Superintendent’s Report to the School Committee, April 6, 2022

Senior Citizens’ Concert a Success

Thanks to Masconomet faculty members, Ben Hanchett, Brian Ocock, and Randy O’ Keefe as well as School Committee members Bill Hodges and Joe Ciampa for their efforts in support in our Senior Citizen St. Patrick’s Day Concert, which was held on Tuesday, March 29th.  Approximately 50 senior citizens from Boxford, Middleton and Topsfield were treated to great performances by our instrumental and choral groups.  The afternoon also included a raffle for gift baskets that were prepared by our student council representatives.  Thanks to all of our faculty and students who had a part in putting this show together.

Staff Development Presentation by Tom Guskey, PhD.

On Monday, April 4th, the Masconomet Faculty participated in a staff development training by Dr. Thomas Guskey, a nationally recognized expert on the topic of student grading and assessment.  Dr. Guskey’s remarks centered on how we could change our practices around grading in order to better document a student’s progress towards mastering our curriculum and communicate this progress with families.  A first step in this process is to develop a shared “purpose statement” as to why we grade students.  This purpose statement is then used to guide decisions around how student progress is reported.  In his remarks, Dr. Guskey also explored many common practices in grading, such as the use of percentage grades, “plus” and “minus” grades, and a single grade that combines academic achievement and study habits and explained the drawbacks associated with each of them.  Ultimately, Dr. Guskey advocated for a grade reporting system that separately reports a student’s progress on meeting academic standards and their progress on essential “workplace readiness” skills.  After the presentation to the entire faculty, Dr. Guskey spent an hour with our department heads discussing ideas on how to implement the type of grading system he favors.  This presentation gave us a lot to consider.  We will be continuing the discussion of Dr. Guskey’s ideas beginning with our middle and high school faculty meetings next week.

School Choice Application Available for Entering Grade 9 Students

The Masconomet School Committee has voted to participate in the Massachusetts School Choice Program for incoming grade 9 students at Masconomet Regional High School for the 2022-2023 school year. The School Choice Program allows students who are not residents of Boxford, Middleton, or Topsfield to apply to attend school at Masconomet. The School Committee has voted to accept up to 10 new students to 9th grade under this program. Interested applicants can apply by filling out the form at the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScBLFsTFvCo6xMHn-Xi5BYYarZsIGxftVerzPiiP8LG8fZGpQ/viewform?usp=sf_link. Completing this application does not guarantee acceptance in the Masconomet Regional District. If there are more applicants than spaces available, a lottery will be held on May 20, 2022.
Students will be notified if they have been accepted or placed on a wait list by May 23, 2022. If you know someone who is not a resident of Boxford, Middleton or Topsfield who has an incoming 9th grader who would like to attend Masconomet next year, please pass this info along.

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Superintendent of the Masconomet Regional School District

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