Thank you for visiting the Ludlow Public School's district website. It is our hope that parents, family members, students, staff and the public can use this site as an informative online resource for information regarding our school district.
The district has five schools:
- East Street Elementary School- Grades PK, K and 1
- Chapin Street Elementary School- Grades 2 and 3
- Veterans Park Elementary School- Grades 4 and 5
- Paul R. Baird Middle School- Grades 6, 7 and 8
- Ludlow High School- Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12
Please click on the "Schools" link above to navigate to individual school websites for information and news.
MR. TODD GAZDA, SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS, IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL WILL BE THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 2015. THIS IS A HALF-DAY FOR STUDENTS. THE HALF-DAY RELEASE TIMES FOR STUDENTS/SCHOOLS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
- 10:20 a.m. – Ludlow High School
- 10:50 a.m. – Paul R. Baird Middle School
- 11:20 a.m. – Elementary Schools
Click here to view/download a copy of the 2014-15 Ludlow Public School Calendar.
March 25, 2015- Click here to view/download the approved 2015-2016 Ludlow Public School Calendar.
C-Span Bus Rolls into Baird Middle School
C-SPAN's 45-foot customized bus rolled into Paul R. Baird Middle School on May 12th to honor three eighth grade students, Xavier Lamas, Arda Ibas, and Camden Blackburn with a StudentCam certificate of merit for the documentary they produced on “The Common Core” for C-SPAN's annual national student video documentary competition. The awarding of the certificates took place in the BMS auditorium with their classmates, teachers, and administrators. Those in attendance also had the opportunity to view the winning video. Click here for the full story.
"Little Mermaid, Jr." to be Performed by the Veterans Park Drama Club
Theater lovers of all ages are in for a special treat when the Veterans Park's Drama Club presents “The LIttle Mermaid, Jr.” on Saturday, May 16th at 6:30PM and Sunday, May 17th, at 2:00 p.m. in the Ludlow High School Auditorium. General seating tickets for this performace are $8 for adults and $5 for students. Advanced tickets may be purchased at the Veterans Park Main Office during school hours on Monday through Friday. Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the nights of the show (while they last)
Congratulations Superintendent Gazda
On Thursday, April 30th, Ludlow Superintendent Todd Gazda successfully defended his doctoral dissertation at the University of Hartford. The results of his research will be published under the title "Massachusetts Public School Administrators’ Perceptions of the Development and Implementation of Educational Policy.” Dr. Gazda will officially receive his degree in a ceremony at the University of Hartford on May 16th. Congratulations, Dr. Gazda, on a commendable achievement- we are all very proud of you!
MA Treasurer Deb Goldberg Names BMS Math Teacher to the Task Force on Financial Literacy
MA Treasurer Deb Goldberg recently announced the Treasurer’s Task Force on Financial Literacy, which will bring together policymakers, educators, banks and advocates to examine the state of financial education in Massachusetts. Superintendent Gazda is proud to announce that Mr. Todd Ostrowski, 7th grade math teacher at Baird Middle School, has named to this very important committee. Superintendent Gazda stated, “ Financial literacy provides important skills that the crowded curriculum in our schools today often fails to allow adequate time to explore. I am proud that once again a Ludlow teacher is stepping up to share their expertise with educators throughout the State.” Mr. Ostrowski explained that he was nominated for this committee by Barbara Madeloni, MTA President. Click here for the full article.
New Chapin Street Principal Announced
Superintendent Gazda is proud to announce the appointment of Mrs. Nikki Reed as the new principal of Chapin Street Elementary School, upon the retirement of Mrs. Susan Pease in June. He is excited to welcome Mrs. Reed to the LPS administrative team and thanked the members of the screening committee for their time, commitment and dedication in assessing the qualifications of each candidate. About Mrs. Reed, he stated, “ She is a dedicated educational professional with a strong commitment to the Ludlow Public Schools. Her caring demeanor, exceptional work ethic and knowledge of educational best practices make her an excellent choice to lead the staff and students at Chapin.” Click here for the full article.
LHS Senior Hockey Player Receives Prestigious Award
Mr. Tim Brillo, LPS Athletic Director is proud to announce that Nick Chisholm, a LHS senior hockey player, was selected to receive a 2015 Hobey Baker High School Character Award. According to their website the Hobey Baker High School Character Award was established in 2003 as a way to honor high school hockey players who exemplify the Hobey Baker ideal that "Character Builds Excellence." Hobey Baker was hockey legend and World War I Veteran universally recognized as the best amateur player in the United States. According to the website Mr. Baker was “the ultimate gentleman sportsman, always playing the game with courage, honor, and humility.” Click here for the full article.
LPS Family Autism Resource Fair Huge Success
The LPS Family Autism Fair held onThursday, April 16th was an overwhelming success. Thank you to the committee members and volunteers who made this evning such a warm, welcoming, fun, educational event. Grammy Nominee Brady Rymer's performance celebrating children of all abilities was memorable. Click here to view a video of Mr. Rymer's elementary school concerts and additional pictures from the event.
Berkshire Bank Donates $1,000
At a recent School Committee meeting, April Beston of Berkshire Bank, presented a check in the amount of $1000.00 to Mr. Thomas Welch, East Street School Principal. School Committee Member Chad Mullin and Superintendent Todd Gazda were also on hand for this much appreciated donation. Mr. Welch said that the money will be used to help support the elementary Technology Integration Initiative at East Street School.
Junior Achievement Program Introduces Basic Financial Literacy Skills to 3rd Grade Students
Mrs. Kimberly A. Anderson, School Banking/Event Coordinator from Luso Federal Credit Union has been visiting the 3rd grade students in Ms. Daley’s classroom as part of the Junior Achievement (JA) Program which teaches age appropriate career readiness and financial literacy. Mrs. Anderson stated that this is her third year teaching the JA “Our City” Program and explained that this is a five lesson program where she visits the class for 45 minutes, 1x a week for 5 weeks. Click here for the full article.
Luso Banking Program Offered in the LPS Since 1998
Most people agree that financial literacy is an essential life skill that should be actively introduced at an early age. Sharon Dufour, Chief Financial Officer at Luso Federal Credit Union, explained that this belief inspired the partnership between Luso and the Ludlow Public Schools (LPS) when creating the school banking program back in 1998 at East Street School. Click here for the full artilce.
Mrs. Roy Attends the National Writing Project Spring Meeting
Curriculum Director Diana Roy represented the Western Mass Writing Project at the National Writing Project Spring Meeting in Washington, DC on March 25-27, 2015. Mrs. Roy met with legislators to advocate for funding to support literacy as well as professional development for teachers. Mrs. Roy is pictured at the Hart Senate Office Building before meeting with legislative aides to Senator Elizabeth Warren and with with Linda Friedrich, author of How Teachers Become Leaders, and Jane Baer-Leighton, Professional Development Coordinator for the Western Mass Writing Project.
2015 LPS Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award Winners
CONGRATULATIONS to four amazing LPS teachers who received the 2015 Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Awards. Mr. Hollington Lee (Science Teacher at Ludlow High School), Mrs. Angela Knox (4th Grade Teacher at Veterans Park), Mrs. Sharon Driscoll (2nd Grade Teacher at Chapin Street) and Mrs. Erin Keane (Kindergarten Teacher at East Street). Click on their names to learn more about each award recipient.
Baird Middle School Student Wins National Distinction in the SIFMA Foundation’s InvestWrite® Essay Competition
As seventh grade Baird Middle School (BMS) student Grace McCarthy joined her classmates in the auditorium for an assembly on Friday, March 13th, her family and friends were secretly waiting behind the curtains. Everyone had gathered to surprise Grace with the announcement that she had won FIRST PLACE in the statewide Massachusetts Middle School competition and placed TENTH in the NATION for the SIFMA Foundation's InvestWrite student essay competition about finance. Grace was among 20,000 students from across the country participating in this year’s competition. 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.