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Superintendent's Letter on School Security
Dear Parents and or Guardians:
The Swansea Public Schools are committed to providing the safest possible educational environment to all stakeholders.  We are constantly reviewing, revising, drilling and practicing safety protocols and procedures as well as upgrading our buildings, safety equipment and features.  Read more...
School Announcements
Principal Contact Information
Sean P. Scanlon, M. Ed.
phone: 508-675-7499
fax: 508-646-4408
address: 100 Pearse Road, Swansea, MA 02777
Parent Letter
Dear Luther School Community,
The start of a new school year is fast approaching.  I am looking forward to getting to know all of our new students and families.  During the summer, we have continued to upgrade our classroom technology and school library in order to better support all of our students and teachers.  Parents can look forward to a new elementary school report card that has been designed to better inform students and parents of their progress.
During the 2015-2016 school year, Luther School will be working towards the following goals:
  • Increased focus and professional development on increasing student literacy.
  • Increased analysis of student achievement data in order to better meet the needs of each individual student.
  • To ensure all curriculum is properly aligned with the Common Core State Standards as well as an emphasis on direct vocabulary instruction.
  • Providing additional support for families with completing homework as indicated as a need in our parent survey results.
Our summer mailing included the school’s newsletter that I will be publishing on a monthly basis, the parent drop-off/ pick-up protocols and information, and a blank student information sheet that students should bring to school completed on the first day of school.  It is also important to note that anyone dismissing or picking up a child or attending a meeting must have a government issued photo I.D.
I am looking forward to meeting students and parents as well as doing everything I can to help your children succeed.  If you have any questions, please contact me at your convenience. 

Sean P. Scanlon, M.Ed.
June Announcements
Our grade 4 music concert will take place on Tuesday, June 2 from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. here at Luther School in the gymnasium.  Families and guests will not be permitted to enter the school for the concert until 10:45 a.m. due to an assembly for grade 2 students prior to the concert.
The Luther School Field Day will take place on Wednesday, June 3rd beginning at 1:15 p.m.  The rain date for this event is June 4th.  Families that will be attending this event should park and head directly to the back field to the south of the school.  I am asking that siblings that attend other Swansea Public Schools not miss school to attend this event.
Our Family Fun Carnival Day will take place on Tuesday, June 9th with activities for students only beginning after lunch.  The LSO has organized a family event from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. located behind the school on the blacktop and playground area that will include a cookout and several activities for families.  Students will need to go home after school before returning for the family event.
The grade 5 promotion ceremony will take place on Tuesday, June 16th here at Luther School in the gymnasium and will begin at 10:45 a.m.
June 17th and 18th will be early dismissal days.  Parent dismissal will begin at 11:35 a.m. and bus dismissal will begin at 11:45 a.m.
Luther Pride tee-shirts are still on sale and cost $10 per shirt, sizes are limited.  These tee-shirts would be a great way to show your school pride during our end of the year events and activities.
May Announcements
April 30th is our next school-wide theme day.  We are asking that faculty and students wear the color blue in support of Autism Awareness Month.  Thank you to everyone who donated spare change to Sophie’s Promise.
Our annual Girls’ Choice Event will take place at Case Jr. High School this Friday, May 1st from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Grade 5 students may arrive at 5:30 p.m. for pictures.  This year’s dance has an evening in Paris theme with pizza and desserts being served. 
A reminder to parents and students to return the Swansea Library card registration form that was sent home with students prior to school vacation week.  Our school goal is to ensure that all students have access to the resources that the Swansea Library provides free of charge.  In addition to reading materials, the Swansea Library has movies, museum passes, compact discs, workshops and many other resources.  If a student already has a library card, please just note that on the form.
Our second round of state testing will begin Monday, May 4th.  All three grades will have two (2) PARCC math tests and one (1) PARCC ELA test that are all 75 minutes in length.  Grade 5 will also have two (2) days of MCAS science testing.  Please see the schedule on the latest issue of the Luther Pride newsletter for specific testing days.
There will be a grade 5 parent information night on Tuesday, May 26th at Case Jr. High School.  The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will take place in the Jr. High media center.  Principal Robert Silveira will share important information  about the Jr. High School as well as information that is helpful with the transition to grade 6.  An information sheet about this event will go home with students later in May.
The grade 5 music concert will take place on Thursday, May 28th in the auditorium at Joseph Case High School.  The event will begin at 6:30 p.m.
April Announcements
Congratulations to Carol Maynard for receiving a grant to enhance her classroom technology.  Ms. Maynard will be receiving $500 from the Stephan C. Flanagan Educator Enrichment Fund for the classroom technology grant that she wrote.
Thank you to all members of the Luther School community who participated in a brief survey that was emailed to parents and faculty members during February.  Your input is greatly appreciated and has helped the Luther School Council create meaningful school improvement goals for the 2015-2016 school year.
Our annual spring book fair will take place April 14th through April 17th.  Flyers with more information will be sent home soon.
Luther School will be working with the Swansea Public Library in order to meet our objective of having all of our students obtain a library card.   We are working towards this goal to help students continue reading over the summer.  More information will be sent home soon.
A reminder to parents to sign and return the report card envelope to school that was sent home with students on March 20th.  Students should submit their signed report card envelope to their homeroom teacher as soon as possible.
Our annual Boys’ Choice Event will take place at Teamworks in Somerset on Friday, April 10th from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  There will be dodge ball, soccer, inflatables, and obstacle courses setup.  Pizza, snacks, and beverages will be served.  The cost is $15 per family.  Please RSVP with payment by April 3rd.
Our annual Girls’ Choice Event will take place at Case Jr. High School on Friday, May 1st from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  Grade 5 students may arrive at 5:30 p.m. for pictures.  This year’s dance has an evening in Paris theme with pizza and desserts being served.  The cost is $10 per family and invitations will be going home with students soon.
April 16th and 17th will be early dismissal days at Luther School to allow for afternoon parent-teacher conferences.  On these days parent dismissal will take place at 11:30 a.m. and bus dismissal will take place at 11:35 a.m.
March Announcements
Thank you to all who donated to our Swansea Animal Shelter Supplies Drive. This Friday, March 6th will be our next school-wide theme day.  Students are asked to wear animal themed clothing on this day.
Our next classroom led charity initiative will be raising money for Multiple Sclerosis.  Ms. Nogueira and Mrs. Koutsogiannis’ classes will be leading this initiative during the month of March.  A flyer will be going home soon with more details.  Friday, March 27 will be the next school-wide theme day.  On this day students are encouraged to wear orange to show their support.
PARCC testing will begin this month, starting on March 17 with the grade 3 math test.  The testing period will run from March 17 through April 10.  It is especially important for students to be on time for school on testing days.  The school day begins at 8:35 a.m. and it is best for students to arrive to school prior to this time.  Students may be dropped off starting at 8:20 a.m.
PARCC Schedule
Grade 3
Math – March 17, 18
ELA – March 25, 26, 27
Grade 4
Math – March 19, 20
ELA – March 30, 31, April 1
Grade 5
Math – March 23, 24
ELA – April 6, 7, 8
February Announcements
Registrations for the next session of Mad Science begin today, February 10th, directions for registering were sent home with students this past Friday.  Students must register by February 27th.  Classes will run on Tuesdays from 3:15 p.m. until 4:15 p.m. starting on March 3rd and ending April 7th.
During the month of February, Mrs. Poirier and Mrs. Sutherland’s homerooms are leading a food and supplies drive to support the Swansea Animal Shelter.  Luther School will be accepting the following items: canned dog/cat food, dry dog/cat food, litter of any kind, industrial trash bags, paper towels, blankets, sheets, towels, wipes, and dog/cat toys.
Mrs. Medas, our physical education teacher, is coordinating our annual Hoops for Hearts fundraiser to support the American Heart Association.  A flyer was sent home with students in late January with more details.  Mrs. Medas is asking that all donations and forms be submitted by the end of February.
On February 26th, Texas Roadhouse of Dartmouth will be running a Line Dancing after school activity at Luther School in the gymnasium.  The event will run from 3:15 p.m. until 4:15 p.m. and the cost to participate is $5.00.  100% of the proceeds will go to the Luther School Organization (LSO) to help lower the costs of our end of the year field trips for students.  Registration forms will be going home soon and registrations will be accepted on a first come first serve basis.
As of today, Swansea Public Schools have had four (4) snow days.  This means the current last day of school is now Thursday, June 18th.  This could continue to change if we have any additional snow days.  Please keep this in mind when planning vacations during the month of June.
January Announcements
The Luther School Organization will be hosting a family movie night on Friday, January 9th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. here at Luther School.  We will be showing the movie Frozen in the gymnasium starting at 6:30 p.m.  Popcorn and hot chocolate will be provided by the LSO.  This event is free and students must be accompanied by an adult.
Mrs. Platt has organized a Luther School Providence Bruins Night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I. for Friday, January 23rd.  Additional order forms are available in the main office and the deadline to order tickets is January 16th.  The cost is $18 per ticket.  For more information, please contact Becky Platt at
During the month of January, Luther School will be running a book drive in order to continue to build up our school library.  Please consider donating a new or gently used book that would be appropriate for grades 2 through 7.  Non-fiction books about animals, sports, historical events and biographies are especially needed.  Books may be dropped off at the main office.

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