Welcome to Lawrence Public Schools

Superintendent, Gary Schall

Deputy Superintendent, Dr. Ann Pedersen 

 


 DEBATE 2016 HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2016


 

                   

 


 

 

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Dear Lawrence Family,

This year we celebrate the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Lawrence Public Schools. Our great community has supported a tradition of excellence that has been sustained and cultivated since 1891.  The demands of the 21st century, the technological advances of the information age, and the rapid changes in our global society require that our children be prepared better than ever before. Reflecting on our rich history we can learn from the challenges that previous generations had to overcome. We take pride in our children, teachers, families and community for overcoming  the complex challenges of our time.

Our robust scholastic offerings and expansive programming have provided a foundation for achievement that has enabled our school district to continue to earn distinction. As times have changed we have adapted to reflect our community’s shared values and collective vision for the future we all want for our children. Most important, the Lawrence Public School continues with resolve to focus on our mission as the unifying force at the heart of a cultural mosaic. Wishing you and your family a successful school year and Happy Anniversary! 

Gary Schall, Superintendent 

 


 

 

LAWRENCE PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT: CELEBRATING 125 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE 

LAWRENCE PUBLIC SCHOOLS 125TH ANNIVERSARY FACEBOOK PAGE 


Lawrence Country Clubs Sponsors LMS Golf Program

 

   

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 Lead Levels in School Drinking Water Meet Federal Guidelines

 


Lawrence High School's re-creation of the Kiesza music video.


LAWRENCE STUDENTS PRESENT ORIGINAL RESEARCH IN THE WINDY CITY!

 


 Congratulations to Lawrence HS senior Lee Blackburn who won second place at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair held last week in Phoenix, Arizona......

 


LAWRENCE ELEMENTARY & PRIMARY SCHOOL EARTH DAY ARTWORK ON DISPLAY AT NYS SENATE WEBSITE


UNIFIED BASKETBALL PHILOSOPHY


  READY FOR COLLEGE AND CAREER

The growing complexity of the world and the increasing demands of the 21st century workforce require that students graduate from high school prepared for college and careers. Lawrence High School graduates possess the knowledge and skills needed to qualify for and succeed in postsecondary education or job training necessary for their chosen career. They can chose from a wide range of opportunities that include universities, community colleges, technical and vocational programs, apprenticeships, or significant on-the-job training programs. 

To be college and career ready, our students are offered a rigorous and broad curriculum grounded in the core academic disciplines but also consisting of other subjects and extracurricular activities that are part of a well-rounded education. Academic preparation alone is not enough to ensure postsecondary readiness. Intellectual growth and college readiness starts in early childhood, extending from Pre-K through 12th grade, fostered by increasingly challenging content in the four core subjects and beyond. This includes:

The ability to think critically and problem solve in the context of a continuously changing set of circumstances and realities.

The advancement of reading, writing, and numeric skills that enables success in all college courses.

The capacity to communicate effectively  with individuals from a wide variety of cultural and professional backgrounds.

For students who begin their education in in the Lawrence Public Schools Pre-K, our high school graduation rate is a remarkable 99 percent. Many of our LHS seniors recently received college acceptances to top schools in the nation. Many have been awarded substantial scholarships including several who will be going to college on a full four year free-ride. This is a direct result of the hard work of our dedicated teachers and staff, and the wide range of programs and learning opportunities offered by our district.

We are proud to announce that this year's college acceptances include the following schools:

Adelphi University
Baruch College of the CUNY
Buffalo State College of SUNY      
Cornell University
Florida State University           Fordham University
Hofstra University
Hunter College of the CUNY
Ithaca College John Jay College of criminal Justice of the CUNY
Lasell College Le Moyne College
Long Island University, Post Medgar Evers College of the CUNY 
Mercy College  Molloy College 
Monroe College  Nassau community College
New York institute of Technology  Ohio University
Pace University  Pennsylvania State University 
Queensborough Community College of the CUNY Sacred Heart University 
Skidmore College St. John's University
SUNY College at Cortland  SUNY College at Delhi
SUNY College at Oswego SUNY College at Plattsburgh
SUNY College at Potsdam SUNY University at Albany
SUNY University at Binghamton SUNY University at Buffalo
SUNY University at Stony Brook The College of St. Rose 
The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art  Townson University
Tulane University  University of Alabama
University of Maine University of Maryland 
University of Miami  University of New Haven
University of Pennsylvania  University of South Carolina
University of Tampa  Vassar College 
Washington University   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 


Lawrence High School is proud to announce the following for the Class of 2016: 

Valedictorian – Samantha Rubenstein

Salutatorian – Taylor Luck

Honor Speaker – Dahlia Forte 

Congratulations to these hardworking students! 


I AM LAWRENCE SLIDESHOW PRESENTATION


 

STUDIO IN ART ~ FOLDED PAPER RELIEF SCULPTURE INSTALLATION AT LAWRENCE HIGH SCHOOL


LHS Senior Lee Blackburn is a first place winner of the Long Island Science and Engineering Fair for his research in the category of Energy. Lee created a catalyst and devised a method of applying it to a Hydrogen Fuel Cell that not only increased its power output but also completely prevented carbon monoxide from poisoning the platinum electrodes, which is the main problem plaguing the use of hydrogen fuel cells.


Lee is now a finalist in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and has won a week-long all expense paid trip to Phoenix, Arizona in May. He will present his research at the Intel international finalist competition, where approximately 1,700 high school students from over 75 countries, regions, and territories are awarded the opportunity to showcase their independent research and compete for approximately $4 million in prizes.

Lee will also be traveling, together with classmate Arthur Chen, to the American Physical Society March Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland on May 16, where each has been invited to present their research in a poster session. The meeting will bring together nearly 10,000 physicists, scientists, and students from all over the world to share groundbreaking research from industry, universities, and major labs.


LAWS THAT GOVERN RELIGION IN PUBLIC FORUMS

Most student-intiated, special interest, non-curriculum clubs are allowed to be organized in most U.S. public high schools. Their right to assemble is almost always protected under a federal law -- the Equal Access Act. It states that if a school has at least one such non-curriculum club that meets outside of class time, then the school has become a "a limited open forum." Such a forum must allow all such groups to form. Exceptions are clubs that would: “materially and substantially interfere with the orderly conduct of educational activities within the school."

The law was passed in 1984. At the time, it was originally heavily promoted by conservative Christian groups to protect students who wanted to organize religious clubs in public secondary schools. These are typically conservative Christian Bible study, fellowship, and prayer clubs. It is estimated that the number of Christian Bible clubs in high schools rose from 100 in 1980 to 15,000 by 1995. The Equal Access Act was a major facilitator to this increase.

The Court noted the “crucial difference between government speech endorsing religion, which the Establishment clause (Separation of Church and State) forbids, and private speech endorsing religion, which the Free  Speech and Free Exercise clauses protect.” The Act affects much more than Christian clubs. Ironically, over opposition from the same conservative Christian groups that sponsored the law, the Equal Access Act is now being used to support the right of students to organize gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender support groups in those same high schools.

The Act requires most schools to also permit faith-based clubs of all religions with the following parameters:

              The law applies only to public secondary schools which receive Federal Funding.

       Attendance is voluntary.

       The group is student-initiated.

The group is not sponsored by the school itself, by teachers, by other school employees, or by the government. This means that such employees cannot promote, lead or participate in a meeting.

The group is not disruptive. i.e. it "does not materially and substantially interfere with the orderly conduct of educational activities within the school."

The school is required to treat all of its student-led non-curriculum clubs equally. The school may limit meeting times and locations, but must apply equally to all groups.

For more information go to:

http://www.religioustolerance.org/equ_acce.htm


CONNECTED TO HISTORY

Our very own Broadway Campus Security Guard, Daniel Napolitano, recently went to the LES Book Fair looking for a book for his son. He was shocked to see, out of the corner of his eye, a history book that had a photo of his father-in-law on the cover. The photo was of Francis Taccanelli with the 4th Infantry Division landing on the shores of Normandy. Shortly after landing he was shot in the shoulder but continued fighting in what is considered one of the greatest battles in history-the Battle of the Bulge. Mr. Taccanelli was later awarded two Purple Hearts. We are proud of Security Guard Daniel Napolitano and his heroic father-in-law.


FEATURED ARTICLE IN THE FIVE TOWNS HERALD: 'WE ALL NEED TO APPRECIATE EACH OTHER.' CELEBRATING DIVERSITY AT LAWRENCE MIDDLE SCHOOL


STEM: LAWRENCE MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS & THE NEW YORK ISLANDERS: NEWSLETTER

STEM: LAWRENCE MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS & THE NEW YORK ISLANDERS: SLIDESHOW

 

NEWSDAY PHOTOS & INTERVIEWS


VIRTUAL ENTERPRISE COMPETITION

On April 19, 2016, Our Virtual Enterprise program attended the New York City Trade Show.  The members of A Twisted Cleaning Service did a great job in generating $300,000 in sales.  Our company will end its 5th year with over 1,000,000 in the bank (Virtual Money).  We are looking forward to year 6, in which we will be starting a brand new company in the Virtual World. 


 ALL-COUNTY MUSIC FESTIVAL

The Lawrence Public Schools applauds the following students for their participation in the All-County Music Festival held at the Tilles Center, C.W. Post College on January 10-11, 2016.

Division 1 –                                                Division 4 -

Emma Urgen – Orchestra                             Priscilla Detweiler- Chorus

Billy Godoy-Band                                         Daniel Reyes- Chorus

Alexis Acosta- Chorus                                  Nia Robertson -Chorus

Kaitlyn Walsh- Chorus                                  Samuel Park - Orchestra

Angel Bran – Chorus                                    Jerry Reyes - Band (All-County Orchestra)                    

Sivan Feder- Chorus                                    Daniel Rizzo - Band (All-County Orchestra                                               

Division 2 -                                                Division 5 -

Leon Canales – Band                                   Jason Eras- Chorus

Audrey Michlig – Orchestra                          Shelly Goldman - Orchestra

Victor Rodriguez- Chorus

Division 3 -

Alexandra Patterson- Band

Eric Hwang - Orchestra

Sabine Salnave- Chorus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  


LHS SCIENCE RESEARCHERS PRESENT AT NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM

Regional Finalists in the 2014 Siemens Competition, Lee Blackburn and Arthur Chen presented their research on November 30th, at the Materials Research Society Fall Symposium at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA.

There was a lot of interest in their research projects and, of course, the end surprise that scientists always ask them is what university they are attending, of which they answer that they are still high school seniors. You should see the look on the faces of the scientists! The Lawrence Family applauds our research students and their Projects Teacher Rebecca Isseroff.

The Materials Research Society Fall Symposium  is a growing, vibrant member-driven organization of over 16,000 materials researchers from academia, industry and government, and is a recognized leader in the advancement of interdisciplinary materials research.  
 

      


LES WHITE HOUSE RECEPTION

 


LHS SENIOR PRESENTS AT ASSOCIATION FOR PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE