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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 posess the confidence and abilities to meet life's challenges.


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



Town Hall Meeting

Monday, March 2, 2015, 7:30 PM  

Lawrence Middle School Auditorium

Topic: Academic Initiatives

All are welcome to attend!

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

Alumni of the Month

Steven Kessler was born in North Massapequa in 1959 and moved to Cedarhurst when he was six years old.  He loved growing up in the Five Towns and has many great memories.  This is where he met so many great friends and also found his love for sports while learning so much from the many coaches that guided him along the way. He was Captain of the Junior High School and High School Soccer Team and played on the Baseball Team.  In his senior year, he won Best Athlete of the Year and was selected to play on the All-Shore Soccer Team.  He was inspired and motivated by his coaches - Mr. Wolf, Mr. Farrell and Mr. Conte. Steven went on to play soccer and baseball at the University of Bridgeport, and played soccer internationally representing the United States from 1979-1981 in Mexico, Venezuela and Israel. 

After graduating in 1981 with a Communications and Marketing degree, Steven entered the consumer products industry as a territory manager for a wine company in Texas and has been in the CPG (consumer packaged goods) industry ever since climbing the sale management ranks to executive level positions along the way. In 1996 he became VP of Sales for a very large all natural vitamin company and that is where he became passionately dedicated to the natural products movement. Four years later Steven became President of Iceland Spring, an imported bottled water company based in Iceland.  It was there that he learned about the mechanics of the beverage industry. 

Shortly after a 2 year stint with Iceland Spring, Steven started Steaz ( and now Steaz is the leading brand of organic and fair trade certified green tea based beverages in retail stores today.  His leading product, Iced Green Tea is the #1 ranked brand in the market and his Energy drinks are also the #1 ranked organic energy drink available.  Steaz is a great tasting beverage made from the highest quality ingredients in the world however, being that it is also fair trade certified, Steaz is even more a brand with a purpose than just a great tasting all natural beverage.  

Steven married Randi Katz who also graduated from LHS and together they have a 23 years old son and 19 year old daughter. He is very proud to say whenever asked "where are you from", that he is from the Five Towns and graduated from Lawrence High School. 

You can read more about Lawrence Alumni Steven Kessler by clicking on this link to the Huffington Post.

Superintendent’s Employees of the Month

Royal Pearsall grew up in Woodmere, attended Number Five School, and graduated Lawrence High School in 1973. He went on to hold several jobs including work as a dispatcher for the firehouse and a position with a lawn sprinkler company. Royal started his career in Lawrence in 1978 as a cleaner in the High School, three years later became custodian, and now serves as a Head Custodian II. As a member of the Inwood Fire Department he has dedicated himself to our school community for 41 years.  

Kenyatta Stevens grew up in Inwood, attended Number Two School and graduated Lawrence High School in 2009. He immediately began working for the District as a cleaner and moved on to the Security Department where he has been working for the past 6 years. Kenyatta has dedicated himself to the Inwood Fire Department since his graduation from Lawrence High School.

James Pearsall, known to all of us as “JR”, started his career in Lawrence as a summer cleaner.  After graduating Lawrence High School he went on to receive his Bachelor Degree in Fire Protection from Onondaga Community College. JR started as a custodian for the Number Six School, then the High School and is now the Head Custodian of the Middle School.  JR is one of our community heroes, serving as a volunteer firefighter with the Inwood Fire Department where he has held the rank of Captain.

Michael Ehlers grew up in Inwood, attended Number Two School, and graduated Lawrence High School in 1979. He went on to work for the Nassau County Department of Public Works and began his career with the Lawrence Public Schools in 1998, serving as a Motor Vehicle Operator. For over 30 years Michael and his wife Jeanine have also served the children of our schools as bus drivers for Independent Coach. Their children Amanda and Erin are Lawrence Graduates and their daughter Shannon is in the 8th grade at Lawrence Middle School. Michael is one of our community heroes, serving as a volunteer firefighter with the Lawrence-Cedarhurst Fire Department since 1983, where he has held the positions of Lieutenant and Captain.

These are members of our Lawrence Family who have shown great dedication working in the buildings that they once walked the hallways of as students. They are unsung heroes, who are called to duty in the middle of the night to volunteer their service to our community. They often report to work in the morning without any of us knowing that in the middle of the night they were waken from their sleep and put their lives on the line.  For this we are proud to announce Royal Pearsall, Kenyatta Stevens, James "JR" Pearsall and Michael Ehlers as Superintendent’s Employees of the Month.

The Lawrence Public Schools Academic Initiatives

Data Driven Instruction

Social Emotional Learning

Response to Intervention

Common Core Standards

For More Information: District Academic Plan