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LKMS Important Dates and News

  • February 15-          “Gotta Eat Night: - Ledo Pizza (Fulton)
  • February 16-         3 Hour Early Dismissal
  • February 16-          PTA Virtual Meeting - 6:30pm
  • February 25-          Spirit Day - “Colors” 6th (Blue), 7th (Green), 8th (Red)

View our full calendar for LKMS News



Fall 2021 Assessment Home Reports

Students in grades 6- 8 who participated in the fall 2021 Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) will be bringing home score reports on Tuesday, February 8. 

The reports show prior grade level understanding in math and English language arts. Sixth graders' reports also show prior grade level understanding for science. These assessments are just one measure of your child's performance and provide you with insight into your child's level of proficiency. Federal accountability requires that students assess annually in grades 3-8 and once in high school. The assessments delivered in early fall of 2021 were the postponed assessments from the 2020-2021 school year. Reports reflect proficiency in the previous year’s grade level or course. These results never stand alone in assessing student growth, and will be used in combination with other assessments and class work to gauge overall student performance.   For more information, please visit the early fall HCPSS FAQ.


Supplemental Digital Tools - Important Information - ACTION NEEDED

Dear Families,

In an effort to continue expanding our authorized set of digital tools for instruction, HCPSS has curated a new set of supplemental digital tools that are available only through Google’s menu of additional services. HCPSS is committed to leveraging technology in ways that ensure all students have access and opportunity to communicate, collaborate, create, and innovate safely and responsibly anywhere, anytime in support of learning. These supplemental digital tools are approved by HCPSS and comply with federal, state and Howard County Board of Education student data privacy policies. Due to Google’s settings, students must access this set of tools by utilizing Google’s menu of additional services, which requires consent by a parent or guardian.  Please visit our website to provide the required parental consent.


Student Services News

2022-23 Course Registration Information

Attention Parents/Guardians of Current 6th and 7th Grade Students! ACTION NEEDED

The below letters will help guide you and your student through the selection of a yearlong fine arts class and one additional elective class for the 2022-2023 school year. We encourage you and your child to have a conversation and make selections based on strengths and interests to ensure a successful transition to 7th or 8th grade.  

Registration for 2022-23 courses will be available online during the window of February 8 through February 22, 2022.

For questions regarding scheduling, please contact Beth Lucas (counselor; last names A-L)  or Anna Miles (counselor; last names M-Z) 


Attention Parents/Guardians of Rising 9th Grade Students!

Interested in taking a Dance course next year at Reservoir High School?  All students interested in taking Dance 2-Dance Company are required to attend Dance Placement auditions.  Students may register for Dance 1 without attending auditions.  This year, auditions will take place on Wednesday, February 23rd from 4:00-6:00pm  in the RHS Auxiliary Gym.  Please arrive early to complete paperwork and sign in.  Please fill out this form to express your interest.  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Brown at or visit our website at


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


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.

"Gotta Eat Night" - February 15, 4:00-8:00pm - Ledo Pizza in Fulton.   See the attached flier for more information.



Wednesday, February 9, 7-8:00 pm - Virtual meeting

All middle and high school students are invited to participate in the February 9, Howard County Association of Student Councils virtual General Assembly meeting. Attendees will hear from HCASC’s Legislative Affairs Committee, as well as State and Local elected officials. Students may access the Google Meet code shared in the Canvas Student Newsletter on February 2, and must join the meeting by signing in via their HCPSS account.


2022 Summer Programs Registration Open Through February 15, 6:00pm

Online enrollment requests for currently enrolled HCPSS students is open now through Tuesday, February 15 at 6 p.m. Please reference the HCPSS News posting. Families can find up-to-date course information and enrollment directions on the Summer Programs web page. Direct questions to the summer program lead.


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