The Leopard's Tale - October 15, 2020

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 10:09am

Leopard's Tale

October 15, 2020

 

A Message from Dr. Genee A. Varlack

Greetings Lime Kiln Community!

Here's hoping you are well and are successfully navigating all that this school year has brought to our collective families.   Since the school year began, we have shared tips and resources to assist both you and our students with virtual learning. From our vantage point, we wanted to share a spotlight into what some of our classrooms are receiving from students. The statements below are general and not inclusive of all students nor all classes but intended to spark conversation with your child(ren).

What We Wish For 

  • Glimpse of student faces during class
  • Participation by responding to lesson in chat
  • Elicited student engagement via mic
  • Daily attendance to school
  • Daily attendance to all class periods
  • On time submission of student work

What We Get

  • 20% of students briefly turn on their camera
  • Reluctant participation to lesson in chat
  • Limited engagement via mic when elicited
  • Great daily attendance to school
  • Not all class periods are being attended
  • On time submission of student work

Despite our wishes above, we understand that virtual learning in every home is contingent on many of the following:  life… babysitting… technology… and well-being. We encourage you to reflect on our wishes and explore the following:

  1.  How would your student rate his/her engagement in lessons?
  2.  What is your student actually doing during instruction?
  3.  What do you expect of your child during instruction?
  4.  Is there anything that the teacher/counselor/ administrator should know that is preventing your child from being his/her best academic self?

Now is a good time to simply check in with your child(ren) about school. Please feel free to reach out to us if we can be of assistance. 

Thank you.

LKMS Important Dates and News

Mark your Calendars!
 
 
October 16                 3 Hour Early Dismissal - Professional Work Day
October 21                 PTA Virtual Meeting - 6:30pm (Read the PTA News)
November 3               Election Day  – Schools and Offices Closed
November 6               3 Hour Early Dismissal - Professional Work Day
November 16-20        American Education Week
November 23-24        3 Hour Early Dismissal - Parent/Teacher Conferences
November 26             Schools Closed for Students - Parent/Teacher Conferences
November 26-27        Thanksgiving Holiday

View our full calendar for LKMS News

LKMS News

REMINDER:  Early Dismissal - Friday, October 16.   Please review the 3 Hour Early Dismissal Schedule.

 

LKMS Attendance Reporting Procedures

Attendance reporting procedures for the 2020/21 school year can be located on the LKMS' website.  If you need further assistance, you may email our School Counseling Secretary, Rhonda Hill, rhonda_hill@hcpss.org.

PTA News

For more information about our LKMS PTA and upcoming meetings, read their latest NEWS .

HCPSS News and Information

Intent to Participate in Hybrid (In-Person) Instruction

A short survey has been provided to all HCPSS families to gather data on whether families intend to send their student(s) back to school or continue fully virtual learning through the end of the current school year. The survey is open now through October 23, 4pm.

Howard County Association of Student Councils (HCASC) - Leadership Opportunity for all 6th-11th Grade Students:

Students who are interested in serving as a delegate to the Student Member Convention are invited to apply.   This is wonderful opportunity for students to lead and serve both their peers and community.  For more information in order to be considered for the position of delegate to the Student Member Convention, students must submit an application along with two evaluation forms to the Principal by Friday, November 30, 2020. 

Students are invited to attend the virtual monthly HCASC meetings that are held the second Wednesday evening of each month from 7:00-8:30pm.  Use the Google Meet Link:  meet.google.com/qnfbxkk-yhp *login with your HCPSS account.  For more information on the Howard County Association of Student Councils, visit their website, or contact Cindy Drummond, Cindy_Drummond@hcpss.org.

Middle School In-Person Learning Opportunity

The Howard County Local Children’s Board (LCB) has received CARES Act funding to operate an in-person middle school program at four sites, with a tentative 5th site in Oakland Mills. This program is specifically targeting families who do not have the financial means to find alternative support and care for their middle school student(s) while they are learning virtually. Read the attached flier (English or Spanish) for more information on this program.

Heritage Speakers of Spanish

The Office of World Languages will be testing our Heritage Speakers of Spanish to establish high school placement on Tuesday, November 17. Attached, is a flyer with more information about the assessment.

Updates for Free Student Meals

For more information and updates on the food service program for the 2020-2021 school year, please read the latest information.

 

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.

 

Connect with Us:

 

Address
11650 Scaggsville Road
Fulton, MD 20759

 

Phone
410-880-5988

 

Website
lkms.hcpss.org

 

Twitter
@hcpss_lkms

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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