LONGMEADOW PUBLIC SCHOOLS
LONGMEADOW PUBLIC SCHOOLS | 535 BLISS ROAD | LONGMEADOW, MA 01106 | P 413-565-4200 | F 413-565-4215
District Hours Monday - Friday 8 AM - 4:30 PM Summer & Vacation Monday - Friday 8 AM - 3 PM
LPS Special Programs Committee
May 13, 2021
THE LPS SPECIAL PROGRAMS COMMITTEE
School Choice 2021-2022
Posted March 31, 2021 - Updated May 7, 2021
The Longmeadow School Committee voted to open up two (2) seats under the School Choice program at grade 9 for entrance into the Longmeadow Public Schools in the 2021-2022 school year. The application for those available seats is here: 2021-2022 School Choice Application.
The School Choice lottery was held on April 29th. Applicants were notified and a wait list was established. Any applications received now will be added to the end of the waitlist in the order they are received.
Kindergarten Registration for SY 2021-22
Posted February 11, 2021
The district mailed kindergarten registration materials on Friday, February 5th. Please be patient as you wait for the kindergarten packet's arrival. We are being told by the USPS there are delays with mail delivery across the country caused by the pandemic.
If your child will be 5 years old by August 31st, 2021, and resides within the Town of Longmeadow, please watch your mail for the packet of information.
Please do not hesitate to email: firstname.lastname@example.org to provide your child's name, DOB, and address so that we can check our list of anticipated kindergarteners. If your child was not on the list, we will get a packet out in the mail to you.
Remote Learning Day - 2/9/2021
Due to the inclement weather, Tuesday. February 9th will be a remote learning day for all students and staff.
Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Awards
Posted: February 4, 2021
The Longmeadow Public Schools is pleased to announce that the following individuals have been awarded the Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award:
Please join LPS in congratulating Diana, Maryellen and Kate. I know that they proudly represent the excellence and commitment of all our educators! Congratulations to all of our nominees!
Tuesday, February 2, 2021- Remote Learning Day
Due to inclement weather, Tuesday, February 2, will be a remote learning and teaching day for all students and staff.
FY22 Budget Hearing
The Longmeadow School Committee will hold a public hearing on the proposed school department FY22 budget on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 6:30 pm. The meeting will be conducted remotely via the Zoom Meeting Platform. To join the Zoom Meeting:
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One tap mobile:
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FY22 Budget Documents - proposed
No Curbside Meal Pickup 2/1/2021
Due to the storm, there will be no curbside meal pickup at Longmeadow High School on 2/1/2021.
Early Dismissal, Monday, 2/1/21
Friday, January 29th - Remote Learning Day
All teaching and learning will be conducted remotely on Friday, January 29th.
Public Hearing - Naming LHS Track
The Longmeadow School Committee has scheduled a Public Hearing to solicit public input on an application/proposal to name the LHS Track after retired School Adjustment Counselor and Track Coach, John Devine. Click here to view the application, back up, and the School Committee's naming policy.
The public hearing will be on January 14, 2021 at 6:30 pm. The public can access the meeting remotely via the Zoom meeting platform.
Snow Day - Thursday, December 17, 2020
Posted 12/16/2020 2:37 pm
2-Hour Delay Monday, Dec. 14th, 2020
Good morning. There is a 2-hour delay this morning due to Google connectivity issues. As a result there is no morning PreK.
Thursday, Oct. 8th - Glenbrook Middle - Fully Remote
10/07/2020 - 9:11 pm
Due to a power outage that began this afternoon and persisted into the evening, Glenbrook Middle School was unable to be fully cleaned and prepared this evening for in-person learning on Thursday.
As a result there will be no in-person learning at Glenbrook Middle School on Thursday, October 8. Glenbrook will be fully remote for all students. Currently, we are expecting that planned in-person learning will continue at other schools as scheduled. Only Glenbrook will need to move to remote learning on Thursday, October 8. Glenbrook staff should not report to school tomorrow and should work from home.
Please be advised that we are monitoring area power outages to determine if our instructional day will be affected at other schools. Families can anticipate a notice before 6:00 a.m. tomorrow only if additional cancellations are necessary. Otherwise, schools other than Glenbrook will open as planned and scheduled.
Thank you for your understanding.
Superintendent of Schools
Food Service Announcement:
Longmeadow Public Schools is pleased to announce that, at this time, there will be NO charge for any student who receives a lunch. All students are eligible to receive a free lunch whether they are on-site for in-person learning or participating remotely. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) has appropriated funding for child nutrition programs in order to temporarily offer Universal Free Meals to all students. Free meals are available for students via curbside pickup beginning on Wednesday, September 30th. Meals can be picked up at the Longmeadow High School main entrance from 3:30 to 5:00. Bags with two days of lunch will be distributed on Mondays and three days of lunch will be distributed on Wednesdays. No pickups will be available on holidays. We will keep you informed of changes in the program. Although there is no paperwork required to receive meals under this program, we strongly urge all families to submit paperwork to apply for the traditional free and reduced meal program so there is no disruption when this special program ends.
Please contact the Food Service Program at email@example.com if you have questions.
FY 21 Free and Reduced Lunch
The Longmeadow Public Schools operate under the National School Lunch Program. Our schools follow all USDA nutritional guidelines. Students in the Longmeadow Public Schools may qualify for free or reduced price meals.
All children in households receiving benefits from MA SNAP or MA TANF are eligible for free meals. Foster children that are under the legal responsibility of a foster care agency or court are eligible for free meals. Children who meet the definition of homeless, runaway, or migrant are eligible for free meals.
Children may also qualify to receive free or reduced price meals if their household’s income is within the limits on the Federal Eligibility Income Chart for school year 2020-2021. All participants are offered the same meal choices. Applications for free and reduced price meals are sent home with every student at the beginning of the school year. You can apply for benefits at any time during the year. Applications can also be found on our website at https://www.longmeadow.k12.ma.us/parents, by requesting one from your school office, or by contacting the Food Service Department at 565-4200 extension 4047.
2020-2021 Meal Pricing: Longmeadow High School is $3.25 per lunch, Glenbrook Middle School and Williams Middle School are $3.00 per lunch, and Blueberry, Center and Wolf Swamp Schools are $2.75 per lunch. Reduced price lunches districtwide are $.40 per lunch. A la carte milk districtwide is $.50 per carton.
FY21 Budget Documents
Posted June 17, 2020
The Longmeadow School Committee voted to approve a revised FY21 School Budget during their meeting of June 2, 2020. The FY21 revised budget documents are posted on the Business Office page. The Superintendent's presentation for the June 2nd SC meeting is also posted there.
School Offices Closed Until Further Notice
Posted: March 16, 2020
These are unprecedented times.
Given the National State of Emergency the Longmeadow Public Schools offices will be closed until further notice. Please utilize this website for contact information for school staff and departments who are available via email. If you call a building/department, please leave a message. Staff will be accessing voice messages via their email.
For those families hoping to register their children for school, please scan and email documents to: firstname.lastname@example.org We will review submissions and communicate back to you. Alternatively, you may also mail in registration materials to: 535 Bliss Road, Longmeadow, MA 01106
LPS School Calendar
Dear LPS Community,
On the afternoon of Friday, April 3, MA school districts received a notice from the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education offering districts the option to use part or all of the April vacation week to sustain learning and teacher-student connections. The announcement gives districts the option of “counting” remote learning days held over April vacation toward state Student Learning Time regulations. In effect, this new MA DESE interpretation means that for each day of instruction held from Tuesday, April 21 to Friday, April 24, the school year will be shortened by one day.
Tonight, the Longmeadow School Committee thoughtfully reviewed and approved a recommendation to schedule three remote learning days over April vacation. This approach will solidify new educational routines and nurture the remote learning connections that have been growing in recent weeks, while also protecting family time with two days off during the week. More specifically, remote learning will be scheduled Tuesday, April 21 through Thursday, April 23. Monday, April 20 (Patriots’ Day) and Friday, April 24 will be days off. This decision also means that the last day of school in Longmeadow will be rescheduled from Wednesday, June 24 to Friday, June 19. On a related note, staff and families should be aware that Friday, April 10 is also a day off from school.
Our goal throughout the closure period has been to prioritize the health and well being of all members of the Longmeadow Learning Community. As such, if the rescheduled remote learning days are not supportive of your child(ren)’s well-being or your family’s unique needs, please use your judgement about how your child(ren) approach the learning expectations and convey the need for flexibility to your child(ren)’s teachers or principal. As always, we respect families as our educational partners, as together we continue to face this crisis with great resolve and fortitude.
Superintendent of Schools
See message from the Superintendent linked below.
Additional resources are available on the Town's website: COVID-19 Information
Update below posted: March 10, 2020
In light of recent COVID-19 related guidance issued by state and town officials including Governor Baker's declaration of a State of Emergency, I am writing to notify the Longmeadow Public School community that, until further notice, large public gatherings hosted in the Longmeadow schools involving more than 50 members of the general public have been cancelled.
This includes the public "Minding Your Mind" events on Wednesday, March 11 and Thursday, March 12. Please note that school-based, school-day Minding Your Mind activities scheduled this week for high school and middle school students will proceed as scheduled. Additionally, this preventative measure includes the cancellation of the evening District-wide concert scheduled for Wednesday evening at LHS.
Out of state field trips are also cancelled until further notice.
I would reassure parents that there are currently no active cases of the coronavirus affecting our community and that other essential school schedules, functions, services and activities can continue as planned. Under the direction of the Emergency Manager, Fire Chief John Dearborn, the town’s multi-disciplinary COVID-19 Task Force continues to monitor developments and manage town-wide preparedness and response.
The LPS Professional Day scheduled for Friday, March 13, will give members of our custodial team the opportunity to diligently sanitize educational spaces and high touch surfaces using recommended cleaning guidelines.
Members of the Longmeadow Public School Community are encouraged to exercise the flu-prevention, hygiene habits that were outlined in earlier messages distributed and now posted at www.longmeadow.k12.ma.us. The Town of Longmeadow also has resources posted to http://www.longmeadow.org/1181/COVID-19-Information
Thank you for your understanding and attention.
Superintendent of Schools
Cold and Flu Season Announcement
posted: January 13, 2020
Cold and flu season is upon us and the schools are already seeing an increase in many contagious illnesses. We would like to take this opportunity to remind families of some important steps that can be taken to limit the spread of illness within our schools. As always, our staff will work with the students to limit the spread of germs within the school by encouraging the following:
Frequent and diligent hand washing
Avoiding touching of eyes, nose, and mouth
Covering coughs and sneezes with the inside of the elbow
Avoiding close contact with people who are sick
Students exhibiting any signs of illness will be referred to the health office for evaluation. Teachers and custodial staff will implement more stringent cleaning protocols for touchable surfaces.
We additionally ask families to help us limit the spread of illness by adhering to the following guidelines:
Children with one (or more) of the following symptoms MUST stay home until symptom-free for 24 hours:
Fever greater than 100.4 (without fever-reducing medication such as Tylenol or Motrin)
If prescribed antibiotics, children must have a full 24-hour dosage before returning to school.
As a precaution, please consider keeping your child home for:
Excessive stuffy nose or nasal drainage
Excessive or persistent cough
Lethargy or general malaise
Thank you for partnering with us to create the healthiest possible environment for our students.
Please reach out to the school nurse with any questions or concerns.
For additional information:
Important Compliance Notice
Posted August 30, 2019
In compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Asbestos Hazard Emergency Act (AHERA), in the fall of 1988 we performed inspections of each of our school buildings for asbestos-containing building materials. The inspection findings and asbestos management plans have been on file in each school administrative office since that time. The EPA requires us to perform re-inspections of the asbestos materials every 3 years. Accredited asbestos inspectors performed this re-inspection in August, 2018. Wolf Swamp Road School, Blueberry Hill School, Center School and Longmeadow High School had all asbestos containing materials removed. All asbestos materials in our other schools are anticipated to be in good condition. We will continue to manage them in place, as recommended by the accredited management planner. The results of the re-inspections will be on file in the management plan in each school’s administration office. Everyone is welcome to view this information at any time during normal school hours. The asbestos program manager, Nick Georgantas is available to answer any questions you may have about asbestos in our buildings at 567-3400.
Community Conversation - Equity and Diversity
Dear Longmeadow Community,
One of the primary commitments LPS makes to the community is that our students and staff have the knowledge and skills to work effectively to support, engage and include the diverse cultural backgrounds of students and their families. Indeed, developing all staff's capacity to be culturally responsive and competent was a central focus of the District's in-service, professional day on March 15. We understand that our work in this area is never complete, however.
To deepen our commitment to becoming a more culturally proficient learning community and to understand how we can improve in this area, LPS parents are invited to the next installment of our Community Conversation series focused on equity and diversity in LPS. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about practices, programs and initiatives currently underway that promote cultural inclusivity and responsiveness. Additionally, attendees will be invited to provide feedback to me and other administrators to help us understand how we can leverage the "dynamics of difference"* to improve the learning and experience for all students.
The Community Conversation on equity and diversity in LPS will be held on Wednesday, May 15 at 10:00 a.m. and again at 7:00 p.m. in Central Office conference room A-15. Each session will last no longer than 90 minutes. Attendance will be limited to the first 25 parents who register at http://lpsconversation-equitydiversity.eventbrite.com/?s=94409005
I hope you will consider participating in this "Community Conversation."
Superintendent of Schools
Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award
It is with pleasure LPS announces that the following educators were chosen to represent Longmeadow Public Schools as winners of the Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award:
James Dibbern - Science Teacher LHS
Kathleen Russotto - Health Teacher Williams Middle School
Jennifer Serafino - Grade 2 Center School
Colleen Grady (new teacher category) - Music Teacher Glenbrook
Please join LPS in congratulating Jamie, Kathy, Jenny and Colleen. I know that they proudly represent the excellence and commitment of all our educators! Our winners will be celebrated at the Grinspoon Excellence in Teaching Awards Banquet at the Log Cabin on Thursday, May 9!
Congratulations to all our nominees!
L-R: Marty O'Shea, James Dibbern, Paul Dunkerley
Neil Gile, Nicole Paris-Kro, Kathleen Russotto, Marty O'Shea
Donna Hutton, Jennifer Serafino, Marty O'Shea
Bridget Dullea, Marty O'Shea, Nikcole Allen, Colleen Grady
"Safe Routes" Community
posted Sept. 12, 2017
The Longmeadow Police Department would like to remind parents who have children that walk or ride their bicycles to our elementary and middle schools that Longmeadow is a “Safe Routes” Community. There are twenty three crossing guards strategically positioned at high traffic intersections and crosswalks to ensure your children arrive to school safely and return home safely. We encourage parents to remind their children to cross where there is a crossing guard, to heed the instructions of the crossing guard, and for those who ride their bicycles, wear a helmet. (Required by law 16 and under must wear a helmet)
Last school year, Blueberry Hill School was awarded the “Gold Level Award” for their part in the Massachusetts Safe Routes School Program (SRTS). The Longmeadow Police Department has been working with SRTS and the Principals from each Longmeadow elementary and middle schools to make all the elementary and middle schools a “Gold Level Award” winner.
On October 4th, 2017, the Longmeadow will be participating in International Walk to School Day (iWalk). Members of the Longmeadow Police Department will be walking with elementary school children from Center School, Blueberry Hill School, and Wolf Swamp Road School. This nationwide event allows the Longmeadow Police Department to build a relationship with the children with the focus on demonstrating the importance of pedestrian and bicycle safety.