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.
Thank you Mr. Leonczyk- Junior Achievement Partner
Mrs. Lisa Teixeira and her 4th grade students at Veterans Park School want to extend many thanks to Mr. Peter Leonczyk from the Pioneer Valley Financial Group for his commitment to the Junior Achievement Program and for sharing his knowledge and time with them. For the full article click here.
5th Grade Band Students Win Top Honors at Music Festival
Congratulations to the 5th grade band students from Veterans Park School for being awarded the 1st place honor at the annual Music in the Parks Adjudicated Music Festival and Competition at Six Flags New England. To read the full article 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.
Spring Concert Takes Audience on a Magical Musical Journey
The Ludlow High School Auditorium was the venue for the 2016 Chapin Street Spring Concert on May 16th. Under the direction of music teacher, Mrs. Meghan Provost, seventy-five, very talented, 3rd grade chorus students took the audience on a magical musical journey. Click here for the full article and view videos from this amazing performance.
2nd Grade Field Trip to Forest Park Zoo
All 2nd grade students at Chapin Street School recently attended a fun and educational field trip to the Forest Park Zoo in Springfield. Students had the opportunity to meet and learn about several very interesting animals. For additional photos click here.
Chapin Street School Raises $6,995 for a Hearty Cause
Mr. John Barlow, Chapin Street School Physical Education Teacher, is extremely proud to report that the annual Jump Rope for Heart Event was recently held at Chapin Street School raising a total of $6,995 for the American Heart Association. For the full story click here.
LHS Sophomore Class Trip to Bronx Zoo
On May 10th, 93 students attended the day long trip and enjoyed exploring all of the animals and sights at the zoo. Click here to view additional photos from this trip.
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.
LHS French Club Visits the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston
On May 9th, members of the LHS French Club traveled to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston with Madame Cook. The group first enjoyed a guided, professional tour of carefully selected French works of art dating from the 17’th-19’th centuries, including masterpieces from Renoir, Monet, and Van Gogh. To read the full article click here.
Audiences ROAR with Delight for the Spring Production of The Lion King, Jr.
A huge congratulations to the cast and stage crew of the Veterans Park Drama/Music Club of approximately 90 students, for their outstanding performance of the epic adventure, The Lion King, Jr., this past weekend. The sold out audiences were captivated by the exceptional performances of this fun, engaging, musical production. For the full article and additional photos click here.
Chapin Street Students Take a Trip Back in Time
Did you ever think about what school was like when your teachers were students, or wonder what they might have looked like when they were in school? Did they have freckles, was their hair long or short, did they wear glasses, did they use computers and have recess? Well students at Chapin Street School were recently taken on a trip back in time so they could have a sneak peek into classrooms 'way back then' and even get a glimpse of what their teachers looked like, as students. To read the full article and view the presentation click here.
LHS Staff Cross the Finish Line for Griffin's Friends
The cold, wet weather didn’t dampen the spirits, or interrupt the stride, of six very dedicated Ludlow High School staff from running the ½ and/or full marathon in Holyoke, on May 1st, to support Griffin’s Friends. CONGRATULATIONS to Mr. Michael Halpin, Mr. Timothy Brillo, Mrs. Jennifer Karalekas, Mrs. Teresa Poteat, Mr. Jonathan Mitchell and Ludlow Police Resource Officer Tommy Lee, who all crossed the finish line, and made a difference for children battling cancer. To see additional photos 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 Student Athletes Named to 2015-16 PVIAC Winter All-League
Mr. Tim Brillo, LHS Athletic Director, is proud to announce the LHS student althletes that have been named to the 2015-16 Winter All-League Pioneer Valley Interscholastic Athletic Conference Teams. Congratulations to all of these deserving LHS student althletes and their coaches. To see the list of names click here.
Project Based Learning Receives High Marks from BMS Students
Research indicates that Project Based Learning encourages students to think critically, be more independent and responsible for their learning and helps to support lifelong learners. For these reasons many classroom teachers are beginning to incorporate this method into their daily lessons, including Baird Middle School 7th grade social studies teacher, Ms. Anna Baboval. To read the full article and view additional photos click here.
LHS Fair Gives Visitors a Taste of Spanish Culture
On Friday, April 29th the Spanish Department at Ludlow High School hosted the first ever Spanish Fair. Students welcomed staff, peers and families to experience, and learn about, Spanish culture. To read the full article and view additional photos 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.
94.7 WMAS Radio Promotes Reading in Kindergarten Classrooms
Chris Kellogg and Lopez from 94.7 WMAS Radio went back to school, visiting each of the kindergarten classrooms at East Street School. This fun visit was part of the Kellogg Krew's initiative to visit 30 schools in 30 days between April 25th and May 25th. To read the full article and view additional photos click here.
LHS National Honor Society Earth Day Project
On April 15th approximately 30 junior class members from the Ludlow High School National Honor Society spent the afternoon at Electric Park in Ludlow to help make it a safe and clean place for visitors. Sarah Stephenson, NHS historian explained that this event was part of an Earth Day celebration. For the full article and 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.
Earth Day Cleanup at Chapin Street School
In honor of Earth Day, the Chapin Street Student Council organized a school wide cleanup day on Monday, April 25th. After viewing a Google Presentation about Earth Day and how they would be participating, students grabbed rubber gloves and plastic bags and headed outside and down hallways, on their mission to help keep Chapin Street School clean. Click here for the full article and to view additional photos.
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.
Pied Potter Shares Techniques with LHS Art Students
Visiting artist, Mr. Rick Hamelin, the Pied Potter, provided an enriching potters wheel demonstration for art students at Ludlow High School on Monday, April 25th. This is the 7th year Hamelin has been sponsored by the Ludlow Cultural Council to visit LHS. Click here for the full article.
Kindergarten Students Celebrate Spring
Spring has sprung, and to celebrate the season of new life, kindergarten students in Mrs. Carbonneau’s classroom created an amazing video to highlight some of their favorite outdoor spring activities. To view this video click here.
BMS Career Preparation Fair Meets with Success
On April 15th Baird Middle School held its first Career Exploration Fair, allowing students the opportunity to investigate career possibilities by speaking with local professionals. Baird Middle School Principal, Mr. Joseph Langone, explained that the idea for the fair was “recommended, developed, and executed by the BMS School Council, which includes parents, teachers, and myself." 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.
Chapin Street Annual Family Literacy Night
The 2016 Family Literacy Night was another amazing success. Families enjoyed playing Bingo for Books, taking photos in the castle photo booth, going on a fairy tale scavenger hunt and having fun in the arts and crafts room creating magic wands and dragon masks. For additional photos click here.
Brain Building in Progress Event, Informative and Fun
The Brain Building in Progress: Road to Kindergarten program held on Monday, April 11th, at East Street School was a great success, with over 50 families (almost 200 people) in attendance. As parents observed strategies they could use at home, approximately 40 volunteers at more than 20 stations led children in activities that taught math, reading, writing, movement, and social skills through play. For the full article and additional photos click here.
Annual Community Reading Day held at Chapin Street School
Chapin Street School once again this year hosted a Community Reading Day on April 13th, inviting several community members to stop by and a read a boook to stduents as part of Literacy Week. From all accounts it was met with positive reviews, and was a huge success. Prinicpal Nikki Reed, along with the Chapin Street staff and students, want to send a special thank you to everyone who took time out of their busy schedules to stop by and read a book or two, with students. To view additional photos click here.
BMS Drama Club Dazzles Audiences in Spring Musical
A huge congratulations to Baird Middle School Music Teacher Mrs. Irene Pereira and the cast and stage crew of approximately 70 Baird Middle School students, for their outstanding performance of the magical production, Once Upon a Mattress, this past weekend. The audiences were captivatd by the exceptional performances of this fun, engaging, musical comedy. To view additional photos click here.
FUNd Run Raises Over $8,500 for Wheels4Jaime
Principal Knowles is proud to announce that the final amount raised for this year's FUNd Run was just over $8,500. The check was presented to Jaime and his family following the final lap of the 2016 FUNd Run- Wheels4Jaime, that was held this year at the Ludlow High School Athletic Fields, on April 11th. The money raised will be used to purchase a specialized SUV, with a lift, that will accommodate Jaime's wheelchair and help his family provide him with the mobility needed when attending medical appointments, family functions, and enjoying life. For the full article click here.
2016 February/March Baird Middle School Students of the Month
Mr. Joseph Langone, Baird Middle School Principal, announced the February/March students of the month. CONGRATULATIONS to all who achieved this honor. To see the full presentation click here.
LHS Student Athletes Going the Extra Mile for Griffin's Friends
On Saturday, April 9th, as part of the Going the Extra Mile Marathon Relay, over 200 hundred student athletes and coaches from several local high schools gathered at the Chicopee High School Track to run a 26.2 mile relay. Going the Extra Mile Marathon Relay is an annual event created by Chicopee High School softball coach Mr. Mel Sasser in 2014 as an opportunity for student athletes to perform community service , and create awareness for Griffin's Friends Children’s Cancer Fund at Baystate Health Foundation. For the full article click here.
Baird Middle School Librarian Receives 2016 Massachusetts Super Librarian Accolade Award
Congratulations to Baird Middle School Librarian, Jordan Funke, for being chosen by the Massachusetts School Library Association (MSLA) to receive the prestigious statewide 2016 Massachusetts Super Librarian Accolade Award. She will be honored during the awards banquet at the 2016 MSLA Annual Conference on April 30th. Click here for the full article.
LHS Students Win Top Honors at 'Stop the Swerve' PSA Contest
Congratulations to Mr. Mike Hill and Ms. Amy Ollari from Ludlow Cable TV, and Ludlow High School students Matt Belden, Dominic Coelho, Andrew Conchinha, Jordan Potter, William Reno, Ben Taylor for producing the winning “Stop the Swerve” Public Service Announcement contest sponsored by the Hampden District Attorney’s Offices. The contest required all entries to focus on the dangers of impaired driving. Their winning PSA, The Mourning After, also garnered a $10,000 technology grant for Ludlow High School. For the full article and to view the winning video click here.
LHS Students Recognized for Achievements at the Lower Pioneer Valley Career and Technical Education Center Program
Mrs. Nancy Kurty, Ludlow High School Assistant Principal, was very happy to share recent accomplishments of four Ludlow High School students who attend the Lower Pioneer Valley Career and Technical Education Center Program (CTEC). Kurty stated that seniors Sarah Narreau and Julie Comtois, had recently passed their Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) exam. Kurty also shared that two students had participated in the 29th Annual Skills USA Western District Leadership and Skills Conference with impressive results; junior Benjamin Lind won a gold medal in the category of Information and Technology Services, and senior Wesley Welch was awarded a silver medal in the category of Internet Working. Congratulations to each of these students for their accomplishments. To read the full story click here.
Benefit Raises $3,000 for Sue's Crew- Relay for Life Team
Members of the Chapin Street Sue’s Crew-Relay for Life Committee wanted to extend a warm and heartfelt thank you to everyone who supported and attended their recent benefit event at the John Boyle O’Reilly Club.
A special thank you to the Bill Eagan Band for donating their amazing musical talents for the night’s entertainment and to all of the businesses, community and staff members who donated items for the 70 raffles, and for purchasing tickets to the event. For the full story click here.
Thanking Dr. Circosta for his Generous Donation
Dr. Gary Circosta, DMD of Baystate Dental in Ludlow, recently visited Mrs. Nicole Carbonneau’s kindergarten classroom to receive a framed picture of her students standing by the newly installed East Street School sign. To read the full article click here.
LHS Students Attend the 3rd Annual Best Buddies Prom
The 3rd annual Best Buddies Western Massachusetts prom was held on Friday, April 1st, at the Dupont Middle School in Chicopee. The theme for the evening was "Under the Sea." According to Mrs. Jenn Bedore, LHS Transition Teacher and Best Buddies Co-Adviser, there was a total of eleven Western Massachusetts school chapters attending the prom this year. To view additional photos and read the full article click here.
Video Spreads a Message of Kindness
The recent month-long theme of kindness at Chapin Street School encouraged two 2nd grade students, Gabby Fernandes and Savannah Barrett, to approach their teacher, Mrs. Kerri Kinne and share how they spread kindness to their friends who may be feeling sad by singing a special song- Count on Me. Kinne explained that after singing the song for their classmates the two students asked if they might be able to share the song with the entire school, which resulted in the creation of an inspiring video. For the full article and to view this amazing video click here.
BMS Students Chosen to Participate in Western District Junior Concert Band and Choir Ensembles
Several students from Baird Middle School were recently selected to participate in the Massachusetts Music Educators Association Western District Junior Concert Band and Choir Ensembles. Ms. Taryn Smith, BMS Band Director, and Mrs. Irene Pereira, BMS Choir Director, shared that BMS students were selected among several Western Massachusetts middle school students who auditioned for these ensembles. BMS students selected for this event included: band students- Matthew Tibbitts (percussion), Lizette Alves (flute), Sophia Giza (bassoon), Brendan LaFleur (clarinet) and choir students- Kaylee Arsenault, Briana Charow, Brielle Hamel, Olivia Milfort, Olivia Roy, and Rebecca Wehner. For the full article click here.
BMS Club Teaches the Art of Fishing
The Baird Middle School Fishing Club has been teaching students about the nuances of fishing for approximately ten years. The club advisor, Mr. Dennis Rochon shares, “club members meet throughout the school year and are given in-depth instructions in the art of fishing. Students also are given an opportunity to practice what they learn by being offered several chances to participate in actual local fishing trips.” For the full article click here.
April Fool's Day = Mismatched Outfits
Staff and students celebrated April Fool's Day by arriving to school dressed in some very creative and fun mistmatched outfits! To view a video montage of pictures from this fun day click here.
BMS Harmony Bridge Performance at Healthsouth
Several Baird Middle School 8th grade band students performed for patients and families at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Western Massachusetts. Ms. Taryn Smith, BMS Band Director, explained that this performance was part of the Harmony Bridge Ludlow Project. This project was started this past fall at Baird Middle School when Mr. Michael Levine, the founder of Harmony Bridge, visited BMS to collaborate with Smith and student musicians, and share his vision. To read the full article click here.
8th Grade Students Relive the Diary of Anne Frank
The Diary of Anne Frank is a classic book read by Americans all over the United States. It is the diary of a young Jewish girl and her tragic life during the Holocaust. While most schools simply read the diary, Mrs. Gilbert’s English classes lived it. To read the full article written by student Olivia Dinis, and learn more about this meaningful lesson click here.
BMS Guidance Department Awarded Unify Against Bullying Grant
Mr. Mitchell Knowles, 6th grade guidance counselor at Baird Middle School, recently learned that the Guidance Department was one of three recipients of the First Annual Unify Against Bullying grants in the amount of $1,000. The grants were awarded on Monday, March 14th at the Center Square Grill in East Longmeadow. Knowles shared, “the plan is to use the funds toward pro-social education for our 6th grade students during the 2016-17 school year.”
BMS Drama Club to Present Once Upon a Mattress
Theater lovers of all ages are in for a special treat when Baird Middle School’s Drama Club presentsOnce Upon a Mattress on Friday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9, at 7:00 p.m. in the Ludlow High School Auditorium. Under the direction of Baird Middle School Music Teacher Irene Pereira, the production features a cast and stage crew that includes approximately 70 Baird Middle School students. For the full artilce and to learn about ticket information click here.
Students Dig Into the BMS Go Green Garden Club
Like many garden enthusiasts, members of the Go Green Garden Club at Baird Middle Schools are eager for the arrival of spring and the opportunity to once again get their hands dirty, as they ready the Lenore Paul Community Garden for their spring planting. To assist with costs associated with the club and to raise money for an outdoor greenhouse they also have organized two upcoming fundraisers. Click here to read the full article.
1st Grade Classroom Transformed into a Penguin Museum
As a culmination of a science project, Mr. Greg Bertsch's students at East Street School recently transformed their classroom into an amazing penguin museum and invited their parents for a tour. To learn about this project and view additional photo click here.
Relay for Life Fundraiser and Memorial Garden to Honor Former Chapin Street Principal- Mrs. Susan Pease
This past December, only six months after retiring as the Principal of Chapin Street School, Mrs. Pease lost her well-fought battle with cancer. It was a loss that was deeply felt by not only the staff at Chapin Street School, where she had been a teacher for 23 years and served as principal from 2011 until her retirement in June 2015, but also the entire Ludlow community. Chapin Street staff have organized two events to honor her memory; forming a Relay for Life Team- Sue's Crew- and creating a memorial garden at the entrance of the school. To read the full article and learn how you can support these efforts 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.
Book Character Day at East Street
The hallways at East Street School came to life with characters from a plethora of children's books. This reporter spied Sneetches, Cats in the Hats, Madeline, Horton, Little Bo Beep and her Sheep, the Grinch, Camilla Cream, Thing One and Thing Two... oh, and many princesses! To view a video montage from the event click here.
LHS Student Inspires, Teaches Others
In the Vision Studies Classroom at Ludlow High School, 9th grade student Jillian Allair completed a unit on learning how to access YouTube via a screen reader. A screen reader is a software application that enables people with severe visual impairments or blindness to use a computer. Jillian’s journey using a screen reader, and other adaptive equipment to support her education, began when she was four years old and entered the Ludlow Public Schools Preschool Program. Because of Jillian’s visual impairment, her educational needs for access to the curriculum have been addressed by specially trained personnel. Click here to learn more about this inspiring student.
Students Have the Right Formula at Recent Chemistry Olympiad
On March 15th Ludlow High School chemistry students (see list below) accompanied both Mrs. Barbara Piela and Mrs. Kerry Valentine, LHS Chemistry teachers, to the American Chemical Society Annual Regional Chemistry Olympiad Competition held at UMass Amherst. According to their website nearly 16,000 U.S. students participate at the local level competition each year, which is the first step in the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad. For the full article and to see the list of student participants click here.
Indoor Recess & Yoga- the Perfect Combination
On days when outdoor recess is cancelled, indoor recess & yoga has been the perfect combination for some East Street Preschool students. Click here to read the full article.
Kindness Kit for Landen
The kind and generous hearts of Mrs. Coelho and Mrs. Doyle's 2nd grade students for Landen- a young boy diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer- is heartwarming and inspirational. To learn more about the Kindness Kits for Landen click here.
Girls Basketball Team Receives Prestigious Sportsmanship Award
The Hampden County Board of Women’s and Men’s Basketball Officials recently announced that the Ludlow High Girls Basketball Program is the recipient of the prestigious 2016 Sportsmanship Award. Each year officials from this organization recognizes one high school basketball team from Hampden County to be honored with this distinguished award. Click here for the full article.
Annual Musical Production- the PRIDE of Veterans Park
Co-directors, Ms. Nicole Sousa and Miss Chrissy James share that there are a total of 100 students who will be participating in the production this year, Disney's The Lion King, Jr. Rehearsals are underway, with performers learning their lines, delving into their characters and rehearsing some of the classic songs from the 1994 Disney film, including the ever popular Hakuna Matata and the Academy Award-winning Can You Feel the Love Tonight. For the full article and to learn more about the cast, click here.
East Street Celebrates Pajama Day
Warm, fuzzy pajamas were the theme of the day on March 18th as staff and students continued to celebrate March Madness for Reading. Staff and students arrived to school wearing their most comfy pajamas, an annual tradition at East Street for several years. To view additional photos click here.
BMS Students Jimmy Elliott and Sedona Wikar Receive National C-SPAN Award
Baird Middle School was notified that two of their students were selected in the Honorable Mention category, which includes a $250 prize. Sedona Wikar won for her documentary highlighting Veterans Services and James "Jimmy" Elliott won for his video focusing on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Rights. To learn about these two very talented and deserving students click here.
LHS Girls Basketball Players- Leaders On and Off the Court
According to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary the definition of a role model is ‘someone who another person admires and tries to be like.’ On Monday, March 14th, this definition was playing out on the basketball court at Veterans Park School when four Ludlow High School Girls Varsity Basketball Players (Stacia Papuga, Morgan Foye, Stephanie Guillen, Autumn Maynard) volunteered their time, after school, to play a game of basketball with thirteen 4th and 5th grade students from Veterans Park. For the full article click here.
Mr. Rea Answers the Question- "Why Read Homer’s Odyssey?"
Ludlow High School English teacher and Western Mass Writing Project Consultant, Mr. Chris Rea, is the author of an article in the March 15th edition of the Hampshire Gazette. It will inspire you as a teacher, a student, and a reader, and we are proud to share it with you. "We were just beginning our study of Homer’s The Odyssey, the epic poem that tells of Odysseus’ cursed 10-year journey home from the Trojan War. While some students couldn’t seem to get past the existence of strange names like Telemachus and Menelaus, others wanted to know why we were bothering to read this old stuff anyway." Read the full article by clicking here.
5th Grade Students Write Letters to Spread Kindness
The Community Outreach Program at Veterans Park School recently spearheaded an acts of kindness initiative; writing thank you notes to their teachers, staff and classmates. When learning of this positive initiative Ms. Angela Anselmo thought it would be a meaningful activity for her 5th grade ELA students to replicate. For the full article click here.
Life Lessons and Freckle Juice!
Have you ever wished for a physical feature that someone else has because you feel it would make you prettier, or smarter or even better liked? Maybe you wished for blonde hair, green eyes, smaller feet, or even a face full of freckles? Students in Mrs. Sharon Driscoll’s 2nd grade classroom addressed these personal questions when they were introduced to an important life lesson about self esteem, after being introduced to the Judy Blume children’s book, Freckle Juice. For the full story click here.
Veterans Park School Sharing Successes and Innovations
This past week staff from the Orange Public Schools (MA) visited Veterans Park School to observe the implementation of their inclusive model; specifically how they support the academic achievement of all learners, including English Language Learners and students with disabilities. When asked how this visit came to fruition Mrs. Roxanne Dorrie, Elementary Curriculum Coordinator/Title I Director for the Orange and Petersham Elementary Schools, explained, “I had the opportunity to visit Veterans Park School last spring and was very impressed with the level of rigor embedded in the reading and math lessons I observed and was equally impressed with the extent to which Veterans Park is including almost all students in classroom instruction.” To read the full story click here.
Hitting the Court to Raise Money for Hoops for Heart
Mr. David Folli, Baird Middle School Physical Education Teacher, reports that the students at BMS recently raised a total of $2,612 for the American Heart Association's Hoops for Heart Hot Shots Competition. This years top fundraiser was 6th grader, Alexios Kalita, who raised a total of $150.00. Congratulations to all who participated and supported this great cause. To read the full story click here.
Let's Get Crazy About Reading!
Students and staff at East Street School recently celebrated crazy hat/crazy hat day. For the full story and to view additional photos click here.
LHS and BMS Students Perform at Quabbin Valley Music Event
The Baird Middle School (BMS) Band along with the Ludlow High School (LHS) Chorus and Band sent members from their ensembles to represent Ludlow Public Schools in the 44th Annual Quabbin Valley Music Educator's Association Festival Concert. The Quabbin Valley Music Festival is an annual music festival that provides an opportunity for high school and middle school musicians from 25 schools from the Quabbin Valley to work together and make music. Click here for the full story.
Making Connections Beyond Math Class
When learning math, many students will question the relevance of learning formulas or the importance of calculations. Students want to know how this information will be of benefit to them and often ask the question, ‘Why do I need to know that?’. Mrs. Brandi Stratton, Ludlow High School Algebra 2 teacher, is always striving to answer that question by designing lessons that encourage students to apply mathematical practices rather than just memorising facts. Click here for the full story.
Three LPS Teachers Honored by Local VFW Post 3236
On March 8th three Ludlow Public School teachers were honored by the Local VFW Post 3236 for their outstanding commitment to teach and promote Americanism, civic responsibility, flag etiquette, instilling national pride and patriotism in their classrooms. Those teachers honored this year were: Mr. Martin Fanning, LHS History teacher, Mrs. Carrie Kinney, BMS Special Education teacher and Mrs. Carrie Joseph, 3rd grade teacher at Chapin Street School. Director Eric Segundo, Veterans Services for the Town of Ludlow, explains that this local recognition “is part of the annual Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher Award. Congratulations to each of these well deserving teachers. To learn more about these teachers please click on their names.
BMS Project Purple 3v3 Soccer Tournament Scores Big!
Mrs. Deborah Casagrande, Baird Middle School Teacher and Project Purple Club Adviser, was eager and proud to report that the second March Mania 3V3 Soccer Tournament held on March 5th was a huge success. This year there were a total 16 teams comprised of 6th, 7th and 8th grade BMS students along with two student teams from St. John the Baptist. The tournament took place at the Ludlow Boys and Girls Club club from 11:00AM - 4:00PM where all participants ready to have a great time participating in soccer games, enjoying game room time, sandwich platters from Subway, and just having fun. For the full aticle click here.
LHS National Honor Society Inducts Fifty-two Students
Fifty-two students who have exemplified academic excellence, leadership, fellowship, and service were inducted into the Ludlow High School Chapter of the National Honor Society during a ceremony held on March 1st. For the full story and to view the list of inductees click here.
LHS Students Perform with U.S. Navy Band
On Sunday, March 6th two Ludlow High School juniors, Kyle LaFleur (flute) and Madeleine Pereira (bassoon), performed with the United States Navy Concert Band at UMASS, Amherst. During the Matinee performance of the band's 2016 National Tour, Kyle and Madeleine were invited to join eight other local high school students on stage to perform the Washington Post March by John Philip Sousa. To read the full story click here.
March Madness for Reading- East Street School
Staff and students at East Street School started their day, on March 7th, by gathering in the gym to kick-off the annual March Madness for Reading Activities. Mr. Thomas Welch, East Street Principal, explained, “For the past several years the East Street staff have organized several activities during the month of March to highlight the significance and importance of reading in preschool, kindergarten and 1st grade. To instill a love of reading in all of our students we incorporate some fun and exciting activities here at school, along with providing a reading challenge, to be completed at home.” For the full story click here.
Mrs. Carbonneau Receives KIX 109 Teacher of the Month Award
On the morning of March 1st, East Street kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Nicole Carbonneau, was doing what she does every morning, greeting her students with a warm welcome, as they prepare for a day full of learning and fun. As the students settled into their morning routine East Street Principal, Mr. Thomas Welch, and KIX109 Disc Jockey, Shaggy, appeared at the classroom door with a very special message for their teacher. They were there to inform Mrs. Carbonneau that she had been selected as the KIX109 Country Bank for Savings Teacher of the Month! Click here for the full story.
Lessons in Motion- Learning Newton's Laws
Students in Mrs. Deanna Chelte’s 8th grade science classes are studying Newton’s Laws of Motion which, according to Mrs. Chelte, “encompasses contact forces (friction and weight) and at-a-distance forces (gravity and magnetism).” She continued, “Students are learning about inertia, the first of the three laws which states and object at rest will remain at rest unless acted on by an unbalanced force.” Students tested the basic property of inertia by participating in a variety of experiments, and drawing conclusions from the results. For the full story click here.
Jump Roping for a "Hearty" Cause!
Mrs. Leslee Sharon, East Street Physical Education Teacher, is proud to report that the annual Jump Rope for Heart Event was recently held at East Street School raising a total of $5,208 for the American Heart Association. Mr. Thomas Welch, East Street Principal, reports that the school has been participating in this national event for the last several years. Of the event he commented, “It is always a pleasure to watch our students participate in an activity that is going to benefit them throughout their lifetime, as in this healthy Jump Rope for Heart Event.” For the full article click here.
BMS Annual Spaghetti Supper Raises $3,600 for the Student Activities Fund
The annual Baird Middle School Spaghetti Supper was held on Wednesday, March 2, 2016, to a sell-out crowd. According to Baird Middle School Principal, Mr. Joseph Langone, as a result of everyone’s enthusiastic participation and incredible generosity, a grand total of $3,600.00 was raised for the Student Activities Fund. For the full article click here.
'Historical Figures' Visit Chapin Street School
Chapin Street School recently turned into a living museum of famous historical figures when 3rd grade students arrived to school bringing their biography reports to life. Elvis Presley, Henry Ford, Ronald Reagan, Houdini, Abraham Lincoln and even Dolly Parton were seen meandering down the corridors! Click here for the full article and additional photos.
LHS Student Council Members Visit Elementary Schools to Celebrate the 112th Birthday of Dr. Seuss
This year a total of 18 Ludlow High School student council members- two dressed as The Cat in the Hat- journeyed to both East Street and Chapin Street Schools and eagerly read one book, two books, red books and blue books to wide eyed students. For full articles and additional photos click here for East Street, here for Chapin Street and here for Ludlow High School.
Pet Supply Drive at Chapin Street School a Huge Success
Ludlow Police Detective Alison Metcalfe and Jameson, the adorable black Pomeranian, returned to Chapin Street School on Friday, February 28th to collect the donations from the Student Council sponsored Pet Supply Drive. Detective Metcalfe was very emotional when she saw the amount of donations collected by both the students and staff at Chapin Street School during the drive that took place from January 7th until February 26th. Holding back tears, Detective Metcalfe told the audience, "I am overwhelmed with the generosity everyone has shown. You collected an amazing amount of supplies that will help many, many animals. Thank you so much." To read the full article click here.
Breakfast Club Teaches Healthy Habits
The Chapin Street School Breakfast Club was initiated this year by the school nurse, Mrs. Beth Parent, as a way for her to share, with students, the benefits of eating a nutritious breakfast as part of a healthy lifestyle. In addition, she also explained that it has been a positive way for her to interact with students beyond the walls of the health center. Nurse Beth believes it is important to teach students good nutritional behaviors at an early age so they hopefully become lifelong behaviors. Click here for the full article and additional photos.
Drum Roll, Please!
The wonderful sound of students drumming is echoing down the hallways at Chapin Street Street School thanks to the recent addition of 17 world drums to the music department. “In addition to what we already own,” explained Mrs. Meghan Provost, Chapin Street music teacher, “these instruments are a great introduction to world and group drumming for the 2nd and 3rd grade students." For the full article click here.
Newsworthy Partnership with Ludlow Community TV
Mr. Mike Hill, Ludlow Community TV Manager/Ludlow High School TV Production teacher, recently learned of a project that was happening at Baird Middle School in Mrs. Tina Gilbert’s 8th grade English classes that involved the creation of newscasts. Given his inquisitive news background, Mr. Hill was intrigued by the project and contacted Mrs. Gilbert to volunteer as an authentic audience to choose the top three broadcasts. This partnership resulted in three groups of students visiting the LCTV studio to create their newscasts. For the full article and to view the amazing newscasts click here.
Great Season for LHS Swim Teams
Ludlow High School Swim Coach Christine Callahan was proud to report that both the girls and boys swim teams had very good seasons this year. “They are amazing kids and put in a lot of time and effort into practices and meets to accomplish what they did this season. I truly am lucky to coach such an amazing team, ” shared Coach Callahan. Click here for the full article.
Coil Pottery Fuels Student Talent
For several weeks this semester, hashtag #clay-mania took over the Veterans Park art room as 4th and 5th grade students were introduced to the first phase of their pottery unit, constructing the coil pots. When asked about this project 4th grader, Hannah Cormier, said, “Clay is fun to work with and I liked making all of the different designs.” Christian Casares, also a 4th grader, added, “It’s fun making different designs that are separate pieces and putting them together to make one pot. And they are all so different.” Click here for the full article.
Learning the Persuasive Powers of the Pencil
Students in Mrs. Kerri Kinne’s 2nd grade classroom recently learned about the persuasive powers of the pencil when they were given a chance to write letters to Chapin Street School Principal, Mrs. Nikki Reed, about something they felt would result in a positive change for the school community. Cameron Dakers said he learned that, “I can persuade people by writing about changing something. I have to let people know my ideas and what I want to change.” To read the full article and view some of these very persuasive letters click here.
Room 1 at Chapin Street School Welcomed a Special Guest
Students in room 1 at Chapin Street School recently had a very special visitor spend time in their classroom, bringing to life the famous children’s nursery rhyme, “Mary Had a Little Lamb”. According to Miss Yarkey one of her students, Peter Priest, who lives on a farm with his family, asked if he could bring his favorite baby lamb named White Stripe to school. Click here for the full article.
New East Street School Sign Installed
Mr. Thomas Welch, East Street School Principal, is happy to report that the new East Street sign was installed in the front of the building over this past weekend. Mr. Welch pointed out that the new sign is a two sided changeable letter sign which will allow people who drive by from either direction to easily see upcoming events and messages that will posted. The consensus from East Street staff and students was overwhelmingly positive. For the full article click here.
5th Graders Taught the Heimlich Maneuver
Would you know what to do if you saw someone choking? It can happen anywhere; in a restaurant, at home, in a store, in the park…. anywhere… and students and staff at Veterans Park Elementary School will tell you it can even happen in the cafeteria at your school. Click here to learn how all 5th grade students at Veterans Park School recently learned this important, life saving technique.
Chapin Street Staff and Students Turned a Century Old!
To celebrate the 100th day of school students and staff at Chapin Street School recently not only created pictures of how they would look when they were 100 years old, but many also arrived to school dressed the part! Canes, gray hair, white beards, granny dresses, suspenders and shawls were the attire of the day for both staff and students. For the full article click here.
Dylan Beddow Wins 2016 WMass Division I Wrestling Title
Congratulations to Freshman Dylan Beddow on winning the 2016 WMass Division I Wrestling Title in the 106 lbs weight class this past Saturday, February 13th, at Springfield Central High School. Mr. Tim Brillo, LHS Athletic Director reports that in addition to Dylan’s first place win, 8th grader Cesar Alvan (132 lbs) and juniors Dominic Coelho (138 lbs), and Brandon Macznik (182 lbs) placed second in their weight class with freshman Kermit Sotomayor clinching a 4th place finish. To read the full article and view additional photos 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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