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LFDCS Honors Donors for K-1 Interactive Boards on April 5th PDF Print E-mail

On April 5, Lawrence Family Development School celebrated the addition of interactive boards for its K-1 classrooms. K-1, the first year of kindergarten, is a full-time public school opportunity at Lawrence Family Development Charter School. Interactve boards allow teachers to expand the use of teaching with technology in the classroom and are especially useful with the development of academic language.

In 2006, Lawrence Family Development Charter School opened an early-kindergarten program, enrolling four-year-old students in a full-day, comprehensive program.  LFDCS enrolls a student population that is 99% Hispanic. Many of its students rank Spanish as their first language, necessitating a significant investment of personnel, resources and study in English Language Acquisition, particularly vocabulary development. Staff members provide vocabulary-rich instructional support enhanced by visuals to increase vocabulary, and comprehension. An important tool for instructional support is classroom interactive boards.

Now, through the generosity of donors, Lawrence Family Development Charter School recently added four new interactive boards at its Academy for Early Academic Readiness, 10 Railroad St., in Lawrence.  The new purchases are Epson Bright Link Wall Mount projectors for instructional support to K-1, four-year old students. The newly donated interactive boards provide visual cues which speeds the development of the school’s dual language (English/Spanish) goal.  Interactive boards are also a key part of professional development for the thirteen Academy for Early Academic Readiness teachers. This professional development support is led by Dr. June Kim, who works with teacher-support for techniques with the interactive projectors.

At a recent celebration, the school expressed gratefulness to the donors of these new interactive boards. Funds for this equipment were provided by: Enterprise Bank, Cummings Properties, Mike Nahill (an investment advisor), and Morris Rossi and Hayes (the legal counsel for Lawrence Family Development). Superintendent Ralph Carrero was delighted by the support from these donors, each of whom is keenly aware of the impact of rigorous education on the economic development and community engagement in the City of Lawrence. Mr. Carrero said “The work of the Lawrence Family Development Charter School is rooted in family engagement which is why our school is recognized as a high-performing Charter School by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  We are eager to use technology to accelerate the learning of our students, which in turn, impacts families.”

Academy Holds First of Four Family Math Nights PDF Print E-mail

Lawrence Family Development Charter School's Academy for Early Academic Preparation held its first of four Family Math Nights on Tuesday, March 8, 2016. Superintendent Ralph Carrero was delighted by the parent participation which was at high levels with 84% of eligible parents and children taking part in the activity.

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."

Beyond-the-school-day programs, such as Family Math Nights, include sessions for parents and students who are enrolled in the second year of kindergarten and in grade one. In these evening workshops, parents work with teachers to build ELL skills with the language of money, counting and telling time and working with math manipulatives. 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, Head of School for the Academy for Early Academic Preparation and School Principal, Dr. Susan Earabino. 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. As part of the math center rotations on Family Math evenings, an ESL teacher is matched as a mentor with regular education teachers for an inclusive effort to support math language skills which allows for student achievement in both math and in the English language.

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 kindergarten and first grade. 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 this 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.

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.”  

K-1 Program Has Been Improved... PDF Print E-mail

by the addition of a dramatic play area and a dedicated block of time for each class to use it.

Research shows that students who participate in dramatic play learn skills to get along with peers through cooperative play, develop empathy and are less aggressive. The students use gross and fine motor skills as well as visual discrimination and eye-hand coordination. Play by making food, taking care of sick animals, piloting an airplane, driving a car over blocks all require abstract thinking as they use their experiences outside of school to recreate make believe inside school. Perhaps the biggest plus for our students is the chance to use language with each other--practicing using entire sentences, giving directions, explaining what they are doing or want to do--which increases their vocabulary.

We have been very fortunate acquiring materials for our dramatic play area. Ms. Duffy, K-1 Teacher, found a four foot tall doll house at a yard sale, Mrs. Orlando, K-1 Teacher, was funded through DonorsChoose and was able to purchase two hundred blocks and a small puppet theater with animal puppets and Ms. Nicole Rapsis, one of our Grade 4 teachers, donated community helper dress-up clothes and props to go with them.

Thanks to all for making this play area a huge success!

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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.


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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