September, 2012

posted Sep 10, 2012, 5:43 PM by Joel Bates   [ updated Sep 10, 2012, 5:45 PM ]

School Council September 12th Principal’s Report

·         We had a very busy summer resulting in a smooth start to our school year.

·         We have added new staff to our faculty

o   Assistant Principals Alana Cyr and Steve Grant

o   Special Educators Jason Zindars and Veronica Traugott

o   8th grade teacher Eileen Wilder

o   6th grade teachers Kristen Sullivan and Quintin Burks

o   Instructional Assistant Maryann Zayka

·         Michael Wood authorized a fifth section of sixth grade when our enrollment reached 109 students.  We designed the fifth section as a “plus” section that has been proven effective at Hale Middle School.

·         Michael Wood has been working closely with the bus company to strike a balance between lengths of routes and viable stops. 

·         Smart Boards have been installed in all grade 5 classrooms and in Spanish.

·         Early MCAS returns are strong.  I will present a full report in October. 

·         Mike Caligiuri continues to reconfigure the library adding new seating and opening up space for instruction.

·         Our first A-E teaching cycle is complete. 

·         Students and teachers have made the necessary adjustments to their schedules

·         The newly designed Children’s Memorial Courtyard is extraordinary – A special thanks to Mark Van Buren of Mark’s Landscaping for all of his hard work and dedication to this project.

·         The Superintendent has authorized a new web site for us coming some time in October

·         The new pick-up and drop-off procedure at the Emerson Wing is mirroring that of the  Sawyer Wing  

o   We have offered parents a one-stop pickup plan for those with children in both wings.

·         We had energetic first day assemblies to set the tone for the school year.

o   We discussed:

§  The rights and responsibilities of students

§  What we expect from them.

§  What they can expect from us. 

·         Cross country began this week coached by Mr.  Kozloski and Mr. Burks

*  Drama began this week with fall plays scheduled.  

·         School Pictures will be October 1, 2012.

·         The PMC Kids Ride will move to the Fall this year with our second calendar ride taking place on Sunday October 7, 2012.