July 2023

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This year we reorganized our administrative resources to provide the best possible support to our students and staff.

This year we are welcoming TWO Dedicated Assistant Principals to both LMS & LHS.

We are also welcoming a Supervisor of Athletics whose job responsibilities will no longer be shared - instead they will be focused on Lion Athletics.

Lauren Scinto - LMS Assistant Principal

My name is Lauren Scinto and I am extremely proud to be an assistant Principal at Lindenwold Middle School. I am a native of Paterson, NJ, graduated from TCNJ with a BA in Education/Sociology and an ESL certification, and earned a MA in Educational Leadership and Supervision from Rider University. While earning my MA at Rider, I coached their Division I Softball program to a MACC championship in my 3rd year there. I have taught in various districts such as Ewing, Roselle, and Princeton, where I taught Physical Education and was an interim Athletic Director. I spent the last 15 years in Piscataway where I taught 4th grade and coached Soccer, Basketball, and Softball.

I have been happily married for 6 years with 3 very energetic children Kingsley 9, Avi 3, and Auckland 5 months. They make me a better person each day!

I am beyond excited to be a Lindenwold Lion. Our team is more than ready to motivate, educate, and cultivate a safe and inclusive learning environment at LMS. Go Lions!

Ryan Strother - LMS Assistant Principal


My name is Ryan Strothers and I began my career in education in 2006 in Pennsauken, New Jersey. In 2016, my educational journey drew me here to Lindenwold Middle School where I taught 5th grade ELA and Social Studies before transitioning over to 5th Grade Math and Science where I remained until June 2023. I am very excited that beginning in July 2023, I will continue to serve the amazing students, families and staff of Lindenwold Middle School as the Vice Principal of 7th and 8th Grade and LMS Climate and Culture.

I earned my Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education, a Masters Degree in Secondary Education, and a second Masters Degree in Educational Administration from Grand Canyon University.

In my spare time, I am a big roller coaster fan, I enjoy cooking, and I enjoy spending time with my amazing family and friends. Lindenwold Middle School is an awesome place full of a dedicated and nurturing staff and some of the best and brightest students who are destined to change this world for the better. I look forward to working alongside you to ensure that our students continue to reach their goals.

If there is ever anything I can do to help or if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me at 856-346-3330 ext. 2204 or email me at

Fred Geardino - LHS Principal

Mr. Geardino has been vested within New Jersey public education for over 15 years and was appointed Principal of Lindenwold High School after holding Principal, Vice Principal and Supervisor positions for 10 years. He graduated from Kean University with a Master's Degree in Educational Administration and Bachelor's Degree in Mathematical Sciences. Mr. Geardino was an initial class member of the Kean University's New Jersey Center for Science, Technology & Math Education (NJCSTME) and of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

Mr. Geardino started his career teaching Algebra I in both Hillside and Woodbridge. He worked as a teacher, mentor, Student Council Advisor, Team Leader and was lucky enough to coach 3 sports (baseball, basketball, volleyball) at the secondary level.

Mr. Geardino views collaboration with all stakeholders as the key to creating a successful school community. He believes partnerships with parents, educators and local partners are essential to creating an impactful learning environment at Lindenwold High School.

Mr. Geardino is truly excited to be a member of the Lindenwold community and looks forward to jumping right into the “Lion’s Den”!

Please visit our webpage with our 2023 - 2024 calendar information:

Important Dates to Know:

August 7th - 10th:

Kindergarten Orientation

September 6th:

Preschool Open House, MS Grade 5 Orientation (7-8pm), HS Grade 9 Orientation (9:45am)

September 7th:

First day of school for all students

September 7th & 8th:

Preschool Late Arrival

September 12th:

Evening: School 4 & School 5 Open House

September 14th:

Evening: LMS Open House

September 21st:

Evening: LHS Open House


The District has partnered once again with a before and after school program called - CHAMPIONS. For more information, please visit our District webpage below OR the direct links below:





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Preschool, School 4, & School 5:

The District does not have a required school supply list for OUR ELEMENTARY students. The District will provide students with all necessary school supplies such as: folders, crayons, pencils, etc. for students in Preschool, School 4, and School 5.

Families may wish to purchase backpacks and lunch boxes. The District also receives donations of backpacks, too, which may be shared with students. If you are in need of a bookbag for your child, please contact your child’s school. We are happy to assist you.


While the District does not require specific supplies, a teachers' may be included in the summer mailing.

The District's Safety Specialist, Ms. Adrienne McManis, has continued her dedicated focus on the safety of our staff and students throughout the Lindenwold School District. Please take some time to review the below important safety measures:


One measure will include the requirement that ALL students, staff, approved guests, and substitutes will be required to wear a school issued ID each day.

Middle and high school students will receive a temporary ID on the first day of school in homeroom. Permanent IDs will be provided following school picture days, which will occur later in the fall.

Food Delivery Services:

Food delivery services will be denied access and will be turned away from any of our schools during normal business hours. Please be aware, if this results in a loss of student money, the student assumes that risk. This is a violation of school district safety procedures.

Side Door Access:

Students opening side doors for unauthorized guests (family or friends) and food delivery services will receive consequences aligned to compromising the safety of our staff and students within the building.

Elementary First Day of School Information:

Elementary Students will be mailed a name tag in their “Welcome Back to School” informational mailing in late August. Students will then receive their permanent ID tag that will be connected to their book bag on the first day of school. Please leave this tag connected to your child’s bookbag for the entire year, as it will assist in the dismissal process each day.

ALL students will be required to wear their IDs starting on day 1 of school, September, 8th. This visual identifier will help school staff quickly know who has been approved to be inside our schools as well as on our school property. Bus drivers will also require these IDs to properly identify students on their bus.

Head Coverings:

Students may NOT wear hoods or head coverings (hats, ball caps, head wraps, etc.) of any kind during the school day in common areas: cafeteria, hallways, gymnasium, etc. Head covering compromises our ability to visually identify students / staff/ guest faces on our camera system. Disregarding this guideline is considered a violation of student/staff/school safety procedures. (Exception: A religious exemption regarding head coverings will be granted; however, documetation and a meeting with administration will be required.)

Please review the District information regarding the Harrasment, Intimidation, and Bullying Reporting Process (HIB). Reports may be shared with ANY District Staff Member; however, the following individuals are always available to assist you:

Dr. Kristin P O'Neil - Superintendent

PK Principal:

School 4 Principal:

School 5 Principal:

LMS Principal:

LHS Principal:

Amber Callow: Community & Inclusion Coordinator / District HIB Specialist


All complaints & concerns are taken very seriously and thoroughly investigated.

To understand the HIB process, please visit the following District webpage:

The District uses a District App that allows our students and community report concerns directly from their phone or from our District website. Concerns may be reported anonymously OR you may choose to identify your name. Immediately after a concern is submitted the Superintendent and Building Administration are alerted.

You can access STOP IT on our main webpage:

or on our District Safety Page:

OR from your phone. Download the App.


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We have learned that the traditional school day program is not always the best fit for all students. This year, the District will be running an alternate option, an evening program for students in grades 7 - 12 called the "TWILIGHT PROGRAM."

Students will earn their grade level education and ultimately their high school diplomas while attending school in the evening hours (3pm - 7pm).

This program is ideal for students who need a more individualized experience, a quiet/smaller learning environment, an opportunity to work at one's own pace with less distractions, and sometimes students just need a "break" from the traditional day experience to regroup and collect oneself.

Our Twilight Program is a great alternative to the traditional educational experience. For students identified as individuals who may benefit from this program, District Administration will be reaching out over the next few weeks.

Twilight Program Director:

Ms. Adrienne McManis

1. Summer mailings will be going toward the end of August. Please expect to receive your "WELCOME TO SCHOOL" information the week of 8/21/23.

2. Transportation information will be mailed out to families late August. You should receive your transportation information the week of August 28th.

8/7 - 8/10 = Orientation Week

Information has been mailed out to our families who have registered their children for kindergarten. If you are interested in your future kindergarten student attending our orientation, please contact Lindenwold School District's Registration Office.

On Monday, July 24th, the Board of Education extended our LHS Dress Code Policy into the 2023 - 2024 school year for ALL students (PK - Grade 12). We would like to thank our LHS Students who participated in the Spring Dress Code Pilot. They set the standard of expectation and did a very good job adhering to District expectations. Now the Board of Education is extending the pilot to all grades throughout the 2023 - 2024 school year.


Sweatpants and joggers in any color

▪ Jeans/pants may be worn without rips and/or tears.

▪ Mesh pants and mesh material are not permitted.

▪ Leggings may be worn ONLY with a top that comes to one’s thigh.

▪ Pajama/flannel bottoms are considered sleepwear and must not be worn to school.

Shorts may be worn as long as they are at the end of fingertip length. (approx. 4 inches

above the knee)


▪ Shirts may have school appropriate writing, patterns, and/or graphics in any color.

▪ Brand name logos on shirts are permitted.

▪ Bare midriffs, crop tops, cut-off shirts, or any clothing showing one’s stomach or mid-

to- low back are not permitted.


▪ Dresses must be the appropriate length. (Length must be no shorter than fingertip

length (approx. 4 inches above the knee.)

▪ Dress sleeves must be beyond one’s shoulders.

▪ Dresses with spaghetti straps or tank straps must be worn under a cardigan, sweater,

blazer, etc.


▪ Hats of any kind (knit caps, ball caps, etc.), sweatbands, bandannas, head covers or

combs/picks are not to be worn in the building. The only exceptions are for medical or

religious reasons. Both exceptions require official documentation.

▪ Sunglasses or glasses with dark lenses may not be worn in the building without a

doctor's note.

▪ Outdoor garments, hoods, and gloves may not be worn inside the building after the homeroom bell rings. Students are expected to keep those items in their lockers during the day.


▪ Pupils may not wear clothing or engage in grooming practices that present a

health or safety hazard to the individual pupil or to others.

▪ Clothing may not materially interfere with school work, create disorder, or create

a disruption the educational program.

▪ Pupils may not wear clothing or accessories which cause excessive wear or

damage to school propriety or others.

▪ Pupils may not wear clothing that prevent the pupil or others from achieving their

educational objectives.

▪ Clothing that contains suggestive, derogatory, racially offensive, obscene

language or clothing that makes reference to tobacco, alcohol, drugs, or other

illegal substances are prohibited.

▪ Clothing that makes reference to criminal/illegal activity or gang activity are



▪ Appropriate footwear should be worn at all times, such as shoes, sneakers, etc. All foot

wear must be secured to the student's feet.

▪ The soles of one’s shoes should reflect an “outdoor” sole.

▪ Crocs are permitted if they are worn in “sport” mode (with a strap secured to the back

of one’s heel.)

▪ Flip-flops, slides, clogs, slippers, or thongs are not permitted for safety reasons.


Lindenwold is getting a "face-lift" this summer!







Our new Early Childhood Center is becoming a reality. Unfortunately, during this process, traffic at our schools will be impacted. Please review the new traffic pattern for the 2023 - 2024 school year at School 4 & LHS.


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We have created a student job board. When we become aware of job opportunities - we will post them here for our students! Check it out!
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You can find all previous editions of the Lion's Roar on the Staff Resources page.


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