Principal's Message

Greetings from Ken Miller                                                                          

It is hard to believe the Holiday Season is soon upon us.  This means that second quarter is almost half way complete.  Interims will be coming out during the first week of December.  Are you meeting success?

The 1st key to academic success is attendance.  Coming to school each day and on time is critical.  The A/B schedule is set that the students only meet with their teacher approximately 22x a quarter.  If you do miss a school day or two, cold & flu season is nasty, then you must make arrangements with your teacher to make up any missing work.  BCPSONE has developed a Grading Program, ENGRADE, so you can check your academic status each day.  It is very important that parents log onto this system and examine your child’s progress.  The good news on this system is you can easily access all your children’s progress no matter what BCPS school they attend with one logon.   Papers with your specific code were mailed home.  These activation codes will remain current until January.

When we do return from winter break we move right into HSA re-taking. Seniors need to make sure they are on track for graduation.  Student Service Learning Hours must be completed (75 hours--- see Mrs. Cabaniss), HSA requirements, and credits earned.  These are not just 12th grade issues.  All grades should focuses on these items.

Student- athletes are already beginning the WINTER SEASON.  Athletes must maintain a GPA of 2.0 to remain on the team.  Second quarter ends January 23rd

Soon we will be registering students for classes next year.  That is correct; we are starting to plan for next year.  Please discuss with your child the different opportunities that we have to offer them.  If your child will be a junior or senior, there is the option for Parallel Enrollment to CCBC.  Early release for jobs, internships or other possibilities are also available but for 12th grade only.  Your child’s counselor will be meeting with him/her to help assist in setting their needs for their future.

I would like to wish you and your family a safe and Happy Holiday.  Enjoy the time off from school and I look forward to the New Year.

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 October are:

9th Grade - Kelvin Interiano

10th Grade - Bryan Rios

11th Grade - Isaiah Kung

12th Grade - Leah Hagan

 

Congratulations!

 

Inspirational Educator of the Month

Congratulations to Mike Martin on being named the November 2014 Inspirational Educator of the Month.

 

Mr. Martin is a key part of our Business program and the Academy of Finance here at LHS.  He teaches Honors Economics, International Business, Banking & Credit, and Keyboarding & Career Strategies.

 

 Mr. Martin has called the local area home, having grown up in Catonsville – a place he still calls home.  Mike graduated from Towson State College (now Towson University) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communication, and came into his teaching career after 25 years in the private sector.  He had been a long time coach in the community and when he was about 50 years old he decided to go into teaching to bring the real world of work into the classroom. 

 

In addressing the “real world of work” in his classroom, Mike says that although it can be challenging at times dealing with all issues that our students face day-to-day, that in itself is inspiring to try and make a difference in their lives, and to see them compete on a high level with other students from communities that don’t deal with the same types of serious life challenges. 

 

Mr. Martin spurs students on to face challenges in athletics as well as in the classroom.  He has coached the JV baseball team the past 3 years to two winning seasons, and also the golf team the past 3 years – twice having undefeated teams, including this year at 10-0.

 

Mr. Martin is a proud father of four, with two grandchildren, and a devoted wife of 31 years.  They are sure to be proud of his accomplishments, as are we here at LHS.  It is with great Viking Pride that we celebrate this award for Mike Martin.  Congratulations!