A Spring In Our Step

March 14, 2019

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(...that's Gaelic for "Happy St. Patrick's Day!")

Legend has it that each of the leaves on a four-leaf clover bring their own attribute: the first leaf represents hope, the second stands for faith, the third is for love, and the fourth leaf brings luck. Wishing all of our Cardinals each of these things as you head into the official start of Spring next week!

Remember, you don't have to be Irish to have fun on St. Patrick's Day! So wear a bit o' green, laugh all the day long, keep a jig in your step, a song in your heart, and some shenanigans up your sleeve!

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Parent-Teacher Conference Scheduling

The Spring Parent-Teacher Conference Scheduling Portal will be open from March 18th - April 1st. Scheduling for your conferences is 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.

Spring conferences will be held on Wednesday, April 10th from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

School Calendar Changes

With the recent snow days, please note that there have been a couple of changes to the district calendar, which you can view HERE. School is now in session on Friday, May 24th and Tuesday, May 28th.

In addition, at last night's meeting, the Board of Ed approved having an Early Dismissal Day on June 20th, the day of the LHS graduation, for all Lawrence Township Public Schools.

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Mamma Mia!

Tonight is opening night of the LHS Spring Musical, Mamma Mia! Curtain is at 7:00 p.m. You don't want to miss this show...music, dancing, colorful costumes, and tons of fun! If you're an ABBA fan, you'll love it...and if you're not an ABBA fan, you will be!

Check out a teaser from yesterday's dress rehearsal on our Facebook page:


Spirit Week

Our LHS Madness Spirit Week will run from Thursday, March 21st through Thursday, March 28th! Games and competitions will be held every day in the gym, cafeteria, and library. Red and White Night is scheduled for Thursday, March 28th at 6:30 p.m. in the gym. Get your event shirts now for just $5 in the school store!

Cardinal Jeopardy

Save the date for Thursday, March 21st (7:00 p.m.) for our annual Cardinal Jeopardy competition, hosted by National Honor Society! Come out and watch the students take on the teachers in a battle of wits and wisdom! Tickets are $5 and all proceeds go to Homefront Summer Camp.
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Cinderella's Closet

LHS will host a Cinderella's Closet on March 26th. We are looking for donations of dresses for this special occasion. Cinderella's Closet is a way for the students to cut down on their Prom costs by getting a dress here at the high school. We are also looking for donations/discounts for hair, nails, tuxedos, and anything else Prom related! Please bring donations to LHS c/o Jeff Verga. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Verga at jverga@ltps.org.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Pen Pal Project

Student Council is sponsoring a "pen pal" project with 8th graders from LMS!

They will be writing their questions about the high school on cards that will come back to us. If you would like to respond to one of the students, and be a "pen pal" please contact Mrs. Welsh at dwelsh@ltps.org.

"Most Likely to Succeed" Screening

Please join us for a screening of “Most Likely To Succeed,” (MLTS) a thought-provoking documentary feature film that reveals the growing shortcomings of conventional education methods in today’s innovative world.

We will host the screening Monday, April 8th in the LHS auditorium beginning at 6:30 p.m. Babysitting is provided. Registration is open now: https://www.ltps.org//cms/module/selectsurvey/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=112

The documentary runs approximately 90 minutes. Afterward, the film’s producer Ted Dintersmith will join us via Skype for a discussion.

The film explores compelling new approaches that aim to revolutionize education as we know it, inspiring school communities to reimagine what students and teachers are capable of doing. To date, MLTS has screened for thousands of audiences around the world, igniting conversations and empowering change along the way.

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

Students in the LHS Music Department have been given the opportunity to perform at Opening Night of the 2019 Trenton Thunder season on Friday, April 12th at 7:00 p.m.! The Marching Band will perform pre-game and the Choir will sing the National Anthem just before the first pitch. This is an amazing opportunity to showcase our talents! The game is open to all family and friends and we would love to have a large Lawrence cheering section. Let’s take over the stadium to support our performers! Tickets are being sold at face value ($11). Please contact Mike Drobish or Mandy Johnson for more information.
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Berardi Signs with Rowan

Sarah Berardi signed her letter of intent to play lacrosse at Rowan University next year. Pictured are Head Girls Soccer Coach Emily Palombo, Sarah, and Head Girls Lacrosse Coach Heather Phillips.

Congratulations, Sarah!

Karpontinis Heading to Goldey-Beacom

Antonia “Nia” Karpontinis signed her letter of intent to play soccer at Goldey-Beacom next year. Seated next to Nia are her mother, Margo, and father, Tony. Pictured behind are Athletic Director Gregg Zenerovitz and Head Girls Soccer Coach Emily Palombo.

Congrats, Nia!

Getting it Done Everyday

On Saturday, March 9th, the Capital City Area Black Caucus (CCABC/Organization) recognized women of color that have shown continued commitment and compassion for others in their communities across Mercer County. Our very own Jametta Clarke (History/Art & Humanities) was chosen as one of "The Women" that are making a difference in the lives of others! Ms. Clarke was one of 150 women presented a Women's History Month Community Recognition plaque, Mercer County Certificate of Honor and a State of New Jersey Senate and General Assembly Citation at a reception honoring influential black Mercer County women of various backgrounds and representing an array of careers and fields. Specifically, Ms. Clarke was named one of the "Black Women Who Gets It Done Everyday."

Congratulations, Ms. Clarke!

Art at its Finest

Senior Stephanie Luo was selected for a Gold Key and Honorable Mention award for the 2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in Northeast Art Region-At Large. Her painting "Spontaneous Joy" was chosen for the Gold Key award, and her mixed media work "Islands of Broken Glass" was selected for Honorable Mention. While both are honors, Gold Key works are considered the very best of all submitted works, and automatically considered for national-level recognition.

At the Philadelphia Flower Show, senior De'Asia Jones won Honorable Mention for her teacup entry in the medicinal plant category. LHS Art teacher Karen Donnelly won second place in the 'flower child' category for her stained glass pressed flower entry.

Pictures of Stephanie's, De'Asia's, and Karen's work are below. Congratulations, ladies!

Going Bald for a Cure

On Saturday, March 9th at Amalfi's Restaurant in Lawrenceville, team LHS Cardinals, captained by Ms. Tziarri, participated in the annual St. Baldrick's Day event. Your LHS Cardinals raised over $11,000 as a team, contributing to the community's total of over $150,000 brought in, all of which goes towards childhood cancer research. We had ten "shavees" on the team, and approximately 40 student volunteers!

Power in the Pen

Congratulations to LHS Librarian/Media Specialist Ewa Elliott on the publication of her article 'Librarians Collaborate - With Each Other!' in the March 2019 edition of School Library Connection. Ewa's article focused on the March 2018 regional articulation meeting she spearheaded and hosted with K-12, higher ed, and public librarians, as well as library science graduate students, and the need for cross-institution articulation in developing library programs.
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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Boost Your Word Bank

mondegreen [MON-di-green]

MEANING: A word or phrase resulting from mishearing a word or phrase, especially in song lyrics.


Coined by author Sylvia Wright when she misinterpreted a line in the Scottish ballad, "The Bonny Earl of Murray. The lyric, "they slew the Earl of Moray and laid him on the green" was misheard as "they slew the Earl of Moray and Lady Mondegreen."

Words to Live By:

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Good Humor

Q: What happens when two leprechauns have a conversation?

A: You get a lot of small talk!

Q: What do you call leprechauns who collect aluminum cans, used newspapers, and plastic bottles?
A: Weecyclers!

Submitted by Mrs. Martillotti

Have a joke/quote to share? Send it to kroche@ltps.org.

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