LPS Spotlight

News for the Livingston Public Schools Community

January 4, 2022

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Students at Riker Hill Elementary competed in a STEAM challenge to build the tallest tower in the least amount of time using toothpicks, Model Magic and Playdough!

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  • Board of Education Reorganization Meeting: Jan. 4, 2022
  • Superintendent's Message
  • PARENT PROGRAM: The Student Athlete Experience, Jan. 13, 2022
  • Upload Student Vaccination Cards
  • STEM Educator Award
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Reorganization Meeting: January 4, 2022 at 7 p.m.

The Livingston Board of Education will hold its annual Reorganization Meeting tonight, Tuesday, January 4, 2022, at 7 p.m. This meeting will include the swearing in of the Board members who were elected in November (Pam Chirls and Jenissa Arnette) and the election of the president and vice-president of the Board.

Tonight's meeting will be held in a hybrid format during which participants will have the ability to ask questions and make comments either in person or via the webinar. Those who have been approved to attend in person have been notified. Registration for the webinar using the link below. The meeting will also be livestreamed on the district's Facebook page, @LivSchools.

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Dr. Block's Message: January 3, 2021


Dear Livingston Public Schools Community:

Thank you to all of our families for their flexibility in allowing the district to have today to assess our current situation, prepare for our students’ return to school, and make some adjustments to safety protocols and school logistics. We are excited to welcome our students back to school tomorrow. READ MORE...

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PARENT PROGRAM: January 13, 2022


On Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 7PM, clinicians Kate Martino and Ramona Tranculov of Inspire Wellness will present "The Student Athlete Experience" to parents of students in grades 7-12. They will discuss the mental health and substance abuse concerns among student athletes, their unique challenges and demands, and strategies and resources for promoting wellness. Inspire Wellness in Bergen County offers services for all ages and for a large range of presenting issues such as depression, anxiety, behavioral issues, performance anxiety and substance abuse, to name a few. The Zoom link will be posted HERE on the day of the program.
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Starting the week of January 10, 2022, COVID-19 testing will be available to LPS staff, students and families every Tuesday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. AND every Thursday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. The District is partnering with BacktoWork Solutions for the testing. Click here to register for a quick Telemed Evaluation. Following the Telemed Evaluation you will be invited to schedule your COVID test, which takes place at the Riker Hill Media Center.

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Uploading Student Vaccination Cards

Some parents have asked how they can upload their child’s vaccination card to our Genesis System, since vaccinated individuals do not have to quarantine as often as those who are unvaccinated. Although vaccination or proof of vaccination is not required to attend Livingston Public Schools, if your student is vaccinated, it is helpful to have vaccination cards uploaded into the Genesis Parent Portal. We can use the information on the card for contact tracing and quarantining purposes.

If you would like to upload a copy of your child’s vaccination card for Covid-19, please take the following steps:

Enter the Genesis Parent Portal here or by clicking on the Genesis Parent Portal icon on the homepage of our website, www.livingston.org.

Once in the portal:

  • Click on the “Forms” tab.

  • Click on the “COVID statement/vaccination card upload” form.

  • Scroll down to “Vaccination Statement.”

  • Click the "Choose File" box.

  • Choose the file to upload. A PDF of the card is preferred.

  • Choose "Upload File."

Thank you for your continued partnership!

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LPS Equity Team


The LPS Equity Team has been working with the LPS community to create "affinity groups." Affinity groups are defined as “a group of people sharing a common interest or goal, or acting together for a specific purpose.” At this time, members of our school community and equity teams have made specific requests for an LGBTQIA+ group, an AAPI group, and a BIPOC group. We welcome additional affinity groups as part of our work in equity, inclusion, and anti-racism.

These groups, which will meet approximately three times per year, will serve as an advisory group to the District Equity Team by offering their experiences, their voices, their interest in collaborating with us and their resources. To indicate your interest in participating in one of our affinity groups, please add your name and contact information to one of the forms that can be found HERE. Should additional Affinity Groups be requested, we will include sign-up information in the Spotlight newsletter and on the district website.

If you have a suggestion or a desire to partner with the district equity team in creating any additional affinity groups, please contact Lisa Steiger at lsteiger@livingston.org or your building principal.

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At Heritage Middle School, Jr. Lancers Leaders are students who have made positive contributions to the school community! The following 7th and 8th graders were named Jr. Lancer Leaders for the first semester: Lucas Liu, Devin Santucci, Eli Tuazon, Julia Zielke, Ryan Laveman, Allison Purdy, Allison Ha , Jason Porga, Elvin Zeqiri, Amisha Sethi, Emily Baltuch, Vivian Chon, Alan Yaari, Marissa Holtzman, Logan Kates, Ritika Chandiwala, Aarav Georg, Mikhail Ahma, Zoe Nightingale, Lily Mandler, Jacob Weisberger, Eric Zaster, Patrick La, Fay Pun, Emily Magno, Gabe Lopez-Simpso, Jack Liu, Nesta Oji, Michelle Adeyin and Lucas Loucopolos. Congratulations to all!


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The Livingston High School Orchestra presented a Winter Concert on Monday, December 20th at 7:30pm. The Period 2 Orchestra, Periods 3 and 7 Orchestras, and the Chamber Orchestra performed the works of Sibelius, Mozart, Vivaldi, as well as holiday selections. One guest per student attended the live performance, while many others viewed the livestream of the concert! Bravo to all of our talented musicians!
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Orders are due by Friday, January 14, 2022.

The cost is $25 plus shipping.

Order using the following link: https://www.customink.com/fundraising/lhs-class-of-2022-sweatshirt

All proceeds will go towards the Class of 2022's Senior Prom!

Contact ppeklo@livingston.org and ygillman@livingston.org with any questions/concerns.

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STEM Educator Award

Congratulations to LHS teacher Diane Sigalas for winning Labster's STEM Educator of the Year Award for "innovation, excellence and student impact!" READ MORE...
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LACD Arts and Crafts Program

The Livingston Advisory Committee for Disabilities (LACD) will launch its first ever Arts and Crafts program this winter for children and adults with special needs. The program will be run by members of the LACD and the Livingston High School Origami Club. Projects will include basic arts and crafts, plus teaching the art form of origami! Origami is a Japanese form of art which involves folding sheets of paper into art projects.

The program will take place on the first Monday of each month beginning in February and ending in May (Feb. 7, March 7, April 4, and May 2). Classes will be held in the lounge on the lower floor of Monmouth Community Center, 26 Monmouth Court, Livingston, NJ from 3:30 to 4:30pm. Participants will be social distancing and everyone must wear a mask. This program is free of charge, but participants must register by January 28 by emailing alan@karpas.net. For more information, please call Geetika Komati at 862-444-5274 or email geetika.komati@gmail.com.

In case of inclement weather, the program will be canceled if school is closed, or call 973-535-7961, ext. 231 to check on the program status for a particular day. To visit us online, go to www.facebook.com/lacdnj or www.livingstonnj.org/LACD.


The Livingston Public Library has something for everyone! Visit its website to learn more about library news, departments, programs and services!

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LPS Spotlight

2021-2022 School Year / No. 8

Michelle Bent

Communications & Community Outreach Coordinator

Livingston Public Schools

(973) 535-8000 ext. 8036

Email: mbent@livingston.org


LPS Spotlight is the official e-newsletter of the Livingston Public Schools.