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Community and Livingston Public School Updates

The Alternative Press Staff, LPS

Monday, March 31, 2014 • 6:55am

LIVINGSTON, NJ – Each week, Manager of Communications/Community Outreach for Livingston Public Schools, Marilyn Joyce Lehren, sends out a newsletter highlighting school news. Last week was no different, except instead of sharing photos and news about events that happened in the schools, the newsletter was chock full of the following important school and community information, which TAP Livingston is sharing with the community.

 

IMPORTANT SCHOOL UPDATES/DATES

2-4-6 Rotation Days for Snow Make-Up Days

The elementary rotation days during the April make-up snow days for Monday-Wednesday, April 14, 15 and 16 will be Day 2, Day 4 and Day 6 in that order for art, media, music, physical education, and world language.

Kindergarten Orientation for Parents

Parents of incoming kindergarten students are invited to an informational meeting at 7 p.m., on Monday, March 31, at Mt. Pleasant Middle School, which is located at 11 Broadlawn Drive.

Update on PARCC Exams

The field testing of the new PARCC examinations, which is named after the consortium of states that make up the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career, was completed last week in some Livingston classrooms.

The dry run was a critical trial for the new online exams tied to the Common Core State Standards. A full launch is planned for 2015.

New Jersey had more students than any other state taking the practice tests, with more than 7,000 students sitting for the tests a day—as much as a fifth of the daily nationwide total.

To read a recent PARCC article in TAP Livingston click HERE.

LHS to Host College Fair

A College and Career Fair will be held at 7:30 p.m., on Tuesday, April 8, at Livingston High School. The event will provide information about admission and financial aid requirements, college life and the college selection process. Representatives from more than 150 colleges, universities and vocational/technical schools will be attending. See a list of participating schools by clicking HERE.

 

BOE NEWS

Tentative School Spending Plan Approved

The Livingston Board of Education (BOE) has approved a tentative $108.9 million school spending plan, a budget that falls below state limits on annual growth, maintains existing programs and funds curriculum initiatives. It has been submitted to the Executive County Superintendent of Schools for further examination.

A public hearing and final vote is scheduled for 7 p.m. on April 28 at Collins Elementary School.

  • See details of the tentative budget by clicking HERE.
  • See the Superintendent's blog by clicking HERE.
  • To read the TAP Livingston article click HERE.

Interested in Serving on the School Board?

Prospective candidates interested in running for the Livingston Board of Education (BOE) must file a nominating petition by July 28 with the Office of the Essex County Clerk. The election is Tuesday, November 4.

Email Joann Goldberg, jgoldberg@livingston.org, administrative assistant to the LPS business administrator, to receive a copy of the official county petition form.

The New Jersey School Boards Association provides valuable information on the role of board members, time commitments, legal requirements, as well as a candidate kit. Learn more by clicking HERE.

 

COMMUNITY REGISTRATION NEWS

Click HERE to see community news regarding: Junior Lancers and Cheerleading Registration, Registration for NY Giants Football Camp, and The Citizens Institute.

Junior Forensic Tournament Registration

Middle school students are invited to participate in the Lancer Junior Invitational on Saturday, April 26. This open tournament, held at Livingston High School, will consist of competition in Oratorical Declamation and Interpretive Reading (prose or poetry).

The competition is open to students in Grades 7-8 (Varsity division) and Grades 5-6 (JV division). The first round will begin at 9 a.m. Email msunga@livingston.org for information. Register by clicking HERE.

 

AWARDS

Math Supervisor Recognized for Leadership

Supervisor of Mathematics, K-12, for Livingston Public Schools, Karen Seiferheld, will be receiving the Outstanding Professional Achievement in Administrative Leadership from The College of Education and Human Services at Montclair State University.

Heritage Wins Top Honors in Math, Science Competition

A seventh grade team from Heritage Middle School took first place in the Test of Engineering Aptitude, Math and Science competition. The students, taught by technology teacher Kenneth Zushma, were Tina Li, Helen Yang, Catherine Zhang, Soo Yeon Lee, Yelin Yao, and Jennifer Zheng. The theme for this year’s event at The College of New Jersey was “Engineering Tomorrow’s Cities.”

 

GIVING BACK

Career Clothing Drive

A Career Clothing Drive, co-sponsored by the Livingston Youth and Community Services (LYCS) Leaders, Heritage Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Leaders, Mount Pleasant Middle School Student Council and the Livingston High School Key Club is being held from March 31—April 11, for The Covenant House in Newark, NJ, a non-profit organization that has been helping “at risk” and homeless children with outreach and advocacy services since 1989. It helps youths develop their potentials as leaders and positive role models within their communities. For more information, call 973-931-8863.

Click HERE for details and to read the TAP Livingston article).

World Autism Awareness Day

World Autism Awareness Day is on April 2, and all students and faculty at Livingston Public Schools are encouraged to wear blue for the day. According to the Autism Speaks website, World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD), celebrated on April 2 annually, was adopted by the United Nations in 2007 to shine a bright light on autism as a growing global health crisis. WAAD activities increase and develop world knowledge of the autism crisis and impart information regarding the importance of early diagnosis and early intervention. Additionally, WAAD celebrates the unique talents and skills of persons with autism and is a day when individuals with autism are warmly welcomed and embraced in community events around the globe. Autism is one of only three health issues to be recognized by the United Nations with its own day.

New Jersey has the nation’s highest rate of autism among children, with 1 in 45 having the spectrum of disorders, according to new data released by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Learn more by clicking HERE.

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