NBPS Superintendent's Update

Mid October 2022

Start of School

Dear NBPS Community,


We have certainly had a busy first two months of school! Students and staff have been engaged in a variety of activities focused on our common understanding that if we foster an inclusive culture that allows each member of our learning community to feel a sense of belonging that is grounded in social emotional safety, impactful relationships, and personalized growth, then students, and adults alike, will be ready to learn and achieve to the best of their abilities.


This work has begun in grade level assemblies, school wide community meetings, classroom discussions and lessons, and professional development sessions.


I have enjoyed observing our students and teachers hard at work in classes throughout both buildings. I look forward to continuing to visit all of our classrooms to get a better understanding of how we are preparing our students for their short term and long term future.


In addition to their class work, many of our students have already been engaged in school athletic programs, clubs, and activities. Some of our greatest lessons are learned in these settings. I strongly encourage all students to get involved in one or more of the many extra and co- curricular, and athletic activities available to them. It is never too late to get involved!

Communication

As I have discussed in the past, the leadership team and I are developing a communication plan that will outline the procedures and tools that will be used to support our efforts to communicate transparently and consistently with all NBPS stakeholders. As you already know, each school and central office is now using the s'more platform for all of our newsletters/updates. Additionally, we are working to update our district website and looking at upgrades to our current webpage concurrently. Our goal is to make our information as user friendly and accessible as possible.


Over the next few months, we will also be working on having a systemic social media presence that will include each school and the District utilizing Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. I encourage you to follow me on Twitter @NBPrincipal1 as I will be communicating in this manner as well. We will continue to be engaged in an ongoing review of our website and will make updates as we go.


This year we have made a concerted effort to share additional community events that may be of interest to families that are not school sponsored. This includes upcoming Trunk or Treat events. Events like these will be advertised through our S'more communication application. Any important message that needs to be sent to families in a timely fashion will be sent as an email.

Entry Plan

Here is the link to my Entry Plan survey This was originally sent out in late September. This survey is part of the Data Collection Phase of my Superintendent's Entry Plan. The entry plan is intended to provide an inclusive framework for me to collaborate with school and community stakeholders to identify areas of strength as well as areas in need of improvement in an effort to develop a new Strategy for District Improvement that will guide our work and help us define and reach our long-term goals. In an effort to build relationships with all stakeholders and collect as much authentic information as possible, in addition to this survey, I will conduct individual interviews and facilitate focus groups. Thank you to everyone who has already completed the survey. If you have not done so, please complete this survey by Friday, October 28, 2022. I appreciate your time and effort as you participate in this important process.
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School Delays/Cancellations

As we begin to enjoy the fall, it is also important that we plan ahead for another New England winter. In the event that the District has to delay or cancel school, the following protocol will be followed:


  • If possible, we will make a decision regarding a delayed opening or cancellation the night before. If not, a decision will be made by 5:30am that morning.

  • Families will receive a phone call and email from me.

  • Delay or cancelation notice will also be posted on the District's website and all District social media accounts. Local news outlets will also be notified of our delays and cancellations.

Athletics

Our fall season is in full swing and our student-athletes have been quite successful on our soccer, field hockey, and cross country teams. Please use Arbiter Live page to access the remaining fall schedules.


As of today, our field hockey team has qualified for the MIAA state tournament as cross country will soon be entering their championship season. For any athletic questions, please email our Athletic Director, Mr. Garrett Kinnen, at gkinnen@nbschools.org.