Crystal's Corner

February 12, 2016

Enjoy the long weekend and celebrate the loves in your life on Sunday!


Lawrence High's Science Olympiad Team participated in this year's NJ Science Olympiad Regionals Tournament, hosted by Camden County College.

Special recognition goes to Elizabeth Park, Christopher Mangahas, and Sanjay Mahadevan for earning a 5th place medal in Protein Modeling, and to Daryl Hoehne and Elizabeth Park for taking the 2nd place medal in Forensic Science out of 23 teams!


Top row - Elizabeth Park, Christopher Mangahas

Bottom row - Sanjay Mahadevan, Daryl Hoehne

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Scientist Dr. Chuck Cadle, CEO of Destination Imagination, led a STEM assembly for Lawrence Middle School (LMS) 7th graders on February 4. Dr. Cadle spoke about the infinite possibilities in science careers and about his own career path, which included impressive work with digital phone signals and satellites.

After the assembly, Dr. Cadle had lunch with students from the LMS Mad Science Club, pictured below with LMS science teacher/Club advisor, Tracy Bozarth, far right. The visit was arranged by the USA Science & Engineering Festival after LMS enrichment teacher Priscilla Taylor entered their contest for LMS to receive a visit by a scientist. The USA Science & Engineering Festival is scheduled for April 15-17, 2016 in Washington, D.C. Priscilla has applied for an LTEF grant that would enable students to attend the festival.

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Winter Sports Update:

Sophomore Adam LeCompte repeated as the Mercer County Champion when LHS boys swept 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place at the 48th Annual Mercer County Diving Championships at Montgomery High School on January 27. Adam won his second straight County title with a score of 253.00. Following in second place was sophomore Ryan Morris, with sophomore Luke Annand in third.

Several boys and girls varsity swimmers qualified for the NJ Individual State Tournament at the end of February: Angelina Franceschini (200 freestyle); James Keane (400 freestyle); and Yauheni Paskevich, Kyle Jorgensen, James Keane, and Anthony Weiss (400 freestyle relay).

Junior Myles Mitchell-White (pictured below holding basketball) joined an elite group of athletes as he scored his 1000th career point during the boys' varsity basketball game versus Ewing High School on January 29.

On Saturday, February 13 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., the LHS chapter of Operation Smile will host the "ULead with Love Summit," which will educate students on the value of service within the community and help them establish a lifetime of giving to others. Students will learn more about the organization, listen to inspirational volunteers, participate in icebreakers and team-building activities, and work on a Smile Bag project as part of the “Smile Bag Community Initiative." Some LHS students worked with Lawrence senior citizens and created 100 Smile Bags.
Ben Franklin (BF) Principal B.J. Meurer was in rare form as he accepted the challenge of Peyton Ivey, BF 3rd grader, in a Sit & Reach test. Peyton was the high scorer in that category at BF's recent Annual Third Grade Fitness Challenge and thus, earned the right to take on Mr. Meurer. Peyton soundly defeated good sport Principal Meurer, shattering the all-time high mark and setting a new school record in the process!


This week brought more instructional rounds at two schools.

I met with an administrator earlier in the week about a recurring topic: lice.

As we heard at the BOE meeting, CR & LA met last Monday.

Today's words are Professional Development. Below tweets give a glimpse into a few offerings.


Direct Link met yesterday for the third of four meetings during this school year. I've continued to expand the group to include Lawrence's Mayor and reps of the Mercer Council on Alcohol and Drug Addiction and Mercer County Community College. These folks are in addition to reps from each school's PTO, LTEF, Lawrenceville Main Street, Every Child Valued, Lawrence Community Center/HomeFront, Boys & Girls Club, Lawrence Township Community Foundation, the Recreation Department, and the Office on Aging. The Boys & Girls Club hosted the meeting and the Lawrence Community Center will host the May meeting. Special Olympics NJ is also invited. Many thanks to Pepper for representing the BOE.

Noted artist Mel Leipzig continues to paint at Lawrence High and was here on Wednesday. He has completed two of the six paintings he's doing of life in an art room at LHS. One painting each is of the three LHS art teachers and three paintings are of students in the art room setting. Completed works (below) are of art teachers Sean Carney and Khalil Sabree. This week Mel continued painting work of art teacher Cheryl Eng. He related he plans also to paint separate portraits of LHS Principal Dave Adam and Arts Supervisor Damian Bariexca.

On Tuesdays, Mel paints at the Trenton State House Museum. When he was there this week, the National Endowment for the Arts filmed him for inclusion in a film celebrating their 50th anniversary.

Another day of the week, Mel paints at Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art in Newark. Read a recent article about and see some of his works done in that setting. We are fortunate to be included in this celebrated artist's portfolio.

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We have a real treat coming up March 16 as the United States Air Force "Rhythm in Blue" jazz ensemble will perform a concert at Lawrence High at 7PM. The performance is free and open to the public, however tickets will be required. Stay tuned for info on how to obtain tickets.
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I've decided to postpone the Community Conversation, originally set for April 26, until fall.


Click on the "Corner Meeting Table" link below to view upcoming meetings.


Just a reminder that I have given every BOE member "view only" access to the Google folders that were once only visible by the Personnel committee. I will update these documents as needed. Please use the links below to access them w/your Google accounts and/or the accounts you use to access other committee agenda information. You can access this information at any time that is convenient for you. Please let me know if you cannot access the information.

Click on the link below:

Goal 1: Strategic Plan

Goal 2: Evaluation Systems

Goal 3: NWEA Reading

Goal 4: Instructional Rounds

Goal 5: Community Participation

Below is the schedule the Personnel Committee agreed on with regard to my evaluation procedures:

Superintendent Evaluation Protocols

  • July 17, 2015: Merit Goals submitted to ECS

  • August 20, 2015: Merit Goals approved by ECS - letter in Supt Eval Folder

  • Nov 3, 2015: 1st Evaluation & Merit Goal Update w/Personnel Committee

  • Feb 3, 2016: 2nd Evaluation & Merit Goal Update w/Personnel Committee - postponed

  • May XX, 2016: 3rd Evaluation & Merit Goal Update w/Personnel Committee

  • May XX, 2016: Supt to complete electronic submission

  • May 25, 2016: BOE meeting w/o Supt to finalize report

  • June XX, 2016: Supt to receive written report

  • June 22, 2016: Full BOE meeting w/Supt to discuss report

  • June 30, 2016: Submit to County Office BOE resolution for merit bonus - NJDOE

  • July 15, 2016: BOE pays merit bonus for prior year - NJDOE