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«Dear Lawrence Community Members: MARCH, 2016 This fall the MSD of Lawrence Township embarked on MSD a Strategic Planning initiative that will guide ...»

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Dear Lawrence Community Members:

MARCH, 2016

This fall the MSD of Lawrence Township embarked on

MSD a Strategic Planning initiative that will guide our

Lawrence Township

district for the next four years. At the March 9th

Lawrence Education and

Board of Education Work Session, committee

Community Center

members reported their progress to the board.

6501 Sunnyside Road

Click here for the PowerPoint presented at the

Indianapolis, IN 46236 Work Session. Follow Dr. Smith on Twitter 317-423-8200 Visit us on the web at www.ltschools.org The district is also moving forward with our Blue Ribbon Facilities Plan and we are excited at the changes you will be seeing. Below are a few of the architect’s renderings of Mary Castle Elementary and McKenzie Center for Innovation and Technology.

Click here for more renderings and a link to animated simulations.

Learn more about our Blue Ribbon Facilities Plan I wish all our families a safe, restful and Happy Spring Break. The students and staff have worked so hard preparing for testing, this time off is much deserved.

(Message from Dr. Smith continued from previous page.) MSDLT Celebration Snapshot Click here for the Celebration Snapshot for March 21, 2016 Click here for the Celebration Snapshot for February 22, 2016 Board of Education Recognitions—Celebrating Excellence Each month the Board of Education recognizes individuals and groups for outstanding achievement and for going “Above and Beyond.” February 22, 2016 Board of Education meeting recognitions Sincerely, Dr. Shawn A. Smith Superintendent of Schools Calendar Survey The MSD of Lawrence Township is preparing the calendars for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years and would like your feedback.

Click here to access the calendar choices and let us know what you think.

Note that the survey closes at mid-night Sunday, March 20th.

Spring Break Wednesday, March 23rd is the last day of school before Spring Break. Classes resume on Monday, April 4th.

The Lawrence Education and Community Center and the Welcome Center will be open Monday through Thursday, March 28th —31st and CLOSED on Friday, March 25th and Friday, April 1st..

Lawrence Live!

In this segment of Lawrence Live, Dr. Smith talks with Dr. Denna Renbarger, MSDLT Director of Early Childhood Education Programs, to learn more about the opportunities for our youngest learners in LT schools.

Video Recording by Communication Studies Students at Crestview School of Communication. Editing by Mr. Randy Tomes, Communication Studies Teacher, Crestview School of Communication.

Middle School Open House Families of current sixth graders are invited to attend an open house at the middle school they will attend next year on April 6 from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

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LECC Workers Support The American Heart Association MSDLT employees working at the Lawrence Education and Community Center celebrated with a “Jeans Day” recently. Employees “earned” the privilege to wear jeans to work by supporting the American Heart Association.

LECC collected over $1100 to donate to this worthy cause.Lawrence Excellence

Richard Freije, Jr. Named Indianapolis Administrative/Regulatory Lawyer of the Year Board of Education member Richard Freije, Jr. has been named Indianapolis Administrative/Regulatory Lawyer of the Year. Mr. Freije is a partner at the law firm of Faegre Baker Daniels. Click here to learn more.

Dr. Grant Nesbit Inducted to Indiana Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame Grant Nesbit, MSDTL Director of Athletics, Wellness and Support and Assistant Director of Operations, was inducted into the Indiana Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame. Prior to his current position at LECC, he served as athletic director at Lawrence North High School from 2001 to 2015.

Mike McBride Named Elementary Music Educator of the Year Congratulations to Mike McBride, Forest Glen Music teacher, for being named the 2016 Elementary Music Educator of the Year by the Indiana Music Education Association!

Dave Shafer Named National Project Learning Tree Outstanding Educator Dave Shafer, Skiles Test STEM teacher, was selected from nominees across the U.S.

as one of five Outstanding Educators by Project Learning Tree ® (PLT), the national environmental education program of the American Forest Foundation.

During his 25 years of teaching, Shafer has found creative and effective ways to get students outdoors to learn about the world around them. Click here to learn more.

Mr. Shafer is pictured with students working in the garden and the grounds around Skiles Test Elementary.

Two Lawrence Township Students Identified as Indiana Academic All Stars Lawrence Central (LC) senior, Miss Alexa Austin and Lawrence North (LN) senior, Miss Laine Rumreich have been identified as Indiana Academic All-Stars. They are two of forty selected in the state of Indiana out of 284 nominees. The Indiana Academic All-Stars are chosen annually on the basis of their academic accomplishments. All-Star nominations are made by secondary principals and guidance directors to the Indiana Association of School Principals. Student selection is based on the following considerations and in the priority


 The score derived from a mathematical formula combining the grade-point average for seven semesters and the SAT/ACT composite score.

 Academic courses & Academic achievement  Extracurricular activities related to academics  Non-academic extracurricular activities  Community service and involvement A committee of educators and civic leaders met in late February to select Regional honorees and the 40 AllStars. Students selected are invited to attend a recognition luncheon in Indianapolis on Tuesday, April 26 th, where they will receive their award.

LC honoree, Austin, has not yet decided on the university she will attend, but hopes to study business or economics. LN honoree, Rumreich, also undecided, plans to study mathematics.

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National Merit Finalists Announced The National Merit Scholarship Program has announced the 2015 National Merit Finalists. The National Merit Scholarship Program is open to U.S. high school students who take the PSAT/NMSQT in their junior year of high school and meet other entry requirements. This past fall, the MSD of Lawrence Township had a total of four semi-finalists. Two attend Lawrence Central (LC) and two attend Lawrence North (LN). All four have advanced to the finalist round.

The Lawrence Central representatives are Alexa Austin and Chad Sharp.

The Lawrence North representatives are Leo Miller and Caroline Townsend.

Alexa Austin Chad Sharp James “Leo” Miller Caroline Townsend Fall Creek Valley Abrams Achievement Award Winners Fall Creek Valley has two Abrams Achievement Award Winners from the Indiana Pacers, Jeremy Lee and Elijah Bryant! They were recognized at the Indiana Pacers game on Wednesday, February 24th. Only 12 students from the state of Indiana won this award and Fall Creek Valley has two out of 12!

Lawrence Central State German Competition Grand Champion With 410 students from 21 schools registered, Lawrence Central came away with the Grand Champion Trophy at this year’s State German Competition at Ball State on February 13 th. Even though over half of the students on our team were in first year German, every one of our 19 participants came home with a ribbon. Special congratulations to Nick Atkinson, who won Best Male Student, and Jami Pfau, who tied for Best Female Student. Ben McArdle came in third overall for males, and Selena Whatley fourth for females.

Crestview Students Compete in Symphony in Color Contest Crestview has six winners in the Symphony in Color contest. The pictures will be placed on display at the Indiana State Museum during the months of March and April. Two students also received the extra honor of being selected as a Gold Ribbon Winners. This means their pictures will also be placed on display on the promenade level of the Hilbert Circle Theater during late February and early March. Those children and families will be invited to the awards tea at the Hilbert Circle Theater.

Students from around the state of Indiana participate in this contest and only 100 pictures are selected for display at the State Museum and out of those, 33 are selected as Gold Ribbon Winners.

Meet Eliu, LT’s Newest Photographer Eliu Silva is second grade Communication and Assistive Technology student (CAT) at Crestview Elementary. CAT is a lifeskills class that focuses on helping students develop communication skills, either verbally or through the use of a device. Eliu is nonverbal and uses a speech output device to communicate with others.

Students in the CAT program see communications teacher, Mr.

Randy Tomes, every four days. When CAT students are in his class, they do a series of activities on a rotating basis. While sometimes engaged, Eliu would often prefer to play with the old telephones in the back of the classroom. When a Smart Board was presented, Eliu showed no interest. It was then that he noticed a rolling tripod in the corner of the classroom. He went over to better study the tripod, and in the words of Mr. Tomes, "It was as though a switch went off."

Mr. Tomes decided to attach a camera to the top and gauge Eliu's interest. Next thing he knew, Eliu was rolling the tripod around the room and telling both students and adults to, "Say Cheese!" After a couple practice trys, Eliu was on a mission. He toured the building, beginning with the front office, to share his new passion.

Click here to view a PowerPoint with some of Eliu's pictures.

McKenzie Robotics Dominated the Indiana Team Regional Team 1024 The Kil a Bytes McKenzie Robotics completely dominated the Indiana Team Regional in Lafayette with a record of 11-1 in matches and then winning the tournament.

Forest Glen Robotics Team Will Go To World Robotics Competition One of three Forest Glen Robotics Teams has made it to the World Robotics Competition in their first year in robotics representing Lawrence Township, the state of Indiana and the United States. Forest Glen Elementary started their first robotics team for the 2015-2016 school year. Interest in the program was so great that three teams were created - Pink, Blue and Yellow. The kids were very committed to their teams

and each team had roles and responsibilities that they managed together. The student roles included:

Engineer, programmer, STEM researcher, managers, and drivers. They met every Wednesday to design the robot, practice driving, make modifications to the robot, program the robot and research for the STEM project.

All three teams qualified for the Elementary VEX IQ State Championship in February 2016. At the state championship the Blue and Yellow teams finished in the top ten of the Teamwork Challenge and advanced to the finals. The Blue Team finished second in the Alliance Team Competition. Also, they were the Excellence Award winners as the team that excelled in all areas of the competition (teamwork, skills, programming, and STEM research). This recognition earned them an invitation to the 2016 World Robotics Competition in Louisville, Kentucky April 20-23. 160 teams from the United States, China, Hong Kong, Canada, Puerto Rico, India and Malaysia will be competing.

The team has started a Go Fund Me page to help defray the cost of the trip.

ISTEP Testing Part II will take place April 18 through May 6. Students in grades three through eight and grade 10 will take this multiple test online.

For some students, taking the ISTEP exam is a new experience. They don’t know what to expect and are not certain of the skills and strategies that will enable them to perform at their best. Many of the steps they would take to complete an online exam are quite similar to those that they would engage in as they prepare for an in-class test. However, the online environment does present some differences that warrant a bit of extra awareness and preparation.

Here are a few suggestions we offer to parents and students:

 Prepare and Experience. Be aware of the kinds of questions on the test and prepare yourself for the format of questions. The Indiana Department of Education allows parents and students to experience the test on their own for grades 3-10.

 Click here to experience and practice ISTEP online.

 Contact your school or teacher with any questions.

 Avoid last-minute problems and check your device. Whether you’re using your own computer or one in a lab, make sure everything is working properly including the keyboard and mouse.

 If you are using your own computer, please be sure to charge it completely the night before taking the test.

 Minimize distractions. Phones and other devices you may have are not allowed in the testing area.

You do not want to be distracted by devices, including text notification sounds and other phone alerts.

Let friends and family know this is a test taking time and to avoid contact during this period.

 Phones and other devices are not allowed in testing rooms.

 Keep an eye on the clock and plan your time. You will want to be aware of the time remaining on a test and how many questions you will need to answer. You can always check the clock on your screen or locate one in the room. As you test, decide how long you will spend on each question. Remember, not all questions will be on the same page so it is important to know how many questions you will need to answer and how much time is left.

 Technical problems? Don’t panic. Let your teacher or adult in the room know immediately and explain the problem that you experienced.

 Relax. Take a deep breath! Once you’re logged in, take a moment to relax and get focused.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your teacher or school building.

Kyle Guy is Lawrence Central’s All-Time Leading Scorer and 2016 Mr. Basketball Candidate Over the past few years, we have been privileged to watch Kyle Guy play basketball at a level that has earned him a spot among the Indiana High School all-time greats. Kyle is one of the top candidates for “Mr.

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