Weekly Message – June 14th

Dear Colleagues, We are almost there! It has been a whirlwind with Senior Day, Senior Awards Banquet, Senior Scholarship Night, all culminating with Commencement at Tanglewood and the weather could not have been more perfect. I want to thank Mike Knybel, Brian Cogswell, Jonathan Cade, Jeff Ano, Al Saldarini, Nick…

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Weekly Message – April 12th

Dear Colleagues, I’ve been thinking about the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion a great deal in the past week. At the national level, I can’t remember a time when the political landscape was more toxic than it is at present. Recent events at our middle and high school remind…

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Weekly Message – March 15th

Dear Colleagues, Like many of you I’m sure, I am deeply troubled by the recent tragic event in Sheffield. It is difficult to imagine the mindset of a father who takes the lives of his three young children, his wife, and finally his own. It seems so unfathomable, yet it…

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Weekly Message – Mar 1st

Dear Colleagues, As you may know, I have 18 students from LMMHS participating in a Superintendent’s Student Cabinet. What an amazing group. They have divided themselves into three groups, with each group having a different focus. The first group is tackling eliminating the use of the “N” word at LMMHS.…

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Weekly Message – Jan 25th

Dear Colleagues, As you may recall, earlier this school year the District made headlines regarding alleged incidents of “bullying” within our schools. To address these concerns, the Lenox School District is beginning a See Something – Say Something campaign. See Something – Say Something is an initiative sponsored by the…

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Weekly Message – Jan 18th

Dear Colleagues, The Social and Emotional Task Force has created a survey for students and parents to determine a baseline for our students’ social and emotional wellness. The parent survey is posted on the District website’s home page and students will be surveyed in their classrooms during the next few…

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Update – Weekly Message – Jan 4th

The family/community presentation has been rescheduled to April 25th Dear Colleagues, I hope that you had a restful break and a happy new year!   I want to update you regarding next steps related to school safety and crisis management in our schools.  The administration and staff at LMMHS have done…

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Congratulations!!

Congratulations to Brenda Crane, first grade teacher at Morris, for obtaining her National Board Certification! National Board Certification was designed to develop, retain and recognize accomplished teachers and to generate ongoing improvement in schools nationwide. It is the most respected professional certification available in K-12 education. Created by teachers, for…

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Weekly Message – Dec 14th

Dear Colleagues, I love my work. I love the kids, the teachers and staff, the parents, my administrative team past and present; I love it all. But every now and again I have a more difficult than usual meeting, or someone is more mad or upset than usual and I…

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Weekly Message – Dec 7th

Dear Colleagues, The Lenox Public Schools Strategic Plan under the section titled School Climate, expects that LPS students will be offered an opportunity to take a leadership role in identifying areas for services and creating service activities. In that effort, I am creating a Superintendent’s Student Cabinet. The Cabinet’s mission…

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Weekly Message – Nov 30th

Dear Colleagues, I hope that you had a nice Thanksgiving with family and friends!  The district is considering changing the school calendar to include an additional five 1/2 days of school for the purpose of teacher/staff professional development and collaboration.  During our budget meetings with LMMHS Department Chairs this week,…

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Volunteer Facilitator Position

The Southern Berkshire Educational Futures (SBEF) group is an informal collaboration among the Berkshire Hills, Lee, Lenox and Southern Berkshire Regional School Districts. The group is composed of school committee members and superintendents and has been meeting regularly. SBEF is seeking a skilled and thoughtful volunteer facilitator to support monthly…

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LEEF Grants!

CALLING ALL STUDENTS, TEACHERS, PARENTS, NON-PROFITS & BERKSHIRES RESIDENTS LEEF Grants Available to Bring Your Idea to Life! Please see attached materials… LEEF Grant Announcement LEEF Flyer

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Berkshire SuperGenarians

Hall Walking in the Lenox Public Schools Is Up and Running! (OK—it’s up and walking.) Implementing a suggestion from Berkshire SuperGenarian co-founders (and Lenox residents), Mary Jane Incorvia Mattina and Francine Weinberg, the Lenox Public Schools Department encourages residents to keep fit inside even if there is snow, rain or…

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Weekly Message – Nov 9th

Dear Colleagues, Some of you may have read an article in the Berkshire Eagle on Thursday evening regarding a message sent by me to parents on Friday evening to prepare them for the presence of state and local police and fire at both LMMHS and Morris Elementary School on Monday.…

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Weekly Message – Oct 26th

Dear Colleagues, I am excited to share with you a new program being implemented a LMMHS this school year. The Peer Training Program which is sponsored by the Anti -Defamation League (ADL) – World of Difference Institute, will enhance LMMHS’s communication and reinforcement of its core values (Six Pillars of…

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Weekly Message – Oct 12th

I would like to take a moment to update you regarding our school security efforts this year. First, our building administrators accompanied me at ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate) training this summer. For some it was a review and for others, like myself, it was an eye opening…

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Weekly Message – Oct 5th

Increasingly, it seems that we as educators are encountering students with higher levels of anxiety, depression, suicide ideation, and overall fragility. Given these increases in mental health conditions across the Commonwealth and the nation, NPR did a segment regarding the issue this past week. The NPR guests were Greg Lukianoff…

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Weekly Message – Sept 28th

Dear Colleagues, Happy Friday to you all on this very raw afternoon. For me, the past couple weeks have been filled with community members coming forth to tell me their stories of “bullying” in the Lenox Public Schools and to offer their support and words of wisdom for moving forward.…

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Social Emotional Task Force

Lenox Public Schools Social Emotional Task Force Open to all LPS faculty and staff You are invited to participate on the Lenox Public Schools Social Emotional Task Force!  Massachusetts schools are required to use evidence-based social emotional learning (SEL) practices to prevent and reduce bullying, but also to ensure that…

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Instructional Task Force

Open to all LPS faculty and staff You are invited to participate on the Lenox Public Schools Instructional Technology Task Force!  The “always-on” nature of the Internet and the proliferating use of mobile access devices provide Lenox, and districts across the Commonwealth, with an outstanding opportunity to create learning experiences…

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Weekly Message – Sept 17th

Dear Colleagues, I hope everyone is settling into the school year. Every year, school districts across the Commonwealth host “Back to School Nights”. Each year, I attend these events as a school administrator then I shed my administrator’s hat and attend these nights as a parent. And each year, I…

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Welcome Back!

Dear Parents and Guardians, I would like to take this opportunity to say I am honored and excited to be selected as your next Superintendent of Schools. My guiding principle as your Superintendent is based on the belief that every child can and will attain the education and skills necessary…

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Take the Annual Strategic Planning Survey

For the last three years, the Lenox School Committee has put out a survey intended to measure progress towards the goals identified in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan.  There is a survey for each of our major constituent groups: students, parents, staff and Lenox community members. As the school district prepares…

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Ms. Barber: MBEA Teacher of the Year

Ms. Ann Barber, Business and Computer Teacher at LMMHS, was recently recognized as Teacher of the Year by the Massachusetts Business Educators Association.  A 28-year veteran of the Lenox Schools, Ann teaches a variety of subjects to middle and high school students incorporating applied computer technology, business, and accounting.  Ms.…

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Eighth-graders Learn About Careers

I am very happy to have had the opportunity to collaborate with the LMMHS eighth grade team and our Lenox Business Partners on the recent Career Learning Project. On the morning of January 12, more than 30 professionals representing a wide spectrum of jobs and careers came to the LMMHS…

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Morris Teacher Recognized in Eagle Feature

Morris third grade teacher Sarah Gerney was recently recognized in the Berkshire Eagle’s ‘Classroom of the Week.’  Ms. Gerney was nominated by a parent of one of her students.  The article recognizes her abilities as a talented and dedicated teacher.  Read it here:   http://www.berkshireeagle.com/stories/classroom-of-the-week-students-become-part-of-the-word-problems-in-morris-elementary-class,528732

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Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences are taking place at the following times: Morris: Thursday November 30th from 6-9pm Friday December 1st – all day Sign up for Morris conferences here: https://www.ptcfast.com/schools/Morris_School_2 – Registration will begin for Morris at 7am Friday November 3rd LMMHS: Wednesday November 29th from 6-9PM Friday December 1st –…

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Developing Growth Mindsets

This year, faculty and staff in the Lenox Schools are exploring ways to change our students’ perceptions and attitudes in ways that will result in more learning and more effective habits of learning. Mindsets are broad mental frameworks that we use to view the world.  They can shape and influence…

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“Millionaire,” The Documentary

On Friday, September 1 at 7:00pm, LMMHS alumni Patrick Colvin and Tyler Coon will show their documentary short film, “Millionaire,” at the Duffin Theater at LMMHS.  The film, about forty minutes in length, examines the story behind the unofficial mascot of Lenox Memorial Middle and High School.  Through historical research…

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Welcome to 2017-2018!

It is my pleasure to welcome all of our students, families, and staff back to another year of learning and growth in the Lenox Public Schools. Morris Elementary will start the year with a new principal, Mr. Peter Bachli, and a student enrollment of 316 students in grades PreK through…

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Pride and Gratitude: June 2017

As another school year comes to a close, as Commencement passes, and as the senior class moves on to new challenges and new adventures, I am left with a palpable sense of pride for the work of our schools.  I am grateful for the support of the community and the…

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A Budget to Maintain Excellence

On Monday, January 23, 2017, I presented a preliminary budget for the Lenox Public Schools for the 2017-2018 school year.  Per the guidance of the School Committee and the Town Manager, our administrative team proposed a ‘level-service’ financial plan for our school district. ‘Level service’ means that the school district…

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Equal Access Notification: Please read.

Non-discrimination and equal opportunity are the policy of the Lenox Public Schools in all of its educational programs, activities, and employment practices.  No student shall be excluded from or discriminated from participation in educational, athletic, or extra-curricular activities on the basis of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin,…

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Learn more about School Choice.

On December 14 at 7:00PM, the Lenox School Committee will hold an informational meeting about School Choice in the Lenox Public Schools. School Choice is a Massachusetts program supported by state law that allows school districts to enroll students who live in other school districts.  It was created in the…

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A Day of Learning for Berkshire County Educators

On November 8, the Lenox Public Schools are closed for our annual Professional Development Day.  This year Lenox will be collaborating with school districts from around the county to serve over 1000 educators from 9 school districts with more than 50 unique professional development workshops and mini-courses.  Many of these…

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Strategic Plan Survey Results

The 2015-2016 Strategic Plan Survey results are now available. These surveys were created during the Spring of 2016 by subcommittees of the Lenox School Committee. Their purpose is to gauge constituent perceptions and measure progress towards goals identified in the Lenox Public Schools 2015-2020 Strategic Plan. Four different surveys were…

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Welcome to 2016-2017!

After a busy summer that included the addition of new staff and students, some major facilities projects and some important curriculum and program development, we’re back for another year of learning and growth. My initial read on the start of the school year is very positive. Teachers and students I…

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Strategic Planning Surveys

Welcome to the 2016 Strategic Planning Survey for the Lenox Public Schools. These surveys have been created to assess our district’s annual progress towards goals identified in the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan. Separate surveys have been created for different groups of people in our school community. Students, Parents, Staff, and Community…

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