Superintendent's Report - May 26, 2015

posted May 27, 2015, 2:42 PM by Hps Webmaster

Leadership Team Update

Due to MCAS testing, the District Leadership Team has not met since the morning of our last school committee meeting.

Mulready Principal Search Update

The Mulready Principal Screening Committee chaired by Brian Reagan has been appointed. The committee is comprised of 19 members:

  • 9 Mulready Staff Members
  • 5 Administrators (not including Mr. Reagan)
  • 5 Parents

The screening team held its first meeting on Wednesday, May 20th at 6:00 p.m. in the Hudson High School Library. The Committee was charged with the task of identifying two to three qualified individuals who will be a good match for this critical position. The Committee began to develop a rating rubric to identify the most suitable applicants, as well as a protocol to score candidates after interviews. The Committee also reviewed survey results on desired characteristics of the next Mulready Principal. There were 42 responses to the survey that was sent to Mulready staff and families. A preliminary numerical review shows that the following five leadership characteristics were most important to respondents:

  • Deals directly, fairly and compassionately with faculty, staff, students, and families;
  • Creates a climate hospitable to learning and growth;
  • Is courageous in all decisions keeping student learning at the core of decisions;
  • Works with all colleagues to help define and promote high expectations; and
  • Develops a learning community of teachers who guide one another in improving instruction

I hope to appoint the next Principal of Mulready Elementary on or about June 18th.

 

Finance and Operations

Budget
Patty Lange and her staff are actively working on budget forecasts each week. This has taken a tremendous amount of time and effort, but we want to be able to provide the most accurate information that we can. We continue to experience shifts in special education costs, such as tuitions and contracted services that are resulting variation in each forecast. As we get closer to the end of the year, our forecasting of these costs is getting more accurate resulting in a more reliable forecast. 
Budget Forum

We will have a community budget forum on Monday, June 1st at 6:30 p.m. in the Hudson High School Mini-theater. This meeting will be preceded at 6:00 p.m. by a Friends of Hudson Public Schools Meeting. The community is invited to both. We are hoping that we will have a better understanding of what the Chapter 70 revenue from the State is, as well as a very recent forecast. We will then be able to update the community on what cuts may need to be made.

Curriculum and Instruction Update
Project Lead the Way Trade Show
The 2nd Annual PLTW Trade Show was held on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at Hudson High School. Students from all PLTW courses (Grades 5-12) presented projects showcasing material learned throughout the year.  This year the Engineering Development and Design students presented their year-long project “A Better Zipper” in which they designed an alternative zipper. The team of students (Edj Andrews, Josh Joseph, Kyle Penniman, and Derek Hire) presented their project to a team of engineers (Mike Polia, Mike Kahn, and Sarah Maston).  Thank you to PLTW Steering Committee for their support during the 2014-2015 school year and our PLTW teachers—Ryan Dailey, Rebekah Whitesel, Eric Ahearn, and Kate Cellucci. 
Superintendent’s Items of Interest 

Journalism Awards

Freshman Dakota Antelman and senior Alex Schley were chosen to attend the Carole Remick New England High School Journalism Collaborative. They made it through the application process and two rounds of interviews before finding out last weekend that they were selected. They will spend one week in this free program working with other high school students in the area, as well as professionals from the Boston Globe. They will write and publish stories every day that week. It will be a very valuable experience for them.

TAMY Award Nominations

The TAMY Award program recognizes the extraordinary amount of work, creativity, and devotion that faculty and students pour into their high school theatrical productions. The program intends to celebrate the entire art of musical theatre: casts and crews, directors and designers and the great musical theatre works that inspire such devotion. (Retrieved from: http://mwcc.edu/tam/tamy/  5/22/15.) 

The TAMY nominations have come out and I wanted to let you know that Hudson was nominated- and in some cases won- several awards!

  • Best Actress nominee- Kat Meyer (Into the Woods)
  • Supporting Actress nominee- Nayiri Bekiarian (Into the Woods)
  • Featured Actress nominee- Nayiri Bekiarian (Addams Family)
  • Student Orchestra nominee- Into the Woods AND Addams Family
  • Props and Set Dressing nominee- Into the Woods
  • Hair and Make-Up nominee- Into the Woods AND Addams Family
  • Rising Star Male Winner- Pat Fortuna (Addams Family)
  • Not Your Adverage Chorus Member Winner- Alicia Sagastume (Into the Woods) and Mikenna Doherty (Addams Family) 

I want to acknowledge and thank Kathleen McKenzie for her hard work and dedication to making the HHS Theatre Program as strong as it is. This is an outstanding recognition by adjudicators that view high school productions across Central Massachusetts.

Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Team

I held my second to last Parent Advisory Team meeting on 5/19/15. We enjoyed a lively discussion about summer reading in grades 9-12 when we were joined by Todd Wallingford

Amazon Night

As you know, in April, 29 students, 3 teachers and 2 media specialists traveled to the Peruvian Amazon.  On the evening of Friday, May 22nd, students shared their stories and premiered the documentary filmed by Cameron Ciesluk while he accompanied them on this journey.  Follow the link below for a glimpse of the documentary. We are very excited that this documentary will enable people to experience the trip and amazing experience that our students had.

https://vimeo.com/127752051

School Visits 
  • Quinn- May 13th
  • Farley– May 14th
  • Forest- May 20th  

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.

  

 

Aug. 26th

Sept. 9th

Sept. 23rd

Oct. 7th

Oct. 21st

Nov. 4th

Nov. 18th

Dec. 9th

Hudson High School

 

1,027

 

1,016

1,001

1,000

999

995

995

993

Quinn Middle School

687

689

687

684

683

683

683

683

Farley Elementary School

 

506

511

511

512

511

511

513

511

Forest Avenue Elementary School

 

317

318

316

315

317

317

317

319

Mulready Elementary School

 

277

278

280

280

279

279

279

280

HHS Preschool

94

93

92

90

91

89

89

91

 

District Total

 

2,908

 

2,905

 

2,887

 

2,881

 

2,880

 

2,874

 

2,876

 

2,877


 

 

Dec. 9th

Jan. 13th

Jan. 23rd

Feb. 5th

Feb. 20th

March 6th

March 20th

April 10th

 HHS

993

 992

 

992

988

991

988

984

986

 QMS

 

683

685

684

683

683

682

679

679

Farley

 511

 511

512

512

511

513

514

513

Forest

319

 321

322

322

322

323

324

325

Mul

280

 282

281

279

279

279

279

280

HHS PreK

 91

 93

 95

 95

 95

 94

 93

 93

District Total

 2,877

 2,884

2,886

 2,879

 2,881

 2,879

 2,873

 2,876

 


 

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