Superintendent's Update October 31, 2017

I hope you were able to enjoy this beautiful fall day.  Just a reminder that tomorrow is an early release for students due to parent-teacher conferences.   Parents/guardians were provided information about how to schedule appointments in each school.   If you were unable to schedule for any reason please contact your child’s teacher to make other arrangements.  Student success is fortified by involved parents/guardians and a solid home-school partnership.  This partnership is a core value of the Lunenburg Public Schools where strong collaboration and open communication among schools staff, students, and families develops mutual respect and trust.  We are grateful to you for entrusting your children to us each day, and we value your input and support. 

Individual Student State Assessment Results

Students who took the state assessment last spring will be bringing home their individual results tomorrow in a sealed envelope.  Also included is an important message from the Acting Commissioner Jeff Wulfson about changes to the assessments in grades 3-8 and MCAS Next-Generation is a new, more rigorous assessment.  Attached is that letter and FAQ.  Parent Letter MCAS Next Generation.pdf 

School Committee Meeting Tomorrow

The School Committee meets November 1, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Town Hall.   The meeting will be televised.  On the agenda is the second reading of the revised School Calendar Policy 5105.04.  The Committee seeks public input on the revised policy.   The proposed changes to that policy include specific school calendar guidelines.  Revised School Calendar Policy 5105.04 for Public Comment.pdf  Comments can be sent to LPS@lunenburgonline.com and must be received no later than noon on November 16, 2017.  Other items on the agenda include the acknowledgement of another generous donation from the Connor B. Lourens Memorial Fund.  The Committee will also hear various reports from school councils, the Athletic Advisory, and PTO. 

R.O.A.R. Resources

Thank you to the organizing committee for the enlightening forum last week to raise awareness.   The presenters commented how impressed they were with the size of the audience turn-out here in Lunenburg.   Attached is a list of available resources. Helpful Resources.pdf 

Lifelong Learning Program:  Adult Education/Recreation

As the weather turns cooler the adult education recreation opportunities move into the buildings.  Evening opportunities include Women’s and Men’s Basketball on Mondays, Pickleball on Tuesdays, and Volleyball on Thursday evenings.  The second session of the Health and Wellness program begins on Dec. 4th.  Information for each program and the required registration and release form are attached.

Adult Registration Program Information Women's Basketball.pdf Adult Registration Program Information Men's Basketball.pdf Adult Registration Program Information Pickleball.pdf Adult Registration Program Information Volleyball.pdf Adult Registration Program Information Health and Wellness.pdf Adult Ed Registration & Emergency Fillable form.pdf RECREATIONAL AND VOLUNTEERS ACTIVITIES RELEASE FORM.pdf 

Clean Out Those Closets and Support the Class of 2019

The LHS Class of 2019 is partnering with the Epilepsy Foundation New England (EFNE) to collect clothes, linens, and shoes as a fundraiser. This clothing drive will not only help support services for people with epilepsy all over New England, but it will also help us raise money for the Class of 2019. The items that can’t be reused will be recycled so you will also be helping our planet by reducing landfill waste.  Details attached. LHS Class of 2019 Clothing Drive.pdf  Contact Amy Raboin (araboin@lunenburgonline.com) with questions.

Thank you for your support of our students and schools. 

Sincerely,

Superintendent Loxi Jo Calmes

Lunenburg Public Schools

1025 Massachusetts Ave.

(978) 582-4100 x211

(978) 582-4103 fax

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those who were lost Sunday evening in Las Vegas.   As citizens we all experience shock and sadness in the aftermath of such a senseless act of violence.  We are hearing stories of the many self-less acts and the bravery of those caught in the horrific situation.  Collectively we are grateful for our first responders.  That terrible event, coupled with the events of last Friday when our own police acted quickly to ensure our public safety, underscore the importance of our commitment to be prepared, be aware, and if we see something, to say something.   I again want to recognize and applaud the efforts of Chief Marino and the Board of Selectmen in providing a resource officer to our schools.  Officer Zrate is visiting classrooms, connecting with students, and becoming an integral part of our school community.     

THANK YOU to everyone who came out to support the Field Hockey All Cancer Awareness Game last night.  Proceeds from the snack shack, raffle baskets and 50/50 raffle were donated to the family of Brandon Cotoni.     We’re not done yet!   The Soccer Cancer Game is scheduled for October 11th.  Both the Girls & Boys Varsity will play Narragansett.  Game times are at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. All the proceeds that evening will go to the Cotoni family.  Bracelets can be purchased all season at the snack shack. 

School Committee Workshop Meeting Tomorrow

The School Committee meets October 4, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Town Hall.   The meeting will be televised.  The building principals will in attendance to present building updates.  There will be a general discussion about new and updated policies including calendar guidelines.   The School Committee will confirm the appointment of James Michael Cassidy as the new Business Manager/Human Resources Director.  Several donations will be acknowledged.  The Committee will receive various reports including school councils, Athletic Advisory, and Wellness Advisory. 7 Meeting Notice -Agenda 10-4-2017.pdf 

PTO Needs Volunteers

Miles for Myles is looking for volunteers for the race on October, 15th.  If you are available please use the Signup.com link to choose a spot.   http://signup.com/login/entry/1057007513527938030   We appreciate your help!

Mark Your Calendar/Save These Dates!

Monday, October 9 – NO SCHOOL, Columbus Day Holiday, No School

Tuesday, October 10 – NO SCHOOL, Professional Development Day

Wednesday, October 11 - Soccer Cancer Game -LMHS Athletic Fields

Saturday, October 14 – Homecoming!   Parade kicks off at noon with the always spectacular floats, enthusiastic students, and marvelous marching band.  After the parade stay for the game and half-time performance by the band.  Bring the family and enjoy this wonderful Lunenburg tradition

Sunday, October 15 - Miles for Myles http://www.milesformyles.com/   Registration is open. 

Monday, October 16 – PTO Meeting, 7:00 p.m.  Room #D132 Lunenburg Middle-High School 

Tuesday, October 24, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. - ROAR: Opioid Forum, LMHS Auditorium  ROAR Flyer.pdf 

Thank you for your support of our students and schools.

Sincerely,

Superintendent Loxi Jo Calmes

Lunenburg Public Schools

1025 Massachusetts Ave.

(978) 582-4100 x211

(978) 582-4103 fax


Our school community is into the rhythm of the school year having completed the first three weeks of school and their first five day week.  Many parents/guardians came out for the open houses hosted by each school.   I want to acknowledge and thank the administrators and faculty of each building for organizing informative and engaging evenings for parents.   We strive to make these events beneficial and welcome your feedback and suggestions.      

PTO Meet and Greet!

Join us on Monday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m. in room #D132 of the Lunenburg Middle-High School at the back-to-school social sponsored by the PTO.   This is a welcoming group of parents who do so much to support the students and schools.   They know what busy schedules everyone has these days and have developed ways for everyone to be involved regardless of the amount of time they might have available.   We look to the PTO for feedback and assistance in strengthening our school-home partnership.   We have a lot of fun along the way.   The PTO is a great way to connect with other parents and the school community.   I hope you can join us!     PTO Meeting Dates - FY18.pdf 

School Committee Workshop Meeting Wednesday

The School Committee meets September 20, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in room #D132 of the Lunenburg Middle- High School.    This is a workshop meeting on the school calendar.   The School Committee approved the District Strategic Plan at the September 6, 2017 meeting.  The plan is based upon our newly updated mission and core values and focuses our work in eight critical areas.  Lunenburg District Strategic Plan 2017-2022.pdf 

Mark Your Calendar/Save These Dates!

Tuesday, October 2 -   Field Hockey All Cancer Awareness Game at 7:00 p.m.  All proceeds from the Snack Shack, raffle baskets and 50/50 raffle will be donated to the family of Brandon Cotoni.  Come see the impressive Lady Knights in action and support Brandon in his fight.

Sunday, October 15 - Miles for Myles http://www.milesformyles.com/   Registration is open. 

Tuesday, October 24, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. -  ROAR: Opioid Forum,  LMHS Auditorium  ROAR Flyer.pdf 

Lifelong Learning/Adult Education Programs

The adult coed soccer program is full, but registration is open for women’s basketball and health & wellness offerings. Lifelong Learning Program Offerings.pdf    All participants must also sign an insurance waiver RECREATIONAL AND VOLUNTEERS ACTIVITIES RELEASE FORM.pdf  to submit along with a completed registration Lifelong Learning Registration.pdf  and full payment prior to participating.  Checks made payable to:  Town of Lunenburg   Memo:  Adult Education.  A separate registration is required for each session.   Come join the fun!

Have a great week ahead!

Sincerely,

Superintendent Loxi Jo Calmes

Lunenburg Public Schools

1025 Massachusetts Ave.

(978) 582-4100 x211

(978) 582-4103 fax


I trust everyone enjoyed their Labor Day weekend with friends and family.  We had a wonderful start to the 2017-2018 school year.   I am grateful to the faculty and administrators for their preparation and organization which made the initial days of school for the students positive and productive.  Thanks also to all the support services from the bus drivers, to the custodians, food service, and extended day personnel who contributed to a smooth and successful opening.   And a big shout out to our fabulous students who returned excited and ready to learn.  It is going to be a great year ahead!

Our thoughts go out to the families in Texas impacted by hurricane Harvey and now hurricane Irma is looking to impact the south eastern United States.   Thanks to all who donated to the relief effort organized by the Lunenburg Firefighters Association.  Lunenburg has a strong tradition of providing help and support to people in need.  There are many individuals locally who are such positive role models in this regard including our students.    

Coloring for Cancer

Two of the most recent examples of individuals that are making a positive difference helping others are LHS students Emily Whitcomb and Alizah Raboin.   These ladies teamed up this summer with the Lunenburg Public Library to donate more than 500 coloring books to Boston Children's Hospital.  Now they are asking all of us to join them in donating art supplies to help with the project. You can donate at any of the schools or at the Lunenburg Public Library. 

School Committee Meeting Wednesday

The School Committee meets September 6, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Town Hall.   The meeting will be televised.   On the agenda for action is the new five year District Improvement Plan developed in conjunction with the strategic visioning process completed in the spring.  Also on the agenda for action is the FY19 Capital Plan submission from the School Department.  I will provide an overview of the opening days of school including an enrollment update.    Other items include an update from the PTO, the newly forming Athletic Advisory, and the upcoming workshop meeting on the school calendar.   5 Meeting Notice -Agenda 9-6-2017.pdf 

Membership Matters – Join PTO!

Join the PTO.   This wonderful group does so much to support our students and schools.  The first meeting of the school year is scheduled for September 18, 7:00 p.m. at the Lunenburg Middle–High School in room D132.PTO Meeting Dates - FY18.pdf 

Military Status Reporting  

Any parent/guardian with military service status (active or inactive) is asked to complete a Military Status form.   This is required by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) this school year as part of our student information reports via PowerSchool.  Military families, please complete the google docs at the following link: https://docs.google.com/a/lunenburgschools.net/forms/d/16CXieIKp4XF5phWypmAlsXfh59ziwtASPchcrSP9bNc/edit

Please contact Kerry Cooper in the Superintendent's Office if you have questions 978-482-4100 or via email at  kcooper@lunenburgonline.com  

Lifelong Learning/Adult Education Programs – COED Soccer, Women’s Basketball, Health & Wellness

Registration is open for the above listed programs.Lifelong Learning Program Offerings.pdf  A fillable PDF registration form can be found at www.lunenburgschools.netFreeReducedPressRelease-FY2018.pdf        All participants must also sign an insurance waiver to submit along with a completed registration and full payment prior to participating.RECREATIONAL AND VOLUNTEERS ACTIVITIES RELEASE FORM.pdf   Checks made payable to:  Town of Lunenburg   Memo:  Adult Education.  A separate registration is required for each session.   Come join the fun!

An Invitation to hear Dr. Donna Freitas

You are cordially invited to attend an evening of conversation with Donna Freitas, nationally-recognized author of The Happiness Effect on September 16, 2017 at 7 pm, at the Corey Auditorium in Carlisle, MA.  Dr. Freitas will share research and new insights into the real issues that young adults and even younger students are facing.  She will discuss the how social media and technology contribute to increased social and emotional conflict and the impact on education.  Dr. Freitas will discuss how what happens outside the classroom influences the academic experience. Flyer Donna Freitas Presentation 9-16-2017.pdf 

Residency Verification Complete – Thank You!

We thank the parents/guardians of students entering 3rd, 6th, and 9th grades for their cooperation updating their residency documents this summer.  Thanks also to THES administrative Secretary Ms. Cooney, LMHS guidance secretary and registrar, Ms. Borneman, and Ms. Petersen in the Superintendent’s Office for their efforts this summer cross referencing student data with property owner lists, answering questions and assisting parents/guardians submit required documents.

School Lunch Program

Healthy meals are prepared and offered to Lunenburg Public Schools students every school day. The cost for school lunch is: $2.75 at the primary and elementary schools and $3.00 at the middle-high school.  Lunch menus are posted on the District website ( www.lunenburgschools.net ) at the beginning of each month.  Eligibility guidelines for free or reduced lunches attached.FreeReducedPressRelease-FY2018.pdf 

Have a great week ahead!

Sincerely,

Superintendent Loxi Jo Calmes

Lunenburg Public Schools

1025 Massachusetts Ave.

(978) 582-4100 x211

(978) 582-4103 fax

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I look forward to welcoming our students, faculty, and staff back to school in the just three short weeks.  The administration and support personnel have been busy during the summer break preparing for a new school year.  We are very excited about the updated mission, vision, and core values that were generated by the Strategic Visioning Committee last year.  We are seeking your input on the five year plan being proposed as a result of that strategic visioning process.  

We look forward to everyone’s return and another engaging, positive and productive year of learning.  Faculty and staff return on Monday, August 28 for a professional development day that includes a district-wide convocation.  The first day for students is Tuesday, August 29.  Attached is the 2017-2018 school calendar.2017-2018 School Calendar Approved 1-4-17 Updated 8-3-17.pdf   This calendar was updated to include 2018 summer school dates.  Following are some additional items I want to call to your attention.

School Committee-Five Year Plan

The School Committee meets Wednesday August 16 at 7:00 p.m. in room D132 of the Lunenburg Middle-High School.    On the agenda is discussion about the proposed five year District Improvement Plan developed in conjunction with the strategic visioning process undertaken last year. Lunenburg Plan V10_FINAL_DRAFT.pdf  Public input is encouraged.  Also on the agenda are School Committee and Superintendent Goals and the first draft of the FY19 School Department’s FY19 Capital Plan. School Committee Goals FY18 DRAFT.pdf Supt Draft Goals FY18 updated.pdf  Email comments/suggestions to lps@lunenburgonline.com  

School Lunch Program

Healthy meals are prepared and offered to Lunenburg Public Schools students every school day. The cost for school lunch is: $2.75 at the primary and elementary schools and $3.00 at the middle-high school.  Lunch menus are posted on the District website (www.lunenburgschools.net) at the beginning of each month.  Eligibility guidelines for free or reduced lunches are attached.FreeReducedPressRelease-FY2018.pdf 

Security Cameras and Extended Day Program Locations

The installation of security cameras at Turkey Hill Elementary is nearing completion.  The Primary School security camera installation is complete.   The Extended Day Program for grades PK-2 is relocating to the Primary School.  The Extended Day Program for grades 3-5 remains at the Turkey Hill Elementary School.   I encourage families of older students to check out the outstanding program offered at the Boys & Girls Club of Lunenburg.   http://bgcluboflunenburg.org/wp/

Solar Eclipse Viewing Opportunity

Join high school educators Mr. Hill and Mr. Craig Pingsterhaus at LMHS on August 21st to view the solar eclipse.   Weather permitting, anyone in the community is welcome to stop by between 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.  They will have telescopes set up as well as eclipse glasses to use for anyone who wants to safely view the eclipse.

Membership Matters – Join PTO

It’s never too early to join the PTO.   This wonderful group does much to support our students and schools.  The first meeting of the school year is scheduled for Monday, September 18, 7:00 p.m. at the Lunenburg Middle–High School in room D132.  http://www.lunenburgpto.org/  

Fundraiser

The AJ Robbins Memorial Foundation is holding a raffle in order to raise funds for the lockers to go into the new fieldhouse. The raffle prize is two tickets to a New England Patriots regular season game.  The particular game is to be mutually agreed between the raffle winner and the New England Patriots. The tickets include an on field pre-game experience as well as premium parking.

The raffle tickets are $20 each or six for $100. The proceeds are for a great cause, and the winner will have a special experience.  Contact either Bill or Kim Iannacci (bkiannacci@aol.com) for information about purchasing ticket(s). 

Your support by purchasing tickets is greatly appreciated.

Residency Update Reminder

I want to remind parents/guardians that over the summer we are conducting residency verifications for ALL students entering 3rd, 6th, or 9th grades.  Parents/guardians of students whose residency could not be verified from the property list received a communication from the school offices in July requesting specific documents.   If contacted, parent/guardians are required to respond by August 16 with the appropriate proof to remain enrolled.  

 

Sincerely,

Superintendent Loxi Jo Calmes

Lunenburg Public Schools

1025 Massachusetts Ave.

(978) 582-4100 x211

(978) 582-4103 fax

Superintendent's Update July 11, 2017

posted Jul 11, 2017, 2:06 PM by Liz Petersen

I trust everyone is enjoying their summer break.   Following are a few items of interest.

Summer Tennis Program

Summer tennis with Ms. Laserte and Mr. Sparks is back in Lunenburg!    There will be two sessions of tennis lessons for children ages 6-13 this summer on the amazing new tennis courts at the Lunenburg Middle-High School.   Tennis lessons are a fun and great way for children of all skill levels to improve their tennis and have lots of fun with small sided games and other related activities.  Tennis Lessons Flyer.pdf 2017 Summer Tennis Program Application.pdf 

Pickleball

For adults looking for fun - learn Pickleball!  We added Pickleball lines to the tennis courts at LMHS.   Pickleball is a combination of several racket type sports played on a much smaller court hence longer rallies.    FREE Pickleball clinic at 6:00 p.m. every Tuesday evening this summer.  There is also court space for game play!   Come and learn a fun new sport.   Equipment is provided.  Please call Sandy Laserte at 978-340-3510 if you have questions.

School Committee-District Improvement Plan

The School Committee meets Wednesday July 19 at 7:00 p.m. in room D132 of the Lunenburg Middle-High School.    On the agenda is discussion about the proposed new Mission Statement, Vision, Core Values and District Improvement Plan.  Lunenburg Plan V10_FINAL_DRAFT.pdf   Public input is encouraged.  Email comments/suggestions to lps@lunenburgonline.com   

Also on the agenda are the Superintendent’s Goals, updates to the Extended Day Handbook, and the Memorandum of Agreement related to contract negotiations with custodial/maintenance personnel.

Artisans Festival

The Lunenburg Library’s first Artisans Festival will happen on Saturday, July 15th from 10 am - 5 pm.ARTISANS Festival.pdf list of attending artisans.pdf 

Residency Update Reminder

I want to remind parents/guardians that over the summer we are conducting residency verifications for ALL students entering 3rd, 6th, or 9th grades.  The residency verification began with cross referencing student addresses with the Town’s list of property owners.  Parents/guardians of students whose residency cannot be verified from the property list receive a communication from the school office in July requesting specific documents.   If contacted parent/guardians are required to respond by August 16 with the appropriate proof to remain enrolled.    http://www.sentinelandenterprise.com/news/ci_31108641/lunenburg-schools-begin-residency-checks

 

Sincerely,

Superintendent Loxi Jo Calmes

Lunenburg Public Schools

1025 Massachusetts Ave.

(978) 582-4100 x211

(978) 582-4103 fax

Superintendent's Update June 13, 2017

posted Jun 13, 2017, 7:47 AM by Liz Petersen

Congratulations and thank you for a great year!  To the students faculty and staff, thank you for making 2016-2017 an outstanding school year.  Well done!  It was engaging and filled with learning.  A big thank you also to the Lunenburg PTO and all the parents/guardians for the support you provide the students and our schools.   

IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING RESIDENCY VERIFICATION –Please be advised that over the summer we will be conducting residency verification for ALL students entering 3rd, 6th, or 9th grades.  The residency verification will begin with cross referencing student addresses with the Town’s list of property owners.  Any discrepancies will be investigated.  Parents/guardians of students whose residency cannot be verified from the property list will receive a communication from the school office in July requesting specific documents.   If contacted parent/guardians are required to respond by August 16 with the appropriate proof to remain enrolled.    

Reminder:  Lunenburg Police Relief Association Cruise Night is tomorrow, June 14, from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Town Center Cruise Night Flyer.pdf 

Summer Lunch Program – The Lunenburg Public Library is hosting a summer lunch program for children and teens 18 and under.  They can enjoy a free lunch on Monday and Wednesdays from 12-1pm! Meals4Kids Flyer.pdf 

Cable Television License Hearing- The Board of Selectmen will be holding the public hearing for the Town’s cable television license.  The public hearing will be held on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Hall, 17 Main Street.  The hearing is to determine whether to issue a cable television license to Comcast, the current licensed provider.  The Selectmen and the Cable Advisory Committee encourage you to attend.  This is an opportunity to voice concerns about signal quality, customer service, and the cable television needs of residents, businesses, and Town departments.  Please note that is solely related to broadcast/cable service and not internet service.

Have a wonderful summer break! 

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 May 30, 2017

posted May 30, 2017, 10:56 AM by Liz Petersen

Congratulations to the Class of 2017!   We are very proud of you and wish you the very best in the future.   Baccalaureate is tonight at 7:00 p.m. at Pilgrim Covenant Church, the Senior Motorcade is tomorrow morning, Senior Music Showcase is Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. in the LMHS Auditorium, Senior Community Awards Ceremony begins at 6:15 p.m. Thursday evening and Graduation is Saturday, June 3 at 10:00 a.m. on the LMHS field, weather permitting, or LMHS gym otherwise.

8th Grade students are visiting Washington D.C. this week.   Many other end-of-year trips and celebrations are scheduled over these final weeks of school.  Refer to updates from the principals for details.   June 21 is the final day of school this year and is a half-day for students.

A.J. Robbins Memorial Fieldhouse was approved at the May 24, 2017 School Committee meeting. Construction begins soon.   The memorial fieldhouse includes a wall of remembrance and the message “Life choices have consequences. Be wise and help each other.”   The project’s message resonated with the community resulting sufficient fundraising and donations of goods/services to allow the project to move forward.   I want to acknowledge and thank Bill Iannacci for his vision and effort in making this fieldhouse a reality.      FieldHouse Presentation Excerpts.pdf 

Congratulations to Heather Sroka and Jim LaVeck who were elected to the Lunenburg School Committee.  This is Ms. Sroka’s second term and she was recently appointed as the chair.   Attached is the School Committee organizational chart for 2017-2018.  School Committee Organizational Chart FY 17-18 Approved 5-24-17.pdf 

Honoring School Department Retirees - Reception at 6:30 p.m. before the next School Committee meeting on June 7 at Town Hall.   Please join us or watch the presentations and acknowledgments live on Lunenburg Cable at 7:00 p.m. as we honor these dedicated individuals for their years of service. 2017 School Department Retirees.pdf 

Final Call for Summer Program Registrations - No additional registrations will be taken after this Friday, June 2, 2017.  Application Packet FY17 - Summer Program.pdf 

Lunch Policy:  Over the past several weeks the parents/guardians of students impacted by the revised and recently adopted insufficient funds policy were notified of the upcoming changes via personal letter.    The policy is now being implemented.   We appreciate parents/guardians ensuring that students have money in their accounts or bring lunch with them.  3701.01 Insufficient Funds Negative Balances Approved 5-3-17.pdf 

PTO & Community Events

  • The Lunenburg Turkey Hill Family Lions Club is accepting gently used clothing and small household items for a fundraiser to benefit Lions Charities and the Epilepsy Foundation.  The clothing (items) may be left on the porch at the Boys and Girls Club until the morning of June 2, 2017.  This includes accessories such as shoes, ties, purses, belts etc.  Clean out those closets and help others in need.  Please separate household items from clothing items.  They need to collect at least 75 bags for this fundraiser.
  • The Lunenburg PTO meets Monday June 5, 2017 at LMHS.  The PTO is still seeking officers for next year!   Please consider serving.  More information at http://www.lunenburgpto.org/
  • Lunenburg Police Relief Association Cruise Night  June 14, 4:00-8:00 p.m. Town Center  Cruise Night Flyer.pdf 

Sincerely,

Superintendent Loxi Jo Calmes

Lunenburg Public Schools

1025 Massachusetts Ave.

(978) 582-4100 x211

(978) 582-4103 fax

Superintendent's Update May 2, 2017

posted May 3, 2017, 5:29 AM by Liz Petersen

Below please find an important message for parents regarding a recently released video series and some reminders of upcoming events.

  • IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PARENTS:  Netflix recently released a series based upon a 2007 young adult books titled “Thirteen Reasons Why”.   I have spoken to several parents and educators recently and understand that this video series is quite graphic and rated for mature audiences. It is also very popular with teens and even younger aged students.   Attached is guidance from the National Association of School Psychologist to assist parents/guardians in making informed decisions regarding viewing and suggestions to support follow-up conversations.   13 Reasons Why Guidance_FINAL.pdf  Should you have questions or concerns, please contact your school administrator or counselor. 
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  •  Have you registered for the Summer Fun Program?   Application Packet FY17 - Summer Camp.pdf   New offerings listed.  Look for information in your child’s backpack this week!  
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  • School Committee meets tomorrow, 7:00 p.m. at Town Hall. The meeting is televised and begins with the FY18 School Budget Public Hearing20 Meeting Notice -Agenda 5-3-2017.pdf   Budget documents are available on the main page of our website.   http://www.lunenburgschools.net/     
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  • Annual Town Meeting is Saturday, May 6 at 9:00 a.m.   Lunenburg Middle-High School Auditorium.
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  • Revised policy regarding unpaid school lunch.   Revised 3701.01 Insufficient Funds 3-14-2017.pdf   In this policy we attempt to address an increasing amount of debt due to unpaid lunches, while at the same time ensure that students are nourished either by bringing a lunch from home or having funds in hand or on account to purchase lunch at school.   The unpaid lunch and other policies are on the agenda for action tomorrow evening. http://www.lunenburgschools.net/school-committee-1/policy-under-review  Send questions or comments to: LPS@lunenburgonline.com   
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  • In a separate email Mr. Londa will send detailed information regarding a necessary application of a broadleaf herbicide for the lawns around the new middle-high school building.  The application is scheduled for next Monday if weather permits. 
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  • Teacher Appreciation Week, May 8 – May 12.  National Teachers’ Appreciation Day is Tuesday, May 9th and May 10th is National School Nurse Day.   Please consider sending a note thanking them for their dedication and commitment to the students!   
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  • Mark your calendars!  LHS POPS Concert.  Friday, May 12, 7:00 p.m. Lunenburg Middle-High School Auditorium.  Performances by the concert band, the chorus, jazz ensemble and the LHS a capella group PULSE.
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  • National Food Drive Day is May 13th.  The event is sponsored by the National Association of Letter Carriers.  Donations stay local.  Food Drive 5-13-17.pdf 

Thank you for all you do to support our learners and teachers.   Enjoy your evening.

Sincerely,

Superintendent Loxi Jo Calmes

Lunenburg Public Schools

1025 Massachusetts Ave.

(978) 582-4100 x211

(978) 582-4103 fax

Superintendent's Update April 25, 2017

posted Apr 26, 2017, 5:50 AM by Liz Petersen

Welcome Back!   Welcome Spring!   I trust that everyone enjoyed the April Break.  We look forward to the many upcoming events and celebrations as we focus upon a positive final quarter.  

  • Don’t miss the Lunenburg Life-long Learning Series screening of the internationally acclaimed documentary film “Chasing Ice”  Wednesday April 26th at 7:30 in the Lunenburg Middle-High School Auditorium.  Chasing Ice PR.pdf  “You’ve never seen images like this before…It deserves to be seen and felt on the big screen” – Robert Redford
  • FY18 School Budget Public Hearing (rescheduled) – Wednesday, May 3rd  7:00 p.m. Town Hall – Televised  Budget documents available on the main page of our website www.lunenburgschools.net
  • Start-Time Survey - The School Committee will review the impact of this year’s later start time for high school students.  Seeking feedback from high school students, parents/guardians, faculty and staff.   Check your inbox this week for a message from Mr. Spadafino with a link to the survey.
  •   Coming soon - Teacher Appreciation Week, May 8 – May 12.  National Teachers’ Appreciation Day is Tuesday, May 9th and May 10th is National School Nurse Day.   Please join me in thanking the teachers and school nurses of the Lunenburg Public Schools for their dedication and commitment to the students! 

Sincerely,

Superintendent Loxi Jo Calmes

Lunenburg Public Schools

1025 Massachusetts Ave.

(978) 582-4100 x211

(978) 582-4103 fax

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

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