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A Message from the Superintendent Dear Lawrence Faculty & Community Members, The start of the 2017-2018 school year has been superior. We kicked-off this school year with the theme: “A Journey of Excellence” The school year starts with our staff commitment to our mission of ‘Educating all Students through Graduation.’ We are focused on the expansion of our facilities and upgrades of our instructional Follow Dr. Smith on Twitter spaces. We have opened and celebrated our new stadiums at our high schools with a dedication on August 25th. In addition, we have major renovation projects being conducted at Harrison Hill, Skiles Test, Indian Creek, Mary E. Castle, the Lawrence Central Auditorium, Belzer’s Athletic areas as well as the completion of the Culinary and Cosmetology/Barbering areas of McKenzie Center for Innovation and Technology. The journey will impact students and staff by providing superior facilities and learning spaces. Our enrollment is up again as we start the year. We welcome 16,176 students to our buildings: Our Pre-K students Our ELC and Kindergarten students Our Elementary students Our Middle School students Our High School students

426 1,065 7,286 2,487 4,912

As the school year continues, you will find many outstanding new initiatives moving throughout the district. We must celebrate these new innovations to learning as they will directly impact our children. Our new initiatives for 2017-2018 include:  Bilingual education at Indian Creek, Mary E. Castle, Sunnyside, Harrison Hill, ELC- Brook Park and ELC – Winding Ridge,  Merging STEM and Dual Immersion at Skiles Test for fall of 2018,  Focus on Rigor at all schools,  New Distributive Leadership (D3) model,  Grade 5/6 Intramural Academic Team Competition,  Communities in Schools at Brook Park and Winding Ridge. Sincerely,

Dr. Shawn A. Smith Superintendent

The District of Destination MSD of Lawrence Township

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