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Featured Photo: "Start With Hello"
Mt. Pleasant Middle School continued its kindness initiative by participating in “ Start With Hello ” week! The goal of the program is to create a culture of inclusion through small, but powerful, actions. The festivities were highlighted by this bright and beautiful mural featuring a colorful tree made of individual student handprints.
New This Week
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Find information on the following news, and more, in this week's DISCOVER.

  • LHS Senior Internship Program
  • "Hominid Hunting" at HMS
  • Robotics Reunion
  • Poetry Project
  • School Happenings
  • Parent Program: "Knock, Knock...Got a Minute?"
LHS Senior Internship Program
Livingston High School 12th graders and their families are invited to learn about the new Senior Internship Program at an informational meeting on Wednesday, October 2, at 7 p.m. in the LHS auditorium. This exciting opportunity is available to all seniors who are in good academic standing and on track to graduate in 2020!
Student Matters
Hominid Hunting at Heritage
It was a day of “Happy Hominid Hunting” at Heritage Middle School where social studies teacher Laurie Bisconti helped bring learning to life through a realistic archeological dig. 
At Collins, fifth graders were introduced to their “Kindergarten Buddies!” Shown after the highly anticipated “big reveal” are fifth grader Mason Gordon and kindergartner Drake Risis. Throughout the year, buddies meet for special projects and events.
Fourth graders in Anna Maria Corino’s class at Riker Hill have been working on their map skills! Shown studying a map of the United States are Olivia Brom and Jolene Gelade.
Declan Cox, Madison Lee, and Calven Cheung, second grade students in Alisa Weissman’s class at Harrison, work together on the fundamentals of coding in the media center.
At Burnet Hill, Stephanie Chinni’s class officially opened its First Grade Library! Shown reading the books that they chose are Wyatt Sonners and Jocelyn Lemieux.
MPE students, families and faculty enjoyed a beautiful night at the annual Family Picnic. The event included food, crafts, games, a DJ, an ice cream truck and a lots of fun! Shown playing a game on the playground are Alexis Zweibel, Naomi Steinberg, Ethan Fischer, Sydney Littman, Micayla Fischer, Riley Cagan, Brody Flusser, Korey Ellenbogen, and Adam Finkelstein.
Hillside fifth graders took a trip to Sandy Hook Bay where they learned about seining, a method of fishing using a special net called a "seine." Shown, Pierce Zhao, Zachary Croket, Santino Otero and Brandon Shyu get hands-on (and boots-on!) in the water. 
International Robotics Reunion
Four members of Livingston's Firestorm Robotics caught up with Nisan Ben Hamo, the mayor of Arad Israel, at a special reception earlier this month. The students first met the mayor when they travelled to Israel this past summer to form an international FIRST robotics team with students from the Arad, Israel Phoenix Team. Read more HERE!
"Where They're From..."
Heritage Middle School students made cross-curricular connections through a special poetry project planned by their English Language Arts (ELA) teacher Dr. Dakashna Lang and social studies teacher Laurie Bisconti. In ELA, the students read the poem “Where I’m From” by George Ella Lyon to help them see their uniqueness. In social studies, they read “Human Family” to help them understand their connection to the world.

The teachers team taught a lesson to combine the two ideas. Students wrote poems which illustrated both their unique personalities, and their connection to everyone around them. Learn a little more about where some of our HMS students are from in this video! 
MPMS Students and Staff Members Made Saying "Hello"
a Priority For "Hey Day!" #StartWithHello
Parent Matters
"Knock Knock... Got a Minute?"
"Knock, Knock....Got a Minute? How to Foster Open Communication with Your Child,” a workshop for 6 to 12th grade parents, will be held on Wednesday, October 16, in the Mt. Pleasant Middle School Media Center from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The program, which will be conducted by social studies supervisors Chris Bickel (PreK-6) and Charles Raphael (7-12), will explore scenarios and strategies for parent-teen communicaiton. No registration is needed.
The Dangers of Vaping
Judith Persichilli, NJ's Acting Commissioner of Health and chair of the Governor's Electronic Smoking Device Task Force has shared important resources from a new campaign that aims to raise awareness about the dangers of electronic smoking devices/vaping.
Coffee and Conversation
In an effort to get to know the Livingston community better, Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Matt Block, will be holding four “Coffee with the Superintendent” programs this year. The “Coffee with the Superintendent” programs will provide a forum to inform people about the great things happening within our schools, and for informal conversation with parents and guardians regarding their experiences with and hopes for LPS. Bring your questions, thoughts, and a favorite warm beverage. All are welcome! 

  • Thursday, November 21, 9:30 a.m. Central Office Conference Room

  • Saturday, January 25, 9:00 a.m. Heritage Media Center

  • Thursday, March 12, 7:00 p.m. Harrison Media Center

  • Thursday, April 23, 12:00 p.m. Central Office Conference Room  
Mark Your Calendars!
Check out these important calendar items, including Back-to-School Nights, academic calendars and the grading/reporting schedule!
Find Important Information
LPS invites parents to visit our "Parent Resources" page to find information regarding the Genesis portal, academic calendars, food services, new student registration, transportation, district communications, forms, and more.

In addition, to subscribe to news based on your child's school and your interests, visit our "District Communications" page and sign up for newsletters, e-blasts, and more. 
Parent Academy
Our Parent Academy website is designed to ensure that all resources provided at our events are accessible to all community members. We hope you find these helpful as you engage in your child’s education!
What's On Your Mind?
We're interested in hearing what's on your mind. Share a story. Ask a question. Let us know about your concerns, anything from school safety and security to budget matters. Give a shout out to a special teacher. Talk with the Superintendent or Board of Education. Email your message c/o the Communications and Community Outreach Coordinator.
Lancer Matters
Big L Hall of Fame Brunch
The Big L Club, the official sports booster of Livingston High School, will hold its annual Hall of Fame Brunch on October 13 at 10 a.m. at the Hanover Manor. This year's inductees include:
  • Robert Young 1966
  • Don Julich 1982
  • Chris Peacock 1984
  • Jared Pence 1999
  • Danielle Genovese Wettengel 2006
  • Boys Soccer Team 1972
  • Coach Ed Grasso 1975
Community Matters
UNICO Carnival This Weekend!
Symphony Orchestra Gala

Livingston Public Library:
Take the Survey
The Livingston Public Library wants to hear from you. Whether you are a frequent, infrequent, or even a non-library user, your voice matters! Please participate in this SURVEY to help us revise our strategic plan to guide us through the next three years. Those who submit a survey will be entered for a chance to win an iPad Mini! 
Livingston Fire Department:
Open House Event!
The Livingston Advisory Committee for Disabilities (LACD) offers great programs, free of charge, for people with special needs and their families. See below for more LACD programs!
Shining Stars offers "funtastic programs for exceptional individuals." Learn more HERE!
Employment Opportunities
Playground Aides Needed
Livingston Public Schools is looking to hire early arrival and lunch time playground aids. Do you have a few hours to spare at the beginning or in the middle of the day? Would you enjoy being responsible for the well-being of our students before school in the morning and during their lunch hour? Successful candidates will provide supervision of PreK-5 students both in the school and on the playground. Starting salary begins at $15.50/hour. Download the application, or stop by the Central Office at 11 Foxcroft Drive to pick up an application!
Substitute Nurses
Livingston Public Schools is seeking substitute school nurses. Applicants must hold current license issued by the NJ Board of Nursing as a professional registered nurse (RN) and possess or be eligible for a Substitute Nurse Certificate. CPR/AED certification is required ($200/day). Interested candidates should contact Carolyn Ross at

Substitute Teachers
Livingston Public Schools is seeking substitute teachers ($100/day). Applicants must either possess certification as a teacher in New Jersey or a substitute certificate. 

For more information, please visit our website,, or contact Annette Ferreira at  
Crossing Guards
The Township of Livingston continues to look for crossing guards for its many posts throughout town. Crossing guards provide an important service to our students, helping them navigate the streets around our schools safely each day. Click HERE for application.
DISCOVER is the e-newsletter from Livingston Public Schools with stories about students, teachers, and programs, and news about recent accomplishments and awards.