Student Highlights

MCAS English Language Arts Testing Begins Next Week

  • Grades 3 & 5: Tuesday, March 29 & Wednesday, March 30
  • Grades 6 & 8:  Thursday, March 31 & Monday, April 4
  • Grades 4 & 7: Tuesday, April 5 & Thursday, April 7

Student Highlights

Women Who Inspire Us

Congratulations to sixth grade student Yassin Mohammed, whose essay was selected for Sixth Grade – Third Place in the annual “Women Who Inspire Us” essay contest sponsored by the Brookline Commission for Women. Yassin wrote about his mother, Eman Ezzaldeem.

Kudos to English teacher Peggy Avakian, who each year has her sixth grade students participate in this writing contest. The essay contest winners are recognized at Brookline’s “Woman of the Year” event.  During the ceremony the top three essays from each grade level (Gr. 5-8) are read aloud and the women who are the subjects of the essays are recognized.  Yassin will read his essay this Wednesday night (March 23 – 6:30 pm – Brookline Main Library).

BEF Fifth Grade Spelling Bee

On Sunday, March 13, the Brookline Education Foundation held its annual Fifth Grade Spelling Bee. Lawrence had a number of strong spellers who did not go down until the championship round. Congratulations to the six students who participated: Amelia Boudreau, Ayush Gupta, HeXiang (Jeffrey) Huang, Owen Long, Sofia Noyes, and David Smith.  The winning speller from Heath School won by correctly spelling “antidote.”

Gr. 8 DynamiQueST

On Friday, March 11, 9 eighth grade students presented their systems thinking projects at “DynamiQueST,” held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. DynamiQueST is “a showcase of projects that use students’ ability to analyze and clearly communicate critical thinking using the tools and methods of systems thinking and system dynamics.”  The event is non-competitive with participants receiving feedback and coaching on their work.  Congratulations to: Natalie Bergin, Sofia Butler, Svea Delevett, Maab Elhag, Sarah Gleba, Kaesha Marantz, Freddy Sell, Risa Yamazaki, and Hugo Zecri.  Thank you to Science teacher Ryan Keser for making this opportunity available to students and to coaching them on their work.

PTO Play

The annual PTO Play was another smash hit, bringing parents and teachers together in a musical production supported by a student crew.  This year’s edition, “The Mascot Awakens,” told the story of how our “Lawrence Loyalty” motto came to be (Caution: The historical accuracy of the account has yet to confirmed!).    Kudos to the entire cast, band, and crew with an extra “High 5” to first-time Director Peter Villa, Producer Nancy Gerber, and PTO Band Director Band Grady Clouse(all Lawrence parents). And an extra dose of Lawrence Loyalty to the staff members who participated:  Kirsten Alper, Justin Brown (on drums), Shannon Egna, Dominique Ferdinand, Rebecca Jones (a return engagement for our former French teacher), Zoë Kern, Jeremy Ward & Jon Weinberger.

“Ooh, ooh, hoo…Lawrence Loyalty!”

Rick Rogers
rick_rogers@brookline.k12.ma.us

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