Superintendent’s Report to the School Committee, 12/14/22

Welcome to Topsfield School Resource Officer Brendan Gahagan and Comfort Dog Officer Aster.  Officer Gahagan and Aster share our School Resource Officer duties with the Boxford Police Department and are on campus two or three days per week.  Aster joined the Topsfield Police Department this summer and has been in our schools since September. She’s been very popular with both students and faculty.

Officer Brendan Gahagan and Aster

Addressing Hate in School Sports Conference on 12/8

Last Thursday, December 8, 2022, Dr. Carabatsos, Mr. Daileanes and I attended the “Addressing Hate in School Sports Conference” at TD Garden.  The conference was sponsored by the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA), the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), the Massachusetts School Administrators Association (MSAA), and the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (MASS).  During the conference we heard from Attorney General and Governor-Elect Maura Healey, DESE Commissioner Jeff Riley, MASS President Diane Kelly, MIAA Executive Director Bob Baldwin and representatives from the seven Massachusetts Professional Sports Organizations; the Boston Bruins, the Boston Celtics, the New England Patriots and Revolution, the Boston Red Sox, the Boston Renegades and the Boston Pride.  During the conference, we also attended breakout sessions given by experts from the Attorney General’s Office, Anti-Defamation League of New England, and the MIAA as well as school administrators, athletic directors and coaches on best practices for addressing hate in school sports.  The purpose of the conference was also to serve as a kickoff of an initiative to provide 13 regional trainings for coaches and school administrators that will be held later in 2023.  These sessions will be facilitated by trainers from Northeastern University’s Center for the Study of Sport in Society.

Attorney General and Governor-Elect Maura Healey welcomes attendees at the Addressing Hate in School Sports Conference

Meeting with High School Student Council Executive Board on 12/9

On Friday, December 9, I met with the Executive Board from the High School’s Student Government Association during M-Block.  The students were very busy with several events that are ongoing in the high school as we approach the holiday break, including the Five Days of Giving and Spirit Week from 12/16-12/22, Senior Citizens Concert on 12/19, Senior Class Snowball, Grades 9 and 10 Winter Semi-Formal Dance.  We also explored some ideas about how the M-Block could be used for other activities than receiving extra help.  Given that students are very heavily scheduled after school, they wondered if it was possible to use M-Block for student club meetings.  I told them that Dr. Carabatsos and I would look into this to see if it was possible.  

Members of the Class of 2026 learn about the Five Days of Giving

MCSA Education Law Conference on 12/9

On Friday, December 9, I was able to attend the Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Council of School Attorneys.  During this meeting, attendees heard presentations regarding the legal aspects of the recent teacher strikes in Haverhill and Malden from the lead counsel for the Haverhill School Committee and the Director of the Massachusetts Department of Labor Relations.  We also heard a presentation from the Attorney from the Ludlow School District regarding a lawsuit involving student privacy and parental rights, and an update from the General Counsel from DESE regarding several current legal issues.

Strategic Planning Meeting on 12/13

On Tuesday, December 12, our Strategic Planning Working Group held its second meeting.  The sessions focused on developing the members of the Working Group into a functioning team through discussion of each member’s working styles.  Our next meeting will be on January 10th.

Pilot Schedule Task Force

The Pilot Schedule Task Force met on December 2nd.  The group continued to review the results from the faculty and student surveys and identified some potential areas for changes to the pilot schedule to explore based on these results.  The Task Force will be meeting again on January 6th

Senior Citizen Concert on 12/19

On December 19th, our high school band and choral groups will be performing for senior citizens from Boxford, Middleton and Topsfield.  Thanks to our Student Council who will also be helping to serve lunch to the senior citizens.  We’re looking forward to a great show on Monday.

COVID Test Kit Distribution

As we did prior to the Thanksgiving Holiday, all students and staff in the district will be offered a COVID-19 test to take home next week for use prior to returning to school in January.  Each test kit contains two COVID-19 tests.  Test kits were provided free of charge by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to all school districts in the Commonwealth.  Building principals will be coordinating test distribution in their respective schools and will be providing more information on the distribution process.

Upcoming School Events:

High SchoolMiddle School
December 15, Senior Snowball, 6 PM

December 20, Post-Secondary Athletic Celebration, 2:30 PM

December 20, HS Choral Concert, 7 PM

December 22, Vacation begins, Regular dismissal time

January 3, School Reopens
December 15, MS Winter Band Concert, 7 PM

December 22, Vacation begins, Regular dismissal time

January 3, School Reopens

For a full listing of School Events, please see the Masconomet Website.

Published by mascosuper

Superintendent of the Masconomet Regional School District

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