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A Message from the Superintendent

MAY 2020

Dear Lawrence Faculty & Community Members, The last two months have been extremely difficult as a result of COVID-19. The virus has completely closed our schools. However, I have witnessed first-hand the power of our community supporting our students and faculty. I want to personally thank everyone who has volunteered to support our students with resources and food. The special recognition of our staff with notes, banners, and words of thanks are so appreciated. Our schools may be closed, but our people are still connected. The sound of children in schools is special. The schools will continue to grow the future for our community. Now we must prepare for the future when we return to school. With state guidance, the administration is preparing a plan to re-open our Follow Dr. Smith on Twitter buildings. It is my hope that we will begin opening our schools and resume our school services after July 4. Please stay connected to our district communications, as we will be updating you on plans to return. First, we must celebrate the close of the 2019-2020 school year! Hats off to the Class of 2020. These seniors have demonstrated courage and dedication under the most challenging of circumstances. Collectively, they were awarded over $38M in college scholarships. Beyond the Class of 2020, we celebrate a state champion girls basketball team (LN), a state finalist combined marching band, national merit scholars, Lilly Scholars, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Side-by-Side musicians, Mr. Basketball runners up, three newly STEM certified schools, Civil Air Patrol Educator of the Year, Mr. Frank Merrill (MCIT), Indiana Foreign Language Teacher of the Year, Ms. Mabel Ramos‌ the list goes on and on. Our students and staff continue to excel at a local, state, and national level. We have so much to be proud of in the MSD of Lawrence Township. Sincerely,

Dr. Shawn A. Smith, Superintendent of Schools

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 1


Lawrence Central and Lawrence North High School Graduation Based on mandates in place by Governor Holcomb and Mayor Hogsett, and in the interest of public safety, it is not feasible to hold the traditional ceremonies originally planned (Lawrence North on June 2nd and Lawrence North on June 3rd) at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Students will have the opportunity to participate in a virtual graduation experience in its place. Diplomas will be officially awarded at this time and will be available for pick up in July. The virtual graduation will include dignitary speeches, reading of student names, and a collage of pictures. Assuming it is deemed safe, it is the intent of the district to hold an in-person ceremony in July. Lawrence Central will hold an in-person event on July 30 at 8 PM on the football field. The rain date is July 31. Lawrence North will hold an in-person event on July 28 at 8 PM on the football field. The rain date is July 29. Links to the virtual ceremonies will be available via an announcement on the district and high school homepages once the videos are finalized. They will also be communicated by principals and shared on social media.

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Congratulations to the 2019-2020 MSD of Lawrence Township Classified Staff Members of the Year! You truly represent district excellence and we are proud to celebrate you!

Ms. Shirley Robinson ELC Amy Beverland

Mr. Doug Whitcomb ELC Winding Ridge

Ms. Heidrun Alladio Crestview Elementary

Mr. Joseph Collins ELC Brook Park

Mr. David Broadus Amy Beverland Elementary

Mr. Clarence Clemons Forest Glen Elementary

Ms. Joyce Finch-Hunt ELC Mary Castle

Ms. Kyra O’Donnell Brook Park Elementary

Ms. Maria Calderon Harrison Hill Elementary 5


Ms. Cherity Guevara Indian Creek Elementary

Ms. Luisa Anaya Mary Castle Elementary

Ms. Lana Wooden Oaklandon Elementary

Ms. Carmen Cruz Skiles Test Elementary

Ms. Anastacia Thomas Sunnyside Elementary

Ms. Shelia Richardson Winding Ridge Elementary

Mr. Greg Sargent Belzer Middle School

Ms. Carmisha Leary Fall Creek Valley Middle School

Ms. Yolanda Vargas Lawrence Central High School

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Ms. Pascale Socks Lawrence North High School

Ms. Vianey Sherwood McKenzie Center

Mr. Charles Harris Lawrence Advance Academy

Ms. Mercedes Johnson Lawrence Education & Community Center

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Congratulations to the 2019-2020 MSD of Lawrence Township Certified Staff Members of the Year! You truly represent district excellence and we are proud to celebrate you!

Ms. Christine Johnson ELC Brook Park

Ms. Diane Laramore ELC Mary Castle

Ms. Bryanna Tynes ELC Winding Ridge

Ms. Jamie Strebing Amy Beverland Elementary

Ms. Jessica Farris Brook Park Elementary

Ms. Alicia Stevens Crestview Elementary

Ms. Chelsea Isley Forest Glen Elementary

Ms. Stephanie Brueckmann Harrison Hill Elementary

Ms. Breanna Love ELC Amy Beverland

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Ms. Vanessa Darius Indian Creek Elementary

Ms. Amanda Maynard Mary Castle Elementary

Ms. Jennifer Sigler Skiles Test Elementary

Ms. Erin Taylor Sunnyside Elementary

Ms. Antonia Fields Belzer Middle School

Ms. Gema Camarasa Fall Creek Valley Middle School

Ms. Kelli Witt Oaklandon Elementary

Ms. Kristin Burmeister Winding Ridge Elementary

Mr. Kevin Self Lawrence Central High School

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Ms. Kelly Britton Lawrence North High School

Mr. John Dawson McKenzie Center

Ms. Lisa Terrell Lawrence Advance Academy

Ms. Giselle Andolz-Duron named Armstrong Education Fellow Ms. Giselle Andolz-Durón from Forest Glen Elementary has been named a 2020 Armstrong Award Winner. In addition to recognizing educator excellence, the award provides financial support for top Indiana educators to work with current IU faculty and undergraduates in the classroom and early field experiences. Click here to read Indiana University’s Announcement 10


New Principals Named at ELC Brook Park & Fall Creek Valley Middle School Congratulations to Mr. Justin Linch, named principal at Fall Creek Valley Middle School and to Mrs. Edyza Deynes, named principal at the Early Learning Center at Brook Park. Mr. Linch and Mrs. Deynes have served in their respective positions in an interim capacity since January of 2020. We are thrilled to celebrate their permanent appointment. Thank you for your leadership!

Students may be at home, but there is no shortage of reading in LT! #LTreads

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Lawrence Township Parent Supporting the Community! Lawrence North graduate and district parent, Dr. Jill Kramer was featured by WISH-TV for her efforts to support the LT community during the pandemic. Follow the link to learn more. Many thanks to the Lawrence Township School Foundation for establishing the LT Cares Fund! Click here to watch the story.

LT & First Responders Show Support for Health Care Workers with Drive By Parade On Wednesday, April 22, over twenty first responder agencies showed their support for health care workers at Community Hospital North with a drive by parade of police and fire trucks. Also participating was City of Lawrence Mayor, Steve Collier, and Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Shawn A. Smith. Behind the official caravan were Lawrence Township families in vehicles decorated in support of medical staff. Click here to view WTHR-13 coverage of the event.

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Susan Jordan Summer Reading Challenge The Susan Jordan Summer Reading Challenge is a reading challenge for all current K-5 students in the MSD of Lawrence Township. Participants set reading goals which they complete throughout the summer. Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students have a goal of 240 minutes each month. This is at least 20 minutes per day, three days per week. 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students have a goal of 480 minutes each month. This is at least thirty minutes per day, four times per week. All students are to respond to at least two books. All students are to complete reading logs verified by a parent/guardian to be eligible for the school celebration in August. Click here to access the announcement with full details and links to needed forms.

LECC & Welcome Center Summer Hours LECC Summer Hours: Due to COVID-19, the Welcome Center will be closed to the public for the entire month of June. We encourage families to visit www.ltschools.org/enrollment for enrollment-specific questions. Information on the month of July is forthcoming. Phone lines will be staffed during business hours, 8:00 AM—4:30 PM. Those with questions are encouraged to call 317-423-8209. Email inquiries can be sent to LTStudentServices@msdlt.k12.in.us.

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Blue Ribbon Facilities Welcoming. Safe. Secure. Engaging. Energizing. Lawrence Township is investing in every building to better meet student needs and foster achievement. All academic, athletic, & performing arts programs will benefit from enhanced learning communities and operational upgrades. 2019-2020 Renovations  Amy Beverland Elementary  Sunnyside Elementary

Exterior rendering of Amy Beverland Elementary

Exterior rendering of Sunnyside Elementary

Click here to view Design Development

Click here to view Design Development

Exterior Rendering of Transportation Facility

Future site of Transportation Facility

Renovations supported through the 2019 capital referendum—Beginning June 2020       

Lawrence Central High School Lawrence North High School Oaklandon Elementary Forest Glen Elementary Brook Park Elementary Winding Ridge Elementary The 4 Early Learning Centers. Click here for additional information, including proposed renderings and a tax calculator. 14


Now Enrolling for Pre-School and Kindergarten for 2020-2021!

We are excited to welcome new Pre-School and Kindergarten students to the MSD of Lawrence Township for the 2020-2021 school year! Click here for enrollment information.

The first day of school for the 2020-2021 school year is Monday, August 3. Students new to Lawrence Township can enroll via phone by contacting the Welcome Center at 317-423-8209. The Welcome Center is currently closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here to visit our Enrollment website for details and a complete list of documents needed to enroll.

Congratulations to our three new STEM certified schools! STEM Certified schools were first selected by the Indiana Department of Education in 2015. Schools are selected based on their commitment to teaching STEM disciplines throughout the entire school. STEM Certified schools exemplify a highly non-traditional approach to education, employing a great deal of inquiry, project-based learning, community engagement, entrepreneurship, student-centered classrooms, integration into humanities and related arts, and out-of-school STEM activities. STEM Certified schools take this approach while following educational policies set by the state and excelling under the system of accountability. Prior to certification, each school completed a rigorous application and review process. Our three newly certified schools are Crestview Elementary, Forest Glen Elementary, and Oaklandon Elementary! Click here to read the Indiana Department of Education Announcement.

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Director of Student Services, Mrs. Shawn Bush honored by the Center for Leadership Development On May 7, 2020, the Center for Leadership Development virtually held their 40th annual Minority Achievers Awards. Director of Student Services, Mrs. Shawn Bush was honored as the 2020 recipient of the award recognizing achievement in K-12 education. Congratulations!

To continue to facilitate school pride and to further streamline our branding with district owned logos, the district has changed the middle school mascots to those of their affiliated high schools. Meet the Belzer Bears and the Fall Creek Valley Wildcats!

Lawrence North Receives 2020 Operation Basketball Award from Dave Calabro—WTHR13

The coronavirus pandemic may have cut the high school basketball season short, but Dave Calabro still had some hardware to hand out. Dave facilitated a Zoom chat with the Lawrence North High School student section to present them with the 2020 Operation Basketball Spirit Award. Click here to view the Zoom video. 16


The last day of school is May 21. Click here for the 2020-2021 Academic Calendar Return to Neighborhood Elementary School If you wish to transfer your elementary student from his/her current elementary school to his/her neighborhood elementary school, please complete the form below. Once the application has been verified and confirmed, you will receive an email regarding the transfer. NOTE: If you wish to stay in your current school you do not have to do anything. Return to neighborhood school - English

Return to neighborhood school - Spanish

RSVP—Returning Student Verification Process The Returning Student Verification Process (RSVP) facilitates the transition to a paperless online verification of a student’s return for the next school year. This process is open through June 12, and is completed through Skyward Family Access. The process is mandatory for all families. In order to complete this process, you must be able to log in to Skyward Family Access. If you do not have your Skyward Family Access account information, please contact your child’s school. This process must be completed for each student enrolled in the district and returning for the 2020-2021 school year, as all forms for the new year are included. Instructions to complete RSVP Watch the videos below to learn more: How to log in to Skyward Family Access - English

How to log in to Skyward Family Access - Spanish

Skyward Family Access Overview - English

Skyward Family Access Overview - Spanish

Summer Childcare and Sport Camps As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no on-site child care programs or athletic offerings in the month of June. Information will be made available as we have it with regard to programming in the month of July. Click here to visit our Community Activities page for other summer activities and opportunities. 17


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LT School Foundation News

Click here to learn more about the LTSF Cares Campaign.

Click here for a direct link to the LTSF Cares Donation Page.

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Board of Education News Go to BoardDocs to access board meeting agendas and minutes. The Board of Education will meet on June 15, 2020 at 5:30 pm at the Lawrence Education and Community Center, 6501 Sunnyside Road. Due to COVID-19 guidance from state health officials with regard to minimizing the risk of community spread, the MSD of Lawrence Township has made changes to upcoming meetings until further notice. The Board of Education Meeting on Monday, June 15, 2020 will have extremely limited seating. We encourage the public to participate via live stream and NOT to attend in person. The link will be provided on our website advance. Click here for the direct Vimeo link to the live stream for June. 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.

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For more MSDLT News: Be a Fan on Facebook, Follow Dr. Smith on Twitter Follow MSDLT on Twitter Follow MSDLT Human Resources on Twitter Stay in touch with LT School Foundation MSDLT Social Media Directory

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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 Inside Out is our electronic newsletter designed to share information about our school district with parents, community members, and stakeholders. Parents who have registered their email in Skyward will be included in our electronic mailing. We are working to build an email list of community members and friends of MSDLT. Interested parties can sign up by going to our homepage, https://www.LTschools.org. Click on List Serves on the right side of the screen and select LT Inside Out. Or click here to go directly to the listserve webpage. Before printing this newsletter, please think green and conserve paper. 25

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