Counting Our Blessings

November 1, 2019

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Happy Thanksgiving!

With Thanksgiving recess just weeks away, we want to wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving filled with lots of love, peace, laughter, friends, family, and of course some delicious food! We hope that the spirit of the holiday fills your hearts with warmth and your homes with extra love.

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"Thanks A Lot" Challenge

As we gear up for Thanksgiving, we are reminded of all of the many blessings surrounding us. Although we hope gratitude is a year-round feeling, Thanksgiving has a special way of reminding us who and what bring joy to our lives.


This month, we want to challenge you...not only to think more often about the things that make you smile, but more importantly to THANK OTHERS...out loud, in a letter, with some cookies, however it moves you! We're talking about more than just the polite "thank you" that you extend when someone holds a door or hands you your change. Thank someone for something they've done that they might not even realize had an impact on you, something they thought went unnoticed. Thank your mail carrier for braving the weather. Thank a customer service representative. Thank a parent. Thank a teacher or staff member. Thank someone unexpected, who isn't expecting it. You might be surprised to find it warms your heart to warm theirs!

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* SUPERINTENDENT'S UPDATE *

A Letter from the Superintendent

Please see the link below for the most recent communication from Dr. Ross Kasun, which also includes important information about some changes that will be implemented at tonight's football game.


LETTER FROM DR. KASUN

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* What's Up This Month *

Daylight Savings Time Ends

Sunday, November 3rd is the end of Daylight Savings Time! Turn your clocks back one hour at 2:00 a.m.!

Tri-M Coffee House

Tri-M (Modern Music Masters) will host its next Coffee House on Tuesday, November 5th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. All talent is welcome to come out and "wow the crowd!" Refreshments and snacks will be served. Admission is $5 and will benefit Tri-M and the LHS music department.


Tri-M is the only national honors society for student musicians in the country, and opens up a world of opportunities for students who have shown themselves to be academically capable and musically gifted. Through performance and community service, students develop confidence, creativity, critical thinking, compassion, and a host of other leadership skills sure to serve them well in school and beyond.

Schools Closed

Schools will be CLOSED on Wednesday, November 6th (Professional Development Day) and both Thursday, November 7th and Friday, November 8th (NJEA Convention).

Fall Teacher Conferences

The Fall Conferences scheduling portal (in Genesis) will officially close on November 6th.


As a reminder, conferences will be held on the following dates:


Monday, November 25th

  • 1:00-3:00 p.m. & 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 26th

  • 1:00-3:00 p.m.


Please bring a copy of your scheduled appointment times with you to conferences. Click HERE to access a list of faculty room assignments or open the file below.

DECA Volleyball Night

DECA Volleyball Night is scheduled for Wednesday, November 13th from 6:30-9:00 p.m. Pick up a registration form in Room 131 or the Student Store. There is a $5 fee for each player (max six to a team). All money and forms are due by Monday, November 4th!

Dazzle and Decorate

Start your holiday shopping early and support SHH at this special event featuring seasonal candles by PartyLite and beautiful handmade jewelry by MAKE! Refreshments and raffle prizes will be available!


Check out the flyer for more details.

BOE Meeting

The next Lawrence Township Board of Education meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 13th in the LHS library. The public portion of the meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.

Fall Drama Production

Join us on a heartwarming and thrilling adventure story featuring an unforgettable young hero! LHS's fall drama production of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” follows an autistic teen as he goes on an expedition to solve a mystery in London. Based on a novel by the same name, this drama recently won the Tony Award for Best Play.


The show will run from November 14th through November 16th. Curtains go up at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium. Tickets are $8 for students and $10 for adults.

Picture Re-Takes

Picture re-takes and make-ups will be held on Tuesday, November 26th! If you still need an order form you can pick one up in the Main Office.

Thanksgiving Recess

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, there will be an early dismissal on Wednesday, November 27th, and schools will be closed on Thursday, November 28th and Friday, November 29th.

Powder Puff Football

Come cheer on the senior and junior ladies as they go head-to-head in this annual battle of speed and skill! This year's Powder Puff game is November 20th at 6:00 p.m.

Admission is $5.

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* FUNDRAISERS & CLUB NEWS *

Get Involved!

There is so much more to being a Cardinal than what you do during your school day! Why not become a part of one (or several) of the many clubs, activities, or academic teams that LHS has to offer? The more involved you are, the more memorable your high school experience will be.


Click HERE to see this year's Clubs and Activities booklet or pick up a copy in the Main Office. Keep in mind, new organizations might be added throughout the year, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for announcements as well!

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* GUIDANCE ANNOUNCEMENTS *

Sophomore Career Day

All 10th grade students will participate in our annual LHS Career Day on Thursday, December 19th from 9:00-2:00 p.m. at Mercer County College. As a supplemental activity to the curriculum, students have the opportunity to learn about possible career options and the pathways that can lead to future careers. Students can choose to receive a boxed lunch or bring their lunch from home. *Permission slips will be distributed during English classes in November.*


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Stefanie Tziarri (stziarri@ltps.org), Sophomore Academy leader, or Doreen Welsh (dwelsh@ltps.org), school counselor.

Military Exclusion/Opt Out Letter

Under the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, public high schools must give the names, addresses and telephone number of students to military recruiters, college/university recruiters and prospective employers if the recruiters request the information (P.L. 107-110, Section 9528; 10 USC 503). However, students or their parents have the right to instruct the school in writing that this information is not to be released. To access the "opt out" form, please click HERE. Completed forms must be returned to Guidance by December 2, 2019.

AP Exam Registration

The last day for AP Exam Registration is Friday, November 8th. The price of each AP exam is $94.00. Students who qualify for a reduced fee exam should also register online and contact Mrs. Stanger in the Guidance Office.


To register, visit the LHS website or www.TotalRegistration.net/AP/311487.


College Board charges a $40 cancellation fee for each exam cancelled after Friday, November 8th. Please contact Mrs. Welsh (dwelsh@ltps.org) or Mrs. Stanger (cstanger@ltps.org) with any questions.

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* BRAG BAG *

If you know of someone 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, and random acts of kindness! If possible, please include a picture with your submission.
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* ROTATION & BLOCK SCHEDULE *

Check out the October rotation schedule below, as well as this year's block schedule.

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* NOVEMBER LUNCH MENU *

Check out the November breakfast and lunch menus by clicking HERE. Menus are hosted by Nutrislice.


You can download their app for more convenient access, view menus for any LTPS school, and more!

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* DECEMBER TEASER *

Coming Soon...

Here are a few events coming up in December to watch out for in the next newsletter:
  • DECA - Girls Change the Game (Sports Clinic) - December 4th

  • BOE Meeting - December 11th
  • Winter Instrumental Concert - December 12th
  • Polish Celebration Night - December 13th
  • SHH Paint and Punch Night - December 18th
  • Thespian Night - December 18th
  • Winter Choral Concert - December 19th
  • Winter Break
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* IMPORTANT LINKS *

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* JUST FOR FUN *

Boost Your Word Bank

agerasia [a-juh-RAY-zee-uh]

noun: Not growing old, or looking younger than one’s age.

Words to Live By:

Thanks to the Library Volunteers Club for this awesome and inspiring bulletin board!
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Good Humor

Q: What do you call a dancing turkey?

A: Poultry in motion


Q: How do you stop bacon from curling in the pan?

A: Take away their little brooms!


Submitted by Mrs. Martillotti

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Questions about this newsletter can be directed to kroche@ltps.org.

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