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What is happening at LPS?

posted May 15, 2015, 9:42 AM by Dianne Georgantas   [ updated May 15, 2015, 10:29 AM ]

Dear Longmeadow Community:

The Superintendent's Coffee was well attended this morning and we had some great discussions.  Many of you were working and unable to attend, so I would like to inform you about the conversations that transpired.  Below is a list of the topics that were discussed.  If you have any questions, input or concerns, please feel free to call or email me.

Sincerely,

Superintendent Marie Doyle

 Superintendent’s Coffee

May 15, 2015 

What is happening at Longmeadow Public Schools?

 Students

  • Andrew Metz…  US Presidential Scholar!
  • AP Exams at high school
  • MCAS in grades 3-10
  • Concerts coming…  June 2 and 4 at middle schools
  • May 21 and May 26th at the high school
  • Kindergarten screening completed
  • Redistricting voted upon and transition plans underway  
    • Principal Hutton sent out letter with transition information
    • To come: Visits, pen pals, meet and greets, more
  • Athletics underway
  • Center- raised $20,000 to buy animals for a village to self sustain themselves
  • Automated phone line for absences will be added soon

Staff

  • Excellence in Teaching Awards
    • Cara Crandall  (Middle school ELA)
    • Carolyn Starr  (High school science)
    • Travis Higa  (Middle school music)
    • Lori Synder  (High school social studies)
  • Unit A Contract settled
  • Negotiations underway for units B, D, E, F, H
  • Williams Middle School Principal Search has three strong finalists

District 

  • Next SEAL Meeting on June 2, 2015 at 7 pm
  • Transportation expanded 
  • High school has selected new algebra books, economics books and world history books; all have electronic version
  • Middle school got new math books two years ago
  • Elementary math review underway; pilot ongoing
    • Go Math, Eureka and Expressions
  • Special Programs
    • Looking at mindfulness
    • Examining health curriculum for elementary schools
    • Determining three year plan for recommended speakers and programs
    • Anxiety reduction
    • College readiness
    • Career Day
    • Health Fair
  • Health and PE are under district review
    • Yoga
    • Mindfulness
    • Superinetndent will be recommending that we expand health curriculum to 4th and 5th grade for 2016-2017
  • Mandarin offered at the high through partnership with Middlebury College
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