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PARCC Forums

posted May 27, 2015, 5:37 AM by Dianne Georgantas

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has set up forums for the public to provide feedback regarding the new student assessment PARCC.   Please follow this link for more information: PARCC Forums.


Excellence in Teaching Award Winners!

posted May 21, 2015, 11:13 AM by Dianne Georgantas   [ updated May 21, 2015, 11:13 AM ]


Back row:  Marie Doyle, Superintendent; Carolyn Starz, LHS Teacher/Winner; Chris Collins, Williams MS Principal;
Front Row:  Lori Snyder, LHS Teacher/Winner; Travis Higa, Middle School Teacher/Winner; Cara Crandall, Glenbrook Teacher/Winner

What is happening at LPS?

posted May 15, 2015, 9:42 AM by Dianne Georgantas   [ updated May 15, 2015, 10:29 AM ]

Dear Longmeadow Community:

The Superintendent's Coffee was well attended this morning and we had some great discussions.  Many of you were working and unable to attend, so I would like to inform you about the conversations that transpired.  Below is a list of the topics that were discussed.  If you have any questions, input or concerns, please feel free to call or email me.

Sincerely,

Superintendent Marie Doyle

 Superintendent’s Coffee

May 15, 2015 

What is happening at Longmeadow Public Schools?

 Students

  • Andrew Metz…  US Presidential Scholar!
  • AP Exams at high school
  • MCAS in grades 3-10
  • Concerts coming…  June 2 and 4 at middle schools
  • May 21 and May 26th at the high school
  • Kindergarten screening completed
  • Redistricting voted upon and transition plans underway  
    • Principal Hutton sent out letter with transition information
    • To come: Visits, pen pals, meet and greets, more
  • Athletics underway
  • Center- raised $20,000 to buy animals for a village to self sustain themselves
  • Automated phone line for absences will be added soon

Staff

  • Excellence in Teaching Awards
    • Cara Crandall  (Middle school ELA)
    • Carolyn Starr  (High school science)
    • Travis Higa  (Middle school music)
    • Lori Synder  (High school social studies)
  • Unit A Contract settled
  • Negotiations underway for units B, D, E, F, H
  • Williams Middle School Principal Search has three strong finalists

District 

  • Next SEAL Meeting on June 2, 2015 at 7 pm
  • Transportation expanded 
  • High school has selected new algebra books, economics books and world history books; all have electronic version
  • Middle school got new math books two years ago
  • Elementary math review underway; pilot ongoing
    • Go Math, Eureka and Expressions
  • Special Programs
    • Looking at mindfulness
    • Examining health curriculum for elementary schools
    • Determining three year plan for recommended speakers and programs
    • Anxiety reduction
    • College readiness
    • Career Day
    • Health Fair
  • Health and PE are under district review
    • Yoga
    • Mindfulness
    • Superinetndent will be recommending that we expand health curriculum to 4th and 5th grade for 2016-2017
  • Mandarin offered at the high through partnership with Middlebury College

Williams Principal Search Committee

posted May 8, 2015, 7:22 AM by Dianne Georgantas

Chris Collins, Principal of Williams Middle School, is retiring after seven illustrious years at the helm.   We wish Chris well as he explores new opportunities in life.

A search for a new principal is underway right now.  Resumes have been submitted and reviewed by the committee; eight applicants have ben invited to interview with our team.  Interviews will be conducted on May 11th and May 12thwith hopes of announcing up to three finalists on May 13th.  Candidates will hopefully be scheduled to visit Longmeadow Public Schools on May 14th, 18th or 22nd.  Committee members will also visit the candidate’s current place of employment on May 20th, 21st or 22nd.  I will narrow the pool to one finalist by May 27th and complete reference checks and contract negotiations.  If all goes well, I  will make a final announcement to the public by June 5, 2015.  Committee members include:

Susan Bertrand- Assistant Superintendent (Chairperson)

Meghan Frazee - Assist Principal at Blueberry Hill

Beth Nelson - Assistant Principal at Glenbrook Middle School

Kathryn Girard - School Committee

Nikcole Allen - Principal, Glenbrook Middle School

Jean Fontaine - Assistant Principal, Williams Middle School

Kathleen Russotto - Educator, Williams Middle School

Pamela Cangemi -  Educator, Williams Middle School

Tracy Bradshaw -  Parent Representative

Sherri Ehrenberg - Parent Representative 

BUS TRANSPORTATION REGISTRATION FOR 2015-2016

posted May 7, 2015, 8:39 AM by Dianne Georgantas

MAY 2015


We are beginning the process of establishing our bus routes for the 2015-2016 school year. In order to create efficient routes with centrally located stops, we ask that you register your child(ren) prior to Friday, June 26, 2015.

You must register your child(ren) for transportation annually.   If your child(ren) lives less than 2 miles from their assigned school and is in grade 6 or your child(ren) is in grades 7-12, there is a fee of $225 per child with a family cap of $450.  If your child(ren) is in grades K-6, and lives more than  2 miles from their assigned school, there is no fee, but you must still register for transportation.

As a reminder, the new Transportation Procedure adopted by the School Committee on April 27, 2015 includes the following:

·  The routes will run primarily along main streets.

·  Students will not cross main roads unless there is a crossing guard or stop light present.

·  The length of routes will be determined by the number of stops, and this depends on ridership.

·  Service for students in grades 7-12 will be provided on FIRST COME, FIRST SERVE BASIS. There will be limited seats on each bus.

·  Bus passes will be distributed when the fee is paid in full or other payment arrangements are made.

 

The deadline for registration is June 26, 2015.  In order for your child to be registered for the bus, this form needs to be completed and returned to the Business Office.  Registrations will be processed in the order in which they are received.

The address for the Business Office is 535 Bliss Road, Longmeadow, MA 01106. Checks or money orders may be made payable to the Longmeadow Public Schools.  A deposit of $50 per student is required at the time of registration.  The balance must be paid in full by August 3, 2015 or payment arrangements have been made in order to receive a bus assignment and a bus pass.

Registrations received after June 26, 2015 will be processed in the order received and some buses may fill to capacity. Therefore, seating will not be guaranteed after the registration deadline and late registrants may be put on a waiting list.

If you believe that you qualify for financial assistance based upon your family/household income, please contact the Business Office at 413-565-4200, extension 4022 for information.

Redistricting Update - 5/1/2015

posted May 1, 2015, 8:08 AM by Dianne Georgantas

Dear Longmeadow Community:

The Redistricting Committee met this past Wednesday evening and voted to move forward with a recommendation to move Neighborhood A from Blueberry to Center with grandfathering only the fifth graders.  The vote was 7-yes, 1-no and 7- abstentions.  

 The School Committee will vote on redistricting at their meeting on May 11, 2015.  Should you wish to express your thoughts to the School Committee, they can be contacted at scemail@longmeadow.k12.ma.us.  I can also be reached at modyle@longmeadow.k12.ma.us.

I would like to thank the parents who served on this committee, and I appreciate their time and attention to this matter.

Regards,

Marie Doyle

Policy for Public Input - Wellness Policy

posted Apr 27, 2015, 6:14 PM by Dianne Georgantas

Below is a policy posted to solicit public input.  The policy was submitted to the School Committee during their meeting of April 27th as a first reading.  The policy will be brought back to the Committee for approval at the end of May.  If you have comments you would like to provide, please complete the Policy Impact Form.

Redistricting Update - April 17, 2015

posted Apr 27, 2015, 7:12 AM by Dianne Georgantas

Dear Longmeadow Community:
 
The Redistricting Committee met again last night.  Plan C and Plan E have been eliminated, so only Plan A remains on the table.  The committee has already voted to "grandfather" current fourth graders, and is currently discussing whether or not to "grandfather" other students.    
 
A survey will be sent out to parents in Neighborhood A for informational purposes only.  They will be asked whether or not they would voluntarily move their children to Center School if they were given that option.  Again, this survey is for informational purposes only.
 
The Redistricting Committee will meet after vacation on April 29th.  The committee hopes to vote on a final recommendation at that time.
 
Regards,
Superintendent Marie Doyle

Last Day of School 2014-15 School Year

posted Apr 15, 2015, 6:38 AM by Dianne Georgantas

What a winter!  We utilized 4 snow days making the last day of school Wednesday, June 24th.  It will be a half day for students!
Please get out and enjoy the sunshine and warmer temperatures now that the nice weather has finally begun!

Transportation Proposal

posted Apr 14, 2015, 1:32 PM by Dianne Georgantas   [ updated Apr 14, 2015, 1:34 PM ]


Transportation proposal


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