Burbank Bulletin

November 1, 2021


Dear Luther Burbank Families,

We have received excellent news! U.S. News & World Report recently published its first-ever rankings of public middle schools, and Luther Burbank made it onto the list of U.S. News Best Middle Schools for 2022.

Luther Burbank ranked 34th out of 527 middle schools listed in Massachusetts. U.S. News & World Report best school rankings are calculated based on state-wide proficiency scores for mathematics and reading and the results of these scores in the context of socio-economic demographics. Top-ranked schools are identified as high-achieving schools that succeed in educating all of their students. Data for the rankings are generated from third-party sources, including the U.S. Department of Education.

This recognition follows two prior recognitions of note. In 2020, Luther Burbank was nationally recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School, and in 2019, Luther Burbank earned the title of "School of Recognition" by the Massachusetts Department of Education.

The U.S. News & World Report announcement last week served as yet another validation of all that I know about Luther Burbank. Our students, our staff, and our families all serve an important role in our collective achievement. As principal, I am humbled and honored to be a part of Luther Burbank, one very special, hard-working, and talented community.

To view our full profile on U.S. News & World Report, Best Middle Schools, click here.

In partnership,


Dates to Remember

November 4: SEPAC Event, Kerrigan Classroom, 7:00 PM (Virtual)

November 10: Lancaster PTO Meeting, 6:30 PM

November 11: Veterans Day, No School

November 16: Digital Literacy Night for Families, Florence Sawyer School, 6:00 PM

November 16: LBMS Drama Information Meeting, 6:30 PM

November 17: SEPAC Event, Anxiety Presentation, 7:00 PM (Virtual)

November 18: LBMS School Council, 3:00

November 24-26: Thanksgiving Break, No School

December 3: Trimester 1 Grades Close

December 10: Early Release Professional Development, 11:30 Dismissal

December 16: LBMS School Council, 3:00

December 17: Trimester 1 Report Cards Issued

December 23-31: Winter Break, No School

Link to NRSD 2021-2022 School Calendar

Interested in Joining us for a Book Club???

The cold days ahead offer the perfect time to read a good book, right? Our Luther Burbank faculty is very excited to announce this year's Parent/Teacher Book Club title, How to Talk so Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish.

Written by best-selling authors, Faber and Mazlish, this book offers a practical resource with easy-to-implement suggestions to help us tackle the tough issues teens and families face today.

Our Book Club will include three virtual meetings scheduled for January 5th, February 2nd, and March 30th from 6:00-7:00 PM via Zoom. The meetings will be informal - simply an opportunity for us to gather together with parents to discuss strategies presented in a very good book.

If you are interested in joining our Book Study, please complete this short survey and we will be in touch. The survey will close on Friday, December 17th.


On Wednesday, November 16th, the Nashoba Regional School District will be hosting a Digital Information and Safety Night for all parents and community members. The event will be held from 6:00-7:00 PM in the Florence Sawyer School cafeteria. Topics will include Chromebook expectations, technology tools, digital safety, and internet guidelines. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

LBMS Drama Club Information Night, Save the Date

We are super excited to announce the return of LBMS Drama under the direction of Stacy Kramer, LBMS Drama Director. The LBMS Drama Club provides an opportunity for LBMS students to be a part of a musical production in the spring. No previous drama experience is necessary. There are opportunities for onstage roles or helping with backstage crew. LBMS Drama is open to all LBMS students. Auditions are required for any students wishing to perform onstage. This year's performance will be Seussical, Jr. An informational meeting for students and parents will be held on November 16th at 6:30 PM.

Cross Country Ends the Season Victorious

Congratulations goes out to the Girls Cross Country Team for defeating Hale and Sawyer at last Wednesday's District Meet and completing an UNDEFEATED season! The 8-0 Lady Lancers were once again led by Caroline Pinto, gaining her 8th first place victory with a time of 9:43, fourteen seconds ahead of second place Hale runner. In the Boy’s race, Michael Ramos held on in a sprint to the finish to take the win by a nose, beating Hale’s top runner by ½ a second!

This race concludes the Cross Country season. Congratulations to all the runners and to the Girls team on their undefeated season!

Upcoming SEPAC Events

November 4th - Kerrigan Classroom Presentation at 7 PM

Reading Comprehension Made Simple (see flyer)

Google Meet Link: meet.google.com/exg-fqaf-mud

November 17th - Anxiety Presentation with Dr. Cutillo at 7 PM

Link to Follow

From the Health Office

Please be reminded that we request that you notify the school if your child is going to be late or absent. You can do so easily by emailing LBMSattendance@nrsd.net Please remember to include any/all symptoms that your child is experiencing. We continue to monitor for symptoms of Covid-19 and this communication is essential to maintaining the health and safety of our community. Please feel free to call Darlene Perkins at 978-365-5629 if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks in advance for your cooperation.

2021-2022 LBMS Student and Parent Handbook

Students and families are asked to review the 2021-2022 LBMS Student and Handbook. Our LBMS COVID-19 Guidelines and Protocols document serve as a complement to the handbook.

Interested in Substitute Teaching for the 2021-2022 School Year? We Need You!

Substitute teaching offers flexibility and a direct interface with our awesome students. It also offers interested community members a way to contribute to our school. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a substitute teacher and/or are interested in applying to become a substitute teacher, please email Laura Friend at lfriend@nrsd.net or call our main office at 978-365-4558. Substitute teaching offers flexibility and a direct interface with our awesome students. It also offers interested community members a way to contribute to our school.

8th Annual Band Day a Huge Success!