****During their February 9th meeting the LPS School Committee approved the 2016-17 calendar.***
2016 Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Awards Announced
The Ludlow Public Schools is proud to announce the recipients of the 2016 Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Awards. This award is an especially prestigious award as nominees are chosen by colleagues based on enthusiasm, professionalism, dedication, community outreach, excellence in teaching and working practices. From the list of nominees, a committee chose three veteran teachers and one new teacher for this year’s award. The 2016 recipients are: Mrs. Paula Lane-Major, LHS ESL teacher, Mrs. Tina Gilbert, BMS 8th grade English teacher, Miss Christine James, Veterans Park 4th grade teacher and Ms. Nicole Lownds, Autism Inclusion Specialist for the elementary schools. CONGRATULATIONS! To learn more about each of these amazing teachers click on their names.
Great Season for LHS Ski Team
Tuesday, February 9th marked the end of the Pioneer Valley Intrascholastic Athletic Conference (PVIAC) alpine skiing season. Mr. Tim Brillo, LHS Athletic Director reports that “15 boys teams and 14 girls teams from the conference sent their top skiers to Berkshire East for the PVIAC Alpine Individual Championship. Each skier competed in the slalom and giant slalom races, with their best combined times in each run adding up for a total time." To read the full article click here.
A Room Full of Royalty at Chapin Street School!
As the culminating activity for their Empowering Writers Unit on Castles, 3rd grade students in room 10, at Chapin Street School, recently wrote original elaborative detail segments describing a crown. To introduce the writing segment, and as a special surprise to her students, Mrs. Thompson arrived one morning to class wearing a large gold crown on her head and encouraged students to identify specific details describing the crown. Mrs. Thompson then took off the gold crown and, much to the delight of her students, put on several other regal crowns, all the while asking students to continue generating details about each crown. To read the fulll article click here
Snow Globes Filled with Imagination!
A touch of student imagination and the inspiration from an adorable book, was the perfect combination for students in room 14 at Chapin Street School to experience, and write about, a swirling snow blizzard inside a snow globe! Mrs. Carrie Joseph, 3rd grade classroom teacher, explained that this was part of a lesson to reinforce the English Language Arts unit focusing on visualization while emphasizing the importance of imagery, when reading. “Some students who struggle with reading comprehension often do not make connections with pictures in their minds as they read, which is why we focus on the importance of imagery and visualization”. For the full article click here.
Special Valentine Delivery for U.S. Servicemen and Women
Students at Chapin Street School have been busy making hundreds of Valentine cards for United States servicemen and women. This project took shape when Mrs. Nikki Reed, Chapin Street Principal and Mrs. Carrie Joseph, 3rd grade teacher and wife of a retired United States Army National Guard Veteran, learned of an initiative being sponsored by Big Y World Class Market and thought it would be a perfect opportunity for Chapin students to put into practice this month’s school-wide theme of kindness. According to their website, as part of Big Y’s 80th Anniversary celebration they have “teamed up with our local U.S.O. to deliver Valentines to our servicemen and women overseas, and right here at home.” Click here for the full story.
Baird Middle School Annual Pasta Supper Scheduled
Save the Date: March 2nd from 5:00pm-7:30pm in the Baird Middle School cafeteria. The price is $7.00 per person; free for children under 3 years of age. Please click here for further details and to make your reservations.
DESE 2016 Parent Involvement Survey
Mrs. Eva Tillotson, Director of Student Support Services, invites parents of a student with a disability to complete the 2016 Parent Involvement Survey. The purpose of the survey is to reflect parent feedback on how well the schools are engaging and partnering with parents of a student with disabilities. Please click here for further information and to access a direct link to the survey.
BMS Student, Nicholas Street, Takes 3rd Place in Statewide Patriots Pen Essay Competition
Nicholas Street of Baird Middle School recently took 3rd place in the statewide patriots pen essay competition; receiving his award during a ceremony on January 31 in Milford MA. The Patriot’s Pen youth essay-writing contest is an annual contest sponsored by the VFW to encourage students in grades 6-8 to examine our nation’s history, and their own experiences in modern American society. For the full article click here.
Global School Play Day Receives FUN Reviews!
Even the rain falling outside couldn’t dampen the overriding feeling of fun that was floating down the hallways at each of the three Ludlow elementary schools on February 3rd, in celebration of the 2nd annual Global School Play Day. Classrooms were filled with joy, laughter, sharing and smiles; reminiscent of the famous line from the Dr. Seuss book, The Cat in the Hat, “I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny.” “Students interacted with each other,” said Mrs. Nikki Reed, Chapin Street Principal, “they played, and most importantly simply had fun with each other. To read the full article and view additional photos click here for East Street Street, here for Chapin Street and here for Veterans Park.
Empowering Writers: Just the Facts, Please!
5th grade students in room A1 recently began a unit using the expository summarizing framework found within the writing curriculum, Empowering Writers; adopted by the Ludlow Public Schools at the start of this year for grades K-5. Mrs. Kaitlin Cookish, Special Education Inclusion Teacher, explains that by “using the framework for summarizing, teachers can better support students to remember what they have learned and synthesize the details into a comprehensive and accurate summary.” For the full story and to view their presentation and additional photos click here.
MSTCA WMASS All Academic Team
Mr. Tim Brillo, LHS Athletic Director, is pleased to announce the LHS members of the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association 2015-2016 All Academic WMass Cross Country Team: Luis Fialho, Connor Crowley, Brooke Dias, Emily Alves, and Sydney Leroux. Congratulations to each of these amazing student althletes. Click here for the full article.
Chili Cook Off Raises Money for Team East Relay for Life
The second annual East Street School Chili Cook Off fundraiser for Team East Relay for Life, took place on January 25th, garnishing rave reviews! There were eight different and delicious varieties of chili to taste including beef, turkey, chicken and vegetarian. Once the ballots were counted the 2016 Chili Champion, by one vote, for the 2nd year in a row… insert drum roll... was East Street kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Erin Keane! When asked what her secret was to her impressive back to back wins, she smiled, and shared, "If I gave out my secrets, they wouldn't be secrets, but here's one tip... use fresh ingredients. I also add lots of love and little drops of sunshine!" To read the full article and view additional photos click here.
Baird Middle School Integrating a Preventative and Proactive Approach to Guidance Counseling
In order to be congruent with the Massachusetts School Counselor's Association model for comprehensive school counseling programs, the guidance department at Baird Middle School initiated a three year plan to integrate developmental guidance into their school. This three year initiative serves to act as a preventative and proactive approach to guidance; to strengthen and enrich the students at BMS. Click here to learn more about this initiative.
NutriBullet University 90 Day Challenge Blasts into BMS
When learning of the NutriBullet University contest Mrs. Casagrande thought it would be a valuable opportunity for BMS students and, with the assistance of Jordan Funke, BMS Library Media Specialist, set out to complete the necessary requirements to enter the contest; learning in the fall that they had been awarded one of five grants. As part of the grant BMS received $15,000 which funded five NutriBullet units for the school, various prep equipment, a NutriBullet unit for each family of students participating, sweatshirts and other incentives for students, and $6,000 to purchase fresh produce. Click here for the full article.
7th Grader Joshua Gunn Wins Top Honors at the BMS National Geographic Competition
Recently, ten students from Baird Middle School participated in the school level competition of the National Geographic Bee. After many rounds, Joshua Gunn won the honor of school champion, with Erin Lucas coming in second place and Jackie Doucette grabbing third place. Joshua will now take an online geography exam to see if he qualifies to compete at the state level this spring. CONGRATULATIONS to all who participated and GOOD LUCK to Joshua at the next level of competition. To see the full article and view additional pictures click here.
2nd Grade Students Make a Difference in the Lives of Others
In the poem, The Power of One, by Ashish Ram he writes, “One life can make a difference; you see, it’s up to you!” You might think these words were written to describe Kacie Klimek and Lacey Perron, two 2nd grade students at Chapin Street School who recently made a difference in the lives of others in very heartwarming and generous ways. Their teacher, Ms. Jodi Yarkey, explained that Kacie donated handmade blankets for the pet supply drive at school and Lacey requested that people attending her birthday party bring canned food items for the needy/homeless instead of birthday gifts. Click here for the full article.
Students Helping to Keep Others Warm this Winter
Mrs. Rosemary Jorge, Veterans Park Outreach Teacher, is very proud to report that the winter clothing drive organized by the students in the Community Outreach Classes is well underway. Students are accepting any gently used winter hats, mittens, gloves, scarves, coats, hoodies and boots. She reports that they have reached 62% of their goal of collecting 100 items by the end of the drive on January 26th. Click here for the full article.
Senior Yearbook Ad Night Scheduled
The Lion Yearbook Staff will once again host a senior ad night on Wednesday, February 10th and Thursday, February 11th. Parents will be able to sign up for a ½ hour time slot and create a congratulations ad for their senior. Time slots will run every half hour from 2:30pm-7:30pm. Parents can bring any pictures they wish to be scanned, as well as any text they have written. Our ad designers will be avaialbe to assist with wording, if necessary. Click here for full details.
East Street Student Wins National Red Ribbon Contest
Giana Rivera, a 1st grade student in Mrs. Damtoft’s class at East Street School, and her family, recently learned that they were the winners of the National Family Partnership’s annual 2015 Red Ribbon Week Photo contest for Region I/Home Entry. The theme for this 5th annual contest was Respect Yourself. Be Drug Free. In addition to winning an IPad for herself, $1000 has been donated to East Street School to be used to educate students on making healthy choices. Click here for the complete story.
BMS Artwork Shines a Light on Creativity and Talent
When walking down the 2nd floor hallway at Baird Middle School you are met with some amazing artwork created by students in Mr. Robert Nummy’s art classes. Like neon lights, the talent shining from the artwork beckons you to stop and admire the array of artistic designs displayed on the walls. Each piece reminiscent of a quote by Edgar Degas, “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Mr. Nummy explained that the displays are a combination of artwork by grade level, "Notan Design is the 6th grade project, People in Motion Project is the 7th grade project with the Still Life and Color Theory both being 8th grade projects.” Click here for the full article and additional photos.
Jameson's Journey Leads to Chapin Street School
Jameson, a fluffy, energetic and adorable black Pomeranian dog and Ludlow Police Detective Alison Metcalfe visited Chapin Street School on January 6th to help kick-off the Student Council Sponsored Pet Supply Drive. Many students knew of Jameson’s story from the news reports about his former owner abusing him in February 2014 and leaving him in a snowbank to die. Ms. Amber Goodreau, Chapin Street Student Council Advisor, explained that the Chapin Street Pet Supply Drive will take place from January 7th until February 26th. She said that they will be collecting toys, food, treats, blankets, etc. for local animal shelters and rescue organizations. All donations can be dropped off at the Main Office at Chapin Street School between the hours of 10am and 2pm. To read the full article and view a video highlighting the family pets of Chapin Street staff click here.
2nd Grade Pizzas Topped with Culture!
Mrs. Tiffany Coelho, 2nd grade teacher at Chapin Street School, was proud to share the creative and amazing cultural pizzas designed by her students as part of a recent research project. She explained, “This was our December family project that focused on the student's learning more about their cultural heritage. Each student was given a pizza template that included nine pieces of the pizza they needed to complete with information on a topic relating to their family culture such as sports, food, clothing, traditions, etc. Mrs. Coelho shared, “Students worked at home collaboratively with their parents and family members on this project." For the full article and additional pictures click here
.Integrating Technology and Discovering Facts About Countries
Second grade students in both rooms 1 and 2 at Chapin Street School recently completed a research assignment that took them on a journey of discovery as they learned information about various countries. Mrs. Foley reports that the students used both library books and Internet resources to learn three interesting facts about their country. The culminating activity consisted of the student collaborating on a Google Slide Presentation that highlighted their country. Click here to view these amazing presentations.
No Sew for a Cause!
Ms. Bernard's Independent Living class at Ludlow High School has been learning about the importance of community service and giving back so they created a project just before winter break. The class recently made no sew blankets for the Teen Parent Program; a program associated with the Open Pantry in Springfield. The program director, Nicole Lussier, visited the class and explained the goals of the program and how important it is for many in the area. She explained how it is a place for young mothers to go and live with their newborn, if they have no other place. Click here for the full article.
Ludlow High School AP Teachers Honored with Partners in Excellence Awards
Three Ludlow High School (LHS) teachers are among fifty four Massachusetts Advanced Placement (AP) teachers who are being recognized for exemplary contributions to student success during the academic year 2014-15 by receiving the Partners In Excellence Award. Mr. Christopher Rea (English), Mrs. Diana Sands (science) Miss Michele Fontana (English) were selected by Mass Insight Education, a Boston-based nonprofit focused on education reform, for not only their dedication to their students, but also their dedication to college success through Mass Insight’s Advanced Placement (AP) Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) program during school year 2014-15. To read the full article and learn more about these amazing teachers click here.
2nd Grade Student Donates Hair to Help Others
"I wanted to help people who have cancer. I hope a little girl like me gets my hair and it makes her happy." This was the response of 2nd grade student Audrey Troie when asked why she recently donated her hair to the Locks of Love Foundation. According to their website Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. Audrey explained that she learned about the organization from her mother and decided it was a goal she wanted to reach. Click here for the full article.
Lifelong Lessons Come Full Circle for LHS Graduate
Work hard + have fun + make a difference = the perfect description for Ludlow High School (LHS) Class of 2011 Graduate, Giana Manganaro. You see, Gianna is one of those special people who has always believed that life gives you many opportunities and it is your responsibility to keep your life balanced while making a positive, lasting difference for others. As her 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Jackie Zima commented, “ I remember Giana as a hard worker and an excellent student. She was a caring student who always did her best and was always ready to help her classmates.” Click here for the full article.
The Ludlow Public Schools Mission
The mission of the Ludlow Public Schools is to provide a quality education for every student by working in partnership with parents and community to assist each student in reaching his/her full potential.