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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Flu Information

Although the Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported a slight decrease in flu last week, January 18th, our Health Offices in the district continue to see confirmed cases. Below you will find some information obtained from Mass.gov. Common symptoms of flu are nasal congestion, cough, and sore throat, which can be interpreted…

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Quiz Team Champions!

The Lenox high school quiz team got up nice and early and had an outstanding showing at this year’s Blender Bowl.  The single-day quiz team competition featured 16 teams from 10 high schools.  Lenox had 3 teams compete with success – one team was the eventual champion, our second team…

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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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NHS Student Trivia Night at Kimball Farms

The National Honor Society presented a Trivia Night to residents at Kimball Farms this past Tuesday night.  Students derived questions ahead of time, took turns asking questions, and others joined the four teams of residents that were competing. Kimball Farms provided a delicious dinner and students and residents alike had…

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6th Grade Culminating Event

The 6th Grade and their teachers enjoyed a culminating event of their Folk Tale Unit by sharing international recipes. Foods were enjoyed as was the information about the Country of origin of each recipe. The event was a combination of work completed in English, Social Studies, Math and Science by…

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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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Tiered Focused Monitoring Notice

During the week of January 28, 2019 the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM) will conduct a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of the Lenox Public Schools. The Office of Public School Monitoring visits each district and charter school every three years to monitor compliance…

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Congratulations to the Music program!!

At the beginning of December, eighteen of our students auditioned for the Massachusetts Music Educator Association’s Western Junior District Festival. Students in Grades 6-9 are eligible to audition for these ensembles. Congratulations to the following students who were accepted. Concert Band April Harwood-Trumpet and Piper Maxymillian-Trumpet Orchestra Juan Manrique-Violin and Etta…

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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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Health Update

LMMHS had several reports of positive flu diagnoses this week, and over the past several weeks, both Morris Elementary and LMMHS have seen an increased number of students being diagnosed with pneumonia. This is also the time of year that Strep Throat is also prevalent. Armed with this information, I…

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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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Pep Rally!!

Thanks to the HS Student Council for organizing a pep rally for the entire student body the day before the Thanksgiving break. There was lots of energy and finished with a volleyball game between the senior winning team of the Lenox Open and the Faculty All-Stars – seniors won 25-23!!…

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Happy Thanksgiving!

The students at LMMHS took the time last week to color 171 Happy Thanksgiving Day cards. They will be dropped off at Kimball Farms for their residents to share the joy of the day. Thanks to all of the LMMHS students who did some quality coloring making the cards!! Happy…

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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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Quiz Team fun!

Lenox Competes at Super Sunday Congratulations to High School Quiz Team members Isaac Tabakin, Erin Czelusniak, Harry Albert and Paige Looney who represented LMMHS at Super Sunday On November 4th.  Super Sunday is the qualifying event for the 10th Annual High School Quiz Show which airs on WGBH in Boston.  Pictured…

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Fall sport teams qualify!!

Our fall sport season has been very successful. Below is the schedule for the upcoming Western Mass tournament games for our fall athletes. Congrats to our golf team who recently placed third in the WMass championship as well! Go Millionaires!! Monday, November 5th #5 Volleyball vs. #4 Turner’s Falls –…

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Halloween at LMMHS

We had a couple sets of twins at school on Halloween plus a group of seniors were in the “Spirit” as well! Thanks to all of the students who celebrated appropriately today at LMMHS!!           Harry Potter in grade 6 and 12!                        Our school’s School Resource Officers!!   Seniors in…

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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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Mandated Health Screenings

The Health Office nurses at both Morris Elementary and LMMHS are currently conducting state mandated health screenings. Depending on the grade of your student, these screenings may include vision, hearing, postural, height/weight/BMI. Parents will receive a referral letter for those students who are found to have concerning results, and asked…

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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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International Day of Peace

September 21st is the International Day of Peace as recognized by the United Nations. The announcements below were read over the PA during the morning announcements. The pictures are our pinwheels for peace bulletin boards! El día de paz internacional es un día para celebrar y esperar para comunicación y…

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“DIRT” performance

Students at LMMHS were able to see John Morello on Thursday, September 20th perform his show entitled “Dirt.” The presentation touches on topics like drugs, bullying and how the actions of one person can have an impact on people around them whether they know them or not. Students loved the…

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Illness Alert

Both the Health Office at Morris and at LMMHS have been seeing an increase in illnesses over the past week. At Morris we have been seeing students with fevers, colds and viral illnesses, while at LMMHS we have been seeing students with colds, a stomach virus, and Strep Throat, but…

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Flower pot sale

Last year, students in the Art Department decorated a number of flower pots to enhance the curb appeal throughout town. They will be auctioning off the flower pots during the Apple Squeeze this weekend! Proceeds will benefit the Lenox Art Students. Check them out and get your bids in soon!!

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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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