Mansfield Public Schools
October 8, 2019
Dear Mansfield School Community,
Students and Staff are settled in for the school year with classroom routines in place, schedules established, and plenty of activities during and after the school day. The first month of school flew by!
We are very excited to be moving ahead with our Technology Implementation Plan throughout the district. Our community is fortunate to have four of our schools on a campus-like setting. To be able to share resources and for teachers to be able to collaborate across schools is a benefit to all of our students. MHS students walk across the street to learn in the Little Hornets program; student representatives serve on the district’s Health and Wellness Council; two Resource Officers and Bentley travel from school to school. This model also serves us well with the implementation of our technology initiatives. For example, Kevin Smith is the district-wide Instructional Technology Coach; meaning he supports teachers who are bringing increased access to digital learning to our students. This is especially important during this first year of 1:1 Technology with Chromebooks in Qualters Middle School and as we continue to improve our skills and increase access to digital learning for all students. Mr. Smith, as well as Ms. Greenstine who serves in a similar role, have offices based in schools but are mobile as they travel from school to school to support teachers and students. All made more possible with schools in close proximity.
As always, if you have any questions or if there is anything we can do to help support your students, please do not hesitate to contact your school principal or my office.
Superintendent of Schools
MCAS Student Reports
On Tuesday, Mansfield Public Schools will mail the MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) report for the spring 2019 testing (grades 3 - 10.) The report shows your child’s scores as well as their achievement level. For each subject, the report also provides information that compares your child’s performance to performance at the school and state levels as well as information about how your child performed in the major areas of the test and on individual test questions.
The Schools’ data team and teachers are busy digging into the information that MCAS provides for each student. Areas of need will be addressed and support will be provided so that students meet expectations. After reviewing the enclosed report, if you have questions about your child’s performance, please feel free to call Ms. Watkins at MHS, Mr. McGovern at QMS or Mr. Nieratko at J/J.
Our students, faculty and staff work hard to achieve at high levels. MCAS provides us a snapshot on how we are doing in meeting the expectations of the MA Curriculum Frameworks in three subjects. In Mansfield, we understand the importance of a state-wide common measure to gauge student achievement. But, we also believe it is critical to continue to use multiple measures to assess in all academic areas as well as in the performing and visual arts, and through students’ physical, social, and civic development. We take great pride in our students and I, along with faculty and staff, will continue to strive for excellence so that we meet the high accountability expectations set for us by the MA Department of Education.
Nominations Now Being Accepted for Annual Community Service Awards
The 2nd annual Mansfield Community Service Awards will be presented later this year. These awards honor Mansfield residents whose actions exemplify the spirit of public service by volunteering one's time, talent, and energy for the betterment of our community in one of the following three categories:
- Youth Award: Presented to Mansfield residents age 18 or younger as of December 31,2019.
- Adult Award: Presented to Mansfield residents age 19 or older as of December 31, 2019.
- Lifetime Achievement Award: Presented to a Mansfield resident (or non-resident) who has volunteered for a single Mansfield-based organization or multiple organizations for 20+ years.
The nomination form is available on the Mansfield website and the deadline for submitting a nomination for the 2019 awards is noon on Thursday, October 31.