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September 14-K-2 to grade 8 start date; September 15-K-1 start date

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 “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.”

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SY'2020-2021 School Opening Plan PDF Print E-mail

Below is a letter that was sent home to parents from Superintendent Carrero regarding the SY'2020-2021 Opening Plan for LFDCS. At the end of this letter please click on the links to read this letter in Spanish and to read the frequently asked Questions and Answers Documents in English and in Spanish.

Dear Parents and Friends of LFDCS,

We would like to extend our sincerest best wishes to each one of you and hope and pray that you and your families are healthy and safe. The new school year is almost upon us, and I know you are anxiously awaiting what the plans are for the coming school year.

The Administration just returned from a well-deserved summer break and are busy putting together the plans for a successful opening with the mindset of making sure everyone will be safe and create a learning environment that will be sanitized for our students. There are going to be sacrifices that we all must make in order to do so, and I ask for your patience, support and guidance.

We are sending home a question and answer guide to help address the many questions that are being asked for the preparation of the return to school. The official student school day will be delayed until Monday, September 14 for grades K-2 to 8, and Tuesday, September 15 for K-1 students.

LFDCS has submitted to the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for the approval of a hybrid model for the upcoming school year. That means students will be assigned to either an A week or a B week, where students will be in school one week and the following week will be working remotely. This enables us to reduce class sizes and ensures students are social distancing at a minimum of three feet or more apart. The plan is as follows:

  • Academy building – K-1 to Grade 1 – normal school year (no hybrid model)
  • Lower School building – Grades 2-4 – split weeks A/B week (hybrid model)
  • Upper School building – Grades 5-8– split weeks A/B week (hybrid model)

The school is in the process of designing a Remote Learning Academy for the off week (remote learning) so that parents can send their children to this Remote Learning Academy for the full day. Students in grades 2-6 will be eligible to attend the Remote Learning Academy. Students in grades 7 and 8 will work from home on their remote learning weeks. Every student in grades 2 through 8 will be assigned a Chromebook to work with their teachers while in school and out of school.

 

We are setting up three Zoom meetings to address parent questions the week of August 10 through 14 and invite parents to listen and ask questions regarding the hybrid model and the Remote Learning Academy. There are still other factors being considered to ensure a safe, healthy and completely sanitized educational program for our students; therefore, expect more changes and information in the weeks to come.

 

I look forward to our Zoom meeting, and wish you all the best as we prepare for a challenging school year.

 

Respectfully

 

Ralph L. Carrero, Supeirntendent

 

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Innovative Learning Team PDF Print E-mail

Rising to the challenges of remote teaching & learning in 2019 - 2020 

Lawrence Family Development Charter School's Innovative Learning Team (ILT) was established in the 2018-2019 school year to use digital tools in the classroom thoughtfully, effectively, and efficiently.

Here are two examples of the work LFDCS teachers have done, associated to the ILT.

SAMRA AND TEXTILT AND WORDING

Interested in seeing more? Click on the Innovative Learning Team in the SPOTLIGHT!

 
Virtual 7th Grade Science Fair PDF Print E-mail
Our 7th graders have just completed their science fair projects under the direction of Ms. Danielle Johnson. Despite working remotely, the projects were a big success and exemplified the spirit of scientific discovery and inquiry needed to solve real world problems in this rapidly ever-changing world. Congratulation to the entire 7th grade class. Our finalists are listed below but all projects can be seen here. https://flipgrid.com/27451487
  • Lissette M & Michelle Z (7-2)
  • Xavier & Aliah M (7-1)
  • Lisibel S (7-2)
  • Amerly D (7-1)
  • Sophia B (7-3)
  • Hannaly & Janely P (7-3)
  • Jasmine B (7-4)
  • Darielys & Natalie (7-4)
  • Josmarie & Michael V (7-4)
 
CORNERSTONES FOR SUCCESS PDF Print E-mail

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.

Leadership


We believe there is a strong link between school success and effective and consistent leadership. As a result, our Board of Trustees, is composed of parents, alumni and community stakeholders who provide valuable oversight and focus on creating and upholding policies that support our students and their families. Our administrative structure consists of a Principal and three Heads of School who manage daily operations and discipline. Leadership from the ranks of the teaching staff is also highly evident, as teachers improve curriculum and serve as mentors to novice educators.

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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ACADEMY FOR EARLY ACADEMIC PREPARATION
(K-1, K2 & Grade 1)
  10 Railroad Street, Lawrence, MA 01841
  (P) 978 258-6210
LOWER SCHOOL (Grades 2-4)
  34 West Street, Lawrence MA 01841
  (P) 978 689-9863  (F) 978 689-8133
UPPER SCHOOL (Grades 5-8)
  400 Haverhill Street, Lawrence, MA 01841
  (P) 978 738-0609   (F) 978 651-2207