Lawrence Twp. Schools Observe 'Week of Respect'

In other Lawrence Township public school news, Lawrence Middle School orchestra students recently Skyped with a composer; the board of education is conducting a community survey; an "Understanding ADHD" workshop is coming up; and more...

Editor's Note: The following news briefs were contributed by Lawrence Township Public Schools.


Lawrence Township Public Schools Week of Respect

As per the "Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights," the week beginning with the first Monday in October of each year is now designated as the "Week of Respect" in New Jersey schools.

Lawrence Township Public Schools observed the week by providing age-appropriate instruction focusing on preventing harassment, intimidation, or bullying. Check out some of the schools' activities here.


LMS Orchestra Skypes with Composer

Lawrence Middle School Orchestra students recently had the unique opportunity to Skype with Robert Sheldon, composer of the "African Adventure" piece that the orchestra is working on for its Winter Concert.

During the Skype session, Mr. Sheldon helped students improve how they currently play the piece, and think about each of the notes they played. The Skype session lasted about 25 minutes. They hope to Skype with Mr. Sheldon at least two more times before the Dec. 18 Instrumental Concert, so he can hear how much they worked on his composition.


Board of Education Survey

The Board of Education (BOE) would like your input for planning purposes and has drafted the survey linked below. The survey is intended for both parents and Lawrence Township community members without children in the schools. Feel free to share it.

The BOE appreciates your time and thanks you in advance for your feedback. Many thanks to BOE members Leon Kaplan and Bill Michaelson for developing this survey.

Take the survey here.

We'll share some preliminary survey info at our Community Conversation on Oct. 17. Not registered yet? You can do so here. The event is in the Lawrence High School Commons. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., at which time you can become familiar with district community partners. The program begins at 7 p.m.

Babysitting and refreshments provided! Come learn what's going on in your school district.


10th Graders: Interested in Participating in the HOBY Leadership Conference?

Learn how and get more info about the conference here.

Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) is an organization dedicated to training and nurturing the young leaders of tomorrow. Its mission is to provide lifelong leadership development opportunities that empower youth to achieve their highest potential.


Understanding ADHD - Free Workshop for Parents

The Character Education Team at Lawrenceville Elementary School is hosting Understanding ADHD: A Free Workshop for Parents on Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at Lawrence High School. The workshop is funded by a grant from the Lawrence Township Education Foundation. Register here or call LTEF at 609-219-0340. See flyer.


LIMBO Needs Your Support

LIMBO (Lawrence Integrated Music Booster Organization) is a group of parents, students and community members who actively support the choral and instrumental programs at Lawrence High School.

You can help support LIMBO by:

  • Visiting the LIMBO table at Community Day on Sunday, Oct. 7, and purchasing new "Lawrence Cardinals" Stadium Seat - the perfect way to be comfortable at all sporting events, $10. You may also pre-purchase carwash coupons for $5.
  • Donating unwanted items to the Fourth Annual LIMBO Yard Sale and Car Wash happening Saturday, Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. to noon at Lawrence High school. Item drop-off is Friday, Nov. 2, from 3:30 to 8 p.m. Shop while getting your car cleaned!
  • LIMBO is selling gift cards online to your favorite stores and restaurants. For every card you purchase, LIMBO (or your favorite music student) receives a percentage of the value. Log on to www.limbonj.org and click on the scrip (gift cards) link, or contact scrip coordinator Scott Bentivegna at limbo@bentivegna.me.


Chinese Painting Exhibit

The Lawrence Branch of the Mercer County Library will hold a Chinese Painting exhibit with artwork by Lawrence High School art students. The exhibit, funded through a Lawrence Township Education Foundation grant, opens on Nov. 4 with a Chinese Brush Painting demonstration by master artist, Ms. Chen, and will run through Nov. 30. See flyer.


NCAA Eligibility Requirements are Changing

The initial-eligibility standards for NCAA Division I college-bound student-athletes are changing. College-bound student-athletes first entering a Division I college or university on or after Aug. 1, 2016, will need to meet new academic rules in order to receive athletics aid (scholarship), practice or compete during their first year. See the new requirements here.


New Federal Nutrition Standards

Beginning this year, school cafeterias across the state and across the country must meet tough new federal nutrition standards which include some of the biggest changes in 30 years. The new standards make sure that all students receive well-balanced meals and all the nutrition they need to succeed in school. School meals will include a larger variety of fruits and vegetables, serving sizes appropriate for each age group, more whole grains, less salt, and either fat free or 1 percent milk.

The New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) in collaboration with the New Jersey Department of Agriculture created a parent resource that provides information about the new federal nutrition standards. This resource may be accessed on the NJDOE's Keeping Our Kids Safe, Healthy, and in School webpage. Additional nutrition resources can be found on the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) website here.



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