Lawrence Superintendent's Corner
Dr. Ann Pedersen
Lawrence is Ready!
When my son played little league the coach would tell the young players to stand in a "ready position" to catch any ball that might come their way. What a great life lesson, always be in a ready position! We on the south shore of Long Island lived that readiness lesson during Superstorm Sandy and our hearts and helping spirits join the people of Texas and Florida.
Ready position in the school system means to be ready to continually improve.
Ready means staff well trained in the latest standards and teaching methods. Ready means continually improving the learning environments for safety, security and to maximize learning. Ready also means students understanding how to set goals to master new learning.
As we start the new school year, I am proud to say that Lawrence stands in a ready position to have each and every learner fulfill their potential and reach success.
Dr. Ann Pedersen
Superintendent of Schools
Ready to Improve Attendance
Ready position at home means having a schedule for getting to school on time, attending class, and having a place and time devoted for study, homework and independent reading.
Did you know a child's attendance in the ninth grade is a better predictor of high school graduation than 8th-grade test scores and kindergarten attendance can predict third-grade reading levels?
To have each learner reach their own personal success, we must remove all barriers to that success. Missing school time is a barrier to success. We ask families to help by limiting absences and lateness to school.
Suggestions to help improve attendance include:
~Have a routine for homework
~Pack up back bags the night before
~Lay out clothes and shoes before going to sleep
~Attempt to make all doctor appointments for after-school or school holidays
~Speak to the school nurse with any questions about illnesses and attendance
Read more about the importance of attendance here:
Ready to Build GRIT
Angela Duckworth's popular book GRIT addresses the need to combine skill and EFFORT to achieve. As we enter the new school year both teachers and leaders have reviewed the significance of building GRIT and promoting a growth mindset among our learners. Lawrence will continue to address the social emotional and academic needs of our learners using a multi-tiered support system.
Learn more about GRIT:
We look forward to incorporating the concepts of GRIT and Growth Mindset in our Parent Like a Champion evenings scheduled for October 24th. Save the date!
Ready Learning Environments
We are Proudly Lawrence, a family of Learners
where each and every learner knows success is within their reach.