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 - 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 25, 2014

Slow Start Kindergarten

Lawton uses a slow start model of half of our kindergarten friends attending Wednesday, the other half attending on Thursday, and all kindergarten friends on Friday.  
  • Wednesday, September 3rd is the first day of school for kindergarteners with a last name that starts with A through L only. 
  • Thursday, September 4th, our kindergarteners that have last names ending in M through Z will attend school.  
  • All kindergarteners will attend on Friday, September 5th.

Both days (Sept. 3 & 4) are all day experiences for students that plan to attend all day, 8:35-2:50.    If you have specific questions please contact the PTA presidents at:

Announcements - August 25, 2014

2014-15 Class Lists


As we are transitioning to the beginning of a new school year, we would like to share important information with you in order to answer any possible questions you may have.

  • Class lists for 1st through 5th grade will be posted on the front doors of Lawton school on Thursday, August 28th at 5pm.  Kindergarten groupings (not class placements)  and line up locations will also be posted on Thursday, August 28th.  
  • Class lists and teacher determinations will not be final for all kindergarten classes until Friday, September 5th.  
  • Currently kindergarten numbers are fluctuating and to ensure balanced class numbers across all 3 of our kindergarten classrooms we will not make final class placements until the first Friday of school.  

We understand waiting is difficult but this will allow us to make more equal groupings and balanced classes.  We will post 3 groups (group A, group B, and group C) with designated line up locations.  The kindergarten teachers will greet the groups and walk in to the school Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday the first week of school.  The teacher walking your child’s group and the classroom your child attends in the morning on these first 3 days does not indicate the set classroom teacher for your child for the remainder of the year.  Again we realize this is difficult but it is important to create balanced equal classrooms for the optimal kindergarten learning experience for all of our kindergarten friends.  By the end of the school day Friday, September 5th, you will receive notification of your child’s classroom.  Thank you for your understanding and we appreciate your flexibility.  If you have questions, you can contact the PTA presidents to direct you to the appropriate staff as needed to answer your questions.  You can e-mail questions to

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 - March 23, 2014

Kindergarten – Jumpstart, August 18 – 22

This summer, Lawton will again be offering Jumpstart for our incoming Kindergarten students. This year we will be offering Jump Start: August 18-22 in the mornings.

Last summer we were one of 33 schools participating with overwhelmingly positive results from parents and students.  Students felt more connected to their schools, parents and guardians were able to begin to form relationships with school personnel, and teachers were able to model school behaviors that inspired children to start school with joy and excitement.

If your student will be joining Lawton for Kindergarten, we hope you are able to join us for this week in August.

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Announcements - August 14, 2014

Leadership change message from the Superintendent

Announcements - August 7, 2014

Kindergarten Jump Start Starting Next Week!

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

Announcements - January 13, 2014

Father Daughter Valentine’s Dance – February 8, 6 – 8:30pm

Announcements - January 10, 2014

Before and After School Enrollment – 2014

Announcements - January 7, 2014

Kindergarten Enrollment events

Announcements - January 6, 2014

Many Thanks from Community Outreach!

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