The Leopard's Tale - January 14

Thu, 01/13/2022 - 10:54am

LKMS Important Dates and News

  • January 17-           Schools/Offices Closed – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • January 18-           Reservoir High School Virtual Parent Night
  • January 19-           3 Hour Early Dismissal
  • January 19-           PTA Virtual Meeting – 6:30pm
  • January 24-           Schools Closed - Professional Work Day
  • January 28-           Spirit Day – “Winter Hat” Day
View our full calendar for LKMS New



Young Authors’ Contest – 2021/22

The Young Authors’ Contest sponsored by the Howard County Literacy Association is taking place for all students who would like to showcase their writing (short stories or poems).   All students should read the official contest rules and must include the cover sheet with their entry.   All entries must be submitted to Ms. Preston, via email, by Tuesday, January 25.


Student Services News

Rising 9th Grade High School Course Registration 

Attention 8th Grade Parents/Guardians!

Your students have completed the instructional part of the high school registration process.  They have all of the information that is needed to choose their courses for next year.  If you have any questions, please reach out to your child's Counselor (Mrs. Lucas A-L, and Mrs. Miles M-Z, before you contact the High School. We are happy to answer any questions that you have regarding course registration. Students may now begin entering their high school course requests in Synergy starting on December 20, through January 18, 2022.  Parents can view these requests in their HCPSS Connect account.  Here is the link that was sent to all students through their Canvas inbox:  

Below is the information regarding the High School Parent “Virtual” Presentation Nights on January 6 and January 18:

January 6:  River Hill High will host their virtual Course Registration Parent Night for current 8th -11th grade parents on January 6, at 6:30pm. This event will be virtual and parents will need to login using their child's school Google account to access the meeting links. There will be grade-specific presentations and an opportunity to learn more about our academic programs and supports. Please use the information in the attached flier to help navigate the evening's events.

January 18:  Reservoir High will hold their "virtual" Parent Night presentation on Thursday, January 18, at 6:00pm.   Please see the attached flier for more information on this virtual presentation.


Rising 6th Grade Virtual Orientation Presentation

The rising 6th Grade Virtual Orientation presentation for the 2022/23 school year can now be viewed.   Parents/Guardians may complete the Parent Survey with any questions they may have regarding their rising 6th grade student.


LKMS Pride

LKMS is excited to present students with an exciting opportunity to join LKMS Pride.

  • Mission of LKMS Pride:  Students will take a leadership role to raise awareness and improve school climate regarding the LGBTQIA+ community and help to create a safe place to discuss practices and concerns in our school community.  

  • Goal:   To spread awareness about the LGBTQIA+ community and empower those in our school community that are LGBTQIA+, to normalize the LGBTQIA+ community in our school and to create a more comfortable, safe space for everyone.  

You can join whether you are part of the community, an ally to the community, or if you want to learn about ways to support this community.   All students interested in learning about change and acceptance of the LGBTQIA+ community are encouraged to join LKMS Pride.   This group will meet during Leopard Pride Homeroom once a month.   If your student is interested, please have them click the link below and fill out the online form.


HC DrugFree Updates:
FREE Parenting Classes: Raising preteens and teens is tough. Wouldn’t it be great if adults could take a class that taught us how to help our kids avoid risky behaviors, all while learning how to say no to drugs and alcohol? There is! Guiding Good Choices is an evidence-based, interactive prevention program that provides families with the skills and knowledge to reduce the risk that their children will use drugs and alcohol or engage in other dangerous behaviors. HC DrugFree is pleased to present this popular parenting class for Howard County parents, guardians, and grandparents starting February 2. This program will meet via Zoom for 5 classes (February 2, 9, 16, 23, and March 2) from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Adults should plan to attend all 5 sessions. Topics include How to Prevent Drug Use in Your Family, How to Develop Healthy Beliefs and Clear Standards, Avoiding Trouble: How to Say No to Drugs, Managing Conflict: How to Control and Express Your Anger Constructively, and How to Strengthening Family Bonds.  The class is free, but registration is required : For more information: Email, visit or view downloadable flier
FREE Life Skills Classes for Students: Back by popular demand!!! HC DrugFree is providing a highly interactive skills-based program designed to promote positive health and personal development for youth in grades 6-9. For slightly younger or older students, please register and we will consider each request. We encourage siblings and friends to take these classes together! This program uses developmentally appropriate, collaborative learning strategies to help students achieve competency in the skills that have been shown to help students resist substance use (tobacco, alcohol and other drugs), violence, and other high-risk behaviors. To be sure your student receives numerous perspectives, our instructional team consists of dedicated adults and older students sharing situations they may face in high school, college, and beyond. Classes will be held via Zoom Tuesdays February 8, 15, 22, and March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Registration is required. Please sign-up ASAP as space is extremely limited! For more information: Email, visit or view downloadable flier.
PARENTS: If you are interested in learning more about what is happening in Howard County, the many free resources HC DrugFree and other organizations offer, or how your student can volunteer as they learn skills and receive more community service hours, then sign up for our free newsletter to get updates on events as well as information to keep your family safe and informed. 


Media Center News

Lime Kiln Middle School Book Swap  

Lime Kiln Middle School students are invited to participate in a Book Swap in the Media Center. Bring in your gently used books and trade them in for “new to you” books to read! 

Book Swap Instructions: 

At home, decide which of your gently used books would be good to pass on to another student. (If a book does not meet the donation guidelines, it will not be accepted.)

Donation Guidelines:

  • Hardcover or softcover books
  • Young Adult books  
  • Preferred genres are manga/graphic novels or novels with copyright dates between 2010-2021
  • Books must be appropriate reading for middle school students.
  • No adult books, magazines, coloring books, picture books, or board books. 
  • Books must be in good condition: no stains, rips, missing pages, or writing inside  
Book Swap Guidelines:
  • Bring your donated books to the media center before the book swap. Book donations will be accepted until Friday, February 11th.
  • Students will receive a book swap pass with the number of books donated so they can pick out the same number of “new to me” books during the swap. Students will fill out their book swap pass with their homeroom teacher’s name and leave them with Ms. Taylor or Ms. Cuesta in the Media Center.  
  • The student’s extended homeroom teacher will give the passes to students who have donated. Students will visit the Media Center during extended homeroom on February 15th. Students will browse the book selection and trade in their pass for “new to them” book(s) to take home and read.
No money will be exchanged for the Book Swap. This is strictly a book recycling activity.

Health Room News

Information on upcoming Covid-19 Vaccine Clinics and information on reporting positive Covid-19 test results to our school’s Health Room can be located on our website.


A Message from our PTA

Please be certain to view our PTA’s website for upcoming events to include their latest newsletter and information on the Drama Learning Center’s spring drama production at LKMS.  Please view the attached flier to learn more information and dates for this production.



Please visit the website for all the latest HCPSS News and Information to include HCPSS’ updated academic school calendar and Technology Support Center updates.