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Welcome to Lawrence Elementary School

Lawrence Elementary School will open its doors in 2017-18, welcoming students in transitional kindergarten through fifth grade. The Board of Education of the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD) voted unanimously at their June 13, 2017 meeting to name the satellite campus in recognition of the scientific legacy of the Livermore community. (The vote was 4-0, with Trustee Kate Runyon absent.)

Kristie Starkovich, principal of Lawrence Elementary, said, “We are honored to be named after Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, a facility that is highly regarded for its cutting-edge science, technology and engineering.” Starkovich added that the school is already pursuing a focus in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM). “The name of Lawrence Elementary is perfect for our school, as we provide our students with the foundation for a lifelong love of science and technology,” she added.

Lynda Seaver, Director of Public Affairs for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), shared the Lab’s enthusiasm about the new name: “What a great honor to be recognized by the Livermore School District.” She added, “Back in 2012, our Laboratory named element 116 on the periodic table, which our researchers discovered -- Livermorium -- in recognition of the city. We never expected this kind of reciprocation.  We’re very proud to be a part of this community and we’re fortunate to have its continued support.”

The naming process for Lawrence Elementary began in April 2017 when the Board of Education determined that there was a permanent need for the satellite campus, due to increased enrollment in the District. Following the District’s Procedures for Naming New Schools, a committee of staff, students, and community members met to suggest school names. The committee invited all school community members to share ideas, generating over 150 suggestions. The committee considered the suggestions along with the criteria for naming a school, invited students and the community to vote for their top choices, and ultimately recommended three names to the Board at the June meeting.

Students Claire Gresham and Megan Rivera joined Principal Starkovich at the Board meeting to ask that the Board make a final selection. When asked which name they preferred, both students replied, “Lawrence Elementary!”

Kelly Bowers, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools, is proud to welcome Lawrence Elementary, officially, to the District. “Our community partnerships continue to enrich our District. This school’s name reflects our ongoing commitment to educating students who will make the world a better place.”

Starkovich shared that Lawrence Elementary will have a Labrador as its mascot. “I’m looking forward to welcoming the Lawrence “Labs” to their new school in August,” she said.