Superintendent's Update May 7, 2018

April 7-11, 2018 is Teacher Appreciation Week.  Please take a moment to express your appreciation this week to teachers who do so much every day for our children.   They inspire, connect, and motivate students in and outside classrooms every day.  Additionally, National School Nurse Day, also known as School Nurse Day, is celebrated during National Nurse Week, which runs annually from May 6 to May 12. May 6 is celebrated as National Nurses Day, while May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale is celebrated worldwide as International Nurses Day.   I extend my deepest appreciation to the dedicated and caring teachers and nurses of the Lunenburg Public Schools.   Teacher Appreciation Week Resolution 2018.pdf School Nurse Day Resolution 2018.pdf 

Retirements

Athletic Director/Dean of Students Peter McCauliff announced his retirement from the Lunenburg Public Schools.  Mr. McCauliff worked in the District since 1996 and has been the full-time Athletic Director/Dean of Students since the position was created in 2017.  Brian Spadafino will assume the Athletic Director’s responsibilities until the end of the school year or until a replacement is found.

Teachers retiring at the end of the school year are Kindergarten teacher Maribeth Ford: High School Social Studies teacher Anna Keegan; and THES music teacher Deborah Smith.  Ms. Ford has been teaching in Lunenburg since 1986 beginning as a music teacher and then moving to the kindergarten position.  Ms. Keegan has been a high school teacher in Lunenburg for 18 years.  Ms. Smith taught in Lunenburg since 2008. 

Also retiring at the end of the school year are Jeannette Biery, pre-school paraprofessional who has been with the district since 1987, and Edward Wilkins, Jr. who joined the district’s maintenance team in 2016.

I extend my thanks to these individuals for their service to the schools and congratulate them on their retirements.

Don’t Miss the LHS Production of Peter Pan

May 10th and May 11th, the LHS Theater Club will proudly present an evening of wonder, yearning, and adventure with a production of J.M. Barrie's original stage play version of PETER PAN. In a concise 90 minutes, an audience of ALL AGES will thrill to the Neverland drama of Peter, Tink, Hook, the Darlings, the Lost Boys, and a colorful ensemble of exotic denizens as they rebel against the frustrations of mundane reality. Attendance in costumes encouraged! Clap if you believe!

Join Us at EXPO - A Music and Arts Exposition Friday, May 18, 2018

This event is formally known as the “Pops Concert” and will be held at the Lunenburg Middle-High School on Friday May 18, 2018.  This is a free event open to all the community.  The Art Exposition Opens at 5:30 p.m. and at 7:00 p.m. the LHS Chorus and Band will perform in concert.  Light snacks available for purchase.

Town Election

  • Saturday, May 19, 2018 T.C. Passios Elementary School 7:00am-5:00pm

Monday Night Softball!

Adult Co-ed Softball at Marshall Park

Dates: June 18, 25, July 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13, 20, 27

Sandlot style play.  Men will use wood bats. Women can use aluminum bats.

Time 6pm-8pm Cost per player: $25

Equipment needed: glove and non-metal cleats or sneakers

To register, complete and submit attached forms with payment to Lifelong Learning Program, Superintendent’s Office, 1025 Massachusetts Ave., Lunenburg, MA  01462

RECREATIONAL AND VOLUNTEERS ACTIVITIES RELEASE FORM.pdf  

Adult Ed Registration & Emergency Fillable form.pdf 

Sincerely,

Superintendent Loxi Jo Calmes

Lunenburg Public Schools

1025 Massachusetts Ave.

(978) 582-4100 x211

(978) 582-4103 fax


Congratulations to our Special Olympians and their Best Buddies!   Students from THES, LMS, & LHS attended the annual competition at Fitchburg State University on Friday.   Their enthusiasm, hard work and positive attitude were evident in each event.  It was a great day with lots of cheers and smiles all around. Thank you to the parents/guardians, advisors, buddies and friends who supported the athletes.

Superintendent’s Screening Committee Appointed

  • Liz Petersen – Central Office
  • Heather Lemeuix – Town Manager
  • James Marino – Chief, Lunenburg Police Department
  • Brian Spadafino – High School Principal
  • Amy Raboin – Middle School Teacher
  • Mary Foyle – High School Teacher
  • Steve Randle– Parent
  • Rhonda Jardine-Yeates – Parent
  • Scott Archiprete – Citizen-at-large
  • Robert Ebersole – Citizen-at-large
  • Meredith Weiss – School Committee
  • Heather Sroka – School Committee

Primary Principal Screening Committee Appointed

  • Pre-K/Kindergarten:  Nancy Murray
  • Grade 1:  Jackie Favreau
  • Grade 2:  Nancy Chapdelaine
  • Special Ed/ELL, Title 1:  Karen Rash
  • Special Areas:  Lori McDougall
  • School Committee: Jim LaVeck
  • Parent: Meghan Arnold
  • Parent: Michelle Dellavalle
  • Parent:  Beth Graham

Thank you to all the individuals listed above for stepping forward in service to our students and schools. 

Volunteers Needed:  Wallis Park Playground Community Build

Volunteers are needed this Thursday and Friday, May 3rd and 4th to help build the playgound.  Lunch provided both days from the Lunenburg Turkey Hill Family Lions Club.  Please click on the link www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B0B48ADAD28A3F58-wallis for volunteer sign-up times and equipment donations.  Location of the park is off of Whalom Road in Lunenburg.  For more information or questions, please contact chris.letarte@gmail.com    

Monday Night Softball!

Lifelong Learning Adult Co-ed Softball at Marshall Park

Dates: June 18, 25, July 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13, 20, 27

Sandlot style play.  Men will use wood bats. Women can use aluminum bats.

Time 6pm-8pm Cost per player: $25

Equipment needed: glove and non-metal cleats or sneakers

To register, complete and submit attached forms with payment to Lifelong Learning Program, Superintendent’s Office, 1025 Massachusetts Ave., Lunenburg, MA  01462  Adult Ed Registration & Emergency Fillable form.pdf RECREATIONAL AND VOLUNTEERS ACTIVITIES RELEASE FORM.pdf 

Town Meeting – Childcare Available 

Annual Town Meeting:  Saturday, May 5, 2018 9:00 a.m.  LMHS Auditorium

Childcare during Annual Town Meeting is available for children PK-grade 5 beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at the Lunenburg Primary School.    Parents must pre-register for this service no later than noon (12:00 p.m.) on Friday, May 4th to ensure that we have adequate staffing available.   Parents/guardians not currently registered to attend Extended Day would need to complete the attached registration form.   Parents/guardians must provide photo ID to register.   Families interested in this service must email the Extended Day Director, Tammy Perry at tperry@lunenburgonline.com to register.  There is no charge for this service on Saturday.    It is also important to note that children must be picked up no more than 30 minutes after the close of Town Meeting.    Anyone failing to pick up their child within the 30 minute timeframe will be assessed the full cost of childcare services that day.

Annual Town Election:  Saturday, May 19, 2018 T.C. Passios Elementary School 7:00am-5:00pm

Sincerely,

Superintendent Loxi Jo Calmes

Lunenburg Public Schools

1025 Massachusetts Ave.

(978) 582-4100 x211

(978) 582-4103 fax

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I trust everyone had a wonderful April Break.   Congratulations to the amazing runners of this year’s Boston Marathon.   Lunenburg guidance counselor and coach Karma Tousignant ran again this year in the very challenging conditions.  I hope you'll join me in congratulating her.   We certainly were inspired by her resolve and tenacity. 

Primary School Principal Search Committee Volunteers Needed:

As you are aware, we are forming a principal search committee to find a "dynamic, visionary leader to serve as primary school principal".  Ms. Heidi Champagne will facilitate the committee.  The first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday 5/2 @ 4:15 pm. At least 5 or 6 meetings throughout the month of May will be required, usually on Wednesdays or Thursdays.  There are a couple openings for parent representatives. If you are available to serve and would like to be considered, please email hchampagne@lunenburgonline.com  your statement of interest by 4:00 p.m. Monday, April 30th.  We will confirm appointments that evening via email.

Other Important Reminders

School Committee Meeting:   Wednesday April 25, 2018 7:00 p.m. LMHS Room #D132 On the agenda are presentations by students about the Student Council Conference, a proposed Skate Park Presentation,  appointment of the Superintendent’s Search Committee, and the appointment of a School Committee Representative to the Primary School Principal’s Search Committee.   27 Meeting Notice-Agenda 4-25-18.pdf 

School Policy-Sub-Committee Meeting:   Thursday April 26, 2018 7:00 p.m. LMHS Room #D132

The following will be discussed.  Your input is welcome.

a.         1203 Naming of Facilities & Spaces and 1203.01 Memorials on School Property

b.         Key/ Access Card and Alarm Code Policy

c.         Concession Stand Policy & Procedures

d.         Facilities & Fields Rental Fees and Agreements

e.         Review Final Draft – Student Walkouts Policy

 

Early Learning Resource Fair, April 27, 2018 9:30-10:30 a.m. at Lunenburg Primary  Early Learning Resource Fair.pdf   

 

Fundraising for Guatemala Trip

Tyler Doege, an eighth grade student at Lunenburg Middle School, will be heading to Guatemala this summer to the village of Chastutu.   While there Tyler will build safe and functioning bathrooms for the school in the village and deliver food bags and hygiene bags to Chastutu families. Tyler is excited for the many experiences he will have while being immersed in a new culture.  To make the trip possible he is required to raise $2600 to cover airfare, food and rooming expenses.   On Saturday, April 28 he will be selling cupcakes during the soccer games held at the LHMS fields from 8:30 to 11:30.  Suggested donation is $1.50.  For more information, or pre-order cupcakes please email Tyler and his family at doegefamilymissions@gmail.com.

 

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Annual Town Meeting:  Saturday, May 5, 2018 9:00 a.m.  LMHS Auditorium

Annual Town Election:  Saturday, May 19, 2018 T.C. Passios Elementary School 7:00am-5:00pm

 

Welcome back! 

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 April 9, 2018

PTO Meeting Tonight:

April 9th PTO Meeting
7pm LMS Project Room

Please join us for a meeting with Chief Marino, Superintendent Calmes,
and School Nurse Department Head, Carolyn Finch. 

Our parents have spoken and asked that we hear from Administration
about the safety and well-being of our students and schools

All are welcome.  We will have time for questions. 

Agenda

7:00-7:30:  Supt Calmes and Chief Marino address the Parents (High level view on Safety/Security)

7:30 – 7:50:  Ms. Finch and Supt Calmes address Health & Wellness

7:50 -8:20:    Superintendent - on Budget

8:20 – End:   PTO business (approve March minutes/ other PTO business)

 

Primary School Principal Search: 

We are setting up a principal search committee to find a "dynamic, visionary leader to serve as primary school principal". Exciting times!  Please note that the Primary School Principal will be selected and appointed by the new Superintendent of Schools.  

The first meeting of the search committee will be held on Wednesday 5/2 @ 4:00pm. It will involve at least 5 or 6 meetings throughout the month of May, usually on Wednesday or Thursday late afternoons.

There are openings for Primary parent and staff representatives. If you would like to be considered and are available to serve, please  email  a statement of interest by Friday, April 13th to  lpetersen@lunenburgonline.com               

Your appointment will be verified during the week of April 16th via email along with further details.  

Resilience Event:

Please join us on Thursday, April 12th from 6-9 p.m. at the Lunenburg Middle-High School Auditorium for an informative session regarding resilience and well-being with Brigadier General Rhonda Cornum and Dr. Jill Antonishak, Director of Behavioral Health, 49-North. No registration is required for this event. Please click on the link for more information RESILIENCE_EVENT_LUNENBURG_12_APR_2018_PRESS_RELEASE_FINAL_.pdf 

Upcoming Calendar Events:

 

Sincerely,

Superintendent Loxi Jo Calmes

Lunenburg Public Schools

1025 Massachusetts Ave.

(978) 582-4100 x211

(978) 582-4103 fax

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Welcome Ms. Carol Archambault!  In a joint meeting of the School Committee and the Board of Selectmen Ms. Archambault was appointed to fill the vacancy on the Lunenburg School Committee.   Ms. Archambault is a Lunenburg resident of 29 years.  Prior to her retirement she worked for the Nashoba Regional Schools as and teacher and in various leadership roles including literacy coach, school council member, and director of the new teacher mentoring program.  We appreciate Ms. Archambault stepping forward and look forward to working with her on behalf of the students and schools.

I also want to make certain you were aware of two important upcoming PTO events:  

5th Annual

Parents Night Out:  Trivia Night

Saturday, April 7th, 2018

6:30pm - 11pm
$20 per person online pre-sale

$25 per person at the door
Leominster Elks, 134 Main St., Leominster, MA

Trivia hosted by Stump Trivia!
To purchase tickets click the link below:

http://www.lunenburgpto.org/parents-night-out--trivia-night.html


April 9th PTO Meeting
7pm LMS Project Room

Please join us for a meeting with Chief Marino, Superintendent Calmes,
and School Nurse Department Head, Carolyn Finch. 

Our parents have spoken and asked that we hear from Administration
about the safety and well-being of our students and schools

All are welcome.  We will have time for questions. 

Agenda

7:00-7:30:  Supt Calmes and Chief Marino address the Parents (High level view on Safety/Security)

7:30 – 7:50:  Ms. Finch and Supt Calmes address Health & Wellness

7:50 -8:20:    Superintendent - on Budget

8:20 – End:   PTO business (approve March minutes/ other PTO business)

 

Sincerely,

Superintendent Loxi Jo Calmes

Lunenburg Public Schools

1025 Massachusetts Ave.

(978) 582-4100 x211

(978) 582-4103 fax



Wednesday, April 4th is Paraprofessional Appreciation Day:  Please join us in thanking the paraprofessionals of the Lunenburg Public Schools who do so much to support students every day!Paraprofessional Appreciation Day.pdf 

The Lifelong Learning Program is pleased to partner with Tenderness Gathering Place in hosting former prisoner of war, Brigadier General (Retired) Rhonda Cornum, bringing well-being and resilience at scale to Lunenburg on Thursday, April 12, 2018 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm at the Lunenburg Middle & High School.  Please join us for a taste of what community-based resilience and well-being can do our community.   This three hour session includes the vision, a foundation in the science of resilience, and how to deliver resilience and well-being at scale. Provided by Brigadier General Rhonda Cornum and Dr. Jill Antonishak, Director of Behavioral Health, 49-North. RESILIENCE_EVENT_LUNENBURG_12_APR_2018_PRESS_RELEASE_FINAL_.pdf 

FY19 School Budget Hearing and Regular Meeting. Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 7:00 pm at Town Hall.26 Meeting Notice - Agenda 4-4-2018.pdf   The hearing and following meeting will be televised over the town’s PACC channel and then posted on YouTube.   The proposed lever service budget can be found on the main page of our website.  http://www.lunenburgschools.net/district  

Town Charter Public Hearing:  The Charter Review Committee will hold a public hearing on Thursday, April 5, 2018, at 7 pm at the Lunenburg Town Hall. This meeting will be televised over the town’s PACC channel and then posted on YouTube. The public hearing will be to hear and discuss proposed changes to the Town of Lunenburg Charter.  Materials are available for viewing at the town clerk’s and board of selectmen’s office at 17 Main Street, Lunenburg, MA 01462 and on the town’s website www.lunenburgma.gov . Written comments may be sent to the Charter Review Committee c/o Town Manager, Town Hall, P.O. Box 135, Lunenburg, MA  01462

Superintendent’s Search:  Information regarding the Superintendent’s Search Committee and the Superintendent Search Brochure were recently released and are posted at http://www.lunenburgschools.net/

Opportunities for Students over April Break:  Fitchburg Art Museum April Vacation Week Workshops Ages 5-12.pdf 

Community Events & Opportunities  

  • PTO Meeting April 9, 2018 7:00 p.m. LMHS room #D132
  • Early Learning Resource Fair, April 27, 2018  9:30-10:30 a.m. at Lunenburg Primary Early Learning Resource Fair.pdf 

 

Sincerely,

Superintendent Loxi Jo Calmes

Lunenburg Public Schools

1025 Massachusetts Ave.

(978) 582-4100 x211

(978) 582-4103 fax



IMPORTANT NOTICE:  Tonight’s School Committee Workshop Meeting Rescheduled

Please be advised that the workshop meeting with MASC representative and the School Committee is scheduled for tonight has been reschedule to Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 6:30 p.m. at the LMHS, room #D132.   The workshop meeting will establish search guidelines, plan a timetable, define the scope of the search, develop a job description, discuss community and staff involvement, and outline the screening process.  

LHS SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Fundraiser

SADD  fundraiser Thursday, March 29th from 4am to 9pm at the “Outback Steakhouse” in Leominster.  Fifteen percent of all sales between these hours will be donated to our SADD group.   These funds will be used for guest speaker, Chris Herron, who will be coming to LHS in the fall to speak with our students in grades 8-12 about opioid addiction.  To support the fundraiser all you need to do is show up hungry and tell them that you are part of the Lunenburg High School fundraiser and they will take care of the rest.  Hope to see many of you there!  Here is the link to the fundraiser if you would like to sign up a head of time.  https://www.groupraise.com/events/57427

Town Charter Public Hearing  4-5-2018

The Charter Review Committee will hold a public hearing on Thursday, April 5, 2018, at 7 pm at the Lunenburg Town Hall. This meeting will be televised over the town’s PACC channel and then posted on YouTube. The public hearing will be to hear and discuss proposed changes to the Town of Lunenburg Charter. The proposed changes will:

1. Change the name of the board of selectmen to select board.

2. Change the manner of selection of the town clerk from elected to appointed by the town manager subject to ratification by the select board.

3. Providing that persons appointed to town committees be residents registered to vote in town.

4. Providing for a second annual town meeting in the fall, the time and date of which to be set by by-law.

5. Providing that conduct of town meeting to be governed by “Town Meeting Time”.

6. Clarify and confirm the appointment powers of the select board and town manager to provide for appointment of various department heads be appointed by the town manager subject to ratification by the select board.

7. Clarifying the duties of the town manager relating to personnel management, jurisdiction over town facilities, property and day to day operations, the budget process and enforcement of charter provisions and town by-laws.

8. Providing more specifics in the process for removal and suspension of the town manager.

9. Make certain other grammatical and phrasing changes that do not alter the meaning or intent of existing provisions, as well as updating requirements of the open meeting law to comply with state law.

Materials are available for viewing at the town clerk’s and board of selectmen’s office at 17 Main Street, Lunenburg, MA 01462 and on the town’s website www.lunenburgma.gov . Written comments may be sent to the Charter Review Committee c/o Town Manager, Town Hall, P.O. Box 135, Lunenburg, MA  01462

School Committee Vacancy –

The Board of Selectmen and School Committee will accept applications from interested parties through Wednesday, March 28, 2018. Interested parties should submit an application in the form of a statement of interest and resume to: Office of the Superintendent, Attn: Liz Petersen, 1025 Massachusetts Avenue, Lunenburg, MA 01462.   The vacancy will be filled by joint vote of the Board of Selectmen & School Committee in April.  Notice of Vacancy- School Committee.pdf 

 

Sincerely,

Superintendent Loxi Jo Calmes

Lunenburg Public Schools

1025 Massachusetts Ave.

(978) 582-4100 x211

(978) 582-4103 fax


Superintendent’s Search Consultant Appointed

The Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC) was appointed as consultant to the Lunenburg School Committee Superintendent’s Search at Wednesday’s meeting.  A workshop meeting with MASC representatives and the School Committee is scheduled for Monday, March 26, to establish search guidelines, plan a timetable, define the scope of the search, develop a job description, discuss community and staff involvement, and outline the screening process.   The meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the LMHS, room #D132.

School Committee Vacancy Notice of Vacancy- School Committee.pdf 

The School Committee and Board of Selectmen will accept applications from interested parties through Wednesday, March 28, 2018. Interested parties should submit an application in the form of a statement of interest and resume to: Office of the Superintendent, Attn: Liz Petersen, 1025 Massachusetts Avenue, Lunenburg, MA 01462.   The vacancy will be filled by joint vote of the Board of Selectmen & School Committee in April.

Crocker Elementary Use of TCP Extended

The time necessary for repair of Crocker Elementary has been extended and it is unlikely that they will return to their campus by the end of this school year.  Their lease of TCP has been extended.  Superintendent Ravenelle asked me to pass along their appreciation for all the help and support provided by the Lunenburg community. 

Please Support Our Students Service Projects:

  • Emily Begley. Project 351.Ambassador’s Spring Service Project is collecting clothes to for Cradles to Crayons. Donation bins in each of the schools from March 26th until April 7th
  • The Lunenburg High School Student Council is organizing a fundraiser to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Make-A-Wish Foundation strives to give every child with a critical illness the opportunity to have their wish granted. The wishes of these children can change their lives and have great impacts. During lunches for both the Middle School and the High school, students will have the opportunity to donate money to raise money for a child with a life-threatening illness to have the wish of their dreams come to reality. Donations of $1.00-$9.00 will receive a bronze star with the donators name written on a paper star hung up on the cafeteria wall in LMHS. Donations of $10.00-$19.00 will receive a silver star. Donations of $20.00 or more will receive a gold star. All donations of $3 or more will receive a Make-A-Wish bracelet. A Five Star Donation will be rewarded to those who donate $100 or more; this is the highest level donation. The goal is to fund one wish for a child with a critical illness, and together this goal can be completed! "

PTO Seeking Donations for Upcoming Parents Night Out

Grade level baskets (see below) are raffled off at this always fun event scheduled for Saturday, April 7th.  The PTO will be collecting donations until Friday, March 30th.   Thank you for supporting the PTO by donating.

Kindergarten  http://signup.com/go/XAsOdTw

1st Grade   http://signup.com/go/yVshdfB

2nd Grade  http://signup.com/go/uMvVZDq

3rd Grade  http://signup.com/go/RFczLAe

4th Grade   http://signup.com/go/cAKKeOd

5th Grade   http://signup.com/go/ORhptEa

6th Grade   http://signup.com/go/bBtdxha

7th-12th Grade  http://signup.com/go/YsTNUgq

Town Complete Streets Survey

The purpose of this survey is to help refine the community priorities for Complete Street projects. The feedback will be considered during the development of the Complete Streets Project Prioritization Plan.     You can complete the survey online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2K8L9DB

Community Events & Opportunities

Have a great weekend everyone.

Sincerely,

Superintendent Loxi Jo Calmes

Lunenburg Public Schools

1025 Massachusetts Ave.

(978) 582-4100 x211

(978) 582-4103 fax

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Good Morning and Happy St. Patrick’s Day 

Congratulations Lunenburg-Ayer-Shirley Ice Hockey State Champions!    What a joy it was to watch this team during the season and especially the final three games!  Congratulations to the players and coaches.  I also want to acknowledge the students of the LHS Dungeon.  It was impressive to see how many students came out to cheer on the team.  We are very proud of the student athletes and fans for their sportsmanship and how their represented our community.

Notice of School Committee Vacancy – Notice of Vacancy- School Committee.pdf  I extend my sincere appreciation to Ms. Dawn-Marie Ayles for her service to our students, schools, and community the past two years.  We wish her the very best in her future endeavors.  Attached is the notice of vacancy. The Board of Selectmen and School Committee will accept applications from interested parties through Wednesday, March 28, 2018. Interested parties should submit a statement of interest and resume to: Office of the Superintendent, Attn: Liz Petersen, 1025 Massachusetts Avenue, Lunenburg, MA 01462.   The vacancy will be filled by joint vote of the Board of Selectmen & School Committee in April.

School Committee Meeting – Wednesday, March 21, 2018 7:00 p.m. LMHS Room #D132.  On the agenda is the appointment of the Consultant for the Superintendent’s Search, FY19 Budget, a report from the Athletic Advisory on fundraising, and the second reading of Policy #1203 Naming and Memorial Policy.   Public comment period is open until noon on April 4, 2018.  Please send comments to lps@lunenburgonline.com

Please Support Our Students Service Projects:

  • Emily Begley. Project 351.Ambassador’s Spring Service Project is collecting clothes to for Cradles to Crayons. Donation bins in each of the schools from March 26th until April 7th
  • The Lunenburg High School Student Council is organizing a fundraiser to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The Make-A-Wish Foundation strives to give every child with a critical illness the opportunity to have their wish granted. The wishes of these children can change their lives and have great impacts. During lunches for both the Middle School and the High school, students will have the opportunity to donate money to raise money for a child with a life-threatening illness to have the wish of their dreams come to reality. Donations of $1.00-$9.00 will receive a bronze star with the donators name written on a paper star hung up on the cafeteria wall in LMHS. Donations of $10.00-$19.00 will receive a silver star. Donations of $20.00 or more will receive a gold star. All donations of $3 or more will receive a Make-A-Wish bracelet. A Five Star Donation will be rewarded to those who donate $100 or more; this is the highest level donation. The goal is to fund one wish for a child with a critical illness, and together this goal can be completed! "

PTO Seeking Donations for Upcoming Parents Night Out

Grade level baskets (see below) are raffled off at this always fun event scheduled for Saturday, April 7th.  The PTO will be collecting donations until Friday, March 30th.   Thank you for supporting the PTO by donating.

Kindergarten  http://signup.com/go/XAsOdTw

1st Grade   http://signup.com/go/yVshdfB

2nd Grade  http://signup.com/go/uMvVZDq

3rd Grade  http://signup.com/go/RFczLAe

4th Grade   http://signup.com/go/cAKKeOd

5th Grade   http://signup.com/go/ORhptEa

6th Grade   http://signup.com/go/bBtdxha

7th-12th Grade  http://signup.com/go/YsTNUgq

Skate Park Survey

A group of 7th graders are pursuing the concept of a permanent skate park as their Lunenburg Middle School Genius Hour project. They're still very much in the early stages but have established a Facebook page, an online survey and a rough project plan to help promote the concept.  Please visit https://www.facebook.com/lunenburgskatepark for more information, to get involved and participate in the ongoing discussion.  Also take a moment to answer their brief survey to help assess perceived need and other community demographic information - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2TN678H

Town Complete Streets Survey

The purpose of this survey is to help refine the community priorities for Complete Street projects. The feedback will be considered during the development of the Complete Streets Project Prioritization Plan.     You can complete the survey online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2K8L9DB

Affordable Housing

MCO Housing Services is managing the second and final affordable housing lottery for the Whalom Luxury Apartments in Lunenburg.  Attached is the application and flyer for the affordable units at the project.Lunenburg Flyer 2.pdf Lunenburg Application Packet 2.pdf 

Community Events & Opportunities

“May the sun shine all day long and everything go right and nothing wrong.  May those you love bring love back to you, and may all the wishes you wish come true!” (Author Unknown)

Sincerely,

Superintendent Loxi Jo Calmes

Lunenburg Public Schools

1025 Massachusetts Ave.

(978) 582-4100 x211

(978) 582-4103 fax


Welcome back from February Break!  Today Ms. Blaisdell, Lunenburg Primary School Principal announced her retirement.  Ms. Blaisdell has worked in the district for 31 years as a middle school special education teacher, then as Student Services Coordinator and for the past 9 years as Principal.  Congratulations and thank you Ms. Blaisdell for your years of distinguished service to Lunenburg students and families!  Also included in this update is an important reminder about the School Committee meeting tomorrow evening.  Additionally, you will also find links below to two surveys that you are encouraged to complete.   Finally, I have also attached a revised policy which is open for public comment and some reminders of upcoming events.   

Reminder:  Superintendent Search – Seeking Public Input 2-28-2018 7:00 p.m. LMHS

The School Committee will meet on Wednesday, 2/28/2018 at LMHS in the middle school collaborative space (Room #D132) to receive input on the qualifications and qualities you are seeking as well as district needs and priorities.  The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m.   At that meeting the School Committee will finalize the specifications required of a Superintendent’s Search Consultant.   

Skate Park Survey

A group of 7th graders are pursuing the concept of a permanent skate park as their Lunenburg Middle School Genius Hour project. They're still very much in the early stages but have established a Facebook page, an online survey and a rough project plan to help promote the concept.  Please visit https://www.facebook.com/lunenburgskatepark for more information, to get involved and participate in the ongoing discussion.  Also take a moment to answer their brief survey to help assess perceived need and other community demographic information - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2TN678H

Town Complete Streets Survey

The purpose of this survey is to help refine the Lunenburg community priorities for Complete Street projects. The feedback will be considered during the development of the Complete Streets Project Prioritization Plan.     You can complete the survey online: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2K8L9DB 

Public Comment Period Policy

Attached please find the first reading of the Policy #1203 Naming and Memorial Policy.SC Policy 1203 Naming of Facilities & Spaces 1203.01 Memorials on School Property First Reading.pdf    Public comment period is open.   Please send comments to  lps@lunenburgonline.com prior to noon on March 21, 2018. 

2018-2019 School Calendar  2018-2019 School Calendar APPROVED 2-14-18.pdf 

Community Events & Opportunities

ROAR March 8 at 6:30 p.m. Lunenburg Middle High School   ROAR Event Flyer.pdf 

Basic Rights Workshop – Special Education March 9, 2018 LMHS 11:00 a.m. Special Education Basic Rights Workshop.pdf 

Lunenburg PTO Wrinkle in Time Movie Event - Saturday, March 10   Cinema World, Fitchburg, MA  9:00am Doors Open, 9:30am Movie $6 per ticket, Advanced Purchase Only  The PTO will be collecting personal hygiene and toiletry items to donate to the Lunenburg Food Bank at the door. This is a family event, so no drop-offs please.  For more information or to purchase tickets go to the PTO Event webpage at: http://www.lunenburgpto.org/wrinkle-in-time-movie.html

Lion’s Club Annual Easter Egg Hunt – Saturday, March 31, 2:00 at Kid’s Kingdom For students age 11 or younger.  - Lion's Easter Egg Hunt.pdf 

Lunenburg Youth Soccer Registration - www.lunenburgsoccer.com

Youth Lacrosse Registration-  LaxFlyer.pdf 

Seeking Volunteers:   Special Education Surrogate Parents make educational decisions for students in Massachusetts whose parents are unknown or unavailable. They meet with their assigned student or observe them in the classroom, receive all progress reports and report cards and attend IEP meetings as an acting surrogate parent.  The mission of the RTSC Project at the Federation for Children with Special Needs is to ensure that every child in state custody receives the educational supports they need to succeed. We strive to meet this goal by recruiting volunteers from across the state and providing them with the training and support they need to be effective Special Education Surrogate Parents (SESPs).  For more information  https://fcsn.org/rtsc/

Sincerely,

Superintendent Loxi Jo Calmes

Lunenburg Public Schools

1025 Massachusetts Ave.

(978) 582-4100 x211

(978) 582-4103 fax


I begin this update asking you to keep the Parkland, Florida victims, their families, our colleagues, and that community in your thoughts and prayers.   This all-too-common event in our nation requires action at every level.  Police Chief Marino, Fire Chief Sullivan and I met again today to talk about safety in our schools.  While we certainly will continue to review and update emergency procedures and protocols with building administrators,  our most recent discussion after hearing the reports of the events in Parkland prompted us to focus additional efforts on prevention.  We continue to hear that the perpetrators of these awful acts which take the lives of beloved children and others were known in the community prior to the carnage.    

For years locally and nationally we have promoted, “see something – say something” and yet the tragedies continue.   We must deepen this conversation to support that mantra beyond its current status.  Chief Marino, Chief Sullivan, Resource Officer Zrate, and the school administration are committed to providing effective tools for reporting concerns.   Until we have other reporting tools to offer, I implore you to immediately contact by phone any school office or the Lunenburg Police Department to report concerns that may threaten school or public safety.    Every report will be taken seriously and thoroughly investigated.   

To reassure parents/guardians about safety plans, our building principals will be in communication with their individual school communities before we return from February Break.  Those plans are building specific taking into account the developmental levels of the students in the building.    It absolutely “takes a village” to keep our children and one another safe.   In a world of uncertainty, we must continue our work together to ensure the safety and well-being of students, faculty, and staff.  

Superintendent Search

My plan to retire this summer was announced at the School Committee meeting on Wednesday.      It has been an honor to serve the students and families of Lunenburg for 21 years, 15 of those as Superintendent.  After 40 years in public education I look forward to the next exciting chapter of my life.   I am forever grateful for the opportunity to have worked with so many of you in service to your wonderful children over these many years.    

I want to make you aware that the School Committee will meet at 7:00 on Wednesday, 2/28/2018 at LMHS in the middle school collaborative space (Room #D132) to receive input about what you want.  At that meeting the School Committee will also finalize an RFQ for a Superintendent’s Search Consultant.  More information will be provided as this process moves forward.

2018-2019 School Calendar Approved  2018-2019 School Calendar APPROVED 2-14-18.pdf 

Bravo and Congratulations!

  • Competitive Class Plays 2018

If you couldn’t attend last night, you still have the opportunity to see these wonderful performances tonight in the LMHS auditorium at 6:30 p.m. Don't miss these three great productions with amazing talent.Congratulations to all the performers, stage hands, directors/advisors.Of special note:

  • Best Play:  The Sophomore Class of 2020
  • Best Actor:  Chris Costich
  • Honorable Mention Actor:  Max Bollous
  • Best Actress:  Isabella Magane
  • Honorable Mention Actress:  Rose Beardmore
  • Best Supporting:  Gabrielle White
  • Honorable Mention Supporting:  Etienne Tenie
  • Trey Tibbetts and Emma Huston signed National Letter of Intent.   Trey will attend Assumption College in Worcester and play football.   Emma will attend St. Michael’s College in Vermont and play soccer.
  •  Ean Laundree winner of the annual LMS Geography Bee.  Jonah Salvatore and Skylah Krauss were runners up.
  • Finn Daly and Drew Thibaudeau gave epic performances in the 2018 Middle School Spelling Bee. The match between these two spelling masters required two mornings before Finn achieved the victory. 
  • Kieran Lunn winner of the THES spelling Bee.  Placing second was Aliya Holden.  Maia Jaffee placed third.  

Best wishes to Ean, Finn, and Kieran as they move to the next level of completion!    

COMMUNITY EVENTS & OPPORTUNITIES

ROAR March 8 at 6:30 p.m. Lunenburg Middle High School    ROAR Event Flyer.pdf 

Basic Rights Workshop – Special Education March 9, 2018 LMHS 11:00 a.m.  Special Education Basic Rights Workshop.pdf 

Federation of Children with Special Needs Seeking Volunteers:   Special Education Surrogate Parents make educational decisions for students in Massachusetts whose parents are unknown or unavailable. They meet with their assigned student or observe them in the classroom, receive all progress reports and report cards and attend IEP meetings as an acting surrogate parent.  The mission of the RTSC Project at the Federation for Children with Special Needs is to ensure that every child in state custody receives the educational supports they need to succeed. We strive to meet this goal by recruiting volunteers from across the state and providing them with the training and support they need to be effective Special Education Surrogate Parents (SESPs).  For more information  https://fcsn.org/rtsc/

Lunenburg Youth Soccer Registration - www.lunenburgsoccer.com

Youth Lacrosse Registration-  LaxFlyer.pdf 

Have a great February Break!

Sincerely,

Superintendent Loxi Jo Calmes

Lunenburg Public Schools

1025 Massachusetts Ave.

(978) 582-4100 x211

(978) 582-4103 fax


Happy New Year and Welcome Back!  Students, faculty, and staff returned to school after Winter Break rested, re-energized and ready to get back to work only to have that return interrupted by snow and frigid temperatures.  Tomorrow we begin again.

WELCOME Crocker Elementary Students, Faculty & Staff.

As we return we welcome students, teachers and support personnel from Crocker Elementary in Fitchburg.   Fitchburg is leasing classroom space at the Thomas C. Passios Building while the Crocker Elementary School is repaired.  Crocker students in grades K, 1 & 2 will be transported daily to and from TCP by the Fitchburg Public Schools.  Their school hours are 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.   The Lunenburg school community should anticipate increased traffic in the area of TCP around Crocker’s start and dismissal times.  Crocker staff will park in the gravel parking lot behind TCP or at Brooks House.  All Lunenburg Public School District offices and programs located at TCP remain fully accessible.  One slight change is that the Crocker Elementary School Secretary will be located in TCP’s main office and Lunenburg Special Services will continue to occupy the offices on both sides of that main office. PLEASE NOTE:  you now reach Lunenburg Special Services by phone at 978-582-4100 X 302.  The building remains secure with controlled access.  

I want to acknowledge our central office, technology and maintenance personnel for their efforts this week assisting Fitchburg personnel. We are glad to be able to help out our neighbors and look forward to having them with us.   Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions.

FY19 DRAFT School Calendar

In recent meetings the School Committee fine-tuned the FY19 calendar and anticipates taking a vote at the upcoming meeting on January 17, 2018.  I have attached the draft for your information. Draft FY19 School Calendar.pdf    Comments or questions can be sent to LPS@lunenburgonline.com.

FY19 Superintendent's Proposed Budget

I released the FY19 Superintendent’s Proposed Budget for FY19 before Winter Break.  The proposed budget requests $20,883,265 for school operations.  This request is 5.50% increase over the current budget.  The proposed budget includes the addition of a part-time preschool teacher, a second grade teacher, a third grade teacher, and an additional teacher at grade six.    This budget also includes adding a full-time assistant principal at the middle school and a part-time paraprofessional for the LMHS library.   The proposed budget includes $119,000 for instructional materials needed due to updates to the curriculum frameworks.  The request also includes funds to expand the high school 1-on-1 laptop initiative to include grade 9.  The proposed budget is available on the main page of the District website ( www.lunenburgschools.net ), in school offices, or by calling 978-582-4100 X 211. 

Final Lunenburg Building Committee Meeting

The final meeting of the Lunenburg Middle-High School Building Committee is Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in room D132 of the LMHS.  I’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank the SBC members for the many hours they devoted to the SBC.   We are very grateful for their service and for delivering an amazing educational facility on-time and under-budget.  The majority of people who served on the SBC did so since the committee formed in 2012.  Our thanks to:  Michael Mackin, SBC Chair; Tom Alonzo, David Matthews BOS Representatives;  Greg Bittner, Nathan Lockwood Planning Board Representatives;  Mark Erickson, Finance Committee Representative; Colleen Shapiro, Greg Roy, Mike Barney, Brian Frank, and Richard Cohen, Citizens-at-Large

Ultimate Comes to Lunenburg

Lunenburg Pickup Ultimate Frisbee will start January 14, 2018.   All levels of play are welcome, from beginners to seasoned veterans, ages 12 and up.  Ultimate Frisbee (or simply “Ultimate”) is a no contact sport that is self-refereed. It is played on a field the size of a soccer field but with end zones like football.  The object is to score by catching the Frisbee (the “disc”) in the end zone, by passing it up the field to your teammates.  If you drop the disc or miss a catch, the other team gets the disc and they try to score.  Co-ed games are planned for Sundays at 1:00 p.m. on the grass field below the turf and behind the Turkey Hill School.  At least 14 players are needed to have a full 7v7 game, however as few as 8 for a 4v4 game is an option.  Ultimate is supported by the Lunenburg Public Schools-Lifelong Learning Program.  There is no fee.  A signed waiver is required.  RECREATIONAL AND VOLUNTEERS ACTIVITIES RELEASE FORM.pdf   If you are interested in playing, please contact Kristan Tuttle at kristantut@gmail.com.

 

My best wishes to you and your families for a healthy, happy, and fulfilling 2018.  Please stay safe and warm.

Sincerely,

Superintendent Loxi Jo Calmes

Lunenburg Public Schools

1025 Massachusetts Ave.

(978) 582-4100 x211

(978) 582-4103 fax


Goal #1 of our strategic plan is focused on social emotional learning and mental health.  Each day, in every school, educators are focused upon academics and the overall well-being of students.  A caring and supportive environment is important, not only for our students but for everyone in our schools and community.  In addition to the joy and goodwill that is so much a part of this busy time of year, many experience stress and some may feel anxious or depressed.  Mindful of these added pressures, the faculty and staff work diligently to maintain routines and focus students on learning.   As I send this update with reminders of important events, I felt it a good time to remind everyone that our teachers, administrators, and counseling personnel are here to answer questions and assist you with any student concerns.   I’ve also felt this good opportunity to share again the available resources from the R.O.A.R. forum earlier this fall.  Helpful Resources.pdf 

PLEASE NOTE:  Final Day to Donate Old and Gently Used Clothing!     It has been an amazing response.   Thank you for supporting the Class of 2019.  They will load up a very large truck at the end of the day tomorrow.  The schools will no longer be able to receive donations after tomorrow. 

ALSO

Special Election Tomorrow, TUESDAY, December 5, 2017   Polls open at 7:00 a.m.

GiftMart Donations are also due.

School Committee Meeting – Wednesday, December 6, 2017 7:00 p.m. Town Hall Televised 13 Meeting Notice -Agenda 12-2-2017.pdf 

Proposed budgets for each school, athletics, and special services will be presented.  The budget requests will be posted at District website on Thursday. 

A Message from the Lunenburg Public Library

The library staff strives to maintain a safe and friendly environment for all and most importantly the children that come to visit the Library.  To ensure that the children are safe and that the Library remains an environment for everyone to enjoy they ask that you review these elements of their Library Use Policy:   

  • Parents and caregivers are responsible for the behavior of children in the library.
  • You may not leave children under the age of 12 unattended.
  • The Children’s Room is intended for children up to the age of 12 years.
  • Teen Room for ages 13-18.
  • Children age 13 – 18 may be left unattended for a period of time – not to exceed 2 hours – to complete homework assignments or special projects.

Lifelong Learning-Adult Volleyball Update Adult Registration Program Information Volleyball Updated.pdf 

Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)

This program provides assistance for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk. WIC Flyer.pdf 

Affordable Home Internet Access

Families with one or more children who qualify for the National Lunch Program may be eligible for this program. Comcast Internet Essentials English.pdf Comcast Internet Essentials Spanish.pdf 

 

Sincerely,

Superintendent Loxi Jo Calmes

Lunenburg Public Schools

1025 Massachusetts Ave.

(978) 582-4100 x211

(978) 582-4103 fax


Best wishes to you and your family for a wonderful Thanksgiving!  The quote from William Arthur Ward on our digital sign prompted me to pause and reflect upon the many blessings I experience as Superintendent of the Lunenburg Public Schools.  To quote Ward, “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”   So the day before this uniquely American holiday I want to express my thanks for the many blessing I receive each day from all of you.  I am grateful for

  • The opportunity to work with your beautiful children who you entrust to us. They inspire and challenge me to bring my best self to the work each day (see congratulations & commendations below);
  • The time, support, attention, and encouragement you provide to your children, their friends and classmates;
  • The backing you give teachers, administrators, and other staff as we strive each day to meet the unique needs of every student we serve;
  • Our caring, hard-working faculty and staff.  Their commitment to the students goes far beyond the classroom and instruction; 
  • Our public safety officials, who put themselves in harm’s way to keep us safe;
  • All those who serve on the community boards and committees.  Their service is difficult, time-consuming and too often without acknowledgment.
  • Neighbors, friends, and others whose names I don’t know but who take an active role in our community as members of youth and/or service organizations such as scouting, youth sports, adult education programs, the PTO, Turkey Hill Lion’s Club, and the Lunenburg Women’s Club. 

IMPORTANT REMINDER:  Special Town Meeting TUESDAY, November 28, 2017 7:00 p.m.

The meeting is at the Lunenburg Middle-High School Auditorium.  Prior to the meeting the award winning Lunenburg High School Marching Band will perform in the gym.  No formations but seven minutes of great music.  The band will play promptly at 6:30 and again at 6:45.  So come early, check in for Town Meeting and join us for one of the performances.  PLEASE NOTE:  It is important to be in the auditorium by 7:00 p.m. so the meeting can begin on time.

Commendations and Congratulations to Our Students!

  • Alex Ryan, National Merit® Commended Scholar:   Alex is the son of Peter and Linda Ryan.   The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition to honor high achievement and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence
  • Emma Jones, Top Lunenburg Math Team Scorer:  Emma is the daughter of Eric and Kathleen Jones.  Emma can receive a $1000 scholarship to WPI as a result of her performance in a recent competition.
  • John and Abigail Adams Scholarship Recipients 2017   - Twenty-eight Lunenburg students were named this year.  The academic scholarship provides a tuition waiver for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education at a Massachusetts state college or university. Abigail Adams Scholarship Recipients List FY18.pdf 
  • Congratulations LHS National Honor Society Inductees   Forty-one new members were inducted in a beautiful ceremony on Monday evening.   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.National Honor Society Induction Ceremony 2017.pdf 
  • Project 351 Ambassador- Emily Begley:  Emily is the daughter of Christopher and Jennifer Begley.  She was selected by Mr. Santry and the 8th grade teachers because she demonstrated the ability to lead and positively impact her community.  Mr. Santry announced Emily’s selection today and provided the attached information about Emily and the program.Emily Begley LMS Project 351 Ambassador 2017.pdf 

Other Reminders:

Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone and 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


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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