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

POLICY OUT FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

In accordance with Policy BFC, the School Committee sends its proposed policy changes and/or additions/deletions out for public comment following its first reading. The committee currently is seeking public comment on the policies below. Please use the IMPACT FORM to provide feedback for each policy.

Policy revision continues to be a priority of the School Committee and more revisions will be forthcoming.

The policy sub has posted the follwing policies on September 10, 2019:

KI - Visitors to the Schools

Safe Homes Meeting

Posted September 11, 2019

All parents of Longmeadow middle and high school students are invited to the first Safe Homes meeting of the 2019-2020 school year. Safe Homes is a network of parents who are interested in working together to prevent youth substance use. The first meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 25th at 7pm in the Business and Technology Center (BTC) at Longmeadow High School. Please join the conversation!

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.

Soar Into Reading this Summer with Sora!

Dear Longmeadow Elementary Families,

Your child has free access to a digital library collection through Sora, the student reading app from Overdrive. Students in grades 3 - 5 can access Sora using their school Google accounts by following these directions:

  • Sign into school Google account and open Gmail. Go to the nine-digit keypad and select Overdrive - which is the last choice at the bottom.
  • Choose your school and follow the prompts to sign in. You will see a banner at the top that says "Try Sora" - click the green button in the banner.
  • You can also get to Overdrive / Sora by going to your School Homepage. Choose Faculty & Staff, then select Library & Technology. Click on Library Catalog, then your school, and finally, choose Overdrive under the heading of “Audio and ebooks.”
  • Now you’re in - explore Sora! Search for ebook and audiobook titles, follow the prompts to place a title on hold or create a list of titles you’d like to read.

Kindergarten - 2nd graders (who don’t yet use a school Google account) can access Sora this way:

  • Go to your School Homepage. Choose Faculty & Staff, then select Library & Technology. Click on Library Catalog, then your school, and finally, choose Overdrive under the heading of “Audio and ebooks.”
  • Click on the green button that says “Try it in your browser” on the Sora banner. In the drop-down menu choose Longmeadow K-2. Usernames for students in grades K-2 are the first two letters of the student’s first name, followed by 5 letters of the student’s last name. For example, a student named John Smith would have the username josmith. No password is required for K-2 students.

Consider downloading the Sora app - it’s free and can be used on an iPad, Kindle, or phone.

We hope this digital library collection will give families even more options for reading great books this summer!

Soar Into Reading this Summer with Sora!


BUS TRANSPORTATION FOR 2019-2020

Parent(s)/Guardian(s) interested in bus transportation for their child(ren) should click the “registration letter” below and complete the form portion of the letter and return it to the Business Office along with their payment (online payments are also accepted).

As a reminder, the new Transportation Policy adopted by the School Committee on April 27, 2015 includes the following:

· The routes will run primarily along main streets.

· Students will not cross main roads unless there is a crossing guard or stop light present.

· The length of routes would be determined by the number of stops, and this depends on ridership.

· Service for students in grades 7-12 will be provided on FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS. There will be limited seats on each bus.

· No bus passes will be distributed until the bus fee is paid in full.

The address for the Business Office is 535 Bliss Road, Longmeadow, MA 01106. Checks or money orders may be made payable to the Longmeadow Public Schools. Payment in full is required at the time of registration or your child will not be considered registered and will not be included in routing.

Late registrations after June 14, 2019 will be processed in the order received and some buses may fill to capacity.

Bus Routes for 2019-2020 will be posted to the website in Mid-August.

A link to the 2019-2020 bus REGISTRATION LETTER. The letter is also posted below as a pdf document

POLICIES OUT FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

In accordance with Policy BFC, the School Committee sends its proposed policy changes and/or additions/deletions out for public comment following its first reading. The committee currently is seeking public comment on the policies below. Please use the IMPACT FORM to provide feedback for each policy.

Policy revision continues to be a priority of the School Committee and more revisions will be forthcoming.

The policy sub has posted the following policies on May 16, 2019:

JICA - Dress Code

BDE - Subcommittees of the School Committee

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."

Sincerely,

Marty O'Shea

Superintendent of Schools

School Choice 2019-2020

Posted: 3-20-2019 - Updated 5-6-2019

The Longmeadow School Committee voted to open 3 seats at Grade 1 for new School Choice students to enter the Longmeadow Public Schools.

The lottery was held on May 2, 2019 for the available seats, thus those seats are now full.

2-Hour Delay at Glenbrook Middle School 3/12/2019

Due to a power supply issue, Glenbrook Middle School (only) will have a 2-hour delay, Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

Special Programs - Devorah Heitner, Ph. D.

Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 at 7:00 pm in the Longmeadow High School Auditorium.


Kindergarten Registration

Posted: January 31, 2019

Longmeadow Public Schools is holding kindergarten registration for the 2019-20 school year. Packets were mailed, on January 31st, to families of potential kindergarteners identified through the Town’s annual census collection.

If you have a child who will turn five (5) years old by August 31, 2019; you live within the Town of Longmeadow; and you have not received the kindergarten registration materials by February 4th, please contact the Central Office of the Longmeadow Public Schools at 413-565-4200 ext. 4012.

Registration materials should be returned by the parent/guardian, in person. Registrations are accepted between the following hours:

Monday and Wednesday 8:30 am – 11:30 am

Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

When arriving for registration please bring your fully completed registration packet to the Central Office of the Schools, 535 Bliss Road.

The Longmeadow Public Schools is excited to welcome the Class of 2032, our incoming kindergarten students!

Monday, March 4, 2019 - Schools Closed

Schools will be closed Monday, March 4th due to the weather. Enjoy the snow day!


February 28, 2019 - 2-Hour Delay

LPS will be following a 2-hour delay schedule. There will be no morning PreK at Wolf Swamp Road School.

The Superintendent's Conversation Series program scheduled or 9:00 am is postponed.

FY20 Proposed Budget

All residents are invited and encouraged to attend a public hearing on its FY20 budget on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the Longmeadow Central Office, Room A15, 535 Bliss Road, Longmeadow, MA 01106. This hearing provides residents the opportunity to listen, learn and provide feedback on the current and future fiscal challenges of the Longmeadow Public School system.

FY20 Public Hearing School Budget Presentation FY20 Proposed Budget Documents

February 13, 2019 - 2-Hour Delay

Due to the icy conditions, LPS will be following a 2-hour delay schedule. There will be no morning PreK at Wolf Swamp Road School.

February 12, 2019 - Closing early

Due to the storm, Longmeadow Public Schools will close following a half-day of school on Tuesday, February 12. High School students will be released at 10:44 a.m.. Elementary and Middle School students will be released at 11:30 a.m..

After-school and evening activities and meetings will be postponed.

Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Award

Posted 2/7/2019

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


Two-Hour Delay - Thursday, January 31, 2019

To allow for a safer commute and safer temperatures for students and staff, Longmeadow Schools will open on Thursday, January 31 following a two-hour delay.

Thank you for your understanding.

Two-Hour Delay - Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Good morning! There is a two-hour delayed opening of school.

Tiered Focus Monitoring Review of the Longmeadow Public Schools

During the week of February 25, 2019 the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM) will conduct a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of the Longmeadow Public Schools. The Office of Public School Monitoring visits each district and charter school every three years to monitor compliance with federal and state special education and civil rights regulations. Areas of review related to special education include student assessments, determination of eligibility, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team process, and IEP development and implementation. Areas of review related to civil rights include bullying, student discipline, physical restraint, and equal access to school programs for all students.

In addition to the onsite visit, parent outreach is an important part of the review process. The review chairperson from the Office of Public School Monitoring will send all parents of students with disabilities an online survey that focuses on key areas of their child’s special education program. Survey results will contribute to the development of a report. During the onsite review, the Office of Public School Monitoring will interview the chairperson(s) of the district’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC). Other onsite activities may include interviews of district staff and administrators, reviews of student records, and onsite observations.

Parents and other individuals may call Amy Krukonis, Public School Monitoring Chairperson, at (413) 314-6702 to request a telephone interview. If an individual requires an accommodation, such as translation, to participate in an interview, the Department will make the necessary arrangements.

Within approximately 60 business days after the onsite visit, the review chairperson will provide the Longmeadow Public Schools with a report with information about areas in which the Longmeadow Public Schools meets or exceeds regulatory requirements and areas in which the Longmeadow Public Schools requires assistance to correct or improve practices. The public will be able to access the report at www.doe.mass.edu/pqa/review/cpr/reports/.

Staff or community members with questions about Special Education services in Longmeadow may contact, Jean Fontaine, Director of Pupil Services at jfontaine@longmeadow.k12.ma.us.

Students in the middle and high school levels are partcipating in training of the Sandy Hook Promise "See Something, Say Something", anonymous reporting app.

The training PowerPoint is posted for your information.

Vision of the Graduate Survey

Longmeadow High School has begun to prepare for the 10-year accreditation process of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), which will begin now and will culminate in 2022. One of the first steps is to consult with stakeholders in the community to develop a portrait of an LHS graduate through measurable skills and competencies, or what NEASC calls the school’s “Vision of the Graduate.”

According to NEASC, the Vision of the Graduate “emphasizes a holistic view of expectations for students, including the transferable skills, content, understandings, and disposition that students should have by the time they graduate and a method of assessing a student's progress toward that vision.”

The survey window has now closed. Thank you to all stakeholders who completed the survey!

2-Hour Delay Friday, November 16th

Posted: 11/16/18 5:46 am

To ensure a safe commute for families and staff and to allow time for storm clean up, Longmeadow Public Schools will open following a two-hour delay today, Friday, November 16. As I indicated in an email yesterday, the two-hour delay means that elementary parent-teacher conferences scheduled for this afternoon are canceled and our elementary students will be dismissed at the regular time.

I hope our families will consider attending tonight's Senior class play. The performance of Beauty and the Beast begins at 7 a.m. in the LHS auditorium.

Have a great day!

LPS evening events Thursday, Nov 15

posted: 11/15/2018 12:53 pm

With input from our weather service and the Longmeadow DPW, we are monitoring the pattern of the incoming storm.

As of now, LPS after-school and evening events, including elementary parent conferences and the Senior Class Play, are on as scheduled.

We will continue to monitor this developing storm and will notify families this afternoon if there are any changes to our after-school and evening schedules.

It is too early to determine what, if any, impact the storm will have on our school schedules on Friday.

Sincerely, Marty O'Shea

CLOSE Community Annual Report

Please click here to read the CLOSE Community Annual Report.

Special Programs for LPS Parents

Posted: September 20, 2018

Mark your calendars! The Longmeadow Public Schools' Special Programs Committee is pleased to

announce the schedule for this year's speaker series! Annually, the Special Programs Committee

invites distinguished speakers or panelists to Longmeadow to discuss how we can support the healthy

growth and development of young people! We hope you can attend!

Bus Routes 2018-2019

Posted: August 31, 2018

Please click this link to find the Bus Routes 2018-2019.

Information on bus transportation can also be found on the "Parents" tab at the top of this page.

Convocation - August 27, 2018

On August 27, 2018 staff were welcomed for the start of the 2018-2019 school year. Superintendent Marty O'Shea presented the following video during the opening day ceremony!


Convocation 2018 final media.mp4

Welcome Back Superintendent Message

Posted: August 20, 2018

Dear Longmeadow Community,

It is my pleasure to welcome families, students and staff to another school year in the Longmeadow Public Schools! We are eager and ready to welcome students in grades 1-12 on Thursday, August 30th. Pre-school students and Kindergarten students (the class of 2031!) join us on Friday, August 31st. School-year educators and staff will rejoin us on Monday, August 27 at our annual convocation beginning at 8:00 a.m. in the LHS auditorium.

My warmest appreciation is extended to our maintenance and custodial staffs, the clerical staff and our technology support teams for preparing for the arrival of over 2,900 students. They work throughout the summer to ensure that classrooms are organized and clean, that school schedules are prepared and distributed and that our equipment and systems are working properly.

In 2018-2019, I hope staff and families will see further evidence of our commitment to continuous improvement as we work toward the goals of our District Improvement Plan. In accordance with these goals, we have made critical investments to promote the learning and well-being of the students of Longmeadow Public Schools in the coming academic year. Most notably, we have strengthened our commitment to inclusive instruction with a significant investment in Special Education staffing. The investment will allow more Special Educators to deliver services directly, in a general education classroom setting, creating more opportunities for co-teaching. The safety goals of the District Improvement Plan will be advanced with the purchase and installation of 21 new Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). Older AEDs have been replaced and an additional unit will be added to most schools. Fixed, outdoor units and portable units have been assigned to LHS Athletics. The implementation of our District Improvement Plan will also be addressed by the full implementation of the new, standards-based report card at the elementary level. Under the new report card, elementary parents can expect to receive meaningful feedback based on their child’s proficiency with critical grade-level skills and understandings. New textbook series have also been acquired in several areas. A new, science textbook series for middle school science students will help us promote hands-on, inquiry based instruction.

The District’s commitment to improvement is also reflected in the summer-time professional activity of district educators. Teachers representing every grade and nearly every discipline participated in hundreds of hours of District or school-based professional development or curriculum development work over the last few months. For example, LPS Literacy Coaches developed a Summer Literacy Conference focused on the workshop model of instruction, guided reading techniques and other current instructional practices designed to support elementary learners. Other district educators studied the State’s new Social Studies Curriculum Framework, created a resource website for homework best practice, developed a scope and sequence for computer science education, developed units of study to support the introduction of new Foreign Language texts or worked to enhance the middle school advisory program and social emotional learning curriculum.

Parents interested in their own “professional development” are encouraged to attend an exciting parent workshop sponsored by the CLOSE Community. On Sunday, September 23, beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the LHS Business and Technology Center, the CLOSE Community is sponsoring a parent workshop that will offer parents a “different way to talk to their teen about difficult subjects.” Follow this link for additional information on this Motivational Interviewing training!

As we prepare for the new year, we are pleased to welcome our new Food Service Director, Mary McKenna, to the LPS family. Ms. McKenna will direct the services of Fresh Picks Café, the District’s new food service provider. We are excited to partner with Ms. McKenna and Fresh Picks to provide your children with a fresh, customized lunch experience! She can be reached at mmckenna@longmeadow.k12.ma.us if you have any questions.

I hope you share in my enthusiasm for the coming school year. My best wishes to you for a safe and enjoyable conclusion to your summer.

Respectfully,

Marty O’Shea, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools


Policy for Public Input

Posted: August 15, 2018

In accordance with Policy BFC, the School Committee sends its proposed policy changes and/or additions/deletions out for public comment following its first reading. The committee currently is seeking public comment on the policies below. Please use the IMPACT FORM to provide feedback for each policy.

Policy revision continues to be a priority of the School Committee and more revisions will be forthcoming.

The policy sub has posted the following policies:

File IJNDD - Social Media and Electronic Communication Policy

Policies for Public Input

Posted: July 25, 2018

In accordance with Policy BFC, the School Committee sends its proposed policy changes and/or additions/deletions out for public comment following its first reading. The committee currently is seeking public comment on the policies below. Please use the IMPACT FORM to provide feedback for each policy.

Policy revision continues to be a priority of the School Committee and more revisions will be forthcoming.

The policy sub has posted the following policies:

File JLCD - Administration of Medicine to Students


Policies for Public Input

Posted: June 15, 2018

The Longmeadow School Committee has posted the following policies to solicit public input.

In accordance with Policy BFC, the School Committee sends its proposed policy changes and/or additions/deletions out for public comment following its first reading. The committee currently is seeking public comment on the policies below. Please use the IMPACT FORM to provide feedback for each policy.

EFDA - Meal Charging Policy

IKFB - Graduation Exercises


Bus Transportation 2018-2019

Parent(s)/Guardian(s) interested in bus transportation for their child(ren) should click the “registration letter” below and complete the form portion of the letter and return it to the Business Office along with their payment (online payments are also accepted).

As a reminder, the new Transportation Policy adopted by the School Committee on April 27, 2015 includes the following:

· The routes will run primarily along main streets.

· Students will not cross main roads unless there is a crossing guard or stop light present.

· The length of routes would be determined by the number of stops, and this depends on ridership.

· Service for students in grades 7-12 will be provided on FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS. There will be limited seats on each bus.

· No bus passes will be distributed until the bus fee is paid in full.

The address for the Business Office is 535 Bliss Road, Longmeadow, MA 01106. Checks or money orders may be made payable to the Longmeadow Public Schools. Payment in full is required at the time of registration or your child will not be considered registered and will not be included in routing.

Late registrations after June 15, 2018 will be processed in the order received and some buses may fill to capacity.

Bus routes for the 2018-2019 school year will be posted to the District’s website in mid-August.

A link to the 2018-2019 bus REGISTRATION LETTER. The letter is also posted below as a pdf document.

Concert and Luncheon for Longmeadow's Senior Citizens

Last Day of School 2017-2018

Currently, the last scheduled day of school for Longmeadow High School, Glenbrook Middle School, Williams Middle School, Blueberry Hill School and Wolf Swamp Road School is Thursday, June 21, 2018. It is a half day for students.

Center School's last day will be Friday, June 22, 2018 due to that school being closed one additional day due to their heating issues.

Parent/Community Presentation Monday, March 26th at 7:00 pm

Longmeadow Draft Flyer 2 for 3-26-18.pdf

Volunteers Needed - Tax Ceiling Task Force

posted March 15, 2018

The Longmeadow Tax Ceiling Task Force is looking for four (4) residents interested in serving on the Task Force. Two residents will be appointed by the Select Board and two residents will be appointed by the School Committee. The mission of the Task Force is to identify and recommend a plan that addresses the issue of Longmeadow reaching the proposition 2 ½ tax cap including identifying efficiencies, reviewing potential decreases in services (and costs), increases in revenues, and legislative relief. The Task Force consists of ten (10) voting members and Town official liaisons. To apply please complete the application and send back to the Town Manager's Office.

Schools Closed - Tuesday, March 13th

The Longmeadow Public Schools are closed Tuesday, March 13th due to the snow. Enjoy the snow day!

2-Hour Delay - Thursday, March 8th

The Longmeadow Public Schools will open with a 2-hour delayed opening this morning. Please note that the afternoon Professional Development for staff has been canceled and dismissal will occur at the normal times.

March 7, 2018 - Early Dismissal

posted March 6, 2018

Due to the impending snowstorm, Longmeadow Schools will dismiss students early on Wednesday, March 7, based on existing, posted, half0day schedules. If conditions worsen the district may cancel school. Please stay tuned and safe.

Evening Activities Cancelled

posted March 2, 2018

Due to the weather, all evening activities are cancelled this evening, Friday, March 2, 2018. This includes the Film Night (Singing in the Rain) at LHS, and LHS Basketball.

School Choice 2018-2019

posted March 1, 2018

The Longmeadow School Committee, at its meeting on February 28, 2018, voted to accept School Choice applications from students residing in the state of MA and interested in attending the Longmeadow Public Schools. Applicants must be entering one of the following grades next school year to be eligible to enter LPS under School Choice:

  • Grade 2 - 3 Seats
  • Grade 3 - 1 Seat

Click here to see the School Choice Application for 2018-2019.

Special Programs Speaker Series

posted February 16, 2018

All parents are invited to an evening with Dr. Ned Hallowell on Tuesday, March 6th at 7pm in the LHS Auditorium. Dr. Hallowell, author of CrazyBusy and Driven to Distraction, will speak about factors that contribute to our overscheduled lives and strategies for achieving balance.

LPS 2-Hour Thursday, February 8, 2018

posted February 8, 2018

The Longmeadow Public Schools will be open following a 2-hour delay.

LPS CLOSED Wednesday, February 7, 2018

posted February 7, 2018

The Longmeadow Public Schools will be CLOSED Wednesday, February 7th for a snow day.

LPS 2-Hour Friday, February 2, 2018

posted February 2, 2018

The Longmeadow Public Schools will be open following a 2-hour delay.

FY19 Budget Presented at School Committee 1-24-2018

posted January 25, 2018

The FY19 proposed budget was presented during the School Committee Meeting of January 24, 2018.

The Longmeadow School Committee invites and encourages all residents to attend a public hearing on its FY19 budget on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the Longmeadow Central Office, Room A15, 535 Bliss Road, Longmeadow, MA 01106. This hearing provides residents the opportunity to listen, learn and provide feedback on the current and future fiscal challenges of the Longmeadow Public School system.

The School Committee is proposing an FY19 budget of $36,890,904. This budget proposal reflects an increase of $254,555 from the FY18 Revised Budget.

Click here for link to the FY19 School Department Budget proposal and click here to view the Power Point presentation.


LPS Closed Wednesday, January 17, 2018

posted January 16, 2018

The Longmeadow Public Schools will be closed due to the impending storm. Enjoy the snow day!

CLOSE Storrs Library Event

posted January 16, 2018

All parents are invited to CLOSE Community's next event:

The New Face of Substance Use in Longmeadow, a panel and community discussion

Where: Storrs Public Library Longmeadow, MA

When: Wednesday, January 31st at 7pm

Presenters:

Dr. Al McKee, MD - Pain Management Specialist

Shelly Warren, LICSW - LPS’ Substance Abuse Response Coord.

Michael Simmons - Recovery Comm. & former LHS Student

What: Substance use and the human condition Its potential impact on the transitioning young- adult community in Longmeadow. Group discussion and Q&A to follow.

Refreshments provided.

@closecommunity01106 or (413) 565-4200 ext 4043 for more information.

CLOSE Storrs Event Flyer 1.31.18_Millenials_Senior Edit.pdf

Special Programs Event - Screenagers - January 23rd

posted January 9, 2018

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.

Screenagers Flyer 2.pdf

Longmeadow Public Schools will be open after a 2-hour delay Friday, January 5th

posted January 4, 2018

The Longmeadow Public Schools will be open after a 2-Hour delay.

Center School CLOSED Wednesday, January 3rd

posted January 3, 2018

Center School is closed January 3, 2018. Also, there is no PreK or K at Wolf Swamp Road School.

Center School and Wolf Swamp Road School are CLOSED 1-2-2018

postedJanuary 2, 2018

Both Wolf Swamp Road and Center Schools are closed January 2, 2018.

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.

Longmeadow Public Schools will be CLOSED Thursday, January 4th

posted January 3, 2018

The Longmeadow Public Schools will be closed due to inclement weather. Please stay safe and warm.

Public Release

The Longmeadow Public Schools operate under the National Food Service Program. Please see this important announcement on free or reduced lunchs.