Superintendent's Update January 9, 2016

Post date: Jan 11, 2016 1:39:05 PM


At the School Committee meeting Wednesday evening, three names were proposed for the elementary school for grades 3-5 that will open in the fall of 2016. This is the last year that Turkey Hill Middle School will utilize that school building. The policy for naming facilities begins with recommendations from the principal and school council to the Lunenburg School Committee. The primary and middle school advisory councils recently recommended the following names to the School Committee:

  • Lunenburg Elementary School
  • Turkey Hill Elementary School
  • Oak Avenue Elementary School

The School Committee opened this process for community input. Residents of Lunenburg should submit their choice in writing by 4:00 pm on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. Votes may be sent electronically to Votes can also be sent to the School Committee by mail or otherwise delivered to the Superintendent’s Office, Room #12, Thomas C. Passios Building, 1025 Massachusetts Avenue, Lunenburg, MA 01462.


Two calendar options (attached) are under consideration by the School Committee. The difference in the calendars is the length of the 2017 February Break. Calendar Option A includes a five day February Break. In Option B February Break is two days and adds an extra day to Winter Break on December 23 and also includes a one day break on Friday, March 17, 2017. The School Committee invites your feedback on these calendars. They will vote to establish the official calendar for 2016-2017 at their televised meeting on March 2, 2016. Please send feedback no later than 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 via electronic mail to or via by mail or otherwise delivered to the Superintendent’s Office, Room #12, Thomas C. Passios Building, 1025 Massachusetts Avenue, Lunenburg, MA 01462. 2016-2017 School Calendar Option A for Feedback 12-12-2015.pdf 2016-2017 School Calendar Option B for Feedback 12-12-2015.pdf


Mr. Mike Mackin, Chair of the Lunenburg School Building Committee, will be at the meeting to provide an update on the Middle/High School Building Project. The meeting will be held in room #13 of the Thomas C. Passios Building. Everyone is welcome and we hope you will join us!


The Lunenburg Turkey Hill Family Lions Club continues to lead the fundraising efforts for the purchase of a community playground adjacent to the current Turkey Hill Middle School. The total cost for the new playground is $53,000 dollars. The Lions Club is within $8000 of the goal. In appreciation of the Lions Club generous efforts in providing a playground for the use of the children of Lunenburg, the School Committee voted at their meeting on January 6 that the playground be named the Jane Doyle Community Playground.

Jane Doyle was a wonderful, hardworking woman and outstanding community member until her passing in March of 2015. A lifelong resident of Lunenburg, she was a registered nurse and very active in the Turkey Hill Family Lions Club and other civic organizations. She was a strong advocate for children of all ages, especially those who were underprivileged. Jane played an instrumental part in organizing the Lunenburg Community Food Bank and was a direct contact for community members in need of assistance from the bank. Jane was also involved in community food drives and Boys and Girl Scout pancake breakfasts. She donated gift certificates to school nurses to help families in crisis and delivered baskets and gift certificates to families in need around the holidays and throughout the year. Jane was a kind and generous individual and a pillar of the community who dedicated her life to helping others.


Registration is now underway for the second session of after-school music lessons. Information can be located on the main page of our website


Parents/guardians interested in registering their child for entrance into the Lunenburg Public Schools Preschool Lottery for the 2016-2017 school year may do so at the Lunenburg Primary School during the week of February 8 - 12, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. To be eligible to register for the pre-school lottery a child must be 3 or 4 years old on or before August 31, 2016 and reside in Lunenburg. Parents/guardians are advised that this program is tuition based. The Lunenburg Primary School is located at 1401 Massachusetts Avenue, Lunenburg, MA 01462. The lottery drawing will be held on February 26 at 1:30 pm at the Primary School. Parents/guardians are not required to be present at the drawing. All parents/guardians are notified of the outcome of the lottery within ten school days. Preschool Screening will be scheduled for March 25, 2106. Please call 978-582-4122, ext. 3102 for further information.


Children who are five (5) years old by August 31, 2016 are eligible to attend kindergarten in Lunenburg for the 2016-2017 school year. Our kindergarten program is a full-day program. Children attend 9:00 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. five days per week. There is no tuition charge for full-day kindergarten in Lunenburg.

Kindergarten registration will begin February 1, 2016. To register you must go to: After completing the online registration you then must come in person to the Primary School Office the week of February 22 – 26, 2016 between the hours of 10:00 and 2:30. At that time you need to have the following:

  • A parent/guardian photo identification;
  • Your child’s original birth certificate;
  • Original legal custody forms (if applicable);
  • A copy of a recent physical and immunizations;
  • Three proofs of residency. Please see our website for acceptable proofs of residency.
  • If applicable, a copy of your child’s IEP or 504 Plan should also be provided.

Please note that some evening registration hours will be made available and announced at a later date.

Kindergarten screenings will be held May 4, 5, and 6, 2016 by appointment only. Please note that this appointment can only be scheduled once you have completed the online registration and provided in person the required items listed above. Please call 978-582-4122 ext. 3102 with questions.


Superintendent Loxi Jo Calmes