The 'Borough Bulletin
An Update from the Middleborough Public Schools
The "Scoop" from your Superintendent of Schools
I am excited to email you this ""first" in a yearlong series of ''Borough Bulletin" updates which is designed to include a collection of notes of interest from all of our schools. Most of you "follow" one or two of our schools through an improved communication system which has harnessed email, Blackboard communications,twitter and other forms of social media. To further expand this level of communication, this bulletin is an effort to synthesize a lot of this information district-wide so that folks might get a glimpse at the "bigger picture".
For example, this year the "big picture" involves an improved level of security for all of our schools which includes a total of four armed Middleborough Police Dept. officers rotating through our school buildings on a daily basis. This plan, which was developed cooperatively between our School Committee and the Middleborough Police Department features two School Resource Officers and two School Safety Officers under the shift command of Sergeant John Graham. If you look closely at the picture above, you'll see Sgt. Graham conducting a lesson with our students at the Memorial Early Childhood Center.
Immediately to the right of the picture of Sgt. Graham, you will see the Middleborough Public Schools District logo which was adopted along with the newly developed Strategy for Continuous District Improvement. This "brand" hopefully summarizes our daily efforts to create a school system which is a safe, caring,nurturing and respectful environment where each individual can develop academically, physically, socially and emotionally in accordance with their own potential.
You may also notice the third picture above of our MHS Cheerleader Squad who, just this week, have qualified to move further in the district competitions. They are pictured as representative of a very successful fall athletic program which has featured 11 varsity teams at MHS as well as 5 interscholastic teams at the Nichols School. Congratulations to all of our 483 spirited fall student-athletes!
I would also like to thank all of our parent/guardian volunteers who have helped get this year off to a great start. From our PTA's to our volunteer coaches to our M.A.S.B.A. and M.I.H.G. organizations to our chaperones on field trips etc. etc. etc. We could not have done the work without you and, as Alex Cora said to his Red Sox Team following the Championship game of the World Series, "Thank You, Thank You, Thank You'!!!
Please take the time to read/review all of the news and notes below!
I would like to close by saying that we, as a school system, always welcome your questions, concerns, criticisms and comments......and occasionally, we even take compliments! As your Superintendent of Schools, please know that I would be happy to respond to any and all of your input whether it be via email, regular mail, interoffice mail, a face to face or a group meeting. Please reach out in writing via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 508-946-2000 Traditional U.S. Mail can always be sent to M.P.S. Central Office, 30 Forest St., Middleborough MA 02346 or, if you are an employee, you can always send notes through our interoffice mail system.
Thanks very much and please "stay tuned" for the next edition of "The 'Borough Bulletin' on December 2, 2018.
MECC is Making Every Child Count!
Congratulations and welcome to our new Memorial Early Childhood Center Principal, Mrs. Heidi J. Letendre. Mrs. Letendre is a seasoned administrator with a great deal of knowledge and experience at the early childhood level. She is also a lifelong Middlebrough resident and her own children have attended our school system. We are extremely fortunate that Mrs. Letendre has returned "home" to where she belongs!
The Memorial Early Childhood Center (MECC) has kicked off the school year with great success! Our students have settled into their daily routines and have built up their stamina to get through a full day and week of school. We are so proud of them.
Early in September, MECC students celebrated National Dot Day, which focuses on celebrating creativity and special talents to make our world a better place. MECC also showed unity and stood up against bullying on October 24th, which was national “Unity Day.” As a school we will continue to encourage, model and spread “Acts of Kindness” throughout our day. Students and faculty were all dressed in orange read the book, “Spookley the Square Pumpkin.”
MECC students are also learning about citizenship. Each month our school focuses on a "Word of the Month", such as kindness, respect and responsibility. Classroom teachers nominate a few students each month who have demonstrated the word of the month. These students are recognized with a certificate and attend “Fine Dining” with Mrs. Letendre.
Our two family nights, “Supporting Your Kindergarten Reader” and “Supporting Your Kindergarten Mathematician” were a great success. Credit goes to Mrs. Mari Gates our Reading Specialist for presenting and sharing parent/guardian friendly resources to enhance student learning and understanding of skills at home.
MECC students were introduced to the district safety protocols with regard to lock-down procedures and the ABCs of staying safe at school in case of an emergency. A big thank you goes out to our Middleborough Police and Fire personnel for supporting our schools with this endeavor and working together to maintain a safe and positive learning environment.
On October 31st, our school buzzed with excitement as our Preschool and Kindergarten students participated in a school-wide sing-a-long and story retelling led by Mrs. Iveson, Mrs. Oddi-Morrison and Mrs. Stevenson. They then proceeded to show off their Halloween costumes by parading around the block for family and friends to see. What a fantastic day we had at the MECC !
The Mary K. Goode Messenger
The month of October at MKG has been filled with lots of learning and plenty of fun!!
The newly adopted ST Math program is in full swing and the students are excited about having JiJi at MKG!!
All Grade 5 classes visited the Museum of Natural History. Upon their return they had lots to share about their experience.
Grade 4 classes attended the first of the two-part field trip to the Lloyd Center.
Author April Prince met with the entire second grade class as well as visited each classroom to provide the students with what it’s like to be an author. She provided our students with a lesson on writing a personal narrative.
We also had a visit from the dental hygienist as well as our annual Picture Day!!
We also had some fun along the way in October. The Fun Run was a huge success!! Thank you to our PTA and volunteers that worked with our staff on this event for our students.
Many families took advantage of the great opportunity to attend the Harvest Dance. Many thanks to the MKG faculty and staff who worked so hard to make this a fun event for everyone.
The final activity event for the month of October was the Grade 1 Halloween Parade. Thank you to the families that came to watch our ghosts and goblins!!
The Mary K. Goode School community is looking forward to November’s activities. All Grade 3 classes will visit Plimoth Plantation and much, much more!!!!!!
The Burkland Bulletin!
We have had a great start to the year here at HBB. We have have so many things planned for our kids this year and we also have a number of additions to our curriculum that will really help us on our path towards excellence. One of the big additions to our curriculum this year has been ST Math. ST Math is an online math program that helps build conceptual understanding in math and our kids have been loving it!Recognizing student achievement and promoting Burkland's BEST is a top priority here at HBB. Our kids have loved the addition of our Paws-itive Office Referrals. This year kids are being sent to the office for being Burkland's BEST. Behaviors such as Respect, Attitude, Hard Work and Self-Control are recognized through our referrals and students are awarded "Brag Tags" that they seem to be very excited about!
Lastly, we don't want to forget about the importance of having fun! We have a lot planned for the year and we have already done quite a bit. Our first graders went to the Museum of Science, we have raised awareness for childhood cancer by Going Gold, our After School Clubs are all up and running, we recently hosted our 1st grade Book Character Parade and of course, our annual HBB Big Blast was another HUGE success! Thank you to all our amazing parent/guardian volunteers, teacher and staff who go above and beyond in making sure everyday is a great day at HBB!
The John T. Nichols Jr. Middle School started the year with an old friend in a new position! On September 4, 2018, Mr. Greg Thomas, the established Assistant Principal at N.M.S. was asked to lead the school as the Interim Principal and he was really excited to do so!
Since then, he has maintained time honored traditions but has also made certain subtle changes in the way the school has run based on his observations and experience from the Assistant principal's standpoint. We wish him all the best as he moves the Nichols School forward with his own leadership style!
Please know that we will keep Parents/Guardians,Faculty/Staff and students informed as we look to restructure the leadership team of the N.M.S. for the future!
We've had a great start to the school year and our students are very much involved with academics and athletics......as well as a long list of other student activities!
Our P.T.A. is going strong and our Fall Frenzy which the group organizes each year was held this past Friday, November 2nd. good times were had by all who attended !
We also have a great new extended school day program which our students have already started.The Nichols Middle School and Oak Point have established a partnership which began in earnest on Monday, October 15th. Community members from Oak Point will be running this homework club for the students of NMS, after school, on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, in the Media Center. The Nichols Middle School community is thrilled to be working with Oak Point and hope this is the first of many great things to come from this partnership.Student participation is "free of charge"!
We're looking forward to November and our annual food drive!
Please check out the Tiger Times newsletter for lots of updates for NMS students/parent/guardians.
Middleborough High School Happenings!
Our Middleborough High School has truly had a great start to the school year!
The month of September StartedSTRONG with our Kick-Off Rally with Ed Gerety. Ed is a well-known motivational speaker and leadership expert who spent the day with our students on September 7, 2018. Additionally, our AP Kick-Off Rally took place on Friday, September 14, 2018, which was an exciting morning for the close to 250 students engaging in Advanced Placement Courses this year.
We were witness to a great season of sports contests as well as sportsmanship on the part of our fall athletes. Conratulations to all who chose to compete! a special shout-out goes to our Unified Sports Basketball Team. There will be more to come on this effort in next month's 'Borough Bulletin!
We also had a very busy month of October at the high school. Here is just a sampling of the events we all experienced in October;
- PSAT Exams - The PSAT Exams were administered to all Grade 9 - 11 students on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. Please reach out to your child's guidance counselor with any questions.
- Class of 2020 - Touch-A-Truck Event - Sunday, October 14, 2018 - 11:00am - 5:00pm at the High School.
- Homecoming Week - October 15 - 20, 2018 - What a blast we had during the many events which happened Homecoming Week. We hope you were able to participate in some way during this week.
- Our annual Talent Show was held on Tuesday, October 16 - presented by the MHS Concert Choir! Congrats to all the participants!
- Class of 2023 visited MHS for "The Choice is Yours" Assembly and Tour on Wednesday, October 17th Please click here to view this great production;
- We also had Class of 2023 Open Houses for Parents/Guardians of the Class of 2023 Parents/Guardians were able to learn about all of the exciting opportunities that Middleborough High School provides. The Open House Dates were as follows: Tuesday, October 23 - 7:00pm; Monday, October 29 - 7:00pm and Saturday, November 10 - 9:00am
- Financial Aid Night - The MHS Guidance Department presented a Financial Aid Night on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 6:30pm in the MHS Auditorium. This event was geared towards parents/guardians of the Class of 2019 but all families are welcome!
- Early College/Dual Enrollment Informational Night was held on Monday, October 22 in the MHS Library. .
- Halloween Fun Fest was held on Monday, October 29 - The Student Council hosted their annual Halloween Fun Fest in the MHS Auditorium from 6:00 - 8:00pm.
We're looking forward to a great November!