Principal's Message

 

Greetings Vikings

                We are about two weeks into the school year and I could not be prouder of the students adapting to the changes.  Students are wearing their ID card and I see a lot of engagement within the 90 minute class room. 

            I want to encourage parents in creating an account with BCPSONE.  A letter was mailed home in the beginning of September that gave you step by step directions on creating an account.  I know it can be a little difficult but once you get in, you are set for your child’s school career.  The good news is you will not have to re-create an account as your children move from an elementary level to a middle school level and then finally the high school level.       

Students had their picture taken for the yearbook on the 8th & 9th.  Our Fall Sports are now in full swing.  Your child must have a GPA of 2.0 at the end of the 1st quarter to participate in the closing of the Fall Sports and even try-out for the Winter Sports.  First Quarter ends October 30th.  That means interims are coming out at the end of September.  

We are again utilizing the READINESS GRADE again this year.  This is to help your child develop great working habits when they enter the workplace or college setting.  Attendance is the key to success.  A student is not penalized for being absent as long as they bring in a note and it is an excused absence.  The READINESS Grade can boost up a student’s grade if they are on the border of obtaining a high grade.  It can also lower a student’s grade if they are not coming to class on time and their final grade is on the border at the lower end of the scale.

Class starts at 7:30am.  Our doors open at 7:15.  Students that arrive late to school arrive late to 1st period.  This has a negative impact on the 1st period class.

Parents please bring your ID with you if you are:

1. Visiting classrooms, 2. Having a meeting with teachers or guidance, 3. Going to an IEP/ 504 /SST Meeting, 4. Picking up a student to go home early, & 5. Picking up a student from the nurse (go to office first).

 

HSA’s will be administered during the first week of October.  If your child has not passed one or more HSA to meet the graduation requirements, then it is mandatory that they take them at this time.   NEW INCENTIVE:- any senior that passes all 3 HSA (Bio, Alg & Eng) will be eligible to receive a free prom.  As of now 137 seniors can obtain a free prom.  Seniors have the October test & then a January test to meet this requirement.  This is a $90.00 value. 

THERE WILL BE NO PARENT CONFERENCE NIGHTS this year.  With ENGRADE (BCPSONE) and emails there is no need to wait until mid-way of the quarter.  You can check your child’s grades at any time and email the teachers if you have questions.  You can request a conference with one or all of your child’s teachers at any point during the quarter.  There is no need to wait any more.

Please join the PTSA and help us make Lansdowne High the best place for an education.

 

Ken Miller

Principal

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 March are:

9th Grade - Tha Iang

10th Grade - Cin Sung

11th Grade - Wungun Yu

12th Grade - Aye Khai

Congratulations!

 

Inspirational Educator of the Month

Congratulations to Stacy Drega on being named the June 2014 Inspirational Educator of the Month.

Ms. Drega is an amazingly dedicated teacher at LHS.  She teaches the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program to all high school grade levels, and is a true inspiration for her efforts in the community.  She works with Kids Helping Hopkins, Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter, and coordinated our first ever AVID 5k run. 

 Stacy hails from Maryland, and greatly enjoys the rich local history of the area.  Indeed, History is her passion, and she was inspired to become a teacher as the best way to express that passion.  She earned her BA in History at York College of PA, her BA in Secondary Education Social Studies at Towson University, and her MA in Humanities from Tiffin University. 

 After teaching History in her other BCPS assignments, we are fortunate to have her here to teach our AVID program, where she continues to try to bring history alive for her students.  She also teaches the Ancient World course for the Johns Hopkins CTY program during the summers.

 The AVID program is a great fit for Ms. Drega, as she gets great enjoyment out of helping her students.  This program’s mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society.  She finds it especially fulfilling to see her students mature and go off to college in pursuit of their dreams.  Many of them continuously keep her updated on how they are doing, or contact her to ask for advice.  Truly, she has made an impact on these students, our school, and our community.

A true animal lover, Stacy and her husband were married this past November at the Maryland Zoo (complete with a penguin named Tails at the ceremony).  She’ll officially have her name changed over the summer, so look for her as Mrs. Swann next year in our AVID program.

 It is with great Viking Pride that we celebrate this award for Stacy Drega.  Congratulations!