Monday, October 6, 2014

Gearing Up for Homecoming



Summer has come and gone and it is officially autumn.  What that means at Lunenburg High School is that it is Homecoming and float-building season.  Last week, students in grades 9-12 started designing and building their class floats.  The theme for the Homecoming is Pixar movies.  The float designs are:

The Class of 2015 - Monsters, Inc.
The Class of 2016 - Up
The Class of 2017 - Finding Nemo
The Class of 2018 – Toy Story

We are thankful to many people who help to create a positive and memorable environment for our students.  We want to thank: our host families for their time, hospitality, and the use of their barns and garages; our class advisors for all of their time, guidance, and energy; and the countless chaperones who provide supervision and creativity.  Every year, our graduating seniors highlight Homecoming among their favorite high school memories.  We are looking forward to seeing what our students are able to create this year.
 
Homecoming begins on Tuesday, October 13 with Spirit Week.  Various activities will take place during the course of the week.  The school week ends on Friday, October 17 with the Homecoming rally in the afternoon and the Homecoming dance in the evening.  On Saturday, October 18, the parade will begin at noon from Turkey Hill Middle School.  At 1:15, we will have the Groundbreaking Ceremony inside of the gates of the construction area between T.C. Passios and Lunenburg High School.  The ceremony should last approximately 30 minutes.  The Homecoming football game will then be played down on the turf against Ayer-Shirley Regional High School at 2:30.  All community members are encouraged to attend all of the Saturday events.  It is sure to be a wonderful day!

In addition to the Homecoming activities, our students have been very busy with extra-curricular sports, clubs, and activities.  We are off to a very successful athletics season.  Our teams have been very competitive in the Mid-Wach conference.  We are hopeful to send several of our teams to post-season play later in the fall.  To find out when our teams are playing, check out the LHS website and click on the Athletics tab.

Our marching band and cheerleaders have been amazing at football games.  Our first home football game had a huge, passionate crowd who cheered our team to a victory against Narragansett Regional High School.  The football team is home for the next three weeks.  Come out to support our student-athletes and spend an evening with your friends, and fellow community members!

Inside the classroom, our students continue to excel.  We have maintained strong MCAS, Advanced Placement, and SAT scores.  Thirty-four members of the Class of 2015 have been named Abigail Adams Award winners.  These students will receive free tuition to any state college or university.  The criterion for the award is based on MCAS scores and grades at LHS.  We also have three students, from the Class of 2015, who have been recognized in the National Merit Scholarship competition.  These students had outstanding test scores in the PSAT.  Our two commended students (scored in the top 50,000 of all students tested in the U.S.) are: Thomas Flaherty and Nathan Hollis.  We do have one semi-finalist continuing on in this prestigious competition.  Caitlyn Ruggiero has scored in the top 16,000 of students tested.  We are extremely proud of these students and wish Caitlyn the best in the last round of the competition. 

Superintendent Calmes, Mr. McGrath, and I have made a concerted effort to get into classrooms on a regular basis.  We are always impressed by our hard-working and knowledgeable students and our talented faculty.  There is so much to be proud of and to be excited about at LHS. 

I look forward to seeing what we are able to accomplish during the 2014-2015 school year. 

Lunenburg Pride!

Brian Spadafino, Principal

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