September 16, 2022
Cohasset School Year in Full Swing
CHS Athletic Complex Update
Phase two of the field replacement will begin next week. Beginning TUESDAY, NO ONE IS ALLOWED WITHIN THE FIELD GATES FOR ANY REASON. Families will receive a communication from the Athletic Director regarding the specific timeline.
Upcoming Back to School Open Houses
Joseph Osgood School Open House : September 20
Deer Hill Open House: September 22
Cohasset High School Open House: September 28
Cohasset Middle School Open House: September 29
District Curriculum Accommodation Plan (DCAP) Revised
Images of the Week
Thank you, CEF for your amazing generosity!
Dr. Scollins and I loved reading to Second Grade Students today. The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi is such a wonderful book. Thank you, @JOsgoodppal and Ms. Deininger for inviting me...it was a fantastic experience. Thank you, Osgood teachers for all you do to promote and teach literacy.
Morning art work. Students creating setting boxes for animation filming in Ms. Anthony’s (CHS) class.
Excellent "Making Norfolk County a Safter Place to Live - Training and Grant Opportunties" meeting, sponsored by Norfolk District Attorney, Morrissey. Important information and resources being presented. Thank you @cohsafeharbor, @CohassetPolice, and Town for your collaboration.
We Love Osgood!
Stellwagen Bank Marine Art Contest
From the CHS Newsletter:
"Stellwagen Bank Marine Art Contest
There were more than 300 entries for The Stellwagen Bank Marine Art Contest and three of our Digital Illustration students placed!
Computer Arts Awards
5th Place Justine Najjar "Seabirds"
Mason Joyce "Puffin from Below"
Ava Sunday "Shark and Octopus"
Congratulations!" (Principal Scott)
Get Involved! Theater Returns to CMS!
From the CMS Newsletter
"Get Involved! Theater Returns to CMS!
For the first time in three years, CMS Drama will be presenting a musical. On Thursday, interested students attended an informational meeting with Ms. Arenstam to learn about this fall's production of Moana Jr.
Upcoming dates will be as follows:
Auditions (you only need to attend ONE day)
- Tuesday September 20 from 3 - 4:15 or
- Wednesday September 21 from 3 - 4:1
- Thursday September 22 from 3 - 4:15
Cast List will be posted Friday September 23 in the morning. Break a leg to all involved!!" - Principal Mills
Thank you, Chris Kennedy, Kennedy Country Gardens, DPW, and CPS Custodians for the noticeable improvements to school grounds.
Varsity Boys Soccer
Skippers are back in action Sat vs Weymouth. #GoBlue
Cohasset Public Schools' Strategic Plan for 2021- 2024
Please Click on the Link Below to Access the Entire Strategic Plan
Verify and update contact information in Aspen's Family Portal
All parent/guardians of CPS students are now able to verify and update their contact information in Aspen's Parent Portal.
The workflow is intended for a parent/guardian to electronically update (per student) the following information:
- Physical Address Change
- Emergency Contact changes (add/delete/change)
- Handbook Acknowledgement
- Can student be photographed
- Can the district share information with PSO/CEF
- Military Status
Please follow the steps provided at the link below to learn how to verify and update your child's contact information in Aspen.
A Downloadable Version of the Calendar Can Be Found Below
School Improvement Plans for 2022-2023
Safety is a Priority for Cohasset Public Schools
Safety is a paramount for Cohasset Public Schools. This summer, Cohasset District Leadership worked collectively with Cohasset Police, Cohasset Fire, Emergency Management, Facilities, Technology, external safety plan advisors, and School Committee Safety Subcommittee members to refine, revise, and create safety protocols. Please be aware that we will not be providing entrance to our buildings to anyone who does not present a proper license, even if we are aware of who the person is. This is a standard protocol that is necessary to ensure safety. All visitors will continue to be screened via our Raptor or Lobby Guard technology through use of their license.
- As a District, we have developed an emergency preparedness plan for each of our buildings. These plans were created in coordination with local police, fire, and emergency management departments. We meet as a District Crisis Team each summer and periodically throughout the year to refine plans, and we are in constant collaboration and communication.
- In conjunction with the Cohasset Police Department, our district has fully implemented the ALICE protocol as a response to any potential armed intruder. "ALICE is designed to provide comprehensive preparedness in the event of an intruder in one of our schools. The goal is to utilize infrastructure, technology, and human action to increase overall student and staff safety" (Acton-Boxborough Superintendent Message). Our staff receives annual training in this protocol from members of the Cohasset Police Department, and we supplement this training with periodic drills and scenarios to further increase our preparedness. Each school has a Crisis Team, in addition to our District Crisis Team. Currently, more than 900 schools, businesses, universities, hospitals, and municipalities have adopted the ALICE protocol. A summary of our approach can be found on the District web-site.
- The protocols we updated this year are all available on the District Web-site under "Our District." Here are links to these important safety protocols:
- Cohasset Public Schools Crisis Plan
- Signed Memorandum of understanding (MOU) regarding School Resource Officer (SRO) with Cohasset Police
- Staff to Student Incident Procedure
- Bullying Investigation Flowchart (that administrators follow)
- Bullying Reporting Form
- Handbook language regarding bullying, hazing, and harassment for those participating in after-school events and extra-curricular activities, which was approved at the 9/7/2022 School Committee Meeting.
- Responding to a Potential Threat Protocol
- Bus Accident Procedures and Protocols
In addition, we have many upgrades implemented and planned for our safety systems that were recommended as part of our recent facilities review.
"Bullying" is the repeated use by one or more students or school staff members of a written, verbal, or electronic expression, or a physical act or gesture, or any combination thereof, directed at a target that:
• causes physical or emotional harm to the target or damage to the target's property;
• places the target in reasonable fear of harm to him/herself, or of damage to his/her property;
• creates a hostile environment at school for the target;
• infringes on the rights of the target at school; or
• materially and substantially disrupts the education process or the orderly operation of a school.
"Cyber-bullying" means bullying through the use of technology or any electronic communication, which shall include, but shall not be limited to, any transfer of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, data or intelligence of any nature transmitted in whole or in part by a: • wire • radio • electromagnetic • photo-electronic or photo-optical system, including, but not limited to, electronic mail, internet communications, instant messages or facsimile communications.
Cyber-bullying shall also include the creation of a web page or blog in which the creator assumes the identity of another person or knowingly impersonates another person as author of posted content or messages, if the creation or impersonation creates any of the conditions enumerated in the definition of bullying.
Cyber-bullying shall also include the distribution by electronic means of a communication to more than one person or the posting of material on an electronic medium that may be accessed by one or more persons, if the distribution or posting creates any of the conditions enumerated in the definition of bullying.
Bullying and cyber-bullying may occur in and out of school, during and after school hours, at home and in locations outside of the home. When bullying and cyber-bullying are alleged, the full cooperation and assistance of parents and families are expected.
Bullying is prohibited:
- On school grounds;
- On property immediately adjacent to school grounds;
- At school-sponsored or school-related activities;
- At functions or programs whether on or off school grounds;
- At school bus stops;
- On school buses or other vehicles owned, leased or used by the school district; or,
- Through the use of technology or an electronic device owned, leased or used by the school district.
Bullying and cyber-bullying are prohibited at a location, activity, function or program that is not school-related or through the use of technology or an electronic device that is not owned, leased or used by the school district if the act or acts in question:
- create a hostile environment at school for the target;
- infringe on the rights of the target at school; and/or
- materially and substantially disrupt the education process or the orderly operation of a school.
Please see the link below for more information regarding bullying prevention and reporting.
We are committed to stopping bullying and working with our students to promote kindness and empathy towards all.
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:
- Overview of Laws and Regulations - State & Federal
- CPS Procedures for Office of Civil Rights (OCR) Complaints
- Section 504 Accommodation Plans
- Safe School- MA Anti-Bullying Law - CPS Policy
- Confidentiality of Information
- Confidentiality of Student Records
- Harassment in the Workplace
- Chapter 222 of the Acts of 2012 (Student Discipline)
- McKinney - Vento
- Foster Care
- Military Connected Students
- Physical Restraint Law - CPS Policy
- Right to Know Law
- Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse or Neglect
- Employee Handbook
- CPS School Committee Policies
- Overview of Laws and Regulations - State and Federal
- FAPE in LRE
- IEP - Accommodations vs. Modifications
- KnowBe4 Training
- ·Annual Health Training from Nurses for all staff
Please click on the link to see a sample of the staff trainings
District Student-Family Handbook
There are several School Committee policy updates that you should be aware of:
- Policy JB - Equal Educational Opportunities
- Policy JBA - Student-to-Student Harassment
- Policy AC - Nondiscrimination Including Harassment and Retaliation
- Policy ACA - Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex
- Policy ACAB - Sexual Harassment
- Policy ACAC - Other Forms of Harassment
- Policy JH - Student Absences and Excuses
Please be sure to view each school's handbook on the individual school web pages.
School Facilities Condition Study & "Senior Study" Visit
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"
"A Senior Study is a site visit to the school facility which the district has identified as its priority SOI. During the Senior Study, a team from the MSBA, which includes architects and engineers with many years of school facility and educational programming experience, will tour the school facility. The Senior Study seeks to examine both the physical condition of the school facility as well as programmatic issues that affect the delivery of the required educational program. Before touring the school facility, the MSBA team will briefly interview the superintendent, principal, facilities manager, and other school personnel to:
- Identify goals for and concerns about the school facility
- Confirm information about school building deficiencies that were stated in the SOI
- Understand how any physical condition issues adversely impact the delivery of the educational program
- Learn about the school district’s routine and capital maintenance programs and practices
While touring the facility, the MSBA team will:
- Evaluate the physical condition of the facility, including major building systems (e.g., building envelope, HVAC, electrical distribution, interior finishes)
- Assess overcrowding or capacity issues
- Assess the ability of the facility to support the required educational program
- Assess design factors such as availability of natural light which make a school’s environment conducive to learning
- Examine site considerations
- Evaluate the school district’s maintenance of the facility
The information acquired during the Senior Study will help the MSBA to determine the next steps in the process. The MSBA’s goal is to collaborate with the district to find the right-sized, most fiscally responsible and educationally appropriate solution to the facility’s problems. The Senior Study is not approval of a project. It is part of the due diligence phase of the MSBA’s new process."
Thank you to the School Facilities Committee and to Ai3 for their great work. The complete presentation can be found below. We are thankful to the MSBA for their consideration, and we look forward to their visit.
Finance and Operations Updates
Finance and Operations News:
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 email@example.com
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
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.
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.
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
Cohasset Education Foundation (CEF)
Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: Assistant Superintendent Leslie Scollins, Ed.D.
School Resources Officer, Greg Taylor and Detective Harrison Schmidt provided safety training in case of an emergency.
The elementary staff participated in professional development related to the new Comprehensive Literacy approach that was adopted by the district. Osgood Reading Specialist, Stephanie Stone, provided training on the Heggerty Phonemic Awareness program for students in grades K-2. Sarah MacDonald, Reading Specialist from Deer Hill, trained teacher is grades 4 and 5 in word study programming related to multisyllabic words. Teaching and Learning Alliance consultant worked with teachers in grades 3-5 to support the roll out of the Reader's Workshop component of the Elementary Comprehensive Literacy Approach.
The middle school and high school staff focused on content curriculum. The middle school science department participated in OpenSciEd training this August and took advantage of the time to collaborate on the implementation of the curriculum.
The high school is in phase one of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) accreditation process. Every high school must be accredited and the process happens every ten years. The process allows for the school to review current curriculum and resources, provide information about the school facility, and create a vision for the future for the graduates of the Cohasset Public Schools.
Please see the Professional Development Calendar below for more information about the professional development for this year.
Cohasset High School Vision of the Graduate
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Wishing you and your child a wonderful 2022-2023 school year!
Director of Digital Learning and Technology
Cohasset Public Schools
A Message from Food Services
Welcome to the 2022-23 school year. The Cohasset Public Schools Department of Food and Nutrition is excited to provide breakfast and lunches to all students in the district for free this year once again through the state of Massachusetts.
State officials have clarified that while school meals will be universally free for all students during SY 2022-2023, all school districts must continue to make school meal applications available to certify children for free and reduced price meals and that information may be used to qualify newly eligibly children for P-EBT.
Therefore, a new SY 2022-2023 meal household application must be filled out to qualify for these benefits.
If you already received a letter from the district do not fill out another application.
We will be sending forms out and they are also available on Please our website cohassetk12.org to fill out a SY 2022-2023 free and reduced application. Forms are available under the nutrition tab.
REQUIRED FOR APPLICATION TO BE APPROVED:
Step 1: Child’s full legal name and school (no nicknames)
Step 2: Number is provided on your letter – not your card
Step 3. Name and income – (Weekly, Bi –Weekly, 2x Monthly or Monthly)
If you are a seasonal employee, please enter annual income
Step 4: Last 4 digits of Social Security and Signature are REQUIRED –If not received, applications will be denied automatically and will delay approval process.
- New form is required, status does not carry over from year to year.
- ONE form per family. Please make sure all children are included on the form that are in your household, including those that do not attend school
- Only one application is required. If an online application is completed, a paper application is not needed.
- If you have any questions, please contact food services at 781-383-6107 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marilyn Haraden, Director of Food Services
Cohasset Public Schools
SAFE HARBORS UPDATES
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.