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April 2017 Newsletter

From the Superintendent


Dear Parents and Guardians:
The month of April is the bridge from the doldrums of winter to the revitalization that spring often brings. Spring is a time to enjoy the rebirth of our gardens making way for the simple joy we experience when admiring the vivid colors and healthy plants that miraculously come to life after months of cold, often dreary days and weeks.

Our schools have experienced a rebirth or revitalization as well. The teachers and administrators have worked tirelessly through the fall and winter months nourishing our District Strategy. We are now beginning to reap the fruits of the labor.

Our teachers have had several opportunities district-wide to become leaders among their peers. This transformation is evident in each of our schools. Throughout the year the middle school teachers have taken an unprecedented leadership role in guiding colleagues with curriculum development using the Understanding by Design approach. We are grateful for their leadership and guidance. Our schools have lead teachers whom have organized opportunities for colleagues to observe and debrief each other’s practice. In addition, several of our educators have assumed leadership roles by presenting best practices at a variety of conferences across the state. As a result, these experiences have allowed countless educators to witness the amazing dedication and commitment of our teachers. Each leadership opportunity allows our educators to grow professionally which ultimately benefits our students.

Teachers and administrators have embraced curriculum design in a genuine and sincere manner. Our Director of Teaching and Learning, Kevin Cyr, has an insatiable desire for the work. It is with his leadership and tenacity that we enter the spring having made great strides on this significant district-wide initiative, setting us up for continued success next year and beyond.

Meeting the needs of all students is the cornerstone to what we do in and out of the classroom. After much conversation and careful reflection, we plan to refine our focus of this objective moving forward. Parents and guardians can expect to see a greater emphasis on the social emotional development of our students. This focus will be highlighted in the District Strategy as well as taking center stage in School Improvement Plans. In turn, I expect that several teachers and administrators will embrace this work through the development of their SMART Goals.

Our professional development time has been well organized and thought out thanks to the Professional Development Steering Committee comprised of teachers and administrators district-wide. This committee worked last summer to prioritize and plan professional development for the year. This district wide pre-planning has allowed us to better utilize our in-house resources to capitalize on our collective expertise and areas of competence.

Moving forward, we will continue to reflect on the daily work that we are privileged to do. Our reflection will most definitely set the foundation for the exciting work ahead for both the 2017-2018 school year and beyond.

Thank you for the opportunity to work with you and your children to ensure a rich educational experience as they make their journey through the Lynnfield Public Schools.

Warm Regards,
Jane


Just a thought:

Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do. …….Pele

March 2017 Newsletter

 

From the Superintendent
Dear Parents and Guardians:

The budget for the 2017-2018 school year has been presented to the School Committee and the Board of Selectmen. The public hearing will be held on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 6:30 at the Lynnfield High School Media Center. Please take some time to review the proposed budget on our website.

The Administrative Leadership Team begins the budget process in early fall. The administrators work collaboratively with department heads at the high school, and curriculum directors at the middle and elementary schools. The input from all of the constituents is vital to the authenticity and integrity of the budget proposal. The teams at each building review the needs of the building and formulate a budget that will support the District Strategy, including the mission and vision of our district.

The students we serve are privileged to receive one of the top rated educations in the Commonwealth. Our teachers are amazingly talented, dedicated and committed to the students and their academic, social and emotional success. They work tirelessly as groups and individuals always searching for just the right strategy that will make the difference in the classroom.

The varied opportunities that our students have in and out of the classroom result in well-rounded individuals who embrace the importance of hard work and community. Our students learn empathy, compassion and tolerance on our stages, athletic fields, clubs and groups.

Our elementary schools remain among the best in Massachusetts as evidenced by standardized testing. Through the budget process we will be putting a greater emphasis on building the foundation for social emotional learning in our elementary schools. This topic has been identified as one of the greatest concerns in education today not only from inside our little bubble of Lynnfield but from our local State Representatives, State Legislators and educators from across Massachusetts.

Our Middle School has made great strides over the most recent years as evidenced by their continued upward trends in standardized testing. They have taken the lead in curriculum development throughout the district and continue to do a great job recruiting and retaining high quality educators. Independent community service opportunities begin in the middle school through activities such as the holiday gift drive and Anton’s coat drive.

Our high school students remain highly competitive with their counterparts across the state. Our high school was most recently recognized as a school on the College Board AP Honor Roll. They earned that distinction as a result of increased access to AP coursework while increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.

I am proud that we offer high quality education for all of our learners. We have a variety of programing and resources for students who require specialized instruction. Our ultimate goal is for all students to experience the highest level of personal success possible.

I believe the ongoing success of our schools have had are due to the ongoing commitment and support of our Lynnfield community.

Thank you for the opportunity to work with you and your children to ensure a rich educational experience, as they make their journey through the Lynnfield Public Schools.

Warm Regards,
Jane
 
                                                     Just a thought:
      “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
                                          -Nelson Mandela

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February 2017 Newsletter

From the Superintendent


Dear Parents and Guardians:

Security in our schools continues to be our highest daily priority. We understand that in order to carry out our fundamental mission to support and challenge all students to meet their full potential as individuals and citizens of the global community, we must be vigilant about physical safety.

Keeping our students and faculty safe is a united effort involving every member of our Lynnfield community. We depend on Fire, Police, DPW, our Town Manager, parents, and our greater community in order to reach this goal each and every day. We are grateful to the Town Departments for their unwavering commitment to our continued efforts. Parents play a vital role in our security plan. Parents are an extra set of eyes and ears for our administration. We are grateful for the occasional calls and emails from parents informing us that something just doesn’t seem right or perhaps they overheard a conversation between children that sparked a concern in need of attention. It truly takes all of us remaining keenly observant and attentive in and out of schools in order to continue to have safe, warm and inviting environments for our students to grow and develop throughout the years.

Additionally, we have a Security Task Force on the ground working on short and long term goals for security. I hope many of you had an opportunity to see the informative presentation to the School Committee on December 13, 2016. The team is comprised of Stephen Ralston, Lynnfield Middle School Principal, Patrick Curran, Security Resource Officer and Al Scotina, Sergeant with the Lynnfield Police Department. Their credentials are impressive as each have experience and expertise in working on security. Stephen serves on School Threat and Assessment Response Team, a subsidiary of the Northeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council (NEMLEC). Pat, a Lynnfield Police Officer has extensive training in school security and Al is a 20 year veteran who also serves on NEMLEC as a SWAT Team Operator.

The Task Force will continue to work training administration and faculty for the remainder of this year as well as planning for the 2017-2018 school year. They will be planning parent information sessions to share some of the procedures and protocols responsible for keeping our schools safe.

Our success in the area of security is largely due to the ongoing support from the broader Lynnfield community. We are grateful and appreciative for the support we have received through the budget and planning process. The Lynnfield community supported funding allowing for the installation of additional cameras for our schools including big screen monitors in each of our front offices. With town support we were able to appoint a School Resource Officer and with parental support we have dedicated professional development time specifically for training our faculty. Generous donations from local banks made it possible to install CopSync 911, a program that expedites emergency calls from all of our classrooms. I am truly grateful for the ongoing collaboration of the Lynnfield Community.

I thank you for the opportunity to work with you and your children to ensure a rich educational experience, as they make their journey through the Lynnfield Public Schools.

Warm Regards,
Jane

Just a thought:
“Unity is strength...when there is teamwork and
collaboration wonderful things can be achieved”
Mattie Stepanek

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January 2016 Newsletter

From the Superintendent


Dear Parents and Guardians:
As we enter into 2017, we could not be more excited about the work that lies ahead. Our entire team, administrators, faculty and staff have worked tirelessly to perfect their craft and to continue to grow as professionals in order to provide our students with the top notch education they deserve and have come to expect.


Our teachers continue to take advantage of our professional development model to engage in Collaborative Learning Experiences. Each one of these experiences involves colleagues working together to directly impact student learning. At a recent School Committee meeting, Huckleberry Hill teachers Melissa Wyland, Emily Bonanno, and Ariana Shapiro presented their CLE to the School Committee. Their goal is to create and pilot a METCO Mentoring Program that would benefit all students. This is just one example of how teachers are building leadership capacity across our district.


During our professional development day in November, we joined together district-wide to train our faculty on our new security protocols. As a result of our work, faculty now have a variety of options to best ensure the safety of our students within the school community. Special thanks to Stephen Ralston, Lynnfield Middle School Principal, Chief Breen, Al Scotina, and Patrick Curran of the Lynnfield Police Department along with the NEMLEC STARS team for coordinating and leading our safety initiative. The plan is to train all students in the coming months and provide a forum for parent/community information as well.


I thank you for the opportunity to work with you and your children to ensure a rich educational experience, as they make their journey through the Lynnfield Public Schools.


Warm Regards,
Jane


Just a thought:
Children are the priority
Change is the reality
Collaboration is the strategy.
Judith Billings


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December 2016 Newsletter

From the Superintendent

As we approach the holiday season, I am sending this letter to remind parents and staff of the specific state regulations regarding gift-giving. A 2009 law prohibits “substantial” gifts to public employees. Any gift of $50 or more is considered “substantial. The $50 limit pertains to gifts from an individual and requires the teacher to disclose the gift. Teachers may accept a class gift of up to $150 per school year. Teachers may also accept gifts for the classroom. Gifts ranging from $50 to $1,000 carry civil penalties. Gifts of $1,000 or more are subject to criminal prosecution and carry a penalty of up to $10,000 and up to five years in jail.

I firmly believe it would be difficult to find a team of educators: faculty, staff and administrators who are more hardworking and dedicated than those working with students in Lynnfield. I speak for many when I say we sincerely appreciate the commitment that all of our school employees exhibit every day, however it is imperative that we are in compliance with state laws.

I wish you and your families a peaceful holiday season.

Regards, Jane Tremblay

 

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November 2016 Newsletter

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Our District Strategy is the roadmap for the work that is being accomplished throughout the district. The four major areas of focus are:

  • Build Leadership Capacity: Cultivate an expertise and skill set to embrace a shared vision of excellence for effective teaching practices in our classrooms
  • Educator Growth: Create a Professional Learning Community rich in professional development focused on high expectations and continuous improvement for professional practice
  • Curriculum and Instruction: Support continuous curriculum development and instructional excellence with a shared vision for high quality outcomes and expectations
  • Assessment and Accountability: Leverage district and state data to drive and support continuous student achievement and growth
  • Meeting Needs of all Students: Allocate necessary resources including hiring and retaining highly qualified professionals to support academic and social and emotional programming for all students

These five indicators drive the topics that we concentrate on during our professional development days throughout the year. Each of the School Improvement Plans presented to the School Committee last spring are intentionally tied to the District Strategy. The School Improvement Plans have a shared goal on the topic of curriculum development and alignment. It is important that we build a continuum for our curricula free from redundancy and gaps. This multi-year goal will require many hours of dedicated professional development for our teachers in order for us to fully embrace the Understanding By Design model using the Rubicon Atlas resource. The most recent School Committee meeting was dedicated to this topic. Kevin Cyr; Director of Teaching and Learning, Katie Ambroise and Kate Robertson; Middle School Curriculum Directors presented the tools we are using with a comprehensive overview of the work. They did an excellent job of breaking down the steps of the process as well as the rationale behind this time intensive endeavor. Please access this link to view their presentation. If you would like to view the entire School Committee meeting including the presentation, please access this link.

I am excited about the work that our professional learning community is committed to. Each time we have a rich conversation regarding what we teach and how we are teaching our students, it allows each of us to become more effective practitioners in our respective roles.
IF WE:

  • Build leadership capacity within the professionals of Lynnfield Public Schools, with an understanding that each of us has strengths to share and areas that need improvement    

    AND
  • Focus on strengthening our curriculum and instructional practices to continue to meet and exceed district and state standards, while focusing on meeting the needs of all students;

THEN, we will strengthen our foundation resulting in a stronger educational experience for all Lynnfield Public Schools students.

I thank you for the opportunity to work with you and your children to ensure a rich educational experience, as they make their journey through the Lynnfield Public Schools.

Warm Regards,
Jane

Just a thought:
Children are the priority
Change is the reality

October 2016 Newsletter

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Over the summer months the Administrative Leadership Team reflected on the work that was accomplished during the 2015-2016 school year as we analyzed the District Strategy. Highlights of the progress were presented to the School Committee in late September.  Please use this link to review the  presentation. When our analysis was complete we focused our work on the development of the District Strategy 2016-2017. The new document will serve as the roadmap for this academic year. The detailed action items are clearly outlined in this document with The District Strategy 2016-2017. You will notice our four broad objectives remain the same:

  • Building Leadership Capacity- developing and utilizing leadership skills in all  educators

  • Educator Growth- understanding that every educator has room for improvement in their practice

  • Curriculum and Instruction- committing to district-wide curriculum development as outlined in all of the School Improvement Plans spring 2016

  • Assessment and Accountability-Keeping analysis of state and classroom data as a top priority as we refine instructional practices for students

  • Meeting the Needs of all Students- consistently assessing allocated resources and programming for our students

This document is  fluid and will be referenced at each School Committee meeting through presentations and discussions. Everything we do in our district is in support of moving the District Strategy forward resulting in strengthening our practices in the classrooms. When we can successfully strengthen our instructional practices our entire student body benefits.

I thank you for the opportunity to work with you and your children to ensure a rich educational experience; as they make their journey through the Lynnfield Public Schools.

Warm Regards,

Jane

Just a thought

Productivity is never an accident. It is always the result of a commitment to excellence, intelligent planning, and focused effort.

Paul J. Meyer

 

September 2016 Newsletter

August 2016

Dear Parents and Guardians:    

I hope this writing finds you well rested, and you found time this summer to spend with your families and friends. Whatever your summer plans were, the weather was certainly extraordinary! The continuous days of sunshine will be artfully etched in my memory during the winter months that will come all too quickly. The longer days that we enjoy during the summer months lend themselves to a slower pace, more time outside and the gift of choices; do we go to the beach, the park, take a walk or go for a  bike ride? It is a luxury, that is very easy to get used to.

My favorite part of  summer is  the small amount of time that is carefully carved out for my family. This year we rented a beach house in Connecticut. The days began with no sense of urgency as we shared long lazy breakfasts as we made plans for setting up camp at the beach. We approached each day with a carefree spirit that we tried to embrace and desperately hold on to; knowing the time together was limited. We never said it out loud, but we recognized the importance of our time under one roof as we continue to grow as a family. The week served as a much needed break from the hurried schedules, deadlines and commitments each of us face in our jobs. It also served as an undeniable reminder to me that the unit we call family is and always will be my greatest source of peace and happiness.

The school year ahead is filled with promise and opportunity for students and professionals. The addition of Kevin Cyr, Director of Teaching and Learning will help to expedite our District Strategy; with an intentional focus on assisting teachers with their practice in order to serve our students. When we open our doors on Monday, August 29, we will welcome 13 new professionals with two new administrators; Brian Bates, Assistant Principal at LHS and Tom Sallee, Assistant Principal at LMS. We have an outstanding team of teachers and administrators who are excited and ready to greet students on Wednesday, August 31.

As always, it is a privilege to work with you and your children as they make their way through the Lynnfield Public Schools.

Regards,

Jane


Just a thought

Some of the most important conversations I've ever had occurred at my family's dinner table.

Bob Ehrlich

 

June 2016 Newsletter

June 2016 Superintendent's Newsletter

Dear Parents and Guardians:

The 2015-2016 school year is quickly coming to an end. The schools are planning end of the year celebrations, from Moving-On at the elementary and middle schools to more elaborate graduation celebrations at Lynnfield High School. Each milestone is significant and could not be realized without the combined effort of the trusted adults working in collaboration with one another. The partnerships between home, school and community have been a cornerstone to the success of our students and our entire school district.

As a school district, we embrace and are grateful for the relationships that have been central to our work. The relationships that the teachers have nurtured with their students, getting to know them first as people, have been instrumental to the students’ success in the classroom. The professional collegial partnerships developed at schools and across the district have been beneficial in ensuring best practices in our classroom. Some of the most important relationships that we take particular pride in are the connections we make with parents and families. Over the course of a school year we have the opportunity to get to know you and your families as we work with your children. In some cases long lasting, lifetime relationships are formed. Lastly, cultivating the relationships within our community as we build programming and secure resources for our schools is never to be taken for granted. Resources such as COPsync would not be in place today without careful and thoughtful collaboration with the Lynnfield Police Department and local businesses. 

As you enter into the summer months I encourage you to cultivate the relationships that make you better. I challenge you to define what better means to you; a better person, spouse, partner, parent, sibling, child, or neighbor. Accepting that we all have room to get better, to grow in some way, sets an amazing example for our children. Summer is also a perfect time for your child to cultivate the relationships that may have been difficult or challenging to develop during the school months. Whichever relationships you choose to focus on this summer, I hope you find ways to strengthen and enhance the bonds with those who matter to you, your children and your family.

Thank you for the opportunity to work with you and your children to ensure a rich educational experience as they make their journey through the Lynnfield Public Schools.

I wish you a summer of relaxation with family and friends.

Warm Regards,

Jane

Just a thought:

The best partnerships aren't dependent on a mere common goal but on a shared path of equality, desire, and no small amount of passion.

Sarah MacLean

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