Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

October 18, 2018

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With Halloween just a handful of days away, make sure you check out the "Halloween Happenings" section for information on Trunk-or-Treat and the return of Haunted High!

But first things first...tonight is our Hispanic Heritage Celebration, which will begin with a 6:00 p.m. reception before the program officially begins at 7:00 p.m. Please join us in celebrating Hispanic culture through music, food, dance, art, and more! Admission is free! (This event is being presented by the Arts and Humanities Academy and is generously grant-funded by the Lawrence Township Education Association.)

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Parent-Teacher Conference Scheduling Portal

The Parent-Teacher Conferences scheduling portal will open on Monday, October 22nd at 7:00 p.m.! Scheduling 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. The link will close on November 6th.

As a reminder, conferences will be held on the following dates:

Monday, November 19th

  • 1:00-3:00 p.m. & 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, November 20th

  • 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Please bring a copy of your scheduled appointment times with you to conferences. Room numbers will be emailed prior to conferences.

Military Exclusion/Opt Out Letter

Under the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, public high schools must give the names, addresses and telephone number of students to military recruiters, college/university recruiters and prospective employers if the recruiters request the information (P.L. 107-110, Section 9528; 10 USC 503). However, students or their parents have the right to instruct the school in writing that this information is not to be released. To access the "opt out" form, please click HERE. Completed forms must be returned to Guidance by November 30, 2018.

Annual Drop Day Approaching

For those who have not yet re-applied for free or reduced lunch, our "Annual Drop Day" is coming up very soon. Any student who hasn't re-applied for assistance for this school year will be dropped from the program as of October 23rd. Applications that were approved for this year will begin with the number "19." Any application number beginning with "18" will expire on that date. These numbers can be found on the lunch status tab in Genesis. Students who are dropped from the program will be considered in "paid" status and families will be responsible for any and all purchases (including reimbursable meals) made in our cafeterias. Applications can not be back-dated. If you have any questions, please contact mdilorenzo@ltps.org.

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New Royalty Crowned

We are so proud of the tremendous amount of school spirit we saw on display during Spirit Week and Homecoming! Congratulations to all members of the homecoming court, and to your newly crowned King and Queen, Gabe Gutierrez and Maura Canavan! Check out just a few pictures from the week below, or view more on the LHS Facebook page HERE.
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Who You Gonna Call?

Join us for movie night in the library on Friday, October 19th! Two movies will be showing for different age groups...Ghostbusters and Coco! The cost is $5 per person. Students and children are invited to wear a costume and bring a blanket/sleeping bag to get a little more comfortable. We will be serving free popcorn!

Check out the flyer for more information.

Picture Day

Picture Day for underclassmen (grades 9, 10, and 11) is scheduled for Wednesday, October 24th. Re-takes will be done on Wednesday, November 28th.

Come one, Come all!

Tuesday, October 30th is our very first LMS/LHS PTO meeting for the school year!

The start time for the meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. in the LMS Library and will be led off by Ms. Jennifer Moran from the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office, who will be sharing information about issues relevant to our students, parents, and community as a whole.

Please join us and bring with you any questions or ideas you have for the year. We look forward to seeing you!

Community of Lights

Student Council is working with Womanspace, a Local organization providing services for domestic violence and sexual assault victims, their families, friends, and community members. They are sponsoring the "Community of Lights" on December 3rd.

Every household in Mercer county is asked to purchase the candle kits and display the lit candles (outdoors) on the evening of December 3rd to show support for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Student Council will be selling the candles and have a table at Haunted High/Fall Fest on October 26th, as well as during the Powder Puff football game on November 6th.

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* Halloween Happenings *

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Join us for Lawrence Township Police Department's annual Trunk-or-Treat extravaganza! This year's event is scheduled for Thursday, October 25th, and all participating vehicles must be pre-registered by October 23rd. Please click the flyer for more information.

It's BAAaaaaAAcK...and it's Better than Ever!

LHS proudly presents its third annual Haunted High...but this year, it's grown into a much bigger and better event! To add to the fall atmosphere, this year's "Freak Show" will be housed outside on the practice football field. To culminate this hair-raising, spine tingling experience, the event has been expanded to include a fall festival, which will be hosted in the Cardinal Stadium. There you will experience a full-fledged harvest fest with all the fixins...food vendors, 18 carnival games, and live entertainment! Did we mention the games are FREE?

Dare to be scared for $5 and visit the "Freak Show" only, or if you're a little too spooked, pay $5 to attend just the carnival. Or, take advantage of both for just $8! Under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

WHEN: Friday, October 26th from 6:00-10:00 p.m.

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Commended Students

Congratulations to those recently named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship program!

In late September, more than two-thirds (about 34,000) of the approximately 50,000 high scorers on the PSAT/NMSQT® receive Letters of Commendation in recognition of their outstanding academic promise. Commended Students are named on the basis of a nationally applied Selection Index score that may vary from year to year. Although Commended Students do not continue in the competition for National Merit®Scholarships, some of these students do become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.

Pictured: Rhea Pathak, Harshil Bhullar, Stuart (Gil) Woody, Andrew Sam, Jean Steele, Cassidy Stoneback, and Principal David Adam

Not Pictured: Ronit Deshpande

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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* Clubs and Activities *

Get Involved!

Students, there is so much more to being a Cardinal than what you do during your school day! Why not get involved in one (or several) of the many clubs, activities, or academic teams that LHS has to offer? Click HERE to see this year's Clubs and Activities booklet, but keep in mind, new organizations might be added throughout the year, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for announcements as well!
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Check out the October breakfast and lunch menus by clicking HERE. Menus are now hosted by Nutrislice. You can download their app for more convenient access, view menus for any LTPS school, and more!

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Thursday, October 18th
  • Hispanic Heritage Celebration (6:00 p.m.)

Friday, October 19th

  • Movie Night in the Library (7:00 p.m.)

Monday, October 22nd
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences Scheduling Portal Opens

Wednesday, October 24th

  • Underclassmen Picture Day

Thursday, October 25th

  • LTPD Trunk-or-Treat (6:00 p.m.)

Friday, October 26th

  • Haunted High ("Freak Show") and Fall Festival (6:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, October 30th

  • First LMS/LHS PTO meeting for 2018-2019
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Boost Your Word Bank

widdershins [WID-uhr-SHINZ]

adverb (Scottish): another way to say something is moving counter-clockwise or something is moving in the wrong direction.

Words to Live By:

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Good Humor

Q: How can you tell if a vampire has a cold?

A: By his coffin!

Submitted by Mrs. Martillotti

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