~February Fun~

February 4, 2016

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There is so much to celebrate in February...Black History Month, Groundhog's Day (February 2nd), Superbowl Sunday (February 7th), Valentine's Day (February 14th), Random Acts of Kindness Day (February 17th), and National Tortilla Chip Day (February 24th...yes there really is such a thing). We have also officially entered the last five months of the school year...but there is a lot of learning left to do, and a ton more fun to be had! And since Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow this year, we can look forward to an early Spring!

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Science Olympiad

Congratulations to the LHS Science Olympiad Team for their successful participation in this year's NJ Science Olympiad Regionals Tournament hosted by Camden County College. Special recognition goes to Elizabeth Park, Christopher Manganas, and Sanjay Manadevan for earning a 5th place medal in Protein Modeling, and to Daryl Hoehne and Elizabeth Park for taking the 2nd place medal in Forensic Science out of 23 teams - outstanding work!

Flying High

Junior Myles Mitchell-White joined an elite group of athletes last week, as he scored his 1000th point during the boys' varsity basketball game versus Ewing High School on January 29th! Congratulations, Myles!

Record-Breaking Performance

The LHS Girls 4 x 200 meter Relay team broke the Indoor School Record at the Group 3 State Relays! Way to go, girls!

Pictured at left: Mijah Collier; Sataya Gordon; Emily Mihov; Cynthia Curry

State Tournament Bound

Both swim teams have qualified for this year's state tournament! The girls are ranked #4 in Central NJ and the boys team is ranked #1 in Central NJ. In addition, several swimmers have qualified for the NJ Individual State Tournament at the end of the month: Angelina Franceschini (200 freestyle); James Keane (400 freestyle); and Yauheni Paskevich, Kyle Jorgensen, James Keane, and Anthony Weiss (400 freestyle relay). When asked for an official quote about this year's swimmers, Coach Underwood stated, "We're awesome."

Making a Splash

Sophomore Adam LeCompte repeated as Mercer County Champion as the LHS boys swept 1st, 2nd, and 3rd at the 48th Annual Mercer County Diving Championships at Montgomery High School on January 27th. Adam won his second straight County title with a score of 253.00. Following in second place was sophomore Ryan Morris with sophomore Luke Annand in third. Adam trains on the Junior Olympic squad of Blue Dolphin Diving while Ryan and Luke study with East Coast Masters Diving at TCNJ.

Pictured at right: Adam LeCompte

(Photo credit: Kirk Moldoff)

Wrestling Honors

Chris Lynne, the Varsity wrestling coach, received the Coaching Excellence award at the MCT Wrestling tournament this weekend, and senior Edwin Gonzalez came in 4th place in his weight class! Fantastic job!

Pictured at left: Edwin on the podium with the other top finishers

LHS Students Building a School in Honduras

Help us reach our goal of completing a three-room schoolhouse in Honduras by clicking HERE. You can donate to the general LHS page or specific pages of our club members.

*If SHH can raise $25,000 by the end of 2016, one of the schools will be painted RED AND WHITE in honor of our school!

School Counselors Week

Did you know that this week is National School Counselors Week? Thank you to all of our counselors for the outstanding job you do...for helping our students explore their strengths, interests, and talents, for helping them realize their full potential and set goals, for working with teachers and parents to focus on the personal, social, and educational growth of the students, and for the countless other things that you do on a day-to-day basis!

There's "Snow" Stopping Them

A giant thank you to our amazing and dedicated maintenance staff who cleared all school and district grounds after last weekend's blizzard. This was no easy task and we are very grateful for the time and muscle power that they put in while the rest of us were home for a snow day! If you see any of them in passing, please thank them for their hard work!


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Singing Valentine Grams

The LHS Theater Company will be performing singing Valentine Grams on Thursday, February 11th during periods 5-8. This is a fundraiser to help support our musical, HAIRSPRAY. Purchase one in the cafeteria starting on February 3rd! Grams are $2 each or 3 for $5.

Driver Education State Exam Makeups

Makeup exams for the Driver Education State Exam will take place for sophomores on February 9th and 10th. These makeup exams are for the retake of the state exam only, not to change your marking period grade. The exams will take place immediately after school in Room 136. Please sign up for the Late Bus if you do not have another ride home.

If you had Quarter 1 Driver's Ed and would like to take the test on February 9th or 10th, please email Ms. Landolfi at alandolfi@ltps.org.

ULead with Love Summit

On Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., the LHS chapter of Operation Smile will host the ULead with Love Summit, which will educate students on the value of service within the communityand help them establish a lifetime of giving to others. Students will learn more about the organization, listen to inspirational volunteers, participate in icebreakers and team-building activities, and work on a Smile Bag project as part of the “Smile Bag Community Initiative." Service hours will be provided for anyone who needs them!

Click HERE for more information and to access the registration form. Registrations will be accepted until February 11th.

Black History Celebration

In recognition of Black History Month, LHS will host a celebration entitled, “Black History: A Celebration of Culture, Class, Courage and Change” on Friday, February 26, 2016 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Funded by a grant from the LTEF and LTEA, the celebration will boast an array of moving performances and tributes by LHS students, faculty, and special guests, as well as refreshments and festive music from the LHS Jazz Ensemble. The official program features an opening African drum and dance performance by The Garvey School of Trenton, performances by the LHS Madrigal and Gospel Choirs, featured guests, The Renaissance Band and a list of other exciting event surprises. This celebration is a FREE event and is open to all who wish to attend!

Click HERE to read more about this event, including a list of this year's honorees!

"Brave the Shave"

Join Mr. Adam and the Lawrence High School St. Baldrick’s team at Amalfi's on March 12th as a shavee or volunteer! All proceeds go to children’s cancer research. Please follow the link below for more information, to join, or to donate!


March Madness is Coming!

Please watch for information in the next Smore about Red and White March Madness! This will be a month-long spirit event with day events, night events, and month-long events, as well as community service collections, all culminating in the big finale, RED AND WHITE NIGHT, which will take place on Friday, April 8th in the gym from 6:30-8:30 p.m.! Stay tuned for more details!

Jostens Renaissance

The BIG SHOW is coming in March! Maintain a 2.5+ GPA, stay free of discipline, and have no unexcused tardies in order to attend the show.

Jostens Renaissance® is a nationwide program designed to recognize and applaud student academic success. The goal of the Renaissance Program is to help students boost their GPAs, increase attendance, decrease discipline, improve school pride, and increase graduation rates.

Shark Tank

Have an idea for a product or business? Save-the-Date for LHS's Shark Tank! Compete against other students and teachers for cash and prizes! Applications are due by March 1st.

Event Date: Friday, April 15th at 7:00 p.m.

Click HERE to read more about the event and to complete your application!


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Calendar Change

Due to the recent snow day, the school calendar has been adjusted to reflect a new last day of school, which has been changed to Monday, June 20th.

Senior Yearbook Ads

Celebrate graduating seniors by placing advertisements for them in the 2016 yearbook! This is the perfect way to recognize and congratulation your student, a group of friends, a team, or even the entire senior class! Click HERE for more information or contact Mrs. Errico at merrico@ltps.org with any questions. All ad submissions are due by March 1st.

Cardinal Pride Fridays

Wear RED and WHITE on Fridays to show your school spirit. Get your gear in the school store during lunch periods!

Send pictures of yourself wearing your Cardinal gear to kroche@ltps.org.

Cardinal Connections and Cardinal Nest

CARDINAL CONNECTIONS - Request a Cardinal Connections library pass from your subject area teacher and come to the library loft during Period 5 lunch on "A" days. You can also fill out the form HERE or visit the Homework Center after school.

CARDINAL NEST (for 9th graders) - Receive academic support from members of NHS! The program is not only for students in regular college prep classes, but those facing challenges in the honors and pre-AP classes as well.


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Spring Sports Registrations & Physicals

Online registration for Spring sports is officially up and running! All registrations are due by February 24th. Click HERE for more information.

Sports physicals for Spring sports will be held in the LHS Nurse's Office on February 16th after school. You must pre-register with the nurse by February 12th. Call Lucille Winslow, R.N. at 609-671-5513 or email lwinslow@ltps.org.

Visit the Athletics website at www.ltps.org/athletics for up-to-date information and announcements.

Click HERE to view the daily Athletics Schedule, and follow us on Twitter @LTPSAthletics!



For this upcoming month of February, particularly the first week, please be on the lookout for your students to be coming home with Course of Studies booklets in preparation for scheduling their classes for next year. That’s right! It is time to begin the process of scheduling classes for next school year with your counselors. Students will be instructed to come prepared to meet their counselors by making class and elective selections online through PowerSchool. Instructions on how to do these things will be found in the Course of Studies booklet. If you have any questions, please call or email your student’s counselor.

-Mr. Sam Fierra, Director of Guidance


* PARCC Testing *

Be on the lookout for a letter regarding PARCC testing dates and procedures. This letter is being mailed home on Monday, February 8th. If you have any questions about the PARCC after receiving this letter, please feel free to contact your child's counselor.




What's your creative gift?

Do you have a creative talent that you would like to share? Submit poetry, photography, works of art, or anything that you do that displays your creativity! Send your submissions to kroche@ltps.org and your unique talent could be featured here! Be sure to include your name, grade, and a caption/description. (Teachers, you are welcome to submit student talents as long as you have their permission first.)



Upcoming Sandwiches of the "A" Day

Wednesday, February 10th

Roast Beef Italiano:

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

Friday, February 19th

Smoked Southwest Turkey Salad Wrap:

Mesquite turkey salad with shredded cheddar and chipotle dressing over spring greens on a jalapeño-cheddar wrap

Friday, February 26th

California Chicken B-L-T:

Chilled seasoned chicken breast with turkey bacon, avocado, California blend greens, and sliced tomatoes topped with ranch dressing on a twelve-grain bun

Friday, March 4th

Fruit de Mer:

Creamy seafood salad with lemon-dill dressing over romaine lettuce on a croissant bun

See below for the February Lunch Menu!

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Click HERE to read more about the PTO and to access the membership application.

  • The SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR is coming on February 20th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the LHS Commons. Click HERE for more information.

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



Tuesday, February 9th

-Makeup State Driver Education Exam (2:50 - 4:00 p.m.)

Friday, February 12th

-Professional Development (NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS)

Monday, February 15th

-Presidents' Day (SCHOOLS CLOSED)

Saturday, February 20th

-Science and Engineering Fair (1:00 - 3:00 p.m.)

Friday, February 26th

-Black History Celebration (6:00 p.m.)





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- in a contrary direction; counterclockwise


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Questions related to this newsletter can be directed to kroche@ltps.org.

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