Meet Our Vice-Principal
Mrs. Kara Lawrence
I have been an educator for eleven years. I began my career at the University of New Hampshire as a history instructor. Subsequently, I taught at several other colleges including Massasoit Community College and Becker College. In 2015, I transitioned to teaching in secondary education. I taught in the Social Studies department at Coyle and Cassidy for three years before becoming the Department Chair in the Spring of 2018. As a department chair, I was responsible for overseeing the curriculum for grades 5-12, supervising teachers within the department, and serving on the leadership board. I hold a BA with Honors and a Master’s Degree in History from Binghamton University. I also attended Bridgewater State University and completed a Post-Baccalaureate program to become licensed to teach Social Studies in grades 5-12 in the state of Massachusetts. My family are active members of Annunciation of the Lord parish in Taunton.
“It is with great pleasure that I take on the responsibility of helping to create an exciting and engaging learning environment for middle school students at Our Lady of Lourdes.”
Tuition / Registration / FACTS
• Grade 5 – $4,590 plus $100 fundraising fee and $175 book fee = $4,865
• Grades 6-8 – $6,800 plus $100 fundraising fee and $175 book fee = $7,075
The registration process is very easy. We will ask you to complete a simple online form, and we will follow up at a later date with other forms you may need to complete. There is no need to request transcripts as all records will follow your child to OLOL.
OLOL uses the FACTS Tuition Management System. Families need to change the school of choice for their child and can do this easily at this link: https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3GJ1F
Uniforms / Classrooms / School Hours
OLOL uses Donnelly’s for our uniform company. A link will be added to the OLOL Donnelly website with a distinction between the elementary and middle school uniform for those who will need to purchase uniforms for the 2021/22 school year.
Due to changes in Covid-19 regulations, we are still in the planning process for reconfiguring the Middle School for the 2021-22 school year. Please check back often as we will post updates when they become available.
The school day begins at 9:00am and ends at 3:00pm. The Before School Program will begin at 7:00 and the After School Program will run from 3:00pm to 5:30pm.
The Pre-K school hours will remain the same.
The Before School Program begins at 7:00 AM, and the After School Program runs from 3:00 to 5:30 PM. The cost for the extended school day is $2 per half hour.
Drop-off and Pick-up / Bus / Lunch
Drop-off and Pick-up Process
Parents may park across the street as a ‘drop off only’ line is available in front of the school with staff available to monitor/supervise the children.
Bus transportation for Taunton residents will continue to be available. We are working with the city of Taunton to finalize the details.
Once we have the names and addresses of the children requiring bus transportation, this information will be sent to the bus company.
An expansion of our hot lunch program is under development, to ensure appropriate lunch options are available for middle schoolers.
Curriculum / Specials
STEM will continue to be a focus of the Middle School curriculum and we anticipate leveraging the Makerspace equipment at OLOL as well.
The highly talented Middle School faculty will continue to build upon the rigorous and challenging curriculum that has been developed.
This curriculum has been designed in collaboration with Bishop Feehan, Bishop Stang and Bishop Connolly High Schools, ensuring excellent preparation for rigorous high school academics.
In addition to their core academic classes, students will continue to participate in specials including art, music, library/study hall and physical education.
We encourage families with students who have IEP or 504 accommodation plans to discuss their needs with us directly. Other students who require support to meet their individual learning needs may be eligible for assistance as well.
Social Emotional Needs
OLOL utilizes the services of St. Vincent’s to provide counseling to students and families in need.
We also have Dahyana Schlosser as a resource. Please contact Mary Turner if a referral is needed.
Dahyana P. Schlosser RN, M.Ed.
Owner/Child and Family Therapist
Therapy To You LLC
Providing In Home Therapy in & around Boston & on the South Shore
Sports / Extra-curricular Activities
We are very excited to have the opportunity to build a strong middle school athletic program at Our Lady of Lourdes. We look forward to making announcements about sports offerings in the weeks ahead pending changes in Covid-19 related restrictions.
The Middle School has its own chapter of the National Junior Honor Society and we will continue to induct new members into this prestigious society each year.
Once Covid-19 restrictions allow, we will resume activity in many clubs, such as debate, mock trial, and other clubs per the interest of the students.
Transitioning to Bishop Connolly
Transitioning to a Catholic High School
All OLOL Middle School students will automatically be accepted to Bishop Connolly High School without the need for a placement exam.
We understand that parents have choices when it comes to Catholic high schools; therefore, we are happy to facilitate the transition process of your 8th grade student to a Catholic high school.