Welcome Back in 4...3...2...1...

September 1, 2019

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Hey there Cardinal crew! We know summer seems fleeting right now, but we want you to soak up every last precious bit of break before we gear up for 2019-2020. With that said, the calendar doesn't lie...and neither can we! We are EXCITED to welcome you back for another school year. We look forward to seeing all of your smiling faces next week!


We'd like to extend a very warm welcome to our returning Cardinals and to the new friendly faces joining us in September! We not only have some new staff and faculty members, but we also look forward to meeting all of our incoming freshmen, as well as any new students joining us from other schools, cities, even other states! Rest assured, LHS has its arms open wide for you and we're committed to making your transition as easy as possible. Welcome to the family!

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* NEWSLETTER CHANGES *

We're Listening...

Earlier this summer we asked for feedback regarding the LHS newsletter regarding content, frequency, etc. We really appreciate the enormous amount of input we received, and upon evaluating your suggestions, we are instituting a few changes for the 2019-2020 school year.


  • The newsletter will now be sent out on the 1st of the month, every month, to add some consistency and predictability to our communication efforts and to attempt to minimize being overly repetitive.

  • However, if there is a special event or time-sensitive activity, we will send out something additional. In essence, you can expect a monthly newsletter (on the first), but please watch your emails for anything from LHS that might come up of a special nature.

  • We are working on doing more to include some of your suggestions regarding newsletter content. Advisors: Please be sure to send us positive news about your clubs/teams, so that we can include as many positive bits as possible!

  • It seems that a lot of our messages were winding up in your Spam folders! Not to worry...this year we are going to try to send these out with a link, rather than directly through Smore.com. However, please keep an eye on your Spam in the meantime in case we wind up lost there! Everyone takes a wrong turn now and then! :)

  • Lastly, we know these changes might not please EVERYONE, but after going through your feedback in detail we made these adjustments based on the majority of responses. But as always, we welcome any further comments/suggestions. Please feel free to send your concerns or questions to kroche@ltps.org.
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* FIRST WEEK OF SCHOOL *

First Day of School

The first day of school is Thursday, September 5th and is a full day. Please allow some extra travel time on the first day of school. Drive safely, and remember, don't pass a stopped school bus when its stop sign arm is extended and its red lights are flashing!

Send in Your Photos

LTPS would love for you to share your first day of school photos!


  • Send photo to lmueller@ltps.org.
  • Put "First Day Photo" in email subject line.
  • Provide your child's/children's first name, school, and grade level.

Vo-Tech and Career Prep

The first day for all Mercer County Technical School students is Friday, September 6th.


AM students

  • Bus departs LHS at 7:40 a.m. sharp


PM students

  • Bus departs LHS at 11:10 a.m. sharp

The vo-tech buses pick up outside the LHS cafeteria, by the entrance to the bus drop off. Mrs. Welsh will be at pick up to make sure students get on the correct bus (Sypek/Assunpink).


Career Prep Students

  • Classes begin Tuesday, September 3rd at MCCC
  • Bus departs LHS at 11:30 a.m. and departs MCCC at 2:30 p.m.
  • Students must get a ride to LHS to catch the bus and have a ride home in the afternoon.
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* BRAG BAG *

Summer Warriors

Our first "brag bag" of the year is in honor of those who kept our building functioning smoothly all summer long! Whether you helped to get our classrooms, gym, and hallways ready for learning, kept our offices running without a hitch, worked on scheduling or administrative duties, helped prepare our fall athletes ready for their season, kept our school safe and secure, or did whatever it took to prepare LHS for another school year, we THANK YOU!!!
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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* What's Up This Month *

Car Wash Fundraiser

The LHS cheerleaders will hold a $5.00 car wash next Saturday, September 7th outside the cafeteria veranda from 8:00 - 11:00 a.m. Come on out and support the team while giving your ride a beauty makeover!

Chromebook Distribution

Chromebooks will be distributed to students according to the below schedule:


  • 9/9/19 (Monday) – 9th and 12th grades
  • 9/10/19 (Tuesday) – 10th and 11th grades


Any student who did not return their Chromebook case in June must present it before receiving their Chromebook on September 9th or 10th. The lost Chromebook case fine is $22.

Challenge Day Returns

LHS will once again be hosting Challenge Day! This year the program will run on September 18th and 19th from 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Interested students can sign up for either day with a completed parent/guardian permission form. Watch your .info email at the end of this week for more details.


Not sure what Challenge Day is about? The program deals with a wide range of eye-opening, sometimes emotional issues and challenges its participants to tap into a great deal of self-reflection, awareness, and acceptance of oneself and others. Participants often make new, lasting friendships and come away with a better understanding of themselves as well! Check out this video of the program at another NJ school: This is Challenge Day or visit www.challengeday.org.

Senior Portrait Re-Takes

Seniors, if you missed your summer session or think you'd like a "re-do," now's your chance to commemorate your senior year in style with a senior portrait! Re-takes will be held on Thursday, September 26th and Friday, September 27th. If you have any questions, please contact the Main Office.

School Picnic

Save the date for our start-of-the-year school picnic!


The event is scheduled for Thursday, September 26th with a rain date of Friday, September 27th.

Back-to-School Night

LHS Back-to-School Night will be held on Thursday, September 26th. Meet your child's teachers, hear from administrators, and learn about the different clubs, activities, and organizations that help make LHS a great place to call "home." The evening will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium, but we encourage our guests to arrive at 6:30 p.m. to visit tables and talk with representatives from numerous organizations.

School Closed

Schools will be closed on Monday, September 30th in observance of Rosh Hashanah.
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* GET INVOLVED *

There are tons of sports, clubs, and activities available at LHS..and they LOVE new members! The more involved you are, the more rewarding your high school career will be. During the first few weeks of school, keep your eyes and ears peeled for announcements about interest meetings (such as the two below), and feel free to reach out to advisors and coaches with any questions. There will also be a club/activity brochure available in the Main Office in a few weeks.

Theater Company

There will be a Theater Company meeting for new and existing members on September 12th after school in the Black Box (Room 504). Information about auditions and crew for the fall show will be distributed. Auditions for the show will be held on September 16th after school. This year's show is the Tony Award-winning play, "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime." Large cast and non-speaking roles are available, and new actors and actresses are encouraged to audition!


Please see Ms. Baldwin with any questions.

Math League

Math League will hold an interest meeting on September 17th after school in Room 226 at 3:00 p.m. Please stop by if you are interested in learning more about Math League!


See Ms. McSheene or Ms. Recentio with any questions or for more information.

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* ANNOUNCEMENTS *

Now Hiring

Mr. Ervin is looking for LHS students to work for the District Media Center. Jobs include working camera for LTPS-TV, announcing for LTPS-TV, working Lights and Sound in the LHS Auditorium, and more. The jobs pay minimum wage and students can pick and choose which jobs they want to work. To get involved see Mr. Ervin in the District Technology Center, located beneath the LHS TV Studio (Room 301).

Attention Sophomores

Sophomores, don't forget to join the Sophomore Academy Google Classroom! There will be requests for volunteers posted there throughout the year. The join code is: gfh499y.

MySchoolBucks

Lawrence High School is excited to offer MySchoolBucks®! This online payment service provides a quick and easy way to add money to your student’s meal account using a credit/debit card or electronic check. You can also view recent purchases, check balances, and set-up low balance alerts for FREE! MySchoolBucks provides:


  • Convenience - Available 24/7 on the web or through our mobile app for your smartphone.
  • Efficiency - Make payments for all your students, even if they attend different schools within the district. Eliminate the need for your students to take money to school.
  • Control - Set low balance alerts, view account activity, recurring/automatic payments & more!
  • Flexibility - Make payments using credit/debit cards and electronic checks.
  • Security – MySchoolBucks adheres to the highest security standards, including PCI and CISP.


Enrollment is easy:

  1. Go to www.MySchoolBucks.com and register for a free account.
  2. Add your students using their school name and student ID.
  3. Make a payment to your students’ accounts with your credit/debit card or electronic check. (A program fee may apply. You will have the opportunity to review any fees and cancel if you choose, before you are charged.)


If you have any questions, contact MySchoolBucks directly: support@myschoolbucks.com or 1-855-832-5226.

PTO Updates

The LMS/LHS PTO has some new changes for the 2019-2020 school year! Special thanks to "retiring" president Bina Indelicato for your dedication, commitment, and of course sparkling personality! This year we welcome some new officers to the PTO, who are excited and revved up to hit the ground running! Remember, you can now become a member ONLINE with a few simple clicks! Follow the link HERE to join! While you're there, feel free to explore the PTO website for information regarding sponsored events, the meeting schedule, and how to sign up as a volunteer. Look below for this year's PTO Welcome Letter.


2019-2020 PTO Board Members

President: Kim Lehrfeld

VP: Nicole Mulry

Secretary: Ana DeCampos

Treasurer: Cheryl Duzick

LIMBO Treasurer: Kristin Evans

Contact us at: lmslhspto@gmail.com

District News

Check out the latest edition (and others) of the LTPS Quick News for district announcements! Included in the most recent issue is an advanced copy of the Back-to-School Bulletin! Click HERE to see the archives or to sign up on the mailing list!
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* ROTATION & BLOCK SCHEDULE *

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

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* SEPTEMBER LUNCH MENU *

Check out the September 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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* OCTOBER TEASER *

Coming Soon...

Here are a few events coming up in October to watch out for in the next newsletter:


  • Theater Sports Night
  • Fall Conferences Scheduling
  • Hispanic Heritage Celebration
  • Financial Aid Night
  • Picture Day
  • LTPD Trunk-or-Treat
  • Haunted High
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* IMPORTANT LINKS *

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* JUST FOR FUN *

Boost Your Word Bank

sanguine [SANG-gwin]

1. cheerfully optimistic, hopeful, or confident

Words to Live By:

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Good Humor

Q: What do you call a hen who counts her eggs?

A: A mathemachicken


Q: What do you call a priest who decides to go to law school?

A: A father-in-law


Submitted by Mrs. Martillotti

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

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