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A Message from the Superintendent


Dear Lawrence Faculty & Community Members, 2020 is here and with it comes exciting changes that are sure to further advance our school district. In the past three months, we have accomplished much as a corporation. On November 5, 2019, we successfully passed the district’s first capital referendum, totaling $191M, and ensuring high quality learning environments for our students for years to come. Dollars generated from the referendum will impact ten school buildings. Follow the links below to see more information on the buildings impacted and proposed plans: Early Learning Centers (4 sites)

Winding Ridge Elementary

Brook Park Elementary

Lawrence Central High School

Forest Glen Elementary

Lawrence North High School

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Oaklandon Elementary In the past few weeks, we have received final approval from the City of Indianapolis and City of Lawrence for our new Transportation Facility. Additional information and renderings will be shared as they become available. Our current facility was built in 1992 and intended to house and maintain 90 school buses. There are currently over 220 buses housed on that site. We are proud to share that our 2018-2019 Annual Report is now available. Follow this link to view the report in its entirety. Other 2020 changes include some changes in building and district administration.

The District of Destination MSD of Lawrence Township

Lawrence Education and Community Center 6501 Sunnyside Road Indianapolis, IN 46236 317-423-8200 Visit us on the web at www.LTschools.org

Leaders in new roles are pictured below with their respective titles:

Dr. Tim Harshbarger Assistant Superintendent

Ms. Carla Johnson Ms. Stephanie LaPlante Chief of Human Resources Chief of Programs

Mr. Dan Kuznik, Ed.S. Director of Secondary Education

Dr. Steve Goeglein Assistant Director of Systems Integration

Ms. Angie Crousore Principal, ELC Mary Castle

Mr. Justin Linch Interim Principal, Fall Creek Valley Middle School

Ms. Edyza Deynes Interim Principal, ELC Brook Park

Ms. Candace Nortey, Ed.S. Director of Elementary Education

Academic Top 30 Announced Lawrence Central and Lawrence North High Schools are pleased to announce their Academic Top 30 for the graduating class of 2020. Follow the links below to see a list of students from each school. Lawrence Central Academic Top 30

Lawrence North Academic Top 30

It is important that we all continue to be advocates for public education. Part of that advocacy means being equipped with information to inform the public as to the current challenges that public schools face. This semester I will be visiting every school building and meeting with various community groups to educate stakeholders on how public schools are funded in Indiana.

I look forward to another year of Lawrence Excellence and thank you for your continued support and patronage.


Shawn A. Smith, Ph.D. Superintendent of Schools

LT Schools State of the Schools Presented by Bose, McKinney & Evans Law and sponsored by Community Health Network in partnership with the Greater Lawrence Chamber of Commerce Tuesday Feb 4, 2020 7:30 AM - Check In & Networking 8:00 AM .- Introduction of Dr. Shawn Smith Lawrence Education and Community Center 6501 Sunnyside Road —Professional Development Room—Please enter through Door #3 Registration includes breakfast. Online registration ends Friday, January 31st. Click here to register. Members: $35.00 Member walk-in: $38.00 Non-member: $40.00

Lawrence North Boys Varsity Basketball are 2020 Marion County Champions On Saturday, January 18, Lawrence Central played Lawrence North in the Marion County Championship. This was the first time in program history that the two schools met in the title game. Lawrence North beat Lawrence Central 51-46. This is the their first county title since 2008 and Coach Jack Keefer’s 9th County Title. Read more about the championship game here.

Lawrence North Girls Varsity Basketball are 2020 MIC Champs Lawrence North Girls Varsity Basketball secured the 2020 Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference (MIC) Champion title with a win over Lawrence Central combined with a North Central win over Center Grove. Great job, ladies!

Lawrence North Strength Coach Surprised by Colts with a trip to the 2020 Super Bowl Representatives from the NFL, including Colts wide receiver, Zach Pascal, surprised Lawrence North High School Strength Coach, Carol Happ, on December 2nd with an all-expense paid trip for two to the 2020 Super Bowl. Despite several bouts with cancer, Coach Happ continues to always put her students first.

Lawrence North Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship Recipients Two of the nine Central Indiana Community Foundation 2020 Lilly Scholars are from Lawrence North High School! Congratulations to Yahiry Xique & Zaheen Rashed! Recipients of this prestigious scholarship receive up to four years of full tuition to attend any accredited public or private not-for-profit college or university in Indiana. Click here to learn more.

Important Second Semester Dates There is no school on Monday, February 17 in observance of President’s Day. Students will participate in a remote eLearning Day on Friday, February 14, 2020. March 27 is a designated snow make up day, if needed. Spring Break is March 30 through April 3. The first day of school after Spring Break is April 6. The last day of school for students is May 21. 2019-2020 School Year Calendar

2020-2021 School Year Calendar

Distinguished Alumni The MSD of Lawrence Township is accepting nominations for distinguished alumni from Lawrence Central and Lawrence North High Schools. With this award, we recognize those outstanding alumni who have displayed extraordinary gifts of leadership, achieved recognition for their professional expertise, attained success in their field of endeavor, and provided service to their community and/or LT Schools. 

Nominate a Distinguished Lawrence Central Alum

Nominate a Distinguished Lawrence North Alum

Click here for a historical list of Distinguished Alumni from Lawrence Central and Lawrence North High Schools

Indiana Department of Education presents community presentations on youth vaping across the state The Indiana Department of Education, in collaboration with the Indiana State Department of Health, present a learning opportunity for Hoosiers to engage and discuss the impact of vaping within their community. We are excited to be able to offer this training regionally and look forward to a great discussion on this very important topic. This presentation will provide data related to youth vaping; address vaping devices; discussion on model policy for schools to combat vape use on campus; education and community resources through the Vape-Free Indiana Website; and, completion of enrollment for Catch My Breath curriculum. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER. This free public program will take place on March 5, 2020 6:00 PM—8:00 PM H. Dean Evans Community & Education Center 8550 Woodfield Crossing Boulevard, Indpls, IN 46240 Presenters: Indiana Department of Education Steve Balko, Director of School Safety Jason Murrey, Prevention Specialist Indiana State Department of Health Miranda Spitznagle, Indiana Tobacco Prevention

Profiles of Excellence & Staff Recognition Michael Shreves, Chief Financial Officer, LT Schools Chief Financial Officer, Michael Shreves, was a top honoree for 2019 Indianapolis Business Journal CFO of the Year Award. Under Shreves’ leadership, the district was able to raise teacher pay while at the same time increasing its rainy day fund 10% and reducing its spending on contract services 20%. The district maintains a minimum cash balance of $15 million. Click here to read more in the IBJ.

K9 Axel Retires On January 21, 2020, Officer Matt Hickey of the Lawrence Police Department formally announced the retirement of K9 Axel. After serving two tours of duty in Afghanistan, Axel, a Medal of Valor recipient, was acquired through a grant to LT Schools to serve as a resource narcotics detection dog in our schools and the community. Hickey said of Axel, “Axel, four paws and a nose, served his community with pride!” Click here to watch the YouTube video and lean more about Axel.

Mrs. LaNesha Tabb—Early Learning Center at Mary Castle Ms. LaNesha Tabb is a lead learner at The Early Learning Center at Mary Castle. In her role as a Kindergarten teacher she not only delivers engaging and rigorous lessons to her students each day but she also has contributed to the district in a variety of ways. For example, as a member of of our Rigor Leadership team, the K-2 Curriculum Team, the Early Literacy Team she has opened up her classroom as a place where teachers can grow, and learn together about best practices in our field. Because of all of this and more she was ELCMC's 2019 Teacher of the Year!

MCIT Studio 75 students are Eyes on Cancer Certified MCIT Studio 75 Cosmetology seniors have all earned certification from Eyes on Cancer. The course gave the students the knowledge they need to detect suspicious skin lesion that could be cancerous. If students were to detect something unusual they would: Ask the client if they are aware of the skin lesion? Ask the client how long the skin lesion has been there? Ask the client if a doctor has seen it before? Offer to take a picture of it with the customer's cell phone Click here to view the RTV6 story on their certification.

Lawrence Live! In this edition of Lawrence Live, Dr. Smith introduces us to the Indiana State Champion 1024 Robotics Team. Listen in and learn about what's involved in building a robot and participating in the highest level of competition. Then, Dr. Smith chats with Kim Payne-Shearer, president of the Lawrence Education Association, representing the thousands of classroom teachers in our schools. Click here to watch on YouTube.

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

February 14 eLearning Day Friday, February 14 will be an eLearning Day for students due to the Teacher Action Day on November 19. Classes will not be in session but students will complete assignments independently online. Accommodations will be made for students who do not have an internet connection. Click here for more information on our eLearning page. Click here to visit the Indiana Department of Education eLearning website. Click here for the amended School Year Calendar

Pool Community Forums LT Aquatics: 2020 & Beyond Join district leaders to learn more about the three possible options to address current and future aquatic needs of the district. February 18, 2020 at 6:30 PM—LECC February 26, 2020 at 6:30 PM—LECC 6501 Sunnyside Road A live stream of the event will be available on February 26 for those unable to attend the meeting in person. Click here for the Vimeo livestream or view it on the district Facebook page.

National School Counseling Week 2020 The week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), highlights the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems and the tremendous impact they can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. Take a moment to thank your local school counselor(s).

Blue Ribbon Facilities Plan Work continues on our Blue Ribbon Facilities Plan!* Renovations are well underway at Amy Beverland and Sunnyside Elementary Schools. Other projects for 2020 include the Transportation Facility and Multi-Purpose Athletic/Physical Education/Performing Arts Track & Field Upgrades. * These projects are outside of the scope of the referendum funding.

Exterior of Amy Beverland Elementary

Exterior of Sunnyside Elementary

Exterior Rendering of Transportation Facility

Future site of Transportation Facility

Lawrence Central home to two 2020 McDonald’s All-American nominees Congratulations to DeAndre Davis and Nijel Pack. Both were nominees for the 2020 McDonald’s All-American Games to be played on April 1st in Houston. The final roster was set on ESPN on January 23, 2020. Pictured from left: DeAnre David & Nijel Pack Photo Credit: BGH Photography

Coach Jack Keefer celebrates 800 Career Wins On December 17, Lawrence North High School Varsity Boys Basketball Coach, Jack Keefer celebrated his 800th career win after a 100-38 over Manual High School. Only two other coaches in Indiana history have won as many games.

Fall Creek Valley 8th Grade Boys are the Marion County Champions This is the 8th grade team’s fourth consecutive championship!

MSD of Lawrence Township featured by Geist Current for dual language programming The MSD of Lawrence Township is well known for its success in language immersion and is home to the longest-standing dual language program in the state with Forest Glen Elementary. Read more about ways the district is working to provide all students the opportunity to be bi-literate. Photo credit: Anna Skinner, Geist Current

Mark your calendars! Lawrence Swim Team will be hosting FREE swim lessons on Saturday, February 22 from 9:00am-12:00pm at Lawrence North High School. They welcome all ages as long as they are potty-trained. Any questions can be directed to Kathryn Stuff at kstuff48@gmail.com.

Check out the Community Opportunities and Information page on our website for a list of local cultural and civic events, scouting opportunities, academic opportunities, youth sports teams and camps, and music and performing arts classes. The Lawrence Township Schools post this information as a community service. We do not necessarily endorse any of the programs, services, events listed. Bookmark this site and visit it often to get the latest news! Visit our Community Opportunities and Information webpage to learn more.

LT School Foundation News

SAVE THE DATE CELEBRATION 2020 Friday, March 13, 2020 The Crane Bay “Big Top”

2020 SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE Applications for this year’s scholarships are now available. Follow the link below and click on the scholarship title to see the requirements. Applications are due on February 10, 2020 at 5 PM.

Beauty Bar at Geist Hosting LTSF Celebration Fundraiser Visit the Beauty Bar at Geist on Feb. 12-14 and LTSF will receive 25% of purchases in Beauty Bar Bucks for the LTSF Celebration. Purchase a gift card on any of these days, in store or by phone, and LTSF will receive 20% of purchases. Don't forget to mention LTSF! It's the PERFECT Valentine's Day surprise!

Congratulations to MCIT Civil Air Patrol The Titan Cadet Squadron Cyber Patriot team from McKenzie Center for Innovation & Technology earned a First Place award in the All-Service division for the state of Indiana during the recently completed national competition. Civil Air Patrol is run by Lieutenant Colonel, Frank E. Merrill, recently recognized by Great Lakes Region as the recipient of the Major General Jeanne Holm Aerospace Education Officer of the Year.

Board of Education News Go to BoardDocs to access board meeting agendas and minutes. The Board of Education will meet on January 27, 2020 at the Lawrence Education and Community Center, 6501 Sunnyside Road. Click here for a complete listing of Board of Education Meetings and Work Sessions. Information from current and past School Board meetings can be found at our MSDLT public BoardDocs site below.

Audio Recordings from regular Board of Education meetings are available in BoardDocs, however, for easy access, they can also be found on their own webpage. From the School Board section of the website, just click on the link to Board Meeting Audio on the left side of the page. Click here to access the Board Meeting Audio Recording webpage.

Bus Drivers Needed Are you interested in a part-time opportunity that would give you holidays off, paid training and variety to your day? The MSD of Lawrence Township is hiring bus drivers! We offer fully paid training, a flexible schedule and competitive pay. Contracted drivers earn over $100 per day! If you love children, enjoy a flexible schedule & want to join a student-focused, safety-oriented team, click here to apply today!

Kelly Educational Staffing is now hiring talented people to work in our schools. Click here to watch a video to learn more, or call 317-917-0159.

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