Weekly News December 4, 2020

Fri, 12/04/2020 - 4:35pm


Long Reach High School
LRHS Weekly News
December 4, 2020

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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From the Desk of the Principal

Dear LRHS Community, 

Please consider joining the Restorative Justice Partnership; Howard County Public School System's (HCPSS) Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and the Howard County Education Association on Tuesday, December 8, 2020 from 6:30-8:00 pm for a conversation between Dr. Kathy Evans, educator and coauthor of The Little Book of Restorative Justice in Education, and Dr. Kevin Gilbert, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for HCPSS. 

Please to the link below to register for this event.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. I hope to see you there!


#lrhspride & #OneLongReach

  • Congrats to the latest members of the LRHS Tri-M Music Honor Society: Morgan Howard, Natalie JeonSachi IrizawaVida Le, Benjamin LetvinAbby PriceMia NievesMichael NievesSilas RagerMartin Perez-Sarabia
  • Check out the story featuring the Whiddon Family's efforts to support the Kennedy Krieger Festival of Trees.  Way to go Whiddon family!
  • Our Alpha Achievers collected over 1100 diapers this past week that will be donated to families in need!  


Joshua R. Wasilewski

January PSAT Participation Form: On Tuesday, January 26th, Long Reach High School will be offering the PSAT to 11th graders. 

The primary purpose of this administration is to give students the opportunity to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program. Participation is not required by HCPSS and students can qualify for the National Merit Scholarship Program without a PSAT score. Information on the National Merit Scholarship Program and how to apply without a PSAT score can be found here: https://www.nationalmerit.org/s/1758/interior.aspx?sid=1758&gid=2&pgid=424.

Key January 26th PSAT Details:

  • Exam starts at 8:30AM and ends around 12:30 (arrival and dismissal details will be sent in January)
  • Transportation will not be provided.
  • Students will test in small groups of 10 or less.
  • Classroom desks will be arranged to provide 6ft of clearance between students at all times. 
  • Face coverings will be worn at all times by students and staff. 
  • Students will miss their synchronous classes during the PSAT. Absences will be marked as excused.
  • No exam cost to HCPSS students.
  • Scores will be sent by the College Board in mid to late-March.
  • Cancellations are possible due to county level COVID metrics or school level COVID cases.

Please complete the form below to sign-up for the January 26th administration. Only students who complete the form will be allowed in the building to test. 

Note: students must be logged into their HCPSS Google Account to complete the form.

Forms must be completed by 12/23. Please send any questions you may have to Mr. Dorsey at kevin_dorsey@hcpss.org

Special Career Programs You Can Start Next Year!

Programas de Carrera ~ Vea Abajo Para Español Information Night This Tuesday, December 8th 

Virtual ARL Info Sessions: Dec 8th and Jan 7th

The ARL will be hosting a Virtual ARL Info Night to provide an opportunity for students, parents and community members to learn more about the career academies offered at the ARL.  Attendees may attend one session or two sessions each night.  Attendees will need to register to attend each session of interest so that the link to the meeting can be sent to the attendee.  Registration information is included in the news post link given below.

Virtual ARL Info Night News Post:


LRHS Cares - Community Messages for Our Community This Week 

Athletics In-Person Conditioning Canceled; Winter Athletics Scheduled to Begin December 7: Due to the recent rapid escalation of COVID-19 cases in Howard County, and in consultation with the Howard County Health Department (HCHD), in-person athletic conditioning, previously scheduled to begin on Monday, November 16, is canceled. 

HCPSS will now focus efforts on preparing for a safe and successful start to the winter athletic season beginning on December 7, and in accordance with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) plan for reopening high school interscholastic athletics. While there will be no in-person conditioning opportunities at this time, coaches may continue to engage student-athletes virtually. HCPSS will continue to monitor metrics related to the COVID-19 pandemic and provide regular updates should the rising cases impact the December 7, 2020 scheduled start. 

Please know that we take the safety and well-being of all of our students, staff and families very seriously, and hope that you are staying safe during this difficult time. Please visit the HCHD website for information related to the COVID-19 virus and how to remain safe.

Beyond School Hours Update:
Beyond School Hours will be holding SAT Prep Sessions on:

Critical Reading/Writing

November 17 

December 8, 15 

January 12


November 19 

December 10, 17 

January 14

Time: 3:20-4:20

Code: Lrhs-Bsh

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  

Free and Discounted Benefits for Qualifying HCPSS Families: Did you know that the Free and Reduced Meals (FARMs) program provides qualifying families with significant benefits to help save money? Go to https://www.hcpss.org/food-services/farms/#chart for additional information, as well as how to apply. 

Yearbook Update: Want to get your picture in the yearbook? Head over to the yearbook website and check out the posts on how to submit photos for the yearbook for different events and page topics. We will be posting a new topic for photo submissions each week, so be sure to subscribe!


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. 

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

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!

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!

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. 

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