Crystal's Corner

October 14, 2016

GOAL #1: STUDENT GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT

Lawrenceville Elementary School (LES) received the 2016 Ralph Copleman Environmental Award for the LES School Garden at the 18th Annual Lawrence Township Economic Development Awards ceremony on October 13. Principal Melissa Lockett accepted the award.


Photos below show LES students tending the garden in various stages - from planting to harvest!

Lawrence High's Red Scare band performed part of their practice Thursday night on the new turf field. After performing a few numbers, students put their instruments down and rushed to the logo in the center of the field to take selfies!
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October 24 is the ribbon cutting for the turf. The decision was made to kick it off with our students rather than a larger, community event. Thus, middle and high school students will come to the stadium field for a pep rally beginning at 9AM. Of course, you're invited.

See invitation.

Below are a few tweets from this week.
I'm posting a large photo of another tweet, as I did last week of a tweet I thought was a good reminder for all of us...as is the one below. This tweet's caption was:

Just dance Walk Like an Egyptian "brain break." @TarasovsClass. Who doesn't need a brain break every once in a while?!?

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GOAL #2: CULTURE OF LEARNING FOR ALL

CIAPD met Thursday.


This week found me:


  • meeting with an administrator about the open guidance supervisor position and participating in round 2 interviews for the position (my recommendation is on the BOE agenda for Wednesday night);
  • leading our monthly COA meeting; and
  • attending agenda setting.

I attended the GradNation Community Summit at Rutgers in Camden on Thursday and presented, along with Tom Smith, Hopewell superintendent, and Abby XXXXXXXXXX on Diversity Dialogues.


On Friday I attended and was inducted into (upon nomination by a couple people) the New Jersey Council of Education at the NJPSA/FEA Conference Center in Monroe Township.


I plan to meet with a group of staff (based on the principal's discretion) at each school to explore allegations made in the LTEA's letter. I've met with groups at two schools thus far and concerns related in "the letter" have not been substantiated.

GOAL #3: LOCAL & GLOBAL COMMUNITY

Andrew met with the Every Child Valued partnership group on Thursday.
Another event with the new stadium field is a Friday Night Lights football game on Friday, October 28. We're calling this a "soft opening" and I'll talk about it, and the October 24 ribbon cutting, at next week's BOE meeting. We don't know if PSE&G will have the lights connected yet. If they don't, our back-up plan is to get a generator to run the lights. Our back-up to the back-up plan is to move the game to Saturday...if things don't fall into place for us to be able to kick off Friday night. As I relate this at the BOE meeting, I'll ask for everyone's patience as we try to get this home game in for this fall's season.
As I mentioned last week, we opened registration for our November 3 Community Conversation. The event is held in the Lawrence High Commons. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the event begins at 7 p.m. Come when doors open and explore some of our community partnerships!


We'll provide babysitting, light refreshments and door prizes! Please register via our website so we can plan for you.


Since last week, we've identified four breakout groups primarily based on feedback we received on the "Your THOUGHTS" cards we distributed at Back-to-School Nights and feedback we solicited online. The groups are:


  • Cultivating a Culture of Creativity: Meeting the needs of our Gifted Students
  • Facilities Referendum (Referee): You make the call
  • Afterschool Activities: Where are your children after 3PM?
  • Benvenuto! Bienvenue! Bienvenida! 歡迎! Exploring our World Languages
As a reminder and as I mentioned last week, at the beginning of the public portion of the October 19 BOE meeting, we'll dedicate, posthumously, a plaque and Rm 401, the LHS instrumental music room, to Mike Brindle for his long service on the Lawrence BOE.

GOAL #4: FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY

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


Some committee meeting days/dates/times are in a state of flux, thus they're currently not noted on the table.