Break Time!

April 12, 2019

Thank you to all of our guests at Wednesday night's Spring is always a pleasure to catch up with our families! As a reminder, tomorrow is the last day of school before the start of Spring Break. Enjoy some much-needed downtime, get lots of fresh air, and find a way to rest, relax, and recharge. Because several holidays also fall over this recess, we would also like to wish you all a Happy Rama Navani, Pesach/Passover, and Easter!
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Spring Break

School will be closed from Monday, April 15th through Friday, April 19th for Spring Recess. Classes will resume on Monday, April 22nd.

NHS Induction Ceremony

LHS will hold its annual National Honor Society Induction on Wednesday, April 24th at 7:00 p.m. Students being inducted will be notified via mail and are asked to attend a mandatory rehearsal on Tuesday, April 23rd at 3:00 p.m. in the auditorium. Stay tuned for photos from the ceremony in the next newsletter!

Professional Development Day

Schools will be closed on Thursday, April 25th for Staff Professional Development.

Jazz Fest

The district Jazz Festival will be held on April 26th at 7:00 p.m. in the LHS auditorium. This year will also feature a guest artist who will provide a clinic for each of the LTPS jazz bands!

This year’s guest artist is percussionist Marc Dicciani, the Dean of the College of Performing Arts at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia and Professor of Drumset. Dicciani is a busy professional performer and educator with dozens of international touring/clinics dates annually, having performed with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Randy Brecker, Jon Faddis, Pat Martino, Tom Kennedy, Robin Eubanks, Stanley Clarke, Christian McBride, Tom Jones, Mel Torme, Stevie Wonder, Lee Ritenour, Natalie Cole, the Boston Pops, & the Dallas, San Diego, Buffalo, Missouri, Honolulu, Nashville, and Philadelphia Orchestras. He has recorded for TV and film and two telecasts of the Golden Globe Awards, has given clinics at dozens of colleges and universities, as well as schools abroad, and countless conferences and festivals. Now touring with Ben Vereen, he is also a regular contributor to Modern Drummer Magazine and a member of their International Education Team, as well as a drumset artist/clinician for Yamaha Drums, Vic Firth Drum Sticks, Remo Drum Heads, Zildjian Cymbals, Latin Percussion, MONO Cases, Music Molds. Visit his web site at

We are very excited to offer this opportunity to our students, and send a very big thank you to LTEF for providing the funding for this wonderful experience!

Kick Off Your Sunday Shoes

The annual Mr. LHS Show is a mere three weeks away! The event is scheduled for Friday, May 3rd. Contestants and their teams have been working hard rehearsing, and trust us, you don't want to miss this one! This year's "80s" themed show will have you flashing back to the days of parachute pants, scrunchies, neon leg warmers, crimped hair, and lots (and lots) of hairspray! Join us on May 3rd and be entertained by some of Lawrence High School's finest as they act, sing, and dance, displaying their top talents for our judges!
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Support our Grads with a Lawn Sign

Lawn signs are now available for purchase! Stop by the LHS main office and pick up yours for $15, or click here for more information.

Proceeds will benefit Project Graduation 2019.

Senior Awards Applications - Last Day

Just a reminder, completed applications for the 2019 Senior Awards Program are due back by Friday, April 12th. No late applications will be accepted. Good luck, seniors!

2019 Graduation Information

Seniors, Graduation is now less than three months away! Please click here to access the letter with information regarding this year's ceremony, as well as a link to order guest tickets. Graduating seniors and participating staff and faculty will not need a ticket to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Kerry Roche at

Project Graduation

Plans for the 2019 Project Graduation are in full swing...but the PG committee needs your help! Since 1989 parents, the community, and local businesses have generously supported Project Graduation, the all-night party for seniors held at LHS following graduation that provides all seniors with a safe, drug and alcohol free way to celebrate this exciting time in their lives.

Please see the letter below for more information on how you can be a part of helping to make this fantastic event happen for our seniors!

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Teacher in Training

Junior Colette Rybinski was recently award a certificate to recognize her “outstanding dedication and commitment” to students at Lawrence Road Presbyterian Church's "The English School." Colette volunteered this year as an assistant teacher in an adult ESL classroom. She helped to lead conversation groups, facilitated activities, and registered new students. To date, she has volunteered more than 40 hours at the school.

Pictured are Paula Rainey, Director of The English School, and Colette.

Chen Selected a Governor's Scholar

Junior Victoria Chen was recently selected to attend the Governor's School of Engineering & Technology at Rutgers University School of Engineering this summer!

Qualified high school juniors who possess outstanding skills and display unusual abilities and interests in the field are nominated by their schools for acceptance into this elite program. Victoria was selected to participate by a panel of professors, researchers, and educators at Rutgers.

As a Governor's Scholar, Victoria will spend four weeks on campus, free of charge. She'll take four academic classes, complete an intensive research and/or design project with other students, visit local corporations, and have opportunities to meet equally talented peers and professionals from across the state.

It's Playtime

LHS had three proud winners at the April 2nd Bucks County Playhouse Student Theater Festival! Senior Malashia Carter grabbed the Spotlight Award: Vocal Solo, sophomore Miguel Ramirez won an award for Best Male Vocal, and freshman Maggie Gronenthal received honors for Best Actress in a Play.

Mamma Mia...Here We Go Again

On Wednesday, April 10th, LHS Theater students performed scenes from 'Mamma Mia!' and the drama 'The Yellow Boat' at the South Jersey Theater Festival. Malashia Carter received an award for Best Vocal Performance by a Female, the cast of 'Mamma Mia!' received the Best Ensemble of a Musical award, and Lorie Baldwin took home two awards, Excellence in Directing a Musical (for 'Mamma Mia!') and Best Directing (for 'The Yellow Boat').

Once Upon a Time, in a Land Far, Far Away...

Sophomore Adam Levinsky is spending the second semester of this school year studying abroad in Israel! Studying in Jerusalem is rigorous - school is in session from 8:15 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily, with breaks for lunch and dinner.

Adam traveled to Poland during his spring break, and the school goes on many field trips that tie in with what students are learning in Jewish history. This week he's doing an Israeli simulation for 5 days and next week he will be doing a multi-day sea-to-sea hike.

Adam will rejoin us in September.

Now That's Exciting

Senior Khalin Hemingway has been named one of the most exciting athletes in Mercer County this Spring! Check out the full article in's Girls Track & Field preview here.

Photo credit: Larry Murphy/For The Times of Trenton

Goal...after goal...after goal...

Berardi scores 100th career goal

Congratulations to senior Varsity Lacrosse player Sarah Berardi on scoring her 100th goal! Sarah went on to break the school career goal record by scoring five more goals in the team's 13-6 win over Hamilton West. Read more in this article, and check out the video below of Sarah's thoughts on this milestone!

Photo credit: Larry Murphy/Times of Trenton
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 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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Teacher Appreciation Week

Dear LMS/LHS Families,

For Teacher Appreciation Week, the PTO is collecting gift cards to be raffled off to our amazing teachers and staff. Please consider making a donation so we can purchase gifts and gift cards by May 1st. Click HERE to donate.

Questions: please email us at

Thank you!


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Support Op Smile at Brookwood

Former LHS teacher, Mr. Jeff Rick, now the proud owner of The Brookwood Cafe in Mercerville, will donate 10% of all sales on April 25th to Operation Smile's LHS chapter! See the flyer for more information, and be sure to come out for some delicious food, served with a smile!

Pretzel Mondays

Delicious hot pretzels are for sale every Monday after school by staff sign-in. Proceeds will go to the LHS chapter of DECA.
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Boost Your Word Bank for Spring

Here are a few less known English words to welcome spring!

CHELIDONIAN WINDS: warm spring winds

BREARD: The very first appearance of a plant above the ground is called the breard.

LAMB-STORMS: Lamb-storms are spring thunderstorms, so-called because they break around the same time that lambs are born.

ROUTERING-BOUT: an English phrase to describe a thorough spring-cleaning of a house

Words to Live By:

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Good Humor

Q: What did Rosemary say when Sage proposed?

A: It's about thyme!

Submitted by Mrs. Martillotti

Have a joke/quote to share? Send it to

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