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Coordinated Program Review Scheduled for Public Schools of Brookline

Dr. Lupini was recently informed by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education of an upcoming Coordinated Program Review that will take place this school year.  As part of this Coordinated Program Review, Department staff will visit Brookline schools during the week of April 14, 2014.  Such visits are routinely conducted by the Department to satsify federal and state requirements for the periodic review of specific education programs and services in schools throughout the Commonwealth.  The Department's Coordinated Program Review will address the following programs: Special Education, Civil Rights, English Learner Education, and Career and Vocational/Technical Education.  You can find more information on the upcoming Coordinated Program Review here.  

   

FY2015 Preliminary Budget and Forum Schedule

The FY2015 Preliminary Budget was presented to the School Committee on March 13, 2014.  Superintendent Bill Lupini and Deputy Superintendent Peter Rowe will hold open forums to discuss the FY2015 School Budget on Thursday, March 20, 2014 and Wednesday, March 26, 2014.  Details are below.  You can find more information on the FY2015 Budget Development Process here.

Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 8:15 a.m.

Devotion School Auditorium
345 Harvard Street

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 8:15 a.m.

Brookline Senior Center
93 Winchester Street, Room 103

 

   

Capital Subcommittee Public Hearing/Short-Term Elementary Space Plan Update

Dr. Lupini recently sent a community letter to all Brookline parents and guardians regarding the short-term elementary space plan and the upcoming Capital Subcommittee Public Hearing, scheduled for Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the Walsh School Committee Room (5th Floor, Town Hall.)   

   

Superintendent's Budget Message

The FY2015 Superintendent's Budget Message was presented to the School Committee on Tuesday, February 11, 2014.  A copy of the slides used at that presentation can be found here.  The full budget proposal, as well as an update to this message, will be presented at the March 13th School Committee Meeting.  

 

 

   

Testimony of Chairman Alan Morse, Override Study Committee Public Hearing

You can read School Committee Chairman Alan Morse's testimony from the Override Study Committee Public Hearing, held on January 22, 2014, here.   

   

Capital Subcommittee Public Hearing

 

The School Committee’s Capital Subcommittee will hold a Public Hearing on the Old Lincoln School (OLS) Transition Plan on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. in the School Committee Room, 5th Floor, Town Hall.  The Brookline community will have the opportunity to comment on the short-term elementary space recommendations that were proposed by Superintendent William H. Lupini on Thursday, January 23, 2014 and modified on February 4, 2014.  You can read more about Dr. Lupini's recommendations and the public hearing here

   

Information and Resources for PARCC Assessment

PARCC Field Assessment - Spring 2014 

This spring, the Public Schools of Brookline will participate in the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC), a new assessment based on the Common Core Standards being field tested in school districts throughout Massachusetts.  The PARCC Assessment could potentially replace the MCAS as our statewide assessment system.  This field test is an opportunity to “test the test,” providing the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) with valuable information in deciding whether to adopt PARCC.  

The PARCC assessment field test is administered in English Language Arts and Mathematics and is comprised of two components: a Performance-Based Assessment (PBA) and an End-of-Year Assessment (EOY).  Not all grades and classrooms will participate in the field test and no student will take the entire complement of the PARCC assessment.  If your child's classroom will be participating in the field test, you will receive notification.

The PARCC field test is a tremendous undertaking and, in order to better inform parents and guardians, below are links to past correspondence and resources that may be helpful.  If you have any questions concerning the PARCC assessment, please contact your building Principal or Vice Principal.

1) Past Correspondence/Information from Public Schools of Brookline

October 4, 2013 letter from Dr. Lupini

January 13, 2014 update from Dr. Lupini

Frequently Asked Questions for PARCC Assessment Field Test 

2) Information from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) 

November 27, 2013 letter from Commissioner Mitchell Chester 
on Authority and Rationale for PARCC Assessment

10 Things Parents Should Know About PARCC

DESE Overview of the PARCC Assessment Field Test 

3) Information from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)

PARCC Website

 

 

 

 

 

   

Olweus Bullying Questionnaire Spring 2014

The Olweus Bullying Questionnaire (OBQ) will be administered to all students in grades three through eleven between Monday, February 3, 2014 and Friday, March 28, 2014.  

Parents of Grade 3-11 students received a letter providing information about Olweus through BlackBoard Connect on Wednesday, January 22, 2014.

   

District and School Report Cards

The federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires schools to annually distribute "report cards" to parents and guardians of all enrolled students. The report cards, prepared by the Massachuetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), contain a summary of important, federally-required information about the overall performance of a district and each individual school.  Below please find full report cards for the Public Schools of Brookline.  Summaries are also available below, which were recently distributed to parents and guardians.  For a more detailed overview and explanation of the report cards, please click here.   The full report is also available on the DESE website under School and District Profiles/Directory at profiles.doe.mass.edu.   

Public Schools of Brookline, District-Wide: Full Report 
Brookline High School: Full Report and Summary
Baker School: Full Report and Summary
Devotion School: Full Report and Summary
Driscoll School: Full Report and Summary
Heath School: Full Report and Summary
Lawrence School: Full Report and Summary
Lincoln School: Full Report and Summary
Pierce School: Full Report and Summary
Runkle School: Full Report and Summary

 

   

FY 2015 School Committee Budget Guidelines and Priorities

The Brookline School Committee is responsible for approving and overseeing the Public Schools of Brookline annual budget.  In accordance with those responsibilities, the School Committee annual process begins with a statement of priorities and guidelines to inform the Superintendent's initial construction of a budget for the next fiscal year.  Please click here for a copy of the FY 2015 School Committee Budget Guidelines and Priorities, approved on December 19, 2013.

   

Public Schools of Brookline Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan

Please click here to read the Public Schools of Brookline Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan, and here to download a copy of the Bullying Incident Report Form.

Report Bullying:


   

2013 Superintendent's Evaluation

Click here to view the Superintendent's 2013 Evaluation.

   

Conference Forms Parent Overview, Grades 1-5

Fall parent-teacher conferences will be held during November and December.  This year, the Office of Teaching and Learning is providing a Conference Forms Overview for parents/guardians of students in Grades 1-5.  Please click here to download the Conference Forms Overview.

   

School Committee Plan: Future Space Considerations (Devotion Meeting)

Superintendent Lupini will be discussing next steps in implementing the School Committee "Future Space Considerations" plan at Devotion School on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.  He will also be meeting with staff at Devotion earlier in the day.  For information on this community discussion, please contact Janice McHugh, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent, at 617-730-2401.

   

Override Study Committee

Click here for information on the Override Study Committee, including Committee charge, membership, schedule, minutes, and presentations.

   

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