Superintendent's Newsletter

January 2023

Message from the Superintendent

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had an opportunity to find time to relax and recharge over the winter break. LMTSD is looking forward to an exciting and rewarding 2023 and we wish our school community the same.

The Lower Moreland High School Project continues at a steady pace. Contractors continue to work towards drying in the building. Efforts include roofing, roof drain tie-in, brick veneer and temporary windows. Most of the first and second floor classroom areas have passed a rough framing inspection. Sheet rock is expected to begin this week! Please click here to view a most recent School Board presentation of the High School Project. Additionally, please click here to investigate more videos, pictures and related stories about the project from our Student Documentary Team who have been working diligently to keep up and capture the significant progress of the project.

Lastly, now that we have moved into a new calendar year, tax season is also now on the horizon. I invite you to learn more on how you can decrease your Tax Liability while investing in our school district. If you own a business or work for a company in the state of Pennsylvania, now is the time to act. Through the Education Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC), businesses can donate up to $750,000 each year to EITC-eligible organizations, and then claim 75 percent of that donation as a credit that offsets their state tax bill. For more information, please visit the LMTSD Foundation website: www.lmtsd

Scott Davidheiser, Ed.D.


High School Construction Progress

Business Office (Mark McGuinn, Business Manager)

In accordance with Pennsylvania School Code, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or CPA firm must annually audit the district. The district pays for this audit. The audit is an examination of the districts’ financial statements by an independent, external person(s) to ascertain whether or not the district-prepared financial statements fairly represent in material (significant) respects its financial position and operations. The auditor offers an opinion on this matter.

The audit for the 2021/22 school year was completed by the audit firm, Maillie LLP., which specializes in school district auditing. The 2021/22 audit was presented at the December 2022 Work Session Meeting for the Board of School Directors to review and then the Board voted upon to accept the report at its Regular December 2022 Board meeting. Because the District collected in excess of $750,000, another audit review called a single audit was triggered and was also included with the regular audit report for the 2021/22 school year. The current audit, as well as many previous audits, can be found at and are located in the middle of the page.

Curriculum and Instruction (Julien Drennan, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Prof. Dev.)

Every year the district crafts a professional development plan in order to support teachers, staff, and administrators in their continued growth and development. The plan, called the Act 48 plan, is submitted for PDE review as a component of the Comprehensive Plan. The Act 48 plan is locally reviewed twice a year. Professional development goals are established based on the focus areas articulated in the Strategic Plan, the Comprehensive Plan, and a needs assessment. This year the goals include Differentiated Instruction, technology integration, curriculum clarity, learning intentions and success criteria, and creating a sense of belonging. The professional development calendar also includes trainings mandated by PDE on an annual, ongoing or cyclical basis. So far this year the following topics have been presented for professional learning: Universal Design for Learning; English Language Development; Suicide Prevention Training (6-12); Learning Intentions and Success Criteria; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Threat Assessments for School Counselors; Canvas Training; and Using Data to Inform Instruction. The upcoming professional development day on January 23, 2023, will include a continued focus on Learning Intentions and Success Criteria; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and Trauma-Informed Instruction. All of these efforts assist in maintaining the district's focus on meeting the needs of all learners in the educational environment.

5th Grade Holocaust Survivor Presentation

Human Resources/Public Relations (Cheryl Galdo, Esq., Dir. of HR/PR)

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration appointments for the 2023-2024 school year will be held virtually on the following dates/times. To make an appointment, please call Patricia Thomas, the Principal's Administrative Assistant, at 215-938-0290 x-6024 or by email at

For 2023-24 Kindergarten registration, the child’s birthdate must be before 9/1/2018 and be a Lower Moreland resident.


  • Tuesday, February 7, 2023 from 8:30 am-11:00 am and 12:00 pm-3:00 pm
  • Wednesday, February 8, 2023 from 8:30 am-11:00 am and 12:00 pm-3:00 pm
  • Thursday, February 9, 2023 from 8:30 am-11:00 am and 4:00 pm-6:30 pm

Registration Requirements:
  • A completed Registration Packet with all required documents (Birth Certificate, Proof of Residency, Immunization Records) is required prior to setting up a Google Meet appointment.

  • The packet can be found on the district website by clicking this link. (Scroll down to #4 for the packet). Please email: and attach scans of all forms and documents.

Citadel Heart of Learning Award

Citadel Credit Union sponsors a Citadel Heart of Learning Award. Through January 15th, Citadel is accepting nominations for this prestigious honor. If you know a teacher who goes above and beyond the call of duty and truly makes a difference in their student’s lives, please submit a nomination. Winners will receive a $1,000 to spend in their classroom and will be honored in May.

The Music Department Hosted Winter Concerts

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.

Skype a Scientist

Murray Avenue librarian, Reesha Grosso, hosted a Skype a Scientist event with an entomologist. The special guest was Marisa Cole, a PhD student at North Carolina State University who studies the microbiome of termites. Prior to the session, students completed a Google Form to record the questions they wanted to ask and what they wanted to know about the scientist’s educational background. Ms. Grosso said students showed great curiosity regarding the eastern subterranean termite!

Pine Road Topic

Students in Mrs. Banavich’s fifth-grade class recently read the book Number the Stars by Lois Lowry and were tasked with creating a newspaper to reflect on portions of the book. Working in teams of two, students used Google Slides to create virtual newspapers complete with articles, images, and advertisements that are reflective of the location and time period that the book took place (Copenhagen, Denmark in 1943). This allowed the students to demonstrate an understanding of the book while working on their team-building skills. The project was followed up by a virtual guest speaker, Daniel Goldsmith, detailing his experiences during the Holocaust to give the students a first-hand look into the time period.

Student Services (Frank Giordano, Director of Special Education and Student Services)

The Office of Student Services is pleased to announce that the annual Lip Sync Show presented by Lower Moreland and Hatboro-Horsham Schools will take place on Friday, February 3 at 7:00 pm. The event will be in the Lower Moreland High School auditorium. Please join our students as they perform their routines which they have been practicing excitedly. Admission is free and all are welcome!

Lower Moreland Township School District

Scott A. Davidheiser, Ed.D.