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May 18, 2017

School is in session on Friday, May 26, as a make-up day for the March 14 snow day.

The next Board of Education meeting is Wednesday, May 24 at Ben Franklin Elementary. The public portion of the meeting begins at 7PM.
Top Stories from LTPS
LHS filmmakers win animated film award
"Chasing Love," a film creation of Lawrence High School (LHS) students Allen Augustin, Justice Divine-Allah,  Eva Frank, Emily Mah and Aaron Misiolek, received the Animation-2nd Prize for the 43rd Annual New Jersey Young Filmmakers' Festival 2017. The film was part of a stop motion animation assignment in the LHS Introduction to Videography class taught by Carly Kutsup.
The award winning film is about a young girl who is kidnapped while in the park with her boyfriend. A high speed chase takes place during which the boyfriend follows the kidnapper. The chase ends in a car crash and the girl is rescued. 
Students will receive their award at the opening night of the NJ Young Filmmakers' Festival Premiere on June 10, 2017 at the Thomas Edison National Historical Park in West Orange, NJ. Enjoy the film here!
Ionescu wins bookmark contest
Maia Ionescu, Lawrence Intermediate School (LIS) 4th grader, won 1st place in the Mercer County Safe Routes to School bookmark contest!  Maia's bookmark will be distributed to libraries in the Central Jersey area; in addition each student in her class will receive a bookmark. This county-wide contest is run by Greater Mercer Transportation Management Authority.

Photo L-R: Amy Amiet, LIS assistant principal, Maia Ionescu, Ian Henderson, Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Jessica Heller, 4th grade House Leader
LMS students to represent NJ at national competition
Lawrence Middle School (LMS) students attended 
the New Jersey National History Day (NHD) competition at William Patterson University on May 6. This year's theme is "Taking a Stand in History." Congratulations to the following 8th grade award winners who qualified to compete at National History Day at the University of Maryland, June 12-15. LMS has more entries in the national competition than any other NJ middle school!
  • Kaia Dyckman & Annie Yao (Group Exhibit): "Belva Lockwood: Her Stand for Women's Suffrage"
  • Suraj Kura & Eric Maest (Group Website ): "Spying in Secrecy: The Culper Spy Ring's Stand Against the British"
  • Sarah DeFalco, Jordan Pelovitz, & Madeline Weeks  (Group Performance): "Bombs from Broomsticks: Soviet Night Witches Took a Stand During World War II"
  LMS also won 5 special prizes, more than any other middle school!
  • Matthew Duncan received a $250 prize from the New Jersey Historical Commission for the best African American research for his documentary: "Black Hair: Taking a Stand for Heritage and Revolution." Additionally, a representative of the NJ Department of Education has indicated plans to arrange for Matthew to present his project at the annual summer Curriculum Institutes at Kean University and Rowan University this summer!
  • Suraj Kura & Eric Maest received a prize from the Washington/Rochambeau National Society.
  • Arjun Agarwal & John Weaver received 3 prizes from the Washington/Rochambeau National Society, the North Jersey American Revolution Round Table, and from the Daughters of the American Revolution for their documentary: "The Ten Day Stand that Defined a Free Country" (Washington's stand during the Battles of Trenton and Princeton).
Priscilla Taylor, LMS gifted and talented specialist for grades 7 & 8, is the NHD mentor. Ms. Taylor recently earned accolades herself as she was named "Outstanding Teacher of the Year" for New Jersey History Day at the middle school level! As her congratulatory letter stated: Your commitment to students and to the National History Day program is exemplary. You go above and beyond on behalf of your students ensuring that they not only develop skills essential for future success, but also have authentic experiences conducting interviews, etc. that are life changing.

Ms. Taylor will accompany studentsd to the national competition in June.
LMS students tackle world issues at Model UN
The Lawrence Middle School (LMS) Model UN Club recently competed in the 12th Annual  International Middle School Model UN Conference held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Along with 22 students from LMS, there were over a 1200 students, from over 100 schools in different 10 countries, including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, Turkey, Israel, Ghana, China, and Japan in attendance.
The club represented two countries this year, Singapore and Seychelles, and served on several UN committees, such as the Food and Agriculture Organization, Disarmament and International Security Committee, International Labor Organization, and the Social Humanitarian and Cultural Committee. The committees tackled world problems and worked together to come up with resolutions for major world issues, including protecting world heritage sites, human experimentation, the use of GMOs, and the threat of transnational organized crime.
Matthew Duncan (L) and Abhishek Iyer (R) won Best Position Paper in the Food and Agricultural Organization Committee for their essay on how to deal with the use, production, and trade of GMOs.

Arjun Agarwal (L) and Eric Maest (R) won Best Position Paper in the General Assembly Committee for their essay on the protection of online identity and fundamental human rights.

Additional club members are: Jacob Abrams, Yumna Adeel, Emet Baria, Riddhi Bharj, Lina Chihoub, Rohan Dash, Joviana Duhaney, Yulia Gu, Shiamak Kalwachwala, Kirti Menon, Dylan Morris, Hadi Raza, Ayla Rios, Bhavya Sahay, Amritha Sypereddi, Rohan Vanaparthi, John Weaver, and Madeline Weeks . LMS Social Studies teacher Dan Christel is the club advisor.
Phelan takes 1st in wildlife conservation contest
LIS 5th grader Emma Phelan won 1st place in the Mercer County Species on the Edge Competition! 

Emma researched the Indiana Bat and then submitted an essay and painting on this endangered species. There were over 2,500 entries in the competition, which was hosted by Conserve Wildlife NJ.

Photo L-R: Amy Van Treuren, 5th grade teacher, Emma Phelan, and Maureen Hayes, instructional supervisor
Other LTPS News
Habit Burger Grill Fundraiser
Bring this flyer to the Habit Burger Grill on May 23 from 4:30-9:30 p.m. and 20% of your receipt will help support the family of Asma Rashdi, teacher at LES, in their fight against cystic fibrosis.
LTPS-TV This Weekend

This Saturday and Sunday, May 20-21 LTPS-TV will broadcast four new programs on Comcast Channel 19 and Verizon Channel 37 in Lawrence Township:
LHS Boys Varsity Lacrosse recorded 5/4/17 (approximately 1 hour 11 minutes)
6:30AM, 11AM & 7:30PM
Lawrence takes on Ewing at home on the new turf stadium field.
Lawrence Diversity/Cultural Festival recorded 5/7/17 (approximately 1 hour 35 minutes)
4PM & 10:30PM
The Lawrence Township Human Relations Committee presents a Diversity and Cultural Festival at Lawrence High School.
LHS Varsity Softball recorded 5/12/17 (approximately 1 hour 14 minutes)
8AM, 12:30PM & 9PM
Lawrence takes on Princeton Day School at Lawrence High School. The outcome of this game was decided by the final pitch!
LHS Instrumental Music Concert recorded 5/16/17 (approximately 1 hour 22 minutes)
5AM, 9:30AM & 6PM
Lawrence High School Instrumental Musicians perform their annual Spring Concert.
LTPS-TV will also be showing past favorites.

Missed a program on LTPS-TV? Many of our recent programs can be seen on YouTube at the LTPSRewind channel.
Community Programs
Lawrence Community Center Upcoming Programs
Register now for exciting programs, including summer camps, coming up at the Lawrence Community Center! See flyers for details:
Unpacking Whiteness Weekly Conversation
Mercer County Wildlife Center Summer Program
Attention kids ages 5-8: Get up close and personal with live wildlife at the Mercer County Wildlife Center this summer! 
From the NJDOE:
Many Paths, One Future Career Awareness Day
The New Jersey Department of Education's (NJDOE) Office of Career Readiness, in collaboration with Kean University, will hold the Many Paths, One Future Career
Awareness event on June 7, 2017, from 4-7PM at the New Jersey Center for Science, Technology & Mathematics in Union, New Jersey. This event is open to parents of middle and high school students. See flyer to register before deadline of May 30.
Lawrence Township Education Foundation
Thank a teacher with an A.P.P.L.E. from the Lawrence Township Education Foundation (LTEF) at .
Lawrence Township Recreation Department
See what's happening at the Lawrence Township Recreation Department.
Lawrenceville Main Street
Check out what's coming up at Lawrenceville Main Street.

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