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March 15, 2018

Lá ‘le Pádraig sona dhuit

...that's "Happy St. Patrick's Day" in Gaelic!


Wishing you all a bit of Irish luck this St. Patrick's Day!


Lá ‘le Pádraig sona dhuit is pronounced "lah leh PAH-drig SUN-uh gwitch."

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March Madness Continues

March Madness is in full swing! From basketball shootouts, to hula hooping, to jenga battles, a food drive, and superhero-themed contests, students have been going head-to-head to earn points for their teams! Next week (March 22nd) is the big finale and will determine who will nab this year's crown...and all the glory! Some events scheduled for LHS Madness Night include an obstacle course, dodge ball, 3-on-3 basketball, oreo face race, human hungry hungry hippos, jail break, and more!


Don't forget to pick up your Madness shirt for only $5 in the school store. Your shirt is your ticket in to the event!


RED (Marvel): Last name A-K

WHITE (DC): Last name starts L-Z


Remember: Bring in your non-perishable items for the food drive and place them in your designated Marvel/DC boxes in the main office!

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* IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENTS *

Conference Scheduling Portal - NOW OPEN

Spring conferences will be held on Wednesday, April 18th from 6:00-8:00 p.m. As a reminder, scheduling for your conferences is now done directly through your Genesis Parent Portal. Look for the "Conferences" link at the top of your portal, and then click "Schedule Conferences" at the bottom of the page to lock in your time slots for your child's teachers. The scheduling link will close on April 10th at 4:00 p.m.


Note: Please disregard the AM listed next to the conference times in the scheduling portal. We apologize for any confusion but thank you for your understanding.

REMINDER: SCHOOL CLOSEd

School will be closed on Friday, March 16th (Professional Development Day). Have a great long weekend, Cardinals!

Change to School Calendar

Because of the snow days used on March 7th and 8th, Lawrence Township Public Schools will be open on Monday, April 2 and Thursday, June 21. These two make-up days were built into the 2017-2018 district calendar. Wednesday, June 20th will remain an early dismissal day.


For a printable copy of the revised calendar please follow THIS LINK.


*** Please note, the date and time for the class of 2018 graduation HAVE NOT CHANGED. Please see the Senior Scoop section further below for more information about graduation and Project Graduation.***

Cardinal Jeopardy Date Change

This year's Cardinal Jeopardy annual charity fundraiser (sponsored by NHS) has been moved to THURSDAY, MAY 24th at 7:00 p.m. Many thanks to those of you who have agreed to share your time, talent, and awesome dance moves! Stay tuned for more information from Mrs. Hertzog and Mrs. Mallon!

Mentors Wanted

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America is coming to LHS! We are seeking kind and motivated LHS students 15 years and over who are interested in being mentors to students at Ben Franklin Elementary School. Mentors must commit one hour once a week to meet with their little brother/sister at Ben Franklin Elementary School on Wednesdays from 3:45-4:45. Students must have their own transportation to Ben Franklin to participate. Students should check their email or stop in guidance for more information. All applications are due in guidance by Tuesday, April 3rd. Priority will be given to students who are willing to commit to participating in this program next school year as well (2018-2019).

School Security

In our ongoing efforts to maintain a safe school, students are no longer permitted to use the crossover doors to and from the 100 and 700 hallways. Students are also not permitted to open or proper open those or any exterior doors for other students.


Thank you for your cooperation and for making our school security a total team effort!

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* BRAG BAG *

Spotted: Random Acts of Kindness

All too often we are bombarded in the news and through other sources with events that can leave us feeling heavy-hearted and frustrated. So when we hear of something positive and uplifting that warms the soul we are too excited not to share!


While academic and athletic achievements are excellent reasons to celebrate and be proud, we want to take a minute to acknowledge a few of the phenomenal young gentlemen walking our Cardinal halls...simply for being good human beings!


Jack O'Reilly, Sean McLaughlin, Trevor Delcampe, Colin D’Angelo, Kyle Schuler, and Bryce Haber, an anonymous onlooker has submitted your names for recognition for being good-natured, compassionate young men who know the importance of being a good friend and making EVERYONE feel important and appreciated. In other words, for being OVERALL AWESOME. These men are role models that show us that friendship is all-inclusive and sees no boundaries. They juggle grades, sports, jobs, and other responsibilities, but never let that impact their ability to make others smile and feel welcome and at-ease. We know that we have some amazing students here that will grow up to be amazing adults out in the world. We also know that there are probably more of you involved in the kindness we are writing about here that we might not know about...if so, you know who you are, and please know that we commend you!


Reading the things that you do, and watching the way you interact with others has warmed more hearts than you probably realize, and we hope that our acknowledgement of your gold-plated character makes you feel as appreciated as you make others feel.


Thank you for inspiring us...just by being YOU!


Kindness Matters.

Gone Batty

Sophomores Aluen Tomat Kelly and Tashay Moore were the recipients of the Lawrence Township council "Commendation" by the former mayor of Lawrence David C. Maffei based on their GS silver award project in which they taught the public about the benefits of bats. The silver award is the highest award a GS Cadette can earn and it requires a minimum of 50 hours in a community service project. Their project was called "Make the World a Battier Place!"


Aluen and Tashay gave different lectures and presentations about bats, made a video on how to construct bat houses, a web page with their project name to which contributions are being made as time permits, and put two bats houses on trees and one on a post by the Brearly house trail. Each also made an art book to teach the public about bats and bats of New Jersey, which were donated and can be seen at at the Lawrence Nature Center and on their web page.


This is an amazing honor for an extraordinary effort. Congratulations, Aluen and Tashay!
They earned as well the President’s Volunteer Service Award for their community service. Aluen earned the gold presidential award for investing over a 100 hours and Tashay the bronze presidential award for investing over 50 hours.

LHS Braves the Shave

On Saturday, March 10th the LHS team visited Amalfi's for the annual St. Baldrick's event raising funds for children's cancer research. Thank you to all who donated, signed up as a "shavee," volunteered, or helped spread the word for this wonderful event! For more details about the fundraiser visit www.stbaldricks.org. Check out a picture of our 2018 LHS St. Baldrick's team!
If you know of a student, teacher, or staff member that deserves a little extra recognition for doing something amazing, please send your submission to kroche@ltps.org. We're looking for unique achievements, exciting news, talent highlights, even random acts of kindness! If possible, please include a picture relevant to your submission.
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* COMING UP *

Let's Rock this Joint

The LHS STEM Academy is offering an all new Geology Seminar Series, a roster of four workshops that will occur once per week over a span of five weeks! The sessions may be attended a la carte, or participants may attend all four to earn a certificate.


Each week concentrates on a different aspect of Geological Sciences. A lab or hands-on activity is incorporated into every session. All district employees, high school students, and middle school students are welcome to attend. See flyer for information about each session and a link to register. Classes are limited to the first 25 people.


Whether you are a student who is considering geology as a career, a teacher seeking new ideas for your classroom, or just a rock hound who collects stones and pebbles on your travels..... this seminar series is for you!

LHS Theatre Company Presents...

Please join us for an LHS Theatre Company's production, an 80s rock musical, THE WEDDING SINGER, on March 15th, 16th and 17th at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance from SHOWTIX4U.com. Tickets are $8 for seniors and students in advance and $10 dollars for adults. The story of the wedding singer, based on the Adam Sandler movie, follows wedding singer Robbie Hart after he is stood up at the altar on his wedding day. Will he find love again? Come out and find out!

Job Fair

The LHS Teen Job Fair 2018 is scheduled for Wednesday, March 21st during all lunch periods. All students will have the opportunity to speak with companies for full-time, part-time, and summer positions. Sample positions include landscaping, life guarding, pool maintenance, amusement parks, Amazon, and more!

Chef Battle

On March 21st, Maschio's Food Service will host a Battle of the Bowls during all lunch periods! Chef Steve will battle Chef Joe in a superhero showdown for the ages. Chef Steve will create a Black Panther Bowl (Cuban Pulled Pork Bowl), and Chef Joe will construct a Green Lantern Bowl (Chimichanga Bowl). Students who purchase hot lunch will sample two different bowls by each chef and will get a ticket to vote for their favorite! Make sure to write your student ID number on the back of the ticket for a chance to win a Green Lantern or a Black Panther Funko-Pop figurine! Bring your appetites, put on your judging hats, and let the battle begin!


Check out the flyer to see the menu for this fierce face-off!

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* SENIOR SCOOP *

Will the Snow Days Affect Graduation?

The LHS 2018 Graduation date and time HAVE NOT CHANGED despite the adjustment in the district schedule. Graduation is still scheduled for Wednesday, June 20th at 3:00 p.m.


Project Graduation will still take place that evening. Please stay tuned for more information regarding this event!

Applications for Senior Awards will be available on Friday, March 30th! Pick up an application and a list of available awards and scholarships in the Guidance Office. All completed applications are due back to Guidance by Friday, April 20th. Any student who is chosen for an award will be notified and invited to the Senior Awards Ceremony in May. Please email Ms. Roche at kroche@ltps.org with any questions.

March Scholarship Bulletin

Check your emails, Naviance, or guidance office for the latest Scholarship Bulletin for March. There are many local, regional, and national scholarships available to qualified applicants for two- and four-year colleges, and vocational-technical schools. Apply to as many scholarships as possible for which you are eligible.


You and your parents should also submit the FAFSA application (free government application for financial aid). For further information about the FAFSA go to www.fafsa.ed.gov. You may also want to check out www.finaid.org or www.scholarshipowl.com for more scholarship information.

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* ALUMNI NEWS *

Calling Members of the Class of 1968

LHS would like to cordially invite all members of the class of 1968 to the 2018 LHS Graduation Ceremony as "special guests of honor."


Please see the invitation for more information, and contact Kerry Roche (kroche@ltps.org) with any questions.

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* FUNDRAISERS *

Pretzel Rods

The LHS Dance Team sells candied pretzel rods every Tuesday after school for $1. Which delicious flavor will you try next...chocolate crunch, toffee, rainbow sprinkles, or peanut butter?
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* MARCH ROTATION CALENDAR *

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* MARCH LUNCH MENU *

Check out our March lunch menu below! Our Dining Services team strives to provide a wide variety of delicious options, and focuses on offering an array of more health-conscious choices. Remember, breakfast is served every morning!


Also, please check out the "What's Trending" box below this month's menu for a preview of something new coming to the LHS Cafeteria tomorrow, March 16th!

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What's Trending

Anything in a bowl has become a very popular trend, especially Smoothie and Wellness Bowls! These trendy bowls will now be coming to Lawrenceville High School Cafeteria starting March 16th, 2018. Each day there will be a different flavor or type of Smoothie and Wellness Bowl and information regarding nutrition facts and health benefits will be provided for each bowl. These bowls are a healthier alternative to have for lunch and they are a simple grab and go option! Each bowl comes with various benefits such as the Smoothie Bowls are a great source of protein, will give us a high intake of fruits and vegetables and a balance of nutrients. Additionally, Wellness Bowls are a great lunch option because they are simple and easy to make, due to all of the ingredients being thrown together into a bowl. These bowls aid in weight loss and living a healthier lifestyle, give you a balanced meal and since many Wellness Bowls contain non-animal source proteins they are a great meatless meal option. Make sure to try out a bowl in the cafeteria and let us know what you think! -Biancha Jackson (Maschio's Dietary Intern, Montclair State University)

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* MARCH SAVE-THE-DATES *

Thursday, March 15th through Saturday, March 17th

  • Spring Musical "The Wedding Singer" (7:00 p.m.)


Friday, March 16th

  • Professional Development Day (SCHOOL CLOSED)


Saturday, March 24th

  • LHS STEM Science for the Community (10:00 a.m.)


Monday, March 26th through Friday, March 30th

  • Spring Recess
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* IMPORTANT LINKS *

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* JUST FOR FUN *

Good Humor

Q: What do you call a girl standing in the middle of a tennis court?

A: Annette


Q: What's Irish and stays out all night?

A: Paddy O'Furniture


Q: What do you call a fake Irish stone?

A: A shamrock!


Submitted by Mrs. Martillotti

Word Bank - Irish Edition

ADUANTAS (“ah-dWON-tes”)

The word aduantas doesn’t really have an English equivalent, but describes that feeling of unease or anxiety caused by being somewhere new, or by being surrounded by people you don’t know. It’s derived from aduaine, the Irish word for “strangeness” or “unfamiliarity.”


AITEALL (“AT-ell”)

The perfect word for the spring—an aiteall is a fine spell of weather between two showers of rain.


Check out some other weird and wonderful Irish words HERE!

WORDS TO LIVE BY:

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Questions, submissions, or suggestions about this newsletter can be directed to kroche@ltps.org.

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