School Committee's Legislative Priorities
The School Committee has adopted priorities for the coming legislative session. These priorities will be shared with our legislative delegation at the annual legislative breakfast on Thursday, January 15, 2015.
Public Comment and Proposed Drafts for School Policy Under Review
The Brookline School Committee (BSC), through its Subcommittee on Policy Review, regularly reviews and, when necessary, revises or creates written policies governing the Public Schools of Brookline (PSB). All current/approved policies are available through the Policy Manual.
In an effort to improve public feedback on policy revisions, the proposed draft of any policy under review will be posted on the Public Schools website when it is approved for a First Reading by the full School Committee. Current policy drafts under review are listed below, along with links to the draft and for providing commentary. Normally, the period for public comment will be for ten (10) calendar days following a First Reading so that the School Committee can consider comments before its final deliberation.
The Brookline School Committee does not have policy drafts for Public Comment at this time.
School Committee "Office Hours" NEW
Members of the Schools Committee, and Dr. Lupini when schedule permits, will be available to talk informally with any members of the public who choose to attend, about any issues of concern. See October 27, 2014 letter for additional information and upcoming dates.
2014 Evaluation of the Superintendent
In June of 2011, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education adopted new regulations for the evaluation of Massachusetts educators, principals and administrators, including the Superintendent. As part of the new regulations this year, each School Committee member completed a form which assessed the Superintendent’s progress towards goals and his performance in meeting four standards: Instructional Leadership, Management and Operations, Family and Community Engagement, and Professional Culture. Click here to see a summary document representing the consensus of the full School Committee and click here to see individual School Committee member reports.
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
2) Information from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)
3) Information from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)
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
Public Schools of Brookline Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan
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.
School Committee Plan: Future Space Considerations
By a vote of 8-0, the Brookline School Committee has adopted the plan for future space considerations that had been recommended by the Capital Subcommittee. Click here to view the plan.
Superintendent Lupini will be discussing next steps in implementing this plan with parents at Driscoll School on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 8:15 a.m. and at Devotion School on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. He will also be meeting with staff at each of these schools on those dates. For information on these community discussions, please contact Janice McHugh, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent, at 617-730-2401.
Capital Subcommittee Recommendations: Future Space Considerations
The Capital Improvements Subcommittee of the Brookline School Committee has formulated recommendations to the Committee regarding future space considerations within The Public Schools of Brookline. These recommendations rely heavily on the recently completed report of the Brookline School Population & Capacity Exploration Committee (B-SPACE). Please click here to view the Capital Subcommittee recommendations.
The recommendations will be formally presented to the School Committee at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 12, 2013 in the Walsh School Committee Room (5th Floor, Brookline Town Hall). The presentation will be followed by a Public Hearing on these recommendations. The Committee is expected to consider a vote on the recommendations at their meeting on Thursday, September 19, 2013.
Please contact Ms. Robin Coyne, Executive Assistant to the School Committee, at 617-730-2430 with any questions regarding the presentation or hearing.
Click here to view a copy of the final B-SPACE report.
Assistant Superintendent for Student Services
I am very pleased to announced that Dr. Karen Shmukler has been appointed as Assistant Superintendent for Student Services. For the past seven years, Dr. Shmukler has served as Out-of-District Coordinator and a School Social Worker with The Public Schools of Brookline. In addition, Dr. Shmukler served as Acting Assistant Superintendent for Student Services from January 2013 through July 2013 and from September 2012 through December 2012.
Prior to coming to Brookline, Karen worked for nine years for Brockton Area Multi-Services, Inc. In addition, she has served as Senior Executive for Wraparound Family Services and Director of Operations for Child and Family Services. During her time there, she build a network of programs designed to provide services and supports around children and families in their homes, schools and communities. Additionally, Dr. Shmukler consults nationally on utilizing the wraparound process to build networks of family, school and community-based supports for youth with complex needs.
Karen's work has reached from townships in South Africa to inner city America in a career with a breadth of over 20 years of management, educational and clinical professional experiences. She is an active member of the Massachusetts Administrators for Special Education and has served as secretary of the Massachusetts Association of Family-Based Service Providers.
Dr. Shmukler holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa) and a Doctor of Education degree in Child Youth and Family Studies, with a specialization in management of programs, from Nova Southeastern University. We are thrilled that Karen will be continuing her great work in Brookline in this new role.
2013-2014 School Calendar Highlights
Please click here to view a letter from Superintendent Lupini to parents and guardians noting important dates in the 2013-2014 school calendar.
Committee on Brookline School Population and Capital Exploration (B-SPACE)
Click here for information on the Committee on Brookline School Population and Capital Expansion (B-SPACE) including Committee charge, membership, schedule, minutes, and presentations)
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