Masco Middle School Art Show 2015
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Kevin M. Lyons
Superintendent of Schools
AND..... WELCOME BACK !
September 1, 2015
Dear Masconomet Families,
It is a pleasure to welcome our students back for an exciting 2015-2016 school year, and to welcome our new seventh graders who join the Masco Community on Wednesday.
Our students can look forward to an exciting, challenging, and rewarding school year, and parents can be confident that their children will receive an excellent education with many opportunities to explore.
After one year, I can confirm that the Masconomet that I knew only by reputation last summer is, indeed, a vibrant and caring learning community with exceptional teachers and support staff.
During the past year I gathered data and experience that will help me communicate to our District and Community where I think Masco can build on its great strengths and improve through a strategic planning process which will include the affirmation of a shared vision and shared values. I will be posting the Superintendent’s First Year Report by mid September.
We are currently analyzing data that came in from our Climate and Engagement surveys that went to parents, staff, and students in late May. The Masconomet School Committee will be augmenting this data with a survey of the broader community this fall. We hope to draw on this data to begin the strategic planning process and to gather more data from parents, staff, students, and citizens.
In my last year’s Welcome Back letter, I promised more 2-way communication with parents and that we would work as a District to hear and honor a higher level of parent voice. I believe that we made progress during the last year and that we can build on this in the coming year by providing more opportunities for parents to participate in discussions about our schools.
Masconomet is a great District and I hope to work with you to make it even stronger—more exceptional. During this school year, I will continue to meet individually, or in small groups, with as many staff, students, parents and community members as possible to explore your expectations, aspirations, and what you value most.
Please continue to communicate your thoughts, concerns, and suggestions throughout the year. I have an open door policy and invite you to call, 978-887-2323, ext. 6111, or email Olga Langlois in order to get on my schedule. I have set up a two-way communication vehicle to facilitate the exchange of ideas on our web site. There is a “Send a Note to the Superintendent” button on the District web site, www.masconomet.org. You can request a reply and have the option to remain anonymous. Families, staff, and community members are welcome to communicate through this medium.
Life Threatening Allergies
In compliance with new laws and regulations protecting students and staff with Life-Threatening Allergies, new and more restrictive guidelines have been published for students, families and staff in regard to food in school and on campus. Please review these Life-ThreateningAllergy Guidelines on our District or school web pages. Your student’s Principal and School Nurse will be pleased to respond to your questions or concerns around these Guidelines.
We have decided that we will be moving forward with our planned 1:1 computing initiative next year, 2016-2017. It was originally planned for this year, but pushed back to next. A significant change is that we will not be doing a 1:1 program in the Middle School at this time. We will have a focus on the 9th and 10th grade classes of 2016-2017. I had many discussions with Middle School teachers and administration about Middle School computing needs and concluded that the District can provide sufficient Chromebooks to the Middle School to meet faculty and student needs beginning this fall. Chromebooks are coming on strong as a cloud-based platform that will meet Middle School needs, especially in the STEM subjects and is completely compatible with other instructional tools use by our faculty.
As we develop the 9th and 10th grade program, especially in regard to what families will be asked to purchase, I will be seeking parent, faculty, and student input this fall. We are going to look at the feasibility of options for devices, including Mac operating systems and PC-based Windows systems. Google is even talking about enhancing its operating system to support full-function computers with internal storage and the ability to run local applications. We are opening up our thinking on this due to the rapid changes taking place in the industry and our desire to move ahead with the latest information. We also aim to capture the best price-point for families purchasing devices for their student’s use at school and at home and to provide families with options.
YouTube will not be filtered for students and staff beginning in September. YouTube has become a premier and indispensable teaching and learning tool. It should be an important component of our instructional resources. We will treat this as a pilot year to assess classroom and homework value, bandwidth issues, and to monitor student use of YouTube from the lens of appropriate use and compliance with our Digital Resources Policy.
Safety and Security
Masconomet will focus again this year on safety and security with more training for staff and students and live drills that include students. We have a very safe campus, but we must increase our capacity to respond to different types of safety and security threats. We work closely with Public Safety and Public Health departments in crisis response planning and practice. Please know that we take safety and security very seriously and constantly strive to improve our plans and practices.
Again, welcome to the 2015-2016 school year. It promises to be an exciting and rewarding one.
Kevin M. LyonsSuperintendent of Schools
SEPAC, Special Education Parent Advisory Council
Middle School Memorial Day 2015 Photos by Alison Lecesse
Masco Math/Art Gallery, Mr. Svendsen 2015
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