"Baby It's Cold Outside..."

December 3, 2015

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December is here and with it comes a festive season filled with friends and family gatherings, hot cocoa, twinkling lights, holiday cheer, and cold weather. Of course, cold weather brings us the possibility of SNOW! Please check below for updates on where to find information on school closings and delays.

Click HERE to access past Email Blasts or follow the link under Quick Links on the LHS homepage. The next email will be going out on December 17th.



In case of inclement weather, you should receive a phone call notifying you of any changes to the school schedule. However, you are encouraged to check the following additional sources for up-to-date alerts on school closings, delays, and early dismissals:



The LHS Madrigal Choir has been chosen as a finalist in NJ 101.5's Annual Christmas Choir Radio Contest! Only 15 finalists are chosen throughout the state and of those, only a portion are high school groups.

Madrigal’s recording of “The Holly and the Ivy” by Kirby Shaw was played at 11:50 a.m. today, December 3rd. Voting commenced at noon and will last for only 24 hours...and we need your help to win!

Please click HERE to listen to the performance and cast your vote TODAY!

Winners in each category (elementary, middle, and high school) will be announced on December 22nd, along with an overall winner, who will receive $1,000 cash and a piano! Finalists will also be featured during the station's holiday programming on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.


The event of the year is here again! Can you sing? Do you want to hold the title of this year's LHS Idol?

Auditions will be held on December 3rd in Room 131 from 3:00-4:00 p.m. The competition will take place on Thursday, January 14th.


Come enjoy our choirs at Holidays in the Village as they ring in the season at Weeden Park on December 6th! Click HERE to read more about the event, which will feature music, visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus, hot chocolate, winter treats, and the tree lighting! This event will take place from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

Please join us in the auditorium on December 7th at 7:00 p.m. for an Instrumental Concert! There will also be a LIMBO (Lawrence Integrated Music Booster Organization) Parent Social before the concert begins (Time is TBA). The concert will feature the wind ensemble, concert band, string orchestra, string ensemble and percussion ensemble students.

Save-the-Date for our Winter Choral Concert on December 15th at 7:00 p.m.


Mark your calendars! The Guidance Department cordially invites you to our annual Financial Aid Night on December 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the LHS Auditorium.

A representative from the New Jersey Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (NJHESAA) will present all of the latest updates and information on financial aid, grants, scholarships, and loans. You can also take advantage of HESAA's publications online by viewing and downloading guides at www.hesaa.org, www.njclass.org, and www.njgrants.org. See you soon!


The LHS STEM Academy presents "A Journey Through Time!" Walk through the history of science and witness some cool discoveries made along the way. Maybe you will build the best catapult with ancient scientists, design the perfect parachute with DaVinci, plant the quickest growing plant, or build the first personal computer...at Science Night, you never know where (or when) you'll end up!

This event will be held on Friday, December 11th from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the LHS Commons.

*This is a FREE yearly event held by the STEM Academy as a way to promote science in the community, and is designed for elementary school students in grades K through 6. Please pre-register at http://tinyurl.com/q3btht6 or visit www.lhsstem.org for more information on the STEM Academy!


Join us on Saturday, December 12th from 8:00-11:00 a.m. for a festive morning with Santa filled with storytelling, games, and activities for the little ones! The event will take place in the LHS Cafeteria.

Adults: $5.00

Children: $2.00

*Sponsored by the LHS Change In Action group*


Theater I, II, and IV will be performing an EVENING OF ONE ACTS at 6:30 p.m. on December 17th in the LHS Auditorium. Tickets are $5 at the door. There will be dramas and comedy short plays. Come out and enjoy and evening of live entertainment with our LHS Theater students!


Applications for the May 6th Mr. LHS Show must be submitted between January 6th and January 20th! Students can apply to be candidates, escorts, an MC, dance choreographers, production crew members, music technicians, and lighting technicians. Please stay tuned for more information!

Visit lhsprojectgraduation.org or click HERE for news and updates on information sessions, applications, fundraisers, and other events!

*Sponsored by Project Graduation*



Members of National Honor Society are available to assist other students with their academic work in core subjects. Anyone seeking an opportunity to meet with a member of NHS about a class in which they are currently having difficulty should fill out the form below with details about the class or classes in which they wish support. NHS members will then coordinate meeting times. NHS members are always available after school in Homework Center and Destinations as well as in the library during "A" day lunches.

Click HERE to access the form.


Remember to 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.


A yearbook is a priceless collection of your memories here at LHS! Order yours now by clicking on the file below. All orders are due by January 25, 2016.

Click HERE to access the order form.




Winter Weight room has begun! It will be open Monday through Thursday from 2:50-4:10 p.m. All students who participate must have a ride home by 4:15 p.m. Each student will be expected to attend regularly and follow strict developmental procedures. This is a closely-supervised program that focuses on the correct use of equipment and proper training and conditioning procedures.

You must have had a physical in the last 365 days and have filled out a permission form. Please stop by the Athletics Office if you have any questions!


Arts and Humanities

The Arts and Humanities Academy successfully raised $250 at Haunted High School and $233 at the Applebee's Pancake fundraiser. Model Congress has their first trip to the NJ Statehouse on December 11th and will return again on February 27th! Students will start working on The Black History Celebration event soon, as well as a major fundraiser in the Spring involving a 5K race. We are in the process of putting together a trip to the Grounds for Sculpture soon.


The STEM Academy is hosting a Community Science Night on Friday, December 11th to build interest in the sciences in the community, especially for students in grades K-6. See earlier flyer for more information!



Winter sports all have begun! The start dates vary for each sport, so keep following our schedule so you can come support our Cardinals!

All fall sports parents are asked to complete an End of Season survey about their experiences this season. The survey is available here: http://goo.gl/forms/P2yk3cSvIG

Visit the Athletics website at www.ltps.org/athletics for more information on tryouts, practices, and getting medically cleared for Winter Sports.

Click HERE to view the daily Athletics Schedule. Follow us on Twitter @LTPSAthletics.



The counselors have been extremely busy as we have just finished up Sophomore Career Day with the Sophomore Academy. Students had the opportunity to meet and listen to professionals who spoke about the career paths that they chose. Counselors were also busy with the Freshman class, signing them into Naviance and having them complete career inventory surveys on themselves. Naviance is a fantastic tool for not only helping students explore different careers, but also in college planning and searches. All students and parents should have their own Naviance accounts. If you do not, you are encouraged to get in touch with your child's counselor, as they will easily set you up and assist you in navigating this important program.

PARCC scores are soon to be released as well. A video has been created on the LTPS website that explains how to read and understand student PARCC scores. If you should need more assistance in this area, again, please contact your counselor for help. Click HERE to access the video and read more about PARCC results.



Juniors, Get Your Special 50th Anniversary Shirts!

Class of 2017, next year is Lawrence High's 50th anniversary AND your graduation year! This means you will be the 50th class to graduate as a Cardinal! Order a shirt and ornament to commemorate this double celebration. Long sleeve shirts are $20, short sleeve shirts are $15, and a holiday ornament is $10.

Click HERE to order or see the link in your .info account. All orders are due by December 9th - no late orders will be accepted. See Mrs. Welsh if you have any questions.

PTO Fundraisers & News

Join the LMS / LHS PTO and help make a difference! To read more about the PTO and to access the membership application, please click HERE.

  • 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.

  • The 2016 Annual Science and Engineering Fair KIDSTUFF COUPON BOOK FUNDRAISER has been extended until Friday, December 18th. Click HERE to see the flyer and get more information about ordering your coupon book! *This fundraiser is sponsored by the LMS / LHS PTO, the LIS PTO, and the LHS S.T.E.M. Academy.

  • PTO sponsored BARNES AND NOBLE ONSITE AND ONLINE BOOK FAIR is coming in December! Stay tuned for more details.

LTEF Coupon Cards

Purchase your coupon card to save at local businesses, such as Captain Paul's, Dunkin Donuts, Leonardo's, Tastee Subs, and Udo's Bagels, just to name a few! Cards are good through August 2016. Click HERE for more information.



LHS Transition Services

LHS Transition Services students have been hard at work serving our school and community with their amazing skills! Since the start of the year they have made goody bags for the Dachshund Rescue of Bucks County, professional business cards for Principal Adam, made and sold Breast Cancer Awareness buttons and thank-you note cards, and have even started a "Chocolate-of-the-Month" club! The student workers even made brochures for a recent statewide convention in Atlantic City.

Next up is the students' annual, ever-popular "Holiday Mart!" The students are making holiday items and 500 gift tags that they create using recycled holiday cards. All proceeds from the gift tags will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

We are so proud of the mark you are already making on the world!

Follow them on Facebook HERE.

(Pictured at left are two of our student workers with an LMS staff member and their Breast Cancer Awareness buttons.)

Three Cheers for the Cheerleaders!

The Lawrence High School Cheerleaders recently competed in the Small Traditional Division at the Colonial Valley Conference competition on November 21st. The Cardinals "wowed" the crowd and took home SECOND PLACE!

Awesome job, ladies!

November Students of the Month

Congratulations to the following students, who were named the November "Students of the Month!" Students are listed in no particular order.

Matthew Radlinsky - Athletics

Skylar Guadagno - Consumer Science

Yuriy Bogdanovych Kryskiv - ESL

Ulisses Gonzalez - Health/Physical Education

Mikayla Aime - Mathematics

Stuart Woody, Jr. - Science

Ryan Ruffin - English

Carl'yndra Windham - English

Zaria Couch - Social Studies

Colin D'Angelo - Social Studies

Kelsey Cuff - Fine/Performing Arts

Mohin Chanpura - Guidance

Sataya Gordon - Technology

Rachel Steffany Morales - World Languages

Hakim Hachicha - Sophomore Academy

David Connelly - STEM Academy

Artists on Display at MCCC

Three Lawrence High School (LHS) art teachers - Khalilah Sabree, Sean Carney, and Cheryl Eng - along with LHS students Andrew Baicker, James Boushell, Samantha Gardocki, Barbara Gruszka, Emily Herrera, Bryan Lemus, and Benjamin Reitz, have works on exhibit at "Passing the Palette: Arts Educators and Their Students," at the Mercer County Community College (MCCC) Gallery.

The exhibit, on display from now through December 8, showcases the talent, creativity and significance of art instruction in and around Mercer County by bringing together the artworks of area students and the dedicated teachers who instruct and inspire them.

View a slideshow of their artwork HERE.



Sandwiches of the "A" Day

Can't wait to be surprised? Below is a list of the upcoming specialty sandwiches that will be offered on "A" days!

Friday, 12/4

Cardinal Reuben: Corned beef, Swiss, cole slaw, and Thousand Island dressing on rye

Friday 12/11

Caprese Sandwich: Fresh mozzarella, sliced tomato, basil, balsamic glaze on flat bread

Friday 12/18

Roast Beef Italiano: Roast beef, roasted peppers, provolone and pesto mayo over baby spinach on a Ciabatta roll

See below for the December Lunch Menu!

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Are You a Bilingual Parent?

Would you like to serve the Lawrence community using your language skills? Join the IPTO and help provide communication and resources to parents who are not native speakers of English and did not attend U.S. middle or high schools. We will be planning an International PTO question night and maintain a list of Lawrence residents who are bilingual speakers of many languages and can provide language support to new immigrants in our community.

Visit our webpage and share your contact information with us!


Have An Immigration Story?

The ESL 2 class at LHS is interviewing individuals who have emigrated to the U.S. for its immigration unit. They will be interviewing adults on Tuesday, December 8th at 7:45 a.m. and Thursday, December 10th at 9:47 a.m.

Participants will be asked to talk about their immigration journey, challenges, and successes in their experience. If you are an immigrant to the U.S. and would like to be interviewed by English language learners, please contact Laurie Knab at lknab@ltps.org.

Become a Library Volunteer!

The High School Library Media Center is looking for parent volunteers! Flexible hours, a newly renovated working environment, and being able to make a difference in the lives of children are just a few of the perks! Duties range from dealing with the books to working with technology.

No experience is necessary.

Please visit tinyurl.com/lhslmcvolunteers for more information or contact Ms. Gonzalez, our Library Media Specialist, at 609-671-5510 ext. 2660 or cgonzalez@ltps.org.



Attention Students: Submit artwork, photography, poetry, or any piece of creative outlet that you choose to Kerry Roche at kroche@ltps.org. Be sure to include your name, grade, and a caption for your submission.



Sunday, December 6th

-Choir performance at Lawrenceville's Holidays in the Village (2:00-4:00 p.m.)

Monday, December 7th

-LHS Instrumental Concert (7:00 p.m.)

Tuesday, December 8th

-LHS Winter Sports Parent Night (6:30 p.m.)

Wednesday, December 9th

-Board Meeting (6:30 p.m.)

Thursday, December 10th

-LHS Senior Financial Aid Meeting (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, December 11th

-LHS Community Science Night (6:30 p.m.)

Saturday, December 12th

-LHS Breakfast with Santa (8:00 a.m.)

Tuesday, December 15th

-LHS Winter Choral Concert (7:00 p.m.)

Thursday, December 17th

-LHS One-Act Night (6:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, December 23rd

-Early Dismissal

Thursday, December 24th - Friday, January 1st

-School Closed (Winter Recess)





The word "stewardesses" is the longest word in the English language that is typed using only the left hand!



oniomania [OH-nee-yo-MAY-nee-uh]


- the uncontrollable urge to buy things


Please direct questions related to this Email Blast to kroche@ltps.org

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