Human Resources & Academics

Human Resources

The Lawrence Public School District is a suburban, Pre-Kindergarten to 12 school system that employs hundreds of teachers, administrators and support staff and provides services to nearly 3,100 public school students. Since quality teachers are the single greatest factor in improving teaching and learning in classrooms and strong leaders are the foundation for all high-performing schools, the Human Resources Office is committed to securing the services of outstanding individuals in all areas of district operations.

As the District works to hire, develop, and retain a highly qualified staff, the goal of the Human Resources Office is to provide excellent service and to build a team of professionals who are passionate about the success of all students, and who are willing to dedicate the necessary time and resources to meet the diverse needs of the Lawrence Public Schools. We work hard to recruit and select the most qualified and outstanding candidates to join our team of dedicated professionals.

Employment opportunities are available in the areas of:

  • Administration
  • Certified
  • Civil Service Support
  • Substitutes
  • Home Tutors
  • Summer Employment

Certified positions include all positions that require certification by the New York State Department of Education. This category includes administrative positions, teaching positions, counselors, psychologists, etc. Substitutes and summer teachers are included in certified positions. All applicants must possess a valid certificate commensurate with the position sought in order to be considered.

Classified positions include all clerical, teacher aides, maintenance, custodial, and transportation positions, etc. These are Civil Service positions and are governed by Nassau County Civil Service Law and procedures. Competitive positions require one year of Nassau County residency and they may include a competitive test. All positions require Nassau County Civil Service approval.

Recent legislation has been passed, effective July 1, 2001 , which requires all prospective school district employees to be fingerprinted for a criminal history background check in order to be cleared for employment at a school or for certification. Applicants who have been recommended for a position with the Lawrence School District will be assisted with the fingerprint process. The New York State fee for the fingerprints is $94.25, plus a $25.00 processing fee for the administering of the fingerprints.

The Human Resources Office works with the New York State Education Department - Office of Teaching Initiatives and the Nassau County Civil Service Department to help insure the district complies with all federal, state and local laws and regulations.

Employee Handbook


Curriculum News

New York State has adopted the national standards for education called the "core curriculum" for grades K through 12. These new standards bring change to the state assessments and have prompted a shift in the way students and teachers prepare for the tests.

On this page you will find information that will help you better understand the core curriculum as you support your child's education.

Working together, schools and families can help our students be successful in the classroom.

EngageNY is a great online source for information about the common core. It has guides, videos and other types of information for parents, families and teachers.

Click here for the EngageNY website.

To learn more about the common core standard "shifts," click on the link to the following document:"Common Core State Standards: Shifts for Students and Parents"

Look to your child's backpack as an indicator of what they are working on in school, and the way their class work and homework now reflect the shifts. Click here for a Common Core Backpack Guide.

Curriculum Maps

This website is designed to give you direct access to the Federal Government's policies under "No Child Left Behind", the New York State Education Department's informational website and links to the Lawrence Public School District's instructional program. We offer this resource in the hope that you will become familiar with the mandates and requirements that drive instruction in our district. Our staff has worked diligently to organize and publish curriculum and topical maps for your information. As you will notice, we offer a rich and well-articulated curriculum.

Curriculum maps are used as planning devices for our teachers. While the scope of any given curriculum map is universal, the sequence is discretionary. Teachers determine when topics are presented, based on local and world events, student needs and prior knowledge. Since prior knowledge plays a vital role in developing deep meaning, we ask that you use the maps as a guide when planning family activities, outings and vacations. We recognize the importance of the home-school connection and cherish that partnership.

Curriculum Textbooks

Major Textbooks Used In Our School District
This webpage was designed to give parents and families valuable internet resources aligned with your child's course of study. You can access activities and resources that match your child's textbook at the websites below.

Elementary School Textbooks

Subject /Grade Textbook
Math 1 & 2Macmillan/McGraw Hill- Mathematics
Math 3, 4, 5Houghton Mifflin- Math
Reading 1-5Scott Foresman- Reading
Science K-5Harcourt- Science
Social Studies 1AHartcourt-Child's Place
Social Studies 2Macmillan/McGraw-Hill People Together
Social Studies 3 Harcourt- Social Studies
Social Studies 4 Macmillan/McGraw-New York
Social Studies 5 Macmillan/McGraw- United States

Middle School English Textbooks
Subject /Grade Textbook
6th GradeScott Foresman - Great Expectations
7th GradePrentice Hall Literature - Bronze Level
8th GradePrentice Hall Literature - Silver Level

Middle School Math Textbooks
Subject /Grade

Math 6

Textbook Glencoe- Mathematics: Applications and Connections, Course 1
Math 6 A Glencoe- Pre-Algebra
Glencoe- Mathematics: Applications and Connections, Course 2
Math 7 Glencoe- Mathematics: Applications and Connections, Course 2
Math 7 Accelerated Pre-AlgebraPrentice-Hall Pre-Algebra
Math 8
Prentice-Hall Pre-Algebra
Math 8 Accelerated Integrated AlgebraPrentice-Hall Integrated Algebra

Middle School Science Textbooks
Subject/ Grade Science 6 Textbook Glencoe- Life's Structure and Function
Glencoe- From Bacteria to Plants
Glencoe- The Changing Surface of Earth
Science 7 Physical ScienceHolt, Rinehart and Winston- Physical Science
Science 7H Physical SciencePrentice-Hall- Physical Science
Science 8 Life ScienceHolt, Rinehart and Winston- Life Science
Science 8 Acc Living Environment HPrentice-Hall- Biology

Middle School Social Studies Textbooks
Subject /Grade Textbook
6th Grade Harcourt Horizons - The World
7 & 8th Grade Prentice Hall - The American Nation

High School English Textbooks
Subject /Grade Textbook
9th Grade Scott Foresman - World Literature and Integrated Studies
10th Grade Prentice Hall - Literature: the British Tradition
11th Grade Prentice Hall - Literature: The American Tradition

High School Math Textbooks
HS Subject Math B1/B2


Amsco- Integrated Mathematics Course III

Algebra Plus Prentice-Hall- Pre-Algebra
Integrated Algebra, Integrated Algebra H, ESL 1 & 2 Prentice-Hall- Integrated Algebra
Intermediate Algebra and College MathPearson/Addison Wesley- Intermediate Algebra
Math 12R Pearson/Addison Wesley- PreCalculus: Graphical, Numeric, Algebraic
Math 12H Holt, Rinehart & Winston- PreCalculus: A Graphing Approach
Statistics Pearson/Addison Wesley- Elementary Statistics
AP Calculus AB AP Calculus BC Prentice-Hall- Calculus
Syracuse Calculus Prentice-Hall- Calculus: Early Transcendentals, Matrix Version
Consumer Math McGraw-Hill- Practical Business Math Procedures
SAT's Barron's- Math Workbook for the New SAT

High School Science Textbooks
HS Subject Textbook
Earth Science R McDougall Littell- Earth Science
Earth Science H McDougall Littell- Earth Science
Living Environment R Holt- Biology
Living Environment H Prentice-Hall- Biology
Chemistry R Holt- Modern Chemistry
Chemistry H Prentice-Hall- Chemistry
Physics R Holt- Physics
AP Biology Pearson- Biology/ AP Edition
AP Chemistry Wiley- Chemistry-Matter and Its Changes
AP Physics Thomson- College Physics
AP Environmental Science Thomson- Living in the Environment
AP Psychology Thomson- Psychology
Anatomy & Physiology Wiley- Introduction to the Human Body
Marine Biology Benjamin/Cumming- Marine Biology
Oceanography Prentice-Hall- Oceanography
ForensicsKendall/Hunt- Forensic Science
Syracuse ForensicsPrentice-Hall- Criminalistics-An Intro. To Forensic Science
Applied Environmental ScienceThomson- Living in the Environment
ESL Intro. to Physical ScienceAGS- General Science

High School Social Studies Textbooks
Grade / Course Textbook
9thPrentice Hall - World History: Connections to Today
9thMc Dougall Littell - World History: Patterns of Interaction
10thPrentice Hall - World History: Connections to Today
AP World HistoryPearson Longman - World Civilizations: The Global
AP European HistoryHoughton Mifflin - A History of Western Society
11thMcDougall Littell - The Americans
AP AmericanHoughton Mifflin - A People and A Nation
12thGlencoe - United States Government Prentice Hall - Economics: Principals in Action
Glencoe - Economics Principles and Practices
AP Economics McGraw Hill - Macroeconomics
AP GovernmentHoughton Mifflin - American Government for Advanced High School Students
Houghton Mifflin - Perspectives on American Politics
Syracuse Public PolicyPolicy Studies Associates - The Maxwell Manual for Good Citizenship
Law Ed I & IINational Textbook - Street Law
SociologyGlencoe - Sociology and You