Superintendent's Update


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

Superintendent's Update October 21, 2016

posted Oct 24, 2016, 6:46 AM by Liz Petersen

A New Chapter Begins …Please Join Us for the Celebration!

I extend a special invitation to the Lunenburg community to join us on Saturday, October 22 for the Lunenburg Middle-High School Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.  The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 12:45 p.m. in the auditorium.  The building will be open to the public for self-guided tours at 11:00 a.m.  

Dedication speakers include Lunenburg Middle-High School students Julia Wilson, Robert Nash, and Brendan Tobin; Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, 3rd Congressional District of Massachusetts; Executive Director Jack McCarthy, Massachusetts School Building Authority; Chairman Jamie Toale, Lunenburg Board of Selectmen;  and Chairman Michael J. Mackin, Lunenburg School Building Committee.  The ceremony includes the presentation of the colors by the Boy and Girl Scouts of Lunenburg while the LHS Marching Band, under the direction of Caryn Wardell, plays the National Anthem.  Attendees will have the opportunity to view local photographer Eric Vickery’s video of the project.  A reception will follow featuring cider and apples from our local orchards, healthy snacks from our cafeteria, cake and coffee.           

Planning is underway for additional dedications including the dedication of the Jane Doyle Memorial Playground at Turkey Hill Elementary School; the middle-high school’s outdoor classroom, which was made possible by a donation from Powell Stone and Gravel; and the re-dedication of the Memorial Gymnasium also will take place at a later date.   The community will be notified when these dedications are scheduled.

SPECIAL NOTE:  Due to the weather forecasts for rain and wind, the Homecoming events have been postponed  to Saturday, October 29.  Schedule:  12:30 pm – Homecoming Parade beginning at Turkey Hill Elementary School; 1:40 pm – Senior Recognition on turf field; 2:00 pm – Homecoming Football Game vs. Murdock on the new turf.  Murdock was gracious enough to give up their regularly scheduled home game so that we could have a true Homecoming game.  A special, “Thank You” to Murdock High School!

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 like to the on the main page of our website.   www.lunenburgschools.net       Send questions or comment LPS@lunenburgonline.com.     

Congratulation PTO & Lunenburg Primary School!

Congratulations and thank you to the PTO on the 15th Annual Miles for Myles event.   What a wonderful day is was with so many students and families participating.   We received word that the Primary School won the challenge and will receive $1000 for the most registrations!

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 10-2-16

posted Oct 3, 2016, 6:24 AM by Liz Petersen

Congratulations and thank you to the students and their families at Turkey Hill Elementary School for an outstanding fundraising event.   Ms. Champagne looks good with blue hair!  Thanks also to the PTO for coordinating the effort and to DCU for the use of their coin counting machine.  The total collected was an amazing $5548.45 which will be used to help fund student field trips.   The Penny Wars fundraiser is now underway at the middle school, and students held an exciting kick-off on Friday.   Mr. Santry provided some incentives to the middle school students in order to reach the $5000 goal.

Best wishes for a wonderful time and rich learning opportunities to the 5th grade students heading to Nature’s Classroom on Monday.   This long standing program offers students, teachers, and chaperones an opportunity to learn and experience the great outdoors.   Rain or shine, the students always return with a greater appreciation of the natural world. 

Register Today for Miles for Myles Run, Walk, Ride ---- Sunday, October 16

Support the Lunenburg PTO and the Miles for Myles Committee by participating in the 15th Annual Miles for Myles 5K Race/Walk/Bike Ride/Fun Run on Sunday, October 16.   There is a newly certified route this year with a new starting point – the new Lunenburg Middle-High School!  The Lunenburg PTO is excited to host the annual Miles for Myles event.  With your help the PTO gives back to our school district yearly by providing funds for non-budgeted items such as added technology, guest speakers/programs, field trips, materials and supplies.  10% of the proceeds from Miles for Myles will be donated to support the No Need to Speed® awareness campaigns about the dangers of high-speed and distracted driving.   Automobile accidents are the leading cause of death among teenagers.

Get in on the fun – Run, Walk, or Ride! Free Dri-Fit T-shirts to the first 400 registrants, prizes and refreshments. Register now!   When registering please make sure to check off which school you are participating for. The winning school will receive $1000!  

Register on-line at https://www.signmeup.com/site/online-event-registration/113746/SMUCalendar

School Committee Meeting – Wednesday Oct. 5, 2016 @ 7:00 p.m. - Town Hall (televised)

The meeting includes MCAS reports and building updates from the primary, elementary, and middle schools.  The Committee will also consider a resolution related to the ballot question on Charter Schools and a proposal from Mr. McCauliff for an 8th-9th football team to play 4-6 games.

Register now for Paint Your Own Pottery Night with LHS Art Teacher Karyn Giuliani- Oct. 20, 2016

For information  paint your own pottery night.pdf 

To register complete the following:  Adult Ed Registration & Emergency Form.pdf RECREATIONAL AND VOLUNTEERS ACTIVITIES RELEASE FORM .pdf 

Congratulations!

Fitchburg State University President Richard S. Lapidus will be inaugurated Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016.  The University is hosting several events next week as part of the inauguration and homecoming celebration.  Events range from a puppet show to salsa dancing.  Also featured is a lecture by renowned economist Dr. James K. Galbraith and the Robert E. Cormier Symposium.  For a full list of events and ticket information see http://fitchburgstate.edu/about/inauguration/inauguration_homecoming_calendar/  

Still Seeking Volunteers- Adult Education Advisory

With the opening of the new Lunenburg Middle–High School, it is the stated goal of the Lunenburg School Committee to develop and implement an adult education program to benefit the Lunenburg Community. To that end, the School Committee seeks to form an Advisory Committee. Members will be volunteers appointed by the School Committee as follows: one (1) member from the School Committee who will be the liaison to the School Committee, two (2) educators, and four (4) community members.  Lunenburg Lifelong Learning Advisory Committee.pdf   If interested please email lps@lunenburgonline.com

Save the Date!

Saturday, October 22, 2106   Homecoming & New School Dedication

Open House 11:00-12:00 Lunenburg Middle-High School   

Parade begins at 12:00 p.m.

Ribbon Cutting & Dedication at 12:45 - Reception with refreshments to follow

Football game begins at 2:00 with half-time performance by the LHS Marching Band

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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Busing Update & Music Aiders Invitation

posted Sep 26, 2016, 6:03 AM by Liz Petersen

Last week we finalized arrangements with Dee Bus to add a bus to the Elementary/Primary routes beginning tomorrow, Monday, September 26.   Bus #11 will incorporate students attending the elementary and primary schools previously assigned to Bus 3 or Bus 8.   Students and families assigned to Bus 11 received verbal notification from the drivers and also from Mr. Adams via electronic mail last Friday.    Please note that there is NO CHANGE to the Lunenburg Middle-High School routes.    Contact Dee Bus at 978-597-2860 with any questions.

Parents/guardians from across the district are invited to attend the Lunenburg Music Aiders Meet and Greet on Tuesday, September 27 @ 6:30 p.m. at the Bootlegger Restaurant in Lunenburg.  The Lunenburg Music Aiders is a volunteer organization whose sole aim is to support the music programs in all Lunenburg schools through fundraising and volunteering.   RSVP to katiemcguire27@gmail.com

I hope you enjoyed a beautiful fall weekend and wish you 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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Superintendent's Update 9-18-16

posted Sep 19, 2016, 9:46 AM by Liz Petersen

I received many positive comments about the open house events these past two weeks.  We are partners with parents/guardians in educating your children and strong school-home relationships are important to us.   Lunenburg educators appreciate you making time in your busy schedules for school events.  I extend my thanks and congratulations to the building faculties and administrators for organizing these informative evenings. I also want to thank the café managers and newly appointed Food Service Director, Nadine Lorenzen for providing a sampling of the healthy offerings our students are enjoying with those attending those open house events.

As I visited classrooms this third week of the new school year it is clear that we have settled into our new schools, schedules and routines.    I made quick visits to over thirty-five classrooms across the District this week and spent extended time in four of those rooms.   A range of learning activities were underway including poster projects in geology, science experiments, and a Socratic Seminar as a culmination of AP students’ summer work on Hamlet.      As I speak with students in every school, they are excited to be back at school and are enjoying reuniting with friends, meeting new classmates and working with their teachers. 

Enrollment Highlights:  2016-2017

  • District = 1655 students; an increase of 86 students from this time last year; 94 new students enrolled since June, 2016.
  • School Totals:  Primary=400; Elementary=405;  Middle=391;  High =459;
  • Average Class Size K-8 = 24
  • Enrolled under School Choice = 47
  • Placed Out-of-District=14;   ACE Program at the Thomas C. Passios Building=7

PTO Meeting Monday, Sept. 19th @ 7:00 pm Lunenburg Middle-High School

This will be a social “Meet and Greet”.   Light refreshments and an opportunity to meet other parents/guardian.  All are welcome and encouraged to attend. 

Busing Update

Thank you to our students and their parents/guardians for their patience and cooperation as Dee Bus worked to balance routes and stabilize times.   I appreciate the work of our bus drivers whose focus is always on safety.  They begin and end our students’ day and work hard to ensure that the ride is a good experience for the children.   We have ordered another bus to be added to the elementary/primary route to accommodate the increased ridership.  We want to address crowded buses, and also wherever possible decrease the time on the bus for our students.  More information will be communicated once the bus is delivered and a driver is hired.  

School Committee & Superintendent’s Goals 2016-2017

The School Committee is embarking on a strategic visioning process this year.  A consultant will be hired to facilitate that work.   They will be forming a special advisory to research and make recommendations about adult education programs/community learning opportunities (see below). The School Committee also has a goal to showcase student and educator’s work within the district.   There is so much exciting, positive work that takes place every day in each of our schools and they want to highlight that for the community during School Committee meetings.   Contained in the Superintendent’s goals are curriculum updates, classroom visits, supporting the SC in strategic visioning and completing a review of preschool opportunities for those students.    SCHOOL COMMITTEE FY17 GOALS APPROVED 9-7-2016.pdf Superintendent Goals FY17 Goals Approved 9-7-2016.pdf 

A Wonderful Opportunity!!!  Register today for Strength, Fitness and Flexibility – A Lunenburg Adult Education Program

Workout in our state of the art fitness facility in the new school. Open to all Lunenburg residents aged 18 and older. All skill and experience levels welcome.  Program will run for 12 weeks in length (Approximately 24 classes).  Enrollment will be capped at 24 participants.  All participants must sign an insurance waiver and submit it with a completed registration and full payment prior to participating.  Adult Ed Registration Emergency Form.pdf RECREATIONAL AND VOLUNTEERS ACTIVITIES RELEASE FORM .pdf 

Cost:  $67.00 per person for all 24 classes!    Checks payable to:  Town of Lunenburg   Memo:  Adult Education. 

The program begins Monday, Sept. 19 from 6:30-8:00 and meets Monday and Wednesday until December 7th.    Steve Boone is the instructor.  The program is located at the new middle-high school.  To reserve your spot email sboone@lunenburgonline.com today!

Seeking Volunteers - Adult Education Advisory

With the opening of the new Lunenburg Middle–High School, it is the stated goal of the Lunenburg School Committee to develop and implement an adult education program to benefit the Lunenburg Community. To that end, the School Committee seeks to form an Advisory Committee. Members will be volunteers appointed by the School Committee as follows: one (1) member from the School Committee who will be the liaison to the School Committee, two (2) educators, and four (4) community members. Members of the Advisory Committee may call on the support of School Administrators. Lunenburg Lifelong Learning Advisory Committee.pdf   If interested please email lps@lunenburgonline.com

Miles for Myles Run, Walk, Ride  ---- Sunday, October 16

Support the Lunenburg PTO and the Miles for Myles Committee by participating in the 15th Annual Miles for Myles 5K Race/Walk/Bike Ride/Fun Run on Sunday, October 16.   There is a newly certified route this year with a new starting point – the new Lunenburg Middle-High School!  The Lunenburg PTO is excited to host the annual Miles for Myles event.  With your help the PTO gives back to our school district yearly by providing funds for non-budgeted items such as added technology, guest speakers/programs, field trips, materials and supplies.  10% of the proceeds from Miles for Myles will be donated to support the No Need to Speed® awareness campaigns about the dangers of high-speed driving and distracted driving.   Automobile accidents are the leading cause of death among teenagers.

Get in on the fun – Run, Walk, or Ride! Free Dri-Fit T-shirts to the first 400 registrants, prizes and refreshments. Register now!   When registering make sure to check off which school you are participating for. The winning school will receive $1000!   

Register on-line at https://www.signmeup.com/site/online-event-registration/113746/SMUCalendar

After School Music Lesson Sign-Up

The after school music sign ups have begun for this school year!   If you are interested in registering your child for the fall after school music program, please print, complete and return the attached form.  Music Fall Registration Edited.pdf  Please direct any questions to the After School Music Coordinator, Geoffrey Sheldon at gsheldon@lunenburgonline.com

Thank you for supporting your children and their schools.  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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Superintendent's Update 9-2-16

posted Sep 12, 2016, 6:36 AM by Liz Petersen

Welcome back students!  It was so wonderful to have you return to school.  I want to thank you for all those smiles, kind words, and welcoming attitudes you extended to your friends, peers and new classmates.  I also extend a hearty “thank you” to parents, faculty, staff, and administration for making the return to school a positive one for our students.  Thanks and congratulations to the secretaries, technology specialists, custodians, maintenance personnel and administrators whose hard work this summer set the stage for this positive first week.

 I also want to acknowledge the diligent work of our drivers who kept their focus on safety and getting to know the students on their routes.  Given the adjustments and fine tuning new schedules are becoming routine.   We know we have a couple elementary routes with every seat filled.  I have asked Dee bus to provide us some options to address those routes.  I will keep you posted.    Thank you also to parents/guardians for your cooperation relative to drop-off/pick-up at all the schools, but at the new building in particular.  I very much appreciate your cooperation which had a positive impact for everyone.
School Committee, Wednesday 9-7-2016, 7:00 p.m. at Town Hall

On the agenda is final action on the School Committee and Superintendent’s goals for 2016-2017.  The Committee will also be discussing the capital plan.   I will provide an update on enrollment and other back-to-school related topics that evening.

Membership Matters -Lunenburg PTO
The PTO provides valuable support to our schools and district.  PTO offers exciting activities and events, awards and scholarships, and raises funds for field-trips and other educational needs.    I encourage parents/guardians to be part of this great organization.   Even if you have limited time your membership matters.  Applications are available on-line at http://www.lunenburgpto.org/  and are also available at all the open house events.   The PTO meeting schedule for the upcoming school year is attached.  PTO Meeting Dates FY17.pdf 

Open House Schedule 
Mark your calendars for these important upcoming open house events. 
Wednesday,  Sept. 7   Turkey Hill Elementary School  
Thursday, Sept. 8,  Lunenburg Middle School  
Monday, Sept. 12 Lunenburg High School   
Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday, Sept. 13-15,  Primary School

Save These Dates
Sunday, October 16 Support the Lunenburg PTO and the Miles for Myles Committee by participating in the 15th Annual Miles for Myles 5K Race/Walk/Bike Ride/Fun Run. This year’s event is being held Sunday, October 16 at the brand new Lunenburg Middle-High School.
Saturday, October 22  Homecoming, Ribbon Cutting and Dedication of the Lunenburg Middle-High School.   Homecoming parade begins at noon,  ribbon cutting and dedication planned for 1:00.
 
Wishing everyone a wonderful three day weekend!
 
Sincerely,
Superintendent Loxi Jo Calmes 
Lunenburg Public Schools
1025 Massachusetts Ave.
 
(978) 582-4100 x211
(978) 582-4103 fax
 
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