A Shot of Reality: Underage Drinking in Longmeadow

posted Apr 6, 2017, 4:09 PM by Laura Giuggio

A Shot of Reality:  Underage Drinking in Longmeadow

We are rescheduling A Shot of Reality:  Underage Drinking In Longmeadow in order to avoid conflicting with Passover.  
This event will take place on Monday, May 1st in the LHS Auditorium at 7:00 pm, not on Monday, April 10th
Sponsored by Longmeadow Police Department and Public Schools
Local trends, police protocols, tips from parents, talking points.
Highly recommended for middle and high school parents, open to residents and youth accompanied by an adult.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.

shot of reality

MCAS 2017

posted Apr 2, 2017, 3:37 PM by Laura Giuggio   [ updated Apr 2, 2017, 3:39 PM ]

Dear Center School Families,

Tuesday begins the first round of MCAS testing in ELA (English Language Arts) for our 3rd , 4th , and 5th grade students. The MCAS assessments provide parents and teachers with information about students’ proficiency with specific learning standards in English language arts, math, and science. MCAS assessments are administered each spring and the results are distributed to schools and parents in the fall.

While teachers have practiced specific MCAS questions with their students to familiarize  them with the format of the assessment, the most important learning has been accomplished daily through core curriculum instruction! The MCAS is an opportunity for our students to apply their learning and demonstrate their proficiency as growing readers ,writers, mathematicians and scientists.

This is the first year for administration of tests known as the "Next­ Generation MCAS 2.0", which are designed to be computer ­based and to more deeply assess students’ knowledge and ability levels. Students in Grade 4 will participate in online testing, using chrome books, in ELA and math this year.  

Students in grades 3 and 5­ will continue with paper ­based testing in ELA and math. The Department of Education’s goal is for computer ­based testing for all students by 2019.  Students in Grade 3, 4, and 5 will participate in three shorter ELA sessions.  All tests are untimed and writing is embedded in tests at all grade levels.

Here are ways you can help:

  • See that your child arrives to school on time.
  • Make sure your child is well rested and eats a substantial breakfast. Don’t forget to pack a healthy snack!
  • Encourage your child to persevere, do the best work possible, and to have a positive attitude!
  • Talk about the test in a positive way!

2017 MCAS Schedule




Science Technology Engineering

5th Grade

April 4,5,6

May 2 , 3

May 22 , 23

4th Grade

April 11, 12, 13

May 10 , 11

Not Tested

3rd Grade

April 25, 26 ,27

May 16 , 17

Not Tested

Note that in compliance with MCAS test security requirements, parents /visitors are prohibited from the testing areas on testing dates.

We ask for your help in striking a balance between encouraging students to do their best and minimizing test anxiety. We consider MCAS to be one piece of evidence used to measure student growth and progress, and we recognize your child’s individual strengths, passions, and talents may not be reflected in a test score. By working together, we can make your child’s testing experience positive and successful.

If you would like more information, visit

I extend my appreciation for your support and cooperation. Please contact me with any questions.


Donna Hutton, Principal

Letter from the Principal!

posted Mar 31, 2017, 8:09 AM by Laura Giuggio   [ updated Mar 31, 2017, 8:09 AM ]

Dear Center School Families,

If you attended the technology showcase last night, I trust you are impressed and inspired by our students and educators.  I think back to 2012 and our beginnings with technology integration.  This was when Laura Giuggio  joined our community. We looked for ways to articulate a vision for her work and for the work of our educators. She and I loved this quote and I keep it close:  

"Integrating technology is not about technology - it is primarily about content and effective instructional practices. Technology involves the tools with which we deliver content and implement practices in better ways. Its focus must be on curriculum and learning. Integration is defined not by the amount or type of technology used, but by how and why it is used."

Since Mrs. Giuggio joined our community, our vision is now a reality.  Our teachers demonstrate the realization of our vision with Laura's enthusiasm and passion guiding us.  Lessons are creative, engaging and exciting.  So much learning much potential for extending learning...amazing beginnings and we continue to grow!! 

Bravo to Mrs. Giuggio and the talented staff at Center School. And bravo to you, our families, for your incredible support of our endeavors!

I also want to mention Sandy Budreau, district technology integration specialist.  Sandy is a driving force behind TIES.  Anyone who knows Sandy knows her passion for technology is contagious; and she shares her talents with energetic humor.   She and her team, led by Nick Jorge, motivate and humble us with their depth of technology knowledge and skills. Superintendent O’Shea enriches our team with his leadership and his new ideas.  LPS educators will continue to deepen our students’ learning with best practices across the curriculum.

Please continue to visit Mrs. Giuggio’s  blog and all our teachers’ websites to keep up on happenings at Center. Talk with your child about their days and what excites their learning. I know they have many stories to tell!

I look forward to our spring months and the promise of more extraordinary things from our students.

Kind regards,

Donna Hutton, Principal


TIES - One Day Out! Have you made your plans to attend?

posted Mar 28, 2017, 8:43 AM by Laura Giuggio   [ updated Mar 29, 2017, 12:58 PM ]

Students in K-5 have worked really hard to bring YOU the best in technology!  You don't want to miss this event!  
TIES - Technology in Education Showcase featuring K-12 students from all of the Longmeadow Public Schools!  
Thursday, March 30th at Longmeadow High School from 6:00pm-8:00pm.  See you there!

Photo credit: Jamie Quinn

Longmeadow Recycling Commission Contest Winners!!

posted Mar 24, 2017, 8:49 AM by Laura Giuggio   [ updated Mar 28, 2017, 8:39 AM ]

Forty-four Longmeadow students participated in the "Plastic Bag Education Challenge", spreading the message that plastic bags do not belong in recycling bins! Today, four Center School students were announced as winners of the challenge!  Congratulations to:  fourth graders, Anna, Madison, and Kaitlyn Griffin, as well as fifth grader, Amelia.  
Amelia created a movie and Anna, Madison and Kaitlyn worked together to create a movie as well.  The movies will be featured on LCTV, at the school committee meeting on April 11, 2017, and at the Recycling Commission's Long Meddowe Days Booth!  
Three cheers for our winners!   

Special thank you to Liz Bone for giving our students the opportunity to participate!

Technology in Education Showcase - One Week Out!

posted Mar 23, 2017, 5:00 PM by Laura Giuggio   [ updated Mar 23, 2017, 5:01 PM ]

Our TIES event is one week away, next Thursday, March 30th from 6:00pm-8:00pm at LHS.  This week in technology integration class, the children were told all about the event and are excited to attend!  Please see program and floor plan!

Square One Art Deadline Approaching!

posted Mar 23, 2017, 4:49 PM by Laura Giuggio   [ updated Mar 24, 2017, 6:32 AM ]

Fri. 3/24/17 --  Last Day to Order Square One Art!

Friday is the last day to order your child's art for this special Square One bi-annual Center School fundraiser!  You won't want to miss this! Center families can order their child's artwork onto products (mugs, tiles, bags, aprons, etc.).  This is a perfect gift opportunity for Mother’s Day (April), grandparents, holidays, or loved ones. 

Proceeds support important Center School programs and supplies. These custom gifts are classics cherished by many Center School families.  Check out the display case (near front office) with examples of student artwork and Square One products.  Students worked hard on this project, thanks to the support of art teachers Mrs. Goldman and Mrs. Salz.

Order Square One:

Orders returned to teacher, front office, or online.

Catalog in backpack: 

Presentation Monday April 10th

posted Mar 23, 2017, 4:45 PM by Laura Giuggio

A Shot of Reality:  Underage Drinking in Longmeadow

Monday, April 10th at 7:00pm at Longmeadow High School Auditorium

Sponsored by Longmeadow Police Department and Public Schools

Local trends, police protocols, tips from parents, talking points.

Highly recommended for middle and high school parents, open to residents and youth accompanied by an adult.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.

shot of reality

Technology in Education Showcase - Less than Two Weeks Out!

posted Mar 17, 2017, 8:43 AM by Laura Giuggio   [ updated Mar 17, 2017, 8:43 AM ]

This is big. Really big.  You don't want to miss all of the innovative and ground-breaking activities our students are showcasing!
This is interactive.  Really interactive. You and your children will have the opportunity to take part in over 36 exhibits!

This is soon.  Really soon.  Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 30th, 6:00pm-8:00pm at Longmeadow High School!  

Highlights of all the showcases and special guests:  Technology in Education Showcases (TIES)

Dismissal: Change of Location for Esplanade

posted Mar 15, 2017, 10:59 AM by Laura Giuggio

Good afternoon Center School Families,

Please be aware that the stairwells in the back of the school that lead to the esplanade are snow covered and have not been cleared. The portion of the esplanade near the stairwells is snow covered as well. Students who usually  exit through the esplanade doors will do so today, but will not be able to walk up or down the stairwells to the back of the school safely.

If you are a parent who usually meets your child on the esplanade, thank-you for making alternate plans to get to the esplanade to wait.


Donna Hutton, Principal

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