Superintendent's Report - 11/24/15

posted Nov 28, 2015, 1:27 PM by Hps Webmaster
Leadership Team Update
Data Analysis
The recent meetings of the District Leadership Team have been focused on the analysis of data. Our goals have been to create a tool box of data analysis tools that employ a common language for looking at student work and developing an action plan as a result of the analysis. The team has identified the fact that there were three pieces to the work that we need to do in this area:

(1) calibration of scoring;

(2) organizing and analyzing data; and

(3) developing an action plan to adjust practice.

Moving forward, we will develop a common tool for each step of the process. Administrators will use their professional judgement as to when to use each tool. The non-negotiable is that the end result needs to be a concrete action plan to make adjustments to practice in order to improve student learning.

Finance and Operations

Budget
The focus of Central Office continues to be on preparing the preliminary FY17 budget. The Committee has now heard from the entire leadership team and I will be presenting my budget recommendations at the Budget Subcommittee meeting immediately preceding the December 1st School Committee meeting. 
·         12/1     5:00-7:00
Superintendent’s Recommendations and Draft Budget Book

Mrs. Lange and I met with Mr. Moses on the 18th of November to further discuss our budget and specifically revisit the issue of E-Rate funding. Mrs. Lange and I found the discussion to be beneficial, open and honest. I look forward to continuing this dialogue and building relationships between the Municipal Departments and the School Department. 

Curriculum and Instruction Update

Accountability Data Update

We have received preliminary District and School Accountability Data. The Data is embargoed until sometime during the week of December 7th -11th. The District Leadership Team is preparing to present the data to the Committee at the December 15th meeting. 

Superintendent’s School Visits

Hudson High School - Wednesday, November 18th 

Mulready Elementary - Tuesday, November 23rd 

Superintendent’s Items of Interest
National Honor Society Induction

On Wednesday, November 18th, I attended the induction ceremony for Hudson High School’s National Honor Society and National Jr. Honor Society chapters. There were 21 juniors and 1 senior inducted into the National Honor Society. These two individuals joined 38 of their peers who had been previously inducted. The 35 current members of the National Junior Honor Society were joined by 36 freshmen and 6 sophomore inductees.  

This is an outstanding achievement for our young men and women as it represents more than their commitment to scholarly pursuits. Each of these students also have to embody the ideals of character, leadership, and service.

Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Council

On Tuesday, November 23rd, I met with my Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Council for our second meeting of the year. We had a wide-ranging discussion that covered the areas of communication, homework, math fact practice, and the budget. I am appreciative of the insight and energy that this group brings. I would love to encourage more parents to join us so that their voices and perspectives could be heard.

Literacy for All Conference

On November 16th and 17th, several Hudson educators presented at the Literacy for All Conference in Providence, Rhode Island. This annual conference is a highly regarded regional professional development event, for literacy, targeted to teachers, administrators, literacy coaches, and reading specialists Kathy Provost and Heather Fisher presented with Clare Landrigan, Tammy Mulligan, and Jean Wolf in a presentation entitled “Impacting Student Learning through Literacy Coaching". Aubrey Andreozzi, Tricia Bowen, Jaime Leger, Jennifer Lewis presented with Kathy Provost in a presentation entitled "Using Picture Books to Engage Readers and Support Deep Thinking". Both presentations were well attended and well received by the audience. In fact, the HPS 4th grade Battle of the Books will be reimagined in the Nashville Public Schools based on the positive feedback and professional dialogue our teachers engaged in with their colleagues from Nashville. The educators in Hudson are leaders in their fields.

High School Journalism Awards

Sophmores Dakota Antelman and Lauren Gasek achieved recognition at the Orlando Journalism Conference last week, they both competed in the write-off contests. Dakota received a Superior rating, the highest rating, for his sports story. He competed against 70 students from across the country and was one of 12 who received the highest rating. Lauren received an honorable mention for one of her field hockey pictures from this year. The Journalism Program at HHS, under the guidance of Ms. Vessels, is another example of the wonderful things happening inside the Hudson Public Schools.

Central District Music Festival

Three Hudson High School musicians were selected for the prestigious honor to represent our District at the 59th Annual Massachusetts Central District Senior Music Festival. Buren Andrews (tenor voice), Jack Snow (tenor voice), and Thaya Zalewski (clarinet and jazz alto sax) were selected for the January 16th festival at Mechanics Hall. Thaya’s audition earned a high enough score to receive a recommendation to audition for the Massachusetts All-State Music Festival later this year. The Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) sponsors district festivals each year in senior high and junior high divisions.  On average, 1400 students from 60 different high schools in Central MA participate in this audition process, and approximately 400 students are selected for the senior division Festival.   The Festival prepares students for a concert performance at historic Mechanics Hall in one of four performing ensembles:  Chorus, Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band, and Symphony Orchestra.  Congratulations to our students and their teachers Mrs. Jeanette McLellan and Mr. Jason Caron.

Mulready Food Pantry Drive

The kindness of the Hudson community was demonstrated throughout the duration of the Mulready food and toiletry drive to benefit the Hudson Food Pantry. The Mulready community donated over 1,000 food and toiletry items to the Hudson Food Pantry. The students enjoyed a bit of friendly competition about which class could bring in the most items. By a very narrow margin, the prize of a pizza party was earned by Mrs. McGowan’s kindergarten class.

Trick or Treat for UNICEF Outcome

The Hudson High School UNICEF Club had a very successful Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Fundraiser. In total, the students in Hudson raised $1,653.50. If $400 can buy a pump to give a village clean water, the community’s contributions of $1,653 can have an incredible impact on the lives of people in need around the world. As a community, we can come together to make a difference.

Enrollment 

All enrollment numbers are up to date as of the writing of this report. They are unofficial numbers. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education collects snapshots of enrollment data three times per year October, March, and June. I will provide you with monthly enrollment numbers so that you can be aware of the amount of fluctuation that may or may not be occurring on a monthly basis.

 

5/8/15

9/3/15

9/18/15

10/2/15

10/16/15

10/30/15

11/13/15

HHS

973

1,000

984

984

984

983

982

QMS

677

648

654

649

649

649

648

Farley

 513

 484

 491

 496

 497

 497

 494

Forest

 325

 332

 336

 338

 338

 341

 341

Mulready

 279

 264

 266

 263

 262

 259

 260

HHS PreK

 95

 85

 86

 86

 86

 85

86

District Total

2,862

2,813 

2,817

2,816

2,816

2,814

2,811

 

 

5/8/15

11/13/15

11/24/15

 

 

 

 

HHS

973

982

978

 

 

 

 

QMS

677

648

647

 

 

 

 

Farley

 513

 494

 495

 

 

 

 

Forest Avenue

 325

 341

 341

 

 

 

 

Mulready

 279

 260

 261

 

 

 

 

HHS Pre-K

 95

 86

 86

 

 

 

 

District Total

2,862

2,811

2,808

 

 

 

 

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