Black History Month

February 16, 2017

February has gotten off to a great start at LHS! This week, the Theater Company surprised unsuspecting faculty, staff, and students with singing Valentine's Day telegrams, and Student Council sold beautiful carnations. Next up, LHS will be celebrating Black History Month, recognizing and honoring the countless contributions of individuals who have changed our world for the better while holding on to the ideals of culture, hard work, honor, strength, and the power in doing good. But Black History Month is not just about a handful of names from the past, but the many who continue to shape civilization for the better, each and every day, from world leaders to your neighbor next door. Read below for information about LHS's Black History Celebration taking place this month and join us for an unforgettable event! If you visit LHS, be sure to check out our main hallway, which has been adorned with numerous posters of familiar faces of inspiration!

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School is IN SESSION on Friday, February 17th due to last week's snow day. LHS will be CLOSED on Monday, February 20th in honor of Presidents' Day.

Jostens Renaissance

Renaissance is all about celebrating student academic achievement. On Thursday, February 23rd, students with a 2.5 GPA or higher and no discipline will receive passes to The Big Show! Details are top secret, but students meeting this criteria for the second marking period are in for a treat!

Black History Celebration

In recognition of Black History Month, LHS will host a celebration entitled, “Black History: Glancing at the Past, Moving Toward the Future” on Friday, February 24th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. The event will feature moving performances, festive dances, music by the Madrigal and Gospel Choirs and the LHS band, refreshments, awards, and tributes by LHS students, faculty, and special guests. We will also honor local and state residents who have and are currently paving the way for future generations with the 2017 Trailblazer Award. In addition, a Rising Star Award will be given to a notable young, successful African-American recognized for making a significant impact in the local community and beyond.

Click HERE for more information and to view a list of this year's honorees!

This celebration is a FREE event, which has been grant-funded by the Lawrence Township Education Association. Donations will be graciously accepted.

2017 Science and Engineering Fair

Lawrence Township Public Schools will hold the annual Science and Engineering Fair at Lawrence Intermediate School on Saturday, February 25th.

Detailed information:

Register below:

Self-Defense Night

The Business & International Studies Academy will be sponsoring a Self-Defense Night at LHS on Thursday, March 2nd from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The cost will be just $5 per person. All ages are welcome!

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High-Five Dives

LHS divers were awarded first place as a team at the Mercer County Tournament on January 31st!

Adam LeCompte finished second in the boys competition, Luke Annand finished 4th, Ryan Morris 5th, Joey Briggs 6th, and Jared Featherston 7th. Ola Kwasniewski finished 3rd in the girls competition and Susanna Gagliardi finished 9th. Congratulations!

Cheerleaders Nab First Place

The LHS Varsity Cheerleaders won 1st place in the scholastic division at the Cheer Ltd. Open Championships at Sun Bank Arena last week! Congratulations guys and gals! It's OUR turn to cheer for YOU!

Just Keep Swimming

The LHS Girls and Boys Swim teams are having another spectacular season! The girls won their first round of the state tournament last week, and the boys have reached the sectional finals! Good luck, swimmers!

Girls Track Stars

The LHS Girls Track team finished in 4th place at Sectionals on February 12th at the Bennett Center in Toms River, NJ and Mijah Collier won the 55m hurdles! Also qualifying for the State Group meet were: Breasia Solomon (2nd in 55 dash); Cynthia Currie (55 dash); Jen Zoll (High Jump); Funmi Aka Bashorun (55 Hurdles); Kelli Collins (800 m); Kelsey Holt and Sataya Gordon along with Mijah and Kelli (4x400 Relay). Way to go, ladies!

Pictured are Kelli Collins, Cynthia Currie, Funmi Aka Bashorun, Sataya Gordon, and Mijah Collier

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 Submissions can be range from academic, artistic, and athletic, to random acts of kindness and community service.
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We're a mere weeks away from the start of LHS Madness! March will be jam-packed with events and competitions, culminating with the big March Madness night on March 31st! Your ticket in to the event is your Red and White shirt, on sale in the School Store for $5. Watch for announcements about the month-long contests and get your Red and White spirit ready!
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Varsity basketball player Sarah Zoll was recently recognized as a "hidden star" in the Colonial Valley Conference. She was commended by Coach Williams for her phenomenal work ethic and commitment and recently broke the school's block record for most blocks in a season (previous record: 66). Sarah is currently at 84 and counting! Read the article on HERE.

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Op Smile Leadership Summit Update

Operation Smile's ULead with Love Leadership Summit, originally scheduled for Saturday, February 25th, has been postponed. A new date will be announced soon! We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your support!

AP Testing

Registration forms are now available for Advanced Placement tests. Keep in mind the following:

  1. Registration must be done in person with Mrs. Stanger in the Guidance Office beginning Monday, February 13th.
  3. The 2017 exam fee is $93.00 per examination. Checks should be made payable to: Lawrence High School
  4. Students on free or reduced lunch should speak with Mrs. Stanger.
  5. The registration deadline is Friday, February 24th. LATE REGISTRATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

PARCC Assessment Schedule

Keep an eye out for communication that will be posted regarding LHS's special schedule for PARCC assessments. PARCC assessments will take place between March 27th and April 27th (except during Spring Break).

Registration is now open for Spring Sports:

  • LHS Spring Sports start practicing: March 3rd
  • LMS Baseball tryouts: March 15-17
  • LMS Softball tryouts: March 20-22
  • LMS Baseball, softball and track practices start: March 23rd

Brave the Shave

LHS is once again putting together a team for St. Baldrick's. You can visit the school's page HERE. Please consider donating, becoming a shavee, volunteering, or just spreading the word! Join us for the "big shave" event on March 11th at Amalfi's, as teams have their heads shaved to show solidarity with children with cancer.

St. Baldrick's funds research for children's cancer. For more details visit If you have questions, please contact Stefanie Tziarri at

Spring Musical

Save the date for this year's Spring Music, Disney's The Little Mermaid! The production, which will take place on March 16th, 17th, and 18th, will feature over 60 LHS students on stage! Tickets will be available online at the end of February at ($10 for adults, $8 for students). Tickets will also be available at the door for $10 general admission.

Attention Juniors

Applications are now available for the American Legion Jersey Boys State (ALJBS), to be held June 18th - 23rd at Rider University. This week-long, hands-on program develops tomorrow's leaders through a tradition of education, excellence, and patriotism. Interested junior males should see their counselor or complete the application sent to their .info account. The application deadline is April 1st. Operated by students elected to various offices, Boys State activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law-enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, choruses and recreational programs.

For more information about this program, click HERE.

Parent-Teacher Conference Scheduling

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Wednesday, April 19th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. The scheduling portal will be open from Monday, March 20th through Monday, April 10th. Please be advised that conference time slots are scheduled in 10-minute increments, so space is limited. If there are no remaining time slots for a teacher you would like to meet with, you may contact them directly to schedule a convenient time to speak.

The scheduling portal will be available on the LHS website under Quick Links. Teachers will be listed alphabetically within their own departments (English, Math, Art, etc.). To schedule conferences, you will be signing up for an "event" by requesting a "free ticket" to each chosen time slot. EventBrite will also email you confirmations for each conference.

Student Store

Check out the new Cardinal gear now available in the Student Store!

The store is open during all lunch periods.

School Spirit Fridays

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

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!


This Saturday and Sunday, February 18th and 19th, LTPS-TV will be broadcasting five new programs on Comcast Channel 19 and Verizon Channel 37 in Lawrence:

  • LHS Boys Varsity Basketball (1/27/17) - 6AM, 11AM, & 7PM
  • LHS Boys Varsity Basketball (1/31/17) - 7:30AM, 12:30PM, & 8:30PM
  • LHS Varsity Wrestling (2/1/17) - 9AM, 5PM, & 10PM
  • LHS Girls Varsity Basketball (2/6/17) - 10AM, 6PM, & 11PM

  • LTPS Happy Birthday LHS! - This is a special treat at unannounced times. Try to find it! Students from Ben Franklin School, Eldridge Park School and Slackwood School sing “Happy Birthday” to help commemorate the 50th Anniversary since the opening of Lawrence High School.

Missed a program on LTPS-TV? Many of our recent programs can be seen on YouTube at the LTPSRewind channel.

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Donate Change or Mac-n-Cheese Cups

Throughout the month of February, Student Council and Quixote Quest (teens who make a difference through volunteering) will be collecting spare change and microwavable macaroni and cheese cups. Their goal is to help students who have been classified as "food insecure," which means they have been identified as students who do not have access to food on the weekends.

Donation boxes are available in the Guidance Office and the School Store.

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Fundraising Dates

You can view your fundraising totals on our class website HERE. For those of you who haven't participated, you still have a few more chances!

Upcoming fundraisers:

  • Gertrude Hawkes Chocolates: 2/21 - 3/8 (delivery before Spring Break)
  • Applebee's Pancake Breakfast: 3/4
  • Otis "Spring Fling" Sale: 4/19 - 5/5

Questions or concerns? Please see your officers (Kayla, Emily, Mohin, Ana, Nelle) or Mrs. Welsh.

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Wawa Coupons

Purchase Wawa coupons from the LMS/LHS PTO and save on hoagies! These coupons have no expiration date.

Click on the order form for more information!

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Positions Open for 2017-2018

The LMS/LHS PTO has open board positions for 2017-2018! If you are looking for ways to get more involved in your child's school, this is a perfect place to start! The following PTO Board positions will be open for the 2017-2018 school year:

  • President or Co-Presidents
  • Vice President or Co-Vice Presidents

Also, committee chairs for:

  • Clothing & Shoe Drive
  • Holiday Barnes & Noble Book Fair
  • LMS Musical Concessions
  • LMS Pretzel Fall & Spring Fundraisers
  • Restaurant Fundraisers

Please contact Jayshree Kalwachwala at pr 609-365-0382.

Check out the LMS/LHS PTO February updates HERE, including fundraiser and meeting information, as well as news about the upcoming Science & Engineering Fair.

Don't forget to like the LMS/LHS PTO on Facebook HERE (

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Check out the February lunch menu below or click HERE to access both the breakfast and lunch menus.

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Monday, February 20th

  • Presidents' Day Weekend (SCHOOL CLOSED)

Friday, February 24th
  • Black History Month Celebration (6:00 p.m.)

Saturday, February 25th

  • LTPS Science & Engineering Fair
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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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