Thursday, November 30, 2017

Principal's Report November 2017



Principal's Report
November 2017
The LMHS Chapter of the National Honor Society held its annual induction ceremony on October 26. Eighteen members of the Class of 2019 were inducted: Jillian Artioli, Ashley Barnes, Gabrielle Bridagan, William Consolati, Thomas Fraser, Benjamin Harding, Emilia Johnson-Viola, Connor LaRock, Ann Macchi, Ava Martin, Wyatt Nazor, Andrew Ruef.. John Somostrada, Bailey Thomas, Kyle Tisdale, Anna Wang, Homer Winston, and Sophie Zukowski. Congratulations to these academic stars!
Our drama program, in cooperation with Shakespeare & Company, is presenting The Tragedy of Julius Caesar Friday and Saturday, November IO and 11 at 7:00pm in the "Z." They will also be presenting the production at the Shakespeare & Company Fall Festival on Sunday, November 19 at l:30pm.

At our October faculty meeting, the faculty heard a presentation from the Berkshire Brain Injury Collaborative on the effects of concussions. A great deal of information was presented on exactly what a concussion is, as well as how a concussion can affect student learning in the short and long terms. As schools arc seeing more and more students with diagnosed concussions these days, this was a particularly timely presentation. Thanks go out to Dr. Alan Kulberg from the BMC Concussion Clinic for visiting us.
Our partnership with LifcFAQs for coaching and mentoring of?• grade students has successfully begun. Six students were chosen for the program; a kickoff celebration with the entire middle school was held on October 11, and the coaching and mentoring began the week of Halloween.
The Helping Hands club held a successful blood drive on October 30, collecting 29 pints of donated blood for the Red Cross.
As I write this, we are in the final stages of planning our first Senior Citizens Luncheon, on Friday, November IO. Around 75 people have contacted us to RSVP. Faculty members will be preparing a roast pork lunch, with potatoes, carrots, green beans, salad, and desserts. Student volunteers will be helping with setup, serving, and cleanup; entertainment will be provided by the music department. We are looking forward to a great event which will hopefully become a regular one!
The state released the full results for our 2017 MCAS tests; I've attached them to this report. including a comparison for each test with the state and our South County neighbors for some perspective. While the purpose of MCAS is not to compare schools, it's always good to know how we are doing in comparison to our neighbors. Overall. the news for 2017 was very good for us. showing great results vs. the state (and our neighbors) for grade 7 ELA. grade 8 ELA, grade 8 math. grade JO ELA, and grade 10 math. We have begun looking into the details of our lower score areas- grade 7 math. and the grade 8 and high school sciences.


In Athletics news:

         Senior Brianna Hawley made her  500th  save in girls soccer on October 16.

          Our fall teams made the Western Mass tournaments in:

o       Golf. with Thomas Fraser winning the individual Western Mass title. and the team coming in 3111 place;

o        Football. making it to the semifinal round;

o       Girls Soccer. finishing in the quarterfinals;

o       Volleyball. which is heading to the Western Mass finals as I type this. The game will be on Saturday. November 11.

o        Cross Country, with the Western Mass championship on Saturday, November 11.

         On October 18, I met with the Conservation Commission to discuss our plans for a new practice field on the Maple Street property. That was followed up with a site visit on October 26. The Commission is planning on scheduling some time during their December meeting to further discuss our plans.


Upcoming dates and events:

         Monday. November 20 - Parent-Teacher Conferences, I:00-4:00pm & 6:00-8:00pm. This will be a half day for LMHS students.

         Tuesday, November 21 - Grades 7/8/9 field trip to see the film Wonder. The film is based upon the book of the same name that these grades had as their common summer reading assignment.

          Tuesday, December 5 - Winter Concert, 7pm


Respectfully Submitted,


Gregg M. Brighenti Principal