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Welcome to Lawrence Public Schools

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. 

At the Heart of Learning

School bells are ringing in the new school year, bringing a feeling of excitement that's at the heart of all learning. No matter how old or young, parent or child, teacher or student - together we develop and learn as a school community. The anticipation and expectation for academic, professional, and personal growth fuels our engine, ignites our spark, and inspires achievement.

Nurturing all those in our care, together on the road of lifelong learning, we embrace all that is developing within and around us. Talents, awareness and identity continually develop as we build human capital for professional success, enhance quality of life, and contribute to the realization of dreams and aspirations.

From season to season the spirit of our Lawrence Family is renewed, and our journey continues with a focus on each and every child.
Wishing you the best school year ever! 

Gary Schall, School Superintendent


On Sunday, July 20, 2014, Diamond Moultrie was awarded the national gold medal in the category of Short Story Writing at the 36th Annual NAACP ACT-SO Award ceremony. Diamond, who is a senior at Lawrence High School, won the national championship for her original work titled “Touch of Faith,” a science-fiction short story about aliens. Guided by her teacher Mr. Jason Biscardi, Diamond’s journey began with her signing up with Mr. William Moss, LHS Math & Science Chair, to participate in the NAACP Long Island ACT-SO in April where she won the regional gold medal which afforded her an all-expense paid trip to the National competition in Las Vegas, Nevada. At nationals she competed against 34 other regional winners from around the country. The NAACP ACT-SO competition (Afro-academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics), founded in 1978, is open to amateurs of African descent in grades 9 through 12. As the national winner in Short Story writing, Diamond received a $2000 college scholarship and Microsoft tablet. ACT-SO currently includes 26 categories of competition in science, humanities, business, performing arts, visual arts and culinary arts. Because this is the first year of the Short Story category, Diamond has made history as the inaugural gold medalist!

The Teaching Channel

Strengthening Lessons for the Common Core

Alumna of the Month

After graduating from Lawrence High School in 2005, Christina Amoroso attended the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where she concentrated in magazine journalism and graduated in 2009. She worked at New York Magazine and Entertainment Weekly and was soon hired as a writer for the New York Post's features department, where for three years she covered a variety of topics ranging from food and nightlife to fashion and entertainment. She was promoted to editor of the Post's weekly career and workplace section in 2012 and soon after to deputy features editor of the Sunday paper. In August, she was promoted to features editor/writer, where she now oversees the Post's online-only features content. 

Christina is an avid runner, having completed the Philadelphia Marathon in 2012 and the New York City Marathon in 2013. She is also the programming chair for the New York City chapter of Medill's alumni club and spent two years volunteering at a New York City public school, helping fourth and fifth graders find their voices as young writers. The Atlantic Beach native is the daughter of Vincent and Dana Amoroso and the sister to Vincent Jr. and Joseph Amoroso, who are currently students at Lawrence High School. 

Superintendent's Employee of the Month

After graduating St. Alphonsus Commercial High School in lower Manhattan with a secretarial degree, Grace Ann started working in a securities firm as a private secretary for a retail sales broker. She then moved to the Five Towns, married and raised four children, all of whom are products of the Lawrence Public Schools. Her daughter Maria Pappas is currently a teacher at the Number Two School. 

Grace Ann began her career for the Lawrence Public Schools in April 1990, as a typist clerk sub at the Number Four School. In October of that year, she was hired permanently as a stenographer.  She went on to work for several High School and Middle School Assistant Principals, the Facilities Department, and most recently the Number Five School under the direction of Principal Rina Beach. She is a dedicated member of our Lawrence Family bringing school spirit to her role as a secretary, Lawrence Parent and proud Lawrence Grandparent to Maria and George. We are happy to announce Grace Ann Pizzarelli as the First Superintendent’s Employee of the Month for the new school year.

The Lawrence Public Schools Academic Initiatives

Data Driven Instruction

Social Emotional Learning

Response to Intervention

Common Core Standards

For More Information: District Academic Plan