Superintendent's Report - 3/4/16

posted Mar 6, 2016, 9:55 AM by Hps Webmaster
Leadership Team Update
District Leadership Team Meeting

The District Leadership Team tried a flipped classroom approach to our most recent meeting. I want to thank Assistant Principal Rachel Scanlon for suggesting at our last Executive Leadership Meeting that media other than reading could be a successful approach to sharing information and developing a common understanding of a balanced assessment system. The District Leadership Team watched four online modules and completed the associated readings. The modules were created by the State of Wisconsin using RttT funding. The Federal government via RttT provided substantial money to states to develop “balanced assessment systems”. Two states, Wisconsin and Rhode Island, did a good job of compiling information about what a balanced system of assessments is. Wisconsin’s presentation of information was preferable and clearer than that completed by Rhode Island. If the Committee has any interest in seeing the modules that are building the District’s basic understanding of a balanced assessment, the online modules and materials can be found at:

http://www.wisconsinrticenter.org/educators/understanding-rti-a-systems-view/balanced-assessment/ba-module.html

Finance and Operations

Air Quality Test at Quinn

The preliminary air quality test results from the lab and JEES Environmental regarding air quality at Quinn Middle School Classrooms A205 and B202 have been received. The Facilities Department included B202 in the tests because it is a room serviced by the same air handler as A205 so the same air is circulated in both rooms.

The report indicates that all of the results are below the typical spore levels of 200-2,000 ct/m3.  No major issues with other fibers were found.  Also, there were no out of limit issues with TVOCs (toxic VOC’s).  All those readings were 0 ppb (parts per billion).


Transition to Aesop Software

The District is currently transitioning from Subfinder to Aesop for substitute management and attendance.  Subfinder was purchased by Frontline Technologies who owns Aesop.  Technology, Human Resources and the Finance offices are currently training on the new system.  All collective bargaining Executive Boards were made aware of the change and staff and substitutes were notified of the transition this week.  The last day that Subfinder will be used will be April 15, 2016.  Aesop will be fully implemented on April 25, 2016.  Our longer term goal is to have Aesop data feed the attendance module in Budgetsense.  This will require all employees in the District, even those who do not require substitutes when absent, to use the system for requesting time off.  This will be a big change for our custodial and cafeteria staffs.  We are looking forward to using the Aesop system because it is more robust and has many features which Subfinder did not offer.

School Van Answers

The District has been in contact with the Town regarding their most recently purchased vehicle. The Recreation Department purchased a van in June 2011 through the Plymouth County Commissioners Cooperative procurement contract. The price for a 15-passenger van in 2011 was $24,902. Using the same cooperative and specifications as the Town recreation van, the total price for a 15-passenger Ford T350 van is currently $29,819. The price breaks out in the following manner:

·         $27,800 for a 12-passenger van

·         $893 extended the cab for 15-passengers

·         $817 front and rear air conditioning

·         $309 cruise control

Total: $29,819

Insurance for the 2011 recreation van is an annual price of $663.00 under the Town policy.

Curriculum and Instruction Update

Preschool

On Tuesday, the Committee will hear a presentation by Catherine Kilcoyne and Steve Freitas regarding the potential unification of the Hudson Public Schools Preschool with the CHAPS Preschool. Hudson Public Schools would continue to provide special education services for three- and four-year-old children as we are mandated by law to do. These students would be included in the CHAPS preschool classrooms. A special education teacher and two speech and language pathologists would be assigned to the Hubert School preschool program. Under this proposal, the District would maintain preschool classrooms at Farley and Mulready. In addition to the students the elementary school based programs currently serve, students that have significant medical needs would attend these preschools given the presence of a full-time nurse in the elementary buildings. In your packet, you have a complete feasibility report compiled by Catherine Kilcoyne and Steve Freitas. This report is a more fully edited version of what I emailed you earlier this week. I have informed administrators and the Hudson Educators’ Association of this proposed change. I am meeting on Monday with the Hudson high School Preschool Staff and their association representation on Monday afternoon. I will be meeting with preschool parents Thursday evening to present the proposal. On Tuesday, we will be looking for the Committee’s approval to proceed forward with this course of action. This will be a wonderful opportunity to present a unified voice for early childhood education in Hudson and move closer to our vision of universal full-day kindergarten for all.

Superintendent’s Items of Interest

I would like to share a message that Dr. Reagan shared with his staff this week. My purpose for sharing is twofold. First, it shows the genuine respect that our administrators have for teachers and students. Second, it highlights the strong character that our students demonstrate in a way that the Hudson community should be proud of!

Colleagues,

Over the past two days, I have witnessed two examples of large-scale positive student behavior in two very different environments.  First, about 200 students came out to support our hockey team last night as they battled Algonquin in the MIAA playoffs.  While the team came up a little short, they played hard and fairly from beginning to end to close a very successful season.  The fans, better known as the Red Sea, were tremendous.  They were full of positive energy and represented the high school well.  It was nice to see so many students together supporting their school.  They started the game by singing along in full force to the National Anthem and ended by chanting “we still love you” to the team as the buzzer sounded ending the game with a disappointing loss.

This afternoon, our drama society put on a wonderful preview of the spring musical, Spamalot.  About 400 students were in the auditorium for this special performance and they were all respectful as the students on stage did one of the hardest things a young person can do – perform in front of their peers.  The audience clearly understood and admired the talent and hard work of our student performers.  Spamalot will be performed this weekend – I hope you will consider attending. 

While these kinds of behavior are not solely the result of the expectations we set as a school community, they certainly play a role.  Sometimes we spend so much time focusing on the relatively small percentage of students who struggle to behave appropriately, that we lose sight of the majority of students who meet or exceed our expectations on a regular basis.  We have much to be proud of. 

BR

The District is going through a tremendous period of positive change. The fact that the change is positive does not make the change process any easier and people still feel unsettled and unsure. The fact that our administrators, teachers and students are working together in a supportive manner sets a tone that I am exceptionally proud of.      

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

1/15/16

2/5/16

2/19/16

HHS

973

982

978

980

973

974

970

QMS

677

648

647

647

645

644

642

Farley

513

494

495

498

496

498

497

Forest Avenue

325

341

341

336

335

337

336

Mulready

279

260

261

261

261

261

261

HHS Pre-K

95

86

86

87

87

88

88

District Total

2,862

2,811

2,808

2,809

2,797

2,802

2,794

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5/8/15

2/19/16

3/4/16

 

 

 

 

HHS

973

970

974

 

 

 

 

QMS

677

642

646

 

 

 

 

Farley

513

497

501

 

 

 

 

Forest Avenue

325

336

337

 

 

 

 

Mulready

279

261

260

 

 

 

 

HHS Pre-K

95

88

89

 

 

 

 

District Total

2,862

2,794

2,807

 

 

 

 

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