New Librarian/Media Center Specialist at LHS
Lori Robbins is retiring on January 20th. Lori has served as a Librarian in Longmeadow for the past twenty years and has been in the field of education for over thirty years. Lori has been an integral part of our faculty and has been a leader in technology integration at LHS. We will miss Lori greatly.
Please have this serve as notice as we enter that time of year where inclement weather can impact school.
Announcements will be made between 6:00 and 7:00 A.M. A list of television/radio stations can be found in the Student Handbook on page 58. In addition, parents/guardians who submitted information to the Public School District will receive an automated message.
If school is cancelled, students should return to school prepared for the scheduled blocks of the day that was cancelled. Class rotations for one-hour and two-hour delays can be found in the Student Handbook on page 71.
When school is cancelled all school-sponsored events are also cancelled. Please arrange in advance with your child in the event school is dismissed early.
Guidance Department Individual Meetings with All Students
Beginning last year, LHS established a goal of having every Guidance Counselor meet face to face with every one of their students each year. While many students historically met with their counselor much more than once per year, and individual meetings with counselors occurred always in 10th and 12th Grades, we committed to making sure that each counselor would formally meet with each student each year. We know from both educational research and stakeholder feedback that individual meetings between students and their counselors have a positive effect on college attendance rates, applying successfully for financial aid and forming a strong connection with an adult at school. All of these are important to us as we try to best serve our students and families. At LHS, counselors meet with 12th Graders in the Fall, followed by 9th Graders in December. Junior individual meetings are being planned now and will begin soon and 10th Grade meetings will take place in the Spring. Counselors will utilize the pre-ACT results as the foundation of this discussion regarding areas of student strengths and interests.
Please also note that the Guidance Department just sent a reminder to all 11th Grade students and parents about the January 26th College Admission Panel. It will be held in the BTC (Room 95) at 6:30 on Thursday, January 26th.
Accessing Athletics Info at LHS In addition to posting information about our athletic program and our numerous teams on our main website (Click on Athletics tab at lhs.longmeadow.k12.ma.us ), Mr. Capotosto has launched a Twitter Account dedicated specifically to LHS sports information. If you are a Twitter user, search MEADOWATHLETICS for up to date information regarding postponements/adjustments to game times and schedules, recent scores, exciting news, etc.
Faculty Awards & Accolades
Athletic Director Michael Capotosto awarded Ted Damko Award: Michael Capotosto was recently recognized by the Massachusetts Secondary Schools Athletic Directors Association (MSSADA) for his tireless dedication to LHS student athletes. Michael was honored with the Ted Damko Award, which recognizes an Athletic Director with five years of experience or less who has made a significant contribution to his/her school, league, district and state. Michael is omni-present at LHS athletic events. He continues to build upon the great athletic tradition at LHS and creates and supports new opportunities for student athletes. Congratulations to Michael Capotosto for being recognized by the MSSADA in this manner.
LHS Teachers Invited to Serve as AP Readers: Congratulations to Karla Drake, Pauline Jacek and Dawn Striker for again being invited by the College Board to serve as judges/readers of Advanced Placement exams. This is an honor for these three teachers to be invited to serve as readers and being asked to return is indicative of their quality and caliber as readers. It also directly benefits LHS students by having their teachers be experienced in the thought process and expectations of AP judges/readers. This results in better, more focused classroom instruction for our students. Karla Drake will serve as a reader for AP Language & Composition, Pauline Jacek will serve as a reader for AP Calculus and Dawn Striker will serve as a reader for AP Physics. Congratulations to Karla, Pauline and Dawn and thank you for all of your work and dedication.
LHS Music Program Recognized and Included in Electoral College Process
In the early Fall of 2016, Mary Gail Cokkinias visited LHS and asked if we would be interested in participating musically during the Electoral College proceedings. Mrs. Cokkinias pointed out that a choral group always performs as part of the formal ceremonies and that no Western Massachusetts school had ever been selected to be the musical group. Kayla Werlin and her students immediately expressed interest and Mrs. Cokkinias was able to successfully lobby for LHS to serve as the official musical group of the ceremony. On Monday, December 19th, our Lyrics group attended the Electoral College proceedings held at the MA Statehouse in Boston. Lyrics performed three songs, including the National Anthem, Unclouded Day and Walk Together Children. Our students were a main highlight of the day and received numerous accolades for their performance. Michael Clark helped us with the logistics of the day by greeting us and helping with all kinds of issues. Senator Eric Lesser and Representative Brian Ashe could not have been more gracious and welcoming to our contingent and treated our students to pizza and drinks prior to us boarding the bus for the ride home. It was a great experience for our students and our school. Thank you to Mary Gail Cokkinias, Michael Clark, Eric Lesser and Brian Ashe for all of your help and hospitality. You made this a very memorable experience for LHS students.
National Coaching Opportunity for Nick St. George: Coach St. George was recently invited to participate in the USA Football International Bowl, which will be held in Arlington, Texas over the Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend. Coach St, George will serve as an assistant coach for the U14 team and will directly work with the running backs. Coach St. George is enthusiastic about this opportunity and stated “USA Football is at the forefront of football innovation and safety. I am excited to be part of it.” This is a great opportunity to work with student athletes and coaches from around the country and share ideas and approaches. Congratulations to Nick St. George for being chosen to participate in this nationally recognized program.
LHS Bully Free Believes
· We will LOOK out for each other.
· We will HOLD each other and ourselves accountable for our words and actions.
· We will SUPPORT the rights of all to a safe school environment.
Longmeadow High School is dedicated to providing a safe learning environment free of bullying for all students and staff. In order to achieve this goal, LHS provides classes and trainings, adheres to laws such as Title IX, and will also continue to work closely with the LPS Pupil Service Director Jean Fontaine, PAC and School Council members. However, we need everyone in our school community to be committed to looking out for the safety of others.
LHS believes education and reminders about safety and anti-bullying are crucial in maintaining a positive school environment. A few examples of how LHS works to build and maintain a positive environment include annual staff trainings, the grade 9-health curriculum that educates students on the negative impact bullying can cause and class discussions by our assistant principals to review how to make a report or seek assistance if needed. Our Student Handbook also includes contact information. LHS wants to also thank parents and guardians for their continued support and for talking with their children frequently about these issues and school.
If a student, staff member, parent/guardian or community member witnesses an incident that would impede someone from feeling safe while at school they should make a report immediately to a LHS school administrator.
All reports will be investigated fully. Reports can be made by phone, email, letter, or in person. It is always helpful if the reporter identifies him/herself in the event further information is needed. However, if you feel more comfortable making an anonymous report that is also acceptable.
Please contact one of the members of our Safe School Team if you are in need of assistance or if you have any questions.