Volume 3, Issue 1 | September 2019
With Mission in Mind
A Warm Welcome From Our Student Body President
Figuring out “who you want to become” can be a daunting task, and Kevin Weaver – our student body president – wasn’t afraid to admit that at the first assembly of the school year. He was reflecting on his own understanding of LA’s mission, which reads: Lawrence Academy recognizes you for who you are and inspires you to take responsibility for who you want to become.
 
In true Lawrence Academy fashion, our Friday assemblies emphasize our student-centered approach and are fully organized by our students. In his reflection, Kevin spoke to all students, both new and old, about the importance of becoming during high school, encouraging all in the audience to try new things and explore new sides of themselves as they embark on this next year at LA. Read the full story here...
LA Orientation
Meet Us On The Mountain
Unsure of what it would feel like to be a new student at LA? We make orienting fun, we promise! We take all new students for an overnight to Windsor Mountain in Windsor, N.H. Those smiles don’t lie…even when jumping in the lake at 6:00 a.m.!
Arts at LA
Pride and Prejudice

LA’s thespians – both new and returning – have wasted little time getting into the swing of things this fall. Preparations are already well underway for this year’s fall play, Pride and Prejudice. Interested in theater? Just want to see the show? You’re invited! It’s showing later this fall in the RMPAC. No need to RSVP!
JOIN US ON CAMPUS THIS SATURDAY

Interested in learning more about Lawrence Academy athletics? Come join us at our athletic reception! You’ll experience a Saturday on campus, have the opportunity to connect with coaches, and be able to watch some lively contests against Milton Academy.
Come support our fall athletic squads. The schedule is available at LASpartans.com .

#WhatWillYouDoatLA? #GoLASpartans #LAadmissions
Spartan Spotlight
One Senior’s Reflection on LA’s Exceptional Faculty-Student Connection
By Olivia Healy ’20

The advisory program at Lawrence Academy provides students with hands-on mentorship and support throughout the school year. Advisory groups are comprised of one teacher and a set of five to eight students – varying in grade level, gender, day and boarding student mix. Groups meet every Tuesday through Thursday morning for twenty minutes as well as sit together in both student and administration led, weekly assemblies.
 
For me, advisory has served as an important forum for selecting courses, discussing challenges that I may be having or simply in having a friendly, consistent and supportive set of faces to talk about school, extracurricular activities and any concern that would impact student life at LA.

Advisory groups ultimately come to form a safe, family unit on campus, allowing us to openly share points of view, encourage each other to try new things and sometimes have a little fun along the way!

From birthday acknowledgments and Dunkin’ Donuts treats to supportive hugs and special dinners, advisory members find comfort in each other, while helping to reinforce Lawrence Academy’s overall mission of recognizing you for who you are and inspiring you to take responsibility for who you want to become .
 
The advisory system also provides bi-weekly comment cards, which includes teacher updates on each student’s performance in the classroom.

Comment cards serve as a great way for both students and parents to receive real time feedback and coaching, whether it’s a reminder to buckle down for the next test or simple words of encouragement to speak up more in the classroom in an effort to boost one’s participation grade.
Through bi-weekly comment cards and the dialogue between my advisor and myself, I have grown far more confident as a student here at LA whether trying a new sport, committing to Honors level courses or participating in an evening, on-campus activity.
 
While one’s advisor remains a constant friendly face throughout the year, LA’s faculty are equally supportive and accessible to students, whether by way of offering individual study sessions or simply responding to a last minute text the night before an exam. They, like advisory, are rooting for your success and truly have your interests at heart.

Last semester, I struggled with an Honors science class and relied heavily on my advisor for coaching on how to approach my teacher, which led to extra help sessions and an agreed upon framework for how we would measure my progress and overall success.
 
As a senior, who is now in the process of applying to college, I have found this additional level of support from both my advisor and teachers to be invaluable.

"The bonds that I have forged with advisors, teachers, coaches and, yes, even college counselors, create a sense of ever-present support on campus and are relationships that I see extending well beyond my years at LA."
— Olivia Healy ’20
  • Athletic Reception, Saturday, Sept. 21, 12 p.m.-2 p.m. at the Stone Athletic Center at Lawrence Academy
  • Hudson, Mass., Reception, Sunday, Oct. 6, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. at Charter Oaks Country Club (394 Chestnut St., Hudson, MA)
  • Hollis, N.H., Reception, Thursday, Oct. 17, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at the home of Gina & Franco Castagliuolo (32 Lovejoy Lane, Hollis, NH)
  • Washington, DC Reception, Sunday, Oct. 20, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. at EVERFI Headquarters (2300 N. St. N.W., Suite 500, Washington DC)
  • Open House, Saturday, Nov. 2, 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. on the LA campus in Groton
  • Boston, Mass., Reception, Sunday, Nov. 10, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. at Hampshire House (84 Beacon St., Boston, MA)
  • Andover, Mass., Reception, Sunday, Jan. 12, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. TBD
  • Concord, Mass., Reception, Sunday, Jan. 26, 1 p.m.-3 p.m. at the Concord Museum (53 Cambridge Turnpike, Concord, MA)
#LAadmissions on the Road: Where Are They?

  • Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, Rectory School, Pomfret, CT
  • Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, Derby Academy Secondary School, Hingham, MA
  • Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, Link Community Charter School Fair, Newark, NJ
  • Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, Nashua Catholic School Fair, Nashua, NH
  • Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, Long Island Boarding School Fair, New York, NY
  • Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019, North Shore Independent School Fair, Beverly, MA
  • Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, Pike Secondary School Fair, Andover, MA
  • Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019, Parents League of New York, New York, NY
  • Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, The Greenvale School, Brookville, NY
  • Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, Indian Mountain School Fair, Lakeville, CT
  • Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, Rectory School, Pomfret, CT
  • Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, Inspiring Young Minds School Fair, New York, NY
  • Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, Inspiring Young Minds Prep School Showcase, New York, New York
  • Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, Applewild School, Fitchburg, MA
  • Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, Cardigan Mountain School Fair, Canaan, NH
  • Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019, Immaculate Conception Secondary School Fair, Newburyport, MA
  • Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, Norwood School Secondary School Fair, Bethesda, MD
  • Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, North of Boston Secondary School Fair, Reading, MA
  • Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, Greater Boston School Fair, Westwood, MA
  • Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, A Better Chance School Fair, New York, NY
  • Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, Lawrence Family Development Charter Annual HS Fair, Lawrence, MA
  • Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, A Better Chance School Fair, Washington, DC
  • Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, Daniel Murphy High School Fair, Chicago, IL
  • Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019, Fenn School, Concord, MA