Superintendent's Update 11-10-14

Post date: Nov 10, 2014 7:45:02 PM

Superintendent’s Update November 10, 2014

The Town of Lunenburg will observe Veteran’s Day at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow, November 11, 2014. The ceremony will be held in Lunenburg Veteran’s Memorial Park which is located between Memorial Drive and Massachusetts Avenue. The rededication of the Memorial Walkway will be part of this special ceremony. A reception will be held afterward at the Eagle House. Please join us at this special ceremony honoring veterans.

I am pleased to recognize Ms. Brook Hansel as the Superintendent’s Award Recipient for 2014. Ms. Hansel has distinguished herself not only as a scholar, but as a leader and a citizen. Additional information about this remarkable young woman is attached.

School Calendar Survey Due November 12, 2014

The Lunenburg School Committee established an advisory group to review and make recommendations about the 180-day school calendar framework and school start/dismissal times. The Advisory developed a short survey to assess community opinions regarding major calendar events within the school year. Please voice your preferences by November 12, 2014, to help guide this work.

The survey is available at:

THMS Investigation Update

I want to inform you that the administration at THMS with the support of the Lunenburg Police Department has concluded its investigation regarding the bullet found in the school. Due to confidentiality and privacy laws, we cannot report many details. But I do want to assure you that proper procedures and protocols have been followed and we have affirmed the safety of our school and students regarding this matter. We greatly appreciate the support of the Lunenburg Police Department; their assistance was invaluable.

Parents are reminded to update their information to ensure that you receive notifications. Instructions can be found at

PTO Membership Matters

The Lunenburg PTO recently donated $4500 to the Lunenburg Public Schools, $1000 was provided to each school for an educational assembly and an additional $500 per school for supplies and materials. Your membership makes a difference. PTO membership forms were sent home with every student last week. Please join. You can also support PTO through your participation in a variety of entertaining and community building fundraising activities. For more information see

Report Cards

Parents/Guardians of THMS and LHS students should have received student report cards last week. Please contact the teacher if you have questions. Lunenburg's report cards are now available online at each school's home page. School report cards answer important questions about the school's overall performance and contain specific information on a variety of important topics including: student enrollment, teacher qualifications, student achievement, accountability, how a school is performing relative to other schools in the district and the state, and the progress made toward narrowing proficiency gaps for different groups of students. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact your school's principal or Julianna Hanscom, Director of Special Services.

School Committee Policy

Currently the School Committee is inviting public input on the updated Section 3000-Fiscal Management and Non-Instructional Operations & Lunenburg Animals in Schools Policies. These policies can be accessed by clicking on the following link: Public comment must be received by 5:00 p.m. on November 13, 2014. Comments should be sent to Thank you , and we look forward to receiving your input!

Required Forms and Student Information

The new online application went live September 17. Guidance is available on the main page of our website This time saving application allows parents/guardians to ensure that emergency contact and other information is up-to-date. Office Pro Registration and Forms are available via the PowerSchool parent portal 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. The system provides parents/guardians the opportunity to update information for every student in their family via a single entry. Building based forms however must be completed for each student individually. Many of these forms are due so please make every effort to complete these in a timely manner.

If you need assistance with the process or computer access please contact the Superintendent’s Office and Ms. Cooper or Ms. Petersen will assist you.