November 17, 2023
Your Vote is Needed
SPECIAL TOWN ELECTION THIS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18.
Dear Cohasset School Families:
We are pleased to notify you that both school-related warrant articles PASSED at Monday night’s special town meeting. Thank you to everyone who participated in the meeting and supported our students.
One of the articles, the School Special Purpose Stabilization Fund, which will provide the district with a $1.5M fund from which we can pay for important repair and maintenance projects, still requires a majority vote at the SPECIAL TOWN ELECTION THIS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18. We urge our district families to participate in the election, if at all possible, so that the school community’s perspective is included in the results.
Polls will be open from 8AM until 6PM at the Town Hall. Thank you!
Patrick Sullivan, Ed.D.
Cohasset Public Schools
Images of the Week
Wonderful Deer Hill Veterans Day Ceremony. Thank you, Mr. Mahoney, Deer Hill Students, and staff. Thank you to all veterans who served and who serve our country.
Congratulations to the following 5th grade students who shared their winning Veteran Day essays at the town ceremony on November 11: Noelle Hess, Carys Bergan, Henry Roberts, Maeve Reardon, and Anabel Tabaczynski.
The Susan B. McNamara Innovation Commons is starting to take shape! Thank you to the McNamara family and the CEF. We are excited for its anticipated completion within the next few weeks.
Great Community Expert Day at Deer Hill
Thank you to all the parent / guardian volunteers and community members who presented. This was an amazing day where parents volunteered to teach the Deer Hill students about their careers. This initiative ties directly to Deer Hill's School Improvement Plan and to Cohasset Public School's Strategic Plan. Thank you to the following volunteers who helped to make this event special for the students and for the Deer Hill Community:
Tom DeGrann, paramedic / firefighter
Jamie Cunnane, gaming/financial literacy
Cathy Ogren, children's book author
Nichole Rossi, department of fisheries
Ashlee McClary, graphic design
Aaron Stevenson, VR game developer
Diane Watkins, veterinarian
Ross Cidlowski, LEGO marketing
Dyane O'Leary, justice system
Mrs. Guerin's class participating regarding how to make the perfect "L."
Student in Ms. Carabba's class figure out the pattern of the day during Number Corner. Great job!
Great Ending to Fall Sports Seasons
GO BLUE! Cohasset (2) Plays Amesbury (6) in State Semifinal Action
Come cheer on the Skippers as they look for a Superbowl Birth! 11/17 at 6:00PM at Burlington High School
Superintendent's Goals Presented to Cohasset School Committee
Patrick E. Sullivan, Ed.D.
Cohasset Public Schools
Superintendent's Goals: 2023-2024
Superintendent, Patrick Sullivan, Ed.D. For superintendent evaluation in the Model System, the annual cycle includes the following: Cycle Step 1: Superintendent's Self-Assessment. The superintendent conducts a self-assessment using the performance Standards and rubric, data about student lear...
Budget Calendar and Budget Priorities
Cohasset High School Recognized for Advanced Placement Excellence
College Culture: Percent of students in the graduating class who took an AP exam at any point in high school, regardless of score.
College Credit: Percent of students in the graduating class who scored 3B on any AP Exam in high school.
College Optimization: Percent of students in the graduating class who took 5 or more AP Exams in high school, where at least 1 exam was taken in 9th or 10th grade.
Thank you to all who support our successful AP program.
Cohasset Public Schools Ranks #2 in State in Reaching Targets on 2023 MCAS and Deer Hill and Cohasset High School recognized as schools of distinction by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)
Further accolades for MCAS performance place Deer Hill Elementary School and Cohasset High School as two of the 66 schools in the Commonwealth who were recognized for exceptional growth or achievement under the state's accountability system, which takes into account MCAS scores and other measures. This honor is a complete team effort and certainly reflects the good work happening at Osgood and CMS, as well.
MCAS Analysis and Responsibilities of the Director of Data, Evaluation, and Curriculum (DEC) by Rock Roberts, DEC., presented at the 11/1/2023 Cohasset School Committee Meeting.
2023 MCAS/DEC Overview Presentation
2023 MCAS Test Overview November 1, 2023 Rock Roberts, Director of Data, Evaluation, and Curriculum Dr. Leslie Scollins, Assistant Superintendent Overview of the presentation. Two tiered approach. Today is the presentation of data. December 6th will be the action plan. MCAS is one data source, ho...
The Cohasset High School Athletic Hall of Fame Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2024 Hall of Fame Class. Families, friends, fans, and CHS Alumni are asked to assist the Hall of Fame Committee in putting together Hall of Fame application packets for prospective candidates for the March 2, 2024, Induction Dinner. The Hall of Fame Committee will be voting on nominated teams in November and will announce the inductees in December.
The mission of the Cohasset Athletic Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor former student-athletes, coaches, teams, administrators/teachers and significant contributors like boosters, volunteers, and military veterans for their outstanding accomplishments and contributions to the Cohasset High School Athletic Program.
The deadline for submitting nomination forms is November 13, 2023.
Below are the links to the online CHS Athletic Hall of Fame nomination forms.
Individual Athlete: https://forms.gle/vqjV6kkLNrSiN8tv5
Significant Contributor: https://forms.gle/n9JGbsStnDigQZZe8
If you would like a written or digital copy of the nomination forms sent, please email Ron Ford at email@example.com.
Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: Assistant Superintendent Leslie Scollins, Ed.D.
MCAS 2023 Student Reports
Your child’s spring 2023 MCAS report is available in Aspen. These MCAS scores include results from the MCAS tests, which were given in English Language Arts and Mathematics in grades 3-8 and 10, and in Science, Technology, and Engineering to students in grades 5, 8, and 9. For more information see the Parent/Guardian report for more details posted in Aspen. Instructions for accessing your child’s MCAS report are below.
Directions to access your child’s MCAS report:
Instructions for downloading a report from Aspen are as follows:
1) Log into Aspen https://ma-cohasset.myfollett.com/aspen/logon.do
2) Click on Family Tab at the top
3) Click on Child's Name
4) Click on Documents Side Tab
5) Look for MCAS Report
When reviewing student scores, students, families, guardian, and educators should keep in mind that:
This is one data point that a teacher uses to support student learning. Teachers use multiple measures to look at the whole student and determine individualized instructional support for your child.
The district is using the overall MCAS data to create strong, grade appropriate instruction with just-in-time scaffolds when they are needed.
To learn more about the 2023 MCAS go to:
We encourage you to continue supporting your child at home. Check in daily with your child, ask questions about what they are learning in school, provide reinforcement, and spark their imagination. The Cohasset Public Schools is proud to collaborate with you to provide a great education for your child, and we appreciate your continued support in this effort.
The elementary schools are continuing their work with the literacy consultants from Teaching and Learning Alliance. This year special education teachers are engaging in professional development specifically related to their role in teaching literacy in Readers Workshop.
Please see the Professional Development Calendar below for more information about the professional development for this year.
Curriculum, Instruction, & Assessment / Professional Development
Professional Development days and the work in which teachers will be engaged is organized by the District Strategic Plan. The district has established a professional development focus in the areas of digital learning, social and emotional learning, and the further development of instructional strategies that adhere to the principles of Universal Design for Learning.
Cohasset Public Schools' Strategic Plan for 2021- 2024
Please Click on the Link Below to Access the Entire Strategic Plan
Cohasset High School Vision of the Graduate
Other Major Focus Points
School Improvement Plans for 2023-2024
Finance and Operations Updates
We continue to update our school website. Please visit the Human Resource page located within the Finance and Operations Department. There you will find lots of exciting information for staff including training videos for Aspen, Aesop as well as updated employee forms. If you have any ideas of what you would like to see on the HR page, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Finance and Operations News:
Cohasset Public Schools is Hiring:
We are looking for Educational Support Professionals, please visit www.schoolspring.com to apply
We are also looking for Café staff, please email your resume to email@example.com
Fitness Center and the Learning Commons are now open to the students on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
BUS REGISTRATION FOR THE 2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR IS UNDERWAY
Online payment is available through MySchoolBucks. Please visit our Transportation Tab on our school website for more information on registering and paying online. You can also complete the registration form, which can be found on our website, and mail it with your payment, if applicable, to: Cohasset Public Schools, Transportation Department at: 143 Pond Street, Cohasset, MA 02025
We are excited to share with you that all bus passes will be available through your Aspen Parent Portal
Once bus passes are loaded into Aspen, these are the instructions for downloading the pass:
1) Log into Aspen: https://ma-cohasset.myfollett.com/aspen/logon.do
2) Click on Family Tab at the top
3) Click on Child’s Name
4) Click on Documents Side Tab
5) Look for and download Bus Pass 2023-2024 document
Students with a smartphone can download or display a screenshot of the bus pass on their devices.
If you have any issues logging into your Aspen Parent Portal account, please submit an IT ticket to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “Aspen Parent Portal” in the subject line to ensure a timely response
*Stopfinder invites have been emailed, please contact Jerilyn Ballard if you have not received your invite or have questions about the app.
Stopfinder is the all-in-one parent engagement app designed by parents for parents to keep you in the know. Receive bus location and messages, updates, and alerts in real-time. No other parent app provides this much information in real-time to parents and school transportation departments. Think of the peace of mind when parents and guardians know where their child’s bus is and when their student arrives at school or when dropped off at the bus stop.
In the Transportation tab on our website, you will find helpful tutorials on how the parent app works.
On Friday, October 27th, METCO Directors, superintendents, and other district leaders from our 33 partner districts gathered to discuss the future of METCO in what has been titled, METCO 2.0. Led by Dr. Darnisa Amante-Jackson, founder and CEO of two companies – The Disruptive Equity Education Project (DEEP) and DEEP Corporate Consulting Partners (DCCP) and Dr. Lee Teitel, founder the Reimagining Integration: Diverse and Equitable Schools (RIDES) Project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, participants engaged in a series of activities and discussions outlining why the work of equity, inclusion and belonging is so vitally important to the success of not just BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) students, but ALL students.
As outlined in discussions, one of the biggest obstacles that we must overcome is a mindset shift around the role and purpose of the METCO Program. The program doesn't just benefit the students who are bussed into the various districts, but also for those who live in these districts. The vision that we must continue to work toward is, "Every student in a METCO district will experience an inclusive, equitable, and antiracist education."
At the end of the day, participants were able to take pictures with all six of the New England Patriots Super Bowl rings as well as a group picture on the stadium field.
There is much work to be done but as the late Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court,Thurgood Marshall once said, "Unless our children begin to learn together, then there is little hope that our people will ever learn to live together.” The work is too important to dismiss, and we all must join together.
More to come.…
Cohasset Public Schools Vision of Equity
CPS Equity Vision Statement
BE THE CHANGE
Please visit our website for resources regarding the promotion of diversity.
Cohasset PSO Happenings
Thank you, PSO, for your great work in sponsoring the recent FUN RUNS at Osgood and Deer Hill! Thank you to everyone who donated and who participated.
Cohasset Education Foundation (CEF)
Thank you, Cohasset Education Foundation (CEF) and to everyone who helped donate at the CEF Fall Festival. CEF raised $32K for Cohasset Public Schools! This included a wonderful silent auction.
Cohasset Education Foundation
The Cohasset Education Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt community-based organization whose mission is to ensure that Cohasset students, teachers and administrators have access to the programs, materials and up-to-date equipment necessary to maintain a level of academic excellence in today's competitive environment.
The Student Opportunity Act
The Student Opportunity Act (SOA) implements the recommendations of the 2015 Foundation Budget Review Commission and includes other provisions to benefit our public schools.
As part of the SOA, districts are required to submit three-year, evidence-based plans aimed at closing persistent disparities in achievement among student subgroups. The District submitted the SOA Plan in January 2021 and then sent the amended plan in March 2022. Please see the presentation below.
Office of Student Services
Bridge for Resilient Youth in Transition (BRYT) Information Session
Opening Letters and Information Regarding Multi-Tiered Student System of Supports (MTSS)
Be Sure to View the Information on the Student Services Web Page
Student Services & Special Education / Overview
The Cohasset Public Schools provides services for students with special needs in accordance with the Federal Regulations Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) and state (603 CMR 28.00) regulations. Cohasset Public Schools provides a continuum of special education services for students based on individual needs and Team recommendations.
Digital Learning & Technology Updates
Dear CPS Families,
Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year!
Please review our Tech For Families page on the Cohasset Public Schools web site for a list of links and Getting Started resources for CPS families, such as Aspen and Google.
For Families in Grades 6-12, your child is a member of our BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program. Check out our recommended specifications to ensure that you purchase a device that will support their learning at CPS.
Follow these steps to help your child install the BYOD certificate at home:
Contact our IT Help Desk for help with your Aspen Family or Student Portal Account, a forgot/lost Cohasset K12 Google Account password, or for assistance with your child’s BYOD device.
SAFE HARBORS UPDATES
Fabulous Presentation at the November 1, 2023 School Committee Meeting by members of the Safe Harbors Youth Ambassadors. Great job, students!
Most Recent Safe Harbors Newsletter
Thank you to all of our counselors for their caring and selfless work throughout the District!
Osgood: Dave Vinton email@example.com (adjustment counselor)
Deer Hill: Robyn Costa firstname.lastname@example.org (adjustment counselor)
Deer Hill and Osgood: Maeve Dulles email@example.com (adjustment counselor)
Deer Hill and Osgood: Alyson Doyle firstname.lastname@example.org (school psychologist)
CMS: Emily Manewal email@example.com (adjustment Counselor)
Allison Pearce firstname.lastname@example.org (school psychologist)
CHS: Laura Struzziery email@example.com (lead counselor)
Leanne McCarthy firstname.lastname@example.org (high school adjustment counselor)
Kevin McGowan email@example.com (high school counselor)
Allison Battista firstname.lastname@example.org (high school counselor)
Catlin Stromberg email@example.com (school psychologist)
Robert Collins firstname.lastname@example.org (middle and high school social worker)
Take Care of Yourself and Take Care of Each Other
Please click on the following link to access even more information on the Cohasset Public Schools Web Site.
You can also follow the entire leadership team on Twitter to see real-time updates.
Assistant Superintendent: @CPSAssistantSup
Joseph Osgood School: @JOsgoodppal
Deer Hill School: @DeerHillSchool
Cohasset Middle School: @comsprincipal
Cohasset High School: @CoHSPrincipal
We utilize both Aspen and Blackboard communications to inform families of important events, cancellations, and happenings.
Proud Superintendent of Cohasset Public Schools