Superintendent's Report - 3/24/17

posted Mar 25, 2017, 11:57 AM by Hps Webmaster

Meeting Highlights

3/15/17                   Quarterly Meeting with Tom Moses                                                

·         Budget discussion

3/21/17                   DLT                                             

·         Cancelled for candidate visit which was then cancelled, too late to reschedule

3/21/17                   Elementary Leadership Team                                  

·         Updated MCAS schedule

3/24/17                   Assabet Valley Collaborative Board Meeting                                   

·         General board business         

Kindergarten Registration

The requested deadline for 2017-2018 kindergarten registration is March 30th.  Here are the numbers as of March 23rd:

Farley

Census says 85 should enroll, 41 are registered, 5 owe documents: 46 Total

Forest

Census says 53 should enroll, 44 are registered, 6 owe documents: 50 Total

Mulready

Census says 31 should enroll, 21 are registered, 2 owe documents: 23 total.

District

Census says the total for the year should be 169, and we have heard from 119 families.

The biggest discrepancy between the census and actual enrollment is at Farley Elementary.

The District will re-publicize after the March 30th deadline if we do not have numbers that more closely reflect the census. Failure to register students in a timely manner may result in students having a delayed start to their kindergarten experience.

Stem Family Night _(Submitted by Karen Martin and Erin Goldstein)

We had a very successful Family STEM Night at Farley on March 22nd. This was the first time the English Learner Education Department joined forces with the Elementary Department to provide all families with an opportunity to learn and have fun together.  We estimated well over 200 parents and students attended.

 STEM Night Highlights:

  • The Blanding Turtle room was a big hit! There was a reception line to meet Bubble and Skittles. Over $150 was donated to purchase a tracker for the turtles when they were released into the wild.
  • Save the Bees! Third grade students informed parents and students about the importance of saving the bees. They also have applied for a grant and were garnering additional support.
  • Our ESL teachers delivered a presentation to parents of English learners about what STEM is and why it is important.   All English learners went home with new science tools and science books to reinforce learning at home.  Our interpreters were available to parents as needed throughout the evening.
  • Every room was filled to capacity with parents and students learning code, building towers, designing structures, observing nature, playing math games, learning about waves, and making electrical circuits.

A big thank you to Anna Gallo Knight, Lindsay Sousa, Kimmarie Calvanese, Kellie Horne, Wendy Anderson, Michelle Keith, and Kelly Sardella for welcoming all of our families, providing extra support for families who needed it, and planning two great stations for students. 

Thank you also to Lisa Leger, Laura Mullen, Katie Rivela, Michelle Farley, Cassia Freitas, Lisette Zinner, and Meghan Gasek for planning “hands and minds on” stations for students and parents.

We appreciate Kevin Hava bringing a station on ocean currents and wind turbines and having two high school student helpers to model for younger children their love of science.

Last night sets the stage for future Family Nights! We appreciate all that everyone did to contribute to the success of the night.

News from DESE 

Commissioner Chester will hold his third town hall meeting since the beginning of this school year from 6–8 p.m. on March 29 at Nipmuc Regional High School in Upton, part of the Blackstone Valley. The first town hall was in Brockton in September, followed by an event in Fitchburg last month. The Commissioner will discuss the successes and challenges of the state's K–12 school system, how the state and districts work together, and the roles of learning standards and assessments in supporting teaching and learning. The event is free and open to the public, but people who plan to attend are encouraged to register online.

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.

 

 

5/20/16

12/2/16

12/16/16

1/20/17

2/3/17

3/9/17

3/23/17

HHS

968

939

936

933

931

930

932

QMS

649

635

631

632

633

636

636

Farley

498

487

487

486

485

489

489

Forest Avenue

340

330

329

330

333

333

333

Mulready

260

252

250

251

252

251

250

District Total

2,715

2,643

2,633

2,632

2,634

2,639

2,640

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