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    Each month, we will post some highlights from our recent meetings to keep you aware of MSC topics, information, and resources for deeper learning. 

    As wisely expressed by our Superintendent, Dr. Mike Harvey, “It is important to visualize what we aim to do, as well as how we do it, and why.” We intend to continuously connect our actions with the district vision.

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  • 9.19.19 Summary Notes from September Meetings

    Posted by MSC Community Relations on 9/19/2019

    “We are in the business of helping kids navigate, deal with, and overcome failure.”  - Pete Delani

     

    Goals  

    This month, the school committee has been working on our goals for the year. In this transition year with our new administrative leadership, we intend to tie our actions to Vision 2025 through strategic planning, capital planning, and community engagement.

     

    Highlights from this month's meetings include:

    • Turf Field Presentation from Stantec
    • Principal's report on new composting/recycling program, collaboration with Anti-Defamation League, and partnership with the Ronald McDonald House charity in Charlestown - (more details in the full Summary Notes below)
    • Introduction of School Committee Blog and other community outreach methods
    • Welcoming our new Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations, Jeff Sands

     

    Click here to read full Summary Notes from the 9.04.2019 Meeting

    Click here to read full Summary Notes from the 9.18.2019 Meeting

     

    If you have questions, please contact our committee chair, Tasha Cooper, at tcooper@masconomet.org.

     

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  • 9.04.19 Dr. Harvey in the News

    Posted by MSC Community Relations on 9/4/2019

    “This system is 120 years old. It was created for a different industrial revolution than the one we are looking at today. … We have to think about the knowledge, skills and dispositions that kids really need to be successful for the next 50 years.”

    - Dr. Michael Harvey, Masconomet Superintendent
    Dr.Harvey

    In late August, WickedLocal Media published an article on our incoming superintendent, Dr. Michael Harvey, who began in July after Dr. Kevin Lyons retired. The article highlights aspects of his philosophy, approach, and goals for our regional schools. Please follow this link to read the article:

    Masconomet Superintendent Michael Harvey: We need to rethink what we are doing

     

    If you have questions, please contact our committee chair, Tasha Cooper, at tcooper@masconomet.org.

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  • 8.22.19 Retreat

    Posted by MSC Community Relations on 8/22/2019

    “It [Project-Based Learning] creates an aspect of authenticity, because we are creating something for an audience.”

    - High Tech High teacher in Most Likely To Succeed 

    Most Likely To Succeed

     

    On Wednesday, August 21 the members of our School Committee gathered together for a retreat at the Flint Library in Middleton. Guided by Superintendent Dr. Mike Harvey and Committee Chair Tasha Cooper, the purpose of the retreat was to inspire critical and creative thinking about our education system and set goals for the upcoming year.

     

    To that end, we watched and discussed the documentary film Most Likely To Succeed, from Director Greg Whiteley and Executive Producer Ted Dintersmith. Their website says: “The film explores compelling new approaches that aim to revolutionize education as we know it, inspiring school communities to reimagine what students and teachers are capable of doing.”

     

    We were inspired. We discussed connections between Masconomet and the featured school, High Tech High; we shared our perspectives on the history, challenges, predictions, and purpose of public education today; we touched on assessment measures, variations in time-block structures, school ranking systems, the skills that foster success, the nature of success, the path of a student’s education, and the flexibility involved in innovation.

     

    Then we closed by working together to draft goals for this year. These drafts will evolve over the next couple meetings, and then we will share our goals with you, our community, and continue to use them as our guide.

     

    We encourage you to check out Most Likely To Succeed, too. There will be public viewings of the film at Masconomet this year. Learn more and view the trailer here: teddintersmith.com/mltsfilm

     

    If you have questions, please contact our committee chair, Tasha Cooper, at tcooper@masconomet.org.

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  • 8.19.19 Athletic Fees

    Posted by MSC Community Relations on 8/19/2019

    “Direct expenses and the appropriate percentage of indirect expenses are totaled to determine the total cost to run each sport, and then divided into cost per student, which is then divided between operating budget and user fees by percentage.”

    - excerpt from Athletic Fees 2019-2020 Update

    Athletic Gear

    Please read the information in the following link to learn more about how Masconomet’s Athletic Fees are set, and how they have changed for the 2019-2020 school year.

    Athletic Fees 2019-2020 update

     

    If you have questions, please contact our committee chair, Tasha Cooper, at tcooper@masconomet.org.

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