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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.

APRIL 1ST Referendum 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM 


Lawrence Middle School

Lawrence High School

Number Two School

Atlantic Beach Village Hall 

PROPOSITION NO.1 Capital Expenditure – Authorizes the use of funds from the Capital Improvement Fund toward school building renovations.

PROPOSITION NO.2 Building Renovation Capital Reserve Fund – Establishes $5M Capital Improvement Fund comprised of proceeds from the sale of Number Six School, State Aid & State Funds.



  • New Art Suite for Elementary & Middle School
  • New Music Suite for Elementary & Middle School
  • New Dance Studio for Elementary & Middle School
  • New Technology Room for Elementary & Middle School
  • New Playground for Elementary & Middle School
  • New Office Spaces for Elementary, Middle & High School
  • New Central Office Space at Lawrence High School
  • New Transportation Office with Easy Access for the Public
  • New Air Conditioning for High School Auditorium
  • New Air Conditioning for High School Cafeteria
  • Renovations to many Middle School & Elementary Classrooms
  • Additional upgrades and repairs from the District Five Year Plan




Champions of Science Video         Life Rhythms, The Journey Continues


LHS Student Research Achievements

Congratulations to Lawrence's "Magnificant Seven" behavioral science researchers, accepted to present their original research on Friday and Saturday, May 22nd and 23rd at the Association for Psychological Science convention in New York City. This is undoubtably the single most impressive showing ever by high school behavioral researchers at a scholarly symposium open to adults. Eight Lawrence seniors submitted their work to blind judging by professors expert in their specific subfield of psychology. Seven were judged superior to the work of dozens of upper level undergraduates, even graduate students from all over the nation and the world. A special acknowledgement and congratulations to their Advisor Dr. Stephen Sullivan.

Kudos to: Jessica Beyer, Kelly Broshears, Briana Curra, Victoria DiCeglio, Cheong Mi Hwang, Jennifer Kendal and Joseph Padilla


TEAM = Together Everyone Achieves More

Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.

-Andrew Carnegie

Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.                        

-Henry Ford

Examples of effective teamwork are found  in all types of environments – sports, military, business, and education. In Lawrence, teamwork is an integral part of our Champion's Mindset.  At the heart of a high performing team is a heightened level of cooperative learning that promotes an exchange of relevant information and ideas.

In the classroom, cooperative learning requires a different approach to planning as compared to other forms of instruction such as presentation teaching or direct instruction. The roles for both the teacher and students are also different. In cooperative learning, teachers spend considerable time in preparing and gathering learning materials and creating cooperative learning environments.  Students are expected to play active rather than passive roles.

There is no single recipe for a successful cooperative learning lesson.  Planning is based on the particular learning objective at hand. Ideally, cooperative learning is part of standard instructional practice and has a dominant role in every lesson. Working together is success!

Gary Schall, School Superintendent



Growing up in the Five Towns, Marianella Menna attended Number Four School and Number One School. She graduated from the New York Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and went on to receive a Master of Science Degree in Special Education from Touro College. Since the start of her teaching career in Lawrence 12 years ago, Ms. Menna has taught at Number Four, Number One, Number Six, and the Lawrence Middle School. Over the years she served as Dean of Students, taught Social Studies and Science, and is currently teaching 5th Grade Math and ESL Math. Ms. Mena has provided teacher training for the Second Step program and faculty in-service courses to improve communication with English Language Learners and their families. Ms. Menna has received training in the Council of Unity Program which has achieved tremendous success in its pilot year. Ms. Menna’s son Eric is an outstanding student and athlete in the 10th Grade in Lawrence High School.


Growing up in the Five Towns, Rhonda Barsel attended Hewlett High School and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education and a Master Degree in Health Education from Adelphi University. Since the start of her career in Lawrence 17 years ago, Ms. Barsel has taught Physical Education and Health in the Middle School. She has coached Middle School Soccer, Softball, and Tennis and is currently coach of the Varsity Boys and Girls Tennis Teams. Ms. Barsel served as Dean of Students for four years, and has provided teacher training for the Second Step program and faculty in-service courses in yoga and nutrition. Ms. Barsel has received training in the Council of Unity Program which has achieved tremendous success in its pilot year. She and her husband Richard are proud parents and grandparents. Their daughter Lori has two children, Addison who is 3 years old and Preston 18 months. Their daughter Allison has a son Preston who is 2 years old.


A native of Brooklyn, New York, Cleveland Woods understood at an early age the possibilities of where education and basketball could take him. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Southern New Hampshire University, he played in Europe for several years. Mr. Woods came to Lawrence School District in 2000. He mentors, teaches, and advocates for all of his students. He was one of the founding teachers in the Power of Choice program at Lawrence Middle School and currently serves as a Dean and teaches English at Lawrence High School. He also coached the Lawrence Varsity basketball team for seven years. Mr. Woods received training to teach the Council of Unity Program which has achieved tremendous success in its pilot year. Cleveland is married to the Joliette Hall-Woods and they have two sons and one daughter.

Mr. Woods, Ms. Barsel, and Ms. Menna are congratulated for their outstanding work in piloting the Council for Unity program which empowers young people with skills necessary to promote unity, safety and achievement in school and communities. Ms. Mena and Ms. Barsel oversee the program offered to 6th-8th grade girls, and Mr. Woods oversees the program offered to 9th -12th grade boys. The program is designed as a leadership and literature course to promote self - confidence, initiate fund raising to outside organizations, and understand the importance of community service.

Each of these extraordinary teachers has seen their students smile more, grow in their academics, and truly understand the meaning of giving. We look forward to the ongoing development of this amazing program and we are proud of our Employees of the Month who have made it such a success.

The Lawrence Public Schools Academic Initiatives

Data Driven Instruction

Social Emotional Learning

Response to Intervention

Common Core Standards

For More Information: District Academic Plan