News for the Livingston Public Schools Community
February 8, 2022
The new traverse rock wall at Heritage Middle School enables students to participate in a unit where they learn and improve their climbing techniques. Students have the opportunity to develop their goal setting, communication, and planning skills as they practice problem solving their way through the progressively more difficult traverse wall activities!
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- Updated NJDOH Guidelines for K-12 Schools
- Board of Education Meeting: February 8, 2022
- Student Advocates Interviewed by CBS News
- Global Play Day
- MPE Micro Museums
- MPMS Still Doin' Happy!
NJ DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH UPDATE:
Click the button above to read the latest COVID-19 public health recommendations for local health departments for K-12 schools.
Board of Education Meeting: February 8, 2022 at 7 p.m.
The Livingston Board of Education will hold a public meeting tonight, February 8, 2022, at 7 p.m. The agenda includes a presentation by members of Livingston High School's Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Youth Alliance and an update on 2021-2022 District Goals, as well as the annual Comprehensive Financial Report by Wiss & Company. View the agenda HERE.
Tonight's meeting will be held in a hybrid format during which participants will have the ability to ask questions and make comments either in person or via the webinar. Those who register to attend in person will be notified of their registration status by email. Register for the webinar using the link below. The meeting will also be livestreamed on the district's Facebook page, @LivSchools.
PARENT LEARNING SERIES
UP NEXT IN THE LIVINGSTON PARENT LEARNING SERIES:
- February 9 - "Supporting Your Child During the Pandemic" (for parents of students with disabilities)
- February 17 - "PRIDE Parent Workshop" (for parents of PRIDE students only)
- February 17 - "Math Information Night" (for parents of students in grades 5-12)
- February 28 - "Supporting Siblings of Students With Disabilities" (for parents of students with disabilities)
View the full list of February 2022 Parent Learning Series workshops HERE. Please review the selections carefully, as some require pre-registration to participate.
For more information, click HERE!
NEW LPS COVID-19 DASHBOARD PAGE
Now that LPS parents and staff members are completing the LPS COVID-19 Reporting Form to report COVID-19 symptoms and positive tests, we can provide daily updates based on the forms received for each school. View the latest daily summary HERE.
Click HERE to learn how to upload student COVID-19 vaccination cards.
LPS EQUITY TEAMS
AFFINITY GROUP SIGN-UP:The LPS Equity Team has been working with the LPS community to create "affinity groups." Affinity groups are defined as “a group of people sharing a common interest or goal, or acting together for a specific purpose.” At this time, members of our school community and equity teams have made specific requests for an LGBTQIA+ group, an AAPI group, and a BIPOC group. We welcome additional affinity groups as part of our work in equity, inclusion, and anti-racism.
These groups, which will meet approximately three times per year, will serve as an advisory group to the District Equity Team by offering their experiences, their voices, their interest in collaborating with us and their resources. To indicate your interest in participating in one of our affinity groups, please add your name and contact information to one of the forms that can be found HERE. Should additional Affinity Groups be requested, we will include sign-up information in the Spotlight newsletter and on the district website.
If you have a suggestion or a desire to partner with the district equity team in creating any additional affinity groups, please contact Lisa Steiger at firstname.lastname@example.org or your building principal.
IN-DISTRICT COVID-19 TESTING
COVID-19 testing is available to LPS staff, students and families every Tuesday from 3:30-5:30 p.m. The District is partnering with BacktoWork Solutions for the testing. Click here to register for a quick Telemed Evaluation. Following the Telemed Evaluation you will be invited to schedule your COVID test, which takes place at the Riker Hill Media Center.
LHS STUDENT ACTIVISTS INTERVIEWED BY CBS NEWS
CBS News correspondent Cindy Hsu interviewed members of the Livingston Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Youth Alliance at LHS about their work in advocating for NJ legislative bills S4021 and A6100, which mandate that students learn about Asian American history and contributions. The segment aired last week during the 6PM news. Watch it HERE!
PHOTOS: Shown with Cindy Hsu are (L-R) LHS students Eric Dalangin, Hannah Mattam, Hannah Kim, Russell Fan and Eshaan Mahajan.
Livingston graduate Spencer Askinazy has been nominated for the Television Academy's Prestigious College Television Awards! Click the button to read more!
PLAY IS IMPORTANT!
Elementary school students celebrated Global School Play Day (GSPD) on February 2, 2022. Children were encouraged to engage in unstructured play with their classmates! Across the district, students could be found playing board and card games, building with blocks, creating art, and more!
GSPD was created by a group of educators from California in 2015 because of their concern that adults and technology were encroaching on playtime for children. LPS elementary schools have participated in this movement for the last few years, with positive results all around!
SMART IDEAS IN SMALL PACKAGES!
MPMS STILL DOIN' HAPPY!
Mt. Pleasant Middle School is marking its second year working with Barbara Warter on the Do Happy Project. The Do Happy Project is an action-based initiative bringing together activities of self-care and charity, dedicated to helping children and adults alike re-think and re-define "happy."
Principal Bronawyn O'Leary explained, "The Do Happy Project at MPMS was created to get out our sixth grade students redefining happiness as something that they can 'DO'. To get them to take action. The wall we created was our first Do Happy Advisory Activity to get us thinking about how we 'do happy.' These are the 'do happy' statements of all the MPMS kids! We will leave the wall up all year and add to it if we find new ways to 'do happy!'"
College Counseling Corner
TIP OF THE WEEK: Juniors! February break is a great time to visit colleges while the college students are still on campus! Make appointments this week for colleges you are interested in visiting.
The Livingston Public Library has something for everyone! Visit its website to learn more about library news, departments, programs and services!
2021-2022 School Year / No. 11
Communications & Community Outreach Coordinator
Livingston Public Schools
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