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September 30, 2022

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Newsletter

This Newsletter updates on all matters connected to Cohasset Public Schools. This letter is sent as part of a District initiative focusing on communication.

Images of the Week

This week, we concluded our Open Houses with two wonderful events at Cohasset High School and Cohasset Middle School. Thank you, Principal Scott, Assistant Principal Noyes, Principal Mills, Assistant Principal Salas, CHS and CMS educators, Cohasset Education Foundation (CEF), Parent Student Organization (PSO), families, and students for making these events wonderful showcases of all we offer our secondary students.
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Medical club with Mr. Savage. Students are learning how to suture to perfection.

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CMS cross-country team had their preseason informational meeting this week. Coaches Greaney, Henry & Mullally welcomed almost 3 dozen interested students!

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Great teaching at CMS

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Bus Safety Presentation at Osgood...Thank you to our Transportation Supervisor, Ray Miscioscia, drivers, and everyone who helped.

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Great Teaching & Learning at Deer Hill & Osgood

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School Facilities Condition Study & "Senior Study" Visit

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During the 3/30/2022 Cohasset School Committee Meeting, the architectural firm Ai3 presented their Cohasset Schools Existing Conditions Study. This study, which covers all of our schools, was commissioned by our School Facilities Committee. Some of the major findings of the study are:
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Overall Recommendation for Cohasset Middle School and Cohasset High School is for "Comprehensive Renovation and Addition or New Construction as Defined by the Massachusetts School Building Authority and its Core Program"

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This past Wednesday, we were visited by the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), as our "Senior Study" took place. Thank you to the town officials, school and district administrators, and members of our facilities team who collaborated with MSBA representatives during the meeting and school tour. A special thanks to the MSBA for their careful consideration of Cohasset as a prospective candidate for the program. We were informed that we should receive information in the next few months regarding our status. We will keep the community in the loop concerning any and all developments.


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CHS Athletic Complex Update

Phase two of the field replacement underway. UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, NO ONE IS ALLOWED WITHIN THE FIELD GATES FOR ANY REASON. Thank you for your understanding. We are excited for the new track...it will be wonderful! Here are some pictures showing the recent progress...

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October is National Principals' Month

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We are fortunate to have four wonderful principals leading our amazing schools. Thank you, Principal Farrell, Principal Sullivan, Principal Mills, and Principal Scott for all you do for Cohasset staff, students, and families.

National Custodians' Day

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Thank you to our amazing custodians for all they do each day to keep our buildings safe, clean, and filled with pride.

Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent Virtual Coffee

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Monday, October 3 from 6:00PM - 7:00PM

As our second Superintendent / Assistant Superintendent Coffee of the year, we will be conducting a virtual coffee. This is a great opportunity for you to hear about the start of the school year and to ask any questions you may have (through the chat feature). We will continue to conduct in-person and virtual meetings of this type throughout the year in an effort to increase our family engagement. Please use the link below to join the meeting on October 3 at 6:00PM.

Excessive Student Absence Notification

Massachusetts General Law Chapter 76 requires that each school notify parents and guardians if their student has five (5) or more unexcused school absences. Parents and guardians will receive a letter when their child has 5, 10, and/or 15+ days of unexcused absences. The letter will also include the number of unexcused tardies and unexcused early dismissals.


Absences will be excused under the following circumstances:

  • After a medical appointment documented with a note from the medical office

  • Illness or quarantine with a note from the appropriate medical office

  • Observance of a religious holiday

  • Bereavement or serious illness in family

  • Court appearance

  • A child may also be excused for other exceptional reasons with approval of the Principal or designee in accordance with the school committee policy and the regulations set in Chapter 76


Daily attendance is essential to a student's success. Missing a significant number of days of school has a detrimental effect on academic and social development. Therefore, each school will work with individual families to support student attendance.

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Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: Assistant Superintendent Leslie Scollins, Ed.D.

Curriculum Updates

Curriculum Review Process

The Cohasset Public School District will begin a formalized five-year curriculum review cycle this year. Development of a curriculum review process is an essential component to maintaining a focus on continuous improvement of student learning. The curriculum review cycle consists of four phases:

  1. Self-Study: Analysis of the current curriculum and development of action plan
  2. Develop/Redesign: Development and revision of curriculum
  3. Implement/Monitor: Implementation and monitoring of curriculum (2 years)
  4. Evaluate: Evaluation of data/outcomes

The rationale for a Curriculum Review Process:

  • Ensures that the district has clearly articulated curriculum that is well coordinated through PreK-12
  • Provides for an ongoing review and revision of curriculum
  • Supports the ongoing use of assessment data to inform and improve curriculum and instructional practices
  • Ensures that revisions and updates to curriculum, instruction, and assessment take place to maintain adherence to changes in state and federal mandates, as well as MA Curriculum Frameworks
  • Ensures that curriculum is culturally responsive, unbiased, and inclusive
  • Outlines a planned approach towards researching and budgeting for expenditures in curricular materials and professional development
  • Evaluates potential needs for curricular or programmatic changes to support student learning

This process of curriculum design and revision is based on the process of backwards design. The foundation of backwards design of curriculum is to determine first, based on our state curriculum standards, what students will know and be able to do and clarify these expectations in a written and communicated curriculum map.


This year Math and Music/Art will be in Phase 1 of the Curriculum Review Process. Please see the Curriculum Review Calendar.


Each content area will involve the creation of a steering committee which will have representatives from district and building leadership, department chairs, and teachers PrK-12. There will be opportunities for family input throughout the process.


Cohasset Public Schools Curriculum Process

Curriculum Initatives

The District has several initiatives for this school year which include the roll out of the Elementary Comprehensive Literacy Approach, Deer Hill pilot of the i-Ready Personalized Learning for Math, Middle School implementation of OpenSciEd, and the District Curriculum Review Process which will focus on Middle and High School Math and Art/Music Pk-12. Please see the School Committee Presentation from August 10, 2022 that gives an updates of the current curriculum initiatives in the District.

Professional Development

Next Friday, October 7th, is a full professional day for staff. The high school will continue their work in the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) school accreditation process. NEASC supports K-12 public schools and school districts. They partner with public schools through the ongoing cycle of accreditation which include self-reflection, peer review, school improvement, and ongoing monitoring to ensure all student experience a high quality education. This is a multi-year process and CHS is in year one.


The middle school staff will participate in professional development provided by Curriculum Associates to learn more about how to interpret and use the data generated from the i-Ready Math Diagnostic. This professional development is part of a grant that the district secured for the the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). In addition, the staff will collaborate as departments. The science department will continue their work with implementing the OpenSciEd curriculum and the other departments will review books, units/lessons and other materials through a lens of culturally responsive and inclusive teaching.


Elementary staff will continue their work in literacy with Teaching and Learning Alliance consultants. Through out the year there will be many opportunities for embedded professional development for staff. Embedded professional development provides explicit instruction for our teachers with in the moment coaching and feedback.


Please see the professional development calendar below for more information about the professional development that is planned for the year.

Assessment

MCAS 2022 Results

The Massachusetts (MCAS) 2022 results have been released to the public. Cohasset data shows noted growth in many areas and some areas that need to improve. A full analysis of the Cohasset MCAS data will be provided in the near future. Here is the link to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) District Profile page and the Next Generation MCAS Tests 2022 percent of students at each achievement level for Cohasset. Student results and family letters will be sent when DESE provides the district with the information.
Last year the District partnered with Curriculum Associates to implement the I-Ready Diagnostic in Math and ELA for students in grades K-8. The assessment is a computer-based assessment that adapts to the child's understanding of the material being assessed. For more information about the i-Ready Diagnostic please use the i-Ready Family Center. The assessment window runs from September 15 through October 6. Your child's principal or teacher will send more detailed information.

Cohasset High School Vision of the Graduate

Please see the graphic below, which was established through the collaborative work of the Cohasset High School Community as part of their accreditation process with NEASC. This work also helped to set our District theme for the year, "Find Your Compass."
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Student Opportunity Act (SOA)

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.

Student Opportunity Act Presentation March 2022

First Responder High Five Day coming on 10/14/2022

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We are excited to show our appreciation to our Police and Fire First Responders in our traditional "High Five Day," which will take place on Friday, October 14, 2022. During this event our students will have the opportunity to "high five" members of Cohasset Police & Cohasset Fire as the students enter the school buildings. We are fortunate to have such wonderful police and fire in Cohasset, and we are appreciative of everything they do to keep our schools safe. We also appreciate them taking part in this celebration.

District Curriculum Accommodation Plan (DCAP) Revised

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Thank you to Director of Student Services, Barbara Cerwonka, and to all the educators who helped work on the revision of our District Curriculum Accommodation Plan (DCAP), which will be posted on the District webpage. As articulated in the DCAP, "Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 71, Section 38Q1/2 states that a school district shall adopt and implement a curriculum accommodation plan to assist principals in ensuring that all efforts have been made to meet the students' needs in regular education. The plan shall be designed to assist the regular classroom teacher in analyzing and accommodating diverse learning styles of all children in the regular education programming, including, but not limited to, direct and systematic instruction in reading and provisions of services to address the needs of children whose behavior may interfere with learning, or who do not qualify for special education services under chapter 71B. The curriculum accommodation plan shall include provisions encouraging teacher mentoring and collaboration and parental involvement."

Thank you, CEF for your amazing generosity!

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We are so fortunate to be the recipients of the following grants from CEF. Thank you, CEF, teachers, and leaders for making these grants a reality for our staff and students.

CEF Spring Awards 2022


CHS

Financial Literacy Fair: $5925 Nicole Fitzgerald

This grant would support CHS in hosting the Credit for Life fair, an authentic learning experience promoting college and career readiness and financial literacy for all students. Student participants choose an occupation and make a variety of financial decisions, ranging from where to live and how to save for retirement to buying a television or owning a pet.” This grant will help purchase all reusable signage, supplies, and materials and cover one year of operating expenses.


Culture Workshops: $4900 Brian Scott

Ashley Bendicksen will present a keynote speech to all students, followed by a two workshops;

BYSTANDER INTERVENTION: Your Power as a Difference Maker (for all students) and SELF-ESTEEM & THE MEDIA: Mastering the Real "Selfie" Game (for girls). The goals of the project are to capitalize on two identified student strengths, trust and empathy, in order to build the capacity in students to advocate for themselves and for others.


CMS

Art: Invisible Differences: $2000 D’Alessandro/LaPanne

Specialized 3d art workshop from local artist who focuses on identifying ‘hidden’ strengths from within to celebrate our uniqueness and our differences. Students will gain an appreciation and understanding of individuality and learning difficulties while exploring creativity through art.


Math Tools: $1200 Erin Foley

This grant provides mini whiteboards and math manipulatives to encourage innovation in learning styles and to promote healthy group working. The ability to try out different approaches and erase them easily gives sharing confidence and can reduce the fear of ‘failure’. A ‘do and review’ approach develops a math mindset and reduces math anxiety in students.


Deer Hill

Modern Classroom: $22847 Kim Kurker/Lisa Radden

This grant is focused on increasing student learning engagement by creating a safe and flexible learning space for students who need a non-traditional classroom environment to thrive. The grant provides universal design furnishings, technology, sensory seating and storage and is a flexible and adaptable space for multi-functional purposes.


STEM Integration, phase 2: $1500 Suzi Corkhum

This grant partners with an outside consultant to provide teacher training to show teachers how to write and use code, as well as training them on the use of the Circuit Playground, ROOT Robotics and PyGamer components available at the school. The aim is to integrate STEM tools , technologies and principles into other areas of the curriculum and increase teacher confidence in differentiated ways to support learning standards in their subject areas.


STEAM Lab: $29940 Alex Sullivan/Lisa Radden

The STEAM Lab is ‘phase 1’ of a broader project to bring an ‘Innovation and Literacy Commons’ to Deer Hill. The lab will adjoin to a large room and will provide a range of technology, specialized furniture and technology equipment to support communication, collaboration and critical thinking skill development in class.


Osgood

Computer Lab Smart Board: $7000 Lehr/O’Brien

This grant provides a mobile interactive flat panel screen for the Osgood Computer Lab to create an interactive learning environment that is equitable to all learning abilities and developmental ages.


Art: Invisible Differences: $2700 McPhillips/Carabba/Winter

Specialized 3d art workshop from local artist who focuses on identifying ‘hidden’ strengths from within to celebrate our uniqueness and our differences. Students will gain an appreciation and understanding of individuality and learning difficulties while exploring creativity through art.

Theater Returns to CMS!

We are excited for the upcoming play...Performance Dates will be Announced

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Sports Information

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Excellent Sports Action this Week.. Go Blue!

Cohasset Golf...Pictures and Story by William Wassersug in The Cohasset Anchor

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"VITAL 2-0 bounce back win (for boys' soccer) at Abington. Potential season saver, this one. 3-5 overall, 3-0 in the SSL. Another tough nonleague matchup with Wayland on Saturday." - Coach Willis

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Cohasset Football...Story and Pictures by William Wassersug In The Cohasset Anchor

Cohasset Volleyball...Story and Pictures by William Wassersug in The Cohasset Anchor

Great match vs. Scituate

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Cohasset Field Hockey

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Patriot Ledger Field Hockey Top 10

TOP 10: South Shore field hockey rankings

1. @braintreefh

2. @HarbormenNews

3. @canton_FH

4. @CohassetSports

5. @MiddleboroAD

6. @carver_fh

7. @scituatehigh

8. @han_athletics

9. @OAHSTigersports

10. @ClipperAD

Girls' Soccer

"Beautiful afternoon at Abington. Tess Barrett notched two as well as Lylah Jackson who scored her first varsity goal and another. Ava Carcio started the scoring today off a TBarrett corner. Tessa Curatola and Bella Picot shared the shutout." - Coach Beal
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Dan Leahy Photo

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Cohasset Cross-Country...Story and Pictures from The Cohasset Anchor

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Cohasset Public Schools' Strategic Plan for 2021- 2024

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Please Click on the Link Below to Access the Entire Strategic Plan

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A Downloadable Version of the Calendar Can Be Found Below

Please see below for a link to download the District and School Calendars

School Improvement Plans for 2022-2023

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All plans and handbooks for the 2022-2023 school year were approved this past spring. Thank you to Principal Farrell, Principal Sullivan, Principal Mills, Principal Scott, and to their School Councils for this excellent work. Please see below for the approved plans, which coincide with the Strategic Objectives of the Cohasset Public Schools Strategic Plan, 2021 - 2024.
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From Commissioner of Education Riley’s memo to Superintendents sent on August 15, 2022:


“The Commonwealth is not recommending universal mask requirements, surveillance testing of asymptomatic individuals, contact tracing, or test-to-stay testing in schools. Districts and schools are reminded that there is no longer any statewide masking mandate in schools (other than school health offices) and there is no testing requirement for schools.” We will continue to respect the right of individuals to wear masks at any time during the school day.


“Effective August 15, 2022, all students and staff in childcare, school in grades K-12, or participating in out-of-school time (OST) and recreational camp settings should follow the updated isolation and exposure guidance issued by DPH, in alignment with recently issued guidance from CDC. No asymptomatic person should be excluded from school as a result of exposure, regardless of vaccination status or exposure setting.”


An additional link on isolation and exposure guidance can be found here:


https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-isolation-and-exposure-guidance-for-the-general-public

Finance and Operations Updates

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Finance and Operations News:

For Employees:

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 jballard@cohassetk12.org


Transportation News:

For Parents / Guardians:

BUS REGISTRATION FOR THE 2022-2023 IS UNDER WAY

Effective for the 2022-2023 school year, Cohasset Public Schools will continue to administer a fee-based transportation program. The application fee applies to students in Grades K-6 who reside less than or equal to 2 miles from their designated school, and all students in


Grades 7-12.

Please visit the Cohasset Public Schools website for more information and the register your child for transportation.

All students will be required to have a bus pass after September 15th. Please see our website for information on replacement badges.



Thank you for your patience as we roll out Stopfinder!

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.

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All this power in the palm of your hand.

The Stopfinder app is secure and protected. But the app requires your local district to be utilizing Transfinder’s Routefinder software. Stopfinder with Routefinder software will provide your district accurate real-time updates of routes and bus substitutions.



Please visit the Transportation tab on our website, for tutorials on how the parent app works. If you do not receive an email invite, please check your spam folder.

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We are a proud METCO District!

Please see the METCO webpage on our District website for important information regarding our METCO program.

Cohasset Public Schools Vision of Equity

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CPS Equity Vision Statement

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BE THE CHANGE

Please visit our website for resources regarding the promotion of diversity.

We will continue to engage students and staff in the meaningful discussions necessary to promote change. We are committed to promoting anti-racism and cultural responsive teaching and learning.
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Cohasset PSO Happenings

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Cohasset Education Foundation (CEF)

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RISE Program

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CPS is pleased to continue its partnership with the Cohasset Recreation Department by providing before and after school care for our elementary students. We have an amazing staff that provides wonderful opportunities for our students through the RISE program. Please see this link for more information.

Office of Student Services

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UPDATES

Opening Letters and Information Regarding Multi-Tiered Student System of Supports (MTSS)




Multi-Tiered System of Supports


To Parents/Guardians of Cohasset Public Schools :


The Cohasset Public Schools believes in providing the highest quality of education for our students. This letter is to provide you with information about a three-tiered instructional approach we use to meet this goal, referred to as Multi Tiered System of Supports (MTSS).


For MTSS, all students will participate in the core curriculum, with three levels (tiers) of interventions for students who demonstrate at-risk skills in general academics or behavior/social emotional areas. Each tier provides additional support beyond the core curriculum and instruction. All students receive formal and informal checks to measure their progress to determine if they are performing at an expected level. Behavioral and social emotional impacts are also monitored on a regular basis through the year.


● Tier One- As the largest tier, and the foundation for the entire framework, Tier 1 encompasses the entire school with core instruction and basic interventions. This structure helps to build positive relationships between staff and students. It includes proactive classroom strategies aimed at creating a supportive learning atmosphere. Teachers will use different strategies as universal supports within the core curriculum and instruction to address all student educational needs. These supports include but are not limited to items identified within the District Accommodation Plan (DCAP) and/or the School Accommodation Plans.


● Tier Two- Based on progress data, students who require more support than Tier One will be provided targeted interventions matched to their needs within the general classroom by the classroom teacher and/or support staff in the classroom. The Multi Tiered System of Support (MTSS) Team will track the student’s progress, and parents/guardians will receive ongoing progress data.


● Tier Three- Students who continue to require measures beyond Tier Two will receive more intensive individualized interventions at this level. Parents/guardians will be notified of these supports and receive ongoing progress data. After Tier Three implementation, students who continue to display limited progress may then be considered for further evaluation and services.


Our School is excited to take part in this process to improve educational outcomes for all students. As always, do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or myself if you have questions or concerns.



Respectfully,


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Barbara Cerwonka, M.Ed.

Director of Student Services

Child Find Notification

Be Sure to View the Information on the Student Services Web Page

Digital Learning & Technology Updates

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Dear CPS Families,


Welcome to the 2022-2023 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.

LINK: https://www.cohassetk12.org/Page/4455

All parent/guardians of CPS students are now able to verify and update their contact information in Aspen's Family Portal. Please see the web site for more details and instructions.

LINK: https://www.cohassetk12.org/Page/4859

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.
LINK:: https://www.cohassetk12.org/Page/4454

Follow these steps to help your child install the BYOD certificate at home:
LINK: https://www.cohassetk12.org/Page/4470

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.
LINK: https://www.cohassetk12.org/Page/4481

Wishing you and your child a wonderful 2022-2023 school year!


Sincerely,
Lisa Radden
Director of Digital Learning and Technology
Cohasset Public Schools
lradden@cohassetk12.org

SAFE HARBORS UPDATES

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The Town of Cohasset is seeking a full-time Project Coordinator to join the Safe Harbor Cohasset Coalition Team.

Most Recent Safe Harbors Newsletter

There are many stressors to our day-to-day lives; however, there are many resources available. The District Website has a page dedicated to Social Emotional Learning and Wellness. Please remember that our schools are a resource, and that our counselors, school psychologists, and social workers can support you and your child.


Thank you to all of our counselors for their caring and selfless work throughout the District!


Osgood: Dave Vinton dvinton@cohassetk12.org (adjustment counselor)

Deer Hill: Robyn Costa rcosta@cohassetk12.org (adjustment counselor)

Deer Hill and Osgood: Maeve Dulles mdulles@cohassetk12.org (adjustment counselor)

Deer Hill and Osgood: Alyson Doyle adoyle@cohassetk12.org (school psychologist)


CMS: Emily Manewal emanewal@cohassetk12.org (adjustment Counselor)

Allison Pearce apearce@cohassetk12.org (school psychologist)


CHS: Laura Struzziery lstruzziery@cohassetk12.org (lead counselor)

Leanne McCarthy lmccarthy@cohassetk12.org (high school adjustment counselor)

Kevin McGowan kmcgowan@cohassetk12.org (high school counselor)

Allison Battista abattista@cohassetk12.org (high school counselor)

Catlin Stromberg cstromberg@cohassetk12.org (school psychologist)


Robert Collins rcollins@cohassetk12.org (middle and high school social worker)

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Take Care of Yourself and Take Care of Each Other

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Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if we can do anything to help your student or your family during this difficult time. Most important is the physical and mental health of everyone, and we will stay focused on making that a priority. Please take good care.

Please click on the following link to access even more information on the Cohasset Public Schools Web Site.

Please follow me on Twitter for daily updates from the Cohasset Public Schools

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.

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