Lawrence Superintendent's Corner

Dr. Ann Pedersen

October 2017

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Fall in Love with Learning

Fall is a season of rapid change and tremendous beauty, surrounding us with magnificent colors and clean crisp air. Inside of our school buildings, change is also beautiful and rapid. Our learners are changing by acquiring and applying new knowledge. In this time of change, perseverance and passion for learning are key to meeting the demands of new grade levels, courses, and learning standards.


To fall in love with learning our learners need to foster GRIT to persevere through academic challenges. Quizzes, tests, and homework assess the level of mastery, soon followed by progress reports and report cards. In GRIT, Angela Duckworth quotes the Chinese proverb, "Fall seven, rise eight ". We encourage our learners to use all supports to "rise up" and improve; attend extra help, set aside dedicated time to study, ask questions in class, be on time, be present and be attentive.


May the falling leaves serve to remind us all of the ever-present cycle of renewal that the school year and the season of fall present.


Proudly Lawrence,


Dr. Ann Pedersen

Superintendent of Schools

"Each of us should be allowed to rise as far as our talent and hard work can take us”



Margot Lee Shetterly, Hidden Figures

Changes in our Learning Environments

Lawrence is a system of continual improvement. As the environment fosters learning , improvements are evident at the classroom and building level.

Home environments can also foster learning through routines and schedules, discussions about learning and encouraging 'Grit' to face challenges.

"One form of perseverance is the daily discipline of trying to do things better than we did yesterday "


Angela Duckworth, GRIT

Changes as Learners

Lawrence is a proud "Family of Learners" . All learners, students, staff and families are encouraged to fall in love with learning and are supported along the way. I hope to see you all at our fall Parent Like a Champion evening on October 24th where I will join the psychologists and social workers as we look at how to promote the GRIT we all need for success.

Lawrence Mission Statement

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.

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