As you know, our building remains closed. Although we do maintain an online presence through Facebook and Twitter, we do not monitor social media as a means of fielding questions or receiving feedback on our school or programs. If you have a question or concern related to LMMS, please contact your child’s teacher, counselor, assistant principal or principal. If you have a general question that you would like us to incorporate into our LMMS FAQ page, please feel free to submit it HERE.
What should I do if my child has a technology problem?
If you are experiencing technology challenges, please visit our EPSD At-Home Technology Troubleshooting Tips Page. If you are still experiencing difficulties after reading these suggestions, please reach out to our tech department by emailing email@example.com.
Why does my child’s Chromebook keep signing out when they close it?
Prior to our school closure, it was imperative that the technology department run a new filter through all of the Chromebooks. This should only have lasted about 4 days if students would have been logging into their chromebooks regularly. Since the closure, many students have not been logging on to their Chromebooks, and that prolongs the time it will take for this new filter to move through on all Chromebooks. Hopefully, as most students log on this week (April 6th), the filter will complete its cycle and this will no longer be a challenge.
When will my child be expected to begin online learning and be held accountable for participation?
As part of phase 3 of our online learning program, which will begin on Monday, April 20th, student completion of work will be tracked and a grade of Pass/Fail will be given for each course for Marking Period 4. Participation, progress, and feedback will continue to be documented to ensure continuity of learning. If students passt the 4th marking period, they will have the opportunity to improved their end-of-year grade by up to 5% based on a teacher-scored rubric. Please see more information about this on our April 16th Principal’s Update on our LMMS website.
How will my child know what assignments and lessons to complete?
Teachers will be assigning lessons and independent activities for your child to complete on their Google Classroom Pages. Most students are already familiar with using Google Classroom; however, if they can’t access a course, please reach out to the teacher or an administrator for help. Teachers will have lessons and activities posted by Monday morning, April 6th, for the entire week of the 6th. If the closure were to be extended, teachers will continue to post work by Monday mornings for the week ahead. Parents can also login to PowerSchool to see whether student work was completed or missing.
Will my child be prepared to take their Keystone Exams & PSSA Tests
The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) recently announced that all state testing, including PASA, PSSA and Keystone exams are cancelled for this year as a result of COVID-19.
How will we make up academic time lost during the three closure weeks prior to the start of new learning on April 6th?
We are fortunate to have had several snow make-up days in the calendar that were not utilized due to weather during the winter months. Additionally, PSSA & Keystone Testing has been cancelled by the Department of Education, which normally leads to 7+ days of disrupted instruction for students in April/May.
Will my child be ready to move on to the next course in each subject next year?
Yes. The learning activities that will be provided beginning on April 6th will be focused on the essential content/skills necessary for your child to remain on pace with classmates and be successful in their coursework next year.
How will this year’s grades be calculated for the 3rd quarter?
Third marking period will end on Friday, April 17th. Grades will be calculated using assignments that were completed on or before the closure of school on March 13th, 2020. Teachers have been working over the past two weeks to get in touch with students to turn in late or missing work for the 3rd marking period. 3rd quarter report cards will be live on PowerSchool on Wednesday, May 6th.
What about course selections for next year?
Beginning May 4th at 8:00 am, current 6th and 7th grade students will be able to request your classes for the 2020 – 2021 school year. To do this, you will log into your PowerSchool account and go to the Class Registration Page. Directions will be posted on Friday, May 1 in the student’s Google Classroom and on the LMMS websites. Requests are required in order to complete a student schedule. The scheduling window will close on Friday, May 8th at 5:00 PM.
For 8th to 9th grade course scheduling, course verification sheets were recently sent home at the beginning of March before school closed. If you have questions about your child’s course requests or need to make a change to the course requests for 9th grade, please contact Mrs. Shirvinski at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Will the 6th grade Outdoor Field Trip & other grade-level field trips still take place?
Based on the Governor’s closure of schools for the remainder of the year, we are cancelling all field trips. The business office and adminstrators will be working on refunds for families as soon as we are able to get back to normal business.
Since school is closed for the rest of the school year, what is happening with the concerts? Chorus, Band, and Orchestra.
Based on the Governor’s closure of schools for the remainder of the year, all band, chorus, and orchestra concerts planned for the remainder of the year are unfortunately cancelled.
When will the 8th grade Broadway trip money get refunded?
We were in contact with the salesperson regarding Wicked, and we are very fortunate that they are willing to refund all of our tickets. The check will be mailed to the school office, which of course we cannot gain access to at this point. Once we are able to get back to normal business, we will be sure to get refunds out to families.
Will those who have ordered a yearbook still receive one?
We are continuing to work with Christmas City Studios on processing the yearbooks and are even adding some of the online learning activities during our closure into the yearbook as well. Yearbooks are still available for purchase. As far as distribution, that plan will depend on when the Governor lifts his mandate and the EPSD had a safe plan in place for families to pick-up the yearbooks. To order a yearbook, please click on the following link and use the code attached for the password:
Session Password: LMMSYB20
If you have yearbook photos to share with LMMS, please send them to email@example.com
Will there be time available for students to get their books, etc. from their lockers?
Unfortunately, at this time, all EPSD buildings continue to be closed. When the Governor lifts his mandate and the EPSD had a safe plan in place for retrieval of students’ belongings, we will be sure to let students and families know of the plan.
Is there a “last day” for students?
The last day of school for students is Thursday, June 11th.
Will the 8th grade still get an opportunity to get together and say goodbye to friends and teachers before going to the high school? Will their semi-formal still happen at a later day like the senior prom?
While some districts and schools are making definitve plans to hold some events at “later dates”, we are not making any decisions regarding these type of events for our students until we get a clear directive regarding the gathering of individuals from the Governor. We recognize that these events are important for all of our students, and we are constantly evaluating decisions based on up-to-date information.