Honoring Our Fallen Heroes

May 17, 2018

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As a reminder, school will be in session on Friday, May 25th and closed on Monday, May 28th in observance of Memorial Day. Remember, the three-day weekend is about more than barbecues, blockbusters, and the beach. As you gather with friends and family, take a moment to reflect and honor those who sacrificed for our freedom by selflessly serving their country. Have a safe and peaceful Memorial Day!
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Required Testing for Juniors

On May 29th and 30th, all juniors are required to take the newly adopted New Jersey Science Assessment: New Jersey Student Learning Assessment – Science. This is not a course specific assessment such as the PARCC, but a general science test being administered during the students’ 11th grade school year. All students must sit for this assessment, regardless of whether or not they are currently enrolled in a science course.

Although this administration of the New Jersey Student Learning Assessment will be a field test and not included in our district’s state QSAC scores, we want the students’ full participation and maximum effort to demonstrate the outstanding science education that we have provided for them throughout their high school science career. The test scores can be considered a soft indicator of our dedicated science teachers, curriculum, and resources.

Testing will take place from 7:45 to 10:50 a.m. each testing day. Students will be assigned to specified rooms throughout the building. Room assignments will be posted in major hallways in the building during the week of May 21st.

Please note that this is a computer-based assessment, so students should arrive each day with their computers charged for testing.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Social Norms Survey Consent

Parents, this year your student is being asked to participate in a social norms survey being conducted by LHS. The primary purpose of this survey is to learn about student perceptions’ of mental health and school safety, as well as behaviors regarding alcohol, tobacco and other drug use. The goal of the social norms project is to promote healthy behaviors (and reduce drug and alcohol use within the school community) through positive, inclusive, and empowering messages to our children.

Students will be asked to complete a brief questionnaire about school safety, mental health, alcohol, tobacco and other drugs. Participation in the survey is anonymous, and there are no negative consequences if your child chooses not to participate. Please print and complete the consent form using the link below. This form will also be available in Genesis soon if you would prefer to complete the consent form electronically.


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Click it or Ticket

A message from the Lawrence Township Police Department:

May 21st through June 3rd is the "Click it or Ticket" campaign in Lawrence Township. This initiative is part of our continued efforts to increase awareness about the importance of wearing a seat belt, and to make sure drivers and passengers are diligent about buckling up when riding.

Remember, before you even start the car, you and everyone in your vehicle should be buckled up, EVERY TIME!

3-on-3 Tournament

The annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament will be held on Tuesday, May 22nd at 6:45 p.m. Anyone who wishes to participate in the tournament must register by Friday, May 18th. The cost is $10 per team. See Coach Jones, Wells, or Dennion with any questions.

Cardinal Jeopardy

Cardinal Jeopardy will take place on May 24th at 7:00 p.m. Come on out to see the students take on the teachers in this annual tradition! Admission is $5 and all proceeds will support Homefront Summer Camp.

Lawrence Township Memorial Day Observance

The Lawrence Township Memorial Day Observance will held on Saturday, May 26th. The parade will start at Lawrence High School at 10:00 a.m. followed by Services in Lawrence Veterans Park. Click here for more details about the parade or here for details for Veteran participation.

Senior Awards Ceremony

The 2018 Senior Awards Ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, May 31st at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium. Students who have been selected for an award were sent an invitation by mail. Award recipients should arrive by 6:30 p.m. and meet in Room 403 dressed in business attire.

If you are unable to attend, please contact Ms. Roche at kroche@ltps.org by May 28th.

Culture Fest

International Alliance will host Culture Fest on Friday, June 1st! Enjoy performances from all around the world and delicious food from local restaurants. Tickets are $10, and all proceeds will support No More Tears (https://nomoretearsusa.org/).

Gospel Choir Concert

Join us on Saturday, June 2nd from 5:00-8:00 p.m. for a Gospel Choir Concert. Prepare to be moved, inspired, and filled with joy! The concert is free and all are welcome to attend.

Garden Reception

Theater students, buy your tickets for the Garden Reception now through May 25th! The cost is $10 per family ($5 for an individual). Visit the Black Box for an invitation, and join us on June 7th at 6:30 p.m.!
The Annual Sports Dinner for all senior athletes, athletes who broke a school record, and/or been part of a championship team will take place on Thursday, June 7th at 6 p.m. in the high school commons. All RSVP forms were due in the Athletic Office by May 16th. If you have any questions, please contact the athletic department.
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"Compassion" Comes First

Congratulations to senior Emily Mah! Her art work won first place in the 2018 Congressional Arts Competition for the 12th District sponsored by Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman. As the first place winner, Emily will be recognized at an annual awards ceremony in Washington D.C. Her artwork, entitled "Compassion," which was created using mixed media of acrylic paint, gouche, and paper, will hang in the U.S. Capitol for one year. Emily is currently in Ms. Eng's AP Studio Art class.

Other students from Lawrence who were recognized for their participation in the event by Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman were: Michael Austin, senior; Adam Cymerman, junior; Laasyai Vaddepalli, junior; Sean Colmenares, junior; Justin Rosati-Cuyugan, sophomore; Nitya Kalapatapu, senior; Yongxin Zhou, senior; Catherine Chen, senior; and Stephanie Luo, junior.

Young Animator Earns Honors

Freshman Lillian Carpinelli took 2nd place in Animation in the 2018 New Jersey Young Filmmakers Film Festival for her animation short, "Horns!"

The video can be viewed online at:


Way to go, Lillian!

Girls Track Chases Down Division Title

The Girls Track and Field Team recently defeated Ewing to capture the Patriot Division!

Seniors led the way with Sofia Centeno winning the Pole Vault and 400, Ducle Pineda winning the 800, Jen Zoll winning the Triple Jump, and Roja Vanaparthi winning the Javelin.

Juniors also shined bright as Khalin Hemingway won both the 400 and 100 hurdles, Isabella Rybinski won the Shot Put, and Cynthia Currie won both the 100 and 200. Not to be left out, freshman star Madeline Weeks won both the mile and 2 mile.

Please congratulate any and all members of the Girls Track and Field team on a great season and title.

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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Parent Resource

Season 2 of the Netflix mini-series 13 Reasons Why is scheduled to start May 18, 2018. Follow this link to access a letter from the district's Supervisor of Guidance that provides tips and resources for talking with children about the sometimes controversial topics covered in the mini-series.

Donations Needed

The senior class is looking for some donated items:

  • The class is also looking for glass bottle donations. The bottles need to be empty, cleaned out, and the label removed.
  • Donations can be dropped off in the high school office. Any questions can be directed to Jeff Verga at jverga@ltps.org.

Help Save Wildlife

Students are collecting used mascara wands to help save wildlife rescues in North Carolina! Drop off your unwanted mascara (not just the wand) in the Main Office.
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Graduation Information

A letter was mailed home with everything you need to know about this year's graduation (including rehearsals, diploma distribution, caps and gowns, etc.) You can find another copy of the letter on the LHS homepage or by clicking here.

This year, ticket requests will be processed electronically. Click here to place your request. All tickets will be distributed to seniors at graduation rehearsal on June 19th.

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* May Lunch Menu *

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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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Wednesday, May 23rd

  • Board of Education Meeting (6:30 p.m.)

Thursday, May 24th

  • Cardinal Jeopardy (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, May 25th

  • School in Session (change to original 2017-2018 school calendar)

Saturday, May 26th

  • Lawrence Township Memorial Day Parade (10:00 a.m.)

Monday, May 28th

  • Memorial Day (Schools Closed)

Thursday, May 31st

  • Senior Awards Ceremony (7:00 p.m.)
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Did you know you can find past events and games on the LTPS Rewind YouTube Channel? Check out the 2018 National Honor Society induction ceremony below, and be sure to visit the channel here for other recordings!
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Good Humor

Q: Why do bees take Benadryl?

A: Because they have hives

Submitted by Mrs. Martillotti

Word Bank

gobemouche [GOB-moosh]

noun: A gullible or credulous person.

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

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