Credit For Life Fair Teaches LHS Seniors Financial Responsibility
On Tuesday, November 24th the Ludlow High School (LHS) gym was the setting for the first Credit for Life Fair (CFL) for all current LHS seniors. LHS principal, Mrs. Lisa Nemeth, welcomed the opportunity for LHS to host a Credit for Life Event, commenting, “I am excited to bring financial literacy to our senior class. This is a great program that will help prepare them for life after high school. It doesn't matter if they are entering the workforce, military or going to college, this fair gives them real world experience on how to budget." Click here for the full article and additional pictures.
2nd Grade Students Present Their Digital Compound Word Book to School Committee
Mrs. Driscoll’s 2nd grade students have been busy learning about compound words. As explained by student Alex Spurlock, “A compound word is two words squished together to make one word. So the word quarterback is really two words squished together--- quarter and back.” As a culminating activity each student was given the task of writing a sentence using a compound word that they had chosen. To highlight their sentences and incorporate the use of technology Mrs. Driscoll created a Digital Book using a Google Slides (which is part of the LPS district’s Google Apps for Education Account). To read the ful story click here.
Veterans Park 4th Graders Learn About Their Heritage
Following a unit on immigration, all 4th grade social studies classes were given the task of learning more about their own heritage; their ancestors, what countries/states did their families come from, what is their heritage (Italian- American, African-American, etc.), what journey did their families take that lead them to Ludlow, etc. To answer these questions, and to begin their own path of discovery, students interviewed family members to learn about their ancestry. To read the full story and view addiitonal pictures click here.
School Committee Member Jake Oliveira Elected MASC President
Congratulations to Ludlow School Committee member Mr. Jake Oliveira who was elected President of the Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC). Mr. Oliveira is currently in his seventh year on the Ludlow School Committee and the youngest person to lead MASC in recent memory. In addition to being an active member of the Ludlow School Committee Mr. Oliveira is a proud 2004 graduate of Ludlow High School and currently is active in a variety of local community initiatives including being the Chair of the Ludlow Democratic Town Committee and a member of the Michael J. Dias Foundation to help prevent substance abuse. For the full story click here.
Building a Bridge Through the Power of Music
On November 10th the sound of music filled the activity room at Keystone Commons as the Baird Middle School (BMS) Band participated in the Harmony Bridge Ludlow Premier Performance. Ms. Taryn Smith, BMS Band Director explained that the vision for this performance was sparked in June 2014 when she first met Mr. Michael Levine during her graduate studies while attending the American Band College in Oregon. Click here to read the full article and view additional images.
65 Seniors Receive the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship
Sixty five seniors received the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship during a recent awards ceremony. The recipients received the scholarship based on their advanced and/or proficient scores on the state assessment exams, ELA, Math and Science. They also represent the top 25% of their graduating class. Click here to read the full article and view the list of student recipients.
Sharing the Meaning of Veterans Day with 2nd Graders
On November 9th, as part of the school-wide celebration focusing on the meaning of Veterans Day, all 2nd grade Chapin Street School students had four very special guest readers visit their classrooms. Students in each of the classrooms were eager listeners as the book Heroes in Our Neighborhoods by Valerie Pfundstein, was read. This book highlights, to young readers, that Veterans are an integral part of the fabric of our community and deserve our respect and gratitude. For the full story and additional photos click here.
Kindergartners Celebrate Being 50 Days Smarter!
Kindergarten students at East Street School celebrated the 50th day of School by Rockin’ and a Rollin’ in 1950's style. Students took a trip back in time, listening to 50’s music, participating in several 50's style work centers, completing worksheets that compared life in the 50’s to life today and focused on the number 50; counting by 1’s, 5’s and 10’s. For the full story and additional images click here
.East Street Music Teacher Writes a Special "Bucket Filling" Song
At the start of this school year Mr. Welch, East Street Principal, approached Mrs. Nancy Nummy, East Street Music Teacher, asking if she could find a song for all of the kindergarten and first grade students to learn that would compliment and reinforce the school-wide "bucket filling" initiative. The result is a wonderfully upbeat, fun song that each student at East Street School sings with pride. Click here for the full story and to view a video of students singing their bucket filling song.
Third Grade Students Explore Japanese Culture and More
Third grade students from Chapin Street School recently traveled to the Springfield Quadrangle to participate in tours at the two art museums; the George Walter Vincent Smith Museum for the "Japan Tour", and the Michele and Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts for "A Brush with Art". Click here for the full story.
592 Shoes Collected for the Soles4Souls Drive
Mrs. Rosemary Jorge, Veterans Park Outreach Teacher, is very proud to report that the first initiative for the Community Outreach Project, collecting gently used shoes for the Soles4Souls organization, ended with a grand total of 592 shoes to be donated. This initiative came to fruition from an idea shared by 5th grader Kylie Gauvin. Click here for full article and additional photos.
Family Night at Veterans Park!
This year's Fall Family Night was filled with hayrides, a costume contest, pasta dinner and lots and lots of Spook-taclar FUN! A HUGE Veterans Park shout out of thanks to Mrs. Hardick's father, Mr. Alan Siok, owner of Miller Hill Farm in Ludlow, who once again this year graciously donated and drove the tractor drawn wagon for the hayrides. Click here for additional images.
LHS Band Performs at Gillette Stadium
The LHS Band took part in the annual University of Massachusetts (Amherst) Band Day event at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA on Saturday, October 24th. Click here for the full article and additional photos.
Local Author Visits Preschool Classrooms
Virginia Wenz, a retired nurse and Hampden, MA resident, can now add published author to her list of lifelong achievements after her children’s book, Daniel Meets a Dragon, was self-published in 2010. Grandma Ginny, as the students call her, recently visited the East Street School in Ludlow, MA where she read her book to very enthusiastic audiences of preschool students. With each turn of the page students were eager to listen as Daniel’s story unfolded. When asked what their favorite part of the story was the almost unanimous response was “I liked it all!” Click here for full story.
7th Grade Health Students Learn First Hand About the Affects of Drugs & Alcohol
As part of this year’s Red Ribbon Week Celebration (Oct. 26th-Oct. 30th) Mrs. Casagrande’s 7th grade health education students at Baird Middle School will take part in various activities that will help them to better understand the negative and long lasting effects of drug and alcohol abuse; an activity she has incorporated into the health curriculum for the past 4 years. Mrs. Casagrande explains that over the course of four days all 7th grade students will experience ten different“stations of impairment” that simulate the effects that drugs and alcohol can have on your body. Click here to read the full article and view additional images.
3rd Annual Best Buddies Halloween Dance was Spooktacular!
On Friday October 23rd, the Best Buddies Club at Ludlow High School hosted their 3rd annual Halloween Dance in the cafeteria. Mrs. Bedore and Ms. Carlton, club advisers, reported that over 100 students and adults attended from various high schools including Ludlow High School, Chicopee Comprehensive High School, Chicopee High School, and South Hadley High School. Click here to view additional images from the event.
Red Ribbon Week Kick Off
As in past years the Ludlow Public Schools, in collaboration with Ludlow CARES, will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week with various activities, at each of the schools; activities will take place during the week of October 26th-30th. This year organizers added a new student sharing activity to the agenda, inviting Baird Middle School (BMS) 8th grade students and members of Project Purple to visit Chapin Street School to share the goal of this initiative and reading a book, The Red Ribbon: A Story of Hope by John Lasne, to all Chapin students. The overriding message of this book is about acceptance and helping each other. The BMS students also shared that the mission of Project Purple is weaved within the story, sharing that they believe in making good choices, and that every person deserves to grow up to be the awesome person they are meant to be. Click here for the full story and to view a video of Chapin Street stsduents taking the red ribbon Pledge.
East Street Pink Out Day to Support Rays of Hope
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease, so on Friday, October 23rd the staff at East Street School celebrated Pink Out Day to support the Rays of Hope. Click here to read the full story and here to view Principal Welch's personal and inspirational story of how breast cancer has touched his life.
Cradles to Crayons Drive Filled with Warm Wishes
As the concluding activity for the hat and glove/mitten drive for the Boston based nonprofitCradles to Crayons, students at Chapin Street School participated in the activity known as the “Giving Factory Without Walls”, facilitated by 2011 Ludlow High School graduate, 2015 Bentley College graduate and current Group Volunteer Coordinator for Cradles to Crayons, Giana Manganaro. Giana guided students in sorting the items by size and then lead them in an activity where each student used an index card to create and share “warm wishes”. Click here for the full article and to view a video montage of the event.
3rd Grade Students Learn About the American Flag from Veterans
During a recent visit to 3rd grade classrooms at Chapin Street School, Eric Segundo, Director of Veterans Affairs in Ludlow, accompanied by three other Ludlow Veterans, discussed various flag regulations and rules, shared experiences and even had students learn the proper way to fold the American Flag. Principal Reed was pleased to see the positive response from the students stating, “It was great to see our students learn about the flag from true heroes-- our Veterans.” Click here to read the full article and view additional images and a video of this event.
Veterans Park Chosen to Present at Annual DESE Fall Convening
The conference is scheduled to be held on October 27th and 28th at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Marlborough, MA. Of this invitation Dr. Todd Gazda, LPS Superintendent proudly stated, “It is nice to have the hard work and dedication of the staff at Veterans Park recognized. They are doing amazing things and it is gratifying to have the Department of Education acknowledge those efforts and want to use them as a model for improvement in other schools.”Click here for the full article.
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