Information & Announcements for Current Parents and Students

This page contains links and information of interest to current school families and students.

Daily Annoucements

Friday, April 20, 2018   

Room Change for Today: 8th Period: MS Chess to Study Hall in Cafe

All Students & Staff: Please wear black and gold when visiting the Spring Benefit Auction this weekend!

All Students: The Spring Benefit Auction is Saturday, April 21.  We are looking for volunteers to help the day go smoothly.  (Volunteers get a free bake sale item!)  Tell Mr. Miller (in the office) if you want to join in on the fun and help your school at the same time!  Also, come out to play games, win prizes, paint ceramics, play minute to win it, hit the slime lab and take photos in the photo booth!  Fun all day – all day fun!

All Students & Staff: This Sunday is our Spring Open House. If you know someone who is interested in our school, invite them to attend! All campuses will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. with tours and information available.

All Students: Spring Picture Day is this coming Monday. Please remember to bring your picture packet with you if you are having your picture taken. If your order was placed online, you will not need to bring the packet. Pictures will be taken at 1 p.m.

HS Students: HS will be having Spiritual Life Week beginning on Monday, April 23 during regular scheduled chapel times. Our speaker is the Pastor for Student Ministries from Hershey Evangelical Free Church, Nick Manse. The goal for the week is to focus on knowing and growing in Christ. Please be in prayer for this week that all will experience God during this time.

Juniors and Seniors: Tickets for formal are on sale now through April 27 in Mrs. Thomas’s room. See Mrs. Thomas with questions.

HS students: Pick a song and be a participant in Putting on the Hits! Get your song approved by Miss Califf – send her an e-mail or stop by room 127. Once your song is approved, add it to the poster by the wall. YOU are what makes this a fun event! The top two songs will get donuts or candy (1st place gets first choice). POTH is Friday, April 27th (add it to your calendar now)!

8th-11th graders: Yearbook applications for next year can be picked up in Mrs. Snell’s room. They need to be returned to Mrs. Snell by Tuesday, May 1.

9th-11th graders: Student Ambassador applications for next year can be picked up in Mrs. Snell’s room. They need to be returned to Mrs. Snell by Tuesday, May 1.

8th-11th Grade Students: Student Council Applications can be found in Miss Califf’s room 127. All current 8-11th graders are encouraged to apply! Applications for potential members (currently in StuCo or hoping to join for next school year) are due May 1, 2018.

HS Students: Thomas will be holding informal SAT prep sessions during 8th period on Wednesdays and Fridays until May 2. If you need help preparing for the May or June SAT, please feel welcome to come study in her room at those times.

MS & HS Students: The Sports Banquet is Saturday, May 12 at 6 p.m. for anyone who participated on a sports team at Hershey Campus this year.  Invitations were emailed out to parents this week. Please make sure your parents respond so you have a spot at the banquet.  Responses are due by Friday May 4. See Mr. Hollinger with questions. 

Sports

  • Today Twin Valley High School Invitational (HS only) – dismiss 1:05 p.m.
  • 4/24: MACSA MS Meet – All Day Meet
  • 4/25: MACSA HS Meet – All Day Meet
  • 4/26: LM Meet for 7th-9th grades – dismiss 2 p.m. 

Upcoming Events

  • 4/23-4/27: TerraNova Achievement Testing for grades 3-10
  • 4/30: School in session – snow make up day

Attendance

All students enrolled in Lancaster Mennonite Hershey Campus are expected to attend school and classes on a regular basis. Pennsylvania law requires school attendance until the age of 17. Students absent from class have the responsibility to make up missed work.

Legal or Excused Absences

Excusable absences include illness, death in the immediate family, impassable roads or other urgent reasons approved by the principal or the principal’s designee. With pre-approval, educational trips, church activities and college visits may also be excused. Unexcused absences include those for job interviews, care for younger children, oversleeping, missed bus, personal problems, hunting or fishing, shopping, hair appointments, farm shows (unless exhibiting) and trips (unless educational and pre-approved).

Illegal or Unexcused Absences

When a student is under 17, Lancaster Mennonite Hershey Campus is required to report excessive unexcused absences to the public school district in which the student resides. School district officials may take action against the student and the parents that could result in fines, participation in court mandated programs and/or suspension of the student’s driving privileges. After age 17, unexcused absences are no longer illegal. More than three days of unexcused absences for students above 17 are considered excessive and will not meet minimum attendance requirements. Underclassmen 17 or older who accumulate more than three unexcused days may need to make up each unexcused day prior to the next academic year. Seniors who have enough academic credits for graduation but fail to meet the minimum attendance requirements will be allowed to participate in commencement; however, these students will not receive an LM diploma until the days of excessive absence have been made up. LM does not give a penalty for the first three unexcused absences during the school year; however, each additional unexcused day results in a 1% point deduction from the quarter grade in each course. Truancy from school and/or individual classes (unexcused absences without parental permission prior to the absence) results in a 2% point deduction from the quarter grade in each class missed. Students have the option of completing community service at a local non-profit organization, one hour for each percentage point for each class, in place of receiving grade deductions. Community service hours need to be verified by a supervisor at the non-profit organization, and must be completed before the end of the academic quarter to avoid grade deductions. After the fifth absence for illness in a school year, the administration may require a note from a physician for all future absences for illness in order to record the absence as excused.

Educational Trips

A request for excusing an educational trip is to be made at least five school days in advance of the requested absence. This policy applies to college visits, church activities and educational trips with a parent or other responsible adult. Educational Trip Request Forms can be printed but are also available in the school office. To maintain satisfactory academic performance, the maximum number of days excused per school year should not exceed five.

Tardy to School

A “tardy to school” is classified as excused or unexcused using the same criteria as for general absences. Each student is permitted one unexcused tardy to school per semester without penalty. Students are assigned to an after-school detention for their second through fifth tardy to school. Parents will be notified when the first detention (for the second tardy) is assigned. For the sixth and any subsequent tardy to school, the student will meet with an administrator to devise a plan to modify the behavior.

Moms Prayer

The Hershey Campus Moms Prayer Group meets once a month for a time of prayer and fellowship. Grandmothers are welcome to attend to pray for their grandchildren. The group meets from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month beginning in October.

Questions can be directed to Jo Davidson at 717-413-0570 or 8davidsons@gmail.com.

Scrip Program

Scrip can help you with tuition costs and provide money for the school–at no additional cost to you!

Scrip allows you to purchase gift cards at the face amount; each card gets a percentage given back to the school.  The school then allows you to use half of that money towards music lessons, tuition, etc.  It’s really a win-win situation!!

To learn more about the Scrip Program be sure to check out their website or contact Carrie Shreve at 717-533-4900 or shreveca@lancastermennonite.org.

Site Councils

Each LM campus has a local site council composed of parents that meet regularly to advise the principal and administration. New members are chosen annually.