DISCOVER
Livingston Public Schools
Empowering all to learn, create, contribute and grow.
Featured Photo: "Back in the Building!"
OPEN DOORS ARE LIKE OPEN ARMS... and our buildings have never been so happy!! LPS welcomed back Pre K-2 students and students in our self-contained Special Education program today for in-person hybrid learning.
New This Week
  • Board Meeting Tonight
  • Coffee with the Superintendent, Sept. 30
  • Livingston PBA Donates Masks
  • National Merit Scholarship Semi-Finalists
  • Ethan Chang Earns Music Honors
  • Middle School GT Art Applications Are Due Oct. 5
  • Subscription Bussing Refunds
  • Substitute Teachers Wanted
Board Matters
September 21, 2020 Board of Education Meeting
The Board of Education will hold a public meeting tonight, Monday, September 21, at 8 p.m.

Due to the current health crisis, we will continue to hold Board of Education meetings virtually until further notice. Meetings will be held in a webinar format during which participants will have the ability to ask questions and make comments. Registration is required. Meetings will be livestreamed on Facebook @LivSchools.
UPDATED PUBLIC COMMENT GUIDELINES:
Members of the public attending Board of Education meetings are permitted to voice their opinions on school-related topics at specified times during the meeting. Our goal is to maintain the formality, decorum and efficiency of our meetings in their current remote format. Therefore, we will adhere to the following guidelines.

  • Those who wish to participate in the meeting may do so by registering for the webinar.
  • Once in the webinar, those who wish to speak must raise their hand virtually and, when called on, must state their name and address for the record. Each speaker will have three minutes to address the Board. A timer will be displayed on the screen.  
  • The Board will hear all comments and will respond accordingly.

Please note that we will no longer be accepting questions and/or comments for Board meetings via email. In addition, the Board will not be communicating through the livestream comments on Facebook or through any means of virtual communication within the webinar. 

Emailed feedback and questions are always welcome and will be shared with the appropriate party for review: 
  • Remote Learning feedback and questions may be sent to LPSVirtual@livingston.org.
  • General feedback and questions may be sent to TellUs@livingston.org. 
District Matters
Coffee and Conversation
Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Matt Block, will hold a “Coffee with the Superintendent” event on Wednesday, September 30, from 5 to 6 p.m. (weather permitting) at the Gazebo on the Memorial Park Oval. Bring your questions, thoughts, a favorite warm beverage… and a lawn chair! All are welcome.
Mask Donation
A big SHOUT OUT and THANK YOU to the Livingston PBA for donating 5,000 washable cloth masks to Livingston Public Schools! The masks were given to the PBA by FEMA as part of “Project: America Strong,” a federal initiative to distribute masks to help slow the spread of COVID-19.
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Technology Help
As we enter the new school year remotely, we understand how important it is for you to get your technical issues addressed quickly. Please complete our new "Remote Learning Help Desk Request Form" with the required information and a technician will reach out to you to provide assistance.
Student Matters
National Merit Semi-Finalists
Sixteen Livingston High School students were named among the approximately 16,000 semi-finalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Kevin Chen, Ethan Dcosta, Aditya Desai, Joyce He, Jared Hershey, Rachelle Hu, Divyank Jain, Jesse Li, Carolyn Meng, Leo Stepanewk, Hannah Swee, Edward Wang, Nicholas Wang, Kasey Wei, Rosa Xia, and Lucy Xu have advanced in the competition.

These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semi-finalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. Over 90 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and more than half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title!
Ethan Chang Takes First Place
Livingston High School senior Ethan Chang took the top spot in the New Jersey Wind Symphony's Youth Soloist Competition. He is the principal clarinetist in the LHS Wind Symphony, as well as a member of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra (NJSO) Academy Orchestra, Region I Orchestra, and the NYYS Chamber Music Program.
Art Matters
Applications Due by Oct. 5
Livingston Public Schools offers a Gifted and Talented (GT) Art Program for middle school students. The program is designed to give students who qualify for admission the opportunity to further develop their creative ability and artistic skills. This program is for students who will be in grades 6, 7 and 8 during the 2020-2021 school year.

Registration for this program is now open. Enrollment is on line and done electronically. Parents will need a Google account to access the application or they can log in as their child to view the site. Students previously enrolled, do not have to apply again. All applications must be submitted no later than Monday October 5, 2020.
School Matters
SAVE THE DATE:
Back-to-School Nights
Mark your calendars for this school year's Back-to-School Nights! Time and additional details will be sent directly to parents from their respective schools.
Check out your school's web page for important information!
Parent Matters
Subscription Bussing Refunds
Due to the pandemic and uncertainty of when students will be brought back to school for in-person learning, the district will not be offering subscription bussing at this time. Refund checks were mailed out to parents who already paid for subscription busing for this school year. If circumstances change and the district is able to offer subscription bussing later in the school year, parents will be notified to apply and submit a new check at that time.
PHOTOS WANTED!
Let's stay connected! Have a great pic of your child engaging in Remote/Hybrid Learning? We would love to share photos of our students' Remote/Hybrid Learning experience in upcoming newsletters and on the district's social media pages, as well as with local media outlets. Please send photos, including the name, school and grade of your child, to mbent@livingston.org.
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Remote Learning Feedback
We are interested in hearing your Remote Learning feedback. Please send your remote learning comments, questions and observations to LPSVirtual@livingston.org. General feedback should be sent to TellUs@livingston.org.
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Staff Matters
#SimplyTheBestLPS
Check out @LivSchoolsTEAM on Twitter where we highlight LPS employees and careers! From job postings, to new hires, to retirements, the @LivSchoolsTEAM Twitter feed is the place to keep up with staff-related happenings!
Community Matters
Feel Good with LivWell 07039!
LivWell 07039, a community led wellness initiative to benefit Livingston students, faculty and staff (both public, private and home schooled students grades K-12), is excited to offer over 30 free "feel good" classes to the Livingston community.

Click HERE to learn more and review a list of FREE Fall classes.
Livingston Public Library
The Livingston Public Library has something for everyone! Visit its website to learn more about library news, departments, programs and services!
"Voice of Democracy" Contest
Livingston Post 2856 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and its Auxiliary are inviting high school students to compete in the 2020-2021 Voice of Democracy audio essay competition. The deadline to enter is October 31, 2020. Click the link for more information.
DISCOVER is the e-newsletter from Livingston Public Schools with stories about students, teachers, and programs, and news about recent accomplishments and awards.