Lawson Heights School is dedicated to student learning and success for all its students. Located in Saskatoon's north end, our school enrols students from Kindergarten to Grade 8. We are home to a Language Learning Preschool, a program for three and four-year olds with hearing loss or language delays. We also provide classroom space to the Lawson Heights Cooperative Preschool for young children, ages three to five. In the fall of 2007, Lawson Heights School became one of five public schools in Saskatoon chosen as home to an English as a Second Language program.
When you enter Lawson Heights, you will be struck by our welcoming, productive and safe learning environment. You will be greeted warmly by our front office staff or by any students and parents you meet. Lawson Heights maintains a well-established and strong relationship with our parents through our Home and School Association and School Community Council both of which have long supported the school. Parents are often found working to support events at our school. The Home and School Association regularly sponsors activities that strengthen our school community. Research tells us that, when parents are well-informed and supportive of their schools work, their children not only enjoy school more, but achieve at a higher level. That is why Together We're Better!
A high but attainable standard of student learning and achievement has been established at Lawson Heights. To accomplish this goal, our staff has designed an industrious learning environment for all students. Our academic program is strengthened by what the recent research tells us about the most effective instructional strategies. Our staff is committed to their own professional learning and seeks ways to practice new learning methods and techniques in their classrooms. The strongest educational learning is achieved when interested teachers work together collaboratively, practice together and support each others learning. In recent years, Assessment for Learning (AFL) has been an area of focus for teacher learning and has allowed for the introduction of new strategies to engage students in their own learning. These strategies teach students to learn more independently, be able to assess their own knowledge and set new learning targets. These skills ensure that students are better prepared as life long learners.
Along with Assessment for Learning, Saskatoon Public Schools' dynamic initiative, Literacy for Life, has been a significant topic for both teacher and student learning. This work includes classroom instruction, student goal-setting and the tracking of data for our Just Read program. The program encourages all students to read daily. Students who read on a regular basis are more successful at learning and simply have more general knowledge about the world. All classes at Lawson Heights have discovered new ways to strengthen their literacy skills!
Another focus of teacher learning has been in the area of English as an Additional Language (EAL). Our school has welcomed many new students from other countries who are learning English for the first time, and who are enriching our classrooms by their presence. Our teachers recognized the need to acquire new strategies to help our new Canadians learn and become comfortable with the English language quickly!
The strong arts education program at Lawson Heights has built a longstanding tradition of presenting musicals. Orff instrument instruction for students in Kindergarten to Grade 5, along with a band program for students in Grades 6 to 8, allows for much of the student body to share their musical talent.
Life at Lawson is further enhanced by a wide variety of extracurricular activities. Students in Grades 4 to 6 are active members of Saskatoon's largest and most dynamic Just Say No Club. Our Student Leadership Team (Grades 5 to 8) plans and leads ongoing school-wide activities. Our Safety Patrol keeps students safe as they cross the street daily to and from school. Senior students, as well as Grade 5 students, are part of this team. Students are also busily involved in cross country running, house leagues, indoor and outdoor track and a variety of team sports.
We could not talk about Lawson Heights School without highlighting our Extended Day program, an initiative organized by an independent parent board that extends our Schools safe and caring environment from 7:30 to 8:55 am and 3:30 to 6:00 p.m. daily.! The Extended Day program provides students with a variety of before and after school activities in which to participate.
Lawson Heights is a busy school with a powerful focus on learning for all students. We offer countless activities to enrich the lives of students! Drop by or call us any time if you would like to meet our staff or tour our school! Call us at 306-683-7340.