Upper School Academy Events

Upper School Academy Meet & Greet for Special Education Parents

Join Us! Thursday September 24, 2020.
First meeting: 9:45am Second meeting: 5:00pm

The USA is hosting a special education meet and greet with parents of special education students. Please join us as we introduce the school year and how we will continue to support our special education students during remote learning.

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Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians:

The Upper School Academy staff would like to welcome you to school year 2020-2021! I hope that you are all keeping safe and enjoyed your summer as much as possible!

As you know and have been experiencing for the past few months, we are navigating through unprecedented new ways of teaching and learning.  In March, we were all new to this, but everyone came through and supported each other to finish the year!  As we enter a new school, we are starting the way we ended: remotely.  The LHS staff has worked tirelessly putting together various plans to support you and your family.  We have developed clear expectation documents to keep all of us connected to the same set of expectations around teaching and learning.

To better guide you towards a successful school year, we would like to introduce you to some of the Social and Academic Expectations of our school. We have created these expectations based on our school mission. The Upper School seeks to prepare students for academic success through practical, innovative, and ethical approaches to education. Our goal is to prepare all students to be college and career ready without remediation using standards-based curriculum. The Upper School expects high standards of academic achievement while maintaining a safe, caring and supportive learning environment, developing personal responsibility and respect for self and others, and celebrating our cultural richness as we build school pride.

An important part of being successful is becoming familiar with the Student Handbook. When you meet all your teachers on September 16, they will provide you with their classroom expectations as well. Such academic expectations include showing up to your Zoom class on time ready to engage as well as maintaining an attendance rate of no less than 95%. It is important that you meet these expectations, because they will lead to academic achievement.

Our social expectations are in place to provide a pleasant academic environment that allows all students to reach their highest potential. Such expectations include respect for and from your principals, teachers and peers. We encourage school pride and hope you will celebrate this pride by exhibiting social awareness, tolerance, and appreciation of each other's strengths. We expect all students to treat each other in a way that creates a positive community. These steps, along with your hard work, will lead to success as well as opportunity. Students who follow these expectations are better prepared to transition into college and the working world with ease.

Although it is a very different format than the traditional classrooms, we are nonetheless very excited to guide you through your final years of high school!  If you and your parents/guardians have any questions before the school year starts, please feel free to contact one of us.

See USA welcome back letter here

 

logo for LHS class of 2020 #lawrence strong

Watch these special messages and words of support from your teachers to the Lawrence High School Upper School Academy Class 2020.

Message to LHS USA Class of 2020

Dear Students:

We hope that during these challenging times, that you and your families  are staying safe and healthy! While this is not a great time and we miss you all, we do have the opportunity to try to make a positive out of a not so positive situation! 

Some of you may have missed some assignments during Terms 1 & 2  which may have negatively affected your overall Semester 1 grade. This is your opportunity to go into PowerSchool and take a look at your Term 1 & 2 assignments for all of your classes.  Once you determine which assignments you need, connect with your teachers and get those assignments completed and submitted.  Your teachers will grade and record them so that your overall grades can be adjusted.  

As you may all be aware, the Distance Learning work your teachers are assigning now are reinforcing those skills you were taught originally but may not have shown mastery in because you did not pass in the completed assignments.  While the work assigned through our Distance Learning plan can help you earn extra credit toward your overall grade, please understand that ALL assignments from Term 1 & 2 are mandatory and will affect your Semester 1 grade.  This can potentially affect your promotion to grade 12 and graduation status. Take this time to get those assignments completed and submitted to your teachers. This is your time and opportunity  to recover those grades that you may need to move on to either senior year or graduation!  

Also, Term 3 grades will remain open until we return to school or June 22 (the last day of school) whichever comes first. Take advantage of this to complete any Term 3 assignments that were assigned before March 13th that you had not yet completed.

Let’s use this time that we are apart as evidence of our personal growth and maturity and show everyone the good decisions we all make to better our future.  Just remember, Hard work pays off!

Please stay well, continue to follow all health and safety guidelines and please stay connected with your support system here at the Upper School.  We care for each and everyone of you and are here to help you in any way we can.  

Be Well,

Dr. Reynoso, Mrs. Alonzo,  Mrs. Salach, and Mrs. Sarkis

                                                LHS - Upper School Distance Learning Plan

Students who participates in any part of LHS-Upper School Distance Learning Plan will agree to the following: 

“Today we are participating in remote learning through the use of video communication.  It is important that we continue to respect the privacy/confidentiality and intellectual property rights of our school community, both students and teachers. By participating you as students agree that you will not save, record, share, or post this session or any photos/screenshots from this session.  I also agree that I will not save, record, share or post this session or any photos/screenshots from this session.

For every student to succeed, each student must: 

  • Use time wisely
  • Be a self-starter
  • Be organized
  • Be self-directed
  • Be willing to use new modes of communication and learning
  • Check communication frequently
  • Return completed assignments
  • Discuss any concerns and questions with the teacher(s)
  • Adhere to the Student Code of Conduct and Plagiarism Policy
  • Comply with attendance requirements:
    • Check into assigned classes and engage in at least three activities (e.g., sending a course communication to the instructor, participating in a discussion and/or completing a quiz) each week of the class
  • Check in with Advisory teacher a minimum of once per week via Google Hangout, text, Zoom, Remind
  • Check in with your Guidance Counselor / School Team as necessary for support.
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School Culture Team Contact Information:

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Mr. Paris:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mr. Sanchez (Geo): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Upper School Administrative Team:  Reach out as necessary or just to say “HI”:

Principal - Dr. Reynoso: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Asst. Principal - Mrs. Alonzo: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Asst. Principal - Ms. Parchuke (Salach): This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Asst. Principal - Mrs. Sarkis: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Gear Up Contacts:  Students can contact their assigned Gear Up Counselor 

Director - Vivian Irrgang: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A-ESP - Monaliza Pena: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ESQ-MARTE - Amale Harb: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MARTI-RIO - Khunravy Say: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

RIV-Z - Heidys Mendez: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Lancer Sweatshirts

The Upper School Store is now offering a range of Lancer Apparel.  Come see what we have on offer and show off your Lancer pride.

 

The store is open from 11-12 every school day, outside the Upper School Performing Arts Center.  Popular items include:

Polo shirts: $15

Sweatshirts in a range of styles: $15-35

 

For more information, contact:

Ms. Tracy: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ms. O'Donnell: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Mr. Cruz: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Or call the Upper School Office at: (978)-946-0766