12/13/16 Principals’ Team Meeting
· MCAS 2.0 Conference Call
· School Report Cards
· Secretary’s Lunch
· Building Issues
12/13/16 School Committee Budget Meeting
· Focus on Middle School
· Focus on Special Education
I sent the following message to the District on December 9, 2016.
I cannot believe that it is December already and time to provide a first budget update. Unfortunately, the fiscal news is not great but I am committed to being open and honest about what is happening in the budget process so that rumors and uncertainty are alleviated as much as possible. It seems that every year at this stage of budget development, we are discussing cuts. This year is no different. It is still very, very early in the process. I will try to keep the facts at the forefront and communicate as clearly as possible the reality of the situation as it unfolds.
Here are the facts as they stand today:
What we are fairly certain of at this point is:
I wish that I could eliminate the unsettled feeling and resultant anxiety that budget season causes. Please remember that it is still very early in this process and there are still many unknowns.
· The District Leadership Team met on 12/6/16 and 12/14/16.
· Leadership Team agendas will continue to be included in your packets so that the Committee is aware of the work that is occurring when the administrators meet.
· The 12/6/16 meeting focused on the norming of feedback provided to teachers after classroom walkthroughs.
· We looked at the walkthroughs through the lens of our ATSR class of making claims, supporting claims with evidence and identifying potential impact of the teacher’s instruction.
· The 12/14/16 meeting was planned and facilitated by Cathy Kilcoyne. The focus of our time together was the changes to available accommodations for the next generation MCAS tests to be administered this spring.
School and District Report Cards
· The 2016 school and District report cards and report card overviews are now available on the DESE website under Profiles.
· Districts receiving Title I funds are required to distribute report cards annually to all parents or guardians of students enrolled in all District schools, regardless of Title I status at the school level.
· The Department asked that Districts distribute report cards to families by the end of December. The Committee can see DESE’s report card website for distribution requirements and sample cover letters.
· Our Principals will use the template provided on the report card website for their cover letter. This is the most expeditious form to use because the Department has already provided the needed translations. Hudson families will receive this information translated if they have requested translations. The mailing will be sent from Central Office by December 30th.
Drafts of MA Curriculum Frameworks for ELA & Literacy and Math
· The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education met November 29, 2016 and sent out for public comment new drafts of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks for English Language Arts and Literacy and Mathematics.
· Comments may be made through February 17, 2017 through an online survey.
· Educators interested in learning more about the proposed changes are encouraged to check out the English Language Arts and Literacy and Math standards review page on ESE's website or sign up for one of ESE's Office Hours sessions during the comment period.
Proposed Amendments to Educator Evaluations
· The Board also voted to send out for comment proposed amendments to educator evaluations.
· Public comment on the proposed amendments to educator evaluations will be open through January 27, 2017 and can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
· The Board will most likely vote on the final draft of the educator evaluation amendments on February 28.
Next Generation MCAS
· The Department has published a schedule of training opportunities related to the next-generation MCAS.
· The District intends to take advantage of all available training opportunities that apply to specific roles and responsibilities in test administration.
· The transition plan to adapt the Science and Technology/Engineering (STE) tests to the new STE standards and to the next-generation MCAS format is online.
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.