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Last spring the State of Massachusetts announced a program to assist public schools with testing for lead and copper in drinking water. The Lawrence Public Schools was among the first in the state to apply for and receive both funding and technical support for this process. District-wide testing, conducted by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the Lawrence Water & Sewer Department, has now been completed.

More than 1,000 samples were taken across Lawrence Public Schools facilities, of which 85 exceeded the action lever for lead or copper. None of the taps which exceeded the action lever were in active use for drinking water this  year, and we are taking steps to ensure they remain so, moving forward.

You may already be aware that the district has been utilizing bottled water in all facilities since last spring. This practice though not required by the state, was put in place out of an abundance of caution and will be discontinued with the testing now complete.

As always the health and safety of Lawrence Public Schools' sctudents is our top priority, and we will continue to work with the City's water department to ensure school drinking sources are within pre-action levels.

Please see the below links for more information:

Information on Massachusetts support of testing for lead in public schools’ drinking water can be found here:
http://www.mass.gov/governor/press-office/press-releases/fy2016/officials-2m-to-test-school-drinking-water-for-lead.html

Information (in English and Spanish) on water quality in the city of Lawrence, including information on lead and copper, can be found in the 2016 Water Quality Report here:
http://www.cityoflawrence.com/water

Additional information on lead in drinking water (including links to materials in Spanish) and school-related issues can be found here:
http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/water/drinking/lead-in-drinking-water.html

The results of your school's tests can be found on the school pages. 

LPS SATURDAY WRITING ACADEMY
Grades 3-8, Selected Schools
March 5, March 12, March 19, April 2
8:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Students selected for this Acceleration Opportunity will engage in a small group workshop to  learn writing expectations aligned to Common Core Standards. This learning will prepare them for proficiency on the PARCC state testing coming in April.  If your child has been selected PLEASE be sure he/she is on time each session.  Students with PERFECT ATTENDANCE will receive recognition and rewards! 
Clipart of 4 people meeting at deskLawrence Public Schools
Working Families Initiative
 
Come meet professionals who do the hiring in this field! They will help you learn how to access these jobs.
Have a resume? Bring it with you!
 
Thursday, March 25th, 2015
6:00pm-8:00pm
 
Financial Sector Panel Discussion
Where: 60 Island Street- Lower Level
Lawrence, MA 01840
 

¿Te gustaría trabajar en un banco o cooperativa de crédito?

 
Lawrence Public Schools
Iniciativa "Working Families"
 
Ven y conoce a los profesionales encargardos de contratar para estos trabajos. Ellos te ayudaran a acceder las differentes posiciones disponibles en este campo.
Si tienes tu resume, tráelo!
 
Jueves, 26 de marzo del 2015
6:00pm-8:00pm
 
Taller informativo Banca y Finanzas
Donde: 60 de la calle Island-piso de abajo
Lawrence, MA 01840
 
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Hi Folks, time for another ST MATH check in…  
 
10/15/2014 DISTRICT ST MATH PROGRESS (15 Schools): 5% Syllabus Completion; 4% Standards Mastery
11/25/2014 DISTRICT ST MATH PROGRESS (15 Schools): 11% Syllabus Completion; 9% Standards Mastery
 
Congratulations AGAIN to the LAWLOR EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER:
 
27% Syllabus Completion; 22% Standards Mastery GREAT WORK!   
 
GOAL:  WE ARE ALL WORKING TOWARD 75% SYLLABUS COMPLETION BY MAY 1, 2015.
 
RAY BORNO will be visiting LPS to stop by schools and check on ST MATH progress again in December.  We would love to visit schools that have not had a visit yet and check out ST MATH in progress.  I will be in touch to schedule a date and time for these visits.  
 
OUR TEACHERS ARE SPREADING THE WORD ABOUT JIJI…. 
Several teachers meeting to discuss academic support during the recent teacher leader cabinet session shared their enthusiasm for ST MATH and the positive impact this resource is having for intervention and concept development.  Keep the reviews coming!
 
CHECK OUT the LPS WEBPAGE under Videos (Click on MORE VIDEOS)…  Look for ROLLINS EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER and Kindergarten Teacher DIANE FORTIER’s ST MATH VIDEO.  Diane does an excellent job narrating this “inside look” at ST MATH at the Rollins School.  Many thanks to Diane and the Rollins Team for leading the JiJi fan club!  PLEASE reach out to Dave Pekarski to schedule an ST MATH video journal for your school!
 
Has your class reached 10% SYLLABUS PROGRESS?  If so be on the lookout for a postcard from JiJi! JiJi travels all over and is anxious to send you a postcard to celebrate your success!   
 
NOTE:  A review of the district level report reveals a number of schools with high levels of “Students with Alerts” – many schools are posting 41% - 53% of students with these “alerts”.  As a reminder, teachers should be accessing the teacher console daily to determine confusions and clear trouble spots.  It is also desirable for teachers to monitor students as they work on the puzzles.  The screens offer an alert border (yellow, red) for unresolved hurdles or students who require some intervention before continuing.  These supports will reduce the level of student alerts and will support continued syllabus progress and standards mastery.  
 
REMINDER:  Teachers have access to “turn on” FLUENCY PRACTICE (suggested for 10 min fact practice, teachers set the time).  Congrats to Arlington Middle and Parthum Middle for posting progress AND mastery in FLUENCY PRACTICE!  Do other schools need math fact practice?  Turn on FLUENCY!  
 
Are teachers assigning ST MATH for Homework?  See #2 below…  
  1. You should have received confirmation of your NEXT ST MATH PD (last formal one for this year).  PLEASE be sure to reach out to JENNIFER MARTINEZ with any questions or clarifications prior to your training.   
  2. By this time you should have sent the ST MATH PARENT HANDOUT home with students (Eng/Span).  This explains access for homework use.  Attached again for your reference is the ONE PAGER to help teachers learn how to set up the HOMEWORK PATHS for students.  Please be sure these have been shared with teachers. 
  3. Also attached again is the GUIDE FOR PRINCIPALS.  This guide outlines the best ways to be successful with ST MATH.  As with most initiatives, it calls for us to PLAN, MONITOR, and CELEBRATE SUCCESS.  If you have found any other creative ways to do this, please SHARE with me so that our LPS ST MATH NETWORK can learn from your ideas! 
 
Some quick benchmark reminders to KEEP FOCUSED….
✓  Our school has one or more key people assigned as the ST MATH TEAM to ensure fidelity of implementation.
✓  We are in touch with Jennifer Martinez, our Research Education Support Specialist at least weekly to discuss strategies, successes, and challenges.
✓  Our assigned students are completing at least 60 min/week (Grade K-2) and 90 min/week (Grades 3-8).
✓  We are meeting our goals of 3% PROGRESS EACH WEEK leading to 75% completion before MCAS MATH in MAY and 100% by the end of the year. 
✓  Teachers are regularly checking progress reports and responding to ALERTS as needed. 
✓  We encourage students to “THINK BEFORE YOU CLICK”.
✓  We are using TEACHER MODE to promote discussion and understanding.
✓  Ensure students have paper/pencil and/or whiteboards available as they work.
✓  RECOGNIZE and APPLAUD students/classes who make 3% progress each week.
✓  Look forward to a postcard from JiJi once class has reached 10% SYLLABUS COMPLETION.
✓  Utilize the PROGRESS CHARTS provided by MIND.