The District Dispatch

December 2020

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Happy Holidays!

Dear Middleborough Faculty and Staff,


I wanted to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for everything you've done for our students and our school system throughout this challenging 2020 year. Your contributions are immeasurable.


I wish everyone the happiest of holiday seasons and hope you all take advantage of the time off to recharge and enjoy some down-time with family and potentially friends (given the appropriate COVID precautions)!


I look forward to everyone’s return in what we all hope will be a happier new year!

Here's to 2021!


Best Regards,

Brian

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Dear Colleagues,


This year has presented challenges that none of us could have anticipated. For this last issue of the calendar year, I’d like to say thank you to every employee of the Middleborough Public Schools. You are all true heroes and we are all so fortunate to have the strength, talent, and resilience that I see demonstrated every day. In addition, I’d like to recognize two specific groups of employees who I believe have played a critical role to the success of this school year.


  • Special thank you to all of our school nurses! Though your role has always been health focused, school nursing has become something totally different in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you for all of your hard work to keep everyone in the community healthy- from students to staff and the community in general, thank you for all that you do each day.


  • Special thank you to all of our specialized transportation drivers, monitors, dispatcher, and supervisor! The past year has been particularly difficult with the changes to our daily process, to the safe reopening of schools, and to our most recent loss of Renee True. I am inspired by all of your strength and your resiliency. You have all prioritized the safe transport of our students in the face of extremely difficult circumstances. Your commitment to this community is deeply appreciated.


And now; a pause. That’s what this pandemic has taught me: to pause. The upcoming break offers a time for all of us to pause. Please be safe. Please take care of yourselves. Please stay well.


Best,

Carolyn


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Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season

Since March 13th, I think there has been an abundance of attention on the “healthy” part of that statement. This December break, I want to encourage you to be deliberate about the “happy” part of that quote. Seek out opportunities for joy and happiness. Whether it is spending time outdoors, re-reading a cherished book, watching a favorite show, doing crafts, or whatever happy means to you, set aside the time in your day.
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Coming Soon ----> Professional Development Book Studies

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Book Study Facilitators Needed!!

Would you be interested in facilitating one of our book studies? If so, contact Melanie Gates to express your interest by 5:00PM on Friday, January 8th. Facilitators will earn $500 for administering a book study. This opportunity is funded through the FY21 Title IIA grant.
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Join Our New Digital Learning & Teaching Team **Deadline Extended**

Interested parties should submit their applications to Melanie Gates by 5:00PM on Friday, January 8, 2021.


Click here to learn about the Digital Learning & Teaching Team!

Welcome Our New IT Colleagues!

Changes in Responsibilities /Assignments

I'd like to thank Sean Siciliano for stepping outside of his role as our Media Communication Coordinator to facilitate deployment and support with devices and hotspots throughout the summer and school year to date. Sean has been instrumental in supporting students, families, faculty and staff in this area and we deeply appreciate his diligence in helping us launch this atypical school year.


Moving forward, we kindly ask that any device or hotpot needs be communicated through SchoolDude. SchoolDude helps the IT Department manage tasks and prioritize the wide variety of work needed across the district. We appreciate your adherence to this procedure.


We are also reassigning our computer technicians. Jaequan Gainey will be supporting our middle school, Earl Geden will at Middleborough High School and Mark Smith and Moe Brodeur will be supporting elementary and district-wide work. Our assignments are subject to change based upon the needs of the district, which furthers the need for us to use SchoolDude to manage your IT requests.

SchoolDude is available through ClassLink, our district-wide platform for single sign-on access to our programs and apps. If you have yet to use SchoolDude, you will need to register for an account. Please be reminded that the submittal password for IT Requests is mps1669.


Maintenance Requests can also be submitted through SchoolDude. Please use maint1669 as the submittal password.

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Turning of the Calendar

Dear MPS Family,


Normally at the end of any calendar we look forward to the turning of the calendar and starting a new year. I would venture a guess that saying goodbye to 2020 is one that we all say with the multitude of emotions that this year has brought upon and out of us. There is no doubt that 2020 turned our personal and professional lives upside down and inside out and we are eager to say "Peace Out 2020. Bring on 2021"!


As much as we are ready to leave 2020 behind, I do hope you take time to reflect upon all of the amazing things that did happen this year. You all reinvented teaching in a moment's notice. You have reframed relationships with students, families, and your colleagues in ways that have strengthened your connections. You all have learned new skills and put them into action. So much has changed and we have all grown in many ways as a result. One of the best ways I have seen us grow, is that we have grown closer and stronger as a school community.


The Middleborough Public Schools has excelled throughout the initial closure and now through our hybrid and online only learning models. We have truly fostered a culture of excellence within every student, in every classroom, every day because there is nothing that the our MPS family won't do to ensure the success of each child and each other. Our collective commitment to excellence, grounded in our guiding principles, is what has helped us weather the storm of 2020 and to do so together!


Thank you for caring for our students, families, and each other! I sure am proud to serve MPS and to serve you all! Best wishes for a healthy and happy holiday season!


Take Care,

Melanie

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