Superintendent's Report - 12/15/2015

posted Dec 13, 2015, 11:34 AM by Hps Webmaster
Leadership Team Update
We met in subgroups of the District Leadership Team this week.
Principals’ Meeting

The Principals met with Cathy Kilcoyne and me to receive a refresher training in the new Restraint Regulation that will be in place on January 1, 2016. Ms. Kilcoyne facilitated this training and our Principals had excellent and insightful questions. I have included, in this packet, a copy of the PowerPoint developed by DESE to explain the changes. We also had some time to conduct case management regarding high profile students in each building.

Directors’ Meeting
The Curriculum Directors met to debrief the December 9th professional development and review the checklist that teachers are using to self-assess the high quality assessments as they develop them. The group also discussed the relationship between the draft rubrics we are working on.

Finance and Operations

Budget

Tuesday evening the Committee will be asked to vote on the budget to be passed on to the Town. You may recall at our last budget meeting, we decided to proceed with a budget that was $1,274,377 out of balance. You have, in the packet, the preamble to the budget book and will have a full budget book available on Tuesday. When the budget is presented on Tuesday, it will be presented in three lines: Personnel, General Expense, and Transportation.

Mrs. Lange will also be presenting you with an update on our student activities account audit and end of the year financial report. Tuesday’s meeting will be very focused on the financial health of the District.

Curriculum and Instruction Update

Assessment Data Update

We have received preliminary District and School Accountability Data. The embargo on the data has now been lifted and can be viewed under the School and District profiles page on the DESE website.   Members of the District Leadership Team will officially present and drill down into the data at our January 4th meeting. Mr. Reagan, Mrs. Flynn and Mr. Otlin will present the College Board data at the same meeting. For a preview of the College Board Data, please see the beginning of your budget book which outlines the success that Hudson students achieved.   

Curriculum Review Task Force

We had our second meeting with this group on December 3rd. We did decide as a group to revise the Arcadia Middle School Rubric to assess our work. The team is currently working on defining standards for high quality rubrics to assess student work and standards for high quality assessments.

High Expectations Teaching Task Force

The team spent a great deal of time uncovering our beliefs around teaching and learning using John Hattie’s work as our core text. This resulted in a rich dialogue about the role of teachers and students in learning. We also began to unpack some educator evaluation standards and started a menu of items that we feel are illustrative of high expectation teaching and learning. Examples include:

 

Measurable objectives

 

“A”

Challenging objectives

 

“B”

Well-structured lesson

 

“C”

We would expect

 

Teacher

  • Communicated objective connected with lesson or activity
  • Student centered language
  • Using some type of tool (rubric, checklist, exemplar, anchor chart, etc.) to confer with students

Student

  • understand what they are doing and why
  • has personal written goals
  • understand what they can do or need to do to meet objective
  • have access to a measuring tool: exemplar, rubric, checklist, anchor text, anchor chart

 

We would expect  

 

Teacher

  • Differentiate instruction with multi-faceted tasks for students
  • Working with higher level problems (ie: Webb’s 3-4)
  • Teacher is using objectives that meet or exceed the framework standard

Student

  • asking clarifying and probing questions
  • asking for help
  • working on multi-faceted tasks
  • actively working and engaged on tasks

 

We would expect

 

Teacher

  • Beginning, middle and end to the lesson. There is time to go back and provide closure to activity or connection to lesson
  • I do, we do, you do- Gradual release of responsibility
  • Pacing  students are “doing”
  • Engagement
  • Authentic structure to instruction
  • Identified connection to prior or future learning
  • Informal assessment to see if students learned material presented before moving on
  • Materials have been provisioned and ready for the lesson

Student

  • students are working harder than the teacher
  • students are actively producing something related to the objective
  • student voices are heard
  • students know routines
  • time is focused on learning  not technical issues

 

 

December 9th Professional Learning Day

A broad range of activities occurred in each department and grade level occurred on December 9, 2015. Each teacher and administrator was actively engaged in activities that furthered the goals of our District Improvement Plan. I personally spent time with our Wellness Department discussing their important role, as well as the progress that they have made on the development of K-12 curriculum and assessment. I also observed our K-4 teachers scoring their first interim math assessment, entering the data into a spreadsheet, analyzing the data, and planning next steps for instruction. It was an incredibly powerful example of where we are moving as a District.

Superintendent’s School Visits

Forest Avenue School – Thursday, December 3rd

Superintendent’s Items of Interest

Happy Holidays

This will be our final meeting prior to December break. I would like to take a moment to wish the Committee, your families, and the entire Hudson Community a wonderful winter holiday season.

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

12/11/15

 

 

 

HHS

973

982

978

980

 

 

 

QMS

677

648

647

647

 

 

 

Farley

 

513

 

494

 

495

 

498

 

 

 

Forest Avenue

 

325

 

341

 

341

 

336

 

 

 

Mulready

 

279

 

260

 

261

 

261

 

 

 

HHS Pre-K

 

95

 

86

 

86

 

87

 

 

 

District Total

2,862

2,811

2,808

2,809

 

 

 

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