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

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Special Programs Event - Screenagers - January 23rd

posted December 13, 2017

The entire community is invited to the Longmeadow High School Auditorium on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 at 7:00 pm for an airing of SCREENAGERS, a documentary film depicting how technology and social media impact children's development and family life.

Thank you to the Special Programs Committee for arranging this important event.

Vaping Fact Sheet for Parents

posted November 16, 2017


Release of MCAS Results

posted October 18, 2017

You are probably not alone if you have had difficulty keeping up with recent changes to the state’s system of student testing and school accountability. With this in mind and in preparation for the release of state and school level MCAS results this week and the release of individual student reports sometime in the last week of October, I am writing with some information that might help you make sense of the reports you receive.

New Tests: First, it is important to note that last spring, students in grades 3-8 took the “Next-Generation” MCAS test. (High School students took the original version of the MCAS that is slowly being phased out.) The new Grade 3-8 test will set a new performance baseline for students, schools, districts and the state. It will not be possible to compare this year’s individual and school scores to previous years’.

New Results: It is also important to note that the standards measured by the Next-Generation MCAS are more rigorous than those measured by the older MCAS and it is expected that test results will reflect that. The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has reported that in some grades and subjects, the percent of students scoring in the highest reporting categories will likely be similar to the percent that scored in the top categories previously. In other grades and subjects, the percent who score in the top categories will likely be lower than previous years. In these cases, there will be fewer students achieving in higher categories, not because student learning has decreased, but because the state is applying a higher standard. The results will also feature new reporting categories. Student performance will be designated as exceeding, meeting, partially meeting or not meeting expectations. Previously, student performance was categorized as advanced, proficient, needs improvement or warning.

As you know, MCAS results are used, along with many other indicators, to establish improvement targets for students, classrooms, schools and the District. MCAS scores are an important measurement of our success. Each year the scores give us reason to celebrate. I anticipate that once again the Longmeadow Public Schools will compare very favorably to the state. The scores should validate that our students are among the highest achieving students in the state. At the same time, MCAS results help us identify opportunities for growth and targets for improvement. Our teachers and administrators carefully study student performance and use the scores to improve instruction or measure individual student growth over time.

A Focus on the Whole Child: Ultimately, we understand that the scores are a single data point. We measure our success and children’s development in many different ways. For example, a child’s love of learning, the relationships a child has with his/her peers and a child’s creative talents are all qualities that MCAS does not adequately measure, but are critical aspects of our educational mission.

You can expect additional MCAS-related correspondence from your child’s school in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out with your questions and concerns.

Sincerely,

Marty O'Shea

Superintendent of Schools

Special Programs Speaker - John O'Sullivan

posted Sept. 30, 2017

On October 24, 2017, the Longmeadow Public Schools will host John O’Sullivan, from the Changing the Game Project. After school Mr. O’Sullivan will talk to LHS student-athletes on positive team culture both off and on the field. At 5:00 p.m. Mr. O’Sullivan will offer a presentation for Longmeadow Recreation Department youth coaches on how to build stronger team cultures and run more effective practices and games. In the evening, at 7:00 p.m. in the LHS auditorium, Mr. O’Sullivan will engage parents in a discussion of the ways we can help children perform to their potential, while giving them ownership and enjoyment of their sports experience.


John OSullivan Flyer.pdf

Safe Homes Network Meeting

posted Sept. 13, 2017

All parents and guardians of Longmeadow students in grades 6-12 are invited to attend a meeting of the Longmeadow Safe Homes Network, Thursday, September 28th at 8:45am in room 97 at Longmeadow High School. The Safe Homes Network is made up of families who offer safe environments for teens to socialize while presenting a clear message opposing teen drug and alcohol use. Our first meeting will focus on identifying parent needs and concerns regarding substance use prevention.

"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.

FY18 Voluntary Student Accident Insurance

posted Sept. 7 2017

FY18 Voluntary Student Accident Insurance

New School Year begins Thursday, August 31st

posted Aug. 29, 2017

The 2017-2018 School Year begins on Thursday, August 31st. As you travel through Town, please watch for students traveling to and from school.

Welcome back to all of our Staff and Students!

Bus Routes 2017-2018 Updated

posted Aug. 24, 2017

The Bus Routes for the 2017-2018 School Year are posted and updated. Please check the "Parents" tab information about bus transportation. The new route information is posted there and here: 2017-2018 Bus Stops & Times

Superintendent's Message

posted Aug. 4, 2017

The Superintendent's Message has been updated with his LPS News and Notes - Summer, 2017. Check it out!

First Day of School 2017-2018 School Year

posted Aug. 3, 2017

First day of school for grades 1-12 is Thursday, August 31st. First day for kindergarteners and preschoolers is September 5th. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Principal for Blueberry Hill School Announcement

posted Jun 7, 2017

Dr. Marty O’Shea, Superintendent of the Longmeadow Public Schools, is pleased to announce that Ms. Amy Bostian, the Principal at Thornton W. Burgess Middle School in Hampden, MA, has accepted the position of Principal of Blueberry Hill Elementary School, in Longmeadow. Ms. Bostian will succeed Principal Marie Pratt, who is scheduled to retire at the conclusion of the school year.

The screening process was thorough, lasting many weeks and involving Blueberry Hill parents, teachers, and staff. We had a deep applicant pool with many experienced, qualified educators, but Ms. Bostian rose to the top after a series of interviews and site visits. Her extensive experience as a school instructional leader, her passion for children and her proven ability to lead a collaborative, spirited school were determining factors in the final decision.

Ms. Bostian is an experienced educator who has served as a teacher and educational leader for over 17 years, mostly as a regular and special education teacher at the elementary level.

Ms. Bostian earned a Masters Degree in Learning Disabilities Studies from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, is from Worcester State University.

Dr. O’Shea looks forward to introducing Ms. Bostian to the community. The Longmeadow Public Schools warmly welcomes her to the Blueberry Hill family. Dr. O’Shea is confident she will build on the Blueberry Hill’s foundation of educational excellence!

Bus Transportation Registration for 2017-2018

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We are beginning the process of establishing our bus routes for the 2017-2018 school year. In order to create efficient routes with centrally located stops, we ask that you register your child(ren) prior to Friday, June 16, 2017.

New School Year begins Thursday, August 31st

posted Aug. 29, 2017

The 2017-2018 School Year begins on Thursday, August 31st. As you travel through Town, please watch for students traveling to and from school.

Welcome back to all of our Staff and Students!

November 9th and 10th - No School for Students

posted November 7, 2017

Students will have November 9th off as the Longmeadow Public Schools' staff participate in professional development activities. Friday, November 10th schools are closed in recognition of Veteran's Day.