LKMS - The Leopard's Tale - December 6, 2018

Thu, 11/15/2018 - 2:14pm

Message from the Administration

Dear LKMS Community,

As you are likely aware, earlier this week the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) released a revised school accountability measure.  The new MSDE School Report Card was created in alignment with ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) – a federal accountability standard initiated in 2015.  The MSDE School Report Card considers multiple data points before ultimately assigning a star ranking (1-5) for every school in the state.

The Report Card identifies strengths and areas for improvement in 4 categories:

  • Academic Achievement
  • Academic Progress
  • English Language Proficiency
  • School Quality and Student Success

Overall school performance is determined by a formulaic combination of these 4 categories.  The combination of points, assigned by the state in each category, results in a percentage that is then associated with a school’s star ranking.

  • 75-100% = 5 Stars
  • 60-74%   = 4 Stars
  • 45-59%   = 3 Stars
  • 30-44%   = 2 Stars
  • >30%>>30%>

Lime Kiln Middle School earned a percentage of 82% and was thus designated as a 5-star school by MSDE on the 2017-18 School Report Card. 

We are very proud of the efforts of students and staff at LKMS that have led us to these results.  Please be assured that we will continue to maintain instruction and engagement at a rigorous level to meet the needs of all students. 

For more information and details about Lime Kiln's School Report Card, please the HCPSS website or visit

Please feel free to contact the school should you have any additional questions. 

Have a wonderful weekend,

Mrs. Lublin and Ms. Smith


    December 11 - Orchestra Concert 7:00 pm
    December 18 - Chorus Concert 7:00 pm
    December 20 - Snow Leopard Bonanza
    December 24-January 1 - Winter Break

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LKMS News and Events

LKMS' Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following students who demonstrated their ability to "ROAR" this week by being responsible, respectful, and academically focused: Rose Colon, Finnegan Riley, Jonathan Mackrell, Anh Nguyen, Sierra Scott, Mason Huynh, Sophia Salicru, Jack Murphy, Zoe Pachoca, Suhani A. Patel, and Coleman Walton.

Inclusive Schools Week

This week we kicked of "Inclusive Schools Week" at LKMS.  During this week, we have celebrated and reflect on our inclusive practices as teachers and students. The theme "A Kaliedescope of Friends" highlights the benefits to all students of having a school that is inclusive of diverse learning styles and abilities. While this week was designated as "Inclusive Schools Week" nationally, at LKMS we celebrate our inclusive opportunities and experiences all school year.

Hour of Code

This week, our students have also participated in "Hour of Code" activities and experiences.  The Hour of Code, created by, is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics.  In addition to information being shared via the morning news program each day, all students will participate in coding activities in their math classes on Friday, December 7.

Students Transferring to Private High Schools for 2019/2020

If your child will be attending a private high school next year, please send all transcript requests and recommendation forms to LKMS' Student Services office for processing.  Please allow two weeks prior to the school's deadline for teachers to complete the necessary forms.  We ask that you provide a large-stamped envelope ready to mail.

LKMS' Attendance Reporting Procedures

Parents and Guardians may send notes for absences via email to or send in the notes with your student to the Front Office.   Notes from a physician's office should be sent in to the Front Office with your student. Please visit LKMS' website for more important Attendance procedure reminders!

LKMS'  Health Room

Our Health Room has a new direct telephone line, (410) 880-5916.   The fax number for the Health Room is (301) 490-4928.

Messages from LKMS' PTA

The PTA is in need of your help in reaching their Direct Donation goal.  The donations help to support the wonderful programs for our students.   All monies donated are 100% tax deductible.  For more information, please read about our Direct Donation program.

Thank  you in advance for helping the PTA to reach their Direction Donation goal.

Drama Learning Center and Lime Kiln PTA proudly present:  Seussical, Jr.

Calling all actors!!  Please join us in the crazy, zany world of Dr. Seuss where Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters spring to life onstage!  The Lime Kiln PTA is excited to announce that Drama Learning Center and Director, Dustin Merrell, will be offering the much anticipated musical, Seussical Jr.  This ensemble show is a very exciting opportunity for all interested students.  Registration is now open on the DLC website for the onstage sections of this class (tech crew registration will open in January). DLC anticipates that these classes will fill quickly. Please go to to register. Please contact Eileen Densel at with any questions.

HCPSS News and Information

Student Leadership and Service Opportunity

All high school and middle school students interested in sharing the student voice on HCPSS Policy and Community Issues, gaining leadership skills, practicing community service, and working with student leaders from across HCPSS, please join the Howard County Association of Student Councils (HCASC) meeting on Wednesday, December 12, from 7:00-8:30pm at the Homewood School, 10914 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City.

Free and Reduced-Priced Meals (FARMs) Program

The Free and Reduced-Priced Meals (FARMs) program provides access to an array of services for qualified families including free and reduced-priced breakfasts and lunches, free SAT and ACT registration, free tuition to take college courses at Howard Community College while still enrolled in high school, free college applications, reduced AP exam fees, reduced costs for a number of services provided by Howard County Rec and Parks, Columbia Association and Comcast, and much more. Visit the HCPSS website for more information and to apply.

Atholton High School Auditions:

SHREK The Musical

Not in high school yet, but want to perform on the Atholton High School stage with high school students, a full orchestra, costumes, sound and lighting?  This year, AHS is inviting students, grades 3 through 8 to join them as part of their spring musical.  Your child or sibling can be a SHREK Younger Cast Member (YCM) at Atholton High School.   Auditions are Sunday, December 9, 1:30-2:15pm.   Children who are ready to be YCMs will stay until 4:15pm.   If interested, please read the attached form and email Stephanie Gurwitz Zurier,

The Columbia Association Summer Camp Programs

The Columbia Association Summer Camps is now accepting registrations for their summer camps.   For more information and to learn about Early Bird rates, please see the attached camp flier.

Community News and Programs

The Community News and Programs webpage contains brief announcements of upcoming events and announcements from community and non-profit organizations. Please visit Community News and Programs on the HCPSS website for all announcements of upcoming events and programs sponsored by non-profit organizations.