Superintendent's Update


Superintendent's Update April 5, 2017

posted Apr 5, 2017, 5:51 AM by Liz Petersen

Today, Wednesday April 5th is Paraprofessional Appreciation Day!  Please join me in expressing thanks to the Paraprofessionals of the Lunenburg Public Schools.  We thank them for assisting us in providing a supportive educational environment for all students.  Today is a special day to acknowledge our respect and appreciation to these dedicated professionals for their care, commitment and hard work with the students of our schools.para.apprecation.2017 (2).pdf 

The Lunenburg PTO is hosting an ADULT ONLY

Trivia and Silent Auction fundraiser!

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Parents Night Out: Trivia Night

7:00-11:00pm

Monoosnock Country Club,

40 Monoosnock Ave, Leominster MA

Doors open at 7pm and trivia starts at 8pm. Don’t be late!

 

  • Register today for the first annual Lunenburg Public Schools Summer Program!   A variety of offerings from Lunenburg educators at our beautiful new Middle-High School building.   Lunch provided.     Summer Camp Offerings& Registration Form FY17 (1).pdf 
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  • The Lunenburg Life-long Learning Series,  in concert with Earth Day events worldwide presents as screening of the internationally acclaimed documentary film “Chasing Ice” on Wednesday April 26th at 7:30 in the Lunenburg Middle-High School Auditorium.  “You’ve never seen images like this before…It deserves to be seen and felt on the big screen” – Robert Redford  Chasing Ice PR.pdf 
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  • Please consider supporting the LHS Student Community Service Learning Project Hygiene Product Drive scheduled for April 3-14 by sending a product to school. Donation boxes are located in each school and several other Town buildings.  hygiene product drive flyer.pdf 
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  • FY18 School Budget Public Hearing – Wednesday, April 5  7:00 p.m. Town Hall – Televised:  Budget documents available on the main page of our website www.lunenburgschools.net
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  • New and Revised Policies - Public Comment Period: Includes the attached revised policy regarding unpaid school lunch.  You can find the policies at http://www.lunenburgschools.net/school-committee-1/policy-under-review send questions or comments LPS@lunenburgonline.com       
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  • K-8 ELA Curriculum Update - Public Comment Period:  You can find the curriculum at http://www.lunenburgschools.net/school-committee-1   Send questions or comment LPS@lunenburgonline.com.      

Have a great day ahead!

 

Sincerely,

Superintendent Loxi Jo Calmes

Lunenburg Public Schools

1025 Massachusetts Ave.

(978) 582-4100 x211

(978) 582-4103 fax

Superintendent's Update March 27, 2017

posted Mar 27, 2017, 8:06 AM by Liz Petersen

Superintendent’s Update March 27, 2017

Lunenburg Public Schools Summer Program offerings and registration materials are attached.   Lunch will be provided to all and is included in the cost of the program.  Summer Camp Form FY17.pdf 

The PTO extended the deadline for collecting donations for grade level themed baskets to auction off at our upcoming Parents Night Out on April 8th. PTO Basket Donation Links.pdf  Thank you in advance for any donations you can contribute to the baskets. Last year these grade level baskets raised over $1,000!!

PTO - 2017 Parents Night Out!  Don’t miss the fun!  Form a team for a night of trivia on Saturday, April 8 from 7:00-11:00pm at the Monoosnock Country Club in Leominster MA.  Tickets are only $20 in advance ($25 at the door) and can be purchased at www.lunenburgpto.org  Click on “Fundraisers”   

Please consider supporting the LHS Student Community Service Learning Project – Hygiene Product Drive scheduled for April 3-14 by sending a product to school. hygiene product drive flyer.pdf  Donation boxes are located in each school and  several other Town buildings.

FY18 School Budget Public Hearing – Wednesday, April 5  7:00 p.m. Town Hall – Televised:  Budget documents available on the main page of our website www.lunenburgschools.net

New and Revised Policies - Public Comment Period: Includes the attached revised policy regarding unpaid school lunch.  You can find the policies at http://www.lunenburgschools.net/school-committee-1/policy-under-review send questions or comments to  LPS@lunenburgonline.com      

K-8 ELA Curriculum Update - Public Comment Period:  You can find the curriculum at http://www.lunenburgschools.net/school-committee-1   Send questions or comment to LPS@lunenburgonline.com.      

Sincerely,

Superintendent Loxi Jo Calmes

Lunenburg Public Schools

1025 Massachusetts Ave.

(978) 582-4100 x211

(978) 582-4103 fax

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Superintendent's Update March 22, 2017

posted Mar 22, 2017, 5:28 AM by Liz Petersen

Given the number of snow days to date, Wednesday, June 21, 2017 is currently our final day of school this year.   The final day is an early release day for students.      

Arctic Adventure – Breathtaking Multi-Media Presentation – Tomorrow, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. LMHS Auditorium – Free to the public Lunenburg Lifelong Learning Arctic Adventure Press release (2).pdf 

PTO - 2017 Parents Night Out! PNO_FullSheet_2017.pdf  Don’t miss the fun!  Form a team for a night of trivia on Saturday, April 8 from 7:00-11:00pm at the Monoosnock Country Club in Leominster MA.  Tickets are only $20 in advance ($25 at the door) and can be purchased at www.lunenburgpto.org  Click on “Fundraisers”   

FY18 School Budget Public Hearing – Wednesday, April 5  7:00 p.m. Town Hall – Televised:  Notice of Public Hearing re Budget 4-5-2017.pdf   Budget documents available on the main page of our website www.lunenburgschools.net

New and Revised Policies - Public Comment Period: Includes the attached revised policy regarding unpaid school lunch School Lunch Debt Policy Updated 3-8-2017.pdf.  You can find all the proposed changes to policies at http://www.lunenburgschools.net/school-committee-1/policy-under-review send questions or comments LPS@lunenburgonline.com        

K-8 ELA Curriculum Update - Public Comment Period:  You can find the curriculum at http://www.lunenburgschools.net/school-committee-1   Send questions or comment LPS@lunenburgonline.com.     

Sincerely,

Superintendent Loxi Jo Calmes

Lunenburg Public Schools

1025 Massachusetts Ave.

(978) 582-4100 x211

(978) 582-4103 fax

Superintendent's Update March 10, 2017

posted Mar 10, 2017, 11:48 AM by Liz Petersen   [ updated Mar 10, 2017, 11:51 AM ]

Congratulations and good luck to the LHS girls basketball team tomorrow when they face Grafton for the District Championship tomorrow.   Go Lady Knights!

Announcing the Lunenburg Public Schools Summer Sessions

This is a summer program for students in grades K and up. Three sessions:   June 26-30, July 5-7 and July 10-14.   More than a summer camp, each session offers a week long, full-day program that offers a mix of athletic, academic, and personal interest sessions.  Each day will feature dynamic sessions to challenge your child in their areas of interest. This program will be staffed by Lunenburg Public Schools’ teachers, staff, and coaches as well as recent graduates.  A Lunenburg Public Schools nurse will be on site at all times.

All activities will be supervised by at least one LPS teacher, staff member or coach and at least one recent LHS graduate attending college in a related field of study.  Student to staff ratio will be no larger than 8 to 1.  Tuition is $150-$250 per week per participant.  The program day will run from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.   All activities and groups will be age appropriate.

Registration will begin on March 24, 2017. We will be able to accommodate every student who is interested in participating.  Profits from this program will go directly back into our school athletic programs and activities.

Sessions already planned include art, arts and crafts, competitive sports, digital video, fun and games, high school sports, youth sports, weight training, cross training, strength and conditioning, personal fitness, college selection process, financial literacy, hands on math, STEM, entrepreneurship, horror movies, and more. We will add to the list as more teachers develop programs. A complete list will be sent with registration forms on March 24th and will be available on line.

Please contact summer program director Pete McCauliff pmccauliff@lunenburgonline.com if you have any suggestions or questions.

Strategic Visioning – Seeking Feedback    Strategic Planning Presentation to SC 3-1-17.pdf 

Attached is the final draft of the work of the Strategic Framework Committee for public comment.   Send comments and suggestions to Bob Milley, Lead NEEC Project Consultant, at:  bobmilley28@gmail.com.

Many thanks to the members of the Framework Committee for their work over the last several months.  Members include:   Jessica Frank, Timothy Loughlin, Marijah Comesana, Stephanie Quinn, Jenny Whitcomb, Phillis Luck, Meredith Weiss, Christopher Tobin, Nancy Chapdelaine, Brian Chartrand, Tim Santry, and Timothy Normandin. 

K-8 ELA Curriculum Update - Public Comment Period

The first reading of the updated English Language Art K-8 curriculum was presented to the School Committee.  Mr. Jeffery Cournoyer served as chairperson and facilitator of the task force that included educators from across the district.  They produced an exciting and informative document. Thank you to everyone that contributed. The document is available for public review and comment.  You can find the curriculum at http://www.lunenburgschools.net/school-committee-1   Send questions or comment LPS@lunenburgonline.com.      

PTO Donations & Volunteers

The PTO is collecting donations for grade level themed baskets to auction off at our upcoming Parents Night Out on April 8th.  There are links below for each grade, just click on the link and it will bring you directly to the volunteer spot for that grade. All donations can be brought to school by your child.  We will be collecting donations till Friday, March 24th.  Thank you in advance for any donations you can contribute to the baskets. Last year these grade level baskets raised over $1,000!! 

Kindergarten - Lego Basket  http://signup.com/go/iztcng

First Grade - Trendy Toy Basket   http://signup.com/go/Axp69m  

2nd Grade - Life's a Beach Basket  http://signup.com/go/uWBoP3

3rd Grade - Science Fun   http://signup.com/go/QUt9ty

4th Grade - Art Fun  http://signup.com/go/uZ4Ju6

5th Grade - New England Patriots Basket  http://signup.com/go/hKJjkL

6th Grade - Brunch Basket   http://signup.com/go/Qn8F7H

7th Grade - Gift Card Basket   http://signup.com/go/x5G3Lb

 

Upcoming Events!

  • Tonight, March 10 - African Arts in Education presents Crocodile River Music, known throughout the Northeast as the premier African music ensemble, in a performance of African and African-influenced song and dance at Lunenburg Middle-High School, at 7pm. Admission is free and all ages are welcome.African POSTER.pdf 
  • Saturday, March 11 Lunenburg Life Long Learning and the Camera Club of Central New England are excited to announce a presentation of “Of Thee We Sing”.  See this amazing program in the beautiful new auditorium at the Lunenburg Middle-High School at 7:30 p.m.    The program is open to the public and there is no charge to attend.   OTWS Event poster updated.pdf 
  • Wednesday, March 15   - School Committee meets at 7:00 in room #A130.  On the agenda will be first reading of new or updated policies including establishing an Athletic Advisory Council, Facilities Use, and non-payment of school lunch accounts.  These policies will be posted at our website for public comment next week.   There will be three readings of the policies by the School Committee before action to adopt or revise.

 

Sincerely,

Superintendent Loxi Jo Calmes

Lunenburg Public Schools

1025 Massachusetts Ave.

(978) 582-4100 x211

(978) 582-4103 fax


Superintendent's Update February 17, 2017

posted Feb 21, 2017, 5:58 AM by Liz Petersen

Given the number of cancellations to date I want to review how snow days impact the school calendar.  The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) requires 180 school days each year.   The DESE also requires each District to include in the local calendar at least five additional school days.  To date our schools have closed a total of five days due to weather.  Our final day of school this year is now June 19, 2017.  That last day is an early release day.  Please be aware that should any more cancellations be necessary, those days will also need to be made up.    

At the School Committee meeting on March 1, 2017 the Committee will discuss snow days, make-up days and future school calendars.   That meeting is at Town Hall at 7:15 p.m. and is televised live.  The meeting begins at 7:15 to accommodate the Strategic Planning Forum (see information below).  Also on the agenda is the presentation of the revised K-8 ELA Curriculum.    

Strategic Planning Community Forum – Wednesday, March 1, 6:30 p.m. Town Hall

Bob Milley from the New England Educational Consultants group is working with a team of Lunenburg Public Schools stakeholders on the development of a Strategic Plan for our district.  He is available to meet with parents/guardians and community members to share recent drafts of the planning framework and to accept ideas and input for the district’s vision for the next 2 – 5 years.  He will be available on Wednesday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall.  I encourage you to attend this meeting and contribute your thoughts to the planning effort.  The forum is not televised, but Mr. Milley will attend the televised meeting of the School Committee that follows where he will again share recent drafts of the planning framework and provide a project update. 

Competitive Class Plays Tonight!

Please join us tonight for encore performances.  Always a fun and entertaining evening the competitive class plays are a Lunenburg tradition.   Last evening the Class of 2018’s production of Dinner with Lloyd and His Voices took top honors.  Honorable Mention went to the Class of 2019's production of The Seussitication of Romeo and Juliet.  The Class of 2017 also delivered a great performance of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  Gabrielle White and Emily Whitcomb shared the Best Actress honor and Maxwell Bollous was named Best Actor.

Safety and Security

I want to remind everyone to exercise caution when driving on and around school property.   There is a lot of pedestrian and vehicular traffic during pick-up and drop-off times at each school.   Also, please be aware that there are still a variety of school programs operating at the Thomas C. Passios building including the Lunenburg ACE program that serves students age 18-22 with disabilities, the regional FLLAC Caldwell Elementary Day School, and of course our Primary Extended Day Program.  We ask everyone to continue to be attentive and drive safely whenever you are on school property.  I also want to thank everyone for their support of building security measures.  Energy savings will fund installation of security cameras at THES and the Primary.  We anticipate those systems will be operational by fall.   I also appreciate those who contacted my office or school offices to report concerns in response to our “See Something-Say Something” reminder.  We appreciate your assistance in maintaining a safe, respectful environment for everyone. 

Robert Nash Jr. - Lunenburg’s 2017 Project 351 Ambassador

Congratulations to 8th grade student Robert Nash, Lunenburg’s 2017 Project 351 Ambassador.  Robert was selected by his teachers and Principal Santry in recognition of his leadership and service to our school and community.   Robert is the son of Robert and Kerry Nash.  Project 351 is a statewide youth service program whose mission is to develop a rising generation of “community-first” citizen leaders. Governor Deval Patrick founded the project in 2011 and is now convened by Governor Charlie Baker.  Lunenburg has sent an ambassador since the program’s inception in 2011.   

Upcoming Lifelong Learning/Adult Education Events!

  • Health and Wellness program designed to provide education in the areas of Strength, Fitness and Flexibility.  In addition to these areas, classes in Yoga, Kickboxing as well as TRX Resistance training are offered.  The class can be set up for individual’s needs. Workout in your state of the art fitness facility.  Open to any Lunenburg residents age 18 and older. All skill and experience levels welcome.  Sessions will run for 11 weeks in length (Approximately 21 sessions).  Enrollment will be capped at 24 participants per session.  All participants must sign an insurance waiver and submit with a completed registration and full payment prior to participating.  Cost:  $75.00 per person total, per session.  Session dates:  March 7, 9, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27, and 29; April 3, 5, 10, 12, and 26; May 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, and 24.  Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Location:  Lunenburg Middle High School Instructor: Steve Boone.  To register or for more information please contact sboone@lunenburgonline.com   or call  978-582-4115 ext. 3131
  • Lunenburg Life Long Learning and the Camera Club of Central New England are excited to announce a presentation of “Of Thee We Sing”.  See this program in the beautiful new auditorium at the Lunenburg Middle-High School on March 10 at 7:30 p.m.    The program is open to the public and there is no charge to attend.  Donations will, however, be gratefully accepted.  Lunenburg Lifelong Learning & CCCNE presentation and LPL exhibit.pdf 

Additionally, the following day, the Lunenburg Library will be hosting the opening reception for a Gallery Exhibit by the Camera Club of Central New England in the Wallace Room of Lunenburg Public Library from March 11 to mid-April.  An open house will be held on Saturday March 11 from 1:00-4:00pm and all are welcome!

Have a wonderful February Break!

Sincerely,

Superintendent Loxi Jo Calmes 

Lunenburg Public Schools

1025 Massachusetts Ave.

(978) 582-4100 x211

(978) 582-4103 fax

Superintendent's Update January 13, 2017

posted Jan 13, 2017, 2:00 PM by Liz Petersen

Today I met with numerous school personnel, including Extended Day Program personnel, and Lunenburg Police Chief Marino to review the after-school incident at Turkey Hill Elementary School and our response to that situation.  I want to again express my appreciation to the school personnel and police officers who responded quickly and effectively.  Keeping our students safe is everyone’s priority.  We are grateful for many ways everyone supports this goal and to the Lunenburg Police Department for their presence in our schools today.   All of us need to remember that doors to our buildings are not to be propped at any time.

Starting today and going forward extended day personnel will be stationed at the doors into THES and the Passios building before and after school.   The doors will be locked.   Parents/guardians of extended day students will be allowed to enter the school.  Dismissal procedures for after-school activities for grades K-8 will remain as is. Adult(s) responsible for an after-school program in those grades will directly supervise pick-up of students.  We are working with the coordinators of the after-school music program and the Lunenburg Youth Basketball program to identify procedures for those programs to ensure everyone’s safety and building security.   Parents/guardians of students in the after-school music program will be notified of drop-off/pick-up protocols for those students next week.  

I received a few communications from parents asking if there are security cameras at THES and the Primary.   There are no security cameras in either of those buildings.   Mr. Londa, Director of Facilities, has developed proposals and received quotes for the installation of cameras as part of our safety plan.  We continue to look for grants and other funding sources to fund these projects.   The cost for each building is $50,000-$60,000 for cameras and installation plus additional costs for asbestos abatement if necessary. 

Finally, I wanted to remind everyone that all our school personnel are trained by the Lunenburg Police Department in A.L.I.C.E.  https://www.alicetraining.com/  It has not been our practice to involve the students in the A.L.I.C.E. drills to date.  Our administrators, educators, School Councils, and the Lunenburg Police will review this practice of not including students in the drills in the upcoming weeks.  I will communicate out any changes to that practice.           

Safety is a priority for us all.  Let's all remain vigilant and if we “see something- say something”!      

 

2017-2018 School Calendar Approved  2017-2018 School Calendar Approved 1-4-17.pdf 

The Lunenburg School Committee approved Calendar Option B at their last meeting. 

 

Have you completed the quick Life-Long Learning Interest Survey?

Lunenburg's Life-Long Learning Advisory Committee seeks your input to implement an adult education program. Workshops would be offered on evenings or weekends at the new Lunenburg Middle-High School by local instructors for a nominal fee. Link to digital survey: https://goo.gl/forms/c26Jns3zEfiznhWh1 

 

Sincerely,

Superintendent Loxi Jo Calmes 

Lunenburg Public Schools

1025 Massachusetts Ave.

(978) 582-4100 x211

(978) 582-4103 fax

Superintendent's Update 12-22-16

posted Dec 22, 2016, 1:14 PM by Liz Petersen

Our Winter Break begins at the end of the school day tomorrow.  We return to school on Tuesday January 3, 2017.  My best wishes for a very happy holiday with family and friends.  May the New Year bring to all peace, joy, and goodwill. 

2017-2018 School Calendar – Last Call for Feedback:  Three options for the 2017-2018 school calendar are under consideration.   The attached final drafts 2017-2018 Calendar Options.pdf provide details around open houses, parent-teacher conferences, and professional development days.  Calendar Option A is based upon guidelines from the Calendar and Start Time Advisory and includes a 2 day February Break.  Calendar Option B is a traditional school calendar with students starting before Labor Day and a 5 day February Break.  Option B also has the Friday before Labor Day as a non-school day. In Calendar Option C, students start school after Labor Day and have a 2 day February Break.   The School Committee is seeking your feedback.  A calendar for next school year will be voted at the School Committee meeting on January 4, 2017.  Feedback must be submitted by noon on Tuesday January 3 to LPS@lunenburgonline.com.    

The LHS Theater Club performs John Cariani's play "Almost, Maine" on 23rd at 7p.m. in the LMHS Auditorium.  The production is a series of dramatic and comedic character studies that depicts average working people discovering odd romantic connections and/or coming to terms with relationship disappointments in deep rural New England. The sum of its parts promises to be as poignant as it is endearing.   Admission: Students $5, Adults $10.

Strategic Visioning & Planning:  The first meeting of the Strategic Visioning Steering Committee was December 19th.  The group focused on core values.   Core values are a set of fundamental beliefs of an organization and its personnel that serve as guiding principles for behavior and action. The following individuals are members of the Strategic Visioning Steering Committee and welcome your feedback about important areas such as student achievement, student personal growth, family/community involvement, and school climate. 

 

Name

Email

Representing

Jessica Frank

jfrank@lunenburgonline.com

Lunenburg PTO

Timothy Loughlin

tloughlin@lunenburgonline.com

Parents/Guardians Primary

Marijah Comesana 

mcomesana@lunenburgonline.com

Parents/Guardians THES

Stephanie Quinn

quinns@lunenburgonline.com

Parents/Guardians LMS

Jenny Whitcomb

jhwhit2@lunenburgonline.com

Parents/Guardians LHS

Phillis Luck

pluck@lunenburgonline.com

Community-at-Large

Meredith Weiss

mweiss@lunenburgonline.com

School Committee

Christopher Tobin

ctobin@lunenburgonline.com

Student Representative

Nancy Chapdelaine

nchapdelaine@lunenburgonline.com

Primary School Faculty

Brian  Chartrand

bchartrand@lunenburgonline.com

THES Faculty

Tim Santry

tsantry@lunenburgonline.com

LMS Principal

Timothy Normandin

tnormandin@lunenburgonline.com

LHS Faculty

 

Have you completed the quick Life-Long Learning Interest Survey?  Lunenburg's Life-Long Learning Advisory Committee seeks your input to implement an adult education program. Workshops would be offered on evenings or weekends at the new Lunenburg Middle-High School by local instructors for a nominal fee. Link to digital survey: https://goo.gl/forms/c26Jns3zEfiznhWh1 

School Committee Meeting – Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at Town Hall (televised)  Topics for the meeting include a presentation of an amazing $32,000 donation by the Lunenburg PTO!   Discussion about the FY18 budget will continue and the Committee will take action on facility use fees and the school calendar. 

 

Happy Holidays,

Superintendent Loxi Jo Calmes 

Lunenburg Public Schools

1025 Massachusetts Ave.

(978) 582-4100 x211

(978) 582-4103 fax

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Superintendent's Update December 4, 2016

posted Dec 6, 2016, 5:28 AM by Liz Petersen

It was wonderful to see so many students and parents at the Tree Lighting last week.   The wonder on the children’s faces when Santa arrived was wonderful to behold.  Many thanks for supporting the Student Council and the Scouts with donations.   The evening was filled with great music from the LHS Marching Band along with ample amounts of good will and holiday cheer. 

Strategic Visioning & Planning

The Lunenburg School Committee is working with Dr. George Ladd and the New England Educational Consultants (NEEC) to conduct strategic visioning and planning.  The consultants have completed similar work for The Harvard Public Schools, Marblehead Public Schools and Bourne Public Schools.   We are currently seeking parents and community members to serve on the steering committee.   The first meeting of this committee will be on Monday, Dec. 19th from 6:30 -8:00 p.m. at the LMHS.   The steering committee will be comprised of 12 individuals.   Interested parents/guardians, community members, and educators are encouraged to apply.  For more information or to indicate your interest in serving please contact me at lcalmes@lunenburgonline.com

Have you completed the quick Life-Long Learning Interest Survey?

Lunenburg's Life-Long Learning Advisory Committee seeks your input to implement an adult education program. Workshops would be offered on evenings or weekends at the new Lunenburg Middle-High School by local instructors for a nominal fee. Link to digital survey: https://goo.gl/forms/c26Jns3zEfiznhWh1 

Register for FITNESS AND WELLNESS Session #2

This Adult Education program is designed to provide education in the areas of Strength, Fitness and Flexibility.  Workout in our state of the art fitness facility. Open to all Lunenburg residents aged 18 and older. All skill and experience levels welcome.  Sessions will run for 12 weeks in length (Approximately 24 sessions) .  Enrollment will be capped at 24 participants per session.  All participants must sign an insurance waiver and submit it along with a completed registration and full payment prior to participating.  Forms are at the website - lunenburgschools.net.

Cost:  $75.00 per person total, per session. Checks payable to:  Town of Lunenburg   Memo:  Adult Education.  Session 2 dates: December 5, 7, 12,14,19,21. January 3,5,9,11,17,19,23,26,30. February 1,6,8,13,15,27 and  March  1.  Time: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Location:  Lunenburg Middle High School  Instructor: Steve Boone Contact Information:  sboone@lunenburgonline.com   

School Committee Meeting – Wednesday December 7, 2016 at Town Hall (televised)

Budget presentations for each of the schools, special services, and technology are scheduled to be presented.   The Committee continues to consider the calendar for next year and facilities use fees.   More information on both topics is available at lunenburgschools.net.  Please send questions or comments to LPS@lunenburgonline.com

School Cancelations & Delay Notifications

If school is cancelled or start time delayed due to weather parents/guardians will be notified via a phone call from School Messenger at 6:00 a.m.   Faculty and staff will be notified prior to 6:00 a.m. via a separate School Messenger phone message.   Closing/delay information is also posted at the following media outlets:  WBZ News 4, WCVB TV-5, WHDH Channel 7, WFXT Fox 25, NECN, and WPKZ AM 1280-The Blend.

 PTO Fundraiser – Leominster Barnes & Noble, December 8, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

This fun and helpful fundraiser is becoming a Lunenburg tradition.  Please support the PTO.   

Sincerely,

Superintendent Loxi Jo Calmes 

Lunenburg Public Schools

1025 Massachusetts Ave.

(978) 582-4100 x211

(978) 582-4103 fax

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The contents of this e-mail and any attachments are the property of the Town of Lunenburg including the Lunenburg School District and subject to the Public Records Law, M.G.L. c. 66, § 10 .  When writing or responding, please remember that the Secretary of State's Office has determined that email is a public record and not confidential.  To conform to federal mandates, the Town of Lunenburg and Lunenburg Public School District archives all electronic messages and Internet activity for a minimum of 7 years.

 

Superintendent's Update November 21, 2016

posted Nov 22, 2016, 5:31 AM by Liz Petersen

As I gather with friends and family on Thursday to celebrate this uniquely American holiday, I am thankful for the many blessings of life.  I am very grateful to work with so many wonderful students, their parents/guardians, and the faculty and staff of the Lunenburg Public Schools.   The students in our classrooms bring joyful spirits and kindness that lifts us up each day.   I am grateful to their parents and guardians, who share them with us.  I appreciate the many ways Lunenburg parents/guardians support the students and the schools in so many ways.   You read with your children, help with projects, volunteer in classrooms, arrange your schedules so they can participate in after-school activities, support fundraising, and attend concerts and sporting events.  The list could go on and on.  Similarly our dedicated faculty and staff demonstrate a commitment to the students that goes beyond the classroom and instruction. 

A hallmark of a strong and united community is the way we care for each other.   Since becoming part of the Lunenburg community almost twenty years ago, I have witnessed time and time again the pride, caring concern and generosity of our community.   I am thankful to our public safety officials, who put themselves in harm’s way to keep us safe.  I am grateful to the many citizens who serve on the various boards and committees and who lead with truth, honesty, open minds and giving hearts.  I am also grateful for the many volunteers who take an active role in their community as members of organizations like Scouting, PTO, Lion’s Club, and Women’s Club. 

Thank you for everything you do to support the Lunenburg schools and community.

Jane Doyle Community Playground Dedication, Wednesday, November 23, 2016, 9:30 a.m.

Please join us in the Turkey Hill Elementary School Gymnasium.  This playground was made possible by the generous donations and support from the Connor Lourens Memorial Fund; the Arnold family and BEIM Foundation; Turkey Hill Family Lions Club; Lunenburg PTO; Extended Day Program; and many Lunenburg parents and community members. 

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony - Town Gazebo, Thursday, December 1, 2016, 6:00 p.m.

Come join in the festivities and caroling at the Annual Tree Lighting.  This year the LHS Student Council will have hot chocolate and cookies available for purchase on-site.    This event is organized by the School, Fire, Police, & DPW Departments with support from the Lunenburg Turkey Hill Lion’s Club, area businesses, and community members.

PTO Fundraiser – Leominster Barnes & Noble, December 8, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

This fun and helpful fundraiser is becoming a Lunenburg tradition.  Please mark your calendars and plan to attend. 

Lifelong Learning Advisory – Appointments

Thank you to the following individuals who were recently appointed by the School Committee to the Lifelong Learning Advisory:   Jennifer Judkins, Abigail Perrine, Mandy Trainque, Richard Beardmore, Robert Truax, Wendy Bertrand, and Anne Gilman.  The Advisory’s goal is to research best practices and make recommendations for developing and implementing an adult education program to benefit the Lunenburg Community.   The first meeting of the Advisory was last week and a community survey was developed.  It only takes a minute of your time to complete the survey so please let us hear from you!
 

Life-Long Learning Interest Survey

Lunenburg's Life-Long Learning Advisory Committee seeks your input to implement an adult education program. Workshops would be offered on evenings or weekends at the new Lunenburg Middle-High School by local instructors for a nominal fee. Link to digital survey: https://goo.gl/forms/c26Jns3zEfiznhWh1 

Congratulations 2016 Adams Scholarship Recipients  

Congratulations to the following students upon receipt of the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship:  Sarah Barrett, Laura Beaudoin, Samuel Burns  IV, Maxine Carbone, Nathan Charland, Emily Deschamps, Tristan Deschenes, Zachary Fortin, Jacob Hall, Steven Hoffman, Mitchell Hollis, Timothy Hoover, Ronald Hyatt, Kayla Jodoin, Morgan Joseph, Olivia Kelley, Sara Laford, Hannah Leahy, Scott Miller, Jennifer Mitchell, Shikha Pandey, Joseph Rager, Erin Reffitt, Kaylyn Romano Leah Swain, Judith Swift, Brendan Tobin, Casey Voyer, Abbey Whitcomb, and Celia Wilkins.

The scholarship provides a tuition waiver for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education at a Massachusetts state college or university.  To be eligible for the scholarship, students must (a) score at the Advanced performance level on one of the three high school state assessment tests in ELA, Mathematics, or STE (Biology, Chemistry, Introductory Physics, or Technology/Engineering); and (b) score at the Proficient level or higher on the remaining two high school state assessment tests; and (c) have combined scores from the three tests that place them in the top 25 percent of students in the graduating class in their district.

Congratulations LHS National Honor Society Inductees

The following students were inducted into the National Honor Society at Lunenburg High School last week:   Sierra Heppler, Kylie Hill, Morgan Joseph, Rylee McHugh, Erin Reffitt, Celia Wilkins,   Jessika Antinori, Hannah Begley, Noah Benson, Ashley Blatt, Isobel Bodkin, William Broden, Sierra Champagne,  Cassandra DiGeronimo, Abigail Dwyer, Ariana Farr, Rebecca Handy,  Olivia Hayes, Emma Houston,  William Huntington, Emma Jones, Taylor Jones, Elise Marie Lilly, Molly Masciarelli, Christopher McCauliff, Sarah Morse, Connor Palma, Adam Peplowski, Olivia Proctor, Hannah Roane, Kayla Robison, Sophie Shapiro, Mike Tenie-Kengmeni, and Jake Vallee.   National Honor Society promotes character, leadership, scholarship, and service.  NHS members are active in community service activities both in the community and at the school.

Congratulation to Hannah Leahy

Hannah recently signed a letter of intent to accept an athletic scholarship in track and field for Division 1 UMASS Lowell.  She is a stand out in the pole vault and currently holds the LHS record in this event.   During the signing ceremony Mr. McCauliff talked about her great athletic abilities, self-discipline and leadership qualities.   He also suggested that before she graduates LHS she will probably move the school record even higher.    

Facility Use Fees

At the November 16, 2016 School Committee meeting, additional discussion was held regarding the costs related to using the facilities.   The fees for the spaces are posted on the main page of the district website.  At this time the School Committee is considering a proposal that would charge a single for custodial, kitchen staff and IT staff to cover labor costs as well as the cost to process invoices, payroll, and administration.   The following rates were proposed:  Custodial Staff       $32.00/hour; Cafeteria Staff-$25.00/hour; IT Staff -$30.00/hour.  Payment of fees will be due in advance of the rental.    The School Committee will deliberate the recommendation again at the December 7, 2016 meeting at Town Hall.  The meeting is televised.   Please send questions or comments to LPS@lunenburgonline.com .    

2017-2018 School Calendar Development Underway

Three options for the 2017-2018 school calendar are under discussion.    2017-2018 School Calendar Draft Option A.pdf         2017-2018 School Calendar Draft Option B.pdf        2017-2018 School Calendar Draft Option C.pdf   Please note that details around open houses, parent-teacher conferences, and some professional development days are still under consideration.   Calendar Option A is based upon guidelines from the Calendar and Start Time Advisory and includes a 2 day February Break.  Calendar Option B is a traditional school calendar with students starting before Labor Day and a 5 day February Break.  Option B also has the Friday before Labor Day as a non-school day. In Calendar Option C, students start school after Labor Day and have a 2 day February Break.   The School Committee will continue deliberations on the calendar for next year at the December 7, 2016 meeting at Town Hall.  Please send questions or comments to LPS@lunenburgonline.com .    

FY18 Budget Development Underway

Budget presentations are underway and proposed department budgets for Nursing Services, Facilities, and Technology can be accessed on the main page of the website. http://www.lunenburgschools.net/ .  Budgets for the Primary, Turkey Hill Elementary, Lunenburg Middle School, Lunenburg High School, Special Education, and the athletics program will be presented at the December 7, 2016 televised School Committee Meeting which begins at 7:00 p.m.

Giving thanks and wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. 

Sincerely,

Superintendent Loxi Jo Calmes 

Lunenburg Public Schools

1025 Massachusetts Ave.

Superintendent's Update November 6, 2016

posted Nov 7, 2016, 5:43 AM by Liz Petersen

Congratulations to 2016 Superintendent’s Award Recipient - Brendan Ryan Tobin   Brendan R. Tobin.jpg 

I am pleased to announce Brendan Tobin as the 2016 Superintendent’s Award recipient.   Mr. Tobin is the son of Thomas and Carolyn Tobin.  During his four years at LHS Brendan excelled in honors and advanced placement coursework.   He has been the President of the Class of 2017 since 9th grade.  Many know Brendan from his speeches at the groundbreaking, topping off ceremony, and most recently the dedication ceremony.  He is a poised, humble, and well-spoken young man who represented his school and classmates extremely well.

In addition to his high academic performance, his time at Lunenburg High School focused on service and leadership.  Brendan is very active in the Scouting program.  He achieved Eagle Scout in 2015.  His Eagle project focused on planning, fundraising and construction of a little league scoreboard.   He is a member of the BSA National Honor Society and a Board Member and treasurer of the Order of the Arrow.  He served the BSA organization as an instructor, senior patrol leader, crew and patrol leader as well as camp counselor and lifeguard.  

In addition to his rigorous course of studies, Brendan is a member of the National Honor Society.  He serves as a member of the World Hunger Task Force.  Brendan is an athlete and member of the cross country and baseball teams and during the winter season he is an avid snowboarder. 

Last summer he participated in the Bioengineering Summer Scholars Program at Clemson University.  He was part of the Biology Summer Launch Program at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in 2014.  Brendan received numerous academic excellence awards while attending LHS including receiving magna cum laude and silver medal on National Latin Exams.   He has also been a member of the LHS Mathematics Team since he was a freshman.

Brendan has been a Player Buddy to handicapped children since 2012 in the Miracle League of Massachusetts.  He even finds time to be a Lector for his church and has been part of their youth ministry service. 

I am honored to recognize this accomplished young man as the recipient of the 2016 Superintendent’s Award.  He will be honored by the Worcester County Superintendent’s Association at a special ceremony in January at Clark University.   He selected the following quote from Colin Powell for that ceremony’s program:  "Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence".  I extend my congratulations and best wishes to Brendan and his family.     

Thanks for Joining Us!

Thank you to everyone that came out the last couple of weekends for the Dedication Ceremony and Homecoming.   Those were both wonderful community events.  In the next few days we’ll be updating the District website and Facebook pages with photos and videos from those two important events. 

Thank You Veterans

Friday, November 11 is Veteran’s Day, so please join us in thanking those who have served and defended our nation and democracy. Take a moment to remember the sacrifices of the courageous men and women who have valiantly fought to make America the land of the free and home of the brave. 

Lifelong Learning Advisory Members Appointed

The School Committee appointed the following individuals to the Lifelong Learning Advisory:  Jennifer Judkins, Abigail Perrine, Mandy Trainque, Richard Beardmore, Anne Gilman, Robert Truax and Wendy Bertrand.  Meetings of the Advisory will be posted, minutes recorded, and posted at the Town website.  The Advisory has the following charge:  To develop and implement an adult education program to benefit the Lunenburg Community. The program is meant to be self-sustaining and have a neutral impact on the School’s budget.   A final report will be issued in May, 2017.   Please contact the Superintendent’s office if you have ideas and suggestions for the Advisory.

Lunenburg Public Schools – Facilities Fees:  Public Comment Welcome

At the last meeting of the School Committee a proposal for increases to facility use fees were reviewed by Mr. Londa.  The recommendations are posted on the main page of our website www.lunenburgschools.net .    The School Committee will take action on the fees at their November 16, 2016 meeting.   Please send questions or comments to LPS@lunenburgonline.com.    

Lunenburg Social Studies Curriculum Revised – Public Comment Welcome

The first reading of the updated social studies curriculum was presented to the School Committee for first reading on Wednesday.  High School educator Ms. Anna Keegan served as chairperson and facilitator of the task force that included educators from across the district.  They produced an exciting and inspiring document. Thank you to everyone that contributed. The document is available for public review and comment.  You can find a link to this report on the main page of our website.  www.lunenburgschools.net.   Send questions or comments LPS@lunenburgonline.com.    

PTO Meets next week on Monday, November 14, 2016.   You are invited to attend the meeting.  Thank you for supporting this organization.  The PTO makes a difference in our schools and community and we are grateful.  The meeting is at the Lunenburg Middle-High School in the Middle School Collaborative Room #D132.

School Committee meets again on Wednesday, November 16, 2016.   FY18 proposed budget presentations begin with presentations from nursing, maintenance, technology, and athletics programs.

Sincerely,

Superintendent Loxi Jo Calmes

Lunenburg Public Schools

1025 Massachusetts Ave.

(978) 582-4100 x211

(978) 582-4103 fax

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