Teaching Mindfulness Techniques to Students
Kate Forest, Registered Yoga Specialist and Mindful Living and Learning Consultant, recently returned to Chapin Street School to share her mindful practices with students. According to Principal Reed, "It is important that we prepare our students with lifelong mindfulness skills to make them kinder, happier and accepting adults. They are our future." Click here to read the full article.
School Through the Eyes of a Student
Mr. Welch, East Street Principal and Dr. Faginski-Stark, LPS Curriculum Director, recently stepped into the shoes of two East Street students as part of the Shadow a Student Challenge. Both agreed it was an amazing experience that was not only fun but also offered them a new perspective on student learning and how to better support district goals to improve instruction. Click here to read the full article.
A Night in Rio!
Veterans Park band members received rave reviews following their recent 'A Night in Rio' concert. Student musicians took their audience on an exciting staycation adventure complete with costumes and music to celebrate the Carnivale- Vets Park style! Click here to read the full article.
Celebrating 100 Days of Learning... and Fun!
Students at East Street School reached a milestone on Wednesday, February 8th; attending school for the 100th day! To celebrate this important day a plethora of fun, and educational activities took place in each classroom. Click here to read the full article and view additional photos.
Thank You LPS Custodians and Ludlow DPW
We wanted to send a shout out to all of the LPS custodians and the Ludlow DPW crews who have worked so hard keeping up with the snow removal during Mother Nature's recent burst of winter reality. THANK YOU!
Global Play Day Celebrated
Global Play Day was celebrated at each of the elementary schools this past week and from all accounts it was a huge success! Click on the school name to learn more, and view additional photos: East Street, Chapin Street, Veterans Park.
BMS Students of the Month
CONGRATULATIONS to the 12 Baird Middle School students of the month (Dec. & Jan.) who were recently acknowledged for their outstanding academic achievements and for being positive members of the classroom and school community. Click here to read the full article and view additinal photos.
Three LHS girls soccer players sign to play in college
Mr.Tim Brillo, LHS Athletic Director, was proud to announce today that three LHS girls soccer players- Tasha Kwatowski, Nissa Pereira, Andrea Jozefczyk - were recognized for their academic and athletic achievement by accepting scholarships to play soccer at college. Click here to read the full article and learn what colleges they will be attending.
2017 Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award Recipients
Please join us in congratulating Mr. Dennis Quinn (BMS Social Studies Teacher), Mr. Lenny Phelon (LHS Math Teacher), Miss Jessica McVeigh (Veterans Park 5th Grade Teacher) and Mr. Gregory Bertsch (East Street 1st Grade Teacher) for being chosen to receive this prestigious award. Click on their individual names to learn more about these four amazing teachers!
Visit from On-Air Meteorologist, Dan Brown
4th grade students at Veterans Park School learned first hand how on-air meteorologists prepare for their daily broadcast from Western Mass News channel 40 morning meteorologist, Dan Brown. During his visit he shared personal, behind the scenes information about his life “telling weather stories.” He also concluded his presentation with the most unexpected, but for many students, and staff, very welcomed weather related announcement… due to the impending snowstorm school will be dismissed early! Click here to read the full article.
7th Grader, Gabriel Rivera, Wins 2016 Red Ribbon Contest
CONGRATULATIONS to Baird Middle School 7th grader, Gabriel Rivera, who recently won the National Family Partnership (NFP) 2016 Red Ribbon Week Photo contest for Region I/Home Decoration. In addition to receiving an iPad for his family he also earned $1,000 for his school to be used for educational materials to support drug prevention. Click here to read the full article.
Ludlow Lodge of Elks Donates Dictionaries to Every 3rd Grader
Don Conner, Director of Children’s Programs and Paul Jacques, Leading Knight from the Ludlow Lodge of Elks # 2448 recently donated a new dictionary to all 3rd graders at Chapin Street School. This is the 9th year the lodge has participated in this national program. Many thanks to the Elks for this special gift. Click here to read the full article.
Teaching Strategies Shared Across School Districts
A recent visit between 2nd grade teachers at Chapin Street School and the math coach and 2nd grade teacher at Meadow Brook School in East Longmeadow was a welcomed opportunity to not only share teaching strategies but also to share their passion and love for teaching. The visit focused on the Eureka Math Program and how to incorporate the math workshop format. Teachers from each school hopes this positive experience of sharing ideas across districts will continue to grow in the future. Click here to read the full article.
Team Hit Sticks Awarded Gold Dodgeball Medal
On Friday evening the Ludlow High School Class of 2018 sponsored a Dodgeball Marathon in the gym. After several well played games and a very intense final round, Team Hit Sticks, was awarded the gold dodgeball medal! CONGRATS! Click here to read the full article.
Meteorologist Janna Brown Talks Weather with Kindergarteners
Kindergarten students gave Meteorologist Janna Brown from Western Mass News two thumbs up following her recent visit. She visited each of the kindergarten classrooms to reinforce their weather unit. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and love of the weather with our youngest students. Click here to read the full article.
6th Grader, Torcato Zina, Takes 1st Place in Geography Bee
Nine students from Baird Middle School participated in the school level competition of the National Geographic Bee, a competition BMS has a been a part of for well over 20 years. After many rounds, Torcato Zina won the honor of school champion, with Patrick Casagrande coming in second place. Click here to read the full article.
Students Sing National Anthem at Springfield Thunderbird
The Ludlow Elementary Schools PTO organized a fundraiser at the January 14th Springfield Thunderbirds hockey game against the Providence Bruins at the MassMutual Center. The money raised will help to fund after school clubs, end of the year field trips and other various elementary school requests. Over 75 students signed up and gathered on the ice to sing the National Anthem for their families, friends, and hockey fans! Click here to read the full article.
2103 LHS Graduate Educates College Students on
Ms. Nicole Jeronimo, a 2013 Ludlow High School Graduate and Mrs. Donna Katz, Ludlow Public Schools OTR/L, recently shared information regarding Nicole's journey using assistive technology while enrolled in school, with 2nd year students enrolled in the Master of Occupational Therapy Program.at Bay Path University. Jeronimo explained that she welcomes the opportunity to share her journey so others can better understand and support people who require assistance to achieve independence. Click here to read the full article.
East Street School January Community Assemblies
This past week East Street held their winter themed assemblies. Each of the assemblies ended with a class presentation. Mrs. Queiros and Mrs. Quinn's 1st grade students shared a readers theater about snowmen. Ms.Golec's kindergarten students shared a presentation on hibernation and also sang songs. Click here to read the full article and view the video.
Teachers Collaborate to Improve Early Numeracy
With the support of DSAC (District and School Assistance Program) elementary teachers from Ludlow are participating in the Early Numeracy Workshop. One of the components of the program requires participants to observe other classrooms. Recently 3rd grade teacher, Mrs. Marybeth Lewison and 5th grade teachers Mrs. Katie Leary and Mrs. Michelle Irwin observed in each other classrooms. Click here to read the full article.
BMS Students of Character- COMPASSION
CONGRATULATIONS to Baird Middle School Students of Character- COMPASSION. Click here to read the full article and view the list of names.
A Day of Mindfulness for Chapin Street Staff
As part of a Day of Mindfulness for Chapin Street staff, Principal Nikki Reed transformed the school’s library into a calming haven complete with soft music, dimmed lights, aromatherapy, healthy refreshments and eight massage therapy students from Branford Hall Career Institute in Springfield to offer staff 10 minute chair massages. Staff were also offered to enjoy a healthy salad for lunch, prepared by the Chapin Street cafeteria staff, and to snack on healthy treats, such as fruits, vegetables and hummus in the teacher’s lounge. Click here to read the full article.
Science Experiment Simulates Frost Wedging
Following a science experiment simulating frost wedging, 4th grade students at Veterans Park School were able to make real life connections and understand how the winter roads in our community are affected by freezing water, resulting in the roads cracking and the forming of pot holes. Click here to read the full article.
How Do Animals Survive in the Winter?
As part of the science curriculum, students in Mrs. Deborah Donovan’s 1st grade classroom, recently learned about the different ways animals survive in the in winter; specifically hibernation, migration or adaptation. Click here to read the full article.
Solidarity on the Basketball Court for Griffin's Friends
Friday night’s girls basketball game between Ludlow and Chicopee High Schools began with a special show of solidarity between rivals on the court, as members from each team collaborated to raise funds and awareness for the local charity, Griffin’s Friends. Very proud of these inspiring athletes, and their coaches. Click here to read the full article.
4th Place Finish for BMS Project Purple Video CONGRATULATIONS!
CONGRATULATIONS to the Baird Middle School Project Purple club for receiving a fourth place finish in the 2017 national the Project Purple Initiative Go Purple (The Herren Project). The initiative invited schools and community groups from across the country to submit videos embracing the Go Purple spirit. Click here for the full article.
Boa Sorte Mr. Tony!
For the last nine years Mr. Tony (Antonio Carvalho) has been the day custodian at East Street School, meticulously maintaining the inside and outside of the building. From the pristinely waxed floors to the well groomed grounds surrounding the school, the pride in his work and love for the school community was always evident. Click here to read the full article.
Walter E. Quigley Jr. Student of the Month Award- December 2016
CONGRATULATIONS to LHS students, Shauna Conroy, Julie Cadieux, Jack Callahan, Nathan Beyer and Benjamin Lind and who were recently recognized as December students of the month at the Lower Pioneer Valley Career and Technical Education Center Program (CTEC). Click here to read the full article.
Frosty Spreads Holiday Cheer Throughout the District
Before the holiday break, Frosty found time to visit each of the schools to spread his jolly message with staff and students. To view a video montage of photos from each of his visits click on the school name: East Street, Chapin Street, Veterans Park, BMS, and LHS.
You're a Kind One, Mrs. Reed
Twas the day before vacation and all through Chapin Street School - Whoville came to life as 2nd graders ruled!
There was a Grinch, Cindy Lou Whos and even a Max or two - Some did not believe, but yes it was true!
They gathered in the cafeteria, holding hands and swaying with glee - And with their hearts of gold they sang to Principal Reed...
Click here to view the video.
Schools Support Annual Toys for Tots Drive
Ludlow Public Schools, again this year, participated in the Annual Toys for Tots Drive. Thanks to everyone who donated money or brought in a new toy for the drive. The Community Outreach Class sponsored the drive at Veterans Park School and accepted The Letters to the Troops Challenge sponsored by LUSO Federal Credit Union and the Student Council sponsored the drive at Chapin Street School. Click here to read about the Veterans Park Drive and here to read about the Chapin Street Drive.
Baird Foreign Language Students Share Holiday Merriment!
Foreign Language classes at Baird Middle School filled the hallways with holiday magic as they serenaded staff and students with holiday carols. Click here to view the video.
Veterans Park Celebrates National Ugly Sweater Day
Staff and students arrived to Veterans Park School on December 16th ready and eager to celebrate National Ugly Sweater Day! Sweaters with ribbons and pom poms, bows and bells, were spotted throughout the school, with one common theme... the abundant smiles on the faces of all! Click here to view a photo montage of the day.
C-SPAN Interviews Focus on National Issues
Many thanks to those professionals who took time out of their busy schedules to be interviewed by 8th grade BMS students who are creating short videos to submit to C-SPAN's annual national video documentary competition. The interviews focused on climate change, veterans' affairs, the opioid crisis, the school-to-prison pipeline, gun control, and the electoral college. Click here to read the full article.
December 15th Declared Fancy Day!
Chapin Street Principal, Mrs. Nikki Reed, declared December 15th Fancy Day. What does Fancy Day at Chapin Street School look like? Click here to take a peek!
Meeting Asha to Learn about Service Dogs
As part of the Empowering Writers program, 3rd grade students at Chapin Street School are beginning a unit that focuses on service animals. Knowing the importance for the students to have the opportunity to make personal connections to enhance their writing experience, Chapin Street Principal, Mrs. Nikki Reed invited Ms. Kristin Hartness, Executive Director of Canines for Disabled Kids, based in Worcester, MA, to speak to the students about how service dogs enhance the lives of many who have a disability. Click here to read the full article.
Massachusetts Elector Interviewed for C-Span Project
Nazda Alam was elected the first Muslim immigrant Asian American female in the history of the Massachusetts Electoral College. Alam visited Baird Middle School December 12th to be interviewed by BMS students who are creating short videos to submit to C-SPAN's annual national video documentary competition. She answered questions regarding a variety of subjects including the Electoral College, immigration and the refugee crisis, and equal pay for women. Click here to read the full article.
Chapin Students Collect $1,343.18 for Wreaths Across America
Eric Segundo, Director of Veterans Services for the Town of Ludlow, accepted a donation today from Chapin Street students totalling $1,343.18 for Wreaths Across America. This money will enable ninety wreaths to be placed on the graves of Veterans at the Veterans Cemetery in Agawam during the Wreaths Across America event this Saturday, December 17th. A contingency from Chapin Street School, both staff and students, are also planning on attending the event. Click here to read the full article.
East Street Computer Lab Receives Some TLC
East Street kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Kristen Ortyl, made it her mission to give the East Street computer lab some much needed TLC. With help from Mrs. Trudy Line, classroom paraprofessional, and fellow kindergarten teachers, the transformation is AMAZING! Thank you to Mrs. Ortyl and all who helped make the lab a kid friendly, welcoming place, for our students. Click here to read the full article.
Spreading Kindness at Baird
At Baird Middle School a kindness wreath has been hung in the lobby to highlight the character word of the month- COMPASSION. Ribbons are added to the wreath when a staff member witnesses a random act of kindness. Click here to read the full article.
Baird Students of Character- INTEGRITY
CONGRATULATIONS to this month's Baird Middle School Students of Character- INTEGRITY. Click here to read the full article.
Senator Eric Lesser Interviewed for C-Span Project
Many thanks to Massachusetts State Senator Eric Lesser for taking time to stop by Baird Middle School on Friday to be interviewed by BMS students who are creating short videos to submit to C-SPAN's annual national video documentary competition. Click here to read the full article.
8th Graders Writing for Task, Purpose and Audience
Mrs. Tina Gilbert’s English classes at Baird Middle School recently learned about the writing strategy, R.A.F.T.. Gilbert explained that using this strategy students analyzed how writing changes when the purpose and audience for our writing changes. Click here to read the full article and view a video montage of the lesson.
Chapin Street Winter Concert Dazzles Audience
The sounds of holiday songs filled the Ludlow High School auditorium as the Chapin Street School Chorus dazzled their audience during the annual winter concert. Congratulations to all of the talented students who participated in this festive concert, and to Music Teacher, Mrs. Meghan Provost, along with her student teacher, Ms. Bridget Ambers for fostering the love of music in our students. Click here to read th efull article.
Margolis Miles for Music Donates $1000 to BMS Music Program
For the 2nd year in a row the Baird Middle School Band and Chorus programs received a generous donation of $1,000 from proceeds of the Annual Margolis Miles for Music 5K Run that took place on Sunday, October 23rd. This event is hosted by Margolis Orthodontics of Wilbraham with all proceeds benefiting area middle school music programs in Wilbraham, Hampden, Ludlow, Palmer, Monson, and East Longmeadow. Click here to read the full article.
Students Collect Change for Wreaths Across America
As part of the Wreaths Across America program, Chapin Street School is spearheading a fundraiser to help ensure that there will be a wreath to place on all graves at the Veterans Cemetery in Agawam during the upcoming December 17th event. REMEMBER- HONOR-TEACH. Click here to read the full article.
Walter E. Quigley Jr. Student of the Month Award- November 2016
CONGRATULATIONS to LHS students, Frank Hunter and David Marques, who were recently recognized as November students of the month at the Lower Pioneer Valley Career and Technical Education Center Program (CTEC). For the full article click here.
Veterans Park Holiday Concert
On Thursday evening, December 1st, the sounds of holiday songs filled the Ludlow High School auditorium as the Veterans Park Music Department presented their annual winter concert. Congratulations to all of the talented students who participated in this festive concert, and to Veterans Park music teacher, Ms. Sousa, for her dedication, leadership and talent in fostering the love of music in our student. Click here to read the full article.
Designing Houses from the 1600's
3rd grade students at Chapin Street School became architects, creating their own model of a wetu (house) they would have built in the 1600’s. They hosted an exhibition this past week that was a dynamic combination of students demonstrating what they learned, and highlighting their personal creativity. Click here to read the full article.
The future is here... let's give them the tools!
Today’s students live in a world surrounded by technology, and as such, whatever field they choose to pursue when they graduate from high school, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. It is for this reason that Ms. Kate Marciano, Chapin Street Library Media Specialist, felt strongly that it was important for some of the youngest students in the Ludlow Public Schools to participate in the worldwide initiative- Hour of Code. Click here to read the full article.
Veterans Park Captain's Crew and First Mates
CONGRATULATIONS to the Veterans Park students and staff who were recognized, during the December 2nd schoolwide meeting, as Captain's Crew and First Mates. Click here to read the full article and view the presentation.
Heartwarming Gift Received from Former Student
4th grade students in Mrs. Elysa Burstein classroom received a heartwarming package from their teacher's former student Ms. Brittany Benjamin (2000-2001). In the package was an attached note that read in part- "I remember when I was in 4th grade. I also remember how kind, creative and compassionate my teacher was-- and guess what-- she is your teacher now, too! You are very lucky." Click here to read the full article.
Two Sisters Making a Difference for those in Need
Kylie and Gabby Gauvin are two sisters attending Ludlow Public Schools and making a difference for those less fortunate by collecting personal care items and delivering them to local social service agencies. Click here to read more about these kindhearted and generous sisters, and how the LHS Interact Club and BMS Community Service Club helped them reach their goal.
Mannequin Challenge at Chapin Street School
After being challenged by Ms. Anderson's 2nd grade classroom, several classrooms at Chapin Street School accepted the Mannequin Challenge. The Mannequin Challenge is an Internet trend where people remain frozen in action like mannequins doing everyday tasks, while a video is recorded. Click here to view the video compilation of the classes that participated in this fun challenge.
Teaching Students Healthy Lifestyle Choices
For the last several years Chapin Street School Nurse, Mrs. Beth Parent, begins the school year by visiting each of the 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms to educate students about the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices; her first wisdom wellness lesson. She finds that these lessons, which continue throughout the school year with different themes, are a great way for the students to see her role as reaching beyond the walls of the health office, and more importantly as an avenue for her to make personal connections with students. Click here to read the full article.
Baird's Got Talent 2016!
On Tuesday evening, November 22nd, the Ludlow High School Auditorium transformed itself into the set of America’s Got Talent…or in this case, Baird’s Got Talent, as thirty one performers showcased their amazing talents. The audience was treated to an evening of singing, storytelling, stand up, gymnastics, dancing, magic and instrumental solos. Click here to read the full article.
Homemade Cards Sent to Principal Welch's Son's Army Unit in Iraq
During this holiday season, our youngest students at East Street School showed support for their Principal's son, U.S. Army 1st Lt. Andre Welch and his unit, who are currently serving in Mosul, Iraq. With the help of East Street Art Teacher, Mrs. Gloria Walker, each student created handmade cards, with special messages inside. Click here to read the full article.
Stepping Back in Time to Learn about the Wampanoag Indians
3rd grade students in Mrs. Foley and Mrs. Gauvin's class traveled back in time to experience life back as Wampanoag children in the 1600’s.Their journey of discovery gave them an important perspective about how life in the 1600’s was both similar and different to life today. Click here to read the full article.
Mayflower Marathon Record Shattered
The Ludlow High School National Honor Society is proud to announce that, with the support of not only their school, but also Veterans Park and Chapin Street Schools, along with the donations from the Ludlow community, they shattered last year's total of $6,926.11 by raising a total of $10,459.69. Click here for the full article.
Chapin Street School Holds 1st Annual Turkey Trot
The 1st Annual Chapin Street School Turkey Trot is in the books. Many thanks to Mrs. Doyle for organizing this fun and energizing school- wide event that was enjoyed by all! Click here to read the full article.
Preschool Harvest Celebration
Preschool students at East Street School prepared homemade butter for their harvest celebration. They also celebrated friendship and sharing. Click here to read the full story.
Saving Turkeys One Disguise at a Time!
Although students in Ms. Judi Humphries 3rd grade class at Chapin Street School couldn’t secure a Presidential pardon for any turkeys, they did the next best thing by creating some impressive disguises, and writing very convincing paragraphs, to keep them safe during their most dreaded season! Click here to read the full article.
Ludlow High School Athletics Receives the 2016 District F Sportsmanship Award
CONGRATULATIONS to the Ludlow High School Athletics for being chosen the 2016 recipient of the MIAA District F Sportsmanship Award. This award is given to one school in each of the eight athletic districts within the MIAA structure, at the annual MIAA District Sportsmanship Summit. Click here to read the full article.
Cubs Corner Students Creating Friendships Beyond the Classroom
Four years ago a special partnership was formed with the then newly created Cubs Corner Class at Veterans Park School, and the LPVEC Autism Middle School Program located at Ludlow High School. During a recent class, students were learning about assistive technology; specifically how to communicate using a device and not your voice. Click here to read the full article.
East Street Gym Walls Inspire Students
The gym at East Street School had a little make-over recently when Physical Education teacher, Mrs Leslee Sharon, painted inspirational sayings on the walls as reminders to work hard, never give up on themselves and believe that they can do anything if they just try. Click here to read the full article.
Rotary Club Donates $4,500 to BMS Harmony Bridge Program
Thanks to a very generous donation of $4,500 from both the District Rotary Club 7890 and the Rotary Club of Ludlow, the Baird Middle School Harmony Bridge Program will continue their goal of bringing the joy of music to residents at local nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities on a monthly basis. This special program bridges the gap between generations, and teaches students about empathy for others, and service to their community. Click here to read the full article.
Fall Flannel Family Night at Chapin Street School
This year’s family night at Chapin Street School was filled with flannel, fun and fall festivities! This year’s organizers, reported that everyone in attendance was encouraged to wear flannel, but required to have have fun! Click here to read the full article.
LHS Students Experience Thrill of the Stock Exchange
Two Ludlow High School Business classes - Mrs. Courtney’s Math for Business and Personal Finance and Mrs. Picard’s Investing in the Stock Market - recently participated in the 11th Annual Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts Stock Market Competition held at the MassMutual Center in downtown Springfield on Thursday, November 10th. Click here to read the full article.
Kaitlyn Rodrigues Wins Top Honors with her Patriot's Pen Essay
Congratulations to Baird Middle School 8th grade student Kaitlyn Rodrigues for her 1st place win in the recent Patriot's Pen contest. The Patriot’s Pen youth essay-writing contest is an annual contest sponsored by the VFW that encourages students in grades 6-8 to examine our nation’s history, and their own experiences in modern American society. This year the chosen theme is “The America I Believe In.” To read the full article click here.
4th Grade Students Learn about Landforms
4th grade students at Veterans Park School recently worked in small groups to research landforms. They then participated in a Gallery Walk to share their projects with others. To read the full article click here.
Hip Hop Hooray... It's the 50th Day!
Today, staff & students at East Street and Veterans Park Schools celebrated the 50th day of school, in 50's style. Click here to read the full article for East Street School and here for Veterans Park School.
Walter E. Quigley Jr. Student of the Month Award- October 2016
CONGRATULATIONS to LHS students, Raquel Blodget, Taylor Alves and Amanda Charest, who were recently recognized as October students of the month at the Lower Pioneer Valley Career and Technical Education Center Program (CTEC). For the full article click here.
Veterans Day Celebrated in Ludlow Schools
Local Veterans were welcomed in each of the three elementary schools to share the meaning of Veterans Day with students. To read more about the visits, click here for Veterans Park School, here for Chapin Street School and here for East Street School.
Helping Hands... Happy Feet!
This past week the concluding activity for the Chapin Street School sock drive to benefit the Boston based nonprofit Cradles to Crayons, was held in the school gymnasium. Students collected 1,000 pairs of socks. With three pairs of socks in each bag that will help keep the feet of 333 children warm, and happy, this winter. Way to go Chapin Street! To read the full article click here.
Students Cast their 2016 Presidential Votes
In an effort to engage 4th and 5th grade students in the excitement of this historic presidential election, the staff at Veterans Park School brought the election process to life on Monday, November 7th, by offering students the opportunity to participate in a mock voting event. To read the full article and to learn who won the election by one, click here.
Links to Libraries Shares Love of Reading with Students
Like sprinkles on an ice cream cone, Links to Libraries brings smiles to many children throughout Western MA with their book donations. According to their website the organization has “donated almost 500,000 new books and 5,000 gently used books to local children and school libraries.” To read about the partnership with Chapin Street School click here.
Veterans Park Students Take the Red Ribbon Pledge
Recently, the Veterans Park School community arrived to school wearing red as a culminating sign of their pledge to be drug, alcohol and tobacco free. In addition, students took part in a variety of activities including reciting the Red Ribbon Pledge and signing the pledge board. To read the full article click here.
BMS Health Class, Stations of Impairment, Offers First Hand Effects of Drug & Alcohol Abuse
As part of this year’s Red Ribbon Week Celebration (Oct. 24th-Oct. 28th) Mrs. Deborah Casagrande’s 7th grade health education students at Baird Middle School took part in various activities to better help them understand the negative and short term effects of drug and alcohol abuse; activities she has incorporated into the health curriculum for the past 5 years. To read the full article click here.
LHS Girls Soccer Team Welcomes Special Bench Buddies
On October 25th six Veterans Park students attended the Ludlow High School varsity girls soccer game as part of the PBIS reward system implemented at their school. The Vets Park students cashed in their cub coins to attend the game and sit on the sidelines with the LHS soccer team. For the full article click here.
Annual LHS Best Buddies Halloween Dance
On Friday October 28th, the Best Buddies Club at Ludlow High School hosted their 4th annual Halloween Dance in the cafeteria. Mrs. Jennifer Bedore and Mrs. Meaghan Farrell , club advisors, reported that approximately 100 students and adults from various high schools, including Ludlow High School, Chicopee Comprehensive High School, Chicopee High School, and South Hadley High School, attended the event. To read the full article and view additional photos click here.
Dorothy Creswell Shares Musical Conversations about Acceptance With 2nd Graders
Local singer/songwriter Mrs. Dorothy Creswell presented her Friendship ARC (Awareness, Response, Concern) Program to four 2nd grade classrooms at Chapin Street School on October 26th and 27th. The visits were funded by a generous $500 grant provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council to support The Curious Giraffe Show: Musical Conversations with Kids. To read the full article click here.
2016 LHS College Fair
The annual College Fair was recently held at Ludlow High School.This event is an excellent opportunity for LHS seniors as they finalize their college choices and meet the college admissions people who will be reading and evaluating their admissions applications. To read the full article click here.
Annual Band Bash a Musically Ghoulish Night!
The reviews are in, and the annual Halloween Band Bash held on October 26th was a ghoulishly fun night! Students wore amazing costumes to channel their Halloween spirit, while the Band Directors were Minions. Congratulations to all the performers and many thanks to Mr. McAvoy and Ms. Smith for your continued dedication to bringing such inspiring and fun musical experiences to the Ludlow Public Schools. To read the full article click here.
Veterans Park Fall Family Night
The annual Fall Family Night at Veterans Park School was held on October 27th. Mrs. Melissa Knowles, Veterans Park Principal, was happy to report that in spite of the wintry weather, the event was very well attended and from all accounts everyone had a great time. To read the full article and view a video montage of the night, click here.
Ludlow Students Participate in Fall Special Olympics
Students from Veterans Park and Ludlow High School recently travelled to Granby Jr./Sr. High School in Granby, MA to participate in the fall Special Olympics. To read the full article on the LHS website click here and for the Veteran Park website click here.
Family Fun Night - East Street Style!
The annual Family Fun Night at East Street School was held on October 25th. Mr. Thomas Welch, East Street Principal was happy to report that the event was very well attended. There were several fun and exciting activities throughout the building including cup stacking, family square dancing, arts and crafts, read aloud, and Trick or Treat stations. For the full article and to view a photo montage of the night's fun, click here.
Veterans Park - Put a Cap on Drugs
On October 25th, staff and students at Veterans Park arrived to school wearing their favorite cap/hat to signify their Red Ribbon Week motto of the day-- Put a Cap on Drugs. To view a video montage of photos from the event, click here.
BMS Project Purple Members Share Message of Acceptance with Chapin Street Students
Baird Middle School student members of Project Purple travelled to Chapin Street School to help kick off the start of Red Ribbon Week. The day was filled activities that spread their message of acceptance and helping others. To read the full article click here.
LHS Showing Their Red!
Staff and students at Ludlow High School were wearing red to kick start Red Ribbon Week. To view additional photos click here.
Chris Herren Shares His Story with BMS Students
Chris Herren spoke to 7th & 8th grade students at Baird Middle School this afternoon offering students strategies for staying away from drugs and alcohol; encouraging students to be comfortable with who they are instead of turning to substances for an escape. Many thanks to Ludlow CARES for sponsoring this event. To read the full article click here.
The Great Pumpkin and a Treasure Hunt
Recently, first grade students in Miss Meaghan Barbeau and Mrs. Elizabeth Vanderscoff’s classroom at East Street School were excited to learn that they had filled their second kindess bucket since the start of school. This amazing accomplishment of these very kind and caring students elicited excitement, pride, and much to the delight of the students, a visit from none other than the Great Pumpkin! To read the full aticle click here.
Flexible Seating Donated by Luso Federal Credit Union
First grade students in Mrs. Ericka Cadete’s East Street School classroom are sitting a bit more comfortably since receiving a generous donation of flexible seating options from Luso Federal Credit Union. Cadete shared that the seating includes six carpet rockers, one yoga ball chair, and two core chairs. To read the full article click here.
#UNITYDAY2016 Celebrated at Veterans Park School
On October 19th staff and students at Veterans Park School showed their support for #UNITYDAY2016 by arriving to school dressed in orange. Together they shared a message of hope and unity to show their support that they stand together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. To view additional photos click here.
Socktober Event at Chapin Street School
Students at Chapin Street School are hosting a SOCKTOBER event until October 31st, to benefit Cradles to Crayons. They are asking for your help with donations of new socks (either in package or with tags) sizes infant 0-24 months up to children's extra large (18/20). To learn how you can help click here.
Kindergarten Field Trip to Silver Bell Farm
On October 19th the sun was shining, a warm fall breeze was gently blowing, and colorful red, yellow and orange leaves painted the skyline when each of the eight kindergarten classrooms boarded buses and headed to Silver Bell Farm in Monson, MA for a busy day filled with fall fun. To read the full article and view a video montage of photos from the day, click here.
Mrs. Reed Receives Scholastic Reading Club Principal's Appreciation Award
Monday morning, October 17th, was like many other mornings for Mrs. Nikki Reed, Chapin Street Principal, until she received an unexpected surprise; that she had been nominated and chosen for a very special award. To read the full article click here.
Let the Classroom Pumpkin Decorating Begin!
For the second year in a row the staff and students at East Street School want to extend a warm fall thank you to Meadow View Farms in Southwick, MA for their generous donation of thirty pumpkins. This donation enables each classroom to decorate a pumpkin to be displayed during the upcoming East Street School Family Fun Night scheduled for October 25th. To read the full article click here.
WVTS Channel 45 Premieres to Rave Reviews
Watch out Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer, there’s some new competition on the horizon at Veterans Park School! Mrs. Melissa Knowles, Veterans Park Principal, was excited to share that this year 4th and 5th grade students will be producing and starring in their very own daily newscast-- WVTS Channel 45! Click here to read the full aticle.
It's All About the Weather!
It was all about the weather in room 22 at Chapin Street School as Ms. Lawson and Ms. Moriarty introduced their 3rd grade students to a science unit about weather. To read the full article click here.
Walter E. Quigley Jr. Student of the Month Award
CONGRATULATIONS to LHS students, Jack Callahan and Brandon Scribner, who were recently recognized as September students of the month at the Lower Pioneer Valley Career and Technical Education Center Program (CTEC). For the full article click here.
Super Students, Super Staff, Super Schools!
For the first of several Spirit Days that will be celebrated during the school year students and staff at Chapin Street and Veterans Park schools transformed themselves into their favorite superheroes. Click here for the full article for Chapin Street and here for Veterans Park.
Be Kind Always - I've Got Your Back
Wayne Soares, master storyteller, actor, author and former broadcaster for ESPN Radio spoke to Chapin Street School third graders on Wednesday, October 5th about bullying prevention. “We are trying to not only make an awareness of bullying but to give kids the correct tools and message that they can help stop it,” explained Soares. “If you just sit back and watch someone else being bullied you are just as guilty as the bully." Click here for the full article.
Seeing Double at LHS!
An annual fall tradition of celebrating Twins Day at LHS to promote school spirit! For additional photos click here
BMS Students of Character- RESPONSIBILITY
At the recent Baird Middle School Class Meetings the Students of Character for RESPONSIBILITY were announced. CONGRATULATIONS to all recipients. #goodbetterBaird For the full article and to view a list of the recipients click here.
2017 Drama Production Revealed at Vets Park
Since the start of school year the suspense and excitement over the annual announcement for this year’s Veterans Park Drama Production could be felt in each classroom; students and staff all trying to solve the mystery. Ms. Sousa and Miss James were able to keep the announcement under wraps until the October 7th School Wide Morning Meeting. In true Veterans Park style the announcement everyone had been waiting for…. the 2017 Veterans Park Production would be (insert drum roll!)... Beauty and the Beast Jr. Click here for the full article.
Learning about Weather from a Local Meteorologist
WWLP-TV, 22 News Meteorologist Brian Lapis stepped out from behind the television screen and into Chapin Street School to "talk weather" to 3rd grade students. For the full article click here.
Picking Apples- Fun and Educational
First graders traded their classrooms at East Street School for a farm, as they traveled to Cold Spring Orchard in Belchertown, a research facility of UMass Amherst, for a day of learning all about apples. Click here for the full article.
As a way to highlight success, spotlight school spirit and inspire positivity, this year the staff at Baird Middle School created their own school wide theme--good, better, Baird. Mrs. Stacy Monette, BMS Principal, explained that she hopes this initiative will have a positive impact at helping to build and strengthen BMS pride, morale, and comradeship and overflow to spreading positivity at home and in the community. For the full article click here.
2nd Graders Excited to Access their Virtual Classroom
Recently, 2nd grade students in Ms. Amy Anderson and Mrs. Rachael Rhodes’s room were introduced to their GAFE accounts using Chromebooks, from one of the four Chromebook carts at Chapin, and the response was overwhelming positive. Click here for the full article.
2016 East Street Open House
On September 29th East Street staff proudly welcomed families to the school's 2016 Open House. Click here for the full article.
Third Graders Write Letters to Their Future Selves
Third grade students in Mrs. Sally Condino-Kelly’s classroom were excited and eager to begin their journey using their Google Apps for Education (GAFE) accounts. Their first assignment: create a Google Document and write a letter to their future Ludlow High School senior selves. To read the full article click here.
Authors Visit Promotes the iLoveMG Campaign
Two very talented authors, Mrs. Tania Unsworth and Mr. Adam Shaughnessy visited Veterans Park School, speaking to students about their latest books for middle grade readers. The authors are touring together as part of the iLoveMG campaign; an initiative to encourage and promote the value of middle grade readers. For the full article click here.
LHS Girls Soccer Team Participates in Autism Speaks Walk
The Ludlow High School Girls Soccer team reached beyond the soccer field on Saturday, September 24th, to participate in the Autism Speaks Walk at Stanley Park in Westfield. The team helped to raise over $1,000 for this worthwhile organization! Way to show Ludlow PRIDE. Click here for the full article.
BMS Community Service Club Helps at Day for Kids Event
Baird Middle School’s Community Service Club members recently volunteered their time during the Day for Kids event held at the Ludlow Community Center/Randall Boys & Girls Club. A total of thirteen BMS students volunteered their time to this very worthwhile event. Click here for the full article.
New York Time's Best Selling Author Visits BMS
New York Time’s best selling author and two-time finalist for the National Book Award in Young People's Literature, Eliot Schrefer, visited Baird Middle School to discuss his latest book in the Ape Quartet: Rescued. To read the full article click here.
LHS Marching Band Performs at the Big E
The Ludlow High School Marching Band performed in the Massachusetts Day Parade at the Eastern States Exposition on Thursday, September 22nd. To read the full story click here.
Community Building Activity at Veterans Park School
As part of a community building activity students in Mrs. Belson’s 5th grade classroom were given the task to form a line and pass a ball from one end of the line to the other. Sounds easy, right? Not so much when the assignment comes with a few interesting requirements. Click here for the full article.
Chapin Street School Open House
On September 21st Chapin Street staff proudly welcomed families to the school's 2016 Open House. Click here for the full article.
BMS Students Share Messages of Kindness
Students in Mrs. Carrie Kinney’s Academic Support classroom created amazing posters that illustrate the important themes of spreading kindness and anti-bullying. Click here for the full article.
Talk Like a Pirate Day Celebrated
Ahoy Mateys! On Monday, September 19th students in Ms. Judi Humphries swashbuckling classroom arrived to school dressed like pirates; eager to celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Click here for the full article.
8th Grade English Students Off to a Great Start
Mrs. Gilbert's grade 8 English students are off to a great start this school year! To view a slideshow that provides a glimpse into a day of an 8th grade English student at Baird Middle School click here.
1st School Assembly at East Street School
The highlight for many East Street students at their first assembly was a sing-along led by Principal Welch and Jeff Snow, reminding everyone to be Bucket Fillers! To read the full article and view a video clip of the performance, click here.
Chapin Street PD Focuses on Mindfulness
Since beginning her role as the Principal of Chapin Street School last year, one of Mrs. Nikki Reed’s goals was to introduce mindful practices to the staff. To achieve this goal she harnessed the expertise of Kate Forest, Registered Yoga Specialist and Mindful Living and Mindful Learning Consultant to lead staff in their first Professional Development Day on September 16th. To read the full article click here.
Baird Middle School Open House
The Best of Baird was shining bright at their recent Open House. Click here for the full article.
Annual Fire Safety Program
Many thanks to the Ludlow Fire Department for their recent visit to Chapin Street School to present the annual fire safety program to our students. Full story can be found here.
Pitching in for Kids
Recently, Wayne Soares, master storyteller, brought his mission to improve and impact lives to 6th graders at Baird Middle School and 4th & 5th graders at Veterans Park School. This program was sponsored by the Ludlow CARES Coalition and the Ludlow Public Schools.
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.