Welcome Back!

September 15, 2016

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Students, parents, faculty, and staff, welcome to the 2016-2017 school year! We had an amazing first week of school, which was kicked off on our first day by a ribbon cutting ceremony with our Cardinal family and some very special guests. We are looking forward to a fantastic year and are so excited to share the journey with you all!

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As you know, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of Lawrence High School. We had a great time celebrating this at our opening day ribbon cutting ceremony! Check out a few photos below from the event:
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Back-to-School Night

This year's Back-to-School Night will be held on Thursday, September 29th beginning at 7:00 p.m. in our auditorium. After a welcome from our very talented peer leaders, all of our guests and parents will have an opportunity to visit their child's classrooms and meet their teachers. Homerooms will be posted throughout the school and you will receive a copy of your child's schedule during "first period." We look forward to seeing you!

Remember, you can access your child's schedule on your smartphone through PowerSchool.

Picture Day and Senior Portraits

Brush up on your smiles! Senior portraits retakes will be held on September 28th and 29th. Underclassmen and staff pictures will be taken on October 7th (makeup day: November 29th).

Homecoming 2016

This year's Homecoming Football Game will be on Saturday, October 8th against Ewing High School. The game will be played at Notre Dame High School (because of the work being completed on the LHS turf field) at 12:00 noon.

The Homecoming Dance will be from 7:00-10:00 p.m. that evening at Cedar Gardens in Hamilton. Tickets will be sold the week of September 26th (no tickets will be sold at the door). To attend, students must have a completed permission form and must not owe any fines or textbooks or be on loss of privilege. Tickets are $40 each (cash only).

Watch the next Smore for details on Spirit Week and the Homecoming Court!

Haunted High

Stay tuned for details on Haunted High, which will be held on Friday, October 14th! The event will be open to all middle and high school students. Contact Ms. DeGennaro or watch the next Smore for more information.

PSAT Testing

PSAT Testing will take place on Wednesday, October 19th from 7:45-11:45 a.m. at LHS. All 10th, 11th, and select 12th graders will take part in the testing. All freshmen will be participating in a series of scheduled activities during this time. More information about PSAT testing and the events of this day will be distributed soon.

  • Please note that there will be NO MAKE-UPS for this testing, so it is important to be present and on time. Students who arrive after the start of testing will not be permitted into the testing location.

  • Students must bring their own calculators and #2 pencils.
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LHS Cheerleaders

This summer, cheerleaders throughout the tri-state area attended the Universal Cheerleader Association's (UCA) Cheerleading Camp in Greeley, PA.

The LHS Varsity Cheerleaders, coached by Adrienne Wasserleben and volunteer Elizabeth Watson, competed in the Elite Varsity division and earned 3rd place for their "Team Cheer," 2nd place overall in "Game Day" which consisted of overall sidelines, cheer, and band dance, and the "Game Day Ready" award upon arriving to camp!

Our JV Cheerleaders also earned 2nd place for their Sideline Cheer and "Overall Most Improved."

Finally, ten of our cheerleaders qualified to be All-Americans after trying out among 200 cheerleaders who attended camp. Freshmen winners are invited to perform in the Thanksgiving Parade in Philadelphia, PA. Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors are invited to perform the in New Years Day Governors Parade in London, England!

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Free and Reduced Lunch

Parents, please remember that you must re-apply for Free and Reduced Lunch annually. Requests do not roll from year to year. If you were approved for Free and Reduced Lunch last year but do not re-apply, your status will return to “paid” on October 21 and you will be fiscally responsible for all charges incurred until a new application is approved.

Each family only needs to fill out one application for all students at their address.

Applications are available on the LTPS website or by clicking HERE.

Crew Members Wanted

  • LTPS-TV on Comcast Channel 19 and Verizon Channel 37 is looking for students to announce or run a video camera for LHS sporting events and other programs. Students may be eligible to work for pay.

  • The District Media Center is looking for students to operate lights, sound, and projectors in the LHS Auditorium and the LHS Commons. Students may be eligible to work for pay.

To apply for either of these opportunities, see Mr. Ervin in the District Technology Center, located below the LHS TV Studio.

Calling all Volunteers

Interested in volunteering in the Library? We would love your help! Please contact Ewa Elliott at eelliott@ltps.org for more information. All are welcome to inquire!

Weight Room

If you are interested in participating in weight room on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays this fall, please fill out the form in your .info email and hand in directly to the school nurse. You need to have had a physical in the last 365 days to be able to participate, and those physicals need to be on file with the school nurse. See Coach Septer with any questions.

LTPS Rewind

Did you know that LTPS has its own YouTube channel? You can catch up on events you might have missed in the district by visiting LTPS Rewind HERE!

Renaissance is Coming

Sponsored by Student Council, students maintaining a GPA higher than 2.5, have no lates to any classes, and who have stayed away from detentions and other disciplinary activities are eligible to participate. Recognition to qualified students is offered at the end of first marking period, second semester, and the end of the year.

*The Big Show will be at the end of first semester! Make sure you get invited!

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Senior Class Fundraisers

Mark your calendars for upcoming Senior Class Fundraisers!

  • Yankee Candle (September 29th - October 17th)
  • Cookie Dough (October 28th - November 11th)
  • Applebee's Pancake Breakfast (March 4th)

Check your .info emails for more information and for announcements for prom committee meetings!

College Visits

SENIORS! Check Naviance (under the “Colleges” tab) for the updated and upcoming college visit list. We currently have over 65 college representatives visiting Lawrence High School. Click on the sign-up link to receive a pass for the visit. Please note that these visits are not excused absences.

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Freshman Class Elections

Elections for Freshman Officers will be taking place during the final week of September. If you are interested in running for an office, please pick up a form outside of Room 720 and return it by September 19th. Forms can be returned to Ms. Huber in Room 720 or to Mrs. Ryan in the Main Office. No late forms will be accepted.

The positions available are:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Historian

Officers will participate in bimonthly officer/class meetings after school, fundraising, the Homecoming pep rally, and other events throughout the year. Get involved and be a voice for your class! Please see Miss Huber with any questions.

Theater Company

  • Auditions for the fall show, A Christmas Carol, will be on Friday, September 16th right after school. Newcomers welcome!

  • The LHS Theater Company will hold a parent volunteer meeting on Thursday, September 22nd at 6:30 p.m.

  • Save the date for Theatersports Night, which will be on Thursday, October 6th at 7:00 p.m.
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The fall athletic season has gotten off to a great start here at LHS! The football team started the season with a big win over Hamilton West on Saturday, September 10th. The girls and boys soccer teams each earned themselves a win in their first games of the season. Girls tennis has a strong, young team that has won a few matches and is working hard against some tough opponents. The cross-country season opened up with their first conference match on September 13th.

The turf field is progressing nicely, and we hope to see the stadium field opening sometime in October! We will continue to update you on its progress. Remember, our Homecoming football game, scheduled for October 8th, will be held at 12:00 noon at Notre Dame High School (neutral site).

To view the LHS athletics schedule, click HERE.

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Check out the September lunch menu below or click HERE to access the breakfast and lunch menus, including printable versions for your convenience!

Remember, breakfast is served daily from 7:15-7:40 a.m. in the cafeteria.

  • Full Breakfast all Grade Levels $1.65
  • Reduced Price Breakfast $0.30
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Friday, September 16th

Auditions for A Christmas Carol

Monday, September 26th

Homecoming Tickets go on Sale!

Wednesday, September 28th & Thursday, September 29th

Senior Portrait Retakes/Makeups

Thursday, September 29th

Back-to-School Night

Friday, September 30th

Professional Development Day (NO SCHOOL)

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(from the LHS Nurse's Office)

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Laugh Lines

Q: What did the pirate say on his 80th birthday?

A: Aye Matey

Submitted by Mrs. Martillotti


bloviate [BLO-vee-ate]

verb: to brag; to talk at length in an inflated or empty way

Fun Facts

Hundreds of new trees are planted every year by squirrels who misplace their acorns!

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District Happenings

Check out the latest edition (and others) of the LTPS Quick News for district announcements! Click HERE to see the archives or, to sign up on the Quick News mailing list, click HERE.
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Questions about this newsletter can be directed to kroche@ltps.org.

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