Leopard Tale - March 10

Fri, 03/10/2023 - 2:32pm


Upcoming Dates

March 13- MISA Testing (8th graders in Science Classes)

March 14- MISA Testing (8th graders in Science Classes)

March 15 - Professional Work and Wellness day- School close 3 hrs early dismissal

March 15- PTA Sponsored dance 7th Grade Spring Fling 

March 15- PTA Virtual meeting 

March 16- MISA Testing (8th graders in Science Classes)

March 17- MISA Testing (8th graders in Science Classes)

March 29 - Chorus Assessment & Adjudication @ River Hill HS (Concert Choir - 2:35PM)

March 31- End of 3rd marking period-  3hr Early dismissal


Let’s March to Mindfulness LKMS!

Lime Kiln for the month of March is encouraging students to have a Mindful March.

First thing each morning in March we’ll have…

  • Mondays and Fridays: 1-2 minute mindfulness meditations - Take a moment and breathe

  • Tuesdays: Classical music before announcements

  • Wednesdays: Positive Affirmations

  • Thursdays: Jazz music before announcements

8th Grade MISA Testing

All 8th grade students will be taking the MISA (The Maryland Integrated Science Assessment) on March 13th, 14th, 16th and 17th.  Students will be testing in their science class.  It is important that every effort is made for students to be present and on time on those days. Also make sure they arrive with their fully charged Chromebook on those days. Please reach out to Mrs. Horoszczak with any questions.

Important Morning Dropoff Information

Please remember student dropoff is in the Lime Kiln lower level parking lot. Parents and staff from Cedar Lane School have noticed an increased number of Lime Kiln Middle parents/guardians dropping students off in the Cedar Lane parking lot. This often occurs while Cedar Lane parents are trying to escort their children into the building. This practice increases the likelihood of accidents. Please help us in keeping the campus safe for all students.

I Love Lime Kiln Day

On April 20, 2023, we will have our very first I Love Lime Kiln Day! This event will take place at LKMS and will start during the school day and last into the early evening. I Love Lime Kiln day will be a day centered on our shared love for our school community and a celebration of our diverse cultures, commonality and what each one of us brings that makes our community so amazing. Students, staff, families, and community members will come together for a day of learning, celebrating, and reflecting on what it means to be a Lime Kiln Leopard.

Please make sure to SAVE THE DATE - April 20

Student Member of the Board (SMOB) Delegates

Please congratulate the following students for being chosen as delegates to the HCPSS SMOB Convention, a convention in which the final 2 SMOB candidates are chosen by student representatives. These students were chosen from a pool of candidates that interviewed with an admin, teacher, and student panel for this opportunity and we know that they will represent CMS well.

6th grade - Jada Michaels

7th grade -  Camden Luttrell

8th grade - Shalin Bahl


Howard County National History Day Competition

It is with great pleasure to announce that our students Julian Amani-Dove, Shalin Bahl, and Dhilan Patel placed 1st at the Howard County National History Day competition on February 4, 2023 for the Junior Group Exhibit-The Human Genome Project:  Mapping the Blueprint of Human Life. These students will be representing Howard County at the Maryland National History Day competition at UMBC on May 6, 2023.


Donations for School Forestry Project


Dear Parents and Lime Kiln Community,


We hope that you heard the wonderful news that Lime Kiln is the state winner for the Samsung Solve For Tomorrow Contest. Stefanie Taylor, the media specialist, and I wrote a proposal about an existing problem that has plagued our school and community. The problem is erosion and run off between the school’s blacktop and the neighboring farm. After consulting with many experts such as the Robinson Nature Center, Howard County Groundwater Management, HCPSS Grounds, and the Howard County Forestry Department, the best course of action is a conservation landscape. This entails planting trees, shrubs, and native pollinator plants. Not only will this help combat the erosion and run off but the drainage leads to a local steam in our community, which in turn leads to the Chesapeake watershed.


Lime Kiln’s 6th grade science classes have studied our erosion problem and built 3-D models of our school. The environmental seminar (STEAM) already maintains our school’s butterfly gardens. The 7th grade science classes help care for our rain garden. They are very excited to participate in another school property project.


While we are certainly grateful for our first place state finish, Samsung does not fund the project. The funding is our school’s responsibility. Mrs. Taylor and I have applied for a forestry grant and we have some wonderful partnerships. However, we still need donations to buy the plants and materials.


We are asking for the community’s help. Our goal is to raise $500. We have set up a donation page with a link to the project. If you are so inclined to contribute in any way, we would be very grateful.


Below you will find the link to our donation page.





Tracy Spillman

GT Resource Teacher


2023 Summer Programs Registration

Synergy online enrollment requests for currently enrolled HCPSS students opened on Wednesday, March 1 for the BSAP Summer Institute, Gifted and Talented Summer Institutes for Talent Development, Innovative Pathways High School (all courses except credit recovery and Gear Up for 9th Grade), and Summer Math Scholars programs.


HCPSS staff will provide in-person assistance for current HCPSS families who need help submitting their Synergy online enrollment requests for the registration-based summer programs. Support will be provided on Thursday, March 9 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the following elementary schools: Bollman Bridge ES, Swansfield ES, Talbott Springs ES, Waterloo ES, and Waverly ES.


Families can find up-to-date course information and enrollment directions on the Summer Programs web page (https://www.hcpss.org/summer-programs/). Contact the individual program offices with additional questions.



*PTA Virtual Zoom Meeting is March 15*


The PTA is hosting a Spring Fling Party for the 7th graders only on our next early dismissal day, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15.



To make this event a success we need YOU!

If you would like to make a donation or volunteer please view the signup genius below:


bit.ly/LKMSSpringFling2023 (case sensitive)


Thank you for your continued support.



We’re looking for a Permanent Substitute to join our team!


Lime Kiln Middle School is looking for an outstanding permanent substitute. If you or someone you know loves working with young people and has experience in a school setting, we invite you to apply as a permanent substitute. It is a great way to get your foot in the door, if you are interested in working in education.


HCASC Student Leadership

Promote Leadership and Volunteer Opportunity- HCASC Meeting

All middle and high school students are welcome to attend the March 15 HCASC Meeting at Oakland Mills High School 7 p.m. HCASC meetings are excellent opportunities to develop leadership skills, learn about job and volunteer possibilities, and meet community leaders. 


"The Essence of Us" Workshop Series 

The Council of Elders of the Black Community of Howard County and the HCPSS Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion have partnered to present "The Essence of Us: Chronicling the African American Experience," a workshop series geared toward middle and high school students that will provide a better understanding of African American history and how it is written. Workshops will be held both virtually and in-person. Participants will receive an email with details upon registering online.  Virtual and in-person Workshops will take place on Saturdays  (March 11, April 15 and May 13) from 10-11:00 a.m.


The Council of Elders Community Academy on Social Media:   Click here to view flyer

Come learn about the most popular social media sites students are accessing and effective practices for keeping your children safe when using them. This virtual session's information is relevant for families of students at all levels – elementary, middle, and high. The link to register can be found here.



Support Lime Kiln Middle School


Support Lime Kiln at Harris Teeter


Harris Teeter is the last grocery to donate money to schools based on supporter’s purchases.  If you have a Harris Teeter VIC card, please take the time to link your card to LKMS.  Cards must be relinked each year.  It only takes a minute at the link below and you don’t even need to remember your password.  If you shop at Harris Teeter but don’t have a VIC card, please follow the link to register for a card.   We received $669.61 last school year and would love that number to increase. 



Weis Fundraising Opportunity

Educational technology and funding changes daily. To keep up with these changes and expenses, our school is partnering with Weis Markets in their annual Weis 4 School program. By participating in this program, we can earn money for our school by simply shopping.  When you shop at Weis, scan the barcode to register your Weis Rewards card or register online at weis4school.com. Once you register, you are in the program and do not need to register again this school year. Please share this barcode with your friends and family. The more interest and enthusiasm we generate, the greater the benefits to our school.


Repeated News


The 2022-23 LKMS Yearbook is now available to be purchased online. Packages start at $25. Last day for online ordering is Friday, April 28.

 website: ybpay.lifetouch.com/

ID: 14607623

 All yearbooks will be delivered to the school sometime in early June.

Reservoir Boosters Information Night

Click here to view flier

2023 River Hill Boosters Summer Camps

The River Hill High School Boosters are sponsoring summer camps at River Hill High School. The camps are designed to help young athletes improve their fundamental athletic skills. Weekly camps begin on June 12th. Over thirty different camps are offered this summer, including football, tennis, soccer, baseball, softball, lacrosse, field hockey, volleyball, basketball, cheerleading, weight training, wrestling, Allied sports, Youth sports, pickleball, and dance. We also offer an Art camp and two different Video Production camps. Camp schedule and registration can be found at www.riverhill.org.


HCPSS’ Community News and Programs website makes it easy for families to find educational and recreational resources, events and after-school programs beyond the school day by non-profit organizations.”

Community organizations requesting their announcements be shared in school newsletters should visit community-programs.hcpss.org for more information. Questions should be directed to the Public Information Office at publicinfo@hcpss.org