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.
Please click here to view/download a copy of the 2014-15 Ludlow Public School Calendar.
October 12, 2014- The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has released their 2014 District Report Cards. Use this link to access DESE links to the district and individual school report cards.
2nd Grade Students Create an Online Math Word Problem Book
To review their math skills (addition and subtraction) students in Mrs. Driscoll’s Classroom at Chapin Street School began a mission to create an online book of math word problems. They started by writing their unique, individual math problems on paper and had them reviewed by Mrs. Driscoll. The students then used the Chromebooks to add (type) their word problems to their designated slide in a shared Google Presentation and added an image to depict their word problem that would disappear to reveal the answer; very cool! Click here for the full article and to view this amamzing book and a video from the when they invited another classroom to read and solve their problems.
LHS Performance of Grease Postponed
On behalf of Mrs. Nemeth, LHS Prinicpal, please read and share the important message below:
The performance of GREASE - THE MUSICAL at Ludlow High School scheduled for this Thursday - Saturday nights (Jan. 29th- Jan. 31st) has been postponed to Feb. 5th - Feb. 7th at 7PM.
Tickets are on sale at the LHS main office and at the door. $10.00 general admission or $15.00 reserved seating.
A Heartwarming Project Helps Their Teacher's Friend
Ms. Goodreau, a 2nd grade teacher at Chapin Street School, recently learned that a friend, Deanna Messier, had been diagnosed with eye cancer; doctors found an inoperable tumor behind her left eye that has left her permanently blind in that eye. As a way to help her during this difficult time, Ms. Messier asked that her friends make eye patches for her to wear during her treatment. Upon learning of this request Ms. Goodreau shared it with her second grade class and they unanimously decided to make eye patches, and cards of encouragement, to help brighten her friend's day. Click here for the full storyand to view a vdieo of the students creating their eye patches.
African Culture Celebrated in World Geography Class at BMS
What does working with African Kente cloth patterns, listening to African pop music, and tasting some African style foods all have in common? If you are one of Ms. Baboval’s 7th grade World Geography students at Baird Middle School you know the answer- African Culture Day. Ms. Baboval explained that African Culture Day came to fruition as a way for her students to experience first hand elements of African Culture that are discussed in class. For example, they read excerpts from a book, A Long Way Gone, which is a memoir of child soldier, Ishmeal Beah. Throughout the story he references eating okra. Many students have no idea what it is or what it looks like; African Culture Day gives them the opportunity to see, smell, and taste the food. Click here for the full story and to view a montage of images from the day.
Robotics Class Encourages Student Collaboration
Upon entering the very high energy Robotics class taught by Mr. Dias I was reminded of a Native American quote: ‘Tell me and I’ll forget. Show me and I may remember. Involve me and I’ll understand.” It was immediately evident that students were engaged in hands-on activities that encouraged creativity and problem-solving skills, allowing students to understand that there are usually a variety of solutions to any problem. Mr. Dias stated that “Robotics is a great way to get kids excited about science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) topics and is highly effective in developing teamwork and self confidence.” Click here for the full story and to view a video of the robots in action.
Senator Eric Lesser Visits the Ludlow Public Schools
On Friday, January 20th, Senator Eric Lesser paid a visit to the Ludlow Public Schools. He was accompanied by Superintendent Todd Gazda, School Committe Member Jake Oliveira and Ludlow Education Association President Brian Bylicki. Senator Lesser was in the district to gain a better understanding of our needs, vision and long-term goals for our schools.
CONGRATULATIONS ALYSSA GUYON!
Mr. Tim Brillo reports that Alyssa Guyon's 39 point performance during Tuesday, January 13th basketball game against Belchertown secured her the honor of becoming Ludlow basketball's all time leading scorer. She currently has a total of 1285 career points.
4th Grade Students Create One of a Kind Weather Magazines
Students in Mrs. Knox and Mrs. Marsh’s 4th grade classes recently combined their knowledge of non-fiction writing, and weather, to create amazing informational magazines. Mrs. Knox explained that the students spent several weeks learning writing skills such as: “hooking” topic sentences, descriptive and supporting details, interesting closing sentences, similes, metaphors, onomatopoeia, vivid verbs, etc. They also utilized their knowledge of nonfiction text structures and text features, which the class has been focussed on in Readers’ Workshop. Please click here to read the full article and view a video montage of the presentations.
5th Annual Sgt. Joshua D. Desforges Fitness Challenge
The 5th Annual Sgt. Joshua D. Desforges Fitness Challenge has been scheduled for Thursday, March 12, 2015 beginning at 3:00PM, in the Ludlow High School gym. All proceeds benefit the Sgt. Joshua Desforges Scholarship Fund, which last year presented twenty $1,000 scholarships to LHS graduating seniors. T-shirts are on sale for $20 at Our Town Variety in Ludlow and all Ludlow Public Schools. The entrance fee to participate in the challenge is $20 and includes a t-shirt. For further information please contact Mrs. Arlene Desforges at 413-858-5554. Click here to learn more about Sgt. Desforges and to learn about previous Fitness Challenges.
The Golden Sneaker Arrives to East Street School
Move over Nike and Air Jordan-- Ms. Leslee Sharon, East Street Physical Education Teacher, is bringing the Golden Sneaker to East Street School! Ms. Sharon explains that the idea behind the Golden Sneaker Award is to reinforce the school-wide Bucket Filling Initiative while students are participating in physical education class. When awarding the Golden Sneaker the focus will be reinforcing what it means to be a good sport, such as, trying their hardest, playing fair, playing to have fun, supporting their teammates, cheering for everyone in class, and being a good listener. The entire class must work together and all be good sports for a chance to win the Golden Sneaker. Click here to read the full story and to view a short video of students participating in physical education classes.
Volunteers Needed for the LPS Health & Wellness Committee
Ms. Kristen Bunten, Ludlow Public Schools Health Care Coordinator, is looking for 3-5 volunteers (LPS staff, parents, students) to serve on the newly formed LPS Health/Wellness Advisory Committee. It is anticipated that there will be 4-6 scheduled meetings per school year. The first meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 26, 2015 at 4:15 pm in the Ludlow High School Library. Please click here for additional information about the goals of this committee and how to submit your name for consideration, prior ot the January 21st deadline.
LHS Students Complete Their 1st Semester Enrolled in the ICE Program at Westfield State University
The Transition students at Ludlow High School completed their first fall semester of classes on campus at Westfield State University as part of the Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment (ICE) Partnership Program; a state-funded grant program that provides dual enrollment opportunities to high school students, age 18 - 21, who have intellectual and developmental disabilities in an inclusive college experience. Students attending the ICE program build their independence and enhance their quality of life through this college experience. Please cick here for the full story and to view additional photos.
BMS Students Celebrate the French Tradition of "la Chandeleur"
For the past twenty-one years, Madame Etkin, Baird Middle School French Teacher, has been making crêpes with her classes, anywhere between late fall to mid winter. This practice of making crêpes is linked to a French tradition practiced on February 2nd, the day of "la Chandeleur" or "Candlemas". On this day, families and friends get together to make crêpes. It is customary for the chef to hold a coin in his writing hand while he flips the crêpe in the pan with the other. If he is able to catch the crêpe in the pan successfully, he and his family will be blessed with prosperity for the rest of the year. Please click here for the full article and to view a video of photographs from this year's celebration.
Love Me For Who I Am
“A person’s a person, no matter how small...everyone matters,” says Horton in Dr. Seuss’s book Horton Hears a Who. These simple words illustrate a goal of the Ludlow Public Schools this year--to ensure that every elementary school student is exposed to activities that teach tolerance, acceptance, and respect for differences. Since the start of school, teachers in each of the elementary schools have been addressing the topic of diversity. To involve the entire community in this project, the Ludlow Public School System is sponsoring an Autism Family Resource Fair on April 16, 2015 at Ludlow High School from 5:00PM-7:00PM. This event will be open to all, showcasing local resources available for families of children with autism and other social/sensory needs, as well as celebrating their contributions to our community. Please click here to read the full article and to view a very special video of the preschool students singing Brady Rymer's song, Love Me For Who I Am.
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.