Happy New Year!

January 7, 2016

Welcome to 2016! We hope you had a wonderful break and are ready to take the new year by storm. This year is flying by and before you know it we will be talking about graduation and summer plans! In the meantime, it's time to buckle down and start the year strong, as we have a TON of exciting things going on between now and the end of the school year!

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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:



Winter Spirit Week and Pep Rally

Check out some photos below from Winter Spirit Week 2015!

Holiday Door Decor Winners

Thank you to all those who participated in this year's door decorating contest! The competition was tough, but below are this year's winners! (Pictured at right is Mr. Marbach's classroom door, where you can even have your picture taken with "Santa!")

Student Organization/Classroom Doors

1st Place - Mr. Marbach's class

2nd Place - Mr. Rick's class

3rd Place - Mrs. Errico's class

4th Place - Mrs. Richey's class

Teacher/Admin Doors

1st Place - Nurses Office

2nd Place - Guidance Office

BMS Chemist Visits LHS

On December 16th the "Science in the Community - Chemistry" class was visited by community member and Bristol-Myers Squibb chemist John Harris, who lead the students in labs dealing with solutions and chemical reactions. In addition, Mr. Harris talked about his many experiences as a chemist at BMS and the skills needed for successful employment at BMS and within the community.



Students Donate to Cancer Research

As a result of the LHS Transition Services student workers making and selling over 400 holiday gift tags at their recent Holiday Mart, a $100 donation was made to the Cancer Research holiday gift wrapping table at Quakerbridge Mall. The volunteer gift wrappers were thrilled to receive the Christmas Eve donation and were very appreciative of our students' efforts!

LHS Teacher and Counselor Recognized

The Governor’s Teacher/Educational Services Professional Recognition Program acknowledges our state’s best teachers and educational services professionals. Two individuals from each LTPS school were selected for the 2015-2016 school year, and we are proud to announce that this year's chosen honorees from Lawrence High School are Ms. Gwenn Andahazy (Science) and Ms. Alexa Gonzalez (Counselor).

Congratulations! We are so proud of your accomplishments and are thrilled to have you representing LHS in this prestigious program!



Historically Black College Presentation

LHS is pleased to host a Historically Black College presentation (sponsored by Howard University New Jersey Club) on Thursday, January 7th from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in the Auditorium. College students from 10 HBCU colleges will answer questions and discuss their college experiences at their respective schools.

Students must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA to attend this event. Please sign up on Naviance. Go to the "Colleges" tab and 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

Mr. LHS Show Applications

Applications for the May 6th Mr. LHS Show must be submitted between January 6th and January 20th! Apply to be a candidate, escort, MC, dance choreographer, production crew member, music technician, and lighting technician.

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

*Sponsored by Project Graduation*

LHS Idol

The LHS DECA members will host LHS Idol on Thursday, January 14th at 7:00 p.m. 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.

Tickets will be $5 at the door.

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. Adults with disabilities are treated to a similar experience at four Camp Fatima Adult Weekends.

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College Athletics Recruiting Night

Join us on Tuesday, January 12th at 6:30 p.m. in the LHS Auditorium 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!



BOE Welcomes New Member

Please join us in congratulating our newest LTPS Board of Education member, Joyce Scott, who was officially sworn in at the January 6th meeting. The BOE also re-elected Kevin Van Hise and Mike Horan as President and Vice President, respectively.

Below is a full list of the LTPS Board Members:

  • Kevin Van Hise, Esq. - President
  • Michael Horan - Vice President
  • Glenn Collins
  • Dana Drake
  • Patricia Evans
  • Jo Ann Groeger
  • Max Ramos
  • Joyce Scott
  • Laura Waters, Ph.D.

Cardinal Pride Fridays

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.

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.).

Diploma Signature Cards

Seniors, have you turned in your Diploma Signature Card? If you are not sure, you can pick up another card in the Main Office. 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 Connections and Cardinal Nest

CARDINAL CONNECTIONS - If you would like support in a core subject, request a Cardinal Connections library pass from your subject area teacher and come to the library loft during Period 5 lunch on "A" days. You can also fill out the form HERE or visit the Homework Center after school.

CARDINAL NEST (for 9th graders) - Receive academic support from members of NHS! The program is not only for 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 often become leaders themselves!



Science Olympiad Team Ready to Compete

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. Join us in wishing them luck!

Get Involved!

Are you 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. Please check with club/activity advisers to make sure there have not been any changes to their meeting schedule.

LHS Clubs and Activities 2015-2016

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

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



Come support the Cardinal swimmers, cheerleaders, wrestlers, and winter track athletes, as well as our ice hockey team and girls' and boys' basketball teams!

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!



Winter Wonderland

This week's talents come from the students in Mr. Carney's Painting II class. Here are just a few of the windows they've painted between the courtyards near the 100 hallway, but they are all amazing works of art. If you haven't had a chance to check out the windows, make sure you take a walk by that way to see them for yourself!

What's your creative gift?

Do you have a creative talent that you would like to share? Submit poetry, photography, works of art, or anything that you do that displays your creativity! Send your submissions to kroche@ltps.org and your unique talent could be featured here! Be sure to include your name, grade, and a caption/description. (Teachers, you are welcome to submit student talents as long as you have their permission first.)



Upcoming Sandwiches of the "A" Day

Wednesday 1/6

Roast Beef Italiano:

Roast beef, roasted peppers, and provolone with parmesan-garlic mayo over baby spinach on a Ciabatta roll

Wednesday 1/13

Vive la Turkey Oooh-la-lah:

Smoked Turkey and Brie w/ cranberry mayo over Arugula on a brioche roll

Thursday 1/21

California Chicken B-L-T:

Chilled seasoned chicken breast with turkey bacon, avocado, California blend greens, and sliced tomatoes topped with Ranch Dressing on a Twelve Grain bun

Tuesday 1/26

Fruit de Mer:

Creamy Seafood Salad with lemon-dill dressing over Romaine lettuce on a Croissant Bun

See below for the January Lunch Menu!

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Help us Build a School in Honduras!

Ms. Alyssa Katz, Spanish teacher and Club Advisor for SHH, is currently in Honduras to help build the schools for which Students Helping Honduras is fundraising. Follow her trip blog HERE.

SHH has already provided 20 additional laptop computers for students in the Villa Soleada Bilingual School in El Progreso, Honduras. If they can raise $25,000 by the end of 2016, one of the new schools we will be building will be painted Red and White and will display a plaque with the names of those who contributed significantly!

If you would like to be a part of this campaign, you can make a donation online HERE.

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.



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

  • COLLEGE INFORMATION NIGHT - Sponsored by the LMS/LHS PTO and the IPTO - Get answers from the Guidance Office about college planning! This event (January 20th at 7:00 p.m.) is for parents of students in grades 8-11 and will take place in the LHS Commons. 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.



Tuesday, January 12th

-LHS "Future Freshmen Open House" (5:30-7:00 p.m.)

-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.)

Tuesday, January 26th - Friday, January 29th

-Mid-Term Exams (Early Dismissals January 27th-29th)





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- the fear of being out of mobile phone contact due to losing one's phone, running out of battery strength, or a loss of signal; a state of stress or anxiety caused by having no access to or being unable to use one’s mobile phone

(According to a recent study, 73% of people reported feeling "utter panic" when they misplace their cell phone!)


There are more chickens in the world than humans. At last estimate, there were 19 billion chickens, which is almost 3 times the number of humans! China has the most living chickens...about 371 million.


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

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