Announcements

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During the week of February vacation, twenty-five Lawrence Public Schools hosted Acceleration Academies - rigorous and intensive academic sessions taught by excellent educators from Lawrence and other districts.

Over 2,000 students across K-8 schools, the High School Learning Center, and the LHS campus attended the Academy. Over 250 teachers participated in the Academy, the focus of which was primarily English Language Arts instruction. 

Family of four clipartAnnouncing the Opening of the NEW
FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER
  • Centralized Registration for all schools
  • Student Support Services
  • Transportation Department
  • Special Education Department
60 Island St. Lawrence
978-975-5900    
 
 
 

LAWRENCE (February 2019) — During the period of March 25-27, 2019 the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM) will conduct a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of Lawrence Public Schools.

The Office of Public School Monitoring visits each district every three years to monitor compliance with federal and state special education and civil rights regulations. Areas of review related to special education include student assessments, determination of eligibility, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team process, and IEP development and implementation. Areas of review related to civil rights include bullying, student discipline, physical restraint, and equal access to school programs for all students. 

In addition to the onsite visit, parent outreach is an important part of the review process. The review chairperson from the Office of Public School Monitoring will send all parents of students with disabilities an online survey that focuses on key areas of their child’s special education program. Survey results will contribute to the development of a report. During the onsite review, the Office of Public School Monitoring will interview the chairperson(s) of the district’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC). Other onsite activities may include interviews of district staff and administrators, reviews of student records, and onsite observations.  
Parents and other individuals may call Jesee Kihiko, Public School Monitoring Chairperson, at (781) 338- 3745 to request a telephone interview. If an individual requires an accommodation, such as translation, to participate in an interview, the Department will make the necessary arrangements.

Within approximately 60 business days after the onsite visit, the review chairperson will provide the (district or charter school) with a report with information about areas in which the Lawrence Public Schools  meets or exceeds regulatory requirements and areas in which the (district or charter school) requires assistance to correct or improve practices. The public will be able to access the report at www.doe.mass.edu/pqa/review/cpr/reports/.
 

DESE Monitoring Review Release

 

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State Testing for English Learners Begins January 3.


All students identified as English Learners (ELs) will take the ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 test at their schools between January 3 and February 8. The test is administered every year to help monitor the English language development of students identified as English Learners. Learn more about ACCESS for ELLs 2.0 here.  Please contact your child’s school with any questions.

 

 

 

This notice is provided to announce that Lawrence Public Schools will submit an application on behalf of Arlington Middle School, Guilmette Elementary School, and Parthum Elementary School for consideration as a Massachusetts 21st Century Community Learning Center (21CCLC) - Exemplary Practitioner Program, following six years of successful implementation of Expanded Learning Time. This program is supported with federal funds. The purpose of this competitive grant program is to expand and enhance a statewide network of high quality 21CCLC programs to serve as mentors and resources to new and existing schools. For additional information please contact, Dr. Mary A. Toomey, Assistant Superintendent and/or visit Department of Education Grants Page.