How Sweet It Is...

February 2, 2017

February brings so many reasons to celebrate: Superbowl 51, Valentine's Day, Presidents' Day, and Black History Month to name just a few! Keep your eye out around the school for the numerous events and activities going on this month and make sure to get involved!


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Winter Weather Alerts

Please refer to the following sources for up-to-date alerts on school closings, delays, and early dismissals:


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* COMING UP *

Singing Valentines

LHS Theater Company will be selling Singing Valentine Grams to students and staff from February 8th through the 13th in the cafeteria during lunch periods ($2 for one and $3 for 5). The LHS Theater Officers provide a list of songs to choose from, and will come to classrooms on Valentine's Day and deliver singing telegrams to loved ones and friends. The proceeds will help offset the costs of the Spring Musical!

Black History Month Celebration

In recognition of Black History Month, LHS will host a celebration entitled, “Black History: Glancing at the Past, Moving Toward the Future” on Friday, February 24th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. The event will feature an array of moving performances, festive dances, music by the Madrigal and Gospel Choirs and the LHS band, refreshments, awards, and tributes by LHS students, faculty, and special guests.


This celebration is a FREE event and is open to all who wish to attend! Donations will be graciously accepted!


Watch the next newsletter for more detailed information.


This event is grant-funded by the Lawrence Township Education Association.

Op Smile to host Leadership Summit

The LHS branch of Operation Smile will host a ULead with Love Leadership Summit on Saturday, February 25th. Students who attend the summit will receive community service hours. Please click the flyer for more information. Registration forms can be picked up in the main office (due back to Op Smile by February 18th). The cost to attend is $10. Lunch will be provided!

2017 Science & Engineering Fair

Lawrence Township Public Schools will hold the annual Science and Engineering Fair at Lawrence Intermediate School on Saturday, February 25, 2017.


Mrs. Jessica Heller is looking for more parent volunteers to join the Science Fair committee. If interested, please email her at jheller@ltps.org.


Detailed information below:

https://sites.google.com/site/lawrencescienceengineeringfair/


Please register below:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lawrence-science-engineering-fair-2017-registration-29818362525.

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* BRAG BAG *

Music to Our Ears

On January 21st, 14 LHS students were accepted into the Central Jersey Honors Symphonic Band and performed at Sayreville War Memorial High School. The students performed alongside students from other Central Jersey high schools and had the opportunity to work with guest conductor Joseph Higgins, Director of Bands at Rowan University. Students were selected based upon nominations from their directors.


CJMEA Honors Symphonic Band (pictured from left to right): Alexander Ratzman; Maxwell Maccaroni; Andrew Sam; Ms. Kehoe; Tristan Curbishley; Larissa Ireland; Roja Vanaparthi; Nashra Ameer; Johnnie Bryant; Felipe Alonso-Thomas; Isabella Perretti. Not pictured: Sameer Agrawal and Harshith Tenepalli

LHS Idol Winners Crowned

Congratulations to the winners of this year's LHS Idol (1st place - Lisbeth Burgos, 2nd place - Chloe Roberts, and 3rd place - Devin Tulumalo)! LHS Idol took place on Thursday, January 26th. With the help from the sponsorship of Bristol Myers Squibb, LHS DECA was able to raise $900 to be donated to New Eyes for the Needy.

Soccer Standouts

LHS is proud to announce that three of our girls' soccer players received all-state honors this season: Kelli Collins (freshman), Nelle Evans (senior) and Kelsey Holt (senior).

Kelsey was also awarded with Top "20" Central Region!


Pictured: Kelli Collins, Emily Palombo (coach), Nelle Evans.

Music, Maestro!

We have even more news from the LHS music department! Junior Eliza Wirkijowski will be performing at Carnegie Hall on February 25, 2017! She won her audition and is performing in the 12th Young Artist Competition Winner Recital. She will be performing F. Chopin Nocturne Op. 55 No. 1.

Say Cheeeeez-It!

Need a cheese fix? Pick up a box of Cheez-Its and check out the back of the box...you might see a familiar face! Our very own Mr. Joel Green is currently being featured as part of an advertisement for the Celebrity Crunch Classic sweepstakes.

January Students of the Month

The following students were chosen as the January Students of the Month and were recognized and honored at the January 25th SOTM Breakfast: Haley Lestician (Athletics); Prenasia Desir (English); Denym Carroll (English); Isabel Viggiano-Nini (Guidance); David Merlo (Fine/Performing Arts); Ayush Patel (Health/PE); Allen Augustin (Mathematics); Sarah Tennant (Mathematics); Thomas Seals (Mathematics); Sophie Slutzky (Science); Kieran Humphreys (Science); Zoe Lang (Social Studies); Isabelle Rybinski (English/Sophomore Academy); Hope Perry (World Languages). Congratulations!!!

Thank you, PTO!

On January 26th, the LMS/LHS PTO sponsored a Soup Luncheon! Faculty and staff enjoyed delicious soups, breads, and salads donated by our amazing parents. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your generosity, kindness, and culinary wizardry. Our bellies (and our hearts) are full!

Do you know of someone at LHS who is doing something amazing? We love to hear about the wonderful things our fellow Cardinals are up to. If you would like to submit a story for the "Brag Bag," please email kroche@ltps.org. Submissions can be range from academic, artistic, and athletic, to random acts of kindness and community service.
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* RED & WHITE MADNESS *

Winter Pep Rally

Last week's Winter Pep Rally was full of spirit, Cardinal pride, and whipped cream! The event featured our Winter Sports athletes and involved team introductions, musical chairs, t-shirt launches, dancing, cheers, a round of knockout, and relay races. Check out a few photos of the day's shenanigans below, courtesy of Tristan Cadet!
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* DO GOOD THINGS *

Donate Change or Mac-n-Cheese Cups

Throughout the month of February, Student Council and Quixote Quest (teens who make a difference through volunteering) will be collecting spare change and microwavable macaroni and cheese cups. Their goal is to help students who have been classified as "food insecure," which means they have been identified as students who do not have access to food on the weekends.


Donation boxes are available in the Guidance Office and the School Store.

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* SPOTLIGHT ON... *

Take One, Give One

Have you seen this awesome board outside of the Library? It's filled with free compliments! Take one if you could use a pick-me-up or find one and give it to someone else who could use some sunshine.


A big THUMBS UP to our fantastic library crew for spreading the love!

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* OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS *

Registration is now open for Spring Sports: https://lawrence-ar.rschooltoday.com/

All students must have their medical paperwork in to the nurse by February 10th. See below for the start dates:


  • LHS Spring Sports start practicing: March 3rd
  • LMS Baseball tryouts: March 15-17
  • LMS Softball tryouts: March 20-22
  • LMS Baseball, softball and track practices start: March 23rd

Self-Defense Night

The Business & International Studies Academy will be sponsoring a Self-Defense Night at LHS on Thursday, March 2nd from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The cost will be just $5 per person. All ages are welcome! Stay tuned for more information as this event gets closer.

Brave the Shave

LHS is once again putting together a team for St. Baldrick's on March 11th at Amalfi's restaurant. We already have a few shavees signed up (including Mr. Adam, our principal)! You can visit the school's page HERE. Please consider donating, becoming a shavee, volunteering, or just spreading the word! Then join us for the "big shave" event on March 11th, as teams have their heads shaved to show solidarity with children with cancer.


St. Baldrick's funds research for children's cancer. For more details visit www.stbaldricks.org. If you have questions, please contact Stefanie Tziarri at stziarri@ltps.org.

Student Store

Check out the new Cardinal gear now available in the Student Store!


The store is open during all lunch periods.

Spring Musical

Save the date for this year's Spring Music, Disney's The Little Mermaid! The production, which will take place on March 16th, 17th, and 18th, will feature over 60 LHS students on stage! Tickets will be available online at the end of February at www.showtix4u.com ($10 for aduts, $8 for students). Tickets will also be available at the door for $10 general admission.

School Spirit Fridays

Every FRIDAY is School Spirit Day! Wear Red and White or your favorite Lawrence shirt every Friday.

Yearbook Orders

Order your yearbook online! Go to YearbookOrderCenter.com and use the code #13703.

Academic Help

Students in need of academic support or help have several available options here at LHS, including Cardinal Nest, Homework Center, and Destinations.


Open the flyer at left to read more about these services and how to access them!

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Senior Yearbook Ads

Parents and friends of LHS seniors, Senior Yearbook Ads are the perfect way to recognize and congratulate your student, friend, a group, a team, or the entire senior class! Ads can be submitted through February 14th by going to www.yearbookordercenter.com and entering Job # 13703. For more information, pick up a flyer in the main office or email Megan Errico at merrico@ltps.org.

Fundraising Dates

T-shirt order forms will be distributed soon...this will be the last class shirt!


Thanks to the 39% of our class who worked so hard for these sales. Make sure you view your totals on our class website: lawrencehighschoolclassof2017.weebly.com. For those of you who haven't participated, you still have a few more chances!


Upcoming fundraisers:

  • Gertrude Hawkes Chocolates: 2/21 - 3/8 (delivery before Spring Break)
  • Applebee's Pancake Breakfast: 3/4
  • Otis "Spring Fling" Sale: 4/19 - 5/5


Questions or concerns? Please see your officers (Kayla, Emily, Mohin, Ana, Nelle) or Mrs. Welsh.

Cap and Gown Measurements

Herff Jones will be here on Thursday, February 2nd and Friday, February 3rd to measure seniors for caps and gowns! The company will mail home more information regarding this process this month.
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* FUNDRAISERS *

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* PTO FUNDRAISERS *

Click the flyers below for information about upcoming fundraisers sponsored by the PTO.


Don't forget to like the LMS/LHS PTO on Facebook HERE (www.facebook.com/lmslhspto).

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* LHS DINING SERVICES *



Check out the February lunch menu below or click HERE to access both the breakfast and lunch menus.

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* DATES TO REMEMBER *

Wednesday, February 8th


  • Board of Education Meeting (6:30 p.m.)



Friday, February 17th and Monday, February 20th

  • Presidents' Day Weekend (SCHOOL CLOSED)

Friday, February 24th
  • Black History Month Celebration (6:30 p.m.)


Saturday, February 25th

  • Operation Smile Leadership Summit (9:00 a.m.)
  • LTPS Science & Engineering Fair
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* IMPORTANT LINKS *

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* JUST FOR FUN *

Word-of-the-Week

verklempt [vuhr-KLEMT]

adjective: Overcome with emotion; choked up.

Did You Know...?

When turned sideways, the shape of the Americas closely resembles a duck!

Good Humor

Q: Why did the banana go out with the prune?

A: Because he couldn't get a date!


Q: What did the French chef give his valentine?

A: Hugs and quiches


Submitted by Mrs. Martillotti

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District News

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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