Weekly News October 2, 2020

Fri, 10/02/2020 - 2:56pm

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,

Happy Friday! Every Monday from 10:50am - 11:20am, students are scheduled and expected to attend their Lightning Time class.  During Lightning Time, important school announcements will be shared, College and Career updates from Student Services Department will be provided, and various topics based on student input will be covered.  In addition, this time is also designed for students to connect with their fellow classmates, as well as their teacher in a small group setting (I am even co-teaching a class!).  

While still in a Virtual Learning setting, we are continuing to provide ways for our students and community to feel connected to LRHS. For example, our school news site, the Lightning Flash, is up and running providing an important student perspective. 

Weekly, our student newspaper sends News Flashes through our Student Canvas Community page to keep LRHS up to speed on important topics. 

We are offering opportunities for students to connect through honor societies and clubs after school, as well as ways to get academic assistance through our Beyond School Hours Program. 

Lastly, I am pleased to announce that 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!

Friday, Oct 2nd

5:00 - 8:30   Virtual Youth Town Hall Meeting (must register online)


Saturday, Oct 3rd

8:00 - 11:00  FREE COVID Testing

First Baptist Church of Guilford

7504 Oakland Mills Road

Columbia, MD 21046

10:00 - 12:00 Food - Produce, Dairy, Meat

Ducketts Lane Elementary

6501 Ducketts Lane

Elkridge, MD 21075

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


10:30 - 1:30 Food and Supplies

Columbia Community Cares

Howard High School

Swansfield Elementary

Oakland Mills Middle

If delivery needed, fill out this form for FREE DELIVERY OF GROCERIES

1:00 - 3:00 Virtual College Fair

Free, fun and interactive afternoon for high school students, parents and mentors. Meet student ambassadors from Howard University, University of Maryland-College Park, Hampton University, Frostburg University, Spelman College, University of Maryland-Baltimore County, and Bethune-Cookman University.

Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZctdu6ppjopGdXqPOqhGmzuKPP-adTmD-Kq

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  

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. 




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. 

Click here for the Full LRHS News Feed

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