Pleasant View School

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Some of us went to Pleasant View School on North Main St. for first and second grades. The school day was 9 a.m to 3 p.m.

Pleasant View School opened in 1916 and closed on Jun. 29, 1976. Today, the building serves as the Pleasant View Senior Center (home of the East Longmeadow Council on Aging), and also houses the East Longmeadow Recreation Department.
 
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Pleasant View School from N. Main St. in 1953.
 
 
Pleasant View School around 1962, with stop lights in front, directly across from Lasalle St.
 
 
 
Mr. Frederick Lafayette, principal of Pleasant View School and Mapleshade School, closes the doors of Pleasant View School on June 29, 1976, marking the end of its 60 years use as a school. Students and teachers were transferred to Mapleshade School. Photo courtesy of The Reminder, East Longmeadow, MA.
 
 
View from North Main Street, some time after 2000. Photo courtesy of Bruce Moore.
 
 
The former Pleasant View School in 2016, now the Pleasant View Senior Center, serving the needs of E. L.'s senior citizens. The East Longmeadow Recreational Department is also located there.
 
 
Another view of the Pleasant View Senior Center in 2017.
 
Personnel Who Served Us
 Name, current location or * year passed away (
click on name for In Memory tribute)
Please contact us with updates.
 

Principal
 Mr. Edward H. Sheldon* 2001
 
School Physician and Nurse
Mrs. Helen B. Hayward, R.N.* 2001
 
Custodian
 Mr. Ovide R. Carmel* 1998
 
Teachers
 
 First Grade
 Mrs. Patricia Campbell, location/status unknown
Miss Teresa Slowinski* 1982; replaced in Jan. 1959 by Miss Gay L. Clough (now Mrs. Gay L. Tatro), Moosup CT
 
Second Grade
 Miss Carolyn Blossom, likely Virginia MN
Miss Helen M. Dineen (now Mrs. Helen M. Geary), South Yarmouth MA
 Miss Barbara A. Fitzgerald* 2004
 
 
 
Mrs. Fontaine in 1929 (college graduation photo).
 
First Grade Class Rosters

Mrs. Campbell

 
Mrs. Campbell in 1958 (college graduation photo).

Please contact us if you were in this class. Names we've received so far: Marilyn Man, Cynthia Margozzi, Linda Mottle, Debra Peterson, Mark Simone.

Mrs. Harrington

 
Mrs. Harrington in her later years. At this time, she was Mrs. Palmer.
 
Please contact us if you were in this class. Names we've received so far: none.
 
Mrs. Munro
 
 
Mrs. Munro in 1958.

Please contact us if you were in this class. Names we've received so far: Susan Circosta, Marsha Coons, Carol DuBois, Barbara Ducharme, Paul Duquette, Christopher Edwards, Edward Warren.

Miss Slowinski/Miss Clough
 
  

Miss Slowinski in 1948 (high school graduation photo); Miss Clough in 1957 (college graduation photo).

Please contact us if you were in this class. Names we've received so far: Andrea Driscoll, Roy Esposito, Marilyn Gour, Valerie Jimenez, Diane LaFave, Elizabeth Lasek.

Article in Springfield Union newspaper, Sep. 20, 1958. 

 

This Sep. 27, 1958 article, in the Springfield Union newspaper, describes the school savings program in which we could participate. The four schools mentioned are Center, Pleasant View, Mapleshade, and Birchland Park Schools, the only schools in East Longmeadow at this time. 

Dave Farioli's card from the 1957-1958 school year. He joined our class in 1958.

Mrs. Munro's first grade class from 1957-1958. These kids were in the class of 1969 and include seven classmates, Chris Edwards, Dave Farioli, Armand Gamache, Doug Goodrich, Mark Hadeler, Ted Harper, and John Keane, who ended up joining our class the following year. Top row: Edna Hanson, Mary Ellen Henderson, Valerie Jamison, Cecile Gauthier. Row 2: David Farioli, Amelia Ingram, Christopher Hastings, Mrs. Munro, Ted Harper, Helena Ellsworth, Mark Hadeler. Row 3: Joan Goodenough, John Keane, Joan Nolan?, Donald Hutchison, Diane Ferris, Robert Dunn, Laurie Forbes. Row 4: unknown, Joanne Drumheller, Armand Gamache, Linda Hagopian, unknown, Martha Fox, Doug Goodrich. Row 5: Dawn Driscoll, unknown, Chris Edwards, unknown, Carol Crosier, Mark Haley, Paula Finn, unknown. Photo courtesy of Mary Darling Studio.
 
Second Grade Class Rosters

Miss Blossom

Miss Blossom in 1956 (college graduation photo).

Lynn Belliveau, Charles Boudrias, Nancy Bryson, Stephanie Chmielewski, Beverly Dion, John Dlugos, Barbara Ducharme, Paul Duquette, Karen Gagliarducci, David Gallerani, Donna Guadenzi, Carol Gerow, Dianne Hobbs, Douglas Keith, Katherine LaBerge, Edward Lemanski, Allison Lipp, Timothy Lynch, David McCallum, Franklin Miorandi, Jean Montana, Robert Parker, Susan Petronino, Robert A. Price, Susan Regnier, Joanne Rinaldi, Eugene Shaw, Marc Smith, Susan Waterman, Deborah Williams.

Miss Dineen
 
 
 
Miss Dineen in 1958 (college graduation photo) and in 1960.

Patricia Berard, Andrea Burger, David Carpenter, Susan Circosta, Kathleen Docherty, Frederick Doersam, Lois Dusenberry, Christopher Edwards, Nancy Galvin, Daniel Gamache, James Gilmartin, Marilyn Gour, Richard Grimaldi, Nancy Holland, William Kenyon, Diane LaFave, Derek Larsen, Cynthia MacDonald, Richard Malmstrom, Earl McKenzie, Linda Mottle, David Owen, Nancy Pleu, Marion Renzi, Joanne Russo, David Sand, Richard Shaw, Maria Siano, Paul Stilphen, Felix Tranghese, Melinda Wheeler.

Miss Fitzgerald

 

Miss Fitzgerald in 1954 (college graduation photo) and in 1964.

Kathleen Allen, Ellen Bonneville, Koby Borodkin, Debra Campanella, Danny Danio, Valerie Davis, Suzanne Dreyer, Robert Drumheller, John Evans, Linda Farrell, Grace Garcia, Gary Girouard, Susan Hatch, Valerie Jimenez, John Keane, Lynelle Larsen, Paul Lieberwirth, Bruce Lindwall, Cynthia Margozzi, August Maserati, Thomas Mineo, Kathryn Pedersen, Eleanor Ramey, Ronald Rennell, Margaret Rohr, Paul Saunders, Mark Simone, Stephen Tesini, Ann Tesoro, Edward Warren, Ellen Zimmerman.

Miss Holland

 
Miss Holland in 1961.

Linda Bates, Jon Botta, Laura Bradley, Janice Breen, Karen Carpenter, Julia Devine, Michael Dimonaco, Carol DuBois, Bruce Duncan, Deborah Foster, Steven Gagner, Constance Garvey, Eddie Goguen, Patricia Hendrick, Pamela Johnson, Clifford Keeney, Carl Larson, Elizabeth Lasek, William Lowe, Candice Marino, Richard Maurer, John Miner, Debra Peterson, Linda Redin, Gilbert Roy, Michele Roy, Wayne Scully, William Stark, Jonathan Tooher, Nancy Vallett, Malcolm White.

Mrs. Steele

Mrs. Steele in the mid-1980s.

Karen Albright, Paul Battige, Nancy Blaisdell, Marlene Cabana, Marsha Coons, Todd Cormier, Ralph Donohue, Bernadette Downie, Linda Erwin, Roy Esposito, Deborah Gamble, Stephen Geoffrion, Mark Hadeler, Andrea Hastings, Janice Holuk, Dennis Kronenberg, Mary Ann LaLima, Victor Linden, Marilyn Man, Stephen Mascaro, John McLane, Nola Olmsted, John Perella, Thomas Pratte, Kathleen Price, Daniel Ryland, Alfred Santos, Kenneth Sheret, Joan Stack, Clark Swanson, John Vigliano, Susan White.

Article in Springfield Union newspaper, May 18, 1960. Click here for 30 seconds of home video of the May Day celebration. You'll hear Diane LaFave Cirignano's voice. She was in Miss Dineen's second grade class.
 
Memories

Susan Circosta Mancinone remembers, "In Mrs. Munro's class she used to bring in magic tricks because her husband was a magician. I remember the big black hat, wand, and the rabbit. I wonder if anyone else can recall that?"

Ed Warren also remembers Mrs. Munro doing magic tricks: "She would tap the hat three times with the wand and something always popped out."

Chris Edwards recalls, "Mrs. Munro would dance an irish jig if the class had perfect attendance for the day."

Debbie Campanella Hansch remembers the May Day celebration in first grade. Paul Duquette was the designated leader of the Bunny Hop, but he fell ill and Debbie was called on to fill in for him at the last minute. She mentions, "I had no idea at the time that the Bunny Hop was going to be my Fifteen Minutes of Fame. If I had known, I would have hopped with more enthusiasm!"

Susan Circosta Mancinone says, "Debbie's recollection of the bunny hop jogged my memory; I remember doing that in Mrs. Munro's class also. I also remember that the teachers used to whack the back of your hand with a ruler when you misbehaved at Pleasant View; can you imagine if they did that today?" Marilyn Gour also recalls seeing this happen to students who got in trouble.

Ed Warren  remembers he was ill quite a bit in second grade. Miss Fitzgerald allowed him to take a nap in the back of the class whenever he felt tired!

Cynthia Margozzi remembers her first grade teacher, Mrs. Campbell: "I have always given Mrs. Campbell credit whenever anyone compliments my handwriting...because I am a "lefty"...and she showed me how to turn the paper the other way so I could write in the correct way. She did other wonderful things too, that made school very exciting and interesting."

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