LONGMEADOW PUBLIC SCHOOLS

LONGMEADOW PUBLIC SCHOOLS | 535 BLISS ROAD | LONGMEADOW, MA 01106 | P 413-565-4200 | F 413-565-4215

District Hours Monday - Friday 8 AM - 4:30 PM Summer & Vacation Monday - Friday 8 AM - 3 PM

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Policies for Public Input

Posted: July 25, 2018

In accordance with Policy BFC, the School Committee sends its proposed policy changes and/or additions/deletions out for public comment following its first reading. The committee currently is seeking public comment on the policies below. Please use the IMPACT FORM to provide feedback for each policy.

Policy revision continues to be a priority of the School Committee and more revisions will be forthcoming.

The policy sub has posted the following policies:

File JLCD - Administration of Medicine to Students


Policies for Public Input

Posted: June 15, 2018

The Longmeadow School Committee has posted the following policies to solicit public input.

In accordance with Policy BFC, the School Committee sends its proposed policy changes and/or additions/deletions out for public comment following its first reading. The committee currently is seeking public comment on the policies below. Please use the IMPACT FORM to provide feedback for each policy.

EFDA - Meal Charging Policy

IKFB - Graduation Exercises


Bus Transportation 2018-2019

Parent(s)/Guardian(s) interested in bus transportation for their child(ren) should click the “registration letter” below and complete the form portion of the letter and return it to the Business Office along with their payment (online payments are also accepted).

As a reminder, the new Transportation Policy 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 would 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.

· No bus passes will be distributed until the bus fee is paid in full.

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. Payment in full is required at the time of registration or your child will not be considered registered and will not be included in routing.

Late registrations after June 15, 2018 will be processed in the order received and some buses may fill to capacity.

Bus routes for the 2018-2019 school year will be posted to the District’s website in mid-August.

A link to the 2018-2019 bus REGISTRATION LETTER. The letter is also posted below as a pdf document.

Concert and Luncheon for Longmeadow's Senior Citizens

Last Day of School 2017-2018

Currently, the last scheduled day of school for Longmeadow High School, Glenbrook Middle School, Williams Middle School, Blueberry Hill School and Wolf Swamp Road School is Thursday, June 21, 2018. It is a half day for students.

Center School's last day will be Friday, June 22, 2018 due to that school being closed one additional day due to their heating issues.

Parent/Community Presentation Monday, March 26th at 7:00 pm

Longmeadow Draft Flyer 2 for 3-26-18.pdf

Volunteers Needed - Tax Ceiling Task Force

posted March 15, 2018

The Longmeadow Tax Ceiling Task Force is looking for four (4) residents interested in serving on the Task Force. Two residents will be appointed by the Select Board and two residents will be appointed by the School Committee. The mission of the Task Force is to identify and recommend a plan that addresses the issue of Longmeadow reaching the proposition 2 ½ tax cap including identifying efficiencies, reviewing potential decreases in services (and costs), increases in revenues, and legislative relief. The Task Force consists of ten (10) voting members and Town official liaisons. To apply please complete the application and send back to the Town Manager's Office.

Schools Closed - Tuesday, March 13th

The Longmeadow Public Schools are closed Tuesday, March 13th due to the snow. Enjoy the snow day!

2-Hour Delay - Thursday, March 8th

The Longmeadow Public Schools will open with a 2-hour delayed opening this morning. Please note that the afternoon Professional Development for staff has been canceled and dismissal will occur at the normal times.

March 7, 2018 - Early Dismissal

posted March 6, 2018

Due to the impending snowstorm, Longmeadow Schools will dismiss students early on Wednesday, March 7, based on existing, posted, half0day schedules. If conditions worsen the district may cancel school. Please stay tuned and safe.

Evening Activities Cancelled

posted March 2, 2018

Due to the weather, all evening activities are cancelled this evening, Friday, March 2, 2018. This includes the Film Night (Singing in the Rain) at LHS, and LHS Basketball.

School Choice 2018-2019

posted March 1, 2018

The Longmeadow School Committee, at its meeting on February 28, 2018, voted to accept School Choice applications from students residing in the state of MA and interested in attending the Longmeadow Public Schools. Applicants must be entering one of the following grades next school year to be eligible to enter LPS under School Choice:

  • Grade 2 - 3 Seats
  • Grade 3 - 1 Seat

Click here to see the School Choice Application for 2018-2019.

Special Programs Speaker Series

posted February 16, 2018

All parents are invited to an evening with Dr. Ned Hallowell on Tuesday, March 6th at 7pm in the LHS Auditorium. Dr. Hallowell, author of CrazyBusy and Driven to Distraction, will speak about factors that contribute to our overscheduled lives and strategies for achieving balance.

LPS 2-Hour Thursday, February 8, 2018

posted February 8, 2018

The Longmeadow Public Schools will be open following a 2-hour delay.

LPS CLOSED Wednesday, February 7, 2018

posted February 7, 2018

The Longmeadow Public Schools will be CLOSED Wednesday, February 7th for a snow day.

LPS 2-Hour Friday, February 2, 2018

posted February 2, 2018

The Longmeadow Public Schools will be open following a 2-hour delay.

FY19 Budget Presented at School Committee 1-24-2018

posted January 25, 2018

The FY19 proposed budget was presented during the School Committee Meeting of January 24, 2018.

The Longmeadow School Committee invites and encourages all residents to attend a public hearing on its FY19 budget on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. in the Longmeadow Central Office, Room A15, 535 Bliss Road, Longmeadow, MA 01106. This hearing provides residents the opportunity to listen, learn and provide feedback on the current and future fiscal challenges of the Longmeadow Public School system.

The School Committee is proposing an FY19 budget of $36,890,904. This budget proposal reflects an increase of $254,555 from the FY18 Revised Budget.

Click here for link to the FY19 School Department Budget proposal and click here to view the Power Point presentation.


LPS Closed Wednesday, January 17, 2018

posted January 16, 2018

The Longmeadow Public Schools will be closed due to the impending storm. Enjoy the snow day!

CLOSE Storrs Library Event

posted January 16, 2018

All parents are invited to CLOSE Community's next event:

The New Face of Substance Use in Longmeadow, a panel and community discussion

Where: Storrs Public Library Longmeadow, MA

When: Wednesday, January 31st at 7pm

Presenters:

Dr. Al McKee, MD - Pain Management Specialist

Shelly Warren, LICSW - LPS’ Substance Abuse Response Coord.

Michael Simmons - Recovery Comm. & former LHS Student

What: Substance use and the human condition Its potential impact on the transitioning young- adult community in Longmeadow. Group discussion and Q&A to follow.

Refreshments provided.

@closecommunity01106 or (413) 565-4200 ext 4043 for more information.

CLOSE Storrs Event Flyer 1.31.18_Millenials_Senior Edit.pdf

Special Programs Event - Screenagers - January 23rd

posted January 9, 2018

The entire community is invited to the Longmeadow High School Auditorium on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 at 7:00 pm for an airing of SCREENAGERS, a documentary film depicting how technology and social media impact children's development and family life.

Thank you to the Special Programs Committee for arranging this important event.

Screenagers Flyer 2.pdf

Longmeadow Public Schools will be open after a 2-hour delay Friday, January 5th

posted January 4, 2018

The Longmeadow Public Schools will be open after a 2-Hour delay.

Center School CLOSED Wednesday, January 3rd

posted January 3, 2018

Center School is closed January 3, 2018. Also, there is no PreK or K at Wolf Swamp Road School.

Center School and Wolf Swamp Road School are CLOSED 1-2-2018

postedJanuary 2, 2018

Both Wolf Swamp Road and Center Schools are closed January 2, 2018.

Special Programs Event - Screenagers - January 23rd

posted December 13, 2017

The entire community is invited to the Longmeadow High School Auditorium on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 at 7:00 pm for an airing of SCREENAGERS, a documentary film depicting how technology and social media impact children's development and family life.

Thank you to the Special Programs Committee for arranging this important event.

Vaping Fact Sheet for Parents

posted November 16, 2017


Release of MCAS Results

posted October 18, 2017

You are probably not alone if you have had difficulty keeping up with recent changes to the state’s system of student testing and school accountability. With this in mind and in preparation for the release of state and school level MCAS results this week and the release of individual student reports sometime in the last week of October, I am writing with some information that might help you make sense of the reports you receive.

New Tests: First, it is important to note that last spring, students in grades 3-8 took the “Next-Generation” MCAS test. (High School students took the original version of the MCAS that is slowly being phased out.) The new Grade 3-8 test will set a new performance baseline for students, schools, districts and the state. It will not be possible to compare this year’s individual and school scores to previous years’.

New Results: It is also important to note that the standards measured by the Next-Generation MCAS are more rigorous than those measured by the older MCAS and it is expected that test results will reflect that. The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has reported that in some grades and subjects, the percent of students scoring in the highest reporting categories will likely be similar to the percent that scored in the top categories previously. In other grades and subjects, the percent who score in the top categories will likely be lower than previous years. In these cases, there will be fewer students achieving in higher categories, not because student learning has decreased, but because the state is applying a higher standard. The results will also feature new reporting categories. Student performance will be designated as exceeding, meeting, partially meeting or not meeting expectations. Previously, student performance was categorized as advanced, proficient, needs improvement or warning.

As you know, MCAS results are used, along with many other indicators, to establish improvement targets for students, classrooms, schools and the District. MCAS scores are an important measurement of our success. Each year the scores give us reason to celebrate. I anticipate that once again the Longmeadow Public Schools will compare very favorably to the state. The scores should validate that our students are among the highest achieving students in the state. At the same time, MCAS results help us identify opportunities for growth and targets for improvement. Our teachers and administrators carefully study student performance and use the scores to improve instruction or measure individual student growth over time.

A Focus on the Whole Child: Ultimately, we understand that the scores are a single data point. We measure our success and children’s development in many different ways. For example, a child’s love of learning, the relationships a child has with his/her peers and a child’s creative talents are all qualities that MCAS does not adequately measure, but are critical aspects of our educational mission.

You can expect additional MCAS-related correspondence from your child’s school in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out with your questions and concerns.

Sincerely,

Marty O'Shea

Superintendent of Schools

Special Programs Speaker - John O'Sullivan

posted Sept. 30, 2017

On October 24, 2017, the Longmeadow Public Schools will host John O’Sullivan, from the Changing the Game Project. After school Mr. O’Sullivan will talk to LHS student-athletes on positive team culture both off and on the field. At 5:00 p.m. Mr. O’Sullivan will offer a presentation for Longmeadow Recreation Department youth coaches on how to build stronger team cultures and run more effective practices and games. In the evening, at 7:00 p.m. in the LHS auditorium, Mr. O’Sullivan will engage parents in a discussion of the ways we can help children perform to their potential, while giving them ownership and enjoyment of their sports experience.


John OSullivan Flyer.pdf

Safe Homes Network Meeting

posted Sept. 13, 2017

All parents and guardians of Longmeadow students in grades 6-12 are invited to attend a meeting of the Longmeadow Safe Homes Network, Thursday, September 28th at 8:45am in room 97 at Longmeadow High School. The Safe Homes Network is made up of families who offer safe environments for teens to socialize while presenting a clear message opposing teen drug and alcohol use. Our first meeting will focus on identifying parent needs and concerns regarding substance use prevention.

"Safe Routes" Community

posted Sept. 12, 2017

The Longmeadow Police Department would like to remind parents who have children that walk or ride their bicycles to our elementary and middle schools that Longmeadow is a “Safe Routes” Community. There are twenty three crossing guards strategically positioned at high traffic intersections and crosswalks to ensure your children arrive to school safely and return home safely. We encourage parents to remind their children to cross where there is a crossing guard, to heed the instructions of the crossing guard, and for those who ride their bicycles, wear a helmet. (Required by law 16 and under must wear a helmet)

Last school year, Blueberry Hill School was awarded the “Gold Level Award” for their part in the Massachusetts Safe Routes School Program (SRTS). The Longmeadow Police Department has been working with SRTS and the Principals from each Longmeadow elementary and middle schools to make all the elementary and middle schools a “Gold Level Award” winner.

On October 4th, 2017, the Longmeadow will be participating in International Walk to School Day (iWalk). Members of the Longmeadow Police Department will be walking with elementary school children from Center School, Blueberry Hill School, and Wolf Swamp Road School. This nationwide event allows the Longmeadow Police Department to build a relationship with the children with the focus on demonstrating the importance of pedestrian and bicycle safety.

FY18 Voluntary Student Accident Insurance

posted Sept. 7 2017

FY18 Voluntary Student Accident Insurance

New School Year begins Thursday, August 31st

posted Aug. 29, 2017

The 2017-2018 School Year begins on Thursday, August 31st. As you travel through Town, please watch for students traveling to and from school.

Welcome back to all of our Staff and Students!

Bus Routes 2017-2018 Updated

posted Aug. 24, 2017

The Bus Routes for the 2017-2018 School Year are posted and updated. Please check the "Parents" tab information about bus transportation. The new route information is posted there and here: 2017-2018 Bus Stops & Times

Superintendent's Message

posted Aug. 4, 2017

The Superintendent's Message has been updated with his LPS News and Notes - Summer, 2017. Check it out!

First Day of School 2017-2018 School Year

posted Aug. 3, 2017

First day of school for grades 1-12 is Thursday, August 31st. First day for kindergarteners and preschoolers is September 5th. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Principal for Blueberry Hill School Announcement

posted Jun 7, 2017

Dr. Marty O’Shea, Superintendent of the Longmeadow Public Schools, is pleased to announce that Ms. Amy Bostian, the Principal at Thornton W. Burgess Middle School in Hampden, MA, has accepted the position of Principal of Blueberry Hill Elementary School, in Longmeadow. Ms. Bostian will succeed Principal Marie Pratt, who is scheduled to retire at the conclusion of the school year.

The screening process was thorough, lasting many weeks and involving Blueberry Hill parents, teachers, and staff. We had a deep applicant pool with many experienced, qualified educators, but Ms. Bostian rose to the top after a series of interviews and site visits. Her extensive experience as a school instructional leader, her passion for children and her proven ability to lead a collaborative, spirited school were determining factors in the final decision.

Ms. Bostian is an experienced educator who has served as a teacher and educational leader for over 17 years, mostly as a regular and special education teacher at the elementary level.

Ms. Bostian earned a Masters Degree in Learning Disabilities Studies from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, is from Worcester State University.

Dr. O’Shea looks forward to introducing Ms. Bostian to the community. The Longmeadow Public Schools warmly welcomes her to the Blueberry Hill family. Dr. O’Shea is confident she will build on the Blueberry Hill’s foundation of educational excellence!

Bus Transportation Registration for 2017-2018

posted ....

We are beginning the process of establishing our bus routes for the 2017-2018 school year. In order to create efficient routes with centrally located stops, we ask that you register your child(ren) prior to Friday, June 16, 2017.

New School Year begins Thursday, August 31st

posted Aug. 29, 2017

The 2017-2018 School Year begins on Thursday, August 31st. As you travel through Town, please watch for students traveling to and from school.

Welcome back to all of our Staff and Students!

November 9th and 10th - No School for Students

posted November 7, 2017

Students will have November 9th off as the Longmeadow Public Schools' staff participate in professional development activities. Friday, November 10th schools are closed in recognition of Veteran's Day.

Longmeadow Public Schools will be CLOSED Thursday, January 4th

posted January 3, 2018

The Longmeadow Public Schools will be closed due to inclement weather. Please stay safe and warm.


Public Release

The Longmeadow Public Schools operate under the National Food Service Program. Please see this important announcement on free or reduced lunchs.