Greetings from the Superintendent of Schools
Dr. William H. Lupini
Superintendent of Schools
Welcome Message 2014-2015
Dear Brookline Parents and Guardians:
Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year, which begins for students on Thursday, September 4, 2014. I hope that each of you had a wonderful July and August with family and friends. After a summer filled with professional learning, reflection/renewal, planning and organizing, members of our staff are looking forward to the return of students to our schools.
We have many things to celebrate in Brookline’s public school system. Our curriculum initiatives and professional development, implemented with the guidance of Principals and Coordinators, support our teachers in improving learning for all students. Our hiring and mentoring efforts ensure that we select and support an outstanding and diverse group of professionals throughout our system. Our outstanding educators focus on meeting each child where they are and continuously strive to improve their professional practice.
At the same time, these are challenging times for our school system and for public education in general. Our unprecedented enrollment growth has led to discussions of override, efficiencies, prioritizing, and the possibility of reducing key programs and services in our schools. State and federal initiatives have burdened school systems with prescriptive mechanisms for improving student outcomes, often without any evidence that the effort will result in better schools. I am proud to serve as your Superintendent and I am committed to working with each of you to address these important local, state and national challenges in our school system.
Beyond these celebrations and challenges lies the true reason that we chose this profession - our students. All of us are here to ensure an outstanding educational experience for Brookline students - each and every one of them. Every member of our Public Schools of Brookline team is committed to our Mission “[t]o ensure that every student develops the skills and knowledge to pursue a productive and fulfilling life, to participate thoughtfully in a democracy, and to succeed in a diverse and evolving global society.” Moreover, our Core Values of High Achievement for All, Excellence in Teaching, Collaboration, Respect for Human Differences, and Educational Equity guide our work each day.
I hope that the coming school year is a successful one for your student(s) and family.
Superintendent of Schools
District Strategic Plan and Goals
Our Strategic Plan provides a guide for future educational endeavors and a plan for documenting the ongoing success of our system and students. Specific goals and strategies for our system and schools are derived from our mission:
"To ensure that every student develops the skills and knowledge to pursue a productive and fulfilling life, to participate thoughtfully in a democracy, and to succeed in a diverse and evolving global society."
Download the revised Vision, Mission, Core Values and Goals recently adopted by the School Committee. Check back here later in the 2014-2015 school year for updates on measurements and action plans.
Conversation with the Superintendent
Each year I conduct a "Conversation with the Superintendent" session with the parent community at each of our schools and with other school-related organizations. The following meetings are scheduled for the coming weeks: METCO - Wednesday, January 21st @ 6:30 p.m. (Yawkey Boys and Girls Club); and Heath School - Tuesday, February 4th @ 8:00 a.m. (Heath Cafeteria).