News for the Livingston Public Schools Community
February 7, 2023
Across the district, LPS schools will be highlighting Black History Month in February. A "Black Women in History" assembly, special Read Across America themes, thoughtful projects and vibrant educational bulletin boards are just some of the ways that our elementary students will be experiencing and participating in the celebrations! At the middle and high school level, celebrations will include special displays, announcements and projects! Scroll down for information about "The Right to Dream" presentation at MPMS.
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- Board of Education Meeting Tonight
- WATCH PARENT PROGRAM - "What to Expect: The Teenage Years"
- "Right to Dream" Performance at MPMS
- District Strings Day
- Students in the News: Robotics and more!
- Elementary Happenings
- Lancer News
BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING: February 7, 2023 (7PM)
The Livingston Board of Education will hold a public meeting at 7PM tonight, Tuesday, February 7, 2023 in the Central Office, 11 Foxcroft Drive. The agenda includes a student musical performance, the annual Comprehensive Financial Report, an Equity Presentation, and a Mid-Year District Goals Update.
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. Register for the webinar using the link below. The meeting will also be livestreamed on the district's Facebook page, @LivSchools.
"THE RIGHT TO DREAM"
FREE EVENT AT MPMS ON FEBRUARY 17, 2023
In honor of Black History Month, Mt. Pleasant Middle School (MPMS) will host Living Voices, an educational theater that presents diverse performances uniquely combined with archival film to bring life to history. On Friday, February 17, 2023 at 6PM, Living Voices will present "The Right to Dream" in the MPMS auditorium. This free event is open to all LPS students and their families, however, please note that violent events in the film may be disturbing for very young audiences.
The production of The Right to Dream recreates historical periods with accurate and authentic detail. Experiencing history as participants can help audiences develop understanding and empathy for others. The Right to Dream explores racial violence and the common use of racial epithets during this era.
DISTRICT STRINGS DAY
Kindergarten Registration for the 2023-2024 school year is open! All registration will be done via our online registration portal. Children must be 5 on or before October 1, 2023 to register for kindergarten. LEARN MORE ABOUT KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION.
*PLEASE NOTE THAT LPS WILL BE ACCEPTING REGISTRATION FOR KINDERGARTEN ONLY BEGINNING ON JANUARY 18TH. REGISTRATION FOR ALL OTHER GRADES WILL OPEN IN THE SPRING.
2023-2024 PRIDE PRESCHOOL PROGRAM
FULL DAY NOW OFFERED!
Livingston Public Schools is proud to share that our P.R.I.D.E. (Pre-School Readiness Individual Developmental Education) Program will now be a full day program with spots available for non-disabled preschool students. In this program, students will be provided with a language rich, research-based curriculum. They will spend their days with New Jersey certified teachers, and with their disabled and non-disabled peers, to achieve the expectations of the school district’s well-designed curriculum based on New Jersey's Student Learning Standards for preschool. The students gather daily to develop social language, work as partners and in groups, and explore, play, create, share, and learn.
Scheduling details of the program will be shared with families who apply for consideration. Currently, the cost for students selected by lottery is $7,200 for the full school year. The program will follow the school district’s calendar.
LEARN MORE ABOUT OR REGISTER FOR THE PRIDE PRESCHOOL PROGRAM
Burnet Hill fifth graders investigated owl pellets and learned to identify the different prey that was in the casting.
Third grade readers at Collins put on their "inference" caps when they began reading nonfiction more carefully, in order to make some impressive inferences about nonfiction topics!
Harrison second graders tested out their cybersecurity skills during a STEAM lesson!
The Hillside PTA recently held its annual Skate Night where students got to skate with their Principal, Mr. Gramata!
The MPE Chess Club recently held its first meeting! The club, which is made up of about 20 students, meets every other week. It hosts online chess games as well as in person sessions. The club is run by parent volunteers with the help of Livingston High School students.
Students are shown enjoying the Riker Hill playground which was installed this school year! The new playground was predominantly sponsored by the Riker Hill HSA through parent and community participation in fundraising activities.
"WHAT TO EXPECT: THE TEENAGE YEARS"
On January 11, 2023, the LPS Student Assistance Program offered "What to Expect: The Teenage Years," a program aimed to empower parents with practical strategies to help their teens build resilience and utilize skills for independent, emotionally healthy development. The workshop explored what parents can do to strengthen their relationships with their teens and support them through their teenage years. The program was presented by Kristin Dunne, LCSW and Kim Clerie, LSW, clinicians at Jewish Family Service of MetroWest NJ in the Child & Adolescent Department. Both Kristin and Kim provide outpatient mental health services to children and families within the community.
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OFFERS MENTAL HEALTH & SUBSTANCE USE SUPPORT
Livingston Public Schools believes that your mental health and well-being is a vital part to your success at our school. With this in mind, we have partnered with Care Solace to provide an extra layer of support to our entire community.
Livingston Public Schools students, staff members, and their families can use Care Solace to quickly find verified mental health, behavioral health, and substance use treatment options matched to their needs, regardless of circumstances. Care Solace’s team is available 24/7/365 and can support you in any language.
If you would like to use Care Solace to help you find a provider:
- Call 888-515-0595 (available 24/7/365)
- Visit www.caresolace.com/livingston and either search on your own OR click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email, or phone.
This is a FREE and CONFIDENTIAL service provided by LPS. Learn more about Care Solace.
CHOIR MEMBERS OF THE MONTH
LHS SENIOR INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
The Livingston High School Senior Internship Program is an opportunity for seniors to gain real-world work experience. This program is available to Grade 12 students in good academic standing who are on track to graduate in June 2023. The program, which empowers students to take ownership of their education by pursuing an internship in a specific area of interest, is scheduled to begin on May 22, 2023, and conclude on June 16, 2023. During these four weeks, students will get an inside view of what their futures may look like.
Students who are interested in learning more about participating in the internship program should contact Mr. Dan Quackenbush by email at email@example.com.
Visit our Employment Opportunities webpage to learn more about available positions at Livingston Public Schools.
2022-2023 School Year / No. 11
Communications & Community Outreach Coordinator
Livingston Public Schools
(973) 535-8000 ext. 8036
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