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  • Masconomet Regional School District Vision 2025

    Our Vision for the Year 2025 and Our Values 

     Our Vision

    Student learning is highly interdisciplinary and students are connecting learning to the real world and real-world problem solving. Curriculum and instruction is focused on this value; students are making connections between subjects because they are experiencing them as unified or related concepts, and

    Strong adult-student relationships are a hallmark at Masconomet. Teachers and others seek to understand each student as an individual with a unique background, life situation, and unique strengths and interests. They strive to recognize each student’s desire to find their place in the school and larger community, and

    All classrooms and curricula are learner-centered. All students are achieving the same standards in multiple ways based upon their learning styles, strengths, interests, and unique needs; they are learning in multiple ways and can demonstrate their learning through a variety of different assessments, and

    Instruction happens in many forms depending upon the teachers’ objectives and the nature of learners in the classroom. A variety of authentic learning strategies is common throughout the curriculum and across subject areas. Students and teachers experiment with teaching and learning strategies without fear of failing, and

    Our graduates are culturally sensitive, aware of global interdependency, and act confidently with understanding of their impact on the world. Intellectual and experiential learning takes place through a diverse curriculum, as well as school, community, and global experiences that stretch their cultural comfort zones.

    Our Values and Beliefs

    We believe that teaching and learning must be highly interdisciplinary, rigorous, and appropriately challenging for our students. They should grasp the relevance of subject matter to their present and future lives, to foster an understanding that solving real-world problems requires knowledge, skills, collaboration, and persistence, and

    We believe that when students feel physically safe, emotionally secure, and happy, they are in the best position to benefit from opportunities for intellectual growth and learning, development of character, self-discovery, and to find their unique place in the community, and

    We believe that when teaching and learning is personalized to the extent that it honors each individual’s unique needs, strengths, interests, and learning styles, that EACH student will have opportunities to achieve his/her potential. We value the education of the Whole Child, developing “initiative, integrity, imagination, an inquiring mind, self-knowledge, interpersonal skills, and the ability to feel and recognize each individual’s truth”, and (paraphrased from the Whole Child http://www.educatethewholechild.org/what-is-it/)

    We believe that students are naturally motivated and curious learners and that their education should develop these attributes. Their school experience needs to foster initiative, independence, resiliency, grit, skills of teamwork and collaboration, and self-discovery. Educators value students taking risks and see the value of failing as part of the learning process, and

    We believe that the success of our graduates is dependent upon their ability to embrace and thoughtfully act within our world that is racially, culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse.

                                                 Emerging Draft 2017
     

    Strategic Propositions

     

    Costs

     

    Pathways

    Professional Development

    Project-based Learning

    Human Resources

    Interdisciplinary Structures

    Schedule Changes

    E-Portfolios

    Textbooks

    Universal Design

    Durables

    Teacher Collaboration

    Transportation

    Formative Assessment

    Equipment

    Other Culture Experience

    Building Alterations   

    More Diverse Staff and Students

     

    Mindfulness

     

    Emotional Wellness

     

    Stress Management

     

    Physical Wellness

     

    Homework Regulation

     

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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  • Superintendent's Report to School Committee 11/1/17

    Posted by Kevin Lyons on 11/2/2017

    Turf-Up MASCO PRESENTATION

    Missy McSweeney and Barry Davidson will make a brief presentation to the School Committee.Approve Use of Facility Waiver Request from Masco

    Music Parents Association for Mattress Sale in Large Cafeteria on January 20, 2018

    Please see your meeting materials for MMPA request for a waiver of fees to use the large cafeteria for a mattress sale in January.

    Accept Gift, not to exceed $3,000, from Masco Music Parents Association for the Purpose of Defraying Cost of a Stipend for a Middle School Jazz Band Instructor

    Please see your meeting materials for a letter from MMPA to make a gift of up to $3000 to the School Committee to fund the Middle School Jazz Band instructor position. Attorney Stonberg advised that the practice of MMPA directly paying the instructor, as has been the case for many years, must be discontinued.

    Under typical circumstances, I would advise that the School Committee not accept gifts to fund personnel expenses. However, the program is now unbudgeted and could not run unless the School Committee made a reallocation of funds in the FY18 budget. A one-time acceptance of this gift to fund the program for this year only, with a clear caveat that it will not set a precedent for the School Committee actions in the future, would allow the continuation of the program and allow the School Committee to determine whether this expense should be included in the FY19 school budget.

    October 1 Enrollment Report

    Susan Givens will present the annual October 1st enrollment report. Please see your meeting materials for this document.

    Digital Learning Update

    Digital Learning Director Ben Hodges and Technology Coordinator Ryan King will provide an update on digital learning activities and surveys. They have provided you with a document and plan to verbally speak to several highlights in the written report and then answer your questions.

    Efficiency and Regionalization Grant Program

    Kim Sherwood identified a new grant opportunity for studying efficiencies and regionalization of services. There is a very short time window to apply. Dan Volchok will lead the discussion about this type of grant. See your meeting materials for more details.

    Superintendent’s Report

    Football at Fenway – Posted by Pete Delani: Masconomet Chieftain Football Captains, Matt McGaun, Nick Kartsounis, Danny Monagle and Damon DiBurro were at Fenway Park today, Thursday, October 26, 2017 to promote the Thanksgiving Football Game, Wednesday, November 22nd vs. Everett at Fenway Park at 5pm. The Captains were given a tour of Fenway Park, met with Sam Kennedy, the Red Sox President, and spoke with media about the upcoming game.

    Tickets are currently on sale at redsox.com/gridiron and start at $20 with 25% of every ticket sold given back to the school each patron is supporting. We hope you'll join us to make this a memorable Thanksgiving. More information will be forthcoming about Fan Busses & a Food Drive to celebrate Thanksgiving and support Boston area food banks that provide for families in need.

    Masco Football Captains at the Green Monster Photo

     

    ALICE Training – All initial training activities went well and as planned. There was a small turnout at the Parent Information session, but there seemed to be a great deal of support for this initiative among attendees. Linda Richards represented the School Committee. Chief Riter, the two Principals and I supported Steve Burt who led the presentation

    Other Trainings – Dr. Morrison and I attended the Massachusetts Social Emotional Learning Summit last Wednesday in Westborough. There were a large number of Superintendents. The Summit was led by two of the organizations that are leading our exSEL network initiative.

    Susan Givens, John Daileanes, and I attended a Title IX training on Friday in Marlborough, presented by NESDEC. Patty Bullard will attend the same seminar on November 16th. We learned about important recent changes to Title IX and some information and resources on doing a self-audit of school programs, including athletics.

     

     


    October 2017 District Personnel Changes

     

    Entered Employment

     

     

     

    Name

    Position

     

     

    Robbins, Karen

    HS Special Education Paraprofessional 

     

     

    Lazowy, Chris

    MS Special Education Paraprofessional 

     

     

    Picillo, Megan

    HS Special Education Paraprofessional

     

     

     

    Exited Employment

     

     

     

    Name

    Position

     

     

    Appolloni, Diane

    Business Support Services Assistant

     

     

    Valianti, Daniel

    MS Special Education Paraprofessional

     

     

    Gabsi, Youseff

    After School Monitor

     

     

     
               

     Reports of the SubcommitteesBudget Subcommittee - W. Hodges

    1. Policy Subcommittee – Miller
      1. GA Personnel Goals, Revision – deleted legal ref., 2nd Read
      2. KE Public Complaints, Approved 10/4/17, for reference or reconsideration
      3. KEA Public Complaints about Policy, Rescission, 2nd Read
      4. KEB Public Complaints about Personnel, Rescission, 2nd Read
      5. KEC Public Complaints about Curriculum, Rescission, 2nd Read
      6. KI Visitors to the Schools, Revision- no substantive changes, 2nd Read
      7. KLG Relations with Police Authorities, Revision- no substantive changes, 2nd Read
      8. KLH Relations with the Fire Department, Revision – phrase added second paragraph., 2nd Read
      9. KLJ Relations with Planning Authorities, Rescission, 2nd Read
      10. KLK Relations with Governmental Authorities, Revision., 2nd Read
    2. Community Relations Subcommittee – K. Sherwood
    3. Turf Up Masco – T. Cooper
    4. Facility Use and Student Support Organizations Task Force - T. Cooper
    5. Long-Term Facility Renovation Task Force – H. Rivers

    Consent Agenda

    1. Approve October 18, 2017 Regular School Committee Meeting Minutes
    2. Accept/Approve FY18 Title IV Grant ($1288)
    3. Initial Approval for Band and Chorale Trip to New York City, May 5-6, 2018
    4. Warrants $1,424,000.44 Ten - (10) Warrants Signed Since Last Meeting

    Other business, old or new

    None known at this time.

     Adjournment

     

    All meeting documents can be found at this  LINK.

    As always, please contact me if you have any questions about the report, packet, or agenda.

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  • Masco Implements ALICE - Info and Video of Parent Presentation

    Posted by Kevin Lyons on 10/26/2017

    Dear Masconomet Parents and Caregivers,

    This week the District began the training of staff and students in the concepts of ALICE, a set of strategies designed to help ensure the best outcomes of survival and injury in the case of an active shooter incident. While we hope to never have to employ these concepts in a real-life situation, we need to be prepared to do so by learning the concepts, teaching the concepts, and practicing.

    If you were unable to attend the Parent and Community Information Session on Monday evening, you can view the video recording and handouts from the session by visiting the District web site.   www.masconomet.org

    Thank you for your support of our progress in this endeavor. You will no doubt hear about training and practice from your student(s). It may be a good time to discuss family safety plans and the importance of situational awareness at all times. ALICE concepts can be used in any public setting including athletics events, movie theaters, visits to the mall, vacations, etc.

    If you have any questions about ALICE, Crisis Response Training, or safety in our schools, please do not hesitate to contact your child's principal, Steve Burt, our Director of Crisis Response and Intervention, and Security, or me.

    With warm regards,

    Kevin M. Lyons
    Superintendent of Schools

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  • Superintendent's Report to School Committee 10/18/17

    Posted by Kevin Lyons on 10/19/2017

     Comments from the Principals

     

    Masconomet Middle School – Dr. Flaherty

     

    Updates:

    • Presentation by
    • Team Time Activities
      1. Highlight 8 Blue Kindness Quilt
    • Classroom walk-throughs and student engagement
    • First Round of Joint PLC meetings
    • Parent Conferences
    • Club and Extra Curricular Enrollments

     

    Curriculum Connection:

    • National French Week Activities
    • Art and Social Studies
    • Personalized Learning Pilot in Grade 7W Science

     

    Upcoming Dates of Importance

    October 13, 2017                          Picture Retakes

    October 13, 2017                          Student Council Dance, Grade 7 & 8

    October 17,2017                            Trimester 1 Midpoint

                                                          Essex Tech Presentation to interested 8th graders

    October 23, 2017                          Early Release Day, 12:20 p.m.

    October 30 – November 3, 2017   National French Week

    November 2, 2017                        Parent Conferences

    November 6, 2017                        Early Dismissal, 12:20 p.m.

    November 10, 2017                      Veteran’s Day, No School

     


     

    Masconomet High School – Mr. Delani

     

    PARENTS/COMMUNITY:

    • HS Open House, 9/28/17: Very well attended and by all accounts well received by parents
    • MEF/PAC had tables at Open House

     

    STUDENTS:

    • Freshman: Peer Leader/Freshman Walk on Friday 10/13 – Selected the Jimmy Fund as their charity.
    • Sophomores & Juniors: PSATs on Wednesday, 10/11/17
    • Sophomore Assembly on Friday 10/13 by Dr. Potee w/help of Tri Town Council. Assembly on Teen Brain & Addiction 
    • Juniors: Junior Class Officers showing support for victims of recent spat of tragedies by creating a Window of Honor on the 3rd Floor.
    • Seniors: Guidance just finished Senior Programming.  College Applications & school visits underway

     

    • GSA Ally Week (9/25   - 9/29):  Jeans Day culminated week raising $125.00 for GLSEN
    • SPIRIT WEEK: (10/16 – 10/20) Student Council – Culminating in a PINK OUT during school day & WHITE OUT at Football Game for School Spirit

     

    SECURITY

    • Steve Burt working with camera/alarm systems security companies to improve/update security
    • ALICE Training for Staff, Students & Parents upcoming in October.

     

    STAFF:

    • Associate/Master Teacher Applications – Teachers have applied & in process of reviewing/tweaking proposed plans.
    • 1/2 Day Professional Development on COPSync & ALICE Training, as well as departmental work
    • Upgraded grade book feature (POWER SCHOOL PRO) in Power School

     

    OTHER:

    • CAFÉ SERVICES: Carrie Murphy and her staff do a wonderful job of providing lunches to our students.  Highly professional, caring and thoughtful & they’re great for kids.  Only takes 15 minutes for them to provide meals for all out students during a given lunch period.  They created an additional lunch line/spot in order to ensure that all kids get their food in a timely manner.  They are a pleasure to work with!

     ALICE Training Overview

    I will provide an overview of ALICE concepts and a schedule of roll-out activities to the Committee with a set of slides included in your packet. I have also included three ALICE handouts that will be provided to staff and to parents at the informational meeting on October 23rd.

     Superintendent’s Report

    State-wide MCAS Scores Released October 18th – We are very pleased with the results our students achieved in the 2017 MCAS administration. We have had embargoed scores for a week and after reviewing the available details, there is little not to be pleased with. All targets were met! As you will see in the attachments to this report, gains in Middle School mathematics are one of the more remarkable results. Please note that the Level I rating for Middle School has changed to No Rating because our Middle School Students took the New Generation MCAS tests and DESE is not reporting level. High School students took the legacy MCAS and Masco H.S. maintains its Level I rating.

    I have copied the following bullets form a DESE document because it provides a good summary of changes in the Next Generation tests and reporting. A letter from the Acting Commissioner will go directly to parents with the test results to explain why the achievement categories have changed and how one might falsely construe that Massachusetts students have taken a nose-dive in their achievement. The following bullets tell the story:

     

    • The results released this week include scores from the next-generation MCAS, an updated version of the test that was given for the first time in spring 2017 to students in grades 3-8 in English language arts and mathematics. Eventually, all MCAS tests will be next-generation MCAS.
    • The next-generation MCAS was developed after the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted in November 2015 to create a next-generation, computer-based, and Massachusetts-specific test. It is an updated version of the nearly 20-year-old MCAS assessment and focuses on students' critical thinking abilities, ability to apply their knowledge and ability to make connections between reading and writing. It gives a clearer signal of readiness for the next grade level, and the majority of students in grades 3-8 took the next-generation MCAS on a computer. The Department expects that the move to computer-based testing should be complete by spring 2019.
    • The score levels for the next-generation MCAS are different from those of the legacy MCAS. Next-generation MCAS scores fall into four categories: Exceeding Expectations, Meeting Expectations, Partially Meeting Expectations and Not Meeting Expectations.
    • Approximately 50 percent of grades 3-8 students are already scoring in the Meeting or Exceeding Expectations categories on the new test. Some students will find that they scored Proficient on the legacy MCAS in 2016 but only Partially Meeting Expectations on the next-generation MCAS in 2017. Students, parents and educators should keep in mind that:

     

    • In general, the new standards for Meeting Expectations are more rigorous than the standards for reaching the Proficient level on the legacy MCAS.
    • Massachusetts educators set the new standards to help signal students’ readiness for the next grade level and indicate when students might need additional help to succeed. Ultimately, this will give students a better sense of what they need to do to be prepared for college or other post-secondary training.
    • Spring 2017 is a baseline year for a new test in grades 3-8, and spring 2017 scores should not be compared to previous years’ scores.

     

    • The fact that approximately 50 percent of students were Meeting Expectations or above in each of the next-generation MCAS grades and subjects reflects the scoring standards that 125 Massachusetts educators set this summer when they reviewed test questions and student responses and compared them to what students need to know to be successful in the next grade.
      • The 50 percent is not a grading curve; it is where the scores fell after educators set the standards. The educators valued both readiness for the next grade level and consistent expectations across grades.
      • A higher percentage of students are likely to score Meeting Expectations or above in future years as students and schools become more familiar with the tests' expectations.
      • The consistency of the scoring standards is one benefit of creating the entire grades 3-8 next-generation MCAS at once. The legacy MCAS began in isolated grades and was introduced in other grades in subsequent years, each time requiring a separate standard setting process for that specific test. That meant that while, for instance, the fourth grade scoring standards were the same every year, they did not necessarily reflect the same level of expectations as the third- or fifth-grade scoring standards.
    • Parents should receive their child's scores from their school district in late October or early November. More information for parents about the test is available at doe.mass.edu/mcas/parents, but the best place for parents to go with questions is their classroom teacher and school guidance counselor, who can put the test results in context.
    • High school students are still taking the legacy MCAS tests. The next-generation tests will be introduced at the high school level in spring 2019.

    I am appending the following to this document:

    • District graphic of Next Gen achievement categories with non-graphic chart for legacy tested grades and subjects, (2) H.S. District/State comparison graphic, (3) M.S. Grade 7 District/State comparison graphic, (4) M.S. Grade 8 District/State comparison graphic, (5) MCAS FAQ courtesy of DESE.

    Communication from Northeast Massachusetts Youth Orchestras – I received a letter addressed to the School Committee from NMYO on the subject of the organization’s use of Masconomet facilities and the associated fees. I believe that you all received this document by email. If you did not, I have hard copies available for you to take at the end of the meeting.

    Annual Report of Changes to Policies ADF Wellness Program and EFAB Life-Threatening Food Allergies – School Committee policies call for two annual updates on the Wellness program and the Guidelines for Life-Threatening Food Allergies. I am reporting briefly to you this evening that there have been no changes to either ADF or the Food Allergy Guidelines. I also want to inform you that the School Health Advisory Committee has been working on significant changes to the Wellness program and expects to propose these changes to the Policy Subcommittee before the end of the school year. School Nurse Leader and SHAC Chair Karen Trevenen will report a summary to the full Committee later in the year.

     

     


    September 2017 District Personnel Changes

     

    Entered Employment

     

     

     

    Name

    Position

    Effective Date

     

    Valianti, Daniel

    MS Special Education Paraprofessional

    9/18/17

     

    Papantonakis, Andrea

    MS Special Education Paraprofessional

    9/18/17

     

    Exited Employment

    Position

    Effective Date

     

    None

     

     

     

     
               

     

     

    1. Reports of the Subcommittees
      1. Budget Subcommittee - W. Hodges
      2. Policy Subcommittee – Miller
        1. GA Personnel Goals, Revision – deleted legal ref., 1st Read
        2. KEA Public Complaints about Policy, Rescission, 1st Read
        3. KEA Public Complaints about Personnel, Rescission, 1st Read
        4. KEA Public Complaints about Curriculum, Rescission, 1st Read
        5. KI Visitors to the Schools, Revision- no substantive changes, 1st Read
        6. KLG Relations with Police Authorities, Revision- no substantive changes, 1st Read
        7. KLH Relations with the Fire Department, Revision – phrase added second paragraph., 1st Read
        8. KLJ Relations with Planning Authorities, Rescission, 1st Read
        9. KLK Relations with Governmental Authorities, Revision., 1st Read
      3. Community Relations Subcommittee – K. Sherwood
      4. Turf Up Masco – T. Cooper
      5. Facilities Use Task Force - T. Cooper
      6. Long-Term Facility Renovation Task Force – H. Rivers

    Consent Agenda

    1. Approve September 20, 2017 Regular School Committee Meeting Minutes
    2. Approve October 4, 2017 Regular School Committee Meeting Minutes
    3. Warrants $903,608.02 Nine - (9) Warrants Signed Since Last Meeting

     

    Other business, old or new

    None known at this time.

     Adjournment

     

    All meeting documents can be found at this  LINK.

    As always, please contact me if you have any questions about the report, packet, or agenda.

     

    See MCAS attachments on following pages.

     

     

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  • Superintendents Report to School Committee 10/4/17

    Posted by Kevin Lyons on 10/5/2017

     

    Presentation-Approval of Two New H.S. Student Clubs

    Two emerging student organizations are seeking School Committee approval to begin activities. The proposed new clubs are the Race and Ethnicity Club and the Rocketry Club. Application forms are in your packet. Students and Mr. Delani will be present.

     Approval of Relay for Life Event/ Facilities Use

    This is a request for School Committee approval of facilities use for the American Cancer Society fundraiser, Relay for Life. This event has taken place at Masconomet multiple times in recent years. The event was not hosted last year due to football field reconstruction. There has not been a facilities use fee for this event in the past. Our students who participate use classroom space for meetings, sometimes with ACS facilitation, throughout the year.

     Report on Facilities Use Fact-Finding by School Committee Counsel

    Attorney Naomi Stonberg will present her report. I asked her assistance in fact-finding relative to the use of facilities, facilities fees, fund-raising, student activity and booster fund accounting, conflicts of interest in regard to the above, and I asked for a set of recommendations to help steer the District toward full compliance with laws, regulations, MIAA rules, and School Committee policies. The report is in the S.C. materials and a hard copy is also available for you at Central Office.
    Approval of School Committee Budget Priorities and budget calendar

    Vice-Chair Bill Hodges will continue to facilitate a discussion of the proposed School Committee budget priorities and will also propose a draft budget calendar for approval.


    Superintendent’s Report

    Field Hockey Student Activities Account — I was asked to look into monies deposited to the Field Hockey student activities account and fund-raising done for the purpose of renting turf fields for Field Hockey practices. The account had a balance of $5,863 as of September 25, 2017. The fundraising for field rentals, among other purposes on the same fund-raising request form, was approved by Principal Laurie Hodgdon. It should not have been approved.  The money is in the Field Hockey student activity account and belongs to the team. The team must vote the uses of the money and those uses need to be approved by administration.

     he administration will not approve the use of the money for renting fields elsewhere. The School Committee may direct us otherwise, of course. In the course of investigating I also found that the baseball team, in the past, has practiced on turf elsewhere. The Principal, AD, and I are opposed to these practices and will not allow them in the future, unless otherwise directed.

    School Start Times Update — Dr. Morrison and I communicated most recently with North Reading Transportation (NRT) on October 3rd. Susan Givens developed a contract with NRT for their services related to judging the feasibility of Option “Y” and developing recommendations and routes that could meet the criteria of the option or alternatives that could approach, but fall short of, meeting one or more criteria. The contract prompted our discussion of timelines with NRT and we have agreed as follows:

    NRT will produce a draft report for the Superintendents no later than October 30, 2017. The Superintendents will review the draft and work with NRT to ask clarifying questions and to make recommendations for changes in the draft that will be finalized no later than November 2nd.

    The District will have advertised the RFP for a consultant prior to the RFP being sent to interested parties on November 3, 2017 and the RFP will include the report produced by NRT.

    It is our intent to select a contractor no later than December 1st and receive the consultants final report and recommendations no later than January 5, 2018.

    Potential Masco Football Game at Fenway Park v. Everett — Masconomet football is scheduled to play Everett on Thanksgiving morning. The possibility exists that the game could be played on Wednesday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. in Fenway Park. This is an active discussion between multiple parties, but we would like to play this game at Fenway if it is possible. I think it would be a special memory for our students, families and fans if it happens.

    Open Houses — Principals will provide information about the Open Houses held at the Middle School on September 20th and held at the High School on September 28th. I will simply tell you that I know both were well attended, both were well organized and introductions were more efficient than in past years, and, finally, that the faculty and staff put a lot into the success of these events and it showed.

    Shelter-in-Place Drill on Monday, October 2nd — A drill was planned for both schools to initiate a shelter-in-place at the same time. An actual student health emergency put the High School into shelter-in-place a half hour prior to the planned drill. The Middle School initiated the drill as planned.  Also in regard to safety and security, a K-12 A.L.I.C.E. coordination meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 4th in our lead-up to student, staff, and parent training.

     

    1. Reports of the Subcommittees
    2. Budget Subcommittee - W. Hodges
    3. Policy Subcommittee – Miller
      1. Policy KE, Public Complaints - 1st Reading
    4. Community Relations Subcommittee – K. Sherwood
    5. Turf Up Masco – W. Hodges

     

    1. Consent Agenda
    2. Approve August 16, 2017 School Committee Retreat Minutes
    3. Approve September 6, 2017 Regular School Committee Meeting Minutes
    4. Approve Annual Freshman Trip to Quebec for May 18-20, 2018
    5. Warrants $ 1,038,728.26 - Seven (7) Warrants Signed Since Last Meeting

     

    1. Other business, old or new

    Two fee waiver requests did not make the packet on Friday. These are from the Masconomet Music Parents Association ($100 fee for parking lot use for recycling fund-raiser) and from the North Shore Juniors Volleyball (request for fee reduction). Use the embedded link or look in the Other Business folder in your materials.

     

    1. Adjournment

    All meeting documents can be found at this  LINK.

    As always, please contact me if you have any questions about the report, packet, or agenda.

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  • Superintendent's Report to School Committee 9/20/17

    Posted by Kevin Lyons on 9/20/2017
    1. Comments from the Principals

     

    Masconomet Middle School – Dr. Flaherty

     

    Updates:

    • Summer Math camp
    • Student Orientation and School Opening Overview
    • School Year Themes
    • Grade 7 and Football Game
    • Open House
    • Excels

     

    Good News to Share:

    • MEF Gift to renovate and expand MS STEAM Lab

     

    Curriculum Connection:

    • 9/11 Remembrance
    • Unity Project

     

    Upcoming Dates of Importance

    October 7- 9, 2017 Homework Free Weekend

    October 9, 2017   Columbus Day, No School

    October 13, 2017 Picture Retakes

    October 17,2017  Trimester 1 midpoint

    October 23, 2017 Early Release Day, 12:20 p.m.

     

    Masconomet High School – Mr. Delani

     

    • School is off to a fantastic start beginning w/Freshman Orientation
    • Completed 2 cycles of classes for students & all faculty/administrative meeting cycles
    • Class Assemblies for Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors
    • CCI Meetings
    • Thursday 9/28 HS Open House
    • Thursday 9/14 – School Council Meeting
    • Friday 9/15 – ACTIVITY FAIR
    • Course Selection Fair planned for January – AP Katie DiNardo, Guidance Director Irene Duros & Rich Schonewald (Master Teacher Project)
    • Coordinating k-12 Social & Emotional Learning Programs w/Kevin, Scott Morrison – Invited Julianna O’Day, Masco Peer Leader Coordinator to present
    • Continue work looking at course and teacher load #s.  What are implications, questions being asked?
    • Fall Sports off to a great start.

     

    1. High School Class Enrollment Update

    Pete Delani will be providing a class enrollment update to the Committee and bringing back answers to some specific questions asked by members at the last meeting in regard to enrollments. A slide deck will be forwarded to you next week in advance of the meeting.

     

    1. Approval of Facility Request for Men’s Basketball

    The men’s basketball league has been using the Masco gym and paying rental fees for many years. They have never paid in advance as is required by policy guidelines and has paid either at the end of their season or made some payments during the season. The league is seeking a waiver of the pre-payment requirement. Mr. Mark Frisch will make a presentation in support of the argument that the league be granted a waiver.

     

    1. Information Technology Report

    Seth Goodman, our IT Director for ten years, is leaving the District on September 22nd. Over Seth’s tenure, the word dramatic may be a word that best that describes the changes in technology and Masconomet’s technology adaptation to the changing environment. Seth has not only been a leader on the strictly IT side, his role has been integral to the development of our academic and student computing and other technologies from our 1:1 program to smart projectors in all classrooms, to many other innovations where software, hardware and the Cloud come together to create solutions to improve teaching and learning.

    This will be Mr. Goodman’s last presentation to the School Committee and I know that he will share some highlights from over the past ten years and describe how Masconomet is prepared to continue its leadership in technology systems and digitally enabled teaching and learning.

     

    1. Superintendent’s Report

    Hiring Two Unfunded Paraprofessional Positions – One student moved into the District this past summer with an IEP specifying a 1:1 aide. A second student transitioning from Tri-Town School Union to Masco had an IEP change adding a 1:1 aide after the FY18 budget was approved. We are required to hire for these unanticipated positions. Susan Givens will account for this financially when she does the next financial report.

    Early Release Day 9/18/17 – I will give a brief report on the District’s professional development activities during the Early Release Day on Monday.

    Creating Trauma Sensitive Schools Trauma, September 19th – The theme for a District Attorney’s forum next week is “Kids in Crisis: A Strategic Approach to Identifying Traumatized Youth. Very related to our vision of Teaching Every Student, we are sending all of our clinicians and several administrators to this workshop/conference next week.

    Out of this training we will receive multiple copies of a trauma screening tool and our clinicians will have the skills to utilize it.

    Essential School Health Services Report – I have included in your packet the 2016-2017 ESHS report. As part of the grant we receive, the School Committee must receive this report each year. Karen Trevenen, R.N., prepares the report.

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    August 2017 District Personnel Changes

     

    Exited Employment

     

     

    Name

    Position

    Effective Date

    Diaz, Gabriella

    HS Paraprofessional

    June 30, 2017

    Pugh, James

    HS Spec. Ed. Teacher

    June 30, 2017

    Richards, Carly

    MS Paraprofessional

    June 30, 2017

    Lund, Madeline

    HS Spec. Ed. Teacher

    June 30, 2017

    Geiger, Amanda

    MS Paraprofessional

    June 30, 2017

    Entered Employment

    Position

    Effective Date

    Bridges, Marie

    Special Education Team Chair

    August 30, 2017

    Dalton, Stephanie

    MS Special Education Teacher

    August 30, 2017

    Guo, Yiqi (Amy)

    MS .4 Foreign Language Teacher

    August 30, 2017

    Lockart, Meredith

    MS Special Education Teacher

    August 30, 2017

    Fudge, Jillian

    LTS HS Special Education Teacher

    August 30, 2017

    Batcheller, Alexander

    LTS HS Science Teacher

    August 30, 2017

    Bonanno, Eric

    LTS MS Foreign Language Teacher

    August 30, 2017

    Noyes, Barbara

    LTS HS Mathematics Teacher

    August 30, 2017

    McCarthy, Thomas

    LTS HS Computer Ed Teacher

    August 30, 2017

    Barta, Kaela

    HS Paraprofessional

    August 30, 2017

    Koloski, Michael

    HS Paraprofessional

    August 30, 2017

    Mirabito, Noreen

    HS Paraprofessional

    August 30, 2017

    Ruby, Diane

    HS Paraprofessional

    August 30, 2017

    Tarr, Daniel

    MS Paraprofessional

    August 30, 2017

    Yanakakis, Paula

    HS Paraprofessional

    August 30, 2017

             

     

    1. FY19 Budget Goals and Calendar

    Vice-Chair Hodges will introduce draft FY19 budget goals or concepts and a draft calendar of budget meeting dates. There is a possibility that the School Committee be asked to approve a version of each draft.

     

     

     

    1. Reports of the Subcommittees
    2. Budget Subcommittee - W. Hodges
    3. Policy Subcommittee – Miller
      1. Policy KA, School-Community Relations Goals - New - 2nd Reading
      2. Policy KBA, School/Parent Relations Goals - Proposed Revision - 2nd Reading
      3. Policy KBD, Communications with Parents - Proposed Revision - 2nd Reading
      4. Policy KCB, Community Involvement in Decision-Making - Proposed Revision - 2nd Reading
      5. Policy KCD, Public Gifts to the Schools - Proposed Revision - 2nd Reading
      6. Policy KDD, News/Media Relations/News Releases - Proposed Revision - 2nd Reading
      7. Policy KE, Public Complaints - 1st Reading
    4. Community Relations Subcommittee – K. Sherwood
    5. Turf Up Masco – W. Hodges

     

    1. Consent Agenda
      1. Accept Gift Donation of $44,141.00 (Ck. # 1157) from the Masconomet Education Foundation to Be Used for the Middle School STEM Lab
      2. Final Approval for Spanish Exchange (10/2017), French Exchange (10/2017) and Chinese Exchange Trips (4/2018)
      3. Accept FY18 IDEA ($420,004), Title I($42,744) and Title IIA($27,563), Grants
      4. Warrants $2,152,811.11 - Nine (9) Warrants Signed Since Last Meeting

               

    1. This incredibly generous gift from MEF is an installment for the creation of a Middle School
      Steam Lab in Summer 2018. 2. These trips received preliminary approval by the School
                  Committee to proceed with fund-raising and booking. This is a request for formal approval of
                  the trip per School Committee policy. 3. Annual acceptance of IDEA, Title IIA and
                  Title I grants.

     

     

    1. Approval of July 19, 2017 Executive Session Minutes

     

    1. Other business, old or new

    None known at this time.

     

    1. Adjournment

     

    All meeting documents can be found at this  LINK.

    As always, please contact me if you have any questions about the report, packet, or agenda.

     

     

     

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  • Superintendent's Report to School Committee 9/6/17

    Posted by Kevin Lyons on 9/2/2017

    School Facilities Summer Projects Report

    Doug Batchelder has provided a report on summer projects completed by the Buildings and Grounds Department. Consistent with a new report format, you have his report in your packet. He will not present slides, rather a headlines only verbal report and he will stand for School Committee questions and comments.

     Approval of Bay state Textiles Recycling Program

    The Committee heard from representatives of the High School Environmental Club and DECA in June. They asked for support to begin a textile recycling program with several purposes that included a real-world learning context for DECA students to learn and practice management, accounting, and marketing skills as well as to create a small income stream that could fund DECA competitions similar to the one in California last year.

    For the Environmental Club, this is a perfect match for their club objectives aligned with environmental consciousness and action. This club would also participate in the income stream to help them fund more activities and initiatives.

    I recently met with the Bay State Textiles director and I am satisfied as to the quality of the initiative and its match for us. I included a number of documents about Bay State Textiles, including their contract for services, in your meeting materials. We have not yet determined the exact spots where 4 containers would be placed if the program is approved. I will return with a siting map for School Committee feedback before actual placement of the containers, if the program is approved.

     School Start Times Update

    Dr. Morrison and I have met numerous times since the close of school to learn about other start time initiatives that have been successful or not successful. We have had conference calls with numerous consultants, Superintendents, and individuals in the school transportation industry. With the assistance of Susan Givens, Pete Delani, and Steve Greenberg, we are drafting a scope of work for transportation consultation and we have been screening potential consultants on the phone.

    We had an important meeting with NRT management including the CEO on August 24th. Susan, Pete and Steve were also involved in this meeting. We did a white board exercise with NRT that we had prepared in advance. This exercise helped NRT to gain a depth of understanding about what we are trying to achieve in regard to “Option Y” and an implementation in fall 2018 if feasible.

    Through this meeting we learned of NRTs interest in actively participating in our feasibility work and the development of multiple scenarios that could be alternatives to Option Y if it cannot be implemented as currently written.

    We decided to pay NRT a consultant fee for developing its view of feasibility with “Y” and for NRT to develop alternative scenarios. NRT charges $50. per hour for this work and the total time is yet to be negotiated. NRT cannot engage in this work until all of their school start-up challenges are settled in early October. We are convinced that an approach that will allow NRT to develop scenarios that it would have to deliver on, will be a most helpful appendix to our RFP being developed for an external consulting expert. It should also reduce the groundwork for the external consultant and lower the consultant’s time and cost to the District. We do not intend to exceed the monies allocated for consultant services.

    I have charged Mr. Delani and Dr. Flaherty with creating school teams to develop a schedule for 2018-2019 that will meet our criteria for having a later start time while not diminishing our after-school programs that are critical to our Vision 2025 “whole student” priorities.

    A significant challenge in determining feasibility for “Y” or alternative scenarios will be the need to conduct collective bargaining with the Masconomet Teachers Association and bargain with some or all of the three towns teachers’ associations at the elementary level.

    The Masconomet Teachers Association must first agree to reopen the contract and then to consider proposals from the School Committee. I recommend waiting until we know our feasible options before taking the step of making a request for reopening the contract. I do not know the contractual details of the elementary unions but I am sure that that there will be some type of bargaining required there also.

    I will provide updates to the School Committee as we begin to see what emerges from NRT’s work once they get that underway.

    Superintendent’s Report

    Welcome Back Letters from Superintendent and Principals – I included Welcome Back letters from me and the Principals in your meeting materials.

    Readiness Meeting and School Safety – Please see the Readiness Meeting Agenda included in your meeting materials. This agenda highlights the important review and planning work that we do cooperatively with public safety. At the meeting, I will take a minute to introduce the A.L.I.C.E. concepts mentioned in the Agenda. Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. The A.L.I.C.E. active shooter training will be an essential part of our Crisis Intervention and Response planning beginning this fall and going forward. Information will be provided to parents and there will be a community informational forum in late October. The information will be shared with staff and students prior to incorporating the use of A.L.I.C.E. concepts into our drills and practices. School administrators and police officers in the Tri-Towns have been trained and certified as A.L.I.C.E. trainers. Learn more about A.L.I.C.E. at https://www.alicetraining.com/ .

    Letter on Civility – Dr. Morrison and I recently re-sent our May 2017 letter on civility and the expectations of our students, staff and community to all families and staff. As with the first mailing of this message, we both received an extraordinary response, much more than all of the other communications we send out. Feedback was 100% positive.

    Vision and Strategic Plan and District Read – The School Committee received an update on the strategic plan that is beginning to emerge during the School Committee retreat on August 16th. Since that meeting I have had the opportunity to take School Committee feedback and work by the Leadership Team back to Advisory Council for further discussion. We are in the process of formalizing the objectives while noting that much of the work is already underway or being planned.

    If I could sum up the vision and values and the emerging strategic plan in two words, it would be to say that personalizing learning is our number one priority. To promote our staff understanding of what personalizing learning means, we will be doing a District read of the book, Students at the Center: Personalized Learning with Habits of Mind, Kallick and Zmuda, ASCD Press, 2017. I provided a copy of this book to each member of the School Committee in August and I look forward to this book informing our discussions about our vision and strategic plan in the coming months and years. 

    Other Opening Events and First Day of School – I have included some documents related to opening events in your meeting materials. I will have a few comments about the related events as well as other comments from my observations next Tuesday and Wednesday.

     

     

     

    July 2017 District Personnel Changes

     

    Exited Employment

     

     

     

    Name

    Position

    Effective Date

     

    None

     

     

     

    Entered Employment

    Position

    Effective Date

     

    None

     

     

     

     
               

     

     Reports of the Subcommittees

    1. Budget Subcommittee - W. Hodges
    2. Policy Subcommittee – Miller
      1. Policy KA, School-Community Relations Goals - New - 1st Reading
      2. Policy KBA, School/Parent Relations Goals - Proposed Revision - 1st Reading
      3. Policy KBD, Communications with Parents - Proposed Revision - 1st Reading
      4. Policy KBE, Relations with School-Community Organizations - Proposed Revision - 1st Reading
      5. Policy KCB, Community Involvement in Decision-Making - Proposed Revision - 1st Reading
      6. Policy KCD, Public Gifts to the Schools - Proposed Revision - 1st Reading
      7. Policy KDD, News/Media Relations/News Releases - Proposed Revision - 1st Reading
    3. Community Relations Subcommittee – K. Sherwood
    4. Turf Up Masco – W. Hodges

     

     Consent Agenda

    1. Approval of July 19, 2017 Regular School Committee Meeting Minutes
    2. Warrants $3,675,131.91 - Twenty-Three (23) Warrants Signed Since Last Meeting

     Other business, old or new

    The administration may be able to identify athletic teams who do not have requisite participation numbers to run. Recommendations will accompany any such situation.

     Adjournment

     

    All meeting documents can be found at this  LINK.

    As always, please contact me if you have any questions about the report, packet, or agenda.

     

     

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  • Welcome Back Letter from Kevin Lyons, Supt. of Schools

    Posted by Kevin Lyons on 8/28/2017

     

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     2017-2018 Opening of School, Updates, Looking Forward

    Open Letter 

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  • Embracing Differences, Kindness, and Non-Discrimination

    Posted by Kevin Lyons on 8/23/2017

    Dear Members of our School Community and Greater Tri-Town Community,

     Last May we wrote a letter to you in regard to our expectations for school climate and in support of the notions of respect and civility that should be a foundation for our schools and our larger community. We noted that there was no precipitating event factor for our letter in May. We were recognizing all of the positives that we have experienced in the Tri-Towns.

     The recent events of violence, hate and bigotry on display in Charlottesville, Virginia and other events and rhetoric of the late summer 2017 move us to resend our letter of last May again at this time to emphasize that our values remain constant and our expectations for students, staff, and school families in regard to respect, tolerance, and appreciation of difference are stronger than ever.

     Please review our May letter that is attached. Our schools in the Tri-Town are resolved to maintain a safe and supportive learning environment for all students. We are seeking to build a culture of kindness and we ask for everyone’s help in achieving this goal.

    With warm regards,

    Scott R. Morrison                                            Kevin M. Lyons
    Superintendent of Schools                              Superintendent of Schools
    Tri-Town School Union                                  Masconomet Regional School District


    File attachments:
    May 2017 Letter from Superintendents on Embracing Differences.pdf

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  • Safety Drill and Canine Search

    Posted by Kevin Lyons on 6/14/2017
    Dear Masconomet Families and Staff,
     
    Today, the Masconomet Regional School District, in concert with the Boxford, Middleton and Topsfield Police Departments and the Essex County Sheriff’s Office, and with the assistance of the North Andover and Manchester Police Departments, conducted a sweep of Masconomet Middle School and Masconomet High School to identify any presence of illegal drugs. Five teams of police and school personnel and six drug-sniffing dogs assisted in the sweep.
     
    No illegal or contraband substances were found in the sweep of lockers, common areas, and random classrooms. Although the canine teams are very highly trained and effective, this does not conclusively mean that there were no illicit substances in the schools during the time window of the search. We know from our survey data that we have students who do use illicit substances – substances that impair health, substances that may cause death by overdose, and marijuana that carries its own health risks and may lead to the use of more lethal drugs.
     
    We are proud of our students’ accomplishments and character and the fact that the vast majority of Masco students stay substance free. The Masco Schools, the Police Departments of the Tri-Towns, the Coalition of the Tri-Town Council and other community partners strive to keep students safe and lead students toward good decision-making by providing educational programs that encourage healthy living, and by maintaining high expectations and standards for our students. We are striving as a community to make a difference. We count on parents and all community members to help meet today’s challenges. Thank you for your support and assistance.
     
    If you suspect that your child or someone you know may need help with a substance issue, there are resources to help. You can contact your child’s guidance counselor, a school administrator, or call the Tri Town Council’s 24/7 Help Line at (978) 771-4619.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Kevin M. Lyons
    Superintendent of Schools
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  • Two Tri-Town Superintendents Message Community About Civility and Values

    Posted by Kevin Lyons on 6/2/2017
    Dear Masconomet and Tri-Town School Union Families and Staff,
     
    As we reflect upon a year in which our greater society’s embracing of differences has been challenged, we are pleased to be able to write about civility from a proactive position within our school districts.  Both of our entries into our respective districts were characterized by hundreds of meetings with students, parents, staff, and community members and it is very clear to us that the values of civility and appreciation of difference are foundational beliefs of the schools and community.
     
    We do not take this for granted. Rather, we are honored to be part of the community leadership that takes the Tri-Towns, and especially its youth, to higher levels of understanding and appreciation for diversity. We want to maintain absolute clarity in the fact that our schools are safe and accepting places for all students. To this end, we are committed to our continued work toward universal acceptance and behavior consistent with the fundamental values of civility and the appreciation of differences.  This cannot be stated enough: We are committed to equal educational opportunity for all students irrespective of age, race, gender, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.
    Whether in the news, in person, or on social media, each of us is bombarded daily by an overwhelming amount of negative opinion and commentary. 
     
    Nationwide, there is a rising trend of acts of hate and hateful language. As described in a publication titled Responding to Hate and Bias at School (2012), “Growing intolerance can also be found online, posted on Tumblr, or tweeted on Twitter…...In some cases the viciousness is intentional; in others perpetrators may have little clue — other than the shock value — about the meaning behind the words, signs, and symbols they shout, tweet, paint, or text” (p. 4).   These trends are disturbing and we would be mistaken to not continually examine our school cultures and challenge our students to appreciate and value diversity.
     
    Normalizing kindness has been and will continue to be our goal.  Kindness, as a value, is emphasized through thematic programs in each of the elementary schools through Middle School. Additionally, Masconomet High School has programs and curriculum that promote cultural competence and lead to deeper understandings of what it means to be a good person and a good citizen. This year’s community read of Life is Good, has generated new curriculum and programs emphasizing kindness and civility as well as other positive personal qualities.
     
    In an essay written over a hundred years ago, Helen Keller wrote, “The highest result of education is tolerance” (Optimism, 1903). This foundational belief serves as an important entry point in the appreciation of our differences and we believe that the core values of the Tri-Town Union and Masconomet demand even more from us and that our expectations for students go further than tolerance.  It is our belief that we, as a community, should embrace and celebrate differences. In fact, as we look to the skills and attitudes that our students are required to have in order to be successful in our connected world and the next economy, embracing difference is more important than ever before.
     
    In a recently released Future of Jobs report from the World Economic Forum, the top ten skills for 2020 and beyond were identified.  Beyond what one would expect to see on such a list, the following competencies were also identified:
    ·        Coordinating with others
    ·        Emotional Intelligence
    ·        People management
    ·        Service orientation
    ·        Cognitive flexibility
    It will take more than tolerance for today’s youth to work together and learn how to solve the complex problems of a complex world.  Tolerance leads to understanding and understanding leads to acceptance.
     
    Please allow us take this opportunity to thank our highly committed faculty and staff for upholding and teaching our values about the acceptance of differences and, at the same time, thank our families and community members who model these values for Tri-Town youth on a daily basis.
     
    As we approach June, it signals that the end of another school year is just around the corner. This has been a remarkable year for the number of ways in which the elementary and secondary districts are working together to support the PreK-12 grade span of learners. As Superintendents, we are working closely together to ensure that Tri-Town students receive an excellent education that includes the personal and social development required for success in the challenging world…of today and tomorrow.
     
    With this mindset, we commit our school districts to continuing to work toward universal acceptance and behavior consistent with the fundamental values of civility and the appreciation of differences. Thank you for your continued support.
     
    Warm regards, 
     
    Kevin M. Lyons                                                            Scott R. Morrison
    Superintendent of Schools                                             Superintendent of Schools
    Masconomet Regional School District                               Tri-Town School Union
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