I spent a good portion of my time this week meeting with many administrators to finalize their goals and educator plans. Administrators need to have four goals. One student learning goal, one professional practice goal, and two goals that come from the district improvement plan (for central office administrators) or the school improvement plans (for building administrators). They all did a great job in creating SMART goals that will help our district continue to improve.
This week, I met with the town manager from Groton and the town administrator from Dunstable, along with Michael Knight and Frank Antonelli from our business and office. We are starting to meet once a month in an attempt to continue with collaborative discussions regarding the financing of the regional district and municipal services. Last month, we met in Dunstable Town Hall and this week in Groton Town Hall. Next up, the district will host!
On Tuesday evening, I held the last session of our Future Search group (photo below). This group provided some vital feedback about our District Strategy document. Based on their feedback, I am adding many pages of background narrative to help explain the plan. I am so grateful for their guidance in making this a community friendly document that can be understood without lengthy personal explanation.
On Wednesday morning, I attended a training through the Merrimack Valley Superintendent's Association. We heard from speakers Nancy Parker and Eliza Williamson of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). NAMI offers some amazing free support groups. If you are interested in learning more about them, check out their website.
This week, I had the pleasure of visiting the high school for a site visit. I apologize that I did not capture any photos but I can assure you that wonderful learning was occurring! I enjoyed going into a Latin class as well as some English and history classes.
After attending the Valley Collaborative board meeting, I headed into Boston to attend a meeting with Representative Harrington and the office of local mandates at the State House. We did so to continue to advocate the need for a report to look at the financial impacts regionalization causes and our need for full funding for such things as regional transportation reimbursement
I was very grateful for having the opportunity to learn from Cheney Harper today with our administrative team. Cheney shared the new state expectations surrounding English Language Learners. Thanks also to Dianna Fulreader for sharing materials she received at a training for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) from the May Institute. To continue my theme of learning, after the leadership meeting, I headed into Billerica to hear from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education about the new state recertification guidelines. We will share what I learned with staff soon!
Below is a small sample of what you can find if you follow our district Twitter chat (#gdrsdchat).
Thanking Those (Of Ours) Who Serve
Below is a photo of the care packages being sent to GD alumni who are currently serving our country, another wonderful product of the high school advisory program.
I happened to witness the signing of these certificates honoring the amazing new members of the GD National Art Honor Society and the Junior Art Honor Society. Congratulations to all inductees.
Below is a photo of the Swallow Union Student Council loading the truck of all the donated food items the school donated to the Merrimack Valley Food Bank.
Congratulations to our Mid-Wach Volleyball All Stars (Jordan, Alexa, and Brecken) and their fabulous coaches!
I introduce you all to our 2016 GD Quiz Show team!
Congratulations to our very own Senor Bissonette for being awarded the new teacher commendation at the 2016 Massachusetts Foreign Language Conference.
Happy weekend to all!