PTSA Newsletter, March 28, 2018

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 2:10pm

Long Reach High School PTSA Newsletter

The Next PTSA meeting is on Monday, April 9th at 7:00pm in the Student Services Center.  We’d love to see some new faces and hear new ideas as we continue to support the LRHS students, staff, and parents. 


  • Is your student prepared to take the SAT in May or June? Advanced SAT Prep will help students gain a better understanding of the SAT and, more importantly, learn how to answer more SAT questions correctly to increase their score.  We will also help students with an in-depth review of the Math and English concepts required to destroy the SAT.  This class is sponsored by the LRHS PTSA and a portion of all proceeds will be donated to the association. The cost of the class is $200.  More information can be found on their website
  • Do you have a teen driver?  Did you know that Elite Driving School is the only AAA approved Driving School in Maryland?  The next 2 week class begins on April 9th and a new class starts each month.  You can get more information at
  • The Long Reach PTSA is proud to offer an ACT Prep Class for Juniors!  The Class will be held on Tuesday, May 29th and Thursday, May 31st from 5:30pm – 9:30 pm.  The cost of the class is $159 and if you register by May 22nd, you can save $10.  To register, visit
  • Not sure which test you should prep for?  Find out by taking Kaplan’s combo practice test.  You’ll get to try the content, timing, and format of each test so you can determine which exam to focus on.  The practice exam will be on May 5, 2018 from 9am-1pm at Long Reach HS.  The cost is $20 per student, with the proceeds going to the PTSA.  You can also see your school counselor for a fee waiver.  Register here.
  • Talking to your children about traumatic events can be difficult.  These resources can support parents and community members in speaking to children outside of school hours.  HCPSS schools are equipped with resources to support children during the school day.

Get Involved

  • Amazon Smile - Do you shop on Amazon?  Are you looking for an easy way to support the PTSA?  Please consider using Amazon Smile and elect to support Long Reach High School.  Find out more here.
  • Giant A+ Rewards – If you shop at Giant and have a Giant Rewards card, you can support Long Reach High School.  Just log into your Giant Rewards account and check the Rewards & Savings tab to select your school of choice.  Go to the Giant website to learn more.
  • Clothing to Cash – Do you have some unwanted clothing, shoes, towels, or other textiles?  Consider donating them in the white receptacle located at the far end of the Long Reach High School parking lot.  For each pound collected, Clothing to Cash sends money to the PTSA.   Please place your items in a tied plastic bag before depositing.

Upcoming Dates

3/30:                  Schools Closed for Good Friday

4/2 – 4/3           Schools Closed for Spring Break

4/9:                     PTSA Meeting, 7:00pm in the Student Services Center

4/13:                   End of Marking Period / Early Dismissal

Stay Connected with LRHS PTSA



Facebook Page: LRHS PTSA Facebook Page

Twitter Account: Long Reach PTSA Twitter



Community Events


  • HoCo Hacks! - If you're interested in computer science, come to the fourth annual HoCo Hacks Hackathon! High school students from around the county will gain programming experience by spending the day coding a project that fits the theme presented at the event. The hackathon includes a presentation by guest speaker Dr. Singh, Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University. Students may work in groups of up to three members, and food will be provided. The hackathon will be held at Centennial High School on April 14th, from 10am-5pm. For more information and to sign up for a spot, go to the!


  • The Columbia Clippers and the Columbia Association are proud to once again sponsor the Howard County Invitational Swimming Championships which will be held on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at Howard Community College.  This meet is open to all Howard County Public High School Students.  There are no qualifying times for this meet.  For each county high school participating, the Clippers will donate money towards that school’s after prom party.  Additional money will be given for first, second, and third places.  Past winners tend to have higher participation, not necessarily the best swimmers.  Having more swimmers increases participation in the many events offered.  For additional information, see the Facebook page here.


  • The Horizon Foundation is sponsoring Open Streets 2018 in the Long Reach community on Saturday, May 5th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.  Think “street festival” with the inside lane of Tamar Drive closed off so people can safely bike and walk between the LRHS parking lot, and SJBC at the other end. At each location we will have music, food, and lots of family activities. It’s a free event!  More information here.
  • Howard County Drug Free -  HC DrugFree's Teen Advisory Council (TAC) meeting will be held at The Barn (Teen Center) in the Oakland Mills Village Center on April 16th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  TAC meets once a month and is open to all Howard County high school teens. Forms can be found on the TAC page at     Free of charge. Pizza provided, so please rsvp to before each meeting.


  • Community members are invited to participate in #OneHoward Live, June 16, with a presentation promoting dialogue and inclusion. Details here.