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Superintendent Report for Thursday, May 21, 2015

Saturday, 23 May 2015 08:10

Click here to view my report to the School Committee for Thursday, May 21, 2015.  This report focuses on a number of student and staff recognitions!

   

Superintendent Report for Thursday, May 7, 2015

Friday, 08 May 2015 22:49

Click here to view my report to the School Committee for Thursday, May 7, 2015.  This report includes reports on significant accomplishments by our Sagamore staff and students partipating in the National Japanese Exams, an update on kindergarten enrollments, and a brief FY2016 budget update.

   

Steps to Success

Sunday, 03 May 2015 16:36

See the amazing Steps to Success video, first shown at the recent "Step Up For Our Stars" event.  (https://vimeo.com/126562545)

   

Superintendent Report for Thursday, April 30, 2015

Friday, 01 May 2015 21:51

Click here to view my report to the School Committee for Thursday, April 30, 2015.  This report includes information regarding the Driscoll School Interim Principal, the possible high school staffing consolidations, and the Today's Students, Tomorrow's Teachers (TSTT) Awards Ceremony.

   

Driscoll School Interim Principal

Tuesday, 28 April 2015 10:11

I am very pleased to announce that Eileen Driscoll Woods will serve as Interim Principal at Driscoll School during Heidi Cook's leave in 2015-2016.  Please click here to view the complete announcement.

   

Important Presentations

Saturday, 18 April 2015 23:05

The Brookline School Committee heard two very important presentations at their meeting on Thursday, April 9, 2015.  The video of these presentations are available below:

Enrichment and Challenge Support (ECS) Program Review:
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgPkStSf6Ic

Technology Plan:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gtXbtJrDM0c

   

Devotion Presentation to Board of Selectmen

Sunday, 12 April 2015 09:46

Click here to view the Devotion School renovation and addition project presentation, which will be made to the Board of Selectmen on Tuesday, April 14, 2015.

   

Elementary Classroom Consolidations

Sunday, 12 April 2015 09:35

The FY2016 no override budget includes consolidationsof five (5) elementary classes across the system.  We have worked closely with Principals over the past month to identify these sections, focusing on enrollments (including the number of students with IEPs, those served through ELL, and students qualifying for free and reduced lunch), achievement data (including MCAS), and the classroom experience of teachers in the receiving grade level.  After considering these factors, we have identified the following grade levels and schools for consolidation in the no override budget scenario:

Grade 4 @ Baker School (Grade 5 for 2015-2016) - the current enrollment of 74 students in four sections would be consolidated to three sections;
Grade 4 @ Devotion School (Grade 5 for 2015-2016) - the current enrollment of 76 students in four sections would be consolidated to three sections;
Grade 3 @ Heath School (Grade 4 for 2015-2016) - the current enrollment of 59 students in three sections would be consolidated to two sections;
Grade 7 @ Lawrence School (Grade 8 for 2015-2016) - the current enrollment of 55 students in three sections would be consolidated to two sections; and
Grade 2 @ Lincoln School (Grade 3 for 2015-2016) - the current enrollment of 81 students in four sections would be consolidated to three sections

We believe that it is necessary to identify these sections now so that Principals can begin the hiring process for positions that are open (under both budget scenarios) within their schools.

In addition, the no override spending plan includes the consolidation of five (5) positions at Brookline High School and the elimination of the Enrichment and Challenge Support (ECS) program.  Dr. Allen (Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources) is working with Ms. Holman (Headmaster, Brookline High School) to identify the BHS consolidations, as well as with our ECS teachers on their possible assignments for the coming year.

Remember, the override spending plan does not include these consolidations and program changes.

   

Superintendent Report for Thursday, April 9, 2015

Friday, 10 April 2015 09:09

Click here to view my report to the School Committee for Thursday, April 9, 2015.  This report includes important information on the elementary classroom consolidations that would take place under the no override budget proposal, as well as announcements regarding school leadership at both Devotion and Heath.

   

Advisory Committee Presentation

Thursday, 09 April 2015 10:50

Our annual program meeting with the Advisory Committee took place on Monday, April 6, 2015.  Topics focused on our enrollment growth, the efficiencies and fee increases implemented by the school department since 2006, and our technology plan.  Click here for the slides used during this presentation and here for handouts distributed to Committee members.  Our thanks to the Advisory Committee for a terrific conversation.

   

Alan November Community Event

Tuesday, 07 April 2015 19:47

We are very pleased to announce that Alan November will speak to the Brookline community on Tuesday, April 28, 2015.  His presentation on "Who Owns the Learning:  Preparing Students for Success in the Digital Age" will be held at the Pierce School Auditorium from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  This important event is sponsored by the Brookline Education Foundation.  Access the event flyer here.

   

Heath School Leadership

Tuesday, 07 April 2015 10:54

Carrie Wilson, who has served as Principal at Heath School for the past four (4) years, recently informed me that she is resigning from that position, effective at the end of the current school year.  I want to thank Carrie for her tremendous work with staff and on behalf of families and students at Heath.  We wish her only the best in her future endeavors

We have explored a number of school leadership options during the past weeks, including discussing a search process with at least two consultant firms and considering options involving certain of our current Vice Principals and Coordinators for both short and long-term roles at Heath.  I am very please to announce that Annie Sevelius, who currently serves as Vice Principal at Heath School, will become Interim Principal for the 2015-2016 school year.  Please click here to view my letter to the community announcing this appointment.

   

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