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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.


Lawrence Varsity Football Team Wins LI Championship

Congratulations to Joe Martillotti, all the coaches, and the outstanding young men of our incredible football team. Making history on Long Island with three straight championships, our Golden Tornadoes have made these Golden Years in Lawrence.


More Than a Game: Lawrence High School’s Approach to Victory

Posted on December 1, 2014 by Nicole Gartner (LHS Class of 2012)

If you want to experience what it’s like to live in a microcosm of New York City, to experience so much in one place, spend a day at Lawrence High School. There are your groups of students who work their butts off to get into the Cornell’s and Michigan’s, the teachers who use their bilingualism to help students learn, the kid whose “cousin from Brooklyn was so cool” because he or she was once in the same club as Jay-Z, the ones who are just trying to get by, and then the kids who knew the only way they would further their education was by getting a scholarship. And when straight A’s isn’t necessarily in one’s favor, students hit the field or court to make sure they can get to college.

For those who have played a sport at Lawrence, from gymnastics or football, there’s a pride that comes with it. Lawrence pride, if you will. I can’t explain it, really, because there’s nothing to compare it to. We may not have had the most expensive equipment, or the nicest jerseys, but we sure as hell all had the most heart.

When we started the MSG Varsity Partner Program at my school in 2011, I never thought that it would take off like it did. But looking back, there was no way it was going to fail. We gave our friends a reason to stand in front of camera and talk about the game they love to play. It was their own ESPN – and MSG Varsity loved it. Commentators like Mike Quick and Carl Reuter would spend air time analyzing the Fredericks brothers, about how hard everyone on the football team worked, and how enjoyable we were as a school to watch play. And don’t forget the fans. From the Mr. Kinders to the Mrs. Fredericks to the cheerleaders who always froze during play-offs, there truly is nothing like being a part of the spirit of Lawrence.

So even though it’s been a few years since I’ve been part of the Lawrence atmosphere on a day-to-day basis, the feeling of pride and victory doesn’t leave that quickly. Over the weekend, Lawrence went up against Sayville High School for the Conference III Long Island Championship. The record was 1-1. I remember, because it was my senior year in Fall 2011 when we lost to Sayville with the highest scoring high school football game in New York State’s history. 78-61. Yeah, I know. While I wasn’t able to make it to the game this past Friday, I realized I didn’t need to. My friends and former classmates alike were all tweeting about one player: Melik Mavruk.

I’ve had the pleasure to watch Melik grow as a player since he was a freshman – I was a senior at the time. We couldn’t believe how fast he grew facial hair, but we always knew the potential he had on the field. A defensive lineman, Mavruk returned a fumble recovery 82 yards for a touchdown that would change the entire game for the last minute of his last season as a Golden Tornado. Snapchats, Instagrams, all over social media, we watched as our not so little Mavruk scored the game winner, bringing the score to 40-35. He held the plaque while the team gathered around, and it was that moment, that photograph, that solidifies all the hard work that these boys put in day in and day out to be victorious. And it doesn’t hurt that this is the third year in a row for the LIC title.

Along with Melik, I cannot help but think of another player, on offense, who has helped shape the program to what it is today. I remember Jordan Fredericks’ first varsity football game in 2011. He was the youngest brother on the field, but it was literally insane to see how talented he was at such a young age – we knew he would blow Tyler and Ryan away. Forget his agility, his speed is practically unstoppable when you get him in the right space. When you see a player not only physically mature on the field but mentally as well, you know he’s ready for the next step. And I can speak for every alumnus and current student when I say we are looking forward to see Jordan play collegiate football, where ever he may go. He was the last of what people called “The Three Brothered Montser”, a time we got to see what real heart, drive and brotherhood looks like on a playing field.


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Teaching Gratitude

One way to give thanks is to give of oneself. One would think that this comes naturally, yet gratitude is a learned behavior that's a challenge to teach in times of instant gratification. Under the umbrella of Social Emotional Learning and Character Development these competencies are taught in Lawrence:


The ability to accurately recognize one’s emotions and thoughts and their influence on behavior. This includes accurately assessing one’s strengths and limitations and possessing a well grounded sense of confidence and optimism. 


The ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations. This includes managing stress, controlling impulses, motivating oneself, and setting and working toward achieving personal and academic goals. 

Social Awareness

The ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures, to understand social and ethical norms for behavior, and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports. 

Relationship Skills

The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. This includes communicating clearly, listening actively, cooperating, resisting inappropriate social pressure, negotiating conflict constructively, and seeking and offering help when needed. 

Responsible Decision Making

The ability to make constructive and respectful choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on consideration of ethical standards, safety concerns, social norms, the realistic evaluation of consequences of various actions, and the well-being of self and others.

Character development is reflected by students’ interactions with each other and with staff, in and out of the classroom. It is reflected by an overall sense of calm throughout our buildings, during passing, and in the lunch room. It is reflected by the Character Development programs that are an integral part of our school culture.

The best lessons are taught through example – our actions speak louder than our words. Giving of ourselves to nurture students provides reason for their gratitude. Especially at holiday time we can celebrate that our students are learning this aspect of giving thanks.

Gary Schall, Superintendent

Full STEAM Ahead

Lawrence is going full STEAM ahead and the destination is clear, to prepare our learners to be college and career ready. 

The rigorous common core curriculum challenges learners in all grades and calls for both understanding and application of new concepts. Under the guidance of our talented teachers and leaders, the application of new learning is accomplished with an instructional focus on engagement. Engagement puts academic concepts into practice to create meaning for students. 

Lawrence is moving forward with a commitment to engage our learners with the skills needed in the 21st century. The areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) with the addition of the arts (STEAM) create avenues for all our students to develop creativity and persistence. A longitudinal research study by The National Endowment for the Arts documented 71% of economically disadvantaged students who participated in high schools with a high level of arts programs attended college, compared to 48% of students who had attended schools with low arts programs. It is the combination of academic skills, creativity, and persistence that will yield success in college and career.  

Henry Ford is quoted as saying “If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right”. The rigorous standards progress from a first grader who “can understand what I read by asking and answering questions” to a high school ELA student who “can integrate multiple sources of information to make informed decisions and solve problems while evaluating the credibility and accuracy of the source.” You can link to the “I can” statements for each grade here: 

As a Lawrence family of parents, teacher, leaders, and community members, we are all proud, actively engaged participants in supporting our learners as they go full STEAM ahead to a successful future. We know they can and will reach the destination.

Dr. Ann Pedersen, Deputy Superintendent

For Winning the LI Championship Three Years in a Row 

Joe Martillotti is Named Superintendent's Employee of the Month for Two Years in a Row 

Joe Martilotti grew up in Inwood, went to Number Two School and graduated from Lawrence High School in 1995.  His parents Lou and Kathy and Grandparents Ed and Mary Fitzgerald are also graduates of Number Two School and Lawrence High School.  In High School Joe played five sports including Football, Bowling, Golf, Indoor and Outdoor Track. He was 1st Team All Long Island and All State his senior year. After graduating Lawrence High School, Joe attended SUNY Cortland where he played football for three seasons. 

In 2000,  Joe started his career in Lawrence at Number Two and Number Six Schools as an Adapted PE teacher. He went on to the Middle School and ultimately to the High School to become Head Football Coach in 2010. Joe has an incredible 41-6 four year career record, making county finals every year, and winning three Nassau County Championships and two Long Island Championships. Joe's influence on his players extends far beyond the field. Just one of many examples of his far reaching impact is that every graduating member of the 2012 Varsity Football Team is currently in college with five of them playing Division I scholarship football and five playing in college at other levels.  

Joe has been married to his college sweetheart Sue for ten years and they have two wonderful sons, Rocco who is six and Dominic who is four. The Lawrence Family is grateful to Sue, Rocco and Dominic for all the support they provide to Joe in his highly demanding job. With this in mind, we are happy to announce Joe Martillotti as the Superintendents Employee of the Month and his wife Sue as an Honorary Employee of the Month!


After graduating Lawrence High School in 2012, Nicole Gartner went on to major in Cinema and Cultural Studies , with a double minor of Journalism and Business Management at Stony Brook University. As one of the first LHS students in the MSG Varsity School Partner Program, Nicole has continued to work in video production serving as a Portfolio and Digital Media Consultant for the Stony Brook Faculty Center and a Digital Media Content contributor and Production Assistant for the University’s Athletic Department. She regularly films sporting events for America East TV, produces faculty profiles, commercial advertisements, and informational video tutorials. Nicole was also the video coordinator for the Stony Brook Women’s Leadership Network and writes her own sports blog called Sports and Spices. Nicole will be graduating from Stony Brook University this spring, a year early, and will continue her education at Quinnipiac University in the fall of 2015, working towards her Masters of Science degree in Sports Journalism. Everyone saw Nicole’s talents emerge at Lawrence High School and we are so proud of her continued 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