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The Animal School is a fable based on the principle that every person has a strength that can be maximized with hard work. Lawrence provides a multitude of opportunities for students to best use and develop their unique skills and individual strengths through an extraordinary range of programs and extracurricular activities that enable each student to reach their individual potential. Instruction in each area is differentiated, not only by providing accommodations based on ability but by providing a variety of learning modalities that address the needs of individual learning styles. Professor of Cognition and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Howard Gardner has researched multiple intelligences and identifies the following learning styles: 

  1. Linguistic - sensitivity to spoken and written language, the ability to learn languages, and the capacity to use language to accomplish certain goals. 
  2. Logical-mathematical - the capacity to analyze problems logically,carry out mathematical operations, and investigate issues scientifically. 
  3. Musical - involves skill in the performance, composition, and appreciation of musical patterns. 
  4. Bodily-kinesthetic - entails the potential of using one's whole body or parts of the body to solve problems. 
  5. Spatial - involves the potential to recognize and use the patterns of wide space and more confined areas.
  6. Interpersonal - is concerned with the capacity to understand the intentions, motivations and desires of other people. 
  7. Intrapersonal - entails the capacity to understand oneself, to appreciate one's feelings, fears and motivations. 

Each of us has a propensity or an inclination towards learning in one of these modalities. Unlike the Animal School, we play to individual strengths, so that our fish can swim, rabbits run, and eagles soar....... 


By: George Revis 

Once upon a time, the animals decided that they should do something meaningful to meet the problems of the new world, so they organized a school. They adopted an activity curriculum of running, climbing, swimming and flying.  To make it easier to administer, all of the animals took all of the subjects.

The duck was excellent at swimming.  In fact, he was better than his instructor.  However, he made only passing marks in flying and was very poor at running.  Since he was so slow in running, he had to drop his swimming class and do extra running.  This caused his webbed feet to become badly worn, meaning that he dropped to an average mark in swimming.  Fortunately, “average” was acceptable, therefore nobody worried about it – except the duck.

The rabbit started at the top of the class in running, but developed a nervous twitch in his leg muscles because he had so much makeup work to do in swimming.

The squirrel was excellent in climbing, but he encountered constant frustration in flying class because his teacher insisted that he start from the ground up instead of from the treetop down.  He developed cramps from overexertion, so he ended up with a C in climbing and a D in running.

The eagle was a real problem student and was severely disciplined for being a non-conformist.  In climbing class, he beat all of the others to the top, but insisted on using his own way of getting there!

At the end of the year, an abnormal animal known as a snakehead lizard enrolled at the school. He had some limited ability to swim, run, climb, and fly. Since he did a little of each, he ended up having the highest average and became valedictorian.

Gary Schall, School Superintendent 

The Lawrence Golden Tornadoes! 

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Truck Day! at LECC, Number 4 School