Welcome to Lawrence Public Schools

MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Lawrence Public Schools, a unifying force at the heart of a cultural mosaic, is to ensure all learners reach their highest individual potential, through an academically rigorous educational system that inspires life-long learning; focuses on creative, student-centered teaching and learning; and enables all to possess the confidence and abilities to meet life's challenges.


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First Day of School - September 3rd

 


 2015-2016 SCHOOL HOURS

 

Classes

Classes

Buses

"0" and "X"

Begin

End

Depart

Period End

Early Childhood Center at #4 School (PreK - K)

9:10

3:30

3:40

 

Lawrence Primary School at #2 School (1 - 2)

8:45

3:25

3:35

 

Lawrence Elementary School at Broadway Campus (3 - 5)

8:45

3:25

3:35

8:00

Lawrence Middle School at Broadway Campus (6 - 8)         

7:48

2:35

2:45

3:30

Lawrence High School (9 - 12)                       

7:48

2:35

2:45

 

New School Year

The remaining days of summer have an air of excitement with anticipation of the new school year that awaits us. The opening of school promises to be a turning point with changes to our schools being achieved from the inside-out. New grade configurations, new school uniforms, new Focused Cluster Groupings, new program offerings, new building assignments for many staff, and millions of dollars in building improvements, all of which will serve as a springboard for our success!  

New grade configurations will provide a foundation for advances in team planning, coordination across the grade level, and articulation from grade to grade. Lawrence Elementary School (LES) for Grades 3-5, located with Lawrence Middle School (LMS), will provide an enhanced learning environment with many improved facilities that include science labs now available to our younger students. With PreK-K at Number Four School, and Grades 1-2 now at Number Two School, for the first time each grade is united under what is referred to as the Princeton Plan, all in alignment with the District's mission to serve as a unifying force 

Based on overwhelming parent support, school uniforms will now be utilized for students in PreK-8. This is expected to enhance school culture by promoting school spirit, pride, teamwork, and a deeper feeling of belonging to our Lawrence Family.  

Having a wide range of well-established academic and extracurricular programs competitive with other top tier districts, we continue to enrich our offerings with a new  3-D Printing Course that begins in September at LHS, Computer Coding at  LMS and LHS, and After School Team Sports and Drama Clubs for LES. Lee Arroaz, our newly appointed Coordinator of Instructional Technology will spearhead Professional Development initiatives that will enhance our ability to utilize the most current resources available. To address the needs of our English Language Learners, a fully implemented Bilingual Program K-12 is ready to begin. In addition, to provide enrichment for our gifted learners while providing remediation for those in need of academic support, Focused Cluster Groupings have been established to narrow the range of achievement in each class so that teachers can more effectively differentiate instruction.  

Changes in our instructional program are complimented by changes in the physical appearance of our buildings. The list of capital improvements is expansive and includes the following:  

LHS 

Cafeteria Renovation with new air conditioning unit installed 

New Main, Guidance and Central Offices 

Air conditioning unit upgrade in Auditorium 

New Science Research Projects Room 

Renovations to all Science Labs  

LMS/LES 

New Suite for Art, Technology, Music, Home & Careers 

Renovations to 15 Classrooms 

New Softball Field 

Upgrades to all Fields, Track & Tennis Courts 

New LED Entrance Sign 

New Transportation & Facilities Offices  

From the inside-out, this extraordinary range of change is the direct result of our Lawrence Family working together with a focus on creating the best possible learning environment for our children. We look forward to the new school year and all the wonderful days to come! 

Gary Schall, School Superintendent


 

School Uniforms

After receiving an overwhelming response from our parent surveys, Lawrence has elected to use uniforms in our schools from kindergarten to Eighth grade.   

The uniforms will be:

Early Childhood Center at #4, kindergarten, and Primary School at #2, first and second grade,  will wear uniform shirts or shirts with school graphics.

Elementary School at the Broadway Campus, grades 3,4 and 5, will wear yellow or gold collared three button long or short sleeve polo shirts with navy bottoms (options of skort, Bermuda shorts, capri or pants).

Middle School at the Broadway Campus, grades 6,7,and 8 will wear light blue tops with navy bottoms (options of skort, Bermuda shorts, capri or pants) optional of purchases from school store to enhance (i.e. vest, sweater).

These items are available through local merchants (Target, JCPenney, Walmart). Additionally, a vendor will be visiting the 195 Broadway Campus to make ordering more convenient for our families.

Click below to view an informational PowerPoint.

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UNIFORM GUIDELINES

New York State Education Regulations prohibit a school district from penalizing or taking disciplinary action against any student for not wearing a school uniform. Based on overwhelming parent support the Lawrence Public Schools encourages students in grades PreK-8 to wear uniforms. 

 

HOW PARENTS CAN HELP WITH READING AND MATH

 


For Number Five School, the Board of Education has approved a short-term one year lease, with a one year only option to renew, for the Shulamith School for Girls. As a triple net lease, Shulamith is responsible for all building expenses, thus generating an immediate net revenue of $500K for the first year, and another $500K if the option is taken to renew in the second year. In addition, the District will realize a savings of approximately $800K in operating expenses. 

It is important to note that in less than seven months, the District has announced its plan to re-structure and put into place a short-term lease arrangement that generates significant revenue and savings, but more importantly provides us with resources required to maintain outstanding programs for our children. This reflects outstanding fiscal management!  In addition, this short-term lease provides us with the time needed to find a school, organization, or institution that will not only lease the building, but will partner with us to provide an appropriate setting for our students with the greatest needs.  


SUPERINTENDENT'S EMPLOYEES OF THE MONTH

For their years of service and dedication to the Lawrence Public Schools, we gratefully acknowledge the following staff members who will be retiring at the end of the school year: 

Francesco Alfaro

Carroll Belt

Georgia Bitterman

Patricia Boland

Margaret Capobianco

Antonio Catalano

Alicia Dunn

Evelyn Hattem

Linda Klayman

Liliane Muhlbauer

Catherine Pantano

Karen Posner

Ellen Shurgan

Daniel Smalley

Linda Soule 

Maryjane Tully

Kathleen Vaughn

Robin Wynn