide show. Questions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!"
National Honor Society
On January 16th, NHS volunteers participated in services activities for MLK Day. We helped paint the walls and the library and did a clean up at Valley Center Park.
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.
Lip Sync 2023
On Friday, February 3rd students from Pine Road Elementary, Lower Moreland High School, and Hatboro-Horsham High School came together for their annual Lip Sync Show. Students, staff, family, and friends shared lots of smiles while watching group dances and solos. Lip Sync was a night to remember!
Below, some students shared their thoughts on the night:
“I enjoyed the Lip Sync Show and all the songs. I loved singing, dancing, and practicing with friends. My sisters and cousins came and said that they really enjoyed watching all of us.” -Sarah
“I had a whole row of family members who enjoyed themselves. I had fun during the duet with another student and during the group song too! I look forward to the Lip Sync Show every year and am sad that this was my last performance.” -Phil
“I loved doing a duet with another student and wearing pink for the show. Pink is my favorite color. I had a lot of fun practicing before the show and even more fun during the show. My parents watched the show and said it was great!” -Gerry
“I really enjoyed performing. My sneakers were the star of the show because they lit. It was fun getting dressed up, I even was able to get my hair done before the show. My whole fan club came. After the show, my friends and I went to Wings to Go.” -Rebecca
“It was a very good show. I loved singing my song with Phil and all the other students. Getting dressed up was fun too! Everyone did a great job.” -Poojita
“I had fun at Lip Sync. It was fun supporting my friends and getting dressed up.” - Sarah Mills
FLY Eagles FLY keychain fundraiser:
Heart shaped Valentines Pizza Sale The sale deadline is 2/8 for pickup on Feb 14th at Pine Road.
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.
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 email@example.com,
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.
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
School Counseling Department
Registration form due: April 9, 2023
REGISTRATION LINK HERE.
OPEN HOUSE: Visit the EASTERN Campus
Eastern Center for Arts and Technology is hosting an OPEN HOUSE on: Sunday, March 5, 2023 from 1:00 - 3:30 pm.
This is a great opportunity for grade 9 and 10 students to hear from ECAT students and learn how EASTERN programming can give students a competitive edge in college or in a specialized career program.
Visit https://www.eastech.org/ for more info.NEW! Eastern now has virtual tours by Career Cluster! View them on the links below:
Virtual Tours (created in 2020-21, but useful for those that cannot visit due to COVID)
Click here to take our Automotive and Manufacturing Career Cluster Tour! This tour includes Robotics and Automated Technology, Welding Technology, Automotive Technology, and Collision Repair Technology.
Click here to take our Healthcare Career Cluster Tour! This tour includes Allied Health and Veterinary Science.
Click here to take our Business, Computers, and Protective Services Career Cluster Tour! This tour includes Business and Technology Professional, Networking and Cybersecurity, and Protective Services.
Click here to take our Arts and Human Services Career Cluster Tour! This tour includes Cosmetology, Commercial Art, and Culinary Arts.
Click here to take our Construction Career Cluster Tour! This tour includes Construction Technology, Electrical Technology, and Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning.
Career Day Volunteers Needed!
Tuesday, March 21st at Lower Moreland High School
7:00am - 10:30am
We are looking for volunteers to speak at the Lower Moreland High School Career Day. There will be more details to follow, but the format will be 4-5 sessions (approximately 30 minute each) speaking to a classroom of students. Topics will include an overview of the career, expected education required, work-life balance, a day in the life, and some Q&A.
If you know anyone that would be willing to volunteer and come talk, please complete this Google Form. We will be reaching out in the next couple of weeks to all volunteers.
-Lower Moreland Counseling Department
Visit the site for program access and descriptions, https://www.eastech.org/domain/71
Please note, students will be notified of program placement in May (which may include wait-listing or alternative choice placement).
Resources for Parents and Guardians
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.
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.
The spring sports season is quickly approaching, and FamilyID is active for you to register your child for all LMHS sports. The official start date for Spring Sports is March 6th, 2022.
The spring sports offered are as follows:
Boys and Girls Outdoor Track
Required FamilyID PIAA Paperwork:
● PIAA Physical Sections 6 and 7 must be completed by a parent and doctor, stamped, and dated after June 1st, 2022. This is required to attend practices/tryouts.
● Please note: if your child played a fall or winter sport, you need to complete the registration for “Lower Moreland High School Spring Athletics 2023 Re-Certification.” If your child sustained an injury during the fall or winter season, you will need to submit Section 8 or 9 of the PIAA physical form.
● Submitted in the following way:
○ Uploaded to Family ID (FamilyID)
○ See the “FAMILY ID” section on the Lower Moreland Athletics page for more information.
○ All completed PIAA paperwork must be uploaded to your FamilyID profile no later than noon on Monday, March 13th.
Please see below for tryout/coaching info for all spring sports. Coaches will be distributing practice/game season schedules once teams are formed.
Coach: Mike Guido (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Baseball will begin on March 6th from 3-5 PM on the LMHS Baseball Field.
Coach: Karen Reese (email@example.com)
Softball will practice the week of March 6th from 3-5 on the LMHS Softball Field.
Boys and Girls Indoor Track
Coach: Greg Green (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Outdoor Track will begin on March 7th at 3:15 PM. The students will meet Coach Green in the high school lobby.
Coach: Steve Wittmer (email@example.com)
Girls Lacrosse tryouts will be held March 6th-8th from 3-5 at Valley Center Park.
Coach: Cliff Raben (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Boys Tennis will have tryouts March 6th-10th from 3-4:45 at the LMHS Tennis Courts.