Weekly News Digest 10/30/2020

Fri, 10/30/2020 - 1:51pm

Building Belonging and Togetherness: #OneLongReach

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

2020/2021 School Year HCPSS Message Translations

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Long Reach Online Newspaper: LRHSLightningFlash.com

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From the Desk of the Principal

Dear LRHS Community,

Please take a moment to review the important updates and information below.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Family/Parent Survey (Survey Closes 11/2):

Please take a few minutes to provide feedback about our school culture at LRHS through a survey in partnership with the Restorative Justice Partnership, Howard County Education Association (HCEA), and the HCPSS Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.  

Parent/Family Survey: https://www.research.net/r/ceea-parent

Survey ID: LR912

Grade Calculation Chart for 2020-2021 School Year

Please review the Grade Calculation chart for first semester 2020.2021.pdf so you can calculate how your first quarter and second quarter grades will create your final course grade for the semester.  Note that a failing grade in either quarter requires a C or higher in the other quarter in order to earn course credit.  As a reminder, there are no midterm or final exams during the 2020-2021 school year.

LRHS Cares

Now more than ever, members of our community need support and assistance (food, clothing, rent assistance, etc.). To help, a team of staff volunteers has launched the LRHS Cares initiative to meet this growing need.  Each week, we will continue to publish information about local community events on our main website. 

LRHS Virtual Learning Help Guide

Remember to check out our Virtual Learning Family Help Guide!  


Joshua R. Wasilewski


LRHS Boosters: Mark your calendars for Weds, November 4th from 5-8pm for restaurant night at Silver Diner in Gateway Overlook! Come out to support the LRHS Boosters by dining in or ordering takeout. 

The Boosters support student activities at Long Reach. To learn more about the Boosters and become a member, visit LRHSBoosters.com


The Howard County Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission encourages all eligible students to participate in its annual essay contest, poster contest and oratory contest. The Contest is open to all Howard County Middle School and High School Students. Cash prizes for winners!!! Visit https://tinyurl.com/y62zdevk for more information. 

The Advanced Placement (AP) testing program for the 2020-2021 school year has been modified to allow for the maximum flexibility when registering for exams. Students and teachers are navigating the change to the 4x4 block schedule while dealing with the uncertainty of the health and safety for spring testing. The changes below will hopefully help students feel comfortable registering for exams and demonstrating their knowledge. 

The Classes 2021 & 2022 have joined together to launch a fundraiser. The dates for the online fundraiser are Monday October 12 to Friday November 6th.  

Class of 2021 Parents - check out the post on the webiste with lots of important information: https://lrhs.hcpss.org/news/2020/10/class-2021-senior-updates

Food Distribution - Produce, Dairy, Meat on Saturday 10/31

Regalando Cajas de Comida

Location/Lugar Long Reach High School

Time/Hora: 10:00 - 12:00 or until supplies last / o se acaban las cajas

No income or documentation restrictions, 1 box per family, wear a face mask to pick up

Cada carro es elegible para recibir una caja de comida.  Todos los participantes tienen que llevar una mascarilla mientras que recogen la comida. No tiene que mostrar ninguna documentación.

Additional Events on Saturday/Eventos adicionales el sábado- Click here


The LRHS Library Media Center is now offering Contactless Book Pick Up where students can reserve a book and pick it up at LRHS. Click here for details and directions!

Yearbook Update: The 2020 yearbooks have shipped! If you ordered a yearbook last year, you should be receiving it at your home in the next week or two. If your address has changed since purchasing your yearbook, please make sure that your mail is being forwarded to your new address or check with your local post office. 

If anyone is interested in playing football, contact Coach Jamie Willis at jamie_willis@hcpss.org 

Our Student Services Department has updated office hours!  Mrs. Quinn, our guidance secretary, will greet you at our virtual counseling office.

Meet Code: LRHS-Counselor 

Days:  All weekdays that school is in session

Time: 11:30am - 1pm

Mrs. Quinn is a great resource for all college applications and financial aid questions. She can also set you up with an appointment to speak with your counselor.  Please drop in with questions or just to say hello!

Long Reach After School Homework Help We are excited to offer several different after school academic support options this year.  We will have College Essay Writing (open to any senior), ESOL Homework Help (open to all students), Drop In Math Homework Help (open to all students), Drop In Writing Support (open to all students), and CARES Math and Reading Tutoring (invitation only).

See the whole schedule at this link:  Beyond School Hours Schedule

Students can get more information on the Long Reach Student Resources Canvas Page, by clicking "Beyond School Hours."  If you need more info, email laarni_lucero@hcpss.org or candice_hills@hcpss.org  

MWMS Virtual 5k/10k: Health and Wellness Matters: MWMS, MWMS PTA, TIME Organization, and the Horizon Foundation have teamed together to bring awareness to Mental Health within our community. By participating in our FREE virtual 10K (6.2 miles) or 5K (3.1 miles), you will commit to raising awareness to this global health crisis. All participants will receive a finisher's certificate and the first 125 participants will also receive a finisher's T-Shirt!  


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. 

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 

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. 

Click here for the Full LRHS News Feed

Click here for the Calendar for Athletics, Fine Arts, and other school events