Superintendent’s Report to the School Committee, February 1, 2023

Strategic Plan Update

Our Strategic Planning Working Group will be meeting for the fourth time on February 14th.  For the past two weeks, the Working Group has been conducting a survey of the Communities of Boxford, Middleton and Topsfield and will be reviewing the results of this survey in a future meeting.  The survey link was distributed to Masconomet families through my January 18th Report, and Principals’ Newsletters. Faculty were provided with time to take the survey during their regular faculty meetings earlier this week, and students are being asked to participate in the survey during their M-Blocks in both the Middle and High Schools.

Pilot Schedule Review Committee Update

Our Pilot Schedule Review Committee will hold its next meeting on February 3rd.  We are continuing to review the responses from the faculty and student survey and looking at potential changes to the schedule for next fall.  The Committee plans on communicating any changes to the schedule for the fall by the end of February.  The general feedback to the schedule has been very positive, so the changes the Review Committee is contemplating are relatively minor. 

Tri-Town Council Community Conversation on 2021 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data

Congratulations and “Thank You” to the Tri-Town Council for presenting last Thursday’s Community Conversation on the 2021 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Results.  Participants experienced an excellent presentation of the key findings of the YRBS by a group of Masconomet students and were asked to engage in discussion and provide feedback on how these issues could best be addressed through community-wide action.  Anyone who’s interested in reviewing the findings of the 2021 YRBS can find them in the materials from the October 12, 2022 School Committee Meeting.

Special Education Parent Advisory Committee Hosts Bystander Training

On Monday, January 30 I attended the Tri-Town/Masconomet Special Education Parent Advisory Committee’s training for bystanders of acts of violence or hatred.  The training provided great information on why people do not get involved when they are witnesses to acts of hatred or violence and strategies people can employ when they are faced with these situations.  I want to thank the SEPAC leadership for bringing this training to Masconomet.

Masconomet Featured in Boston Globe Article on Holocaust Education Grants

Masconomet was prominently featured in an article in the “Globe Local” section of the January 27th edition of the Boston Globe on the awarding of Genocide Education Grants.  Masconomet was recently awarded $20,000 from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to “work with Salem State University to train educators on the implementation of genocide curriculum materials, content knowledge, and teaching strategies.”  Additionally, Masconomet will use the funds to add to our collection of Holocaust resource materials and to provide student learning experiences centered on the Holocaust and genocide.

Upcoming School Events:

High SchoolMiddle School
-February 16, HS Jazz Band Concert, 7 PM
-February 18-26, Winter Break
-February 14, MS Jazz Band Concert, 7 PM
-February 13-17, Middle School Spirit Week
-February 18-26, Winter Break
March 14, Trimester 2 Ends

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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