Weekly News September 17, 2020

Fri, 09/18/2020 - 12:57pm

Building Belonging and Togetherness: #OneLongReach

The weekly news digest from LRHS.  See below for important information for the Long Reach community:

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From the Desk of the Principal

Dear LRHS,

As a parent of three (one in each of the three levels - elementary, middle and high school), I recognize that there is a lot to keep track of in the fully virtual setting! As a result, we are consistently evaluating effective ways to provide our community with important information.

Critical information will continue to be posted on our website.  In addition, each of the communications sent out by email is cataloged by date and can be found at https://lrhs.hcpss.org/news  We also utilize our Twitter account to highlight current events and accomplishments of our students and staff so our community can get a sense of all the wonderful things that continue to happen at LRHS.  

Attention Class of 2021

Senior Portrait sessions will occur from 7:30am to 2:30pm at LRHS next week.  They will be by appointment only and slots are still available.

To schedule your appointment, go to this link: https://schedule.prestigeportraits.com/schedule/home.html?MD&Columbia 

For more information about portraits go to: https://prestigeportraits.com/


The LRHS front office staff will check phone messages daily (410) 313-7117 on our answering machine and calls will be returned promptly, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 am to 3:30 pm. As always, you may also directly reach any staff member via email, which can be found on our school website at https://lrhs.hcpss.org/school-staff

Collection bins outside the main office are available for parents to drop off any materials or paperwork. Please drop off any important papers or documents in a sealed envelope addressed to the staff member or department intended, and include your first and last name and the name of your student on any item that is left in the bins. Bins will be checked throughout the day.

Textbook and Material Distribution, September 23: On September 23rd, from 8:00am - 11:00am, we will be holding a material and textbook distribution at LRHS. Not every student will need to come to the school to pick up textbooks and materials. Please read the list of courses below to see if your child’s class is using materials/books that need to be picked up at the school. 

LRHS Attendance Information: To excuse absences to Google Meets (for entire day or certain periods), parents/guardians may send an e-mail to lrhsabsence@hcpss.org within 5 days of a student’s return. The e-mail must include the first and last name of the student, date of the absence and reason for the absence. You will receive an e-mail once absence is entered. 

Free Vaccine Clinics for Students, Sept. 21-25, 2020: To help Howard County students obtain necessary state-required immunizations, HCPSS Health Services continues to partner with the Howard County Health Department and the Maryland Partnership for Prevention to offer several immunization clinics for any student who may need them. Multiple vaccines will be offered at the clinics at no cost to families. Upon registration, parents will be able to choose which vaccines their child needs.

More information and a list of dates, times and locations is available online.

Resolving Incomplete Grades for 2019/2020: As we begin the 2nd week of the 2020-2021 school year, we want to make sure students have the chance to resolve any Incomplete (I) grades from the 2019-2020 school year. If applicable, please take a moment to review the information below: 

Grab and Go Meals at LRHS: Grab and Go at LRHS access - Front of the building outside the cafeteria doors (courtyard by our purple picnic tables).

Meals will be provided at no cost to all students through December 31, 2020, subject to U.S. Department of Agriculture funding availability. The food services program during the 2020-2021 first semester (Sept. 8, 2020-Jan. 28, 2021) will consist of Grab-and-Go meals served Monday through Friday from 8–9am and 10:45 am - 12:45 pm, beginning Tuesday, September 8. Breakfast and lunch can be picked up at either meal time. More information can be found here.  

Please find below information regarding technology support for fall virtual instruction that includes both self-help resources and how to request technology support. Read more

Request a Chromebook or Internet: Go to https://www.hcpss.org/devices/ for detailed information on requesting chromebooks and internet access.Read more

Family File Information Update Request: Every year HCPSS parents must complete a Family File for each child. HCPSS utilizes Family File for parents/guardians to complete emergency information. Parents/guardians must verify and/or update information for each child, and can do so by logging in to HCPSS Connect and selecting the Family File tab on the left and then clicking on Family File. Once logged in, you will be asked to update or provide the following information:

  • Student Information
  • Parent/Guardian Contact
  • Emergency Contacts
  • Medical Information
  • Arrival/Dismissal Procedures
  • Photo Approval
  • Data Confidentiality
  • PTA/PTSA Directory

SchoolMessenger Reporting Form:  If you are having issues receiving HCPSS district/school emails and/or text messaging please use this new form for reporting your issues regarding emails/text messages not being delivered.

Canvas/Synergy Access Issues Reporting Form: If you are experiencing issues with Canvas/Synergy messages, please complete this form:  http://hcpssne.ws/Connect-Login-Issue-Submission

LRHS Senior Portraits:

Lifetouch will be mailing appointment cards on or before 9/4/20.  Once you receive your card, you will be able to log in to the PrestigePortraits.com website to select a date/time that is convenient for you. Senior Portrait Sessions are scheduled to occur from 7:30am to 2:30pm at LRHS from 9/22 - 9/25 and from 11/30 - 12/2.  


FARMs Application (Free and Reduced Meals): https://www.myschoolapps.com/Application  

There are so many financial advantages to high school students beyond the free meals, including free or reduced cost: SAT, ACT and AP exams, dual enrollment tuition for HCC courses, summer school tuition, college application fees, and NCAA clearinghouse fees.



MVA Form Update: Attached is the updated DL 300A Form from the MVA. Parents/guardians may certify school attendance using this form.

Please visit the Community News and Programs page (http://www.hcpss.org/community-news-and-programs/) on the HCPSS website for announcements of upcoming events and programs sponsored by non-profit organizations. 

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