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Lewisburg Area High School 2021-2022

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Welcome Back!

Dear LAHS Families,


Welcome to the (soon-to-be) start of another school year! I hope you have been enjoying your summer and have had some time to relax and regroup after the very challenging past fifteen months. Personally, I had to the opportunity to travel once again, cross Wrigley Field off of my bucket list and read lots of books. The slower pace during the summer was definitely needed but I always start missing kids in the building once August rolls around. I've loved seeing our students in for Band Camp and as they have stopped in for various things.


For those who don't know me, I grew up in Galeton, PA in Potter County, where the deer outnumber people. After earning my teaching degree from Bloomsburg University, I taught first and second grades at Kelly Elementary. My master's degree is from Bucknell in Educational Leadership and I began my administrative career at Linntown during the 2004-2005. While principal there, I also had the opportunity to serve as the District coordinator for ESL services and was also the Supervisor for Instructional Technology K-12. During the implementation of our 1:1 initiative, I spent much time at the high school and discovered a passion for working with students in this age group. In 2015, I was thrilled to become the principal at LAHS. To work with such exceptional staff and students each day is truly a privilege.


As we move closer to the first day of school, I wanted to reach out to provide some timely information about the new year. Details of the protocol for masking is listed on the main website in the Health and Safety Plan and will be revisited at the August 12th Board Meeting. There will be additional information that will be sent out to you regarding this prior to the first student day.


We recently switched website vendors and are in the process of updating the pages. Principals just received the ability to make and edit pages this week. Thank you for being patient as we update and populate the pages. Enjoy these last few days of summer. We are looking forward to seeing the students again soon!




Fondly,

Paula Reber

LAHS Principal

New Staff

We welcome the following new staff to our building!


Mr. Josh Popowycz joins our staff as the new assistant principal. He previously was a social studies teacher and athletic director at Sullivan County School District.


Mrs. Stephanie Beaver is a Mifflinburg graduate who has recently moved back to Pennsylvania after being in South Carolina. Mrs. Beaver is our Director of Student Services and Athletics. Most recently, she was the assistant principal for student services and virtual learning at Greenville Technical Charter High School.

School Day Information



Our doors open at 7:20 am. The school day starts promptly at 7:50 am and students must be in their assigned class at that time or they will be marked tardy. Dismissal begins at 2:41 at the front exit.

District Calendar

A printable PDF calendar for the 2021-2022 school year is available below. Please note that the date of graduation has not been determined that we will notify senior families when it is finalized. This should be available by mid-October.


2021-2022 District Calendar

First Days

August 18th- 9th grade students only. Our student Link Leaders will be assisting them during the day. After an orientation period in the morning, students will be going to all of their first semester classes. We will be following the regular start and dismissal times. 9th graders do not come on 8/19.


August 19th- Students in grades 10-12 will have their first day on August 19th.


August 20th- All students 9-12.

New Student Tours

For those students in Grades 10-12, who are new to the district or who are in-person this year and did our E-School program in 9th grade, may come for a tour of the building on August 17th at 1:30 pm. Current 9th graders will have their orientation on their first day of school, August 18th.

Student Schedules

Final student schedules are available on PowerSchool the afternoon of 8/9. We do our very best to accommodate all requests however, being able to fulfill the request of 630 students is never 100% possible. Students will be given hard copies of their schedules on the first day.


If all of a student's requests were not filled, it was because the course was unable to fit with other classes requested or required, or because the course/section was full.


Students may fill out a schedule change request form through the first cycle of the school year. In most cases, this will require students to make choices among electives or prioritize if they have chosen multiple courses in one subject area. The form will be made available to students on the LAHS Student Canvas Page or via student email beginning August 12th.



Requests will be addressed in the following order:

Seniors

Grade Level Requirements/Graduation Requirements

Electives


Schedule changes will not be made to change teachers, sections, or other logistical pieces. The school may also make changes to balance class sizes. Please also be patient as it may take the first few days of school to address schedule changes.

2021-2022 Block Scheduling

This year, LAHS will be returning to our alternating A-B schedule. LAHS has four 84 minute blocks during the day, each consisting of two 42 minute periods. Full credit courses will meet for the entire year on alternating days. Most courses that are .5 credits will meeting for a semester, also every other day. Exceptions to this include our musical ensembles which meet for one period the entire year. Also, PE, Drivers Education and High School Seminar are all .25 credits and only meet for one period. Any blank spots on the schedule will be filled with study halls unless another course is added. Students must have a minimum of 7 credits each year. Rather than a traditional homeroom period, students meet with their flex advisor during mid-morning. Our Flex period takes place before Periods 5-6.


We have put a sample schedule below for your reference. S1 refers to Semester 1 and S2 Refers to Semester 2. The advisor is listed in periods 9 and any special programs such as Senior Service, BU Classes, etc are listed in periods 9 or 10. Counselors will work with students to determine the best time within their schedules for them to take place. Lunches occur during periods 5-6. There are three lunch periods. Classes are scheduled to eat at the beginning of the block, mid-way through, or at the end. This information will be shared with students on the first day


Also below, please find a copy of our typical bell schedule. During the first three days of school, we will be running a slightly different schedule with Flex first thing so various back-to-school information is conveyed and shared with students.

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Parking

Students who wish to park on campus must complete our parking form. (See link below). It is important that we have accurate information for safety and security. Students may begin to pick up parking hangers in the main office beginning on August 10th. Parking passes are available throughout the year. Students should only fill out passes once they have their licenses. The form will be available all year so students will be able to complete it at a later time.



https://forms.gle/gbyW9nuSRJoyD8Wz6

Fall Sports Meeting

Monday, Aug. 9th, 7pm

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Emergency and Health Forms

Prior to the 18th, you will be receiving a mailing with student emergency and health information. Please complete the health form and look over the emergency form to ensure the information is correct. Student(s) should return these to school on the first day and give them to their advisory teacher. It is very important that we have the correct information on file. Please make sure that you list emergency contacts other than yourself in the event you cannot be reached. Thank you!

Senior Yearbook Photos

The Lewisburg Studio would like to remind students of our make-up day, August 18th for senior yearbook portraits.


You will be receiving a mailing if you were not photographed with your session time.

Laptops

Laptop distribution will be taking place on the first days of school in students' flex advisories. A waiver for laptop fees for the 2021-22 school year is on the agenda for the August 12th board meeting. Students attending SUN are issued devices through them. ACE students will be contacted when they should come in for their computers