MHS/WES

Special Edition Newsletter~February 27, 2019

Assistant Principal Update from Dr. Mazzola

February 27, 2019


Dear Westminster Elementary and Meetinghouse School Staff and Families:


We are in receipt of a letter of resignation for Mr. Daniel Deneen, who served as the Assistant Principal during this school year. We thank Mr. Deneen for his leadership and wish him well in any future endeavors.


Currently, Mrs. Sandra Rehler, Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment and former Assistant Principal at Overlook Middle School has been covering for the Assistant Principal. She will remain there for the remainder of the school year on a part-time basis.

We also are happy to report that Mrs. Patricia Marquis, former Principal of Westminster Elementary and Meetinghouse School, will return on a part-time basis and share the role

with Mrs. Rehler until the end of the school year.


We will post the Assistant Principal vacancy in the next week. Mrs. Taylor and I spoke about the process and she will begin organizing and assembling a search committee to screen, interview, and recommend candidates for consideration. We wish them well in their search for a new administrator for the fall. Our new Director of Human Resources, Ms. Rachel Rosenfeld, will assist them in the search and interview process. Mrs. Rosenfeld begins her new district role on April 1, 2019.


Thank you for your understanding during this time. I appreciate everyone’s cooperation and know that we will find an outstanding candidate to assist Mrs. Taylor in her leadership role.


Sincerely,

Gary F. Mazzola

Gary F. Mazzola, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Westminster Families! Today we kicked off our Boosterthon program to help our schools this year. Please register your student TONIGHT on funrun.com using the

registration code: 825-455.

We're trying to reach our goal of $20,000 to help our school,

so please connect your student to sponsors to help us reach it. Thanks everyone!

MHS/WES School Report Cards

Dear Families,


Every year, each public school and school district in Massachusetts receives a report card. Just as your child’s report card shows how they are doing in different subjects, the school’s report card is designed to show families how our school is doing in different areas. A link to our school’s report card is available at: http://reportcards.doe.mass.edu/2018/06100005 Westminster Elementary http://reportcards.doe.mass.edu/2018/06100010 Meetinghouse School.


The report card includes multiple measures of a school’s performance – more than just MCAS scores. It represents a new way of looking at school performance, by providing information on student achievement, teacher qualifications, student learning opportunities, and more.


Report cards are designed to be useful tools for everyone connected to our school. Families can use the information to have meaningful conversations with us about what the school is doing well and where there is room for improvement. Community and education leaders can use the information to better understand how to support students and our school.


You will notice on our report card that are our scores have remained somewhat consistent. To improve student performance in our school, we are analyzing data to identify patterns and trends and have been making adjustments to our curriculum. We encourage you to become involved in helping us improve our school. We see parents as critical partners in the success of our students and school, and we are grateful for your continued support.


Finally, if your child attends a school that receives federal Title I funds, you also have the right to request the following information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers:


· Whether your child’s teacher is licensed in the grade levels and subject areas they teach,

· Whether your child’s teacher is teaching under an emergency license or waiver,

· The college degree and major of your child’s teacher, and

· Whether your child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.


If you have questions about our school’s report card, would like to become involved in school improvement activities, or would like to request information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teacher, please contact Kathleen Taylor at ktaylor@awrsd.org. To see our district’s report card or to search for other schools’ report cards, visit reportcards.doe.mass.edu.


Sincerely,

Kathleen Taylor, Principal