'Tis the Season

December 1, 2019

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While the weather slowly gets chillier, are hearts continue to be warmed by the truly amazing things we see you doing each day. We wish all of our students, families, staff, faculty, and community members a wonderful holiday season. Whether for you this means a "Merry Christmas," a "Happy Hanukkah," a "Joyous Kwanzaa," or a "Ramadan Kareem," we hope that it is filled with love and laughter, family and friends, unwavering hope, precious moments, and a little bit of magic.

Remember that no matter what you are celebrating, the true spirit of this season lies within you all throughout the year...so while you are enjoying the sights and sounds this winter, remember to lift others, to share a kind word, to show compassion and charity, to accept and appreciate differences, and to spread peace and share joy. Have a wonderful break...see you in 2020!

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Mr. LHS Information Meeting

There will be an information meeting on Monday, December 2nd for any seniors interested in participating in this year's Mr. LHS! During the meeting we will answer questions, distribute applications, and go over the application process.

Extra applications will also be available for pick up in the Main Office for anyone who is unable to attend the meeting.

Picture Re-Takes

Picture re-takes and make-ups have been rescheduled for Tuesday, December 3rd! If you still need an order form you can pick one up in the Main Office.

Game Changers

“Girls Change the Game" is a student organized promotional project focused on encouraging young women to build confidence and strength through their active participation in sports. On December 4th from 5:30-8:00 p.m., DECA will host a Girls Change the Game Sports Clinic in the LHS Gym. The clinic is open to everyone from grades K-8, and will be taught by student-athletes from LHS who want to break the barriers that many young female athletes face. The sports taught will include Track and Field, Cross Country, Basketball, Soccer, and Field Hockey with an additional presentation about nutrition. To register please text 81010 and enter the message @sportsclin. If you have other questions, please email girlschangethegamelhs@gmail.com.

It’s time to get your game face on to make sure that girls will change the game! We hope to see you there!

Winter Wonderland

Join us for a pasta dinner and an evening of family-friendly activities on Tuesday, December 10th! Enjoy pastas, macaroni and cheese, garlic bread, dessert, and coffee/hot chocolate. Activities will include gingerbread house building, cookie decorating, face painting, arts and craft, music, and more. Of course, what would a Winter Wonderland be without a special appearance from the holly jolly man in red...Santa!

Admission is only $5 (kids 2 and under are free), and the evening will run from 5:30-8:00 p.m. in the LHS cafeteria.

*Hosted by CIA* - If you would like to donate any items for the event (food, fixins, crafting supplies), please contact Ms. DeGennaro at adegennaro@ltps.org. Thank you!

LHS Idol Auditions

Auditions for LHS Idol will be held on Wednesday, December 11th from 3:00-5:00 p.m. Stop by Room 131 to pick up an application. All forms are due back to Mrs. Schneck or Mr. Tees by December 9th.

*LHS Idol is scheduled for January 16th.*

BOE Meeting

The next Lawrence Township Board of Education meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 11th in the LHS library. The public portion of the meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.

Winter Concerts

The Lawrence High School Music Department cordially invites you to our Winter Concert series. The Instrumental Concert will take place on Thursday, December 12th, and feature performances by the Concert Band, Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. The Choral Concert will be held on Thursday, December 19th, and include performances by Concert Choir, Ensemble and Madrigal. Both concerts will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the LHS Auditorium. Come out to support some live music and kick start the holiday season!

Sophomore Career Day

All 10th grade students will participate in our annual LHS Career Day on Thursday, December 19th from 9:00-2:00 p.m. at Mercer County College. Students will have the opportunity to learn about possible career options and the pathways that can lead to future careers.

Sophomores, last week you were sent a survey asking you to select three sessions you wish to attend. Please check your .info account if you haven't already completed the survey! All responses are due by December 3rd.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Stefanie Tziarri (stziarri@ltps.org) or Doreen Welsh (dwelsh@ltps.org).

Winter Break

LHS will have an early dismissal on Friday, December 20th, and school will be CLOSED from Monday, December 23rd through Wednesday, January 1st. Have a wonderful break!
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The Lawrencian is Here!

The year's first edition of The Lawrencian is now available for your reading pleasure! Check it out here.

So many hard-working hands and creative minds went into the building of the issue, which is filled with event recaps, current events, news, even a "Teacher Feature!"

Thanks to the editors, writers, illustrators, photographers, and all newspaper staff members, as well as their advisor, Mrs. Elliott, for a job very well-done!

Attendance Reminder

Good attendance is the cornerstone of academic success and punctuality is both essential and expected. As per Board policy, students who arrive late to school unexcused will receive disciplinary consequences, which is as follows: three unexcused tardies to school = 1 detention.

As per our attendance policy, there are only 5 types of absence/tardy to school that are considered excused:

  1. Medical note
  2. Court appearance
  3. College visit (3)
  4. Religious
  5. Bring Your Child to Work Day

A parent note does not excuse a tardy or absence, but is important in that it notifies the school of the tardy/absence and allows the student to make up any work missed. Historically, LHS had a policy of one tardy unexcused = one detention. With the change to Genesis and an evaluation of the Late to School policy, we wanted to inform parents that we are enforcing consequences as outlined above beginning again on Monday 12/2. For example, if a student had 2 tardies to school unexcused since the beginning of the year, that student will receive a detention on the 3rd tardy unexcused. Please ensure your student makes every effort to arrive to the first block class by 7:45.

Renaissance is Coming

You still have one more quarter to qualify:

  • GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • No lates
  • No detentions
  • No disciplinary activities

If you meet the criteria listed above, you will be eligible to attend the "big" show after 2nd quarter.

Jostens Renaissance® is an acclaimed educational enrichment program. Jostens Renaissance® empowers you and your school to make it matter by boosting GPAs, increasing attendance, improving school pride and growing graduation rates. "Your attendance. Your GPA. Your school pride. Your education. Make it matter™."

Peer Mediation

LHS is excited to introduce a new Peer Mediation program, through which students help their peers resolve disputes. Two or more students involved in a dispute meet in a private, safe, and confidential setting to work out their problems with the assistance of trained peer mediators. If you are having a conflict with another student and would like to resolve it through peer mediation, follow the link below to complete the referral form and the program coordinators will get in touch with you! You can also pick up a copy of the form in the guidance office.

Peer Mediation Referral Form

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Walter, Ms. Recentio, Ms. Hoch, or Ms. Burdick, Peer Leader Advisors.

Senior Diploma Orders

Seniors, even though we're only in December, planning for your graduation ceremony has already started! Check your .info email for the diploma order form, which must be completed by no later than January 2nd. Please make sure you read the guidelines below before completing the form.


1. Form must be submitted by no later than January 2nd. Late diploma orders are not guaranteed to arrive by graduation.

2. Please check all spelling CAREFULLY...how you submit this is exactly how your diploma will be printed. There will be a fee for any requests for reprints (no charge for the original).

3. Nicknames cannot be used (e.g., if your legal name is “Michael” or “Jennifer,” we cannot print “Mike” or “Jenn” on your diploma).

4. A middle name is not required, but can be included on your diploma if you choose.

5. Contact Ms. Roche with any questions (kroche@ltps.org or kroche@ltps.info).

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Cookie Drive - Volunteers Needed

The PTO is looking for volunteers to help the December 12th Cookie Drive!

Please sign up here to contribute.

Book Fair Fundraiser

Barnes & Noble Book Fair, Coffee & Cheesecake Sale and Gift Wrapping Fundraiser - December 14th & 15th

Performance schedule at Barnes & Noble Princeton Market Fair for Sunday, December 15th:

4:30 p.m. - Select LHS instrumental ensembles
5:00 p.m. - Select LHS choral groups

Community Viewing Event

The LMS/LHS PTO will be hosting a community viewing event in the LHS Auditorium on Thursday, January 30th! From the makers of the award-winning documentary SCREENAGERS comes: Screenagers NEXT CHAPTER: Uncovering Skills for Stress Resilience.

Filmmaker and physician Dr. Delaney Ruston takes the conversation around screens and teens to the next level in this film examining the science behind emotional challenges, the interplay of social media, and what can be done in our schools and homes to help teens build crucial skills to navigate stress, anxiety, and depression in our digital age. View the movie trailer here.

Seats are limited so an RSVP and ticket are required! To reserve your FREE ticket (courtesy of the LMS/LHS PTO) please click here. Donations are also being accepted on the ticket page for anyone that would like to help the PTO pay for the licensing fee cost necessary to provide this viewing to our LTPS families.

*Free babysitting will also be available in the LHS library.*

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Sensational Season

Congratulations to the LHS boys' soccer team, led by Coach Jeff Molinelli, for an amazing season! The team made it to the Central Jersey Group III sectional semifinals this season, a feat that hasn't been done by the program since 1995! What a run!

Giving Back

The LHS football team not only had a winning seasn on the gridiron this year, but they accomplished something even greater OFF the field!

On November 14th, varsity co-captains Deon McLean, Kodey Lightner, Matt Roman, and Matt Kildea, accompanied by head coach Rob Radice and district athletic director Gregg Zenerovitz, had life-changing experiences while changing the lives of others. The co-captains delivered flowers and $175 dinner gift cards to four individuals (a former LHS teacher and three Lawrence Township residents), all of whom are battling breast cancer. The money was raised by the team's sale of "pink-out" shirts throughout their fall season. Click here to read personal reflections from each of these seniors.

Pictured L-R: Don McLean, Kodey Lightner, Rob Radice, Matt Roman, Gregg Zenerovitz, and Matt Kildea

Recent Signees

Haley Lestician recently signed her letter of intent to play softball at Lock Haven University.

Emma Paxton signed on with Rutgers University, where she will be rowing!

We are so proud of you both and excited for what's to come!

Three Cheers for LHS Cheerleaders

The JV (coached by Allie DeLeon) and Varsity Cheerleaders (led by Coach Adrienne Wasserleben) recently competed at the 2019 CVC Cheerleading Competition at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North and placed in the following divisions:

  • JV Traditional Non-Tumble: 3rd Place
  • Varsity Game Day: 2nd Place
  • Varsity Traditional-Tumble: 4th Place

But that's not all! During their last competition of the Fall season at Pocono Regionals (Kutztown University) last weekend, the Varsity Cheerleaders earned 5th place in the Game Day Coed division and secured their bid to attend UCA’s National High School Cheerleading Championships at Walt Disney World Resorts this upcoming February!

Best of the Best

Congrats to the following student-athletes, honored by the West Jersey Football League with 2019 All-League Football Team designations (Valley Division):


Matt Kildea, Tight End; Boomsie Brown, Offensive Lineman; Careem Frost, Linebacker; Deon Mclean, Defensive Back; Gabe Mitchell-White, Defensive Back; Ben Cohen, Punter


Tolu Olajide, Offensive Lineman; Matt Roman, Offensive Lineman; Arthur Stubbs, Tight End; Jaden Green, Defensive Lineman; Moaamen Nasr, Defensive Lineman; Kodey Lightner, Linebacker; Miayer Clay, Defensive Back

Young Man with a "Meth-od'

Congratulations to senior Devon Meth on qualifying for the Cross Country Meet of Champions, held on Saturday, November 23rd at Holmdel Park. Devon recently finished 8th overall out of 152 runners at the Group III meet in order to qualify, and finished 32 overall at the Meet of Champions last weekend! Click here for full meet results.

Follow the Athletic Department on Twitter! @LTPSAthletics

If you know of someone that deserves a little extra recognition for doing something amazing, please send your submission to kroche@ltps.org. We're looking for unique achievements, exciting news, talent highlights, and random acts of kindness! If possible, please include a picture with your submission.
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Check out the December rotation schedule below, as well as this year's block schedule.

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Check out the December breakfast and lunch menus by clicking HERE. Menus are hosted by Nutrislice.

You can download their app for more convenient access, view menus for any LTPS school, and more!

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Coming Soon...

Here are a few events coming up in December to watch out for in the next newsletter:
  • Tri-M Coffee House - January 10th

  • LHS Idol - January 16th
  • Schools Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - January 20th
  • Screenagers Continued Screening - January 30th
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postprandial [pohst-PRAN-dee-uhl]

adjective: after a meal, especially after dinner

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

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