Weekly Update

February 27 - March 3

Monday, February 27

Tuesday, February 28

Lunch Tutoring: Science

6:30PM at LHS - Returning Raider Night

For students in grades 9-11

More information below.

Wednesday, March 1

Lunch Tutoring: Math

Spring Sports Tryouts Begin!

See below for more information.

Thursday, March 2

Lunch Tutoring: Social Studies

Friday, March 3

Teacher Professional Development.

No School for Students.

GoFan Online Ticketing

Click here to purchase tickets for winter sporting events.

Going on a college visit?

If a student will be missing school due to a college visit, they need to submit the “Request to Visit College Campus” form 5 days prior to the visit. The form is available in the guidance office.

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A moment in history featuring: Henry Box Brown

Henry Box Brown (c. 1815 – June 15, 1897) was a 19th-century Virginia slave who escaped to freedom at the age of 33 by arranging to have himself mailed in a wooden crate in 1849 to abolitionists in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

For a short time, Brown became a noted abolitionist speaker in the northeast United States. As a public figure and fugitive slave, Brown felt extremely endangered by passage of the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, which increased pressure to capture escaped slaves. He moved to England and lived there for 25 years, touring with an anti-slavery panorama, becoming a magician and showman.

Brown married and started a family with an English woman, Jane Floyd. Brown's first wife, Nancy, remained in slavery. Brown returned to the United States with his English family in 1875, where he continued to earn a living as an entertainer. He toured and performed as a magician, speaker, and mesmerist until at least 1889. The last decade of his life (1886–97) was spent in Toronto, where he died in 1897.

Brown's escape highlighted the power of the mail system, which used a variety of modes of transportation to connect the East Coast. The Adams Express Company, a private mail service founded in 1840, marketed its confidentiality and efficiency. It was favored by abolitionist organizations and "promised never to look inside the boxes it carried."

2nd Annual African American Read-In at LHS!

The Freshman Academy hosted their 2nd Annual African American Read In on Friday, February 24th. Academy students engaged in Station Rotations to create Black Out Poetry, learn about Amanda Gorman & her poetry, as well as discover famous African American musicians through a web quest. We also had SMCPS staff and students, retired SMCPS music teachers, BOE member Mary Washington, as well as Freshman Academy students speak, recite, and/or perform a variety of African American culture pieces.
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Spring Season Parking Permits

Student applications for spring season parking permits may be turned in to Ms. Mushrush in the school bank beginning Monday, February 27, 2023. Students that are approved for a spring parking pass will be notified via email on March 8, 2023. Due to the very limited amount of parking spots available, not all students that apply will be approved. If you are interested in applying for a spring season parking permit, please click on the following link: LHS Seasonal Parking Letter. Questions regarding parking may be sent to Mr. Readyhough at ecreadyhough@smcps.org.
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Maryland School Survey - All students in grades 9-11

State law requires that all public schools in Maryland survey students about school climate. The purpose of the survey is to gain valuable information about the quality and character of each school’s learning environment so that schools can promote a climate that supports student learning. All students, grades 9 through 11, will take the Maryland School Survey per MSDE. The survey will ask students about topics such as student engagement, interactions with adults and with other students in the school, the school environment, bullying, and safety. The survey will not ask about a student’s personal experiences, and students will not be asked to provide any information that might violate their privacy.

Students will complete the survey during regular school hours during the testing window (February 21 through April 21) in their Science class. If a student does not have a science class in their schedule, they will be contacted by Ms. Kiehlmeier about another time to complete the survey.

Please read this letter for more information.

MSDE Website for MD School Survey

More information & copies of the survey

Student Spotlight!

Elena Blodnikar won the 4A Indoor Track State title in the 3200m run!

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Thank you to MD Department of Transportation and Thinkfast Interactive for promoting Driver Safety among student drivers at LHS!!! Students had a great time learning about driver safety and traffic awareness while competing for prizes.

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Immune System Tag

Students in Ms. Massie's Biology 2 class were acting out the process the immune system follows in order to fight off invading organisms (such as bacteria and viruses). Students each had a role in the immune system (skin, innate cells, T-cells & B-Cells) and a job, all structured around a game of tag with the end goal being to remove the bacteria and viruses from the body.
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SMCPS recently recognized Nationally Board Certified Teachers. Congrats to LHS Teachers, Ms. Smith & Ms. Sunderland-Baldwin. We are lucky to have you at LHS!

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Spring Sports Tryouts

Spring sports tryouts begin on March 1, 2023. If you have questions about a specific sport, please reach out to the coaches. Contact information can be found here on the LHS Athletics website.

IMPORTANT: All athletes must register online using Family ID, each season and year. Students must have a completed Physical Form (physical forms are good for 1 calendar year). Additional athletic forms can be found on the SMCPS Athletics website.

Along with the important Family ID documents please make note that athletes must be registered students at Leonardtown High school and have a minimum of 2.0 GPA or higher to be eligible to participate in athletics and additional conditioning opportunities.

Spring sports pictures will take place on March 10, 2023. Times TBD.

Varsity Letter Jackets

The next order for Varsity Letter Jackets is planned for March 10, 2023. Jackets are $195. Students will pay for their jackets at the school bank and complete their order forms in Mr. Henderson's office. The price of the jacket includes:

1. The varsity "L" sewn on the jacket

2. Leather sleeves

3. Right Chest Embroidery 3 lines (name, sport(s), weight class, etc..)

4. Shipping and handling

Orders should arrive 6-8 weeks after the order is placed.

Returning Raider Night - Feb 28

We would like to invite parents to Returning Raider Parent Night February 28, 2023 regarding our registration process, Naviance and AP courses.

We will open up the evening at 6:30 in the Auditorium for a brief overview of the evening, and then offer each of the following sessions at three times, so parents can attend multiple sessions of interest.

Our sessions will include:

  • Naviance for 9th and 10th graders: what Naviance is, how we are using it with our students, the graduation requirements associated with Naviance, and how you can further explore careers and colleges with your student from home.
  • Naviance for 11th graders: using the Naviance functions for college exploration and college applications, and dual enrollment opportunities.
  • Registration at LHS: courses available, how students are recommended for courses, graduation requirements, Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center opportunities, and the application process and timeline.
  • AP Teacher Panel: AP teachers from various subject disciplines will share expectations, level of content rigor, and skills presumed when taking AP Courses.

If you have questions you’d like to submit in advance of the event, please fill out this questionnaire.

In-School SAT for all SMCPS Juniors - March 22

SMCPS will administer the In-School SAT, free of charge, on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 to all Juniors.

To prepare for your exam, all students are encouraged to create a College Board account. If they have not already done so, you can do so here, then link your account to Khan Academy for additional practice.

Once you have logged in to your account, you can view your October 2022 PSAT scores and link them to Khan Academy (Link Below) for SAT Prep.

Why should juniors take the SAT?

  • SAT scores may be required for admissions.

  • Strong scores may help your admissions chances.

  • Studies show students who take SAT a second time score higher than students who take test only once.

  • May be required for scholarships, transfers and special programs.

  • Scholarships may require scores.


Please contact Ms. Kiehlmeier (klkiehlmeier@smcps.org) with any questions.

Yearbook Information

Winter Team Pictures

Winter athletes who were photographed have the chance to purchase team and/or individual pictures. Please visit the Legacy website and use code 4572E23.

Interested in Becoming a Yearbook Staff Member for the 2023-2024 School Year?

Click HERE to apply!

Order A Yearbook!

If you are interested in purchasing a 2022-2023 yearbook, please visit the Jostens site. This offer will be available until February 24. After that, sales will close. Yearbooks will be distributed in the spring.

Pictures Needed!

We are in need of pictures for some of our spreads! Click here for specifics regarding what pictures we still need. The list has been updated! Please upload pictures directly to our Yearbook website using ReplayIt. Please do not submit screenshots of pictures or pictures with filters. Please make sure all students featured in the pictures are identified with first and last name and grade level. Please make sure that the pictures are from this summer and this school year!

Counseling Corner

Counselors went into 9th grade English classes to complete some activities in Naviance this week. Check out the presentation here. We look forward to meeting with you all again during registration March.

If you need a letter of recommendation from your school counselor, please use this link, Student Recommendation Request, make a copy of this google document and then share it with your counselor once you have completed it. Please include a resume as well to your counselor. Counselors are not included in your teacher recommendations for common applications, our letters are considered “Counselor Evaluations.”

ATTENTION SENIORS! Any senior who is in need of a mid-year transcript sent to a college, must make the request in Naviance. Mid-year information will not be sent until grades are finalized and a GPA calculation update is completed. Our goal is to have this updated so we can begin sending information on or about February 10th.

Make sure to know your counselor!

Need an appointment? Please e-mail Guidance Secretary, Ms. Williams (jkwilliams@smcps.org).

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AP Testing Reminders

Reminder of Test Change Fee

If you want to cancel or add an AP test to your order, there is a $40 late fee. Please contact Ms. Bridges, the AP Testing Coordinator, (kjbridges@smcps.org) if you have questions about or need to make changes to your test order.

Career Center Updates

New Scholarships Added to Naviance

2023 Environmental Scholarship

Delegate Matt Morgan Scholarship-District 29A

Maryland Farm Bureau Scholarship

Morgan State University Southern MD Alumni Chapter- George F. DeFord Scholarship

SECU Scholarship Program

To view all scholarships, login to Naviance via Clever. Click Colleges >> Scholarship Search.

Upcoming Events:

CSM's Dual Enrollment Virtual Information Session

February 28th at 6 PM

Learn about the opportunities to enroll in college classes on our campuses or receive college credits with our partnerships with the local school system for our In-School Dual Math, English and other classes. RSVP here.

CSM's Night of Engineering

March 23rd at 6:30 PM

Leonardtown Campus, Building A, Auditorium and Online via Zoom

Please register to attend: Link

MDCAPS Account-Seniors

If you have completed the FAFSA and qualify for state financial aid, you may be receiving emails from the Maryland Higher Education Commission asking you to make an MDCAPS account. Documents for MDCAPS need to be uploaded by the March 15, 2023 deadline. Please visit the Career Center if you need assistance or have any questions. Click the link provided to make an MDCAPS account: Link

ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery)

LHS will be hosting a spring ASVAB test on March 15th at 8 AM in the cafeteria. Grades 10-12 are welcome to sign up to take the ASVAB. Register Here

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School Improvements

The Student Leadership Council is working towards making LHS a better learning environment. We would like all of LHS' input and ask that you list any ideas to improve certain aspects of our school. These ideas could be tangible or more abstract depending on what you feel needs enhancement. We may ask a few of you to come to one of our meetings and discuss these concerns. Please contact Mr. Copsey or Harsha Manivannan with any questions. Please complete this form to contribute your idea(s).

Mental Health & Wellness Information

One-Lunch Updates

Sign Up for Math Tutoring

The LHS Math Club will be offering peer tutoring on Mondays during B Lunch in room E11. All students seeking tutoring should complete the form by click this button.

Want to use the gym during lunch? Daily completion of the form above is a requirement for entry. Submissions are accepted from 8 to 11 am. You have to use your SMCPS login to access the form. After your initial submission, save the link for quick and easy access. Only fifty students are permitted to sign up for a lunch block (either A or B). Students are expected to enter the gym through the side door adjacent to the girls locker room and be in the gym before the 10 minute bell. Students unlawfully tardy will be redirected to the cafeteria. Students are expected to remain in the gym, no food or drink is allowed and you must have tennis shoes to be on the gym surface.
What bus do I ride? When will the bus pick me up?

SMCPS Elocator for Bus Information

Bus Passes:

Bus passes should only be requested when students have a change in physical address or when there is an emergency situation and a student needs to ride a different bus or get off at a different stop. Bus passes will not be granted for students simply wanting to go visit with a friend.

Need to obtain a bus pass?

Parents can write a note or send an email to Ms. Revis at btrevis@smcps.org in order to request a bus pass. All relevant information must be included in the written request.

Bus Information includes: Student name, address, parent phone number, existing bus stop to be used, bus #, date, medical concerns, destination address, destination phone # and reason for the pass

LHS School Store & MySchoolBucks

Click here to visit the LHS School Store & buy Raider Gear!

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Learn how to create a MySchoolBucks account: click here.

MySchoolBucks & the Media Center

New for 2022, families have the option to pay for lost or damaged resources in My School Bucks. A resource can include: library books, laptops, chargers, textbooks, consumables, etc.

When a media specialist marks anything as lost or damaged in Destiny, that fee AUTOMATICALLY shows up as a "real time fee" in My School Bucks.

Please refer to this information on My School Bucks and your school library.

Need Tech help? Click below!

All Things Parking at LHS

LHS Absence Reporting

Please use this website to report your child's absence for LHS

Fundraising for SY 22-23

Click here for a listing of fundraisers taking place at LHS throughout the year.

School Meal Benefit Forms

School Year Meal Benefit forms for SY 2022-2023 are now available online! Easily fill out your new meal benefit form by visiting https://www.myschoolapps.com/Application on the www.smcps.org website.

SMCPS Code of Conduct

Please click here to review SMCPS policies and code of conduct.

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