Largo High School

Fall 2015 Newsletter

Updates from Afie Mirshah, Principal

Happy Fall! As the weather cools and the leaves turn red I'm reminded that we are close to being finished with one quarter of the school year. Largo High School is a vibrant and exciting community with many activities and events. In this quarterly online newsletter I hope to give our community a glimpse into the work we do here at Largo everyday. Please come to our school events and show your support for our students.

Upcoming School Events:

  • Battle of the Bands: October 1st
  • Capital Area Alzheimer's walk: October 3rd (MOVED to October 10th)
  • Men Make a Difference Day: October 12th
  • Jeremiah Murphy music Room naming Ceremony: October 14th
  • Spirit Week: October 12th - 17th
  • International Club will present a show on Spirit Night: October 15th
  • Homecoming weekend: October 16th and 17th
  • College visit - St. John's University: October 21st at 9:15 am

  • College visit -Frostburg University: October 23rd at 8:30 am
  • College visit - Spelman College: November 6th at 8:30 am

  • Reflecting on ME Conference and College Fair: November 24th
  • Middle States Accreditation Visit: December 3, 2015
  • Graduation for the Class of 2016: May 19, 2016 at 3:30 PM Show Place Arena
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AFJROTC is participating in the Capital Area Alzheimer's walk at the Bowie Baysox Stadium on Oct 3, 2015 and appreciate support from the Largo community.

Registration is from 8:30 - 9:30. Opening ceremony is at 9:30 and the Largo AFJROTC Color Guard will ‎ open the ceremony. The walk starts at 10:00 am and is for 2 miles. Students get community service hours and can ride a PGCPS bus from Largo to the event. Show time for bus is 7:30 am and the bus leaves at 8:00 am. See Major Barnes for more information or click here.

Largo AFJROTC cadets thoroughly enjoyed themselves during a field trip to the Joint Base Andrews Air Show on Sep‎ 18th. They toured airplanes and vehicles from the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corp, Homeland Security and even an aircraft called the Guppy operated by NASA. Military personnel were very friendly and fielded many questions from the Largo students.

National English Honor Society

On September 5, the Largo High School Chapter of the National English Honor Society joined up with My Girlfriend's House, Inc. to brighten up a homeless shelter run by New Endeavors for Women Transitional Housing, a NE, DC shelter for women. Club representatives and other Largonians were a part of the team that refreshed 17 apartments and a number of shared living spaces. Old furniture was removed and new furniture brought in. All apartments and common areas were painted in appealing colors and murals with positive messages were painted on the walls. Residents were excited to return to newly freshened residences and shared messages of appreciation on social media. Click here to see their website.

Science Classes @ Largo HS

The Biotech II students conducted their first design-an-experiment activity, "The Bubble Lab". Each lab team worked to find the formula that would produce the largest super elastic bubble. They could only use syrup, lemon juice, glycerin, distilled water, and dishwashing detergent.This lab activity afforded them the opportunity to work as a team to develop their first formal lab write-up.
The Anatomy & Medical Sciences had the chance to work together on the lab, "The Scientific Method & Measurement". They performed the experiment to test a hypothesis about upper limb length and overall body height.The hypothesis stated: "The upper limb length is approximately 40% of the overall body height." After reviewing the metric system, they measured ten subjects' upper limb and body height.They analyzed their data to determine if the hypothesis was correct.
"The Biotechnology students in their Microbiology class demonstrated proper lab techniques in swabbing, inoculating, preparing wet mounts and identifying the types of bacteria and fungi in identified microhabitats in the Largo HS building. They shared what they have learned and raised awareness in the school community by way of their informative boards. Real world connections in action!"
Students working on an Advanced Placement (AP) Chemistry Lab - this is a college level class.
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More opportunities for our future scientist to complete labs. The students below are in Biology and preparing for the High school State Assessment (HSA).

Field Trip to CIA

Thirteen Largo High School JROTC Cadets had an exciting field trip on Thursday, September 17th to Oxon Hill High School for CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) Day. The day was comprise of our students learning about the following:

  • Purpose and goals of the CIA
  • Wonderful career opportunities of the agency
  • Student internship opportunities
  • College scholarships
  • Summer Programs

The purpose of CIA Day is to form a partnership with the students of PGCPS in hopes that more students will learn of the opportunities and apply. The CIA provided workshops for the students and networking opportunities at the luncheon. The cadets truly enjoyed this enrichment opportunity because it afforded them the opportunity to gain insight into our nations top security agency.

Largo Football

We have had our best start since 1995. Come and support our players! They are working hard both on the field and off the field. They are outstanding STUDENT athletes with a 4-0 record after their last game. Please come support the team on October 2nd (Game date will change due to rain cancellation) as they take on Crossland HS. Our homecoming football game is on October 16th v. Oxon Hill HS.
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Largo freshman representing the Academy of Health and Bioscience at the College and Career Summit on 9/26

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Largo Choir

Click here to read the article in the Prince George's Sentinel regarding our students' participation at the Fairwood Arts Festival.

Upcoming Performances:

  • Battle of the Bands @ LHS - Thurs. Oct 1st- 6:15-7pm
  • Sat Oct 3rd- ReMix@ Reid Temple North 6-9:30pm -12101 Tech Road Silver Spring 20904
  • Jeremiah Murphy music Room naming Ceremony - Wed. Oct 14th- 6-7:30pm @ LHS

Largo HS Choir Field Trip to Ithaca College, New York

23 students left on Friday, September 25th to attend a 3 day Music Festival at Ithaca College (New York). This trip exposed our students to the performing arts expectations in a college setting at the Ithaca College School of Music. Our students participated in the 11th annual high school Gospel Music Invitational.

School Instructional Program

School Goals and Action Plans

9th grade promotion - increase the number of students successfully completing 9th grade and moving to 10th grade.

12th grade graduation - ensure that all 12th grade students graduate on May 19, 2016!

PSAT - prepare students to be successful on the PSAT by analyzing the skills students need to be successful on the PSAT and preparing students.

Literacy plan- develop a comprehensive plan that includes professional development for staff and promotes literacy for all students in all content areas.

Literacy: Is the ability to read, write, speak, listen, and use numeracy. Using numbers to process information, solve problems, and interpret data. Analyze and create print and non-print texts in media forms. Conduct original research in order to answer questions or solve problems. Report, evaluate, gather, synthesize, and comprehend information and ideas.

Middle States Accreditation Visit

Organizational Objective: By 2022, the high schools in PGCPS support college and career readiness of all graduates as measured by: aligning staff development to system goals, family engagement, business partnerships, communication, school culture, and discipline management.

Objective #1: Decrease 9th grade retention rates 3%-5% per school by the end of the SY 16 and increase graduation rate by 3%-5% by 2017.

Objective #2: Average SAT and Composite ACT test scores will meet or exceed state averages. All schools will build their assessment literacy around the PSAT and use the Data Wise Improvement Process to support their literacy plan.