Wishing You a Season of Joy!

December 17, 2015

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We would like to wish all of our students, parents, staff, faculty, and friends a beautiful and peaceful holiday. Whether this season means for you a "Merry Christmas," a "Happy Hanukkah," a "Joyous Kwanzaa," or a "Ramadan Kareem," may it be filled with family and friends, love and laughter, the spirit of peace, and all the joy your heart can hold. We hope that you take time to recognize the importance of giving to others, whether it be a kind word, a warm hug, or an act of charity, not just during the holidays but throughout the year. Have a fun and relaxing break...we look forward to seeing you in 2016!

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Winter Instrumental and Choral Concerts

The LHS Winter Instrumental Concert took place on December 7th and treated guests to spectacular and creative musical performances! Under the direction of Ms. Kehoe, the concert featured the impressive talents of the Wind Wnsemble, Concert Band, String Orchestra, String Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble students.

On December 15th, the LHS Winter Choral Concert showcased more of our remarkably talented students. Under the direction of Mrs. Johnson, the Madrigal Choir, Ensemble, and Concert Choir wowed an eager crowd with a diverse mix of music, demonstrating vocal prowess through high-level pieces from the Renaissance to the 21st century, as well as some festive holiday music!

Community Science Night

The LHS STEM Academy presented "A Journey Through Time" to over 130 elementary school students from across the district on Friday, December 11th. LHS student groups created themed activities and stations that taught scientific discoveries and advancements during different time periods. Favorite activities included learning how catapults work, discovering how the Black Plague was able to spread, and about the developments in the field aeronautics. Overall, the night was a fun science experience for both the participating elementary school students and the high school STEM volunteers!



Senior Selected for Candidacy in U.S. Presidential Scholar Program

The State of New Jersey Department of Education has chosen senior Yuhui "Camelia" Wu as a Chief State School Officer candidate to represent New Jersey in her application to the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

Camelia was selected for this distinction on the basis of her high academic achievement and outstanding accomplishments. The U.S. Presidential Scholar Program is a state and national recognition program. Students chosen as U.S. Presidential Scholars receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, D. C. in June, meet various dignitaries, and receive the U.S. Presidential Scholars medallion at a White House ceremony. Students will be notified in mid-April of their semi-finalist status. Congratulations, Camelia, and GOOD LUCK!

Pictured: Principal David Adam; Camelia Wu; and Marjorie Cobin, School Counselor

December Students of the Month

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

Hannah Posluszny - Athletics

Mara Monje - Consumer Science

Christopher Warner - Health/Physical Education

Nicole Johnson - Mathematics

Alexander Wilson - Mathematics

Edvin Orlando Mejia - Mathematics

Benjamin Reitz - Science

Patrick Saladyga - English

Rachel Rivera - Social Studies

Kishandra James - Social Studies

Gillian Dauer - Fine/Performing Arts

Julia Maraviglia - Guidance

Rayna Indelicato - World Languages

Destiny Hemmer - Freshman Academy

Robert Liu - STEM Academy



Spirit Week ("Winter Edition") Continues

Students and staff have been celebrating Spirit Week this week (Monday was NEON DAY, Tuesday was FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM DAY, and Wednesday was COLLEGE SHIRT/HOODIE DAY!) Thursday is GAUDY SWEATER DAY and Friday is RED AND WHITE DAY and the WINTER PEP RALLY!

Join us showing your school spirit and let's kick off the holiday season with some fun!

The Barnes and Noble Book Fair is Here!

The LMS/LHS PTO and LMS Music are holding a BOOK FAIR at Barnes and Noble (Market Fair) today, December 17th. If you are unable to attend you can shop online from December 18th through 22nd at BN.com/bookfairs (use the ID # 11758802 at checkout). Please see flyer at right for more information, or click HERE to access the full flyer and order forms.

Check out special performances at Barnes and Noble by the LMS Music students!

  • 5:30-6:00 (Orchestra)
  • 6:15-6:45 (Concert Band)
  • 7:00-7:30 (Bye Bye Birdie Cast Performance)

*This is a fundraising event, during which 15% of all in-store, online, and café purchases will be donated to LMS Music and the LMS/LHS PTO

LHS Theater "One Acts" Night

Theater I, II, and IV will be performing an EVENING OF ONE ACTS at 6:30 p.m. tonight, 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!

Mr. LHS Show Information Session

View the flyer at right for details about the upcoming Information Session on January 6th in the LHS Cafeteria. 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.

Visit their Facebook page HERE or lhsprojectgraduation.org for news, a calendar of events, and updates.

*Sponsored by Project Graduation*

LHS Idol

The LHS DECA members are hosting LHS Idol, which will be very similar to the hit TV show, American Idol! Seven acts will perform along with audience karaoke time. Audience members will be able to vote using their electronic devices for final performers. The proceeds from this event will go to a non-profit organization called Camp Fatima of NJ.

The event will take place on Thursday, January 14th at 7:00 p.m. Tickets will be $5 at the door. We hope to see you there!

*For over 40 years, Camp Fatima’s Summer Camp has provided a special place for children ages 5-21, where campers are offered the chance to attend a week-long sleep away session in August, FREE OF CHARGE. All staff members at Camp Fatima are volunteers. Additionally, adults with disabilities are treated to a similar experience at four Camp Fatima Adult Weekends.

College Athletics Recruiting Night

Are you interested in playing sports in college? Join us on Tuesday, January 12th at 6:30 p.m. in the LHS Library for a FREE information session on how the college recruitment process works, entitled, "Understanding Athletic Recruiting in the 21st Century."

Presenters will include Holly Burks Becker and Jeffrey Durso-Finley, Co-Directors of College Counselling at the Lawrenceville School with over 50 years of experience from the multiple perspectives of player, coach, parent, and college adviser. The seminar is open to parents and students in grades 6-11.

See the full flyer HERE for a complete list of topics to be covered, including "The Recruiting Timeline," "NCAA Eligibility and Regulations," "The Role of the Parent in Athletic Recruiting," and much more!



Holiday Mart - Now Open!

LHS Transition Services opened their annual Holiday Mart today and "business is booming!" Students have worked very hard since early November, developing career readiness skills by making creative and affordable gifts for the Mart to sell to our faculty and staff. As they made the holiday tiles, "sock snowman" candy bars, Teacher's Pet calendars, candy cane hearts, bell candy bars, and gift tags, they developed soft skills such as problem solving, decision making, self advocacy, and time management. During the sale, the students use their customer service, money management, and communication skills and use a cash register to tally and make change for each transaction.

The store will remain open until December 22nd or until they are sold out. Come down to Room 106 to browse and find something special for someone on your holiday gift list! (Proceeds from the sale of the gift tags will be donated to the American Cancer Society.)

Singing Holiday Grams

LHS Theater Company will be selling Singing Holiday Grams during lunch periods. Buy one for that "special someone" and have a singing holiday greeting delivered to them next week!

Holiday Door Decorating Contest

Red and White and the Student Council is sponsoring a HOLIDAY DOOR DECORATING CONTEST. Any organization, academy, class, and sport can participate in this activity. Select a classroom door and decorate it to represent the holiday and your event. Doors must be completed by Friday, December 18th at 12:00 pm. The winning door will win a prize and bragging rights.

As you walk through the halls and offices, be sure to check out the remarkable creativity already on display!



Diploma Signature Cards

Seniors, please remember to turn in your Diploma Signature Card by January 4th. As a reminder, please PRINT your full legal name and sign and date the bottom of the card. A middle name is not required, but if you would like it included on your diploma, please make sure it is written clearly and check all spelling before turning your card in to the Main Office. Middle initials may not be used. If you have any questions, please see Ms. Roche.

Cardinal Pride Fridays

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.

Late Bus

Students who wish to take the Late Bus, must sign up in Room 319 by 1:00 pm. No one will be added to the list after the 1:00 p.m. deadline.

Inspire Others With What Inspires YOU!

Make your mark in the Library Media Center as part of a special display brought to you by one of our student volunteers, Carolina.

Send us your favorite inspirational quote and we'll add it to our bulletin board. "Be the change that you want to see in the world."

Please include the full quote, the person who said the quote (if you know it), and whether or not you would like to pin the quote to the board yourself.

Cardinal Highlights

Coming soon...Lawrence High School’s new television program, Cardinal Highlights, brought to you by The Lawrencian, our school newspaper. Cardinal Highlights covers interesting, new, and positive events that are happening in and around our school and community. From start to finish, the Cardinal Highlights show is entirely written, performed, recorded, and edited by students. You can find our episodes on our YouTube channel and we will also be broadcasting on LTPS-TV. For more information please visit www.tinyurl.com/cardinalhighlights.

Artist in Residence

Mel Leipzig, painter and professor, has been an artist in residence working in the LHS Art classrooms, painting students and art teachers in the art classes and the school environment as they work and learn simultaneously. He has been inspiring us each Wednesday, as he has done for the past two years, and continues to bring his wisdom and wit of art as, “Everything is Paintable, meaning everything the eye takes in can be recreated.” Professor Leipzig shares his technical abilities and skills with the students, allowing them to see how a professional painter works on a piece of art from start to completion. Click the link below to learn more information about Mel's work:


Pictured at left: Professor Leipzig working on a portrait of LHS art teacher, Ms. Sabree

Cardinal Connections - A Peer Academic Support Program

CARDINAL CONNECTIONS is the name for our National Honor Society’s new academic collaboration program. Members of NHS will use The Loft in the Library to work with other students in core subjects (English, Math, Science, and Social Studies) during Period 5 lunches on "A" days. If you would like support, request a Cardinal Connections library pass from your subject area teacher and come to the library loft during their Period 5 lunch on A days. You can also fill out the form HERE or visit the Homework Center after school.

CARDINAL NEST is one aspect of Cardinal Connections uniquely focused on the needs of 9th graders. It has its own space in the library conference room on A days during lunch periods. In consultation with their teachers and academy leader, 9th grade students indicate a willingness to attend the Cardinal Nest to receive support from members of NHS in one or more subject areas. The program encompasses not only students in regular college prep classes, but those facing challenges in the honors and pre-AP classes as well. Students remain in the program for as long as they wish to participate. Once involved, students rarely leave and often become leaders themselves!

Order Your Yearbook Today

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 25th.

Click HERE to access the order form or call 866-287-3096 (Monday through Friday from 8:00-5:00 p.m.).



Science Olympiad Team Gearing Up For Competition

On Thursday, January 14th, the LHS Science Olympiad Team will compete against 20 other New Jersey schools in the Science Olympiad Regionals at Camden County College. The team of 18 competitors has been preparing and studying since June for this Regional tournament. Although the competition will be tight, we are sending several seasoned competitors and hope to bring a medal or two back to LHS.

If you have team members in your classes, please wish them luck!

Get Involved!

Hey Cardinals! Looking to join a club or after school activity? Please follow the link below to read more about the different opportunities offered here at LHS. Meeting dates, times, locations, and descriptions are listed for each club/activity.

If you are interested in joining a club or activity please check with its adviser to make sure they have not been any changes to their meeting schedule.

LHS Clubs and Activities 2015-2016

(This link is located on the main LHS website under Quick Links: Clubs and Activities)

*Booklets can also be picked up the Main Office.*



PARCC Score Reports

You will be getting your Individual Score Reports from the PARCC test that you took last Spring. They will be going home in the mail in late December, so be on the look-out for them! Should you have any issues trying to understand the score reports, please watch a short video created by Dr. Zuckerman, our Director of Curriculum and Instruction, which is located here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZTPi-BVUB0&feature=youtu.be. If you still have questions after watching the video, please feel free to call your teachers, counselors, and administrators for further explanation.

Historically Black College Presentation

Attention Juniors and Seniors! LHS is pleased to present a Historically Black College presentation (sponsored by Howard University New Jersey Club) on January 7th from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in the Auditorium. College students from 10 HBCU colleges will discuss and answer questions about their college experience at their respective schools. This is a great opportunity for LHS students.

Criteria: Students need to have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA to attend this event.

To attend, please sign up on Naviance. Go to the "Colleges" tab and then click on College visits on the right. We will send passes to students the day of the event. You must bring your pass with you to enter the auditorium. Students who attended the HBCU College Fair this year have already been signed up for this event and will receive passes the morning of the presentation.

HBCU colleges include the following: Howard University; Delaware State University; University of the Virgin Islands; Morgan State University; Hampton University; The Lincoln University of PA; Clark Atlanta University; North Carolina A&T; Morehouse College; and Spelman College

Info Session for Rising 11th and 12 Graders

Students interested in applying for technical school (rising 11th grade) or Mercer County Community College Career Prep courses (rising 12th only) should plan to attend the informational program on Wednesday, January 6th at 8:30 a.m. in the Auditorium.

Please sign up in Guidance if you are interested in attending so you can receive a pass. If you have any questions, please see me Mrs. Welsh in Guidance.



Winter sports are in full swing! Keep following our schedule so you can come support the Cardinal swimmers, cheerleaders, wrestlers, and winter track athletes, as well as our ice hockey team and girls' and boys' basketball teams!

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 up-to-date information and announcements.

Click HERE to view the daily Athletics Schedule, and follow us on Twitter @LTPSAthletics!



Help us Build a School in Honduras!

Students Helping Honduras has just surpassed their fundraising goal of raising $5,000 by December 31st! A very generous donor has promised to TRIPLE that amount by donating an additional $10,000 to our club!

At $4,000 SHH was able to provide 20 additional laptop computers for students in the Villa Soleada Bilingual School in El Progreso, Honduras. If we can raise $25,000 by the end of 2016, one of the new schools we will be building in Honduras will be painted Red and White in honor of LHS, and will also display a plaque with the names of those who contributed a significant amount to our fundraisers.

If you would like to be a part of this amazing campaign, please consider making a donation online HERE.

Ms. Alyssa Katz, Spanish teacher and Club Advisor for SHH, will be traveling to Honduras over winter break to help build the schools for which we are fundraising. Follow her trip by visiting her blog HERE.


SHH is also currently running an ongoing social media campaign fundraiser called #WhenIWasAKid. By accepting this challenge, you are asked to donate a minimum of $3, change your profile picture on Facebook to a one of you as a kid, write a brief statement on some of the privileges you received growing up in the U.S., and pass on the challenge to three more friends. Please make sure to include this link: https://www.fundaround.com/ceci/2015-11-02/lhs--laptops-for-vbbs/

PTO Fundraisers & News

Click HERE to read more about the PTO and to access the membership application.

  • The Barnes and Noble in-store and online BOOK FAIR is here! Please see the write-up earlier in this email or click HERE to access the full flyer and order forms.

  • The CORNER BAKERY CAFE FUNDRAISER is today, December 17th! Please print the flyer HERE and bring it to the Corner Bakery Café in Princeton Marketfair, and 10% of your purchase will be donated to our school!

  • COLLEGE INFORMATION NIGHT - Sponsored by the LMS/LHS PTO and the IPTO (International Parent Committee) - Get answers from the LHS Guidance Office about college planning! This event is for parents of children in grades 8-11 and will take place on Wednesday, January 20th at 7:00 p.m. in the high school Commons. Please click HERE for more information or visit http://tinyurl.com/LHSparentnight to register.

  • The SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING FAIR is coming in February and the PTO is looking for judges! If you would like to volunteer to judge projects on February 18th, please contact Jessica Heller at jheller@ltps.org or 609-671-5530. The fair will be held on February 20th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. in the LHS Commons. Click HERE for more information.

  • 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.

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.



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 12/18

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

See below for the January Lunch Menu!

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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.



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.



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)

Tuesday, January 12th

-College Athletics Recruiting Information Night (6:30 p.m.)

Thursday, January 14th

-LHS Idol (7:00 p.m.)

Friday, January 15th

-LHS Tri-M Coffee House (6:30 p.m.)

Monday, January 18th

-School Closed (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)

Wednesday, January 20th

-IPTO and LMS/LHS PTO College Information Night (7:00 p.m.)





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

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