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June 14, 2018

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Referendum update
Summer 2018 plans include work on the modulars at all four elementary schools and the vestibules at Slackwood, Lawrence Middle School, Eldridge Park, and Lawrence Intermediate School. Bids were issued to general contractors for these projects. We rejected all bids as they came in too high, largely due to the cost of metal increasing 60%. We will go out to bid again and will reissue them to window contractors specifically. 

Business Administrator Tom Eldridge reported this information at the June 13, 2018 Board of Education meeting.
Distracted driving demo
Historically, Lawrence High School (LHS), in conjunction with our local police department and emergency responders, holds a distracted driving demonstration the morning of the prom. The demo is strikingly realistic and is meant to encourage good decisions and safe driving. 

After the program involving the cars and accident, a courtroom scene, complete with distraught "parents" of injured or deceased children and attorneys, is conducted in the LHS auditorium. We are especially appreciative of the coordinated efforts of our township police and emergency responders for providing visuals of the seriousness of distracted driving.  View a video of the June 8 demo here.
LHS young filmmakers honored at film festival
Four Lawrence High School (LHS) freshman received awards at the 2018 New Jersey Young Filmmakers Festival on June 9 at Thomas Edison National Historic Park in West Orange, NJ.
Lillian Carpinelli won 2nd place in Animation for her short animation, "Horns," while Eesha Ali, Mariya Peudova and Lily Westbrook-Shingler received an Honorable Mention in Animation for their stop motion animation "Making a Snack." Both films were shown to attendees as part of the festival. Winners were awarded a certificate along and a 2018 New Jersey Young Filmmakers Festival logo t-shirt.
The videos were produced as part of an assignment in Carly Kutsup's Intro to Videography class at LHS.
Watch "Horns." 
Watch "Making a Snack." 
Lillian Carpinelli
L-R: Mariya Pedova, Eesha Ali, 
Lily Westbrook-Shingler
The NJ Young Filmmakers' Festival is a project of the Thomas Edison Media Arts Consortium. It provides young filmmakers, who either live in or attend school in the State of NJ, the opportunity to exhibit work and have it evaluated by prominent representatives in the field of media arts. Since its inception, the purpose of the festival has been to recognize, celebrate, and encourage emerging young talent in New Jersey, the state in which Thomas Edison first developed the motion picture.
District harassment, intimidation and bullying (HIB) grades
The New Jersey Department of Education requires that individual schools and districts complete a self-assessment to evaluate how well they implemented the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act during the previous school year.  View the official report from the State of New Jersey.
LTPS music students attend NJMEA Music Technology Expo
Vidyadhari Vedula (left) won the Top Prize in Original Composition - Intermediate Category for her composition "Fusion."
Thanks to a grant from the Lawrence Township Education Foundation (LTEF), a handful of 
Lawrence Middle School (LMS) and Lawrenceville Elementary School (LES) music students attended the New Jersey Music Educators Association (NJMEA) Music Technology Expo. Each student submitted original compositions and loop based songs that received feedback and scores on their composition s.

Congratulations to the following LMS medal winners on their composition ratings!

Gold: Leanne Griffiths, Mahir Majid, Nolan Lavelle, Prajna Karmaker, Richa Narahari, Vidyadhari Vedula, Angelica Vellore, Isabelle Nicolas, Grace Zhang

Silver: Aarushi Attray, Natalia Williams, Richa Narahari, Heaven Juarez, Sofia Garcia, Antonio Pirone, Elias Johnson, Janhavi Palkar

Bronze: Lucas D'Apice, Rohan Tadisetty, Alexandra Perez, Hayden Clark, Bryan Pan


Congratulations to the following LES medal winners on their composition ratings!

Gold: Angad Bhullar

Silver: Alexis Audet, Evangeline Borsuk, Anushka Bhatia, Anthony Capell

Bronze: Arwa Ali, Patrick Mcnamara, Joaquin Zapata, Rory Laubach, Cole Settimi


Angad Bhullar (photo left) won the Top Prize in the Covers/Loop Based/Remixes Category - Elementary Level.

LMS and LES music students with music teachers Melissa Clark and Daniel Beal
Other LTPS News
Sophomore Academy Service Project
Attention Class of 2021 families: All Lawrence High School (LHS) sophomores must complete the Sophomore Academy Service Project. Freshmen  will receive the service project assignment from their English teacher within the next few days.  Students may begin volunteering as soon as the school year ends. Parents should please ask their children to share the service project details with you. Email if you  have questions.
LHS Football Community Flea Market & Car Wash
The Lawrence High School (LHS) Football Booster Club will hold a Community Flea Market & Car Wash on Saturday, June 16 at LHS. For more event information, contact Sharon Roman at See flyer .
Class of 2021 fundraisers
Support the Lawrence High School (LHS) Class of 2021 by participating in these end of the year fundraisers.
June 18 - End of Year Pool Party at Ben Franklin Swim Club from 7-9:30 p.m. Admission is $5/person. The rain date is June 19.
June 21 - Captain Paul's Firehouse Dogs. Bring this flyer to Captain Paul's from 12-7 p.m. and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Class of 2021.
Project Graduation - LHS Class of 2018
Project Graduation is an all night celebration at LHS on June 20, sponsored by parents and community members for seniors to have a safe, fun, drug- and alcohol-free graduation party. Learn more here.
LTPS-TV This Weekend

Saturday and Sunday, June 16-17 LTPS-TV will broadcast six new programs on Comcast Channel 19 and Verizon Channel 37 in Lawrence Township:
LHS Senior Awards Night recorded 5/31/18 (approximately 2 hours 6 minutes)
8:30AM, 4PM & 9:30PM
Lawrence High School seniors receive awards.
LHS Gospel Choir Reunion Concert recorded 6/2/18 (approximately 1 hour 24 minutes)
7AM, 12:30PM & 8PM
Lawrence High School presents an evening of Gospel music.
SW Recorder Concert recorded 6/6/18 (approximately 14 minutes)
6:36AM, 12:06PM & 7:36PM
Slackwood School third graders perform a concert using recorders.
EP Zoo Tunes recorded 6/1/18 (approximately 21 minutes)
5:30AM, 11AM & 6:30PM
Eldridge Park kindergarten students perform an end of the year concert.
LHS Cardinal Sports Center recorded 6/7/18 (approximately 17 minutes)
10:36AM, 6:06PM & 11:36PM
Lawrence High School student Sabur Tahir presents episode 1 of a program recapping the LHS Spring Sports season. This episode features interviews with members of the Boys Lacrosse Team and the Golf Team.
LMS Spring Choral Concert recorded 6/7/18 (approximately 46 minutes)
6AM, 11:30AM & 7PM
Vocal musicians at Lawrence Middle School perform an end of the year 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
Music in the Park!
Enjoy free outdoor concerts at Weeden Park every Thursday at 7PM from 6/21-8/23, presented by Lawrenceville Main Street. See flyer for details.
LSA Summer Pool Party
Lawrenceville Swimming Association (LSA) is hosting a Summer Pool Party on June 22 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Non-members are welcome! See flyer.
Family Yoga Class
Join certified yoga instructor Jen Baldassari for a yoga experience for families with children from 2 1/2 to 8 years old on Saturday, June 16 from 12-1PM at the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville. 
Princeton University Summer Chamber Concerts
Enjoy free chamber music programs at Princeton University's Richardson Auditorium featuring world-renowned ensembles. All concerts are FREE and free tickets can be ordered one week in advance through the University's ticketing system here.

For more information about the programs, visit
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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