Congrats, Grads!

June 2, 2016

Students, parents, teachers, and staff of Lawrence High School...YOU MADE IT! Your hard work, enthusiasm, and dedication to your school have not gone unnoticed, and we are so proud of every single one of you! Students, whether you are graduating this year or will be joining us again in the fall, we have enjoyed having you this year and wish you a fun and relaxing summer.

To our graduating seniors, we wish you nothing but the best as you spread your wings, leave the Cardinal nest, and fly! Do great things, be great people, and make your great big mark on this world. We hope you have made lifelong friends here and countless memories. Remember to come back and visit us!

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Five LHS freshmen were recently chosen as the new LHS PUPP (Princeton University Preparatory Program) cohorts for 2016. Congratulations are in order for Bonyae Bridges, Malashia Carter, Krystian Hajduczka, Miraj Patel, and Valandra Riggins for this admirable accomplishment! PUPP is a unique and exclusive program, which motivates talented students and prepares them for the opportunities and challenges of college through rigorous academic and cultural enrichment. The program accepts only 24 students each year and encourages students to take risks, broaden their areas of expertise, and display high self-esteem, respect for diversity, and strong communication skills.

Super Girls

The Girls Track and Field team defeated Robbinsville to win the Patriot division of the CVC Conference! The girls finished their season with a record of 7-1 with several championship meets still left. The members of the team have been wonderful representatives of Lawrence High School this year, winning with class and poise.

Special recognition has been extended to seniors Dominique Peters and Njeri Robinson, who have led the team all year as two of the best track and field athletes in Mercer County. Both will be competing in track and field at the collegiate level next year!

Track Champs

The Girls Track and Field team also won the Central Jersey Group 3 Sectional Championship this past weekend! This is the first Sectional Championship for the team since 1979!

It was an amazing team performance! Njeri Robinson placed third in the shot put, Mikayla Aime placed 2nd in the long jump, and Dominique Peters was second in high jump and third in the 400-meters. Kelsey Holt, Sataya Gordon, Mijah Collier and Dominique Peters set another school record in the 4x100 meter relay. Sophia Centeno, Sataya Gordon, Kelsey Holt, and Dominique Peters won the 4x400 relay, and Mijah Collier left with FOUR gold medals (100-meter hurdles, 400-meter hurdles, two winning relays).

Congratulations to all of the girls, as well as Mr. Collins and the rest of their coaches, and best of luck to all of those who qualified for States!

Golf Honors

Freshman golfer Sam Koevenig was recently named Honorable Mention by the CVC Golf Coaches Association for his play this past spring.

Congratulations, Sam!

Student Standouts

Congratulations to the below students, who were named Students-of-the-Month for the month of May!

Athletics - Yasmine Hachicha

Arts & Humanities Academy - Sampson Palmisano

Business - Victoria Wierzbowicz

English - Emily Castoral

English - Olivia Corso

English - Ethan Gramajo

Fine/Performing Arts - Maho Kurisu

Guidance - Sydney Sherard

Guidance - Yihui Wu

Health/PE - Omar Gibbs-Colbert

Mathematics - Laura Bentivegna

Science - Sophie Slutzky

Social Studies - Katarzyna Halat

Social Studies - Sami Khayyat

Social Studies - Thomas Lillja

World Languages - Jocelyn Recinos

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Annual Athletics Banquet

This year's banquet will be held on Thursday, June 2nd at 6:00 p.m. in the LHS cafeteria.

Thank you to the Athletic Booster Club and the LHS Athletics Department for sponsoring this event to honor our extraordinary athletes! If you have any questions regarding the banquet, please reach out to Cindy Dunn at extension 2065.

Senior Breakfast and DUI Prevention Program

As keeping with tradition, seniors will be served a breakfast compliments of Project Graduation and the PTO on the morning of the senior prom (June 3rd). Seniors will then participate in a DUI prevention program presented by the LTPD, LTFD, and other first responders. Student actors will enact a scenario complete with a mock crash scene with damaged cars from which they must be rescued. Guest speakers such as a police officer, trauma doctor, and judge will walk seniors through the unintended and deadly consequences of a choice to drive while intoxicated.

Volunteers are needed for this event! If you are able to help set up (June 2nd at 8:30 p.m.) or serve/clean up (June 3rd at 7:30 a.m.), please contact Shelley at

Senior Prom

The 2016 Senior Prom is finally here!

“Arabian Nights”

June 3, 2016

6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

The Merion, 1301 Route 130 South, Cinnaminson, NJ

All seniors attending the prom must attend school until the conclusion of the senior breakfast/ DUI program.

Underclassmen attending the prom must follow standard sign-out procedures beginning at Period 5. A parent must come into the office to sign the student out. A parent note will not be sufficient for early release.

School Picnic

Our annual school picnic will be held on Thursday, June 9th (raindate: Friday, June 10th) during all lunch periods. Lunches will consist of the usual picnic foods, such as hamburgers, hot dogs, corn on the cob, and much more! Students can purchase lunch or bring their own from home.

The picnic will be held outside of the cafeteria near the bus loop. Enjoy some delicious food, relax with music from our resident DJ, soak up some sunshine, and toss a Frisbee or football around!

Senior Awards Ceremony

The 2016 Senior Awards Ceremony is on Thursday, June 9th at 7:00 p.m. Senior honorees should arrive by 6:30 p.m. dressed in business casual attire to meet in Room 403. All presenters are asked to meet in the Library at 6:30 p.m. We look forward to seeing all of our honored guests and their families!

SHH Golf Fundraiser

The LHS chapter of Students Helping Honduras will be hosting a mini golf and driving range event at the Pennington Golf Center on Saturday June 11th from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. 25% of all proceeds that day will go directly to support the building of the Jorge Fidel Duron Middle School in northern Honduras. LHS will be funding AND building this school, and once completed it will be painted Red and White in honor of the school and all students who have been a part of raising money. The plaque will name Lawrence High School, as well as all students who have raised $250+ through their fundraising efforts.

Please see the attached flyer or contact Ms. Katz at for more information!

Final Exams Schedule

Final exams are scheduled for June 15th, 16th, 17th, and 20th. Students will have early dismissals on each of these days.

*Please note: Accommodations have been made for graduating seniors and all students participating in the June 20th graduation rehearsal (such as Band and Choral members) to take some of their final exams on Tuesday, June 14th.*

Please see the revised June Rotation Calendar below.

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LHS Graduation

The Lawrence High School class of 2016 Graduation will be on Monday, June 20th at 3:00 p.m. at the Sun National Bank Center.

Remember, there are two mandatory rehearsals:

  • Friday, June 17th at 12:15 p.m. (cafeteria)
  • Monday, June 20th from 9:00-11:00 a.m. (Sun National Bank Center).

Buses will leave for rehearsal on the 20th at 8:15 a.m. sharp!

Calling all Golfers

The 10th Annual LHS Athletic Hall of Fame Golf Outing will take place on Wednesday, June 22nd at Mercer Oaks West Golf Course starting at 1:00 p.m. We encourage all alumni, teachers, staff, and parents to join us in kicking off the summer! The tournament helps to fund two scholarships, as well as our Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet.

The cost is $100 per golfer, or $400 for a foursome. If you would like to contribute as a sponsor, please contact the Athletic Office. See the flyer at right for more details!

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Home Stretch

Read the Upcoming Events section above for information on your Senior Breakfast, Prom, Graduation Rehearsals, and Graduation!

Graduation Caps and Gowns

Caps and gowns will be distributed the week of June 6th. Announcements will be made with more information. If you have any questions about your order, please contact Herff Jones at

Rehearsal Permission Slips

Seniors, all permission slips for the morning graduation rehearsal on June 20th were due back last week. Students who do not turn in the permission form may not participate in this rehearsal, which is required in order to attend graduation. If you need a new form, please pick one up in the Main Office!
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Project Graduation Volunteers Wanted

Parents, community members, and alumni (over the age of 22), we welcome you to support the class of 2016 by chaperoning Project Graduation on June 20th! The all night post-graduation party at LHS provides a safe, fun-filled drug- and alcohol-free night for all graduates.

Please consider sharing your time between 10:30 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Pick the times that work for you, bring a friend, bring a kindle….we guarantee you will leave with a happy heart!

Click HERE to complete the form or contact Peggy DiTommaso at 609-516-8960 or with any questions.

Join the Debate/Forensics Team

The LHS Debate/Forensics Team is looking for new members for the Fall 2016 season! There will be a short meeting held before school ends for interested students.

Email Ms. McCabe at to request information.

Cross Country Sign-Ups

Any 8th graders and current high school students are welcome to attend an informational meeting/sign-up on Thursday, June 9th at 3:00 p.m. in Room 223.

If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Collins at

Graduation Lawn Signs

Order a lawn sign to congratulate this year's graduating class and help support Project Graduation! Each sign is only $10 and can be purchased HERE. For more information on Project Graduation, visit or follow @ProjectGradLHS on Twitter.

Freshmen Announcement

Freshmen will receive the Sophomore Service Project in their English classes. The project is due in April of next year, but you can begin working on your volunteer hours over the summer. If you have any questions, please email Ms. Tziarri at

Fall Sports Physicals

Fall sports physicals will be on Tuesday, August 9th (9:00 a.m.) in the Nurse's Office. All athletes must pre-register with the nurse.

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  • Fall sports physicals will be on Tuesday, August 9th. See the "Announcements" section above for more information.

  • Fall athletes must register online to participate in their sport(s). Click HERE to access the registration page.

  • Save the date for the Athletic Hall of Fame Golf Outing on June 22nd! See the "Upcoming Events" section above for more information.

  • Check out the LHS Athletics page HERE for general announcements and news.

  • Follow us on Twitter @LTPSAthletics and check out the daily schedule HERE.
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* Dining Services *

Sandwiches of the "A" Day

Thursday, June 2nd

Roast Beef Italiano:

Roast beef, roasted peppers, and provolone with parmesan-garlic mayo over baby spinach on a Ciabatta roll.

See below for the June menu!

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Click HERE to read more about the PTO and to access the membership application, or check them out on Facebook at

  • CLOTHING AND SHOE DONATION DRIVE - Boxes are located at the main entrances of both LHS and LMS. Click HERE to access the flyer.

For more information or to find out how you can get involved, please contact us at

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Thursday, June 2nd
  • Annual Athletics Banquet (6:00 p.m.)

Friday, June 3rd

  • Senior Prom at The Merion

Thursday, June 9th

  • Senior Awards Ceremony (7:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, June 14th

  • Early Final Exam Day for graduating seniors and Band and Choral members participating in the June 20th rehearsal.

June 15th, 16th, 17th, and 20th

  • Early Dismissal Days (FINAL EXAMS)

Friday, June 17th

  • Graduation Rehearsal (12:15 p.m.)

Monday, June 20th

  • Last Day of School
  • Graduation Rehearsal at Sun National Bank Center (9:00 a.m.)
  • Class of 2016 Graduation (3:00 p.m.)
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Laugh Lines

Q: When is the best time of the day to go to the dentist?

A: Tooth Hurty! (2:30)

Submitted by Mrs. Martillotti


Walt Disney, creator of Mickey Mouse, had musophonia, a fear of mice!

tickety-boo [TIK-ih-tee-BOO]

British adjective

-An informal phrase of British origin meaning "fine" or "okay."

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