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August 20, 2014 at 6:55 AM

LIVINGSTON, NJ - It was the first day of school on Monday, Aug. 18 for 45 new hires who are learning everything it takes to be a teacher in Livingston. 

At the top of the list is energy and enthusiasm to greet every day the nearly “6,000 good reasons to be here,” said Jim O’Neill, the Interim Superintendent of Schools. 

When schools open on Thursday, Sept. 4 the first-year teachers will have already prepped on the challenging issues in education, including academic demands, a new model for evaluations, and laws surrounding special education and HIB (harassment, intimidation or bullying). 

“There are many reasons to be intimidated or concerned about what the next 10 months hold,” O’Neill said, “but there are about 6,000 reasons to move into your teaching responsibilities with eagerness, enthusiasm and determination.”

“I have always believed that there will be students in your class with whom you are uniquely qualified to make a connection – a life changing connection,” O’Neill said. “If you believe in them when no one else does, than that student will be a different person for one reason – you were his teacher during the 2014-2015 school year.”
Schools Ready to Plug In

Students will be working on new laptops and Chromebooks this school year as part of a technology push at Livingston Public Schools.

The District is spending $1.1 million to purchase the new technology, part of the significant progress made over the summer by a team of administrators, teachers and parents to develop a fuller technology vision for Livingston students. The efforts resulted in a new vision statement: “Technology opens pathways to explore, innovate, and collaborate to cultivate globally aware citizens.”

The committee has also prepared a detailed report of skills our 21st Century learners should possess, and the framework for establishing an action plan of both short and long-term goals.

“We look forward to the continuation of this process, as we work together and move forward our vision,” O’Neill said.

Read the full story by clicking HERE.

What You Need to do is Just a Click Away

Our Genesis Parent Portal is the online technology the District utilizes to communicate with parents. 

Teacher assignments for Grades K-8 and middle school schedules will be available by clicking HERE after 3 p.m. on Wednesday, August 20. High school schedules have already been posted.

You’ll be using Genesis throughout the year to review your child's attendance, report card grades, and open grade book. It’s important that every family log into the system to review and update contact information for emergencies and District messages. You will also be asked to complete District forms. Email questions

15,000 Books Help Fight Summer Slide 

Take that, summer slide: Kids and teens turned the pages of 15,000 books over the past six weeks as part of the Livingston Public Library’s summer reading program.

With more than 700 children registered, the innovative program sponsored by the library’s Friends put every genre from picture books to teen novels in the hands of students. And that’s just where their teachers want them.

“It is wonderful seeing so many youngsters keep up their reading over the summer and taking advantage of your wonderful presentations, performances, and book discussions,” the District said a letter of thanks to the library staff. “Access to books and library programs over the summer results in more reading which, in turn, results in improved reading skills. Your efforts are helping children stay academically sharp for the next school year. “

Read the full story by clicking HERE.

LHS Moves Up on NJ Monthly List

Livingston High School ranks among the best public high schools in the state, according to this year’s ranking from New Jersey Monthly magazine. 

LHS moved up to No. 16, from 24 in the previous list of the Top 100 (published in September 2012).

Livingston High School is pleased to see its rankings rise in this latest list, said Mark Stern, who starts his fourth year as principal at LHS.

“While these rankings are an encouraging acknowledgement of our continued achievements, it is the commitment to our schools, K-12, from our community paired with the motivation of our student body and the dedication to best practice in instruction and learning of our teachers and administrators, and the organization of our support staff over the years that make Livingston High School special,” Stern said.

Read the full story by clicking HERE.

Changes on the Board of Education

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Former board members and educators Ronnie Ferber Konner and Ronnie Spring have been selected to fill two vacancies on the Livingston Board of Education.

Konner retired last June as a teacher of Spanish. She previously served three terms and twice served as president. Spring has recent experience on the school board, including serving as board president. He is a school administrator.

The board interviewed six candidates for the positions vacated when Leslie Winograd and Dr. David Jasin resigned due to personal reasons.

Read the full story by clicking HERE.


Back-to-school nights will be Sept. 9 for LHS, Sept. 10 for Heritage, Sept. 16 for Mt. Pleasant Elementary, Sept. 17 for Collins and Harrison, Sept. 18 for Mt. Pleasant Middle, Sept. 23 for Hillside and Riker Hill, and Oct. 2 for Burnet Hill.

The Livingston Education Foundation will honor the newest members of the LHS Hall of Fame -- Dr. Shiva Ayyadurai, Charles Bendit, Laurence Fieber, Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum, along with LEAD Award Recipients Jim Ransegnola and Don Schwartz -- onFriday, Oct. 10. Learn more about all the Homecoming events by clicking HERE.


Pig Roast Pep Rally: The Lancers’ athletics season kicks off with a Pig Roast and BBQ on Monday, Aug. 25, at 4 p.m. in the LHS cafeteria. Sponsored by the LHS Football Parent’s Association. Let them know you’re coming by Aug. 19. Learn more by clicking HERE


Looking ahead to 2015-2016
, the Board of Education has approved that academic calendar. Click HERE to view the academic calendars.

Find all our parent resources on the District’s website by clicking HERE.

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