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BMS Principal Announced
Thanking the search committee for their input and willingness to be a part of the process of choosing a new educational leader for Paul R. Baird Middle School, Superintendent Todd Gazda is pleased to announce that Mrs. Stacy Monette has been chosen as the new principal. Dr. Gazda stated that Monette was chosen from a field of 42 candidates. Click here to read the full article.
BMS Summer Tours for Incoming Students
Assistant Prinicpal, Mrs. Mary Dobek, has announced the scheduled dates for Baird Middle School incoming students to tour the school, tryout lockers, meet administrators and guidance counselors, etc. All students interested in a tour should pick a date - August 17th, August 18th or August 24th - and meet in the BMS library at 9:30AM.
Elementary Schools Schedule Principal's Meet & Greet Events
The Principal's Meet & Greet for New Families, at each of the elementary schools, have been scheduled for 6:00 PM on the following dates:
East Street School- Tuesday, August 23rd
Chapin Street School- Wednesday, August 24th
Veterans Park School- Thursday, August 25th
Students Welcome Incoming 2nd Graders to Chapin Street School
Mrs. Kinne's 2nd graders did an amazing job creating this fun video to welcome the incoming 2nd grade students. The video brings students on a quick tour around Chapin Street School and answer questions that were submitted by East Street 1st graders. Click here to view the video.
1st Grade Students Plant Flowers, and Kindness
Before leaving for their summer vacation students in Mrs. Deborah Donovan’s 1st grade classroom did one last act of kindness by beautifying the new East Street school sign by tenderly planting some beautiful flowers around it. For the full article and additional photos click here.
Annual Award at Baird Middle School Honors Retiring Curriculum Director, Mrs. Diana Roy
Baird Middle School created an annual award honoring retiring Curriculum Director, Mrs. Diana Roy. This award will be given at the yearly 8th grade promotion ceremony and will recognize an English Learner, who, by the completion of Grade 8, has made significant progress in moving toward spoken and written proficiency in English. Please click here for the full article.
Riding to School in Style!
Veterans Park 5th grader Kaylee Lyman was this year's winner of the annual last day of school limo ride. Mrs. Melissa Knowles, Veterans Park Principal, explained that Kaylee cashed in all her cub coins for the end of year limo ride raffle. For the full article and to view a video of their arrival click here.
5th Grade Promotion and Awards Ceremony
On June 10th all 5th grade students from Veterans Park School walked to Ludlow High School to participate in their 5th grade promotion and awards ceremony. For the full article and to view a video of the 5th grade students exiting Veterans Park to attend their ceremony at Ludlow High School and a video montage of photos from their elementary years in the Ludlow Public Schools, click here.
8th Grade Promotion and Awards Ceremony
Baird Middle School Principal, Mr. Joseph Langone, and Assistant Principal, Mrs. Mary Dobek, were proud to welcome family, staff and the entire 8th grade class to the BMS gymnasium for the 8th Grade Promotion and Awards Ceremony on June 6th. To view a list of the award recipients and watch a video montage of photos from the evening, click here.
2005 LHS Graduate Returns to Share his Love of Music
Dr. Alexander Casimiro, is a 2005 Ludlow High School graduate, and currently the Assistant Director of Athletic Bands at Duke University. Casimiro recently returned to his high school alma mater to conduct a free Percussion Clinic for current LHS band members. For the full article and additional photos click here.
LHS Class of 2017- Yearbook Information
The 2017 LHS Yearbook staff is sharing important information regarding the timeline for senior portraits and ordering of yearbooks. Please click here to learn more.
Garden Dedication Honors the Legacy of Former Chapin Street Principal, Mrs. Susan Pease
On June 2nd, with the sun shining and a cool breeze in the air, the staff and students at Chapin Street School welcomed family, friends and Chapin Street retirees to the dedication ceremony for the Susan Pease Memorial Garden. For the full article and additional photos click here.
CONGRATULATIONS CLASS of 2016
LHS Students Receive Certificates from the Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Program
Two Ludlow High School students recently received certificates of completion from the Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment (ICE) Partnership Program at Westfield State University. Both students, Nicole Jeronimo and Steven Leandres, have been enrolled in this specialized program since 2014. To learn more about this program and these two amazing students click here.
Sgt. Joshua D. Desforges Day
On May 20th the Town of Ludlow honored a hometown hero, Sgt. Joshus D. Desforges, U.S.M.C. by wearing their "Josh" t-shirts. Several LPS staff and students showed their support. To view additional photos click here.
Ludlow's Special Olympians
Congratulations to Ludlow's Special Olympians who recently participated in the spring track and field event at at Northampton High School. for the full article with the list of participants please click here.
New Graduation Tradition Meets Old at Ludlow High School
With homemade congratulation signs in their hands and excitement in the air, 4th and 5th grade students from Veterans Park School travelled to Ludlow High School on May 20th to surprise the class of 2016 with a new tradition at the Senior Class Farewell. To read the full article click here.
Ludlow Veterans Teach Students the Meaning of Memorial Day
As Memorial Day approached, Ludlow Veterans were invited to visit Chapin Street School to explain the history and importance of this federal holiday to each 2nd and 3rd grade classroom. Students and staff welcomed Mr. James Jyz, United States Air Force; Mr. Eric Segundo, Director of Ludlow Veterans Services and Mrs. Christine Bassett, Retired United States Air Force & Commander of the Ludlow VFW Post 3236. To read the full article click here.
Junior National Honor Society Induction
Congratulations to forty-three of Baird Middle School's finest students for their recent induction into the Junior National Honor Society. For the list of names and to view additional photos click here.
LHS Students Receive Recognition at River East School-to-Career Local Partnership, Inc. Annual Breakfast Meeting
On May 12th two Ludlow High School students were honored at the River East School-to-Career Local Partnership, Inc. Annual Breakfast Meeting held at the Ludlow Country Club. Tyler Tomas (junior) for being recognized as part of the Outstanding Student-Mentor Team of the Year and Alyssa Costa (senior) for being chosen as one of the scholarship recipients. For the full story click here.
District Attorney Gulluni presents $10,000 grant for winning PSA
On Tuesday, May 10th Hampden County District Attorney Anthony Gullini visited Ludlow High School to award the $10,000 grant for the winning a public service announcement contest aimed at teaching students the dangers of impaired driving. You can view the winning PSA- The Mourning After- and learn more about this contest by clicking here.
C-SPAN Bus Rolls into BMS to Award Merit Certificates
C-SPAN's 45-foot customized bus rolled into Paul R. Baird Middle School on May 9th to honor two eighth grade students, Sedona Wikar won Honorable Mention for her documentary highlighting Veterans Services and James "Jimmy" Elliott also won Honorable Mention for his video focusing on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Rights. For the full article click here.
Chapin Street Students meet Author, Via Skype
Chapin Street School 2nd and 3rd graders gathered in the school cafetorium on May 2nd to meet children’s book author Kate Messner, via Skype. Messner is the author of the popular chapter book series, Marty McGuire. To read the full article click here.
LHS Freshman, Nicholas Gregoire, takes 1st Place at the Sgt. Joshua D. Desforges Run/Walk Challenge
The 6th annual Sgt. Joshua D. Desforges Run/Walk Challenge was held this past Saturday, April 30th, at Ludlow High School. Congratulations to Nicholas Gregoire for his 1st place finish with a time of 29:56 and Kerm Sotomayor for taking the 2nd place finish with a time of 29:58. The annual challenge was inspired by the life of Sgt. Desforges, a 2004 Ludlow High School graduate and United States Marine, killed in combat in Afghanistan in May 2010. For the full article and to view additional photos click here.
Imagination, Art and a Girl Named Chloe
Chloe Liszka is a fun, smart, energetic, precocious 1st grade student at East Street School, and like most 1st graders she enjoys playing with her friends, listening to music and time with her family. After spending a little time with Chloe, however, you will also quickly learn that she is a passionate, very talented artist, inspired by nature and reptiles. To read the full article and view additional photos click here.
Principal Reed Appoints Special Hall Monitor
Recognizing the importance of maintaining a safe and orderly dismissal, Chapin Street Principal, Mrs. Nikki Reed, recently instituted a creative and student-centered solution to help keep the chaos at a minimum. Reed stated, “After learning about Cullen Smyth's interest in law enforcement, and at the recommendation of his teacher, Ms. Jodi Yarkey, I decided to appoint Cullen as a special hall monitor to help keep the dismissal time orderly and safe. He has been doing an amazing job and I have no doubt that he will fulfill his dream of being a police officer, one day.” For the full article and additional photos click here.
A Kiss to Remember!
As a culminating activity for Literacy Week students and staff arrived to school as if they stepped out of a children's fairy tale book. Ms. Jodi Yarkey, 2nd grade teacher, explained this fun activity was a culmination of Literacy week and something the students thoroughly enjoyed. For students, perhaps one of the most exciting event of the day, was when Chapin Street Principal, Mrs. Nikki Reed, kept her promise to kiss a frog. For the full article and additional photos click here.
Dr. Erica Faginski-Stark Named New Curriculum Director
With the upcoming June 30th retirement of the Ludlow Public Schools Director of Curriculum, Mrs. Diana Roy, the district recently announced her successor, Dr. Erica Faginski-Stark, from the South Hadley Public Schools where she has served for the last three years in a duel role as the Director of Curriculum and Technology Director. Prior to her current position Faginski-Stark was a Middle School Principal and Assistant Principal in the South Hadley Schools, beginning her career there as a 5th grade teacher. She earned a Doctorate of Education from Boston College and a Bachelor’s and Master's degree from UMASS. For the full article click here.
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.
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.