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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. 


 

In Search of New Shores

Commencement Speech, June 2014

Congratulations Lawrence Graduates and Lawrence Family. Tonight we share a tradition that dates back 121 years to the founding of the Lawrence Public Schools in 1893. From the beginning, our school community has reflected strength of family and promise of the American Dream.
 
In the 1900's, many of our parents, grandparents, and great grandparents, possessed the courage to journey to the shores of America seeking freedom from religious and political persecution, and seeking relief from a lack of economic opportunity abroad. Lawrence like New York City, was the melting pot for a generation whose sons and daughters lived the American Dream.

Many came much earlier, but not of their own free will, and were forced into labor under the oppression imposed by our very own nation. Yet, centuries later, possessing the courage, heroes like Rosa Parks, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr., made it possible for generations to receive the full measure of rights due every American. More recently, over the last decade, the largest wave of new Americans since the early 1900's, possessing the courage, journeyed through our borders bringing the newest members to our Lawrence Family.

Each of us here tonight can easily trace our roots to the family members who possessed the courage to arrive at America's doorstep. The courage that distinguishes us as Americans - the courage that is our bond. No matter where you've come from, how you got here, or when your family arrived, no matter your race, religion, nationality, family orientation or political views, no matter which part of the Five Towns you live in, no matter your ability, disability or how much money you have - we are Lawrence Family.

We understand that world changes before our eyes. With an open mind we have shifted from a doctrine of assimilation to a deep appreciation of multiculturalism.  Graduates, as a result, your relationships are based, not on tolerance but on a celebration of each other, not by keeping beliefs to yourselves but letting your beliefs be known, not feeling threatened by the intensity of someone's way of life but using it to strengthen your conviction and deepen appreciation of your own. Lawrence Family, holding your beliefs close as others hold on to theirs strengthens each, and as this is shared we are united.

This is captured in the official motto of the United States of America, E Pluribus Unum - from many we are one. It is captured in the official mission statement of the Lawrence Public Schools – the unifying force at the heart of a cultural mosaic. Graduates, you have achieved the mission.

Now moving forward our future is in your hands and will be built on your ability to function in a global economy, understand the world, world culture, and your ability to work with those who are different from you.  Lawrence graduates you are prepared better than most having grown up in a community that is rich in culture.

So, with the courage of those who journeyed to our shores and the strength of those who built our great nation, go journey forward, find your own new shores, fulfill the American Dream and may all of your dreams come true.

Gary Schall, School Superintendent 


 

Alumna of the Month

After graduating Lawrence High School in 2000, Lee Squitieri attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge.  She was part of a research team that had findings about cancer drugs published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. After graduating MIT, she continued her research with a  pharmaceutical firm in Boston,  and  shortly thereafter, was accepted to the University of Michigan Medical School to pursue her career in medicine.  During that time, she specialized in orthopedic surgery while continuing her research.  Lee has done reconstructive plastic surgery for women who have undergone a total mastectomy and while attending in the emergency room, she has reconstructed noses and faces for patients who suffered injuries after serious car accidents.

Presently, Lee is a Plastic Surgeon at Shriners Children's Hospital in California.  This hospital services children with spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft palates and other plastic surgery needs.  Lee has operated on underprivileged children in Costa Rica and just returned from Mexico where she was part of a team that donated their services and operated on children in need.

This August, Lee will be returning home for her wedding.  While at Lawrence, she was an outstanding science student and an active member of the Music Department.  She was a section leader in the Marching Band during the District's first concert performance trip to Disney in 1999. We are so proud of Lee’s accomplishments and her recognition as Alumna of the Month. 


Employees of the Month

For the years of dedicated service and their legacy in Lawrence we acknowledge our retirees as Employees of the Month. We appreciate their commitment to the Lawrence Public Schools and offer each our wish for a future filled with good health and happiness!

  • Richard Buckley                     
  • Delorie Cohan                      
  • Jeanette Mark                      
  • Barbara Peel                             
  • Marie Presland                      
  • Steven Radeck                   
  • Anita Shevins                  
  • Gilda White
  • Amalia DiBrino
  • Walter Ditzel
  • Anna Maria Martinez
  • Lena Pugliese
  • Helene Perna
  • Maria Gallo 
  • Janice Fotheringham
  • Christina Gardner Bell
  • Jane Reed                    

The Teaching Channel

Milton Chen on Deeper Learning for ELLs


 

The Lawrence Public Schools Academic Initiatives

Data Driven Instruction

Social Emotional Learning

Response to Intervention

Common Core Standards

For More Information: District Academic Plan