Weekly News September 24, 2020

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 3:11pm

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 Community,

At LRHS, our diversity is an important attribute that makes our school such a wonderful place!  In fact, did you know that over 150 of our amazing students are part of our ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) program?  

Our English learners come from around the world and each of our students brings their unique life experiences and valued perspectives to our school community. As you can imagine, learning English while in high school can be quite challenging (even more so in a virtual setting).  In addition, many of our students continue to face significant challenges in their lives.  So, our focus on creating a culture of belonging and togetherness (One Long Reach Initiative) plays an important role in supporting our students.  

On Wednesday, our ESOL Department facilitated the first of several professional learning sessions for our staff.  This first session centered around our students' lived experiences as well as instructional strategies teachers can use to engage and support them. I would like to thank our ESOL Department for their time and commitment in developing this wonderful learning experience for our staff.

LRHS Pride & One Long Reach

  • On Tuesday, our SGA held its third check-in where students could ask questions about the school year, clubs, SGA, activities.
  • Need a new mask? Want to show your LRHS Spirit? Check out the latest Boosters Spirit Wear!

Estimada Comunidad LRHS,

En LRHS, nuestra diversidad es un atributo importante que hace de nuestra escuela un lugar tan maravilloso! De hecho, ¿sabías que más de 150 de nuestros increíbles estudiantes son parte de nuestro ESOL ((Inglés para Hablantes de Otros Idiomas) programa?

Nuestros estudiantes de inglés vienen de todo el mundo y cada uno de nuestros estudiantes trae sus experiencias de vidas únicas y perspectivas valoradas a nuestra comunidad escolar. Como puedes imaginar, aprender inglés mientras estás en la escuela secundaria puede ser bastante difícil (aún más en un mundo escolar virtual).  Además, muchos de nuestros estuidantes continúan enfrentando desafíos importantes en sus vidas. Por lo tanto, nuestro enfoque en la creación de una cultura de pertenencia y estar juntos (One Long Reach Initiative) juega un papel importante en el apoyo a nuestros estudiantes.

El miércoles, nuestro Departamento de ESOL facilitó la primera de varias sesiones de aprendizaje profesional para nuestro personal. Esta primera sesión se centró en las experiencias vividas de nuestros estudiantes, así como en las estrategias de instrucción que los maestros pueden usar para involucrarlos y apoyarlos. Me gustaría agradecer a nuestro Departamento de ESOL por su tiempo y compromiso en desarrollar esta maravillosa experiencia de aprendizaje para nuestra facultad.

Orgullo de LRHS y Un Long Reach

Face-to-Face Supports to Small Groups of Students: In the coming weeks, HCPSS will begin providing face-to-face support to small groups of students. For additional information please click here.


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.


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. 

Fall 2020 Saturday Math Academy registration is only for students currently enrolled in an HCPSS School Based Math Course. Parents should register for the desired math course through HCPSS Connect on 9/26 @ 9am-12pm. Parents that register for the Saturday Math Academy Fall 2020 session will be contacted for payment by a BSAP representative once registration is complete. 

Senior College Process Meeting: We will be reviewing the four year college application process, how to complete transcript/recommendation requests, as well as providing some financial aid information/resources and have Q&A at the end. 


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: 

Free Food Distribution: The Catholic Community of Ascension and St. Augustine has partnered with Lancaster Food and Feed America to distribute boxes of food that contain fresh fruit, vegetables, dairy, and meat.  The distribution will take place every Saturday starting at 10a during the month of October at Ducketts Lane Elementary School.  For more information, please click here

Columbia Community Cares is planning to continue serving the community with food and other basic needs, until the students go back to their physical classrooms at the start of 2021. The schedule will work as follows:  

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 

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.

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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