Upper School Head’s Blog: Inspiring ‘Passion and Meaning’ In a New School Year

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A Little Inspiration…

“Education is not filling a pail but the lighting of a fire.”  ~William Butler Yeats

I think this quote sums up the essence of the work Lawrence strives to do with each of our students.  Certainly, we wish to fill each student’s pail with tools and resources that will help them be successful learners – in lower, middle and high school, and beyond.

More than that, however, if we can light a fire in their hearts, souls and minds, we will have achieved a much higher purpose.

It matters not where the fire is lit – whether in the classroom, on the stage, or on the sports field, what matters is that students find the aspect of human life that excites and inspires them. In so doing, they begin to live lives of passion and meaning.  And this is what propels all of us forward in life – doing something we love and feeling passionate about it.

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It is exciting and heartening to see our students so excited about the new school year.   Clubs and sports are up and running, classes are humming along and students are engaging with teachers and staff in a meaningful way.  We’re off to a smooth and successful start, for which I am very grateful.

Thanks to the parents and family members who have approached me already this year to ask questions, express gratitude and chat about concerns that are weighing on hearts and minds.  I value your input and welcome your comments.  Please call (330.908.6810) or e-mail anytime.

And Some Information…

  • Welcome to Targeted Intervention (TI)!  Replacing our PASS program is the newly formulated Targeted Intervention Program (TI).  In the middle school, TI happens mid-day and – for first quarter – will focus on helping all students learn to use assistive technology tools effectively and expediently.  In the high school, TI happens first thing in the morning and is designed to ensure that students receive additional academic support in their area of greatest need.   Questions about TI?  E-mail or call (330.908.6804)  Mrs. Cook, Academic Dean.
  • Online Gradebook Access – Over the summer, Lawrence School implemented a new Student Information System (SIS).   If you’ve not yet logged on to the new Parent Portal, which is found on our website under “My Lawrence” at the top of the screen, you’re missing out!  Check here for information and updates regularly. This is also where you can access the “Upper School Gradebook”. The Gradebook can be used to keep track of your child’s homework assignments as well as monitor how he or she is progressing in each class.  More on this to follow.
  • Nursing Services – We have had a change in nursing services since the start of the school year.  Tori, who was our nurse, accepted a full-time position at a local hospital. We are working with our provider to find a permanent nurse for the clinic and will continue to have substitute nurses until then. We appreciate your patience and understanding.  Please know that we will ensure that all student health needs are well cared for during this transition phase.

Watch for this blog on a regular basis.  It will hopefully contain information that will be of value to you.

Until next time – Go Lions!


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Jason Culp is the Head of Upper School at Lawrence. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Baldwin-Wallace College and a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University.  Jason is licensed as a Professional Counselor (PC) with the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board. He welcomes your comments at jculp@lawrenceschool.org.

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