Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Two Week Look Ahead - February 21, 2017

I hope everybody is enjoying their February vacation. Temperatures could hit 60 degrees later in the week, so spring is on the way! The Competitive Class Plays were last week. While the Junior class won the competition, all three of the grades had outstanding performances. Being a judge is not easy! If you were not able to attend this year, make a point of coming out to see our talented students hit the big stage next year. Additionally, there will be a musical put on later in May. More details on that to come.

There are a few things I wanted to bring your attention to, over the next couple of weeks.  Tomorrow, we will be hosting a MASSCUE technology event.  Over 150 educators from across the state will be here for various technology workshops centered on Google.  It is amazing how far we have come over the last few years with our technology enhancements, that we are now able to host such an event.

We have started the course registration process for next year.  We will kick things off on March 1st with a few meetings.  At 6:00 pm, we will have a meeting for parents of students in grades 8-12 which will give information about the scheduling process, 4 year planning, and college planning.  This meeting should run about 45 minutes long.  At 7:00 pm, we will run a meeting for 8th grade parents in the auditorium for an introduction to LHS, more detailed scheduling information, and a Q&A.  Also at 7:00 pm, there will be a college planning meeting in the LHS Project Room for Junior parents.  I hope you are able to attend.

Graduation – Graduation has been finalized.  We will be holding graduation on Saturday, June 3 at 10:00 am.  The event is scheduled to be held outside on the football field.  If there is inclement weather, we will hold graduation in the gymnasium.

Here is a list of some of the events over the next two weeks:

  • Tuesday, February 21 – Boys Basketball vs. Hudson at 6:30 pm in the LMHS Gymnasium
  • Wednesday, February 22 – Hockey (playing for a #1 seed in the tournament) vs. Assabet Valley at 3:30 pm at the Wallace Civic Center
  • Thursday, February 23 – Girls Basketball Senior Night vs. Fitchburg at 7:00pm in the LMHS Gymnasium
  • Sunday, February 26 – MIAA State Championship at 9:30 am at Reggie Lewis Center
  • Wednesday, March 1 – Scheduling Meetings (See Above) Starting at 6:00 pm in the Auditorium
  • Tuesday, March 7 – State Ski Meet at 9:30 am at Wachusett Mountain

Seeding meetings will be held later this week for the MIAA tournaments of our qualifying teams (Girls Basketball and Hockey).  Congrats to the Boys Skiing team for winning the League Championship this week at Nashoba Valley Ski Area!

Enjoy your week!

Brian Spadafino

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Two Week Look Ahead - January 18, 2017

This is my first two week look ahead of the New Year.  First semester is coming to a close at the end of the week.  It’s hard to believe we are already at the midpoint of the school year.  We often make resolutions pertaining to improving our physical health and bringing up grades, in the New Year.  It might be a good idea to look at our overall health (physical and mental) when looking at goals.  At LHS, we have recognized that there is increased pressure and stress on our students in recent years.  This stress can manifest itself in many different ways.  Most times, the stress that we all deal with is normal and manageable.  However, there are also many individuals who are dealing with more than just typical stress and pressure.  Often times, those students are dealing with anxiety, depression, or another form of mental illness.  We want to help to bring awareness to mental health concerns, let students know that there is help available if they need it, and work to debunk the stigma often associated with mental illness.
In December, the SHINE Initiative came in to present to all of our students.  There was positive feedback, so we wanted to be sure to open it up to the community.  On Wednesday, January 25 at 6:45 pm, the SHINE Initiative will be coming to LHS to present to Lunenburg parents and community members.  I hope that members of the community come out to see the presentation, ask questions, and learn more about the topic of mental wellness!  Please RSVP through the link https://drive.google.com/open?id=1d42O0t6EPZ0_T74h5KvZEIluAxVATVLNdEIf6K-e_y4

On January 19, members of the Worcester County District Attorney’s Office will be coming out to meet with our 9th grade students.  The topic of the assembly will be internet safety and a student’s digital footprint.  We will look into presentations for students in grades 10-12, but we did want a starting point.  Local public access will be taping the presentation and airing it in the future.  We partnered with Lunenburg Public Access because we know this is such an important topic for our students and parents.  I hope you find time to watch the presentation.
Here is a calendar for some upcoming events:
Wednesday, January 18 – Indoor Track vs. Bromfield at 4:00 pm at Shrewsbury High School
Thursday, January 19 – Worcester County DA Office to meet with 9th Grade about Cyber-Safety and Digital Footprint at 9:10 am in Auditorium
Friday, January 20 – Last Day of First Semester

  • LHS Basketball Cancer Games - Doubleheader
  • Girls Basketball vs. Littleton at 6:00 pm in LMHS Gymnasium
  • Boys Basketball vs. Littleton at 7:30 pm in LMHS Gymnasium
  • Hockey vs. St. Bernard’s at 8:10 pm at Wallace Civic Center – “Pink the Rink” Cancer game
  • Term 2 grades will be final on PowerSchool

Saturday, January 21 – Indoor Track State Relays – TBA at Reggie Lewis Center
Tuesday, January 24 – Boys Basketball vs. Bromfield at 7:00 pm at LMHS Gymnasium
Wednesday, January 25 – SHINE Initiative Community Presentation at 6:45 pm. Please RSVP to the link above.
Thursday, January 26 – Girls Basketball vs. Clinton at 7:00 pm at LMHS Gymnasium
Friday, January 27 – Hockey vs. Fitchburg at 4:30 pm at the Wallace Civic Center
Saturday, January 28 – Indoor Track Invitational at 9:30 am at Reggie Lewis Center

Happy New Year!
Brian Spadafino

Monday, December 12, 2016

Two Week Look Ahead - December 12, 2016

I apologize for not sending this out a couple of weeks ago. I’m trying to get caught up on things today. Winter sports are underway and there are lots of activities going on at LMHS. Last week, we opened the gymnasium for our first basketball games. Over the next two weeks, we will have our first music and drama performances in the new auditorium. 

The Music department will be putting on two concerts this week. On Tuesday, December 13, students in grades 6-12 will put on their Vocal Concert at 7:00 pm in the auditorium. On Thursday, December 15, the Instrumental Concert will take place for students in grades 6-12. That concert is also at 7:00 pm. Hopefully, you will come out to support our talented musicians.

The LHS Theater Club will perform John Cariani's play "Almost, Maine" on December 21st and 23rd at 7pm in the LMHS Auditorium. This will be the first dramatic performance in our new auditorium. "Almost, Maine" is a series of dramatic and comedic character studies that depicts average working people discovering odd romantic connections and/or coming to terms with
relationship disappointments in deep rural New England. The sum of its parts promises to be as poignant as it is endearing. Admission is: Students $5, Adults $10.

On Friday, December 16 we will be having our winter semi-formal in the cafeteria from 7-10 pm.

We have recognized that there is increased pressure and stress on our students in recent years. This stress can manifest itself in many different ways. Most times, the stress that we all deal with is normal and manageable. However, there are also many individuals who are dealing with more than just typical stress and pressure. Often times, those students are dealing with anxiety, depression, or another form of mental illness. We want to help to bring awareness to mental health concerns, let students know that there is help available if they need it, and work to debunk the stigma often associated with mental illness.

On Wednesday, December 14, the SHINE Initiative will be coming to LHS to meet with students in grades 9-12. Three members of the SHINE Initiative will be available and will give presentations to students in grade levels. The presentations will be approximately 45 minutes long.

From the SHINE Initiative website:

“In recent years the SHINE Initiative has honed it’s focus on mental health of children and young adults.

Why? Quite simply, because we know that half of lifetime causes of mental illness begin by age 14.

We also believe that through education and information-sharing we can have a lifelong and positive impact on the mental health and total wellness of our communities. We are proud to note that in recent years several school systems and institutions of higher learning have partnered with us to raise awareness of mental illness and to help diffuse and debunk some of the misconceptions and myths that have fueled stigma for generations.”

We are planning on hosting a community presentation early in 2017.

Athletics schedule:

  • Tuesday, December 13 – Girls Basketball vs. Groton-Dunstable at 7:00 pm at LHS Memorial Gym in the Pete Trainor Christmas Tournament
  • Wednesday, December 14 – Girls Basketball vs. TBD at 5:30 or 7:00 pm in LHS Memorial Gym in the Pete Trainor Christmas Tournament
  • Monday, December 19 – Girls Basketball vs. Ayer-Shirley at 7:00 pm in LHS Memorial Gym
  • Friday, December 23 – Ice Hockey vs. Littleton at 3:30 pm at Wallace Civic Center

No School December 26-January 2



Happy Holidays.

Brian Spadafino

Friday, October 28, 2016

Two Week Look Ahead - October 27, 2016

It's hard to believe how quickly summer has turned to fall.  Hopefully, this weekend will bring nice weather for Homecoming.  Temperatures look to be around 60 degrees.  It will be a nice relief fromthe 30 degree temperatures of today.  

The end of the term is nearing and some of our Seniors are already getting ready to submit college applications for the November 1 deadline.  Our fall sports season is winding down.  Many of our teams have already had their Senior Night.  Believe it or not, winter sports sign-ups are only a few weeks away.

Below is a calendar of upcoming events:

Friday, October 28 
  • Homecoming Rally last period of the day (Wear your class shirts or Blue and White)
  • Girls Soccer AT St. Bernard's at 3:30 pm
Saturday, October 29 
  • 11:00 am - Boys and Girls Cross Country League Meet in Shirley
  • 12:30 pm - Homecoming Parade beginning at Turkey Hill ES
  • 1:40 pm - Senior Recognition on turf field
  • 2:00 pm - Homecoming Football Game vs. Murdock on the new turf
  • 7:00-10:00 pm - Homecoming Dance in LHMS CafĂ©

Monday, October 31 
  • College Visit - Southern New Hampshire University at 11:00 in Guidance Office
  • Girls Soccer vs. Gardner - Time: TBD Place: TBD 
  • Boys Soccer vs. Tahanto - Time: TBD Place: TBD
Tuesday, November  1 
  • College Visit - Western New England at 10:30 am in Guidance Office
Friday, November 4 
  • 1st Term Ends
  • Football vs. TBD
Tuesday, November 8 
  • NO SCHOOL - Election Day
Thursday, November 10 
  • College Visit - Westfield State University at 1:30 pm in the Guidance Office
Friday, November 11 
  • NO SCHOOL - Veteran?s Day

Hope to see you on Saturday!

Brian Spadafino

Friday, September 30, 2016

Two Week Look Ahead - September 30, 2016

Good morning.  As we officially say goodbye to summer and welcome autumn, activities at LHS are really heating up.  Float meetings have started and our athletic teams are at about the halfway point of their seasons (having played most of their games on the road.)  The new fields will be sodded next week and the bleachers should be finished soon.  The turf field was stripped of the old turf and hauled off site.  Construction should begin on the new turf field in the near future.  We will have to see (depending on the weather) if the track will be resurfaced this fall or in the spring. 

Here are some updates from the guidance office:
PSAT Registration ends at 5pm on Thursday, October 6th
  • www.TotalRegistration.net/PSAT/221255. It is strongly recommended that all students in grades 10 and 11 take the PSAT exam if they are considering attending a 4-year college after graduation. 

Week 2 of Senior Seminars!
  • We are entering week 2 of senior seminars.  All seniors are required to attend senior seminars with school counselors during one study, STEP or VHS period.  In addition to the regularly scheduled sessions during study hall, we have added options beyond the school day for students that do not have a study hall or find an alternate time more convenient. 
Required seminars:
  • 10/3 B and C period
  • 10/4 G period
  • 10/5 E period
  • 10/6 D period
  • 10/7 F and A period
Extended options:
  • Monday, 10/3 2:30-3:30 pm
  • Tuesday, 10/4 7:15 am
  • Wednesday, 10/5 6:30-8:00 pm

Mandatory PSAT pre-administration session, October 11th in cafeteria at 9:10 am through advisory

Colleges and Universities visiting LHS in the next two weeks:
10/3       9:30 am                Worcester State University
10/4       10:30 am               Saint Anselm
10/6       9:00 am                Dean College
10/11     9:45 am                University of Massachusetts Lowell
              10:45 am              Becker College
10/12     8:00 am                University of Scranton
              11:30 am              MA College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
              1:00 pm                Curry College
10/13     10:00 am              Assumption College
               1:00 pm               Fitchburg State University
10/14     1:00 pm                University of Maine Machias

College Financing Seminar, October 12th 6:30pm auditorium
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The 15th Annual Miles for Myles event will be held on Sunday, October 16th at the new Lunenburg Middle-High School. What a great way to get fit and show your support for our schools! 10% of the proceeds go to the No Need for Speed Campaign, and another $1000 goes to the school with the most family participation! Make sure when you register to choose the building you wish to support! The first 400 registrants get a Miles for Myles Dri-Fit tee-shirt. We look forward to seeing you there! Flyers went home with the students last week for more information.
To register go to: http://www.milesformyles.com and click on Register.
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Just a reminder that Homecoming is on Saturday, October 22.  The Homecoming parade will begin at noon from Turkey Hill Elementary and end at Lunenburg Middle-High School.  A Dedication Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting will take place at 12:45 pm in front of the main entrance at LMHS.  All are invited to attend.  At 2:00 pm, the Blue Knights football team will play Maynard in the Homecoming Football Game.

Upcoming Games:
  • Saturday, October 1 – Field Hockey vs. St. Bernard’s at 3:30 pm at Marshall Park
  • Monday, October 3 – Field Hockey vs. Gardner at 3:30 pm at Marshall Park
  • Wednesday, October 5 – Golf vs. Tyngsboro at 3:30 pm at Settler’s Crossing
  • Thursday, October 6
  •      Golf vs. Clinton at 3:30 pm at Settler’s Crossing
  •      Cross Country vs. Bromfield at 3:30 pm at LHS
  • Friday, October 7
  •      Girl’s Soccer vs. Bromfield at Citizen Bank Field in Lancaster 
  •      Boy’s Soccer vs, Bromfield at Citizen Bank Field in Lancaster

Have a great weekend.
Brian Spadafino

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Two Week Look Ahead - September 22, 2016

Good morning.   Things are getting settled at LMHS.  We are in the middle of our second full week of school and our first official day of autumn.  Now that academics have started to ramp up in the classrooms, we encourage students and parents to periodically log into PowerSchool to check on student progress.  I do caution that having access to PowerSchool can be a blessing and a curse.  We are always searching for that healthy balance of monitoring progress, while not becoming obsessive over every point gained or lost.  My recommendation is for a parent/guardian to look at PowerSchool once or twice a week with the student and talk about the assignments, things that have room for improvement, and areas where praise can be given to the student.  As students move through the high school, we once again need to find that balance of giving them their independence while continuing to help mold them into the citizens we hope them to be in the future.  These academic (and social) check-ins ensure that the lines of communication remain clear between parent/guardian and student.


We have entered "Homecoming Season."  Our classes are starting to meet to plan their floats.  This year's theme for Homecoming is Steven Spielberg directed movies.  I encourage students to participate in float meetings and use the time to interact with classmates they may not get to talk to on a daily basis.  Our alumni always point to float meetings as a great way to connect with classmates and something they will miss most about LHS.  I hope students choose to get involved!


Our calendar for the next two weeks is:

  • Thursday, September 22 - Cross Country vs. Tahanto at 3:30 pm at LHS

  • Friday, September 23 - Football vs. Clinton at 7:00 pm at Doyle Field in Leominster

  • Monday, September 26 - Field Hockey vs. Bromfield at 3:30 pm at Marshall Park

  • Wednesday, September 28 - Field Hockey vs. North Middlesex at 3:30 pm at Marshall Park

  • Saturday, October 1 - Field Hockey vs. St. Bernard's at 3:30 pm at Marshall Park

  • Monday, October 3 - Field Hockey vs. Gardner at 3:30 pm at Marshall Park

  • Tuesday, October 4 - Girls Soccer vs. Gardner - Time and Place TBD



Have a great day.



Mr. Spadafino

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Two Week Look Ahead - September 6, 2016

Good morning.  I hope you had a nice Labor Day weekend.  We are nearly a week into the school year and our after-school activities are going to start over the next week or so.  I will be putting out an email every two or three weeks with upcoming events.  My hope is that you are able to put some of those dates on your calendar to see our athletes play in games, our actors and actresses perform on stage, and our musicians bring us the joy of music.
Just a quick note about drop-off in the morning before I get to the schedule:  Please pull as far forward as you possibly can when dropping off your student.  The more cars we can get into the loop, the better, as we are often flirting with being backed up to Mass. Ave.  Additionally, it helps when cars enter and exit from Mass. Ave. 
Open House for LHS is on Monday, September 12 from 6-8pm.  Please give yourself a few extra minutes that evening, as we need to start at 6:00pm sharp to ensure that we are able to cycle through an entire 7 period schedule.  Parking spaces will be limited, so parents may need to park at TCP, along the main entrance driveway, and at Brooks House. 
School pictures are Wednesday, September 14. 
As you probably know, our field space is limited until the turf is replaced.  Many of our games are away during September.  For the purpose of this calendar, I will include only JV and Varsity home games.
Our calendar for the next two weeks is:
Wednesday, September 7 – Golf vs. Littleton at 3:30 pm at Settler’s Crossing
Thursday, September 8 – Golf vs. Fitchburg at 3:30 pm at Settler’s Crossing
Friday, September 9 – Golf vs. Oakmont at 3:30 pm at Settler’s Crossing
      –   Field Hockey vs. Tyngsboro at 3:30 pm at Marshall Park
      –   Football vs. Oakmont at 7:00 pm at Doyle Field in Leominster
Monday, September 12 – Open House 6-8 pm
Wednesday, September 14 – School Pictures during school day
      –   Field Hockey vs. Littleton at 3:30 pm at Marshall Park
Friday, September 16 – Field Hockey vs. Maynard at 3:30 pm at Marshall Park
      –   Football vs. Narragansett at 7:00 pm at Doyle Field in Leominster

Have a great day!
Brian Spadafino, LHS Principal