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Practicing Their Computer Skills PDF Print E-mail

Massachusetts is quickly headed toward all standardized testing being done online. 

LFDCS is up to the challenge and making sure that our students at the Academy are practicing computer skills. The Academy recently received an iPad cart and K-1 teachers and students could not wait to try them out.

Dr. Kim and Ms. St. Jean worked together to find some child-friendly apps that would help the students with letter recognition and letter formation as well as some reading programs that will help them with letter sounds and word recognition!

 
Barry Burbank from WBZ TV Presents to Grades 3 & 4 PDF Print E-mail

On Tuesday, November 1 from 12:30pm to 2pm, students of Lawrence Family Development Charter School were visited by WBZ television Meteorologist, Barry Burbank. As part of the charter school’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) offerings, Barry Burbank presented to the third and fourth graders in the Upper School gymnasium.

His presentation focused on winter weather forecasting and the various types of winter precipitation. For students wishing to explore options for careers in the STEM fields, Barry Burbank shared information about careers in meteorology. He then showed during the presentation an educational and humorous video clip about what a television studio looks like from behind the scenes and how the WBZ Weather Team produces predictions and weathercasts. To culminate his enjoyable and informative presentation, Barry Burbank filmed a thirty second video of the students, which within five days of his visit, was shown on the WBZ news at 5AM, 6AM & 5PM WBZ News.

These STEM presentations are part of the charter school’s efforts to expose elementary students, at a young age, to the academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering and math. Just one year ago, the Lawrence Family Development Charter School celebrated the ribbon cutting of its new LFDCS STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Center. The Center was made possible through the support of: the Holt & Bugbee Foundation, a family-owned, socially-responsible company in Tewksbury, MA, Mr. & Mrs. Kingman Webster , who donated a gift to fund some of the STEM Center’s technology resources and Ms. Cynthia Alekel Mohr and Family, close friends of Lawrence Family Development Charter School and one of the first donors to the STEM Center. Other donors included: The Stevens Foundations which show special concern for creating opportunities for new immigrant populations in the Merrimack Valley and the Webster Family Fund of Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF), a Fund which invests in capital improvements for these types of non-profit projects.

In addressing those gathered for the Barry Burbank presentation, LFDCS STEM Coordinator, George Masterson, said: "We are continuously looking to tie academic offerings to the world at large, so bringing a meteorologist to our campus complements other unique offerings at our school such as a drone program and an upcoming robotics program. We challenge our teachers and students to combine both academic rigor and innovation."

 
LFDCS Hosts 8th Annual High School Admissions Fair PDF Print E-mail

Since 2009, Lawrence Family Development Charter School (LFDCS) has sponsored a High School Admissions Fair by inviting to its campus the admissions representatives from primarily admissions-based high schools throughout New England. On Wednesday, October 12, 2016, preceding the High School Admissions Fair, LFDCS hosted for dinner the recruiting High Schools’ Admissions staff members and also included at the dinner a “Welcome Back” for a number of special alumni who attend the fair as returning LFDCS graduates. LFDCS alumni accompany their high school admissions staff to the High School Admissions Fair and are great “cheerleaders” for their high school.

The High School Admissions Fair is open to upper school students who are accompanied by their parents and becomes an opportunity to learn about the great diversity of secondary school options. Invitations to the 2016 High School Admissions Fair, which this year was held in the gymnasium at Lawrence Family Development Charter School’s Upper School at 400 Haverhill Street, were mailed to primarily admissions-based high schools. For most parents at LFDCS, the High School Admissions Fair is their first look at the diverse and unique characteristics of independent and private New England secondary schools. The Annual High School Fair held on Wednesday, October 12, 2016 had the following high schools in attendanceAbbott Lawrence Academy, Lawrence, MA, Academy of Notre Dame, Tyngsboro, MA, Bradford Christian Academy, Haverhill, MA, Brooks School, North Andover, MA, CATS Academy Boston/Braintree, Braintree, MA,  Central Catholic High School, Lawrence, MA,Concord Academy, Concord, MA, Governor's Academy, Byfield, MA, Greater Lawrence Vocational School, Lawrence, MA, Groton School, Groton, MA, Holderness School, Holderness, NH, Lawrence Academy, Groton, MA, Milton Academy, Milton, ME, Noble & Greenough, Dedham, MA, Northfield Mount Hermon School, Gill, MA, Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School, Lawrence, MA, Phillips Academy Andover, Andover, MA, Pingree School, South, Hamilton, MA, Presentation of Mary Academy, Methuen, MA, St. John's Preparatory School, Danvers, MA, St. Mark's School, Southborough, MA, Tabor Academy, Marion, MA, White Mountain School, Bethlehem, NH, The Winchendon School, Winchendon, MA

The Lawrence Family Development Charter School Placement Office is at the core of a successful high school transition program called “Opening Doors.” Throughout the year, the Secondary School Coordinators, Christine Easton and Shawna Ortega, establish the overall schedule of workshops to be delivered in the classrooms of grades 7 and 8 and are responsible for the outreach to area secondary schools as well as those throughout New England. The Secondary School Coordinators’ office also plans and manages the High School Admissions Fair, coordinates visits to many of the high schools which includes in-school presentations by admissions directors. In addition, the Secondary School Coordinators meet with every eighth grade student and their parent(s) to discuss best options, set the deadlines for applications and complete hundreds of required forms. Each year Christine and Shawna will work with Principal, Dr. Susan Earabino, and Head of the Upper School, Ms. Stephanie Cole, to increase the number of schools in LFDCS’ outreach portfolio and provide new opportunities for students’ consideration. These Secondary School Coordinators and the LFDCS upper school teaching team assist eighth graders to submit applications to one or more admissions-based secondary schools and assist parents in filling out their financial aid forms. In addition, teachers are supported with writing recommendation letters and mailing over 200 applications. To assist with the success of LFDCS graduates once they matriculate into high school Christine and Shawna facilitate LFDCS upper school student workshops which helps students, once accepted, make the transition to high school. To view pictures from the fair, click below: 

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LFDCS Ranked as a Level 1 School for 5th Year in a Row PDF Print E-mail

Lawrence Family Development Charter School (LFDCS) is pleased to share its outstanding results from the Spring 2016 MCAS tests. Across public schools in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, MCAS academic testing measures student achievement in English Language Arts, Math and Science. Based on the Spring 2016 results, for the fifth year in a row, LFDCS ranked as a Level 1 School. Only 20% of districts and 32% of public schools across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts earned Level 1 status this year. As specific highlights, Lawrence Family Development Charter School’s English Language Arts (ELA) scores were impressive. In Grade 7, 91% of students scored Proficient or Advanced on the Spring ELA MCAS and in Grade 8 89% of students scored Proficient or Advanced on the Spring ELA MCAS. The Lawrence Family Development Charter School’s school-wide Composite Performance Index (CPI) for ELA was 91.3%, for Math was 87.0% and for Science was 75.0%. Since last year, 2015, LFDCS made a 0.3 gain in Math, and since 2010, LFDCS made a 10 point gain in ELA, a 7.9 gain in Math, and an 8.6 point gain in Science.

There were many perfect scores for Lawrence Family Development Charter School students on the Spring 2016 MCAS tests. Eight students earned a perfect score on the English Language Arts (ELA) MCAS, seven students earned a perfect score on the Math MCAS and for the first time ever, two students earned a perfect score on the Grade 5 Science MCAS. Therefore, Lawrence Family Development Charter School is proud to announce the names and grade levels for those students achieving perfect test scores on particular tests. Note that the grade levels below represent the students’ grade level at the time of Spring 2016 MCAS testing. These students and their parent(s) were invited to the October 19th LFDCS Board of Trustees meeting and were presented Certificates in recognition of their perfect scores and enjoyed cake and ice cream: Grade 3: Lizaudy Aparicio – Math, Lisibel Soto, Math, Jasmine Batistini; Grade 4: Jadan Rosario – Math, Yelianny Rodriguez – ELA; Grade 5: Amy Baez – ELA, Glorimar De Los Santos – ELA, Miguelangel Perez – ELA, Natalie Garcia – Science, Isabella Piantini – Science; Grade 6: Daniela Rosario – ELA, Quetzaly Paz-Mondesi – ELA, Elijah Veras – Math; Grade 7: Isatys Perez – ELA and Math, Alenairam Castillo – Math; Grade 8: Stervin Santana - Math.

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According to Charter School Principal, Dr. Susan Earabino, the success of the students earning tremendous scores is achieved by talented and dedicated teachers. Dr. Earabino enthusiastically shared information about the factors which contribute to LFDCS’ student success: common planning time for teachers, an extensive mentoring through professional development and options for development of career paths for teacher leaders. “We look for both rigor and innovation in instruction, we differentiate teaching methods and we prioritize small class size.” “Complementing these teacher-led efforts are extensive opportunities for involvement by parents in all aspects of school decision-making” says Director/Superintendent, Ralph Carrero. Lawrence Family Development Charter School is closing the achievement gap for our students, 99% of whom are Hispanic.

 

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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.

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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.

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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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