Crystal's Corner

February 19, 2016

I know I've said it before...why do the shorter weeks sometimes seem like the longest?!?


Lawrence High student athlete leaders and leaders from other extracurricular activities participated in a Lee Rubin Leadership Program Thursday morning. Read more about Lee Rubin, a star student-athlete turned professional speaker. The Lawrence Township Education Foundation funded the workshop.

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I've mentioned the "Day of Dialogue" in the past few Corners. The event became a reality today after much planning by Mercer County Superintendents. Lawrence High sent a team of students and staff to Rider U. for the conference and they will share info within the school. Marci Rubin (Boys and Girls Club) joined Team Lawrence as our invited community guest. Learn the goals of the conference.
Judging for the Lawrence Science and Engineering Fair took place Thursday evening in the Lawrence High Commons. Demonstrations and awards will be given Saturday, February 20 from 1-3PM in the Commons. The fair is free and open to the public. If you have time, stop by...see the students' hard work and participate in some fun experiments and demonstrations!
I always enjoy getting into classrooms and being with the students. Although I was unable to attend the "Pump It Up for Publishing!" in Mrs. Marra and Ms. Bushelow's 5th grade class, all evidence on the Twittersphere indicate it was a huge success. The young authors shared their favorite writing pieces. Follow this link to check out how they brainstormed some of their best ideas.


Tuesday brought more walkthroughs as I was in LIS classrooms.

Wednesday I lead the monthly Administrative Council meeting and the COA meeting.

I made time this week to focus on more details of the strategic plan.

Wednesday the COA portion of the negotiations team met with the attorney from the Comegno Law firm who will handle LABTA negotiations. Afterwards, I met with him individually to discuss the Unfair Labor Practice charge.

Thursday I attended the LIS cabinet meeting.

A picture is worth a 1000 words...powerful words. Day of Dialogue team member and LHS student Zuleima was moved and inspired by the powerful speech given by keynote speaker Eugene Marsh. When she returned to her seat she asked me "Can you get him to come speak at our school?"

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Last week I mentioned the words of Friday, February 12 were "Professional Development." One of the sessions was on Community Resources. Learn the resources who were on hand for the Guest Panel.

Ever wonder about your roots? Find out about Lawrence’s and why we no longer live in “Maidenhead.” 2016 marks the bicentennial of our town’s name change from Maidenhead to Lawrence. Join the Lawrence Historical Society on Sunday, February 21 and learn why the name change was so urgent. Who was behind the change…and who was against it? Why Lawrence? And how did it all come down? Lawrence Township Historian Dennis Waters will present along with a special guest appearance by John Gore, director of alumni relations at The Lawrenceville School.

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I mentioned last week that the United States Air Force Rhythm in Blue jazz ensemble will perform a concert on March 16 at Lawrence High at 7PM in the auditorium. The performance is free and open to the public, however tickets are required. Last week I didn't have details as to how to register for tickets and I have the info now. Order/register for free tickets. As is related in the band's communications: "The band incorporates a wide repertoire of jazz and fusion, from big band swing to cutting-edge contemporary music. Their fabulous vocalist radiates sounds of the great jazz divas and inspires with patriotic classics."

Mercer County Community College (MCCC) will host the work of Cheryl Eng and Sean Carney, LHS art teachers, in the 2016 Mercer County Artists Exhibition. The exhibition runs February 22 - March 24 with an opening reception and awards ceremony the evening of February 24.

More information on the exhibition, including directions, gallery hours, and a complete list of exhibitors, can be found at the MCCC website.

Artworks of Trenton also will host the art of Sean Carney in his exhibition "It's All Wood," beginning with an opening reception on March 5 and running through April 2. Visit the Artworks website for more details.
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Pam Mount and Teresita Bastides-Heron dropped off the following flyers earlier this week for upcoming community events.

Living Local Expo

Living Local Expo Vendor Invitation and Registration Form

Diversity & Culture Day

Mother Nature Festival 2016


A special thank you to James Alberti (Facilities) and Steven Prentiss (Tech) for their handling of some of the emergency facilities and phone challenges we had this week. Initial air quality tests came back clean and the phones and 911 service has been restored in all schools.
Click on the "Corner Meeting Table" link below to view upcoming meetings.


Just a reminder that I have given every BOE member "view only" access to the Google folders that were once only visible by the Personnel committee. I will update these documents as needed. Please use the links below to access them w/your Google accounts and/or the accounts you use to access other committee agenda information. You can access this information at any time that is convenient for you. Please let me know if you cannot access the information.

Click on the link below:

Goal 1: Strategic Plan

Goal 2: Evaluation Systems

Goal 3: NWEA Reading

Goal 4: Instructional Rounds

Goal 5: Community Participation

Below is the schedule the Personnel Committee agreed on with regard to my evaluation procedures:

Superintendent Evaluation Protocols

  • July 17, 2015: Merit Goals submitted to ECS

  • August 20, 2015: Merit Goals approved by ECS - letter in Supt Eval Folder

  • Nov 3, 2015: 1st Evaluation & Merit Goal Update w/Personnel Committee

  • Feb 3, 2016: 2nd Evaluation & Merit Goal Update w/Personnel Committee - postponed

  • May XX, 2016: 3rd Evaluation & Merit Goal Update w/Personnel Committee

  • May XX, 2016: Supt to complete electronic submission

  • May 25, 2016: BOE meeting w/o Supt to finalize report

  • June XX, 2016: Supt to receive written report

  • June 22, 2016: Full BOE meeting w/Supt to discuss report

  • June 30, 2016: Submit to County Office BOE resolution for merit bonus - NJDOE

  • July 15, 2016: BOE pays merit bonus for prior year - NJDOE