News From The Nest

LHS Parent Newsletter--Year 20, Volume 7, November 9, 2020

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All Option 1 Students to Return on November 12

During their October 27 meeting, the School Board unanimously approved Superintendent Dr. Spence’s recommendation to resume in-person instruction for all remaining Option 1 students on November 12 – including those at ATC, Tech Center, GSA and ESP at Brock Center. The schedule for students is as follows:

  • High school will bring back all Option 1 students in grades 9-12 with last names starting with “A” through “K” Tuesday and Wednesday each week. These students will continue with remote learning Monday, Thursday and Friday.
  • High school will bring back all Option 1 students in grades 9-12 with last names starting with “L” through “Z” Thursday and Friday each week, and they will continue with remote learning Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • Option 2 High School students will continue with remote learning Tuesday – Friday.

For Option 1 middle and high school students in grades 7-12 who will return to school two days a week, Monday will continue to be reserved for asynchronous learning, but the remaining two remote days will be used for synchronous (live) learning in each class period.

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Transportation & Contact Tracing

In our current climate of contact tracing to help mitigate the spread of COVID, proper accounting of close contacts is critical. Therefore, students will be reminded they have been assigned a seat to sit in each day they ride the bus. This seat location is not open for discussion by a parent and can only be adjusted in consultation with the bus driver and a school administrator. Students who fail to comply with the seat requirement are subject to Rule 8, Insubordination, in the Student Code of Conduct.

Yearbook Pictures

Yearbook pictures for ALL FACE TO FACE students currently in the building will take place in the auditorium on Tuesday, November 10. These students will be scheduled for pictures through one of their classes or during their lunch. It is preferred to order pictures online (the attached flyers provide that information).

If your child is unable to be here on November 10, then we will have a picture makeup day on Monday, November 30. Information will come out later for makeup day.

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College Information Night via Zoom

Our counselors will be presenting info to parents to assist in the college application process on Monday, November 9th at 6 p.m.

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Heritage Week 2020

We are excited to introduce the theme of this year’s Heritage Week and 20 Year Anniversary. “The Power Of Us,” embodies the fact that Landstown has not been built upon the work of one individual. Our school has become what it is today thanks to the many contributions from our students, staff, and community. The week will feature a variety of activities, competitions, speakers, and charitable acts that embrace our theme.

During Heritage Week, we will have speakers that are either LHS Alumni or connected to LHS, sharing their stories about how they have achieved their dreams and overcame obstacles by working alongside others. Teachers will have the opportunity to sign up their class to be part of these sessions.

The week will be wrapped up by nationally known motivational speaker, Shaun Derik. This will take place on Friday November 20th during a schoolwide broadcast.

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Announcements & Reminders

AP Registration: AP Registration will open on November 16th. You will register and pay for AP exams via Total Registration. More information is forth coming. In the meantime, make sure your student has joined the AP Classroom of his or her teachers. If your student does not know the code, have them email their teacher.

Underclassmen Pictures: School pictures for underclassmen will take place on campus during normal school hours. In the coming days, order information, operational procedures, and appointment times will be sent through Schoology, parent email, and posted on our website.

Tuesday, November 10: All face-to-face students currently in the building

Monday, November 16: 10th grade

Monday, November 23: 9th grade

Monday, November 30: Make up day for 9th – 11th grade

Accessing the Building: Access to the building must be made through an appointment. Office hour appointments are now between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Call the main office at 648-5500 if you need an appointment.

Parent-Teacher Conferences: Our amazing School Counseling department coordinates parent-teacher conferences through Zoom approximately twice a month on Thursdays. To register for a conference, please use this form. A couple days before the conference, your child’s counselor will email you the specific time and Zoom information. You are also encouraged to check out the LHS School Counseling website to see the all the information and resources available.

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Parent Focus Group

The next meeting of Landstown's Parent Focus Group will meet on November 19th at 6:00 pm. This meeting will include a presentation from our Family Outreach Representative, Ms. Leslie Riccio. If you would like to attend, please click the link below to RSVP.

Joint Use Library is Open

The Joint-Use Library will re-open for limited in-person services on Monday, November 9. The library will open earlier than the other libraries, but on most weekdays and Saturdays there will be periods when you can only pick up holds.

Joint-Use Library Hours:

Mondays, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Tuesdays - Thursdays, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.;

Fridays - 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Holds pickup only:

Tuesdays – Thursdays 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Saturdays 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Changes in effect:

  • Face coverings are required at all times
  • Customers will sign in at the desk
  • Public customers will be limited to the first floor only; staff will retrieve items from the second floor
  • There will be a 50 person limit for the first floor and a 50 TCC student/faculty limit for the second floor
  • Visits will be limited to one hour
  • Public computers and printing will be available
  • The children's room will be closed, but staff will be available to assist with materials
  • Meeting rooms, digital media lab, and study rooms will remain closed
  • Notary service is unavailable

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Congratulations to Dr. Askew and Mrs. Pickett for being selected VBASSP Principal and Assistant Principal of the year. What to go, Eagles!
Tutoring Resources

Check out this one-stop shop for available tutoring resources!

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R.E.D.--Remember Everyone Deployed Day

On Friday, November 13, the Office of Student Support Services is inviting everyone throughout VBCPS to participate in R.E.D. Day - Remember Everyone Deployed by, wearing red on November 13, VBCPS will demonstrate their support for over 10,000 students with active duty parents serving in the armed forces. On Monday, Nov. 16, a live webinar will be hosted to serve military-connected youth and families with free online differentiated tutoring resources. Sessions will be offered at 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.


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Reflections Contest

Students in Pre-K through grade 12, and a special artist division, are able to create theme-based artwork in dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography or visual arts. This year's theme is, "I Matter Because . . ." Please encourage your students to participate. You can find more information about the program here.
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Senior Portraits

Seniors can sign up to take their senior portrait with Prestige Lifetouch. The link to schedule an appointment is on our school website. Click Our School, then Eagle News, and scroll down until you see Class of 2021. Seniors are encouraged to have their portrait done before winter break to ensure they are in the yearbook. For questions, contact Mrs. Bell ( or Mrs. Thompson (

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher conferences will be held virtually on Thursdays in 20-minute increments from 2:05 to 3:05 p.m. The dates for the first term are:






Easy Reference Sheet for Students

Click here to get a quick reference sheet for your student

Quick Reference Sheet

List of important LHS phone numbers

Club & Class Sponsor Info

Click here for a list of club and class sponsors

VHSL Coach & Sponsor Information

Click here for a list of our coaches of VHSL sports & activities

PTSA Member Hub Site

Click here to join PTSA electronically


Click here for a hard copy of the PTSA membership form

Please Log Your Volunteer Hours!

VBCPS values and promotes active engagement of the community in all our schools. The Office of Family and Community Engagement coordinates many volunteer opportunities for community members to interact and contribute to the academic achievement of our students and the overall continuous improvement of VBCPS. Volunteer opportunities may include:

  • Serving in a PTA/PTO/PTSA

  • Serving as tutors, mentors or guest speakers

  • Providing assistance in classrooms, cafeterias, libraries or main offices

  • Organizing student enrichment and recognition activities

  • Supporting special events, athletics, school planning councils and advisory boards

Please be sure to log your volunteer hours through the VBCPS Get Connected database. VBCPS uses this information to quantify the value of volunteer service and apply for divisionwide federal grants that benefit our schools and students!

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High School Handbook

Click here to view the school division's handbook for all high school students

November Holidays

A reminder that the following holidays affect school schedules:

November 10-11
In observance of Veterans Day, all schools and administrative offices will operate on an adjusted dismissal Tuesday, November 10, and will be closed Wednesday, November 11.

November 25-27
In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, all schools and administrative offices will operate on an adjusted dismissal Wednesday, November 25, and will be closed Thursday and Friday, November 26 and 27.