100 Days and Counting

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Students in Livingston Public Schools celebrated their 100th day of school, though you’re never too sure exactly when that day will fall, especially with unexpected days off for snow or – like this year – a hurricane.

Luckily, we have kindergarten students keeping track, counting off by ones from the first day of school when 100 days seems a long way off, then learning to count by fives, and then as the weeks slip by ones, and fives and tens, with Zero the Hero, a kindergarten teachers’ favorite superhero, introducing the idea of place value.
 
“To a kindergartner, 100 is the biggest number in the world,” said Julie Bachrach, a teacher at Burnet Hill, who celebrated the 100th day milestone as Burnet Hill’s Teacher of the Year.
 
It was the same across town, where Jeannie Murray-Connell at Harrison strummed her guitar along with the “100 Day Song” she wrote 15 years ago. Altogether, Mrs. Connell, another Teacher of the Year, has celebrated 100 Days with 29 different classes.
 
From the teachers counting to 100 with the young learners to high school students learning Chinese, you can meet all the Teachers of the Year for Livingston Public Schools by clicking here. On Monday night, March 4, nine teachers will be singled out as innovators and leaders for representing the mission of Livingston Public Schools, with LHS World Language teacher Lucy Lee selected to represent Livingston Public Schools at the county level.
 
Thanks to our kindergarteners, we know the 100th day fell on the day we returned to school from Winter Break. "You're one hundred days smarter!" my friend daughter’s Grace told her sister. Or as my niece Natalie at Hillside reported, “100 days mean school is almost over and summer is almost here. Only 80 more to go!”
 
Only 80 more, but 80 more packed with learning, creating, contributing and growing. Already students are geared up for Read Across America, with Dr. Seuss-inspired Thing 1 and Thing 2 ruling the school and a principal who dyed her hair blue.
 
And while September may seem a far way off, we’re getting ready to welcome the LHS Class of 2026. Parents of incoming kindergarteners can learn the ABCs of what to expect at Livingston Public Schools at an orientation meeting for parents at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 5, at the Heritage Middle School auditorium.
 
Parents have been registering students into the LHS Class of 2026 (can you believe?)  at the Central Office of Livingston Public Schools. Call our Registrar Amy Ennis to schedule an appointment at 973-535-8000, ext. 8002.
 
IN THE SCHOOLS

Meet Our Teachers of the Year: We all know that teachers matter, and Livingston honors the very best. (See a slide show of photos by clicking here).

Celebrating 100 Days: Kindergarten students count in a variety of ways to mark a milestone. (See a slide show of photos by clicking here).
 
 Kids Get Physical on Whittle: Obstacle course provides workouts for physical and mental challenges.

LHS Artists Featured in Multi-Media Exhibit: Students’ work is selected by duCret School of Art.

At Cycle for Survival, Kindness and Respect: Riders representing Livingston Public Schools give a lesson on ‘K & R’ and giving. (See a slide show of photos by clicking here.)
 
Gifted and Talented: Harrison Elementary student Rachelle Hu will be awarded a first place in the NJ Association for Gifted Children Art Competition, and Heritage Middle School student Brittaney Gui will receive a second place honor in the Writing Contest at the group’s annual conference next weekend.
 
COMMUNITY
 
 
Children with Special Needs: Winter Sports Clinic. Livingston Advisory Committee for Disabilities (LACD) is sponsoring a whiffle ball clinic on Sunday, March 3.

 Environmental Film Series: Film festival features 'The Lorax,' the Dr. Seuss classic about protecting our trees and the environment.

SCHOOL VOTE

Livingston voters will go to the polls on Tuesday, March 12 to decide on a referendum for school construction projects. If approved, the referendum will fund the creation of three new elementary school media centers and 14 elementary school classrooms, as well as the completion of ADA accommodations at Livingston High School. These improvements would:
 
  • Add more space to our elementary school buildings which have been operating at 100 percent capacity and have one-third of kindergarten, first grade and second grade classrooms above guideline student enrollment levels. This would reduce our reliance on soft-borders, reduce class sizes and provide the flexibility to meet the demands of future enrollment increases expected from planned housing developments.
  • Bring parity to our elementary schools by creating modern media centers in three buildings currently saddled with 1950s libraries.  The new media centers, like their counterparts in the other three elementary schools, would have sufficient space for large group instruction and access to technology.
  • Provide the space needed to house new in-district special education programs to be developed over time.
  • Bring entire Livingston High School complex to compliance with federal law regarding accommodations for disabled Americans.
Learn more on the Districts’ website – including answered to your questions -- by clicking here.
 You will also find news on the referendum and a video was produced at the LHS television studios for an inside look at the schools to help voters be fully informed when going to the polls on March 12.  See the video by clicking here.

 

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