Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Two Week Look Ahead

Thank you to all who attended the Homecoming festivities last weekend.  I think our students did a phenomenal job of showing school spirit and being great representatives of the entire community.  I hope you will continue to show your support and attend games, performances, and other LHS events.  Here is a schedule of upcoming events:

Tuesday, October 21:                      
  • Field Hockey vs. Narragansett at 7:00 pm on the turf – Senior Night
Wednesday, October 22:               
  • Early Release Day 10:55 Dismissal 
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences 12:00 – 3:00 pm
  • Boys Soccer vs. Tahanto at 7:00 pm on the turf – Senior Night
Thursday, October 23:                    
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences – 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Girls Soccer vs. Oakmont at 7:00 pm on the turf – Senior Night
Friday, October 24:                           
  • Football at Littleton at 7:00 pm at Alumni Field in Littleton – Sign-ups for a fan bus are taking place
Saturday, October 25:                     
  • ACT test at LHS – 7:30 am – 2:00 pm
  • Cross Country league championships at 9:00 at Ghiloni Park in Marlboro
  • Field Hockey vs.Tyngsborough on the turf at 5:30pm  (Date & Time changed from 10-10-14)
Tuesday, October 28:                      
  • Girls Soccer vs. Quabbin at 6:00 pm on the turf                                                          
Friday, October 31:                           
  • Last day of the first term
  • Football vs. TBA – Time: TBA  Place: TBA

Have a great week.
Brian Spadafino

Monday, October 6, 2014

Two Week Look Ahead

Good morning.  We are more than halfway through the first term.  If you have not logged in to PowerSchool, it is probably a good time to do so.  If you don't remember your password, you can contact the main office or guidance and we will get you your log in information.

The next two weeks are extremely busy at LHS.  I hope you are able to attend our games and Homecoming events.  Here are some of the events:

This is the last week of Senior Seminars with Mrs. Tousignant and Mrs. Cavaioli in the computer labs.  Individual appointments with Seniors begin next week.

Monday, October 6:         
  • Field Hockey vs. North Middlesex at 3:30 at Marshall Park
  • Boys Soccer vs. Bromfield at 7:00 on the turf (Breast Cancer game - all money raised through the 50/50 raffle will be donated to the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden). Come out to support this cause and our team!

Tuesday, October 7:        

  • College Fair Field Trip to UNH

Wednesday, October 8:        

  • Field Hockey vs. Oakmont at 7:00 on the turf

Thursday, October 9:        

  • Golf vs. Ayer-Shirley at 3:30 at Settler's Crossing

Friday, October 10:        

  • Golf vs. St. Bernard's at 3:30 at Settler's Crossing
  • Girls Soccer vs. Gardner at 3:30 on the turf
  • Football vs. Maynard at 7:00 on the turf

Saturday, October 11:        

  • Welcome Back Class of 1964 - 50th Reunion

Monday, October 13:         

  • Columbus Day - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, October 14:        

  • Spirit Week - Hawaiian Shirt Day

Wednesday, October 15: 

  • Spirit Week - Well-Dressed Day
  • PSATs for grades 10 & 11 for those students who have signed up
  • Girls Soccer vs. Tyngsborough at 7:00 on the turf - (Breast Cancer game - all money raised through the 50/50 raffle will be donated to the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden). Come out to support this cause and our team!

Thursday, October 16:        

  • Spirit Week - U.S.A. Day

Friday, October 17:         

  • Spirit Week - Blue and White Day or Class Shirt Day
  • Homecoming Rally at approx. 1:00 in the gymnasium
  • Girls Soccer vs. Doherty at 5:30 on the turf
  • Homecoming Dance from 6:00-9:00 in the cafĂ© (open to all students)

Saturday, October 18:        

  • Homecoming Day
  • Homecoming Parade begins at THMS at 12:00
  • Groundbreaking Ceremony on construction site between T.C. Passios and LHS at 1:15
  • Senior Ceremony at 2:00 on the turf
  • Homecoming Football game vs. Ayer-Shirley at 2:30 on the turf
  • Winning Homecoming float will be announced after the football game

Thanks for all of your support.  We look forward to seeing you at our games and encourage you to be positive and cheer enthusiastically for our teams and for our band.

Brian Spadafino,

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

A Feeling of Pride at LHS

We have been off to a fairly smooth start to the 2014-2015 school year.  The eighth grade has transitioned well to LHS with the help of nearly 60 student leaders.  Our student leaders came in on Tuesday, August 26 (their last day of summer vacation) for a couple of hours to go through a training with our Assistant Principal, Mr. McGrath.  The student leaders then met with the eighth grade students on Wednesday, August 27 to run them through an orientation program before the building was full of students in grades 9-12.  All indications are that the program was a success. 

The biggest challenge so far this year has been dealing with student drop-off and pick-up.   One afternoon, we opened the gates on Memorial Drive thinking it might help to alleviate some of the traffic problems. What we discovered was that it created problems for our neighbors in the center of town, so we decided to wait a little longer and take some more time to look at drop-off and pick-up.  We continue to monitor the situation and are working with the Lunenburg Police Department and the Department of Public Works to prioritize student safety and analyze traffic patterns.  We can’t stress enough the importance of pulling up as far as possible before dropping your student off in front of the Thomas C. Passios School.  Dropping students off before that point creates a problem and has a tendency to back up traffic onto Massachusetts Avenue.

Our fall sports teams and the marching band have been practicing since late August and we have already had students audition for the school-wide play, The Odd Couple.  We would love to have the community come out to support our students at games, activities, and performances.  We will be making an effort to inform the community about events and the academic programs at LHS.  We hope that by inviting the community to events at school, people will come to recognize why we are so proud of our students and why they are worthy of the support of the entire Lunenburg community.

Here is a list of some of the upcoming events:

Friday, September 12:                    
  • Field Hockey vs. Tahanto at 3:30 pm – Marshall Park
  • Boys Soccer vs. Gardner at 5:00 pm – Turf                                                 
  • Football at Murdock at 7:00 pm – At Murdock HS

Monday, September 15:    
  • Boys Soccer vs. Tyngsboro at 7:00 pm – Turf

Wednesday, September 17:            
  • School Pictures for LHS – All Day 
  • Golf vs. Narragansett  at 3:30 pm – Settler’s Crossing Golf Course

Thursday, September 18:               
  • Cross Country Meet vs. Tyngsboro at 3:30 pm – Track and Field
  • Senior Parent College Planning Workshop – 5:00 – 6:00 pm at LHS
  • Open House for LHS – 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Friday, September 19:                   
  • Senior Parent College Planning Workshop at 8:15-9:15 am, LHS lib
  • Field Hockey vs. Littleton at 3:30 pm – Marshall Park
  • Girls Soccer vs. Fitchburg at 3:30 pm – Turf
  • Football vs. Narragansett at 7:00 pm - Turf
We hope to see you at some of our events, supporting our students. 

Brian Spadafino, LHS Principal

2014-2015 Welcome Back

I hope this article finds you rested, relaxed, and excited to begin the 2014-2015 school year.  Every year brings an opportunity for us to learn and grow.  I am looking forward to getting the year off to a good start and having the momentum carry over to a successful year at LHS.

We have been faced with some challenges over the past year.  As a community, I feel that we have learned a great deal from our experiences and are ready to move forward in a positive direction.  This year, we will be focusing on the social-emotional health of all of our students and staff at LHS.  We recognize that there is a great deal of stress in people’s lives.  It is our responsibility to treat each other with respect and create an environment where we feel safe and can produce at a high level.

We are starting a Transitions program this year at LHS.  The program will be staffed with a special education teacher and a social worker.  The goal of the program is to have students make a successful transition back into the regular education environment.  Students in the program will likely be returning to LHS from long-term hospitalizations or illnesses, concussions, or anxiety disorders.  We are excited to offer a new level of service to those students needing a little more support than we were able to provide in the past.

As I’m sure many of you have noticed, the first phases of construction of the new Lunenburg Middle-High School have begun.  We will have a new traffic pattern before and after school hours.  When the times and flow of traffic are confirmed, we will post at the website with diagrams of the changes.  We will need to be flexible over the next few years until the project is complete.  For more information on the building project, please visit https://sites.google.com/a/lunenburgschools.net/school-building-project/

As a school, we are constantly looking at ways that we can increase our communication and disseminating of information.  I will once again be using Twitter to keep the LHS community apprised of information and events going on at the high school.  I have become much more comfortable using Twitter over the past year, so I will be sending tweets on a regular basis.  Follow me on Twitter: @LHS_BlueKnights to get regular updates.  You can also get alerts from Twitter even if you do not have an account.  All you have to do is text “follow @LHS_BlueKnights” to Twitter’s shortcode, 40404, and you will start getting real time updates. 

Our eighth grade orientation will run a little differently this year.  On Tuesday, August 26, there will be an orientation for eighth grade students, any students new to LHS, and their parents from 6-7:30 PM in the LHS auditorium.  All incoming eighth grade students, new students to LHS, and their parents are strongly encouraged to attend.  We will feature a guest speaker from the Worcester County District Attorney’s office to discuss responsible internet use, Facebook and other social media, cyber-bullying, and internet safety. 

On Wednesday, August 27 we will be running a full day for eighth grade students and a reverse half day for students in grades 9-12.  Student leaders and LHS faculty members will be orienting our new students to the building and to the LHS culture from 7:25 AM – 10:00 AM.  Our student leaders will: distribute schedules, give tours of the building, facilitate an icebreaker activity, and show incoming students where their lockers will be and how to open a lock.  We will run through an abbreviated schedule so students will know where all their classes are and can start to navigate their way around the building.  A schedule for the first day of school will be posted on the LHS website in the next couple of days.

We welcome parents, alumni, and community members to visit our school and attend events.  Please take a look at the LHS website for updates. I look forward to seeing you all!  Lunenburg Pride!!!

Brian Spadafino