Stalling the Summer Slide

School construction at Livingston Public Schools. Credits: LPS

Summer is certainly a refreshing break from homework and exams, but for some students, giving their brains a break can mean that learning they’ve gained this school year can slip away.
Livingston students will return to school on Thursday, Sept. 4.

Increasingly educators see these coming weeks as an opportunity to stall the summer slide that research shows is all but inevitable. Forgetting certain academic skills and information is part of summer and usually is overcome quickly in the fall. But some teachers say it can take up to a month to re-teach the lost skills.
There are many opportunities in the coming weeks to bolster the material that all students, including strong performers and struggling students, learn throughout the year, including taking the time to visit museums, participating in enrichment classes, and simply picking up a book.

You can find a suggested summer reading list by ability for elementary school students on the District’s website by clicking HERE.

Learn more about the transition to middle school by clicking HERE.

And find high school summer assignments by clicking HERE.

About 85 students are participating in the District’s extended school year program to support their learning and retention of skills throughout the summer holidays. High school students volunteered on a recent summer morning to help the students tie-dye shirts. Students are receiving academic instruction as well as related services.

Foundations for Learning
Summer construction is on track for new media centers at Livingston Public Schools. Footings have been poured and crews are working during the students’ summer break. The construction project will continue throughout the school year. The elementary school expansion includes building new media centers at Collins, Riker Hill, and Harrison, and transforming the current space into classrooms. Classrooms will be added at Burnet Hill and Hillside. Work will also bring full ADA compliance to the older portion of Livingston High School.

Register Online for LHS Fall Athletics
All LHS students who plan on participating in a fall 2014 sport at LHS must be registered online by Friday, Aug. 1. Click HERE for the Participation Form.

Additionally, students must either submit a new athletic physical (this is needed if the athletic physical expires prior to the start of fall practices on Aug. 18) or update form (this is needed if the physical has not expired prior to Monday, Aug. 18) to the high school nurse, also by August 1.
Without these two steps being completed by August 1, the student will not be fully registered and unable to participate in a fall athletic program at Livingston High School.  For more information and questions, email Pat Genova, Athletic Director @


Looking Ahead to 2015-2016
The Board of Education has approved an academic calendar for 2015-2016. Click HERE to view the calendar. This calendar provides for long weekends in February and April, and an extended spring recess in March.

Find all our parent resources on the District’s website 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 -- on Friday, Oct. 10. Learn more about all the Homecoming events by clicking HERE.


Future Business Leaders Excel Nationally
Livingston High School students placed first and second in the nation in the National Leadership Conference in Nashville, Tenn. See the story and photo by clicking HERE.


Leslie Winograd and Dr. David Jasin thanked for their service
Leslie Winograd and Dr. David Jasin attended their final meeting as members of the Livingston Board of Education on July 16. They are stepping down due to personal reasons and were thanked by their colleagues and members of the school and Livingston community for their service. Their dedication, voices, insight, and experience will be missed.

The BOE is seeking qualified candidates to fill the vacancies. Learn more by clicking HERE.

Interested in running for the school board?  The election is in November. Learn more by clicking HERE.


Livingston Safety Town seeks incoming kindergarteners for fun, two-week camp with important safety message. Learn more by clicking HERE.

National Night Out: Livingston will once again take part in National Night Out, the summer event that increases awareness about police anti-crime programs taking place across the country. This year’s Night Out against crime will be Tuesday, August 5 on the Memorial Oval. Learn more by clicking HERE.

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