Last week, we had Auditory Bump visit the district to speak about the impact unfunded mandates has on our school system. You can read an article about it in the Groton Herald and can click here to read the Nashoba Valley Voice article about her visit.
I enjoyed starting my week at the high school. It was great to visit the staff and students. Some of the highlights included seeing students program and run simulations with robots, students leading musical practice groups, students discussing The Old Man and the Sea, students problem solving through mathematical thinking, students using our new maker-space called the "Collaboratory", use of our new approach to language instruction called OWL (Organic World Language), and evidence of mastery oriented feedback being utilized! See photos below.
This week, I met with area district leaders to discuss a cross-district model of professional development. We also received training on inclusive practices. The group also discussed areas for cross district collaboration in the areas of curriculum. Meeting the needs of all students when there are financial limitations requires collaboration and it is great to see so many districts willing to share thoughts and resources as we collaborate!
On Tuesday evening, the Budget and Finance Subcommittee met with other members of the school committee. I was there along with Frank Antonelli (Interim Director of Business and Finance) and Michael Knight (Assistant Business Manager). During this meeting, the school committee discussed guidance they will give to the administration as we begin to prepare the superintendent's recommended budget. This guidance will be shared with community at Tuesday's school committee meeting. They will also share this information with town officials in both towns as they all plan to get together in early November.
It was such a pleasure to participate in a full day instructional data meeting with staff yesterday. Dr. Novak led the group to engage in district wide analysis -looking at patterns and trends and discussing ways departments can unpack what we saw using tools such as root cause analysis protocols. It began with a reviewing data against past district improvement plans, our current district improvement plan and thinking about future needs. This work leads directly into the district's logic model and strategy and will be shared with all staff as well as a formal presentation in the form of a Data Overview to the school committee and community in November. Thanks to the following staff for their participation! Below are the names of the teacher leaders and administrators who did this important work!
- Derek Asadoorian
- Kelly Cook
- Dorothy Dwyer
- Liz Garden
- Karen Gartland
- Jill Greene
- Jacqueline Liebold
- James Lin
- Michael Lubawski
- Jennifer Maio
- Peter Myerson
- Katie Novak
- Dan Reid
- Kristan Rodriguez
- Adam Snodgrass
- Kelly True
- Michael Woodlock
- Keith Woods
We had our first Sustainability Committee meeting this week. The sustainability committee members are below. The first meeting was a planning meeting. We met as a group to get to know one another, set expected outcomes, and create a schedule of meetings for the group for the remainder of the calendar year. As a district, we are engaging in a programmatic review to define efficiencies in our budget. The sustainability committee will review this process with us. In addition, the sustainability committee will be highly focused on finding additional revenue sources to fund the district's operating budget and meet the needs of all students.
|5||By School Committee||Laura Teeple||Community Member|
|Scott Whitefield||Community Member|
|Donna Fosberry||Community Member|
|Jennifer Duane||Community Member|
|Rodney Hersh||Community Member|
|1||By Dunstable BOS||Tracy Hutton (Town Administrator)||Town Administrator|
|1||By Dunstable Advisory||Lorraine A. Leonard (Town Accountant)||Town Accountant|
|1||By Groton BOS||Jack Petropoulos||Selectman|
|1||By Groton FinCom||Bud Robertson||FinCom Member|
|1||By Superintendent||Lucas Smith||GDEA Rep|
|2||By School Committee||Angela Donahue||School Committee|
|By School Committee||Stephanie Cronin||School Committee|
|Ex Officio/Resource Members|
|1||Superintendent||Kristan Rodriguez (Facilitator)|
|1||Dir. of Business & Finance||Frank Antonelli|
|1||Representative||Rep. Sheila Harrington|
Core Values Event (Open Invitation)
Last year, we had about 80 members of our greater community get together to help us define a draft vision statement and core values, in a process called Future Search. Recently, we adopted the vision statement that came out of this work. We are currently working on finalizing the district's core values. We invite you to join us (whether you attended Future Search or not). We are meeting on Tuesday 10/25 from 5:30-6:30 pm in the high school library. We have only one hour so we will get straight to work at 5:30. We will share the work from this group later that evening at our televised school committee meeting!
Site Visit to the High School