December 15, 2016

We wish all of our students, parents, staff, faculty, and friends a wonderful and peaceful holiday. Whether this season means for you a "Merry Christmas," a "Happy Hanukkah," a "Joyous Kwanzaa," or a "Ramadan Kareem," we hope that it is filled with family and friends, love and laughter, and all the joy your heart can hold. Remember to show kindness and charity toward others, not just during the holidays but throughout the year! Have a fun and relaxing break...we'll see you in 2017!

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Winter Weather Alerts

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:

As a reminder, please make sure that your contact information is updated/current in PowerSchool in order to ensure these calls will be delivered appropriately to you.

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Winter Choral Concert

The Lawrence High School Winter Choral Concert is tonight (December 15th) at 7:15 p.m.! The concert will feature all three high school choral ensembles singing. All are welcome, and admission is free!

Holiday Door Decor

The Holiday Door Decorating Contest is back again for 2016! Any organization, academy, class, office, or sport can join in on this holiday activity. Select a classroom door and decorate it to represent the holiday and your organization. All doors must be done by Thursday, December 15th at 6:00 pm. Judging will take place the morning of the December 16th. The winning door will win a prize and bragging rights. Send your door number, what organization/class you represent, and the name of students who worked on it to Ms. Schneck by Thursday, December 15th.

Check out last year's winning staff door (by the Nurses' Office) in the photo!

NROTC Scholarship Program

On Friday, December 16th at 10:00 a.m. Sargeant Tarlac from the U.S. Marines will be here to meet with juniors and seniors interested in learning more about the NROTC Scholarship Program. Strong applicants to this program should be academically competitive students with leadership potential and an interest in becoming a future Marine Corps Officer. If you are interested in attending this session please sign up in Guidance by December 14th.

Let's Get Gaudy

Friday, December 16th is "Gaudy Holiday Sweater Day!" The individual wearing the gaudiest garb will win a prize! Remember, the tackier the better!

Breakfast with Santa

Join us on Saturday, December 17th from 8:00-11:00 a.m. for Breakfast with Santa!

The cost is just $5.00 for adults and $3.00 for kids ages 2-11. Children under two years of age are free!

*Sponsored by the Change in Action (CIA) student organization

Sophomore Career Day

On Monday, December 19th, LHS 10th graders will attend "Career Day" at Mercer County Community College. Students will attend pre-selected sessions with local professionals representing different career paths. The day is an excellent opportunity for our sophomores and enables them to explore various career opportunities!

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

Winter Break

Schools will be closed from Monday, December 26th though Friday, December 30th.

Classes will resume on Monday, January 2nd. Enjoy your break!

"Mr. LHS" Info Session

Join us on January 4th at 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria for an information session about "Mr. LHS 2017!"

Applications will be available during the meeting.

Wrestling Alumni Recognition Night

The second annual Wrestling Alumni Recognition Night will take place on Saturday January 7th. The team will wrestle at 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. against Trenton and Ridge in a tri-meet, and the Alumni Recognition will take place at 3:30 p.m. (before the last match). There will be a buffet dinner after the last match for $15 per person.

If you are interested in attending, please contact Coach Verga (jverga@ltps.org) by December 22nd.

If you plan to attend the recognition ceremony only, please notify Coach Verga by January 5th.

*Photo is from the 2015 Alumni Recognition Ceremony

Future Cardinals Open House

On Thursday, January 19th, LHS will host a "Future Cardinals Open House" for all 6th, 7th, and 8th graders and their parents. Please check out the flyer below for more information and share it with anyone you know who might be interested in attending.
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Oh, the Drama!

The LHS Musical Theater class performed HOW I BECAME A PIRATE for students at Eldridge Park, Ben Franklin and Slackwood Elementary schools. The show is based on the popular children's book by the same title. The audiences were appreciative and responsive to the show and the LHS students had a great time performing! (They had been working on the show for about two months in class.)

Putting Their Skills to Work

On November 30th, LHS students put their career readiness skills to work! Students in Career Exploration utilized their leadership, teamwork, problem solving, decision making, and communication skills as they worked with Ben Franklin kindergarten students to make holiday gift tags.

Governor's School Nominees

LHS has selected two candidates to represent the school for selection in the NJ Governor’s School Competition:

  • Joshua Drossman - School of Engineering and Technology (STEM)
  • Saumya Shetty - School of the Sciences

The Governor's Schools are unique and intensive residential summer programs that bring together some of the state's most talented and motivated high school students. At no cost, students spend one month of the summer following their junior year studying and collaborating with other participants on college campuses (Drew University, School of the Sciences and Rutgers University, School of Engineering and Technology).

Good luck to both students! Winners will be announced in the Spring.

Music & Arts with LTPS Faculty

Check out these upcoming events featuring some of our very talented district colleagues!

  • On December 15th, Ron Taglairino (LMS) will perform with the Lawrence Community Concert Band in their Winter Concert at the Lawrence Senior Center, 30 E Darrah Lane, beginning at 7:00 p.m. (with a special holiday sing-a-long at the end of the concert)!

  • Allison Kershner (LIS) will perform with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra in their Family Holiday Concert on December 18th at 3:00 p.m. at Immanuel Leidy’s Church, 273 West Cherry Lane, Souderton, PA. See http://www.spso.info for details and tickets.

  • Khalilah Sabree (LHS) is a featured artist on display in a national juried art show, “The Artist as Maker, Thinker, Feeler,” at the John A. Cade Center for Fine Arts Gallery at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, MD through December 19th. Khalilah was selected for this show from a nationwide pool of applicants. For more details on the show and the gallery, see www.aacc.edu/cadegallery/nationaljuried.cfm
Teachers, staff, students...do you know of someone at LHS who is doing something amazing? We love to hear about the wonderful things our fellow Cardinals are up to. If you would like to submit a story for the "Brag Bag," please email kroche@ltps.org. Submissions can be range from academic, artistic, and athletic, to random acts of kindness and community service.
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Twitter Trivia Contest

Follow Mrs. Schneck (@SchneckDiane) on Twitter for the 50th Anniversary Celebration Trivia Challenge! Each week a trivia question will be placed on her Twitter page. The first individual to tweet back the right answer will win a prize and points for their Red or White team.

Candy Cane Contest

The Minute To Win It Candy Cane Event took place on December 14th. Each player put a candy cane in their mouth with the hook end down, and used the candy cane hooks to pick up other candy canes and move them to a basket. The player with the most candy canes in the basket after one minute won!

Congratulations, RED TEAM!

If You Build It...

On Wednesday, December 21st, the competitions continue with Red & White Gingerbread House Making!

Two members from each team will decorate a miniature ginger bread house. At the end of all three lunches, each team will have made a small ginger bread village. Which team, Red or White, will have the best village? And yes, you can take them home at the end of the day to eat!

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Cards for Kids

There's still time to stop in to the LHS Media Center Library to create a card to spread some holiday cheer this season to children who are in hospitals over the holidays. Supplies and guidelines will be provide to you! All cards will be mailed to the organization Cards for Hospitalized Kids, which will distribute our cards among the participating hospitals. All teachers, staff, and students are encouraged to stop by to create a card!

Homefront's "Christmas Wishes Drive"

There are a few days left to donate to the Homefront Christmas Wishes Drive (sponsored by Student Council). Help give homeless children something to look forward to on Christmas morning!

Mrs. Welsh sent out a listing of children in need. Please contact her to let her know if you are interested in sponsoring a family/families. Homefront will pick up all gifts from the Guidance Career Center on December 19th.

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Good Sportsmanship

As winter sports are about to begin, we remind our athletes, parents, students and community members that it is important to follow the sportsmanship policies that the NJSIAA has established. Remember that the NJSIAA bans the use of noisemakers, and does have established rules for games and contests, which can be found on the Athletics page.

We want to ensure our athletes compete in a safe, positive, and spirited environment, and everyone plays a role in helping to create this culture.

To learn more about the NJSIAA Sportsmanship responsibilities, click HERE.
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Academic Help

Students in need of academic support or help have several available options here at LHS, including Cardinal Nest, Homework Center, and Destinations.

Open the flyer at left to read more about these services and how to access them!

School Spirit Fridays

Every FRIDAY is School Spirit Day! Wear Red and White or your favorite Lawrence shirt every Friday.

Student Store

The LHS Student Store is open during all lunch periods. Stop by and purchase some Lawrence gear!


Catch up on what you've missed by tuning in to LTPS-TV this weekend. Some of this weekend's broadcasts will include Senior Financial Aid Night, LHS Swimming vs. Ewing High School, the Tri-M Coffee House Open Mic, and several events from around the district!
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College App Deadlines

If you have a January 1, 2017 college application deadline, you must turn your transcript request cards in to Ms. Flynn no later than Thursday, December 15th. Transcript requests submitted after this date will not be processed in time for your January 1st deadlines.

Diploma Cards

Seniors, Diploma Signature Forms were distributed last week. If you did not receive one, you can pick one up in the Main Office. Please fill the card out the way you would like your name displayed on your diploma. Middle names are not required, but your first and last name must match your official birth certificate.

All forms are due back to Ms. Roche NO LATER THAN Monday, January 2nd.

Cap and Gown Measurements

Herff Jones will be here on Thursday, February 2nd and Friday, February 3rd to measure seniors for caps and gowns! The company will mail home more information regarding this process in January.
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Check out this beautiful cardinal created by junior Michael Austin!

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50th Anniversary Ornaments

Celebrate the holidays by hanging this very special holiday ornament on your tree or in your home.

This ornament is a collector's item - celebrating our 50th year! Open the picture to view the order form. Ornaments are $10 and in stock. Sales will support the class of 2017!

Senior Class Smoothies

Every Wednesday the Senior Class will be selling smoothies for $3.00 each in staff sign-in after school!

The current flavors are Angel food (strawberries and bananas) and Caribbean Way (strawberries, bananas, and papaya).

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Like the LMS/LHS PTO on Facebook HERE (www.facebook.com/lmslhspto) to keep up-to-date on fundraisers, events, meeting schedules, and how you can get more involved!

Have 0.5% of your purchases donated to the LMS/LHS PTO just by shopping on Amazon! Log in to your AmazonSmile account and search for the charity: Lawrence Middle School & Lawrence High School PTO. Read more about AmazonSmile HERE.

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Check out the December lunch menu below or click HERE

to access both the breakfast and lunch menus.

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Thursday, December 15th

  • Choral Concert (7:00 p.m.)

Saturday, December 17th

  • Breakfast with Santa (8:00 - 11:00 a.m.)

Friday, December 23rd

  • Early Dismissal

Monday, December 26th through Friday, December 30th

  • Winter Break
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Did You Know...?

The first toy to be advertised on television was Mr. Potato Head, which used real potatoes for the body until 1964.

Click HERE to watch a vintage commercial for this classic toy!

Good Humor

Q: Why does Santa have three gardens?

A: So he can hoe, hoe, hoe!

Submitted by Mrs. Martillotti

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campanology [kam-puh-NOL-uh-jee]

noun: 1. the intricate art of making bells; bell ringing

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District News

Check out the latest edition (and others) of the LTPS Quick News for district announcements! Click HERE to see the archives or, to sign up on the Quick News mailing list, click HERE.
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Questions about this newsletter can be directed to kroche@ltps.org.

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