Family Math Night/Book Fair Held at Chapin Street School
The annual Chapin Street Family Math Night/Book Fair was recently held. Families and students were able to purchase books at the PTO Book Fair, dine together in the cafeteria and then enjoyed challenging their math skills by participating in a variety of math activities. Click here to view a video of photos from this event.
Veterans Park Students Shine at the 5th Annual Lion's Run/Walk
The 5th annual Lion’s Roar 5k Run/Walk was held on Sunday, October 4th. This Ludlow Public Schools PTO fundraiser helps to pay for field trips and technology needs in all three of Ludlow's Elementary Schools. In addition to the 5K race, the PTO also sponsors a free Kids' Fun Run that took place in the soccer field behind the Ludlow Boys and Girls Club. Click here for the full article and race results.
Author Sarah Mlynowski Shares Her Magic with 5th Graders
On Friday, October 2, 5th graders at Veterans Park School were treated to a wonderful presentation by bestselling author Sarah Mlynowski about her latest book, Upside-Down Magic. Many students were familiar with this author from her previous Whatever After series, and were very excited to hear about her most recent effort, co-written with Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins. Ms. Mlynowski spoke on topics ranging from how she got her start as a writer and where the inspiration for her books originate. In addition, she led the students through a brainstorming activity to demonstrate how she begins the writing process. Click here for the full article and additional images.
Fall Family Night and Book Fair Held at East Street School
The Annual Fall Family Night and Book Fair was recently held at East Street School. From all accounts it was a great event filled with fun activities, delicious food and the most AMAZING character pumpkins ever created! Many thanks to the LES PTO for their support and assistance in making this event such a success. To view additional images from this event click here and to see all of the amazing pumpkin characters click here.
New Hat & Glove/Mitten Drive to Support Cradles to Crayons Organization Begins at Chapin Street School
Warm hands and heads for some, mean warm hearts for others…..
Chapin Street School students are learning what it means to give to children in need by participating in a school wide hat and glove/mitten drive for the Boston based nonprofit organization, Cradles to Crayons. The drive is currently going on at Chapin Street School and will continue through the end of school on Friday, October 9th. Chapin parents are encouraged to send in NEW gloves, hats and mittens with their children to school. The community is also welcomed to drop off donations to the Chapin Street Office during the hours of 9:30AM-2:30PM. Click here to read the full article.
Read With Mrs. Reed at Chapin Street School!
When Mrs. Reed began her tenure as the new Principal of Chapin Street School this fall she had several things on the the top of her to do list, including Read with Mrs. Reed. This idea was rooted in Mrs. Reed’s love of reading and her desire to make meaningful connections with each student at Chapin Street School. Her idea was simple; she would choose a special, unique book to read to each 2nd and 3rd grade classroom and create a corresponding lesson to inspire collaboration and the sharing of ideas based on the book, all the while making the all important human connection with the students. Click here to read the full article and view additional images.
Author Holly Black Visits Baird Middle School
On September 21st, bestselling author Holly Black, co-author of The Magisterium series, visited Baird Middle School. This visit was the result of BMS Librarian Jordan Funke’s dedication and enthusiasm for exposing students to a variety of experiences that promote a love of reading and learning. Click here for the full article.
Donation to Create Pumpkin Book Characters for the Upcoming East Street Fall Family Night Appreciated
Staff and students at East Street are giving a SHOUT OUT of THANKS to the Meadow View Farms in Southwick for their generous donation of 40 pumpkins for their school-wide project to be highlighted at the upcoming Book Fair/Fall Family Night. Click on this link for the full story.
Mrs. Gilbert's Classes at BMS Off to a Great School Year
Students in Mrs. Gilbert's 8th Grade English Classes at Baird Middle School are off to a great start to the school year. She proudly shares that her students are motivated and enthusiastic about learning, working hard, and pushing themselves to excel. Please click here to view a video Mrs. Gilbert created to showcase her students.
Picture Books Donated to the East Street Library
This summer Mrs. Julia Liszka, a Student Support Para-educator at East Street School, attended an event Storytime with Sophie Blackall at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst. Mrs. Liszka explained that during Ms. Blackall's presentation at the museum she informed the crowd that she was going to sell one of the drawings she created that day on eBay, and then purchase 10 brand new picture books to give to some lucky winners who work as teachers or librarians. Click here for the full article.
Dress Like a Pirate Day at Veterans Park
Principal Knowles explains that this school year staff and students Veterans Park will be celebrating various themes once a month. This month was Dress Like A Pirate Day which correlates with this year's school wide focus on the book Learn Like a Pirate. Click here to read the full article and view additional photos. from this fun event.
One Word Project Started at Chapin Street School
Before the new school year started, Principal Reed was seeking ways that would create an opportunity to build teamwork and unity at the beginning of the school year. After doing some research she learned about the book One Word That Will Change Your Life by Jon Gordon, Dan Britton and Jimmy Page. The main idea of this book encourages readers to choose one word that will help bring focus and personal accountability to what matters most in your life. Click here for the full article and to view additional images.
School Committee Votes Unanimously to Rename the BMS Community Garden in Honor of Longtime LPS Educator, Miss Lenore Paul
Recently the Ludlow School Committee voted unanimously to name the Baird Middle School Community Garden in honor of Miss Lenore Paul, a long-time--and legendary--Ludlow educator, resident, and community activist. Heather Ferrier-Bacon (BMS teacher), as well as Natalina Tulik, Kerry Ouimette, and Colleen Mollica (LPS parents), spearheaded this initiative and presented the formal petition for the name change to the Ludlow School Committee. They cited Miss Paul’s passion for gardening and love for sharing this passion with her students, and others, as the impetus for requesting this honor in her memory. Click here for the full article.
Team-building Activity at BMS Brings Positive Reviews
For the first Early Release Day of the 2015-16 School Year, teachers, paraprofessionals, and administrators from Baird Middle School participated in Part I of a team-building activity facilitated by Ms. Angela Veatch and her assistants from Springfield College's East Campus. Click here for the full article and to view additional images from this event.
Reaching Beyond Veterans Park School
This year students and staff at Veterans Park School will participate in a series of Community Outreach initiatives led by the newly created Outreach classes, taught by Mrs. Jorge. The first initiative came from an idea shared by Kylie Gauvin, a 5th grade student and member of Community Outreach Class. Kylie suggested the Soles4Souls organization. Click here to read the full article and to see how you can support this worthwhile project.
Mindful Mondays Initiative Starts at Chapin
This year the staff at Chapin Street started a new student initiative called Mindful Monday. Principal Reed explains that the goal of this initiative is to “teach students the meaning of being mindful and to encourage them to start using positive affirmations to foster confidence, and to help each student to use positive thoughts. It is our goal to spread this message as a Chapin family and to foster positive, reassured, confident children.” She explained that herself, Dr. Perlmutter, School Adjustment Counselor, and Mrs. Antoine, Licensed Social Worker, have been working together to introduce this initiative to each classroom; presenting mini lessons on positive affirmations and how this initiative will impact their classrooms Click here for the full article.
BMS STEM Students Build Marshmallow Skyscrapers
Students in Mrs. Goncalves' STEM classes at Baird Middle School recently were challenged to build a sky scraper with only marshmallows and toothpicks. The results were both fun and educational. Click here to view the full article and watch a brief video montage of the students participating in this project.
BMS Band Director Publishes Her Master's Project
Baird Middle School (BMS) Band Director, Ms. Taryn Smith started working on her Master's degree at American Band College (ABC) in June of 2013; completing the program in August of 2015, having spent three consecutive summers in Ashland, Oregon. Before leaving in June for her final summer at ABC, BMS Principal, Mr. Joseph Langone presented Ms. Smith with a scholarship at the BMS Spring Concert. Ms. Smith explains that she was one of two students in her program, from a field of nearly 200, selected to receive this scholarship from ABC. She was very honored to receive the scholarship, which was made even more special by having her students present during the presentation. Click here for the full article and additional photos.
Library Upgrades Continue Thanks to the Dias Foundation Grant
On February 10th representatives from the Joseph and Anna C. Dias Family Foundation presented the LPS School Committee with a check in the amount of $235,000 to upgrade and modernize the library media centers in each of the LPS schools. Jamison Hedin, LHS Librarian, is happy to report that the most recent phase of the upgrade to the LHS library is underway with the arrival of new furniture and 30 additional Chromebooks, at the start of the school year. Click here for the full article and additional photos.
5K Road Race to Benefit BMS Music Program
1st Annual Margolis Miles for Music 5K Road Race to benefit the Middle School Music programs from Wilbrahm, Hampden, Ludlow, Palmer, Monson and East Longmeadow. Sponsored by Luso Federal Credit Union and hosted by Margolis Orthodontics the race is scheduled for Sunday, October 25th. Click here for further information and here to register online for this event.
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