Superintendent's Report - 5/20/2016

posted May 20, 2016, 9:47 PM by Hps Webmaster
Leadership Team Update
District Leadership Team Meeting

The District Leadership Team focused on identifying the connections between the District’s focus areas for improvement so that we could more clearly explain them to the entire staff. The team came up with some great visuals to represent the work. Each representation had student learning at the core.

The District Leadership Team also spent some time discussing the results from the School Committee’s staff survey. The team reviewed the results and looked for patterns among the narrative input generated by our teachers. The clearest patterns we found were that the high school wrote more narrative comments than the other levels. The staff in the District does not feel that there has been adequate communication about the budget. The staff at different levels and in different departments feel that their input into decision making is valued to different degrees. Given this analysis, we will work, as a team, to develop standard practices that address the issues raised. (Element 4-D2)

Finance and Operations

Budget

I will be asking the Committee to vote on the recommended budget reductions that were presented at our last meeting. These reductions should result in our being able to pass a balanced budget in June.  (Element 2E-1)


Walker Partnerships Review of Special Education

As previously indicated, the Walker Partnerships will be present at Tuesday’s meeting to present their findings of the comprehensive study of special education programs in the District that we undertook earlier this year. This will be an important presentation as the recommendations from the report will form the foundation of a Special Education Strategic Improvement Plan. (Element 3B-1)

District ListServ

We will be developing a District level ListServ as part of my goal to increase communication with the community and families. Families and community members, who wish to do so, can sign up for regular updates about more routine matters at the District level such as budget, these Superintendent reports and School Committee agendas. The District will continue to use the School Messenger program to inform parents of more important occurrences that have an immediate impact.  (Element 3C-1)

Curriculum and Instruction Update
End of the Year

We are rapidly approaching the end of the school year. Our curriculum work will be completed by our June 16th deadline. As specified, the District will then transition from the “what” of the standards to the “how” to teach so that every child in Hudson is prepared to take advantage of all options available to them after high school.  Whether they choose college, career, the military or an option we can’t imagine yet, our students will be ready to start the next chapter of their lives as academically confident and intellectually curious citizens. (Element 1A-1)

Superintendent’s Items of Interest
Our Kids

This past week, I attended the M.A.S.S. Spring Meeting. Our keynote speaker for the day was Robert Putnam, public policy professor at Harvard University. Dr. Putnam has served as an advisor to the past several administrations on important issues of public policy. Last year, he published a book “Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis” this book explores the opportunity gap for children from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. I was so moved and intrigued by his presentation that I immediately purchased a copy of the book. After I preview it, and if it is as enlightening as I anticipate, I would like to work with the School Committee to develop a book group with other local leaders around the implications of the research and possible actions that the community of Hudson can take to lessen the opportunity gap. (Element 4-D2)

School Committee’s Invitation to Senior Activities

Dr. Reagan and I would like to extend invitations to the Committee for the following events to honor our graduating seniors. Please let me know which events you will be attending so that we can have seating available for you.

Date

Event

Time / Location

Details

 

Tuesday,

May 31

 

Baccalaureate

 

7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

 

HHS Auditorium

 This is a celebratory event held in the auditorium designed to commemorate the high school experiences of the class.  Seniors process into the auditorium wearing their gowns (no caps) and sit   in the audience as many of their classmates read poems and perform musical numbers.  The performances usually focus on a particular theme.  The event ends with the traditional   senior slideshow.  We ask guests to be seated by 6:50 p.m.

 

Wednesday, June 1

 

Scholarship and Award Night

 

7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

 

HHS Auditorium

 At this event, we present several awards including college book awards for juniors, scholastic art and writing awards, departmental achievement awards and special senior class awards.  We also announce scholarship winners from the graduating class.  Some scholarships are presented by the community members who actually sponsor the scholarships.  This is a nice celebration of academic achievement and individual character. 

 

Sunday,

June 5

 

Graduation

 

1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.

 

HHS Gymnasium

 The procession begins at 1:00 p.m.  We ask that guests be seated by 12:45 p.m.  Seats are reserved in the front of the gym for members of the administration and the School Committee.  Most    of the speaking at graduation is done by the graduates themselves, including the valedictorian and salutatorian.  The ceremony typically takes 90  minutes.

 

By the Numbers:  May 10-20, 2016 (Element 3C-1)

              5 parent phone conferences

              1 Government official phone conference

              1 Meeting with School Committee Chair

              9 meetings with individual staff members

              2 school visit for 3 hours each

              6 meetings with individual Administrators

              4 meetings with groups of Administrators

              50 Email Conversations (at least 3 exchanges in conversation)

              112 Email Exchanges (No more than 2 exchanges in each interaction)

              10 Tweets

              15 Facebook Posts

              M.A.S.S. Annual Spring President’s Meeting

              Mulready 50th Anniversary Celebration

              HEA End of Year Retirement Party 

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

2/19/16

3/4/16

3/18/16

4/1/16

5/6/16

5/20/16

HHS

973

970

974

974

973

969

968

QMS

677

642

646

649

650

649

649

Farley

513

497

501

501

501

498

498

Forest Avenue

325

336

337

339

340

339

340

Mulready

279

261

260

262

262

260

260

HHS Pre-K

95

88

89

88

88

90

90

District Total

2,862

2,794

2,807

2,813

2,814

2,805

2,805

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