Principal's Message

 

Greetings Vikings

            October is filled with lots of events.  We go from HSA re-testing, which is a must for graduation to Fall sports and PSATs.  The SGA will be celebrating Homecoming, the game & then the dance.  The PSAT will be given mid-month and by the end of the month, first quarter grades are over. 

            One of the three Graduation Requirement is the HSA’s.  Student must pass all 3 or get a combined score of 1208.   This applies for the 12th and 11th graders.  It is a little different for the 10th graders and the 9th graders it is a complete change.  If a student does not pass all 3 or get the combined score then they can do a BRIDGE Project in the area(s) they were not successful.  The number of projects are based on the score of the test.

            October 7th through the 16th we will be offering students a make-up HSA.  Each student will be given a pass for the test(s) that they need to re-take and there will be a roster posted at the 1st & 2nd floor Y’s.   Please make sure you do not miss this opportunity.  Some students just want to take the Bridge Projects. In order to do this they must take the test at least twice and we want them to score as high as possible so they only have 1 project to complete. 

            The English & Algebra HSA will no longer be offered after this year, PARCC is taking its place in May.  This is why it is so important to take them now (October, January & Spring). 

            The SGA is sponsoring the Homecoming Pep Rally and the dance that follows.  The Pep Rally is Friday the 11th.  Spirit Weeks is that Monday –Friday.  All attire must be appropriate when participating in the Spirit Week functions.  Students attending the dance must have ID and arrive before doors close (1 hour after they open).

            BCPS will be offering the PSAT to all 9th, 10th & 11th graders on October 15th.  This test will take place from 7:45 to 11am.  This is a resource that College Board offers to help the school identify strengths and weakness for preparing students for SAT, AP & colleges.  The seniors do not take the PSAT.

            The first quarter ends at the end of the month.  Remember that you must maintain a GPA of a 2.0 in order to continue with Fall Sports and then try out for Winter Sports.  Remember to bring you ID. If you forget & get a temporary ID then it is $1.00

Ken Miller

Principal
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Lansdowne High

 

Vikings of the Month

 

Students selected as Vikings of the Month are recognized for the way in which they consistently uphold the Viking Code of Conduct - Readiness, Responsibility, and Respect

The winners for September are:

9th Grade - Zarin Chowkhury

10th Grade - Katie Lily

11th Grade - Cashya Saunders

12th Grade - Justice Bishop

 

Congratulations!

 

Inspirational Educator of the Month

Congratulations to Greg Churchill on being named the October 2014 Inspirational Educator of the Month.

An 8-year veteran of the Social Studies department at LHS, Mr. Churchill teachers Advanced Placement U.S. History and EPI (Economics & Public Issues).    He is a self-proclaimed history freak, and is currently president of a non-profit educational and historic preservation organization.  This non-profit has donated thousands of dollars and countless volunteer hours toward the preservation of artifacts and battlefields from the Civil War.

 Mr. Churchill has called the local area home for more than forty years, and even graduated from a Baltimore County public school.  He then went on to receive his Bachelor’s degree in History and teaching certificate from Towson University. 

He loves the inquisitive nature of the students at LHS, and the incredibly supportive staff.  He plays his supportive role in coordinating some of the new software programs used here.  While history is his passion, he says that he does not expect every student to share the same enthusiasm for history.  He at least hopes for his students to understand why he likes it so much.

Greg and his wife enjoy travelling to various historic sites.  Their travels have taken them to various parts of the U.S.  But they have especially enjoyed their travels to Scotland – where they have travelled each summer for the past 10 years as part of a partnership between his church and a small church in Lochgilphead, Scotland.  What he misses most, however, on his travels is his dog Bella, who apparently thought the trophy he brought home with his award was a present for her (no, she didn’t chew it up).  It is with great Viking Pride that we celebrate this award for Greg Churchill.  Congratulations!