Lawton Elementary School

Seattle, WA

Lawton Elementary photoLawton is a public elementary school located in Seattle's Magnolia neighborhood. We're focused on academic achievement and cultural enrichment. We've served this community for over 100 years, and proudly continue to offer an excellent K-5 learning experience in a healthy and caring environment. - Learn More about Lawton

Announcements - September 14, 2014

Don’t miss out on your Lawton Spirit Gear!

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to get your Lawton Spirit gear this fall. This year we have scarves for those cold fall and winter days that will be coming sooner than you think! The deadline is Friday, September 19th and the next order will not be until February.

Click here to download an order form and to see samples of items.

Announcements - September 9, 2014

Before and After School Enrichment classes updates

If you haven’t registered your child for an enrichment class there is still time.  The deadline for the PTA sponsored programs is September 26th but the sooner you do it the better. Several of our classes are already full and others are getting close. Click here for the most recent class information.

Good news regarding the Creative Coding class. Because of the high interest, we were able to add second class on Friday. If you were interested and Wednesdays didn’t work for you, Friday is now an option.

Language Link is proud to be offering Spanish Language class again. Click here for more information.

Chess4Life is also back with Chess before school. Click here for more information.

Announcements - September 9, 2014

Fall Book Fair – Lawton Library

The Fall Book Fair is quickly approaching. The book fair supplements the PTA grant for library book purchases, and allows our Librarian, Mrs. Gallegos, to buy new and interesting titles for students as well as materials that enrich the curriculum at Lawton. Please support the library by attending the book fair between September 22nd and 24th, and by volunteering. Help is needed for set-up, cashiering at the fair, and dismantling after the fair. To volunteer, please go to the Sign-up Genius page at Questions or frustrations? E-mail Mrs. Gallegos at

Announcements - September 9, 2014

Chess Club back at Lawton!

Chess4Life is excited to be back at Lawton to offer Chess club to our students. Please click here to view information on how to register for this before school class.



Announcements - September 6, 2014

Back to School Bash – Friday, September 12, 2014 – 6:00 p.m.

Join us for the Back to School Bash on Friday, September 12 starting at 6:00! This annual event is a way for you to get to know other families in your child’s class, chat with staff, and catch up with friends. Dinner is $6.00 a plate per person for all you can eat pasta, salad, and a drink.

There will also be activities for your children such as:

  • LEGO table (lower playground)
  • Balloon twister (lower playground)
  • Airbrush tattoos (lower playground)
  • Paper airplane folding & throwing (upper play field)
  • Kickball game (upper play field)
  • Hula Hoops (upper play field)
  • Football (upper play field)
  • Jump Ropes (upper play field)

In addition, there will be a bake sale where all proceeds will go towards Islandwood Camp Scholarship funds.

Volunteers needed.  Sign up here:

Announcements - September 5, 2014

Spanish Language Class

The Language Link is proud to be able to offer Spanish to Lawton students during the 2014-15 school year. Click here for more information about the class and registration.

Announcements - August 27, 2014

2014-15 PTA Fall/Winter Before and After School Enrichment Classes

The  long awaited registration packet with the PTA  before and after school enrichment offerings is ready to go!  We are pleased to say that we have 19 different classes to choose from and 3 new ones.

Please click here to view the full offering of classes plus registration information.

Announcements - August 18, 2014

A message from Principal Manza

Dear Lawton Families, Staff, and Community Members,

It is with great pride and excitement that I am writing this letter to you as the newly appointed Interim Principal at Lawton Elementary School.  The opportunity to learn and lead at Lawton was an offer that I welcomed.   My wife Merrill, our eighteen month old daughter Penelope and I cannot wait to become Lawton Dolphins!

I am starting my eleventh year in education, and my fundamental goal has not changed since the first day I stepped into the classroom as a teacher.  I want to have a lasting positive impact on the lives of students.  As teachers and building leaders we have a profound responsibility to educate children from a holistic approach including reading and writing, math and science, health and fitness, the arts, and social-emotional development.  I look forward to learning from the Lawton staff and leading the educators to continue improving student learning for all students in every classroom every day.  In addition, I anticipate working side by side with families and community members to provide the best elementary experience a student can have, enabling our students to leave Lawton highly prepared for middle school and beyond.

I grew up in a family of teachers, and I knew that I would eventually follow in the footsteps of my parents.  My father taught at the elementary and middle school grade levels for twenty years.  Furthermore, my mother just retired after thirty-nine years in education fulfilling the role of a teacher, administrator, and finally a professor.  This upbringing helped me understand at an early age how important an excellent education is for students, families, and a community.

At the family and community level, it is crucial to build rich and inclusive relationships. I am currently working with our PTA president Carrie Wheeler to ensure a smooth transition and set up time for me to meet the students and families of Lawton Elementary.  I look forward to my first opportunity to meet families at “Popsicles in the Park” on Monday, August 18th.   The communication between families, the community, and the building principal is critical, and I will be sure to provide open lines of communication that are positive and transparent.

At the classroom level, clear learning targets and objectives are crucial in establishing a framework for successful academic programs. Students need to know what they are learning and perhaps more importantly why they are learning specific content.  School leadership must establish clear learning targets and objectives by aligning them with the Common Core State Standards.  Moreover, effective intervention strategies need to be in place for students who are struggling and for students who need a greater challenge. This can be done by effective use of professional development days and consistent monitoring of teaching and learning.  I look forward to working with the staff to enrich instruction and learning.

I want to thank Dr. Gerrans for his leadership and dedication to Lawton Elementary.  I am excited about the opportunity to serve the students, staff, and community of Lawton Elementary School.  I am committed to developing positive and lasting relationships. I will work toward supporting an instructional program and school climate that continue to result in high academic achievement of all students.  I look forward to working with you and the children.



Dorian Manza

Announcements - August 14, 2014

Lawton PTA welcomes Mr. Manza!

Many people have reached out to the PTA leadership regarding the change in leadership.  Dr. Gerrans has provided consistent leadership at Lawton for the past three years. He has worked hard to provide stability at Lawton after inconsistent leadership in the 3 years prior to his tenure. We have shared our thanks and gratitude for his dedication to our school.  We wish him the best at Salmon Bay and know he will bring stability and high expectations to his new school home through his leadership.

While the timing of the transition is difficult, Lawton is a great school with a strong community. We look forward to welcoming Mr. Manza into our thriving and energetic school family. The Lawton staff is already working with Mr. Manza and he is enthusiastic and excited about being a part of the Lawton community.
Mr. Manza has reached out to the PTA board about creating opportunities to meet the broader Lawton community. Mr. Manza will be available to meet families this month at the popsicles in the park.  We have two scheduled in the next 2 weeks.  Typically these events are for new families and incoming kindergarteners, however, Mr. Manza asked that these events be opened up to the entire Lawton community.  Please join us on the Lawton playground to meet Mr. Manza, enjoys a few last moments of summer, and see old school friends.  The two popsicles in the park are scheduled:

  • Monday August 18th at Noon
  • Wednesday August 27th at 6:30pm
There will also be two opportunities in the first month of school to meet Mr. Manza and help him to get to know Lawton. The Back to School Bash for the whole family is scheduled for Friday September 12th. In addition, the PTA will host a fall PTA general membership meeting for parents and teachers on Thursday October 2nd. Both events will be in the evening. We hope many of you can join us on both occasions.
Welcome Mr. Manza to the Lawton family!  
Looking forward to another great year!  
Carrie Wheeler and Kathryn Ficarra
Lawton PTA Co-Presidents
Announcements - July 30, 2014

Supply List 2014

Click here for the supply list for the 2014 school year.

Announcements - August 25, 2014

Slow Start Kindergarten

Announcements - August 25, 2014

2014-15 Class Lists

Announcements - August 14, 2014

Leadership change message from the Superintendent

Announcements - July 30, 2014

2014-2015 Tentative PTA Enrichment Offerings

Announcements - May 24, 2014

School Board approves 2014-15 Academic Calendar

Announcements - May 10, 2014

Staff Appreciation Week – Thank you!

Announcements - February 10, 2014

New Volunteer Requirements

Announcements - February 1, 2014

Seattle Public Schools seeks volunteers for Highly Capable Services Delivery Model Task Force

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