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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