January 24, 2019
Although winter definitely reared its chilly head earlier this week, Groundhog Day is just around the corner, along with wishful visions of Spring! In the meantime, bundle up, stay safe, and find some fun and winter magic wherever you can.
Stay tuned for information in the next Smore (February 7th) about our upcoming Winter Spirit Week!
* COMING UP *
Singing Valentine Grams
Starting on February 7th, the LHS Theater Company will be selling VALENTINE GRAMS! These are singing telegrams performed by the Theater Company officers. They will be sold during lunch periods and the buyer can choose a song for a friend or loved one to be delivered on Valentine's Day.
Future Cardinals Open House
Black History Celebration
In recognition of Black History Month, LHS's Arts & Humanities Academy will host a celebration entitled, “Black History: “And Yet We Rise” on Friday, February 22nd from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. This event is grant-funded by the LTEA PRIDE and will feature an array of moving performances and tributes by LHS students, faculty, and special guests. Attendees can "shop 'til they drop" with over a dozen black business vendors, and then will be greeted by festive music from the LHS Jazz Band and a taste of cultural dishes as they take a pictorial journey through African-American History and peruse student displays from various academic departments. Guests will enjoy music, dancing, poetry, and performances by the LHS Madrigal, Ensemble and Gospel Choirs, LHS Wind Ensemble, LHS faculty, featured and special guests, and a host of other exciting event participants. LHS will also present its 2019 Trailblazer Awards, honoring local and state residents who have and are currently paving the way for future generations and who positively impact our school and community. We will recognize individuals in entertainment, business, education, public service, and more! The night will also feature an inspiring and stirring keynote address by Reverend Simeon D. Spencer, Senior Pastor, Union Baptist Church, Trenton, NJ.
This celebration is a FREE event and all are welcome! Donations will be graciously accepted.
* Senior Scoop *
* OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS *
Making Kindness Normal
LHS students were privileged to take part in some in-depth character education this morning through an assembly presented by Houston Kraft, a professional speaker, leadership consultant and kindness advocate. Houston connected with our student body through his authentic story-telling, down-to-earth yet powerful personality, and candid comedy. He emphasized the need to create a culture of kindness and relationship-building, while stressing the importance of living with compassion, purpose, character, and love for others. Through his message, students learned about the concept of "mudita," which is a term for finding happiness through others, "being happy because you helped bring happiness to someone else."
Houston has spoken to nearly a half a million people at 500 engagements and counting. He is the co-founder of CharacterStrong - trainings and curriculums that create more compassionate cultures in schools and communities. He has been featured on the Huffington Post and highlighted by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. For more information, please visit https://www.characterstrong.com.
Jostens Renaissance Program
The Renaissance program recognizes academic achievement, good behavior, and recognizes that students don't have to be athletes to be good citizens.
Students needed to have a 2.5+ GPA, no discipline, and no unexcused tardies during 2nd quarter.
The "big" show is scheduled for Friday, March 1st and is by invitation only.
Get Your Science On
* BRAG BAG *
This past winter break, LHS Spanish teacher and SHH advisor, Alyssa Katz, had the opportunity to travel once again to northern Honduras as part of a service trip. While no LHS students accompanied her on this trip, she was fortunate enough to attend the inauguration for the school in Brisas del Sur, where 11 students worked last summer. Señorita Katz was seated at the head table for the ceremony and was interviewed by a number of local news outlets. Additionally, she was part of the groundbreaking efforts for the 51st school that Students Helping Honduras will be building. Centro de Educación Básica de Apoyo Francisco Morazán is a public school located in Guaymitas, Honduras, and will be the 4th school in Honduras for which the LHS chapter of SHH will be raising money. Please support SHH at LHS in our efforts to raise $5,000 of the necessary $30,000 to complete the funding of the school by fall of 2019 by following this link: my.shhkids.org/lhs2019.
Señorita Katz was also awarded Volunteer of the Year for 2018 by the organization for her ongoing support of SHH by bringing students down to build schools and fundraising nearly $40,000 in the 7 years since the high school club was first started!
* FUNDRAISERS *
The class of 2019 and 2020 sell pizza every Thursday after school for just $2 per slice.
The Music Department is selling ShopRite gift cards at face value. Orders must be given to Michael Drobish or Mandy Johnson by the 1st and 15th of every month and will be fulfilled within 5 days. Checks should be made payable to LMS/LHS PTO (Memo: LIMBO.)
Muffins and Donuts
DECA sells muffins and donuts every Friday morning for just $1 outside staff sign-in.
* ALUMNI UPDATE *
LHS alumna Nelle Evans ('17) was awarded a scholarship to a three-week Medical Spanish immersion program in between her fall and spring semesters. Nelle is a sophomore at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA and is the first recipient of the recently initiated scholarship to this program in Costa Rica! For more information on the program, check out the link here.