· Preliminary calendar development for 2017-2018 school year.
· Review of the most recent budget information prepared for School Committee budget meeting originally scheduled for evening of Tuesday, January 17th.
· The Budget Narrative was completed. The Committee will have a published copy on Tuesday evening. Following Mrs. Tousignant-Dufour’s direction, the copy has the total FTE and dollar amount for proposed cuts that the Committee will be voting on Tuesday evening.
· The District delivered the completed Budget Narrative to the Selectmen on January 18, 2017.
· Mrs. Tousignant-Dufour, Mrs. Lange and I will be presenting the budget to the Board of Selectmen on Monday, January 23, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
· Three of our ESL teachers and two classroom teachers will be presenting at MATSOL in June. Wendy Anderson, Anna Gallo-Knight, Christine Lange, and Kim Gaffny are presenting their collaborative ESL/SS/Sci. model of instruction. Emily Smyth, Hudson High School ESL, is presenting about academic conversations at the secondary level.
· Mrs. Goldstein nominated Carlene Ryan to participate in a DESE ESL Model Curriculum Unit video project.
· The District has built an outstanding ESL team, and it is wonderful to be able to celebrate their accomplishments.
Outreach to ESL Families for Kindergarten Registration
At our last meeting Mr. Luoto asked about how we were reaching out to families whose first language is not English. Mrs. Goldstein and Mrs. Graca have had on going conversations about reaching out to families whose first language is not English.
· Mrs. Goldstein is asking the ESL teachers at Hudson High School to ask their students where they attend church and/or social events so that we can provide kindergarten registration flyers to those venues.
· There are ESL family nights on March 22nd and May 31st, Mrs. Goldstein plans on taking flyers and setting them up on a table. These events are fairly well attended.
· Mrs. Goldstein will be asking Mr. Baldrate about putting flyers out at his evening classes.
People attending these events might not have age-appropriate children for kindergarten, but they might have friends that do. Our theory of action is if we get people talking about registration, then the word will spread to those families that need to hear it.
Next Generation MCAS
· The Standard Setting Policy Committee, convened by ESE in September, has recommended four new achievement levels for the next-generation MCAS tests: Exceeding Expectations, Meeting Expectations, Partially Meeting Expectations, and Not Yet Meeting Expectations. The full text of the recommended achievement levels and performance descriptions can be viewed online. The Department is seeking public feedback on the Committee’s recommendations until January 27, 2017.
· In December and January, Commissioner Chester will present six policy recommendations for high school testing to the Boards of Elementary and Secondary Education and Higher Education. The recommendations were created with input from the High School Testing workgroup and the public.
o In addition to keeping the current MCAS as the graduation requirement through the class of 2020, which was approved by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education in October, the recommendations include:
o keeping the high school Competency Determination (CD) for ELA and Mathematics at grade 10 for the near future;
o adding a History and Social Science test to the CD;
o eliminating the high school Chemistry and Technology/Engineering tests due to low participation and high development costs; and
o adding an Introductory Physics re-testing opportunity in February.
· The Commissioner will also recommend convening a stakeholder workgroup to identify and recommend options for a grade 11/grade 12 assessment program to gauge students’ readiness for success after high school.
· The PARCC consortium has released test items from the 2015–16 ELA and Mathematics assessments for grades 3–8. The release represents approximately one full test per grade level. It is designed to help students, teachers, and parents better understand which competencies were measured, and uses student work samples to show what kinds of answers earned various scores.
The District hosted a screening of the documentary “Screenagers” followed by rich discussions with parents. This was one of the best attended parent outreach events that the District has held with approximately 190 reservations for this event. I would like to thank Mrs. Schuck for bringing the idea forward and the teamwork that she, Dr. Reagan, and Mr. Webster demonstrated to work with the respective Home and School associations to present this worthwhile event to our families. I would also like to thank the administrators that donated their time to facilitate conversations with parents after the screening. Many parents commented about the key messages of balance and the fact that, as adults, we must also be aware of the amount of “screen time” we are participating in. Parents that attended the event also received many useful resources such as, “A Parents’ Guide from Screenagers”, HPS Protocol for 1:1 Devices, hints on making a screen time family contract and sample contracts for each grade level. The Screenagers website (http://www.screenagersmovie.com) has a resource section with a lot more information for parents to view—conversation starters/questions for families called Tech Talk Tuesdays, sample family contracts, information on computer protection software, research findings, digital citizenship, as well as other useful tools.
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.