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  • This blog is a vehicle through which we foster awareness of MSC topics, information, progress and resources for deeper learning. After each school committee meeting, we post meeting highlights and in-depth summary notes linked in the blog. We also post district highlights and community events such as our listening sessions.

    We intend to continuously connect our actions with the district vision. The school committee's focus is on vision, mission, policy, budget, superintendent oversight, and advocacy. We balance the needs of our many stakeholders, and monitor progress toward goals.

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  • 07.21.2021 Mini-Update 07.21.2021 

    Posted by MSC on 7/23/2021

    FEATURED HIGHLIGHTS:

     

    S.C. MEETING: 

    • The S.C. had a short meeting to address an Open Meeting Law (OML) complaint
      • Voted to approve the district’s legal counsel to investigate, consult with relevant parties as needed, and reply on behalf of the S.C.  
      • Chair noted that S.C. members participate in OML training during Charting the Course workshop through M.A.S.C. and have been provided access to “refresher” workshops through the Attorney General’s office
      • Chair also noted plans to review the processes for public postings as they relate to OML with everyone on the committee 

     

    COMMUNITY RESOURCES:

    • Do you have a recent graduate?  Follow the link to Resources for Parents/Guardians of High School Graduates shared by TriTown Council here

     

    NEXT SC Meeting: 

    Please refer to the “Public Meetings” page on the Masconomet Website for a list of upcoming meetings and agendas. Meeting agendas, minutes, documents, and videos are posted on-line at: https://www.masconomet.org/domain/41. Email any questions, comments or concerns to our committee chair Zillie Bhuju at zbhuju@masconomet.org

     

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  • 07.14.21 Meeting Summary

    Posted by MSC on 7/17/2021

    The District must provide our students and community the experiences necessary to be aware, thoughtful, active participants in a diverse global environment, comprehend the repercussions of racism, respect and celebrate differences, strive for equitable and just systems, and work with all members of humanity to solve the problems that plague our communities, country and world.”  

    —Masconomet Policy on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Anti-racism

     

    MU-Delani 

    ICYMI- The final Morning Update of the school year includes messages of thanks to HS Principal Delani ​​
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXlU4jOb7aA&t=525s

     

    MEETING HIGHLIGHTS: 

    • Chair Carolyn Miller
      • Welcomed newest committee member Patti Bernheart of Boxford
      • Explained that two school committee members were not eligible to vote at the 6/23 meeting
        • As a result, the vote on the policy on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Antiracism was changed from 9-2 to 8-1 (more details in summary notes)

    • Comments from the Audience addressed the proposed policy on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Antiracism, and negotiations with the Masconomet Teachers’ Union

    • School Committee Reorganization: 
      • Zillie Bhuju was elected Chair
      • Tasha Cooper was elected Vice-Chair

    • Policy: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Anti-racism - second vote 
      • Approved in a majority vote of 8 yes, 2 no
      • Policy supports Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-racism in Masco’s curriculum, experiences, and professional development
      • A detailed explanation of intent can be found in summary notes from 6/23 (agenda item “L”) and 7/14

    Further notes can be found in the Summary Notes* from the 7/14/2021 meeting.  *These are not meeting minutes and not intended to be a transcription of the meeting.

    COMMUNITY RESOURCES:

     

    NEXT SC Meeting: 

    Please refer to the “Public Meetings” page on the Masconomet Website for a list of upcoming meetings and agendas. Meeting agendas, minutes, documents, and videos are posted on-line at: https://www.masconomet.org/domain/41. Email any questions, comments or concerns to our committee chair Zillie Bhuju at zbhuju@masconomet.org







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  • 06.23.21 Meeting Summary

    Posted by MSC on 6/25/2021

    The intent of this policy is to improve support for an environment where people’s unique identities and differences are an appreciated part of community, learning, and problem-solving. Working together to actively improve our systems improves the quality of life for all diverse peoples.”  

    —Tasha Cooper, School Committee member, about the proposed policy on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Anti-racism

     

     7th grade field day

    Middle School students enjoyed Field Days focused on fun activities, community-building, and simply spending social time together.

     

    MEETING HIGHLIGHTS: 

    • Carolyn Miller congratulated 8th graders, all students on finishing this year; welcomed newest School Committee member, Dominic Cassamassina from Middleton; welcomed the public back to in-person meeting attendance
    • Comments from the Audience addressed the proposed policy on antiracism, teachers’ union negotiations, and summer programs for learning loss
    • Student SAB Olivia Richards reported from the students:
      • Proud of accomplishments this year, such as Small Town Hero Awards
      • Request for large projects and tests to be spread throughout the term to reduce stress at the end of the year
      • Glad to hear next year will be “back to normal” and hope some new things from this year continue, such as lunch and mental breaks outside
      • Gratitude for listening to the students this year
    • Phil McManus presented a Middle School Principal Report
      • Field Days
      • 8th-Grade Moving Up Ceremony
      • SEL support, community-building, team unity
    • Mike Harvey presented a report, also published in his Superintendent Blog
      • DESE guidance on Acceleration Roadmap
      • Credit Recovery Summer School and Extended School Year program
      • Developing district goals and plans to facilitate acceleration, including relationship-building, mindfulness, and Project Adventure for middle school
    • Policy: Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Anti-racism - second reading 
      • Approved in a majority vote of 9 yes, 2 no
        • Second vote required since vote was not unanimous, to be held at meeting via zoom in July
      • Policy supports Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-racism in Masco’s curriculum, experiences, and professional development
      • Driven by several student presentations throughout the year
      • Some edits made to improve policy language based on thoughtful consideration of feedback shared in emails, comments, and during 6/14 subcommittee meeting 
    • Negotiations Subcommittee
      • SC believes negotiations are at an impasse and has requested a mediator
      • SC values teachers and aims for all parties to have what they need for success
      • SC priorities are:
        • flexibility to allow for daily schedule improvements, including WIN block
        • structured Professional Development time
        • acknowledgement of contract costs relative to tight town budgets
      • more detail in summary notes

    Further notes can be found in the Summary Notes* from the 6/23/2021 meeting.  *These are not meeting minutes and not intended to be a transcription of the meeting.

     

    MASCO RESOURCES:

    DISTRICT HIGHLIGHTS:

    COMMUNITY RESOURCES:

    NEXT SC Meeting: 

    Our next School Committee meeting will be Wed, July 14 at 7pm. This meeting will be held via zoom. PLEASE NOTE: FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS: members of the public may make a brief statement or ask a question during the “Comments from the Audience” section of the agenda. The zoom link in the agenda is the method for watching the live meeting and making a public comment; recorded video will be posted.

    Meeting agendas, minutes, documents, and videos are posted on-line at: https://www.masconomet.org/domain/41. Email any questions, comments or concerns to our committee chair Carolyn Miller at cmiller@masconomet.org



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  • Attendance at School Committee Meetings

    Posted by MSC on 6/18/2021

    The Masconomet School Committee welcomes the public back for in person attendance at our regular meetings, beginning on Wednesday, June 23. 

     

    School Committee meetings are conducted in accordance with the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law, G.L. c. 39, s. 23B. The Committee values public input, so frequently sets aside a period of time during School Committee meetings to hear comments from the public. 

     

    The Committee has been meeting in person since August of 2020, with some zoom meetings interspersed as needed, but because of temporary pandemic regulations and related policies of the district, the public could not attend in person. Public viewing was accommodated during that time by live-streaming the meetings, and public comments were facilitated via zoom or written statements. 

     

    With the last day of school on June 21, the district’s temporary Covid-19 policies related to public access will be lifted, and the buildings will be open for public attendance once again. 

     

    What this means:

     

    On June 23, the regular School Committee meeting welcomes in-person attendance, and will continue to be broadcast via live-stream to accommodate viewership.

     

    Public comments, which will be welcome as usual, may be delivered in-person during the "Comments from the Audience" agenda item.

     

    The Committee also welcomes input via email any time. 

     

    The June 23 meeting agenda and live-stream link will be publicly posted on Monday, June 21.  All public meetings are posted at least 48 hours in advance under the “Public Meetings” tab on the district website: https://www.masconomet.org/domain/184

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  • 06.09.21 Meeting Summary

    Posted by MSC on 6/13/2021

    Congratulations to all of our seniors who graduated on Friday! The Class of 2021 demonstrated a lot of grace, flexibility and resilience over the past 15 months. We wish them all the best!”  

    —Carolyn Miller, School Committee Chair

     

    congrats 8th graders 

     

    MEETING HIGHLIGHTS: 

     

    • Carolyn Miller congratulated graduates, and expressed appreciation for executive leadership team, school committee, and support staff

    • Gratitude and appreciation to retiring Principal Pete Delani for his 29 years of service to Masconomet

    • Student SAB Lindsey Byman reported from the students:
      • Glad to have lunch outside, hope it continues
      • Hoping next year includes WIN, waterfall schedule, locker rooms
      • Peer leaders led field day for Freshmen
      • State Rep Tram Nguyen spoke to the ACE club

    • Mike Harvey presented a report, also published in his Superintendent Blog
      • Updated DESE guidance
      • Panorama Survey Monday June 14
      • 8th grade move-up day June 21
      • Vaccination Clinic at Masconomet June 23 

    • Anti-Racism Policy - first reading
      • Driven by several student presentations throughout the year
      • Policy would encourage diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism in all aspects of education and learning
      • Feedback to be discussed at next subcommittee meeting: Monday June 14 at 2pm, with second reading at next regular meeting on June 23 at 7pm

    • Unanimous approval to use All Seasons Travel for Walter O’Keefe’s music field trip to Austria and Hungary 
    • Master Teacher recommendation for Yvonne Yeung approved unanimously

    • Community Relations Subcommittee
      • Small Town Hero Awards Ceremony a success
      • Looking forward to highlighting more engagement between Masconomet and community

    • Negotiations Subcommittee
      • SC priorities for this contract are: flexibility to allow for daily schedule improvements, including WIN block; structured Professional Development time; and acknowledgement of contract costs relative to tight town budgets
      • Have had 8 negotiation sessions for this union contract, which expires this month
      • SC believes negotiations are at an impasse and has requested a mediator; more detail in summary notes

    • Antiracism Subcommittee
      • Meeting Monday June 14 at 2pm 
      • IDEAS training upcoming 

     

    Further notes can be found in the Summary Notes* from the 6/09/2021 meeting.  *These are not meeting minutes and not intended to be a transcription of the meeting.

     

    MASCO RESOURCES:

    DISTRICT HIGHLIGHTS:

     

    COMMUNITY RESOURCES:

     

    NEXT SC Meeting: 

    Our next School Committee meeting will be Wed, June 23 at 7pm. This meeting will be held in-person. UPDATE: PROCEDURE FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS TBD. A link will be provided for watching the live meeting; recorded video will be posted. Meeting agendas, minutes, documents, and videos are posted on-line at: https://www.masconomet.org/domain/41. Email any questions, comments or concerns to our committee chair Carolyn Miller at cmiller@masconomet.org








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  • 06.07.21 Mini-Update

    Posted by MSC on 6/7/2021

    CONGRATULATIONS, GRATITUDE, COMMUNITY 

     

    FEATURED HIGHLIGHTS:

     

    • Congratulations to our Class of 2021 Graduates! 

     

     

    2021 Cap toss


    SCHOOL COMMITTEE:

     

    Tonight! On Community: share your thoughts about our Masconomet community, as we close this year and look ahead. Community Relations Subcommittee: 6:30pm Monday, June 7.

     

    School Committee Regular Meeting: Wednesday, June 9, 7pm



    HIGH SCHOOL:

     

     

    MIDDLE SCHOOL:

     

    • 8th Grade Moving On Ceremony will now take place outside on the morning of Monday June 21. **Thanks to diligence of Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations Jeff Sands and Superintendent Mike Harvey for coordinating efforts to keep the large tent from high school graduation up two more weeks for this purpose! Details are being emailed to 8th grade families.

     



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  • 06.01.21 Mini-Update

    Posted by MSC on 6/1/2021

    A TIME FOR APPRECIATION AND CELEBRATION 

    FEATURED HIGHLIGHTS:

     

    Rolling Rally 6/1/21

     

     

     

    HIGH SCHOOL:

     

    • Congratulations to the Masconomet Gymnastics Team! Seniors Sarah Aylwin, Charlotte Losee, Gracy Mowers and Alexa Budrow represented Team Massachusetts in the National Gymnastics Competition. The Team came in Second! Learn more in the HS Principal Blog: https://www.masconomet.org/Domain/8

     

     

     

    MIDDLE SCHOOL:

     

    • Congratulations to Seventh Grader Laurel Soward, winner of the 2021 Letters About Literature Contest, by the Massachusetts Center for the Book! Learn more in the MS Principal Blog: https://www.masconomet.org/Domain/9

     

    • Welcome to TTU’s current sixth graders preparing to join the Masco family!  Parents and caregivers that were not able to attend the virtual 6th Grade Parents Night presentation on May 13 can view a recording at this link and can access the slides from the presentation here. 





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  • 05.19.21 Meeting Summary

    Posted by MSC on 5/25/2021

    It has been great to see students and faculty engaged in teaching and learning in-person throughout our campus. There are some things that we may want to continue after the pandemic is over. I hope that using the outdoors as a classroom is one of them.”  

    —Superintendent Mike Harvey

     

    Congratulations Masco Seniors 2021 

     

    MEETING HIGHLIGHTS: 

    • Phil McManus presented the Middle School Principal Report
      • Working on plans for 8th grade moving-on ceremony
      • In-person and remote learning is going well; attendance is high
      • Working with elementary schools on supporting next year’s  7th graders

    • Mike Harvey presented a report, also published in his Superintendent Blog
      • No major issues in transition to in-person learning
      • Police helping with traffic at drop-off/pick-up
      • Re-developing plans for senior week and graduation June 4 with new DESE / state guidance
      • Working with Curative on vaccine clinics for 12+

    • FY20 Audit presentation: strong financial management; helpful to have CPA on staff 

    • Community Relations Subcommittee
      • Small Town Heroes Awards Ceremony: Monday, May 24 at 6:30pm
      • Next meeting June 7, open to listening

    • Negotiations Subcommittee
      • Seeking flexibility in contract to allow for adjustments in schedule to meet district goals 

    • Antiracism Subcommittee
      • First read of proposed policy next meeting
      • AP US History students are revising handbook description of Masconomet’s namesake
      • IDEAS training upcoming this summer

    Further notes can be found in the Summary Notes* from the 5/19/2021 meeting.  *These are not meeting minutes and not intended to be a transcription of the meeting.

     

    MASCO RESOURCES:

    DISTRICT HIGHLIGHTS:



    COMMUNITY RESOURCES:

     

    NEXT SC Meeting: 

    Our next School Committee meeting will be Wed, June 9 at 7pm. This meeting will be held in-person. PLEASE NOTE: NEW PROCEDURE FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS: members of the public who wish make a brief statement or ask a question during the “Comments from the Audience” section of the agenda may join the meeting via Zoom Teleconference at 7:00 PM by clicking on the zoom link in the agenda. This zoom link is also the method for watching the live meeting; recorded video will be posted. Meeting agendas, minutes, documents, and videos are posted on-line at: https://www.masconomet.org/domain/41. Email any questions, comments or concerns to our committee chair Carolyn Miller at cmiller@masconomet.org



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  • Tonight! Small Town Hero Awards Ceremony

    Posted by MSC on 5/24/2021

    Small Town Hero Awards

     

    TONIGHT! We look forward to honoring our local heroes for their great work in our community. 6:30pm Monday May 24. We would love to see you there! This link goes directly to the event via zoom:

    tinyurl.com/SmallTownHeroAwards

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  • Small Town Hero Award #10

    Posted by MSC on 5/21/2021

    Small Town Hero Awards

     

    Masco’s Med Club Honoring Topsfield Fire Department with Small Town Hero Award

     

    By: Celia Xie of Masco’s Med Club

     

    Topsfield Fire Department

     

    Masco Med Club was founded with the goal to nurture students’ interests in healthcare, but more importantly serve as a reminder of why healthcare workers choose to do what they do.  From first responders to hospital workers, we recognize the same spirit that is a willingness to help others. Today, we choose to honor the Topsfield Fire Department for their tireless dedication in embodying that very same spirit.

     

    Being a first responder is hard, but being a first responder during a pandemic is even harder. While most of us got to sleep in and spend more time with our dogs, members of the Topsfield Fire Department worked harder than ever to keep their community safe. As the pandemic surged, so did the responsibilities of the Topsfield Fire Department.  Despite facing new and unexpected challenges, these firefighters chose to put their own fears aside and serve their community as they have always done.

     

    Topsfield Fire Chief Jen Collins-Brown shared with us a unique aspect of the fire service saying that “[Firefighters] may be called upon on any given time to perform a number of different things; when a resident doesn’t know where to turn for help, they call their fire department.” She goes on to list some of the many responsibilities her firefighters have taken on over the years, saying, “I have seen my firefighters fill in as a plumber, electrician, coach, social worker, EMT, truck driver, career planner. . . the list does go on.” Finally, in recognizing the challenges we have all endured in the past year, Chief Collins-Brown reminds us that “we all have a choice, so choose kindness; it goes further and makes things better.” 

     

    On behalf of the entire Tri-Town community, the Masco Med Club would like to offer a big thank-you and our Small Town Hero Award to the Topsfield Fire Department staff for adapting to the new circumstances and continuing to serve and protect our community despite all the unknowns. It is often too easy to forget that when we call for help in our times of need, those who respond put aside their own lives to help us better ours. In the end despite a pandemic, when their community called, the Topsfield Fire Department responded with the same spirit that we have always known them to have, every single time. 

     

    The Annual Small Town Hero Awards is an initiative jointly led by the Masconomet Student Council and the Masconomet School Committee’s Community Relations Subcommittee. This year, it celebrates and honors local heroes who have stepped up and led significant change and impact during the pandemic. Ten different student groups selected ten different honorees from across the Tri-Town. This Small Town Hero Award is sponsored by the Masco Med Club.

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