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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 we move into April, we will be launching a second phase with more structured, teacher-directed learning that will provide continuity of instruction for all students beginning April 6th. As part of phase 2, student work will not be graded and entered into the gradebook; however, participation, progress, and feedback will be documented to ensure continuity of learning.
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.
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 and remainder of the year?
At this time, we have not made a determination as to how 3rd marking period grades and final grades will be calculated for the 19-20 school year. Once a determination has been made, that information will be posted on this page and sent out via e-blast.
What about course selections for next year?
Information will be coming out later in April to explain the process for 6th to 7th grade course scheduling and 7th to 8th grade course scheduling. Stay tuned for more information. In the meantime, it is very important that you have access to PowerSchool. If you are unable to access PowerSchool, please contact your grade level school counselor and directions on how to access PowerSchool will be emailed to you.
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 email@example.com as soon as possible.
Will the 8th grade semi-formal still take place?
Our LMMS semi-formal is scheduled for May 22nd and has not been postponed or cancelled at this point. We know how important this rite of passage is for 8th grade students, and are holding out as long as possible to make a decision.
Will the 6th grade Outdoor Field Trip & other grade-level field trips still take place?
Based on the Governor’s closure of schools indefinitely, we are cancelling field trips planned for the remainder of the year. The business office and adminstrators will be working on refunds for families as soon as we are able to get back to normal business.
What is happening with Spirit Weeks?
Spirit weeks are officially on hold for now until further notice.
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 still working with Christmas City Studios on processing the yearbooks. Once we have a definite answer from Christmas City Studios, we will be sure to update families.
Will there be time available for students to get their books, etc. from their lockers?
Unfortunately, at this time, all EPSD buildings are on closed and nobody is being allowed into the schools at this time since the entire building has been sanitized. If and when this changes, we will be sure to let students and families know.