LONGMEADOW PUBLIC SCHOOLS

LONGMEADOW PUBLIC SCHOOLS | 535 BLISS ROAD | LONGMEADOW, MA 01106 | P 413-565-4200 | F 413-565-4215

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District Hours Monday - Friday 8 AM - 4:30 PM Summer & Vacation Monday - Friday 8 AM - 3 PM

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Remote week of November 30 - December 4

Good Afternoon,

I am writing to notify the LPS community that after considerable deliberation and consultation with district leaders and town health officials, that from Monday, November 30 through Friday, December 4, the Longmeadow Public Schools will switch to remote learning for students in grades K-12. This message is being delivered now so as to provide staff and families with time to arrange professional and family schedules. Please note that this decision does not apply to the Integrated Preschool and to the district's special education programs serving our most vulnerable students. These programs, which include LINC, LLD, LLC, PALS, and Life Skills, will continue with in-person instruction. School administrative offices will remain open for in-person service.

A variety of factors were considered in making this difficult decision. Primarily, we are concerned about the impact of holiday gatherings on COVID-19 transmission and positivity rates. The ten days between Thanksgiving and Monday, December 7 will provide the District and town officials time to assess local and regional health metrics. In many ways, this is a preventative measure, one that will allow the community to assess and safely respond to expected increases in exposure and transmission. In our view, a temporary shift to remote learning, puts us in a better position to sustain hybrid, in-person learning through the remainder of the month of December. We want to avoid the possibility that large numbers of students and staff exposed over the holiday break would be in school beginning November 30. Our success in maintaining in-person learning is due to our efforts to limit in-school exposure. The decision to move to remote learning for one week is consistent with this approach and will hopefully position LPS to safely resume hybrid learning on December 7.

While the goal is to resume the hybrid model on this date, district and town officials will continue to monitor regional and community level data. This is a dynamic situation that requires daily attention. As a community, we have been successful in limiting exposure in school. We have had no evidence of in-school transmission and only six positive cases among students. However, our ability to conduct in-person learning on December 7 and every day beyond that relates to our continued, collaborative commitment to limiting exposure and slowing transmission rates. Working with town health officials, we will be regularly attentive to emerging patterns and trends. For information on state, regional and community level COVID data, you are encouraged to visit https://www.mass.gov/doc/weekly-covid-19-public-health-report-november-19-2020/download.

As always, I welcome your questions and concerns.

Sincerely,

Marty O'Shea

Superintendent of Schools


POLICIES OUT FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

POSTED 11-10-2020

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 draft policies posted for public input below:


o DI – Fiscal Accounting and Reporting

o IJJ – Textbook Selection and Adoption

o Removal of ADA-E from policy manual

o File JRAA – Student Confidentiality During Remote Educational Services (New Policy)

Thursday, Oct. 8th - Glenbrook Middle - Fully Remote

10/07/2020 - 9:11 pm

Good Evening:

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.

Sincerely,
Marty O'Shea
Superintendent of Schools


Anti-racism at LPS; Equity Through Education - more info

Food Service Announcement:

Posted 9/18/2020

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 foodservice@longmeadow.k12.ma.us if you have questions.


Face Mask Policy - File EBCFA

The Longmeadow Public Schools approved the Face Mask Policy - File EBCFA on August 25, 2020


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: register@longmeadow.k12.ma.us We will review submissions and communicate back to you. Alternatively, you may also mail in registration materials to: 535 Bliss Road, Longmeadow, MA 01106

Kindergarten Screenings - canceled

Kindergarten screenings that were scheduled for May 6th, 7th, and 8th have been canceled. They will be rescheduled once we have a date for reopening.

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.

Respectfully,

Marty O’Shea

Superintendent of Schools

Superintendent Message - 4/8/2020

On the Desktop 3 30 20 Letter to Families.pdf

COVID-19 Information

See message from the Superintendent linked below.

COVID-19 notice February 2020.pdf

Additional resources are available on the Town's website: COVID-19 Information

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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.

Sincerely,

Marty O'Shea

Superintendent of Schools

School Choice

Posted March 11, 2020

The Longmeadow School Committee, at its meeting on March 10, 2020, voted to accept new School Choice applications from students residing within the state of MA and interested in attending the Longmeadow Public Schools beginning in the 2020-2021 school year. Openings are only available for:

Grade 3 - 5 seats

Grade 9 - 5 seats

The School Choice application should be completed, in full, and sent in to the Central Office prior to the deadline of 1:00 pm on April 30, 2020. Applications received after the deadline will be added to the end of the waitlist in the order they are received.

After the deadline, a School Committee member will randomly select from the eligible applications, those who will be offered one of the available seats. Eligible applications received in excess of the number of seats available will be placed on a wait list. The wait list will be utilized if one of the accepted students does not enroll for the 2020-2021 school year.

School Choice Application Completed application may be emailed to: dgeorgantas@longmeadow.k12.ma.us

Kindergarten Registration

Longmeadow Public Schools will hold kindergarten registration for the 2020-21 school year during the month of February, 2020. 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, 2020; you live within the Town of Longmeadow; and you are new to Town or did not complete the census, please contact the Central Office of the Longmeadow Public Schools at 413-565-4200 ext. 4012 or email dgeorgantas@longmeadow.k12.ma.us to be sure we send you a kindergarten registration packet.

Just Talk About It

Posted: February 19, 2020

Good Afternoon LPS Parents and Guardians,

You are invited to register for "Just Talk About It" scheduled for Wednesday, March 11, at 9:00 a.m., in the large, district office meeting room at 535 Bliss Road (adjoining LHS).

Registration using the link below is necessary to be sure we have adequate seating and accommodations for this special event. Please sign up to attend using the following link:

Google form Registration Link for Just Talk About It

Additional information on this special presentation and the Minding Your Mind organization can be found on the flyer below or at https://mindingyourmind.org/what-we-do/just-talk-about-it/

Thank you for your interest!

Superintendent Marty O'Shea

LPS Special Programs Events

Dear LPS Parents and Guardians,

I am pleased to remind families that, through the Special Programs Committee, LPS has entered into a partnership with Minding Your Mind, a national organization dedicated to helping school and community groups learn about the signs and symptoms of the mental health issues most prevalent in adolescents, and to learn how to distinguish these issues from typical teenage behavior.

Minding your Mind uses a prevention and education model to help "end the stigma and destructive behavior associated with mental health issues."

This year, there are three components to this partnership.

  1. For parents, the featured event occurs on Thursday, March 12, at 7:00 p.m., in the LHS auditorium. At this time, in a presentation titled, "THE SECRET LIFE OF TEENS AND TWEENS," renown mental health counselor Jon Mattleman will deliver a dynamic and fun presentation that focuses on what children from ages 11-21 are really thinking, what they fear and why they do not share more. Look for a flyer advertising this free, public, must-attend, event! Your attendance, even for parents of younger children, is strongly encouraged.

  2. A second event for parents is called "JUST TALK ABOUT IT." In this more interactive, daytime event, scheduled Wednesday, March 11, at 9:00 a.m., in the large, district office meeting room, Minding Your Mind's Jon Mattleman will lead a mental health presentation designed to train adults on how to recognize the warning signs of stress, anxiety, depression and crisis. Watch for the flyer and opportunity to register!

  3. In an age and developmentally appropriate presentation, students in grades 6-8 and LHS juniors enrolled in Wellness class, will attend Minding Your Mind presentations lead by qualified, young adult speakers who will share stories of mental health struggle and recovery. Your child's principal will provide additional information on these presentations that will focus on the signs and symptoms of mental health conditions, coping skills and other self-help strategies.

Yours in partnership,

Marty O'Shea

Superintendent of Schools

FY21 Proposed Budget

All residents are invited and encouraged to attend a public hearing on its FY21 budget on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 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.

FY21 Proposed School Department Budget Documents FY 21 Budget Presentation

poster of If They Had Known event

"If They Had Known"

You are encouraged to mark Wednesday, January 29th on your calendars. At 7 p.m., in the Longmeadow High Michael Mucci Auditorium, the Special Programs Committee will show a powerful documentary film titled "If They Had Known." This 35-minute documentary focuses on the alarmingly dangerous partying culture that confronts many teens and young adults. For more information, please visit https://www.iftheyhadknown.com/. A panel discussion, lead by local experts and allowing for attendee participation, will follow the film. Prior to the film, beginning at 6 p.m., the Special Programs Committee, in conjunction with the CLOSE Community Coalition, will host a resource fair featuring community agencies or support programs such as Learn To Cope, the Western Mass Parent Support Group, Youth Mental Health First Aid, Alex's Army, the Center for Human Development's Goodwin House and the Behavioral Health Network's A-CRA program. Please join this important community conversation!

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:

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • 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

  • Low-grade fever

  • Nausea

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:

Cold vs. Flu Guide

Flu Factsheet

Flu Guide for Parents MDPH

"If They Had Known"

You are encouraged to mark Wednesday, January 29th on your calendars. At 7 p.m., in the Longmeadow High Michael Mucci Auditorium, the Special Programs Committee will show a powerful documentary film titled "If They Had Known." This 35-minute documentary focuses on the alarmingly dangerous partying culture that confronts many teens and young adults. For more information, please visit https://www.iftheyhadknown.com/. A panel discussion, lead by local experts and allowing for attendee participation, will follow the film. Prior to the film, beginning at 6 p.m., the Special Programs Committee, in conjunction with the CLOSE Community Coalition, will host a resource fair featuring community agencies or support programs such as Learn To Cope, the Western Mass Parent Support Group, Youth Mental Health First Aid, Alex's Army, the Center for Human Development's Goodwin House and the Behavioral Health Network's A-CRA program. Please join this important community conversation!

LPS Closed - Tuesday, December 17th. 2019

LPS will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 17th due to challenging traveling conditions.

Wednesday, December 11th - 2-Hour Delay

LPS will open following a 2-hour delay on Wednesday, December 11th due to the challenging travel conditions. Be safe this morning!

LPS Closed - Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

The second leg of this winter storm delivered more snow than anticipated. Longmeadow Public Schools will be closed on Tuesday, December 3.

Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable day,

LPS Closed - Monday, December 2nd, 2019

Due to the winter storm, the Longmeadow Public Schools will be closed Monday, December 2nd.

LHS Senior Class Play - Update

The Saturday, November 23rd performance of the LHS Senior Class Play, "Back to the 80's" has been moved to 10:00 a.m. At this performance, the child care services that were previously announced will be unavailable.

LHS "superfans" can now attend the play before they go to Worcester State University to see the LHS Boys' Soccer team compete for the Division 1 State Championship at 2:30!

Thank you, in advance, for supporting our spirited students!

Sincerely,

Marty O'Shea

Superintendent of Schools

LHS Senior Class Play

Take a trip back in time with LHS Senior Class and enjoy some school sponsored childcare. LHS Senior Class President Sophie Lemire and the flyers below explain!!

Marty O'Shea - Superintendent

Hi Parents,

My name is Sophie Lemire and I am the senior class president at Longmeadow High School. I am pleased to inform you all that the Class of 2020 is putting on a production of the musical Back to the 80s for our senior class play. We would love it if you would join us for a trip back to high school in the 80s, a time many of you got to experience first hand :) Students can purchase tickets at lunch beginning next week. Tickets will also be on sale at the door of each show. VIP tickets (the first two rows) will be sold for $20 and regular admission tickets will be sold for $10. Showtimes include Thursday, November 21 and Friday, November 22 at 7:00 pm as well as Saturday, November 23 at *TIME CHANGE TO 10:00 AM*. The senior class has put time, work and effort into this production and we would love to share it with family, friends and the Longmeadow Community.

Thank you so much for your time and we hope to see you there,

Sophie Lemire and the Class of 2020

Update - Glenbrook Middle School Closed

Utility company officials and the Longmeadow DPW are reporting that Glenbrook's power will not be restored in time for Glenbrook to be opened today. There will be no school at Glenbrook Middle on Thursday, October 17.

2-Hour Delayed Opening

Longmeadow Public Schools will open after a 2-hour delay, Thursday, October 17

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

posted ....

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.