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Grades 6-8 Explore the Cause and Effect of Summertime Heat

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LFDCS students in grades 6 though 8 just completed a Summer STEM Program through a joint effort between LFDCS and the Girl Scouts of Eastern MA. The focus of this year's program was the cause and effect of excessive summertime heat in Lawrence.

The girls used sophisticated equipment to measure temperatures in various neighborhoods in North Lawrence and found that the hottest places, called Heat Islands, occurred where there was an abundance of black pavement and a lack of shady areas. In summary, they concluded that black absorbs the suns energy the most; therefore, the simplest and most elegant solution was to plant more trees around the city.

Other solutions designed by our students to counteract this dilemma was a 3-D scale model for a bus stop which could be built from recycled materials with solar panels to run cooling fans, as well as an informational video explaining the problem and solutions for Heat Islands in Lawrence. 

The culmination of this STEM project came in the form of a presentation to City Counselor, Jovanny Rodriguez, who enthusiastically received the girls ideas with the promise to gain permitting for a shaded bus stop on Haverhill Street across from the Upper School and to procure trees for the streets abutting our campus. 

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The Lawrence Family Development Charter School (LFDCS) recently hosted two graduation programs. One was for its eighth graders who will enter high school this coming fall and the other graduation was for its youngest students who completed the K-2 kindergarten program. Sixty-one (61) students graduated from eighth grade on Monday evening, June 6, and eighty (80) students graduated from the Kindergarten-2 program on Tuesday morning, June 7.

Of special note are the academic accomplishments of the LFDCS 8th grade class of 2016. Over-performing many of their age-level peers in other schools, these 8th grade graduates represent the Lawrence Family Development Charter School’s 21st year of providing quality independent public education. According to Superintendent, Ralph Carrero, “our work is focused on our mission --- now, as proud recipients of our 5th charter as a Massachusetts public school, it is our mission of working with families which fuels our success.” The mission of Lawrence Family Development Charter School from its founding is: strong families, working in partnership with the school as advocates for academic achievement, will create an environment where every child has the opportunity to acquire the foundation skills and habits of mind that foster life-long learning, citizenship participation and personal fulfillment. The governance structure exemplifies a commitment to the mission of the school by ensuring that the board make-up consistently involves parents at every level of the school’s governance structure.

Collectively, this year’s 8th grade graduates earned over $1,400,000 in scholarships and financial aid to four-year high schools. Additionally, Lawrence Family Development Charter School works closely with the ABC (A Better Chance) organization. This national organization is based on the ABC mission of “opening the door to educational opportunities for thousands of young people of color.” Of note is that for this talented group of graduates, ten earned honors and five graduates earned high honors for their academic work in the eighth grade at Lawrence Family Development Charter School. Also presented to five grade 8 students were the President's Education Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence for having a year-long average of 90% or higher across all subject areas and scored Advanced on at least one of their 7th grade MCAS Exams. Seven grade 8 students were also awarded The President's Education Award for Educational Achievement. At separate awards during the week of June 6th, twelve of our grade 4 students were also awarded the The President's Education Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence for having a year-long average of 90% or higher across all subject areas and scored Advanced on at least one of their 3rd grade MCAS Exams. 

The class of 2016, 8th grade graduates of the Lawrence Family Development Charter School are: Graduates of homeroom 8-1 - Ms. Cruz: Ashley Battiata, Angel Casanova, Leslie Castillo, Jorge Cosme, Shamil Diaz, Juan Fernandez, Melanie Guerra, Hailey Guzman German, Samantha Hernandez, Ashley Lara, Clyde Peguero, Celine Quezada, Eidana Robles, Adrian Rodriguez, Sasha Rodriguez and Kimberlyn Santana. Graduates of homeroom 8-2- Ms. Fandino/Ms. Goodwin: Jasmely Alix, Jonathan Castillo, Stacey Delgado, Jensy Encarnacion, Noely Galvez, Alejandro Gomez, Lewis Gonzalez, Brianne Lara, Ligia Martinez, Johan Nunez, Franjelly Polanco, Gabriela Rosario, Hezekiah Rudis, Stervin Santana and Franklin Utate. Graduates of homeroom 8-3 - Mr. Smyth: Aleksa Adames, Rudy Barrientos, Xavier Batistini, Anderson Foe, Angel Gonzalez, Anthony Gonzalez, Shanill Gonzalez, Nathanael Herrera, Alex Lopez, Angelisse Manon, Aaliyah Martinez, Mia Ormaza, Grisalis Pena and Olga Valentin-Soto. Graduates of homeroom 8-4 - Ms. Dharmaraj: Omar Alfonso, T’yana Aquino, Angely Avila, Alex Baez, Abigail Estrada, Joshua Fabian, Shantel Flamberg, Owen Jacinto, Christopher Jimenez, Niomi Martinez, Jaylyn Medina, Arisbert Perez, Raziel Perez, Christopher Rodriguez, Ginelly Vasquez and Arislady Velez.

High schools from which LFDCS’ 2016 graduates received scholarships and/or are planning to attend in the fall are: Abbott Academy at Lawrence High School, Andover High School, Brewster Academy, Central Catholic High School, Glastonbury High School (ABC Scholar), Greater Lawrence Technical High School, Lawrence High School, Methuen High School, Notre Dame Christo Rey High School, Presentation of Mary Academy, Salem High School (NH), St. John's Preparatory School, St. Mark's School (ABC Scholar), Tabor Academy (ABC Scholar), White Mountain School (ABC Scholar) and The Winchendon School.

In addition to its 8th grade graduates accomplishments, the Lawrence Family Development Charter School offers its students a strong kindergarten foundation prior to the beginning of the elementary grades. This is done through a high-quality, two-year kindergarten academy where students learn the alphabet and begin reading, learn to count and solve problems, as they develop music, gross motor, science and social skills.

Mr. Carrero, school superintendent, stated that: “In the season when we see our successful 8th graders move to high school, we are delighted to see a large number of students successfully complete a rigorous early childhood program and move from Kindergarten-2 to first grade. Our youngest students celebrated their achievements on June 7th with extensive parent involvement at our Academy graduation. We believe that parents play a critical role in a child’s education and we actively involve our parents in every aspect of our charter school”.

Eighty (80) students who participated in the June 2016 Kindergarten-2 graduation program of the Lawrence Family Development Charter School. Completing K2-1 with Ms. Smart: Jumeliz Aparicio, Yeremy Aponte, Chantal Baez, Chrisneiry Baez, Anderson Capellan, Anabella Celia, Mikayla Cisneros, Julian DeLeon, William DeLeon, Lenny Espinal, Michairel Guzman, Nicole Inirio, Mike Luciano, Eliezel Martinez, Camille Melendez, Angie Ortega, Sarah Porres, Janalys Reyes, Madelize Rodriguez, and Kailyn Vasquez. Completing K2-2 with Ms. St. Pierre: Dariannys Almonte, John Arias, Shanelle Bisono, Emmaliz DeJesus, Jaylanie DeLaRosa, Amelia Espaillat, Michael Feliz, Jeremiah Figueroa, Braydon Gomez, Maverly Gomez, Johalyz Guillen, Briana Hernandez, Roberto Morales, David Morel, Dayshalee Ortega, Jairon Pojoy, Edwin Rodriguez, Meziah Rodriguez, and Jarelise Torres. Completing K2-3 with Ms. Quinney: Keially Abad, Leilany Colon, Dennis Cruz, Enmanuel Garcia, Branden Jackson, Sarah Linares, Emily Marroquin, Isabella Martinez, Izayah Montanez, Zadiel Morales, Elkin Pena, Jairen Pena, Naomi Pichardo, Justin Ramirez, Yuleiny Reyes, Perla Salazar, Greidys Santiago, Kerialis Trinidad, Ashley Valdez, and Eliseo Vasquez. Completing K2-4 with Ms. Blount: Jada Abreu, Melanie Adames, Julian Amador, Arianna Arias, Kewdy Ceballos, Jaylees DeLeon, Nyleah DeLeon, Adriana De Los Santos, Anayaliz Diaz, Brondi Hernandez, Johan Hernandez, Xalix Jaquez, Najee Jerez, Jindrick Lima, Derek Marroquin, Emmanuel Martinez, Ashley Pena, Jhoan Rodriguez, Jaylian Salvador, Jonatan Sanchez, and Jayden Villar.

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Lawrence Family Development Charter School's Academy for Early Academic Preparation held its final ESL Family Math Night of the year on Tuesday, May 17, 2016. This math night was particularly special, because it was the first time K1 ELL students and families were invited.

The K1 ESL Family Math Night included sessions on matching quantities, adding, skip counting, patterns/shapes, and number identification. In these evening workshops, parents worked with teachers and their children to build language and math skills. Enrichment activities create a vocabulary-rich learning environment and reinforce academic skills and language development. Parents are provided special assistance and take home materials to reduce students’ performance gaps. This program is aligned to both WIDA and Common Core standards and coordinated by ESL certified teachers and led by RtI/ ELL Coordinator, Hali Castleman and Head of School for the Academy for Early Academic Preparation, Erica Crescenzo.Prior to hosting these evenings for families, ESL teachers work in professional development sessions with regular education teachers to design activities on Sheltered English Immersion (SEI) techniques.

Lawrence Family Development Charter School received a grant for this program from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for $23,667 for use with English language learners (ELLs) who are in the school’s K1, K2 and Grade 1 programs. These funds include resources for beyond- the-school-day programming which take place in the summer of 2016 as well as Family Math Nights which are held during winter and spring of the school year. This grant allows ELL students and parents to attend family math nights based on the students’ grade level and learn math skills which can be reinforced at home.

Beyond-the-school-day programs,such as Family Math Nights, are a great way to build family engagement. Mr. Carrero said “The work of the Lawrence Family Development Charter School is rooted in family engagement which is why our school has been recognized as a high-performing charter school by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Commissioner, Dr. Mitchell Chester. We are proud to be a dual language school and to use research-based practices for academic instruction and intervention. These special “beyond-the-school-day programs” support the charter school’s Academy for Early Academic Preparation's development of English language skills for academic success and complement the school’s regular education day time programs by focusing on the Academy’s ELL students and parents on the development of math skills."

The Lawrence Family Development Charter School shares its gratefulness for successes with its funding agents. Funders from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Title 3 team are briefed on the utilization of funds and the success of the Family Math Nights each year. Melanie Manares, the ESE Title III Coordinator, has expressed delight with the work at Lawrence Family Development and said, “It’s great to see the grant in action and working to serve the needs of ELLs. Thanks also for your flexibility and thoughtfulness in planning a good program.”


Academic Program

Our program includes a dual-language model with students learning in both Spanish and English. The goal is to enable students to attain advanced levels of functional proficiency in two languages and to promote understanding of and appreciation for the cultures represented by the languages studied. The primary objective is to teach students language and literacy skills that will allow them to function effectively in both their personal and professional lives. We feel the development of literacy will foster a love of learning to read, and then the competency of reading to learn.


We believe there is a strong link between school success and effective and consistent leadership. As a result, our Board of Trustees, composed of parents and community leaders, provides valuable oversight and focuses on creating and upholding policies that support our students and their families. We also have initiated a new administrative structure with a principal and heads of upper and lower schools, who manage daily operations and discipline. Leadership from the ranks of the teaching staff is also highly evident, as teachers improve curriculum, serve as mentors to novice educators and work to attain National Board Certification.

Community Partnerships

Our goal is to work with many individuals and organizations in order to provide the resources necessary to enhance and enrich the lives of our students, both during the day and in our extended day and extended year programs. The quality and breadth of our community partnership program is unique. We work with an extensive array of local private schools, parent and community volunteers, and organizations providing on-site programs.

Parent Partners

We believe that when parents are actively involved in their children’s education, students have a better chance of succeeding academically. At LFDCS parents are required to be active participants in the education of their children. Parents serve on our Board of Trustees, participate in training programs designed to help them work with their children at home, volunteer in the classroom and on field trips, and assist with fundraising initiatives. All parents sign a contract that places high expectations on their participation both at school and at home.



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