LUDLOW PUBLIC SCHOOLS

205 FULLER STREET | LUDLOW, MA 01056 | Phone 413-583-8372 | FAX 413-583-5666

Ludlow High School

Grades 9-12

Paul R. Baird Middle School

Grades 6-8

Harris Brook Elementary School

Grades 2-5

East Street Elementary School

Grades PreK-1

HOLIDAY RECESS

December 24-31, 2021

Schools Closed

January 3, 2022

Schools Reopen

EARLY RELEASE

Friday, December 10th

PD Meeting for staff

STAFF T-SHIRTS RECEIVE AN A+

11/26/21 The East Street School staff t-shirts have officially entered the building... and we love them! #bekind #TeamEast #weareone #kindnessmatters #wehavethebeststaff #lpspride

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

11/24/21 It's IMPORTANT TO DREAM BIG and that's just what Ms. Vitorino's kindergarten class did when she introduced a fun, exciting hands on Thanksgiving activity to her class! After reading Melissa Sweet's book "Balloons Over Broadway" about the first Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade students excitedly designed, sculpted, and painted their very own A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. parade balloons! #macysthanksgivingdayparade #verycool #happythanksgivng #lovethis

WINSTON CAME FOR A VISIT!

11/23/2021 Winston, a 16 months old Labrador Retriever, and his partner Amherst Police Officer William Laramee work together as the department's community outreach team spending much of their day in the community making positive connections. Today they were making several students and staff smile as they roamed the hallway of BMS visiting each classroom. #thankyou Winston and Officer Laramee #comfortdogs #welovethis #WeAreBaird #dogs

2021 NHS MAYFLOWER MARATHON FOOD DRIVE

11/23/21 Our TUESDAY WOW coming from Ludlow High School this morning. The LHS National Honor Society once again exceeded exceptions collecting canned goods for the Rock 102 Mayflower Marathon. And a shout out to the NHS advisers- Mrs. Sands and Mrs. Stratton. You all are #amazing!! #thankyou #lpspride #grateful

SECOND GRADE SUPERSTARS

11/22/21Busy learning and having fun at Harris Brook Elementary School. #2ndgrade #schoollife #lpspride

LPS STAFF AND STUDENTS RECEIVE 2021 VFW AWARDS

11/21/21 At the annual Ludlow Veterans Day Ceremony the following LPS students and staff were recognized during the awards portion of the ceremony. CONGRATULATIONS to all!

2021 PATRIOT'S PEN (BMS)

1st- Chole G. Liszka Advances to the district level competition where her essay will compete with students from across Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Counties.

2nd-Sophia A. Alvaro

3rd- Mason Little

4th- Natalia E. Hoolihan

5th- Benjamin Goodreau

6th-10th in no particular order

Victoria A Davidson

Katherine M. Anselmo

Colin McClintock

Faith E. Keroack

Emma M. Henning

2021 VOICE OF DEMOCRACY (LHS)

1st- Aaron Picard -Advances to the district level competition where his essay will compete with students from across Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Counties.

2nd - Inoakamma Agozino

3rd - Fiona G. Elliot

2021 CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION AWARD

Caitlin Clemons, BMS Special Education Teacher

Many thanks to Ludlow Director of Veterans Services Eric Segundo for the information and BMS English teacher Tina Gilbert for the photos.

LPVCTEC OCTOBER 2021 STUDENTS OF THE MONTH

11/20/21 Sending our congratulations to the six LHS students who received this prestigious honor in their respective program of study- Benjamin Santos, Carl Zimmerman, Jayana Leang, Laila Dixon, Xhavair Linton and Cameron Venne. Full article can be read by clicking here. #congratulations #lhspride

NEXT STOP -> STATE CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS

11/19/21 The LHS cross country teams raced at the sectional championships yesterday with Sofia Tulik and the Boys Team Qualifying for the State Championships! CONGRATULATIONS! Full story and results _. https://bit.ly/3nmUgm5 #lpspride #xcountry #offtostatechampionship

THANK YOU VETERANS

11/11/21 In preparation of Veterans Day kindergarten students in Ms. Vitorino's class at East Street School explored the different branches of the military. #happyveteransday #alwayslearning

HAPPY 50th DAY OF SCHOOL

11/10/2021- And just like that our kindergarten students at East Street School celebrated their 50th day in school.... Hip Hip Hooooooooray! #50thdayofschool #kindergartenlife #socute

MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER INSPIRES BMS STUDENTS TO ALWAYS FOLLOW THEIR DREAMS AND FIND THEIR HAPPY PLACE IN THE WORLD

11/09/2021- Never give up and always, ALWAYS follow your dreams was the overarching message shared by master chainsaw sculptor “The Machine” Jesse Green during his very personal, unique and inspiring motivational presentation to Baird Middle School students and staff on November 5th. During the forty minute one man multimedia presentation - Chainsaws, Cheeseburgers and Rock n’ Roll- Green told his personal life story by highlighting his struggles, failures and priceless lessons learned along the way with the perfect balance of humor and honesty. Click here to read the full article.

#nevergiveuponyourdreams #nevergiveuponyourself #findyourhappyplace

RETIRED PARAPROFESSIONAL'S ACT OF KINDNESS TO HER GRANDDAUGHTER'S EAST STREET PRESCHOOL CLASS

11/02/2021We LOVE this more than we like it and so will you!

Barbara Bourdeau, a retired East Street Kindergarten paraprofessional, donated pumpkins to her granddaughter's (Alexis Legere) AM preschool class and ALSO spread her kindness with a donation to the PM class.

Pre-K teacher Krystal Cortinhas-Rego said each student picked a pumpkin to paint, decorate and bring home to enjoy. THANK YOU sooooooooooooo very much Mrs. Bourdeau! #spreadingkindness #thankyou

BMS FRENCH STUDENTS CHALKED THE WALKS!

11/05/2021- Today in honor of National French Week Madame Etkin's French classes at Baird Middle School grabbed some sidewalk chalk and "chalked the walks" with positive, inspirational messages in French and translated into English.... très agréable/very nice!! #verycool #loveit #nationalfrenchweek #inspirationalmessage

2016 LHS GRADUATE TAKES OVER FOR HER FORMER 4th GRADE TEACHER

11/02/2021- LIFE'S ABOUT TO CHANGE for 3rd grade HBES teacher Judi Humphries who will be retiring tomorrow after 28 years of teaching AND her former 4th grade student Alyssa Costa who has been appointed as her replacement (long term substitute). Click here to read the full article.#Lpspride #teacherlife #retiringsoon #firstteachingjob

Gentleman Farmer & 2002 LHS Graduate Brings a Field of Pumpkins to

East Street School Kindergarteners

10/29/2021- On Friday East Street School staff organized a spectacular day of outdoor fall inspired activities. As the day came to an end, kindergarten students picked a pumpkin from their own magical pumpkin patch in the back field of their school thanks to Gentleman Farmer & 2002 LHS Graduate- Clarke Kennedy. Oh--- and we're 100% positive you will enjoy the pics from this fun filled day as much as we did!! Click here to read the full article.

BEST BUDDIES HALLOWEEN BASH!

10/29/2021- The LHS Best Buddies Chapter recently had a SPOOKTACULAR time celebrating at their annual Halloween bash! #happyhalloween #ghostsandgoblins #loveyourcostumes

#RED RIBBON WEEK 2021

10/25/2021- Students and staff from across the district kicked off #redribbonweek wearing red with #LPSPride! #DrugFreeLooksLikeMe

At the October 19th School Committee Meeting the members voted to approve the liquidation of surplus school items at NO COST to the public. Items available include but not limited to- students and teacher chairs/desks, file cabinets, metal closets, tables,etc.


This is an indoor event- please note that masks will be required and a limited number of people will be allowed into the building at one time.

You MUST TAKE AWAY the item(s) you want on that day- we can not hold any item(s).

A BRICK TO REMEMBER

October 17, 2021- When learning Chapin Street School would be torn down to make way for the new Harris Brook Elementary School BMS 7th grader, Grayson Kus, wanted to have a special memory from his former Elementary School- a brick signed by his former principal, Nikki Reed. Last week Mrs. Reed surprised Grayson with his signed brick....

Click here for the full article. #bricktoremember #joyatchapin

MOVING TO THEIR NEW DIGS!

October 8, 2021-Our amazing Central Office staff arrived to work at their new building this morning- cut the red ribbons to their new office spaces and immediately started the daunting task of unpacking those never ending, piled high, boxes! #youdeservealongweekend #newofficebuilding

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH COMMITTEE

9/29/21 The Ludlow SC is seeking individuals to serve on the LPS Superintendent Selection Committee. This committee will be responsible for screening interested applicants, schedule interviews and forward final recommendations to the school committee for consideration.

For additional information please click here.

DID YOU HEAR???

The LPS Tech Dept has been unboxing and preparing 650 HP Chromebooks for students!! WOOT WOOT!!!! #Chromebooksforstudents #lpspride #technology

RIBBON CUTTING AT HARRIS BROOK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

On September 25, 2021 Harris Brook Elementary School Co-principals, Nikki Reed and Melissa Knowles, hosted a small ribbon cutting ceremony to recognize and thank those who were instrumental in contributing to this amazing school opening its doors this fall to our students in grades 2-5.

Due to ongoing construction with the second driveway and parking lot the capacity for this event was limited. Mrs. Reed and Mrs. Knowles are looking forward to hosting a public open house to welcome families and community members to tour Harris Brook when the construction is finalized.

We welcome you to read their thoughtful reflections about opening the doors of our newest school to students and staff by clicking here.

CUTEST SURPRISE VISITOR... EVER!

Ludlow High School students in the Child and Family Development Class have been learning about infant care by practicing using a car seat, burping, swaddling, feeding, etc.

The highlight today was a surprise Google Meet visit from LHS's newest mom- Guidance Counselor Emily Connelly and her adorable baby daughter Lennon Rose. Mrs. Connelly talked about a day in the life of Lennon Rose and answered questions from students. #ChildandFamilyDevelopment #surprisevisit #babies #lhspride

Message from Mrs. Nemeth, Interim Superintendent

At the 9/21/21 School Committee meeting, a 5-0 vote in favor of a school calendar change was accepted. I asked the committee to consider changing the teacher professional development day from Nov. 2 to Nov. 3rd so that the faculty and staff could have the opportunity for a presentation on Nov. 3rd from a well sought after motivational speaker. With the affirmative vote, he is now booked for Nov. 3rd.

Hopefully this is enough time for all parents/guardians of young children to change their daycare arrangements and prepare for a full day of school on Nov. 2nd and no school on Nov. 3rd.

In the elementary schools the 1/2 day dismissals will now be Tuesday, Nov. 2nd, Thursday Nov. 4th and Friday, Nov. 5th. Thank you for your understanding.

The updated calendar can be viewed here.

CONGRATULATIONS SOFIA

CONGRATULATIONS Sofia Tulik on your 3rd place finish yesterday with a time of 19:41 at the Amherst Cross Country Invitational at Hampshire College. Pictured with LHS Girls Cross Country Head Coach- Amy Walsh. #lpspride #waytogo

DYNAMIC DUOS!

During the recent staff orientation we realized the LPS is lucky to have some amazing couples working in the district and what better day to highlight these very hardworking, dedicated twosomes than on Labor Day! #workingtogether #lpspride #dynamicduo #laborday #nowyouknow

9/11 OBSERVERANCE - 20th ANNIVERSARY

In observation of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, LHS students Riley Londraville and Jack Favata dropped off breakfast at the Ludlow Police & Fire Complex, along with a heartfelt note. Riley also helped with the LHS moment of silence to remember the lives lost and reminding everyone to do something kind for others this weekend.#NeverForget #lionspride #strongertogether #project351 #lpspride #ludlowlion

LHS CHEERLEADERS HOST SPAGHETTI DINNER FOR FOOTBALL TEAM

SCORE! The LHS Football Team scored a win last night when the LHS cheerleaders, with the help of their new coach- LHS Family Consumer Science Teacher- Ms. Bernard, hosted a spaghetti dinner for them before tonight's home game against Quaboag Regional Middle High School. #supportingourfootballteam #ludlowlions #lhspride #spreadingkindness #spaghettidinner #lhscheerleadersrock #thankyou

9/7/2021 - 1ST DAY FOR PRESCHOOL & KINDERGARTEN

POWER UP!! Sending Mike, Carlos and Kevin (Tech Dept.) a much deserved thank you for their continued work to find solutions to keep the ever changing face of technology available and running in our district. This summer has been particularly busy with the opening of Harris Brook Elementary School, but they just keep on smiling and getting the job done. THANK YOU!


LPS OFFERING COVID-19 VACCINATION CLINIC

The most recent information from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is that the DESE mask requirement can be lifted for anyone fully vaccinated in schools who are able to demonstrate a COVID-19 school building vaccination rate of 80% or higher. In an effort to support this initiative the Ludlow Public Schools is offering an opportunity for eligible staff and students to begin the vaccination process on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 in the Ludlow High School Auditorium from 1 pm to 4 pm . For full details click HERE.

2ND DAY OF SCHOOL AND LEARNING IS IN HIGH GEAR AT BMS!

HARRIS BROOK ELEMENTARY WELCOMES STUDENTS

1ST DAY OF 1ST GRADE AT EAST STREET SCHOOL

NEW TEACHERS HAVE STRONG TIES TO EAST STREET SCHOOL

Giannakopoulos, Kinne, Liszka

First implemented in the 2000-01 school year the two year Ludlow Public Schools district wide mentoring program affords staff new staff (protégés) the opportunity to regularly meet with veteran teachers (mentors) for advice, guidance, and support.

Two of this year’s protégés- Julia Liszka and Stephanie Giannakopoulos - began their careers as paraprofessionals at East Street School and this year are reunited as newly hired full-time teachers at the school where they first met.

Liszka will be an ELL teacher and Giannakopoulos a kindergarten inclusion teacher.

Liszka will be mentored by East Street ELL teacher, Kerri Kinne.

To read the full article click HERE.

LHS ADMIN TEAM IS IN THE BUILDING

The Ludlow High School Admin TEAM has officially entered the building and we are super excited to introduce you all to this AHHHHmaZZZZing LIONS leadership team- Interim Principal Jonathan Mitchell (R), Interim Asst. Principal Grade 11 & 12 Meyleen Sierra (M) and Asst Principal Grades 9 & 10 Aaron Couture (L). To read brief bios about each click HERE. #lionspride #lhsleadershipteam #dreamteam #itsgoingtobeagreatschoolyear

WELCOME Interim SUperintendent Nemeth

7/01/2021 #TODAYISTHEDAY we ask you to join us in welcoming Mrs. Lisa Nemeth (former LHS Principal) as she begins her tenure as the LPS Interim Superintendent for the 2021-2022 school year. Sharing a few memories of Mrs. Nemeth during her 10 years as the LHS Principal. Click HERE to learn more about Mrs. Nemeth.

TIM BRILLO NAMED 2019-20 PVIAC DISTRICT ATHLETIC DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR

PSSST- have you heard??????

The Massachusetts Secondary Schools Athletic Directors' Association (MSSADA) named Ludlow High School Director of Athletics, Tim Brillo, the 2019-2020 District Athletic Director of the Year for the Pioneer Valley Interscholastic Athletic Conference (PVIAC). Due to COVID this recognition was postponed until recently.

According to the MSSADA this award is a reflection of Brillo’s dedication and commitment to interscholastic athletics in the state of Massachusetts. Click HERE to read the full article.

Summer vacation starts with a sweet farewell!

Additional Photos can be found on the LPS Facebook page by cicking HERE.

More than a sweatshirt...

Today's dose of awwww...

Chapin Street School 2nd grader Cory Chandonnet recently wore her grandfather's vintage 1966 sweatshirt to the same school he attended telling us... “It feels really special that I have something that was his, because he died before I was born. It’s nice to wear the same sweatshirt he wore. Click HERE to read the full aticle.

**Pictured- Cory (2021) & her grandfather (1966) as Chapin Street 2nd graders and Cory's father with his father/Cory with her father.

HARRIS BROOK ELEMENTARY HERE WE COME!

Last day of school Veterans Park + Chapin Stree Schools = Harris Brook Elementary School in the fall 2021!

Have a great summer and we'll catch up with all of you at your new school in August.

BYE BYE BAIRD.... FOR THE SUMMER!

HELLLOOOOOO summer vacation! Last day of school at Baird Middle School.

THIS. IS. SO. COOL.

Before heading out for the summer vacation Ludlow High School ELL teacher Emily Durst and her husband Zach drove their home-- yes this awesome bus-- to school for her colleagues to check out. Emily said they moved into the bus in April after picking it up in Oregon and driving it to Connecticut where they live in it full time..