Amesbury Public Schools Update
From the Office of the Superintendent - May 6, 2022
Dear Amesbury Families,
The celebration continued into the next week with the Excellence in Education Luncheon on Monday, the Sgt. Jordan Shay Memorial Bowling Tournament yesterday, and the AEFI Hall of Honor events tonight. Busy, busy, busy.
Next Friday night, AMS will host the AMS Idol in Landry Stadium (weather permitting). I am lucky enough to have been asked to serve as a judge. I am embarrassed to admit that this will be my first Idol - but I am really looking forward to it.
Please make sure to check the polys and the newsletters for upcoming events in your child's schools. I look forward to seeing you out and about!
Administrative Assistants Week
ASSET, i love u guys, Youth at Risk Conference Presentation, and Inforce 911
For me, this group has been an amazing resource. The level of knowledge, experience, commitment, passion and dedication of my teammates is beyond impressive. On Monday night's school committee meeting, we gave an overview of the work that we have been doing over the past year. Some of those things include reviewing data and statistics, planning for school drills, debriefing our response to community incidents that have involved the school, and planning for systemic change.
Our biggest project thus far is to use the NEMLEC Stars Toolkit to revise, create, and implement collaborative and integrated crisis response protocols, located in one all-inclusive document, for the Amesbury Public Schools District by 2024. As part of this process, we will include proper communication and training for staff, faculty, students, parents/guardians and the community as a whole. When this is complete, it will be an incredible resource for our school community. A sample of how the response flow chart will go is shown below.
For the full presentation please follow this link: https://schools.amesburyma.gov/Page/9442
i love u guys
Prior to COVID, the Amesbury Public Schools utilized concepts from the ALICE Training to drive their school safety protocols and practices. Since that time, based on real life experiences, the Standard Response Protocol has been slightly modified. The i love u guys foundation has developed crisis response programs that are research based and implement best practices. According to their website, their programs "are used in more than 30,000 schools, districts, departments, agencies, organizations and communities around the world." At the March 16th, professional development day, Officer John Morrill and Lt. Kevin Donovan spoke with our district staff about the revised terminology and how the responses are not much different than what we have done in the past. Staff was also informed that we will be conducting low level drills in all schools before the end of the school year. The dates and nature of all drills will be communicated to all students, staff, and families prior to them happening.
I have included a document from i love u guys that provides the basic information of the Standard Response Protocol.
If you have any questions, please reach out to your building administrator or directly to me. We are happy to answer any questions.
Youth at Risk Presentation
Because of the unique and collaborative work that ASSET is doing, we submitted a proposal to present at the conference this month. We are excited to say that the session is full and we are looking for a larger room!
In Force 911
Please check out the information sheet below.
Excellence in Education Award Winners
Front row: Nicole Quadros, Susan Kimball, Chrystal Florent, Jennifer Hawrylciw
Second row: Karen Pratt, Pauline Fitzgerald, Sarah Luz, Lori McCrevan Klucznik, Cathy Mamokos
Back row: Linda Lynch, Luke Alley, Evan Melanson
Missing from picture: Rae Pritchett
Building and Grounds Updates
- The RFP for the 2 HVAC units was posted in the third week of April and proposals are due by Friday, May 20th. From there a team from Central Office will review the bids and award the job to a vendor.
- Similarly, the RFP for repairing the AMS roof over the Performance Center went out. The proposals are due on the same day, Friday, May 20th. We will follow the same process for this as for the HVAC units.
- A small team is currently in the process of reviewing the proposals for a Food Service contractor. At this time, Chartwells is our Food Service Provider. We received three proposals, including Chartwells, and look to award the job early next week.
- We are waiting for engineered drawings from SLR, an engineering company, to design drawings for the high school baseball field. Once we receive those drawings, we will do an RFP for that work. It is our hope that this project will begin in the early summer. It is very likely that the varsity baseball field will not be able to be used until next spring. We understand the pressure that this places on the summer baseball season; however, the field needs significant modifications and repairs. This will also impact the field hockey season this fall. To that end, Athletic Director, Glen Gearin, has already begun working on an alternative venue for the field hockey season.
Technology 3-5 Year Planning Committee
It is my intent to convene this team once this year to set the dates for next year's meetings and to ensure that all members understand the purpose of the committee. Should you be interested, please email me at email@example.com. Please share your interest no later than Friday, May 20th. I anticipate our meeting taking place during the week of June 6th. More information to come.
AEFI Hall of Honor
Former Student - Dr. Jessica Cassavaugh
Friend of Education - Jason Regis
Former Educator - Billie McLane
During the school day, students at AHS are able to hear the stories, accomplishments and the connections that the honorees have to the Amesbury Public Schools. The presentation is followed by a smaller question and answer session where students can ask questions of any of the honorees.
Later that evening, a reception during which a silent auction will be held will take place in the Amesbury High School lobby. The ceremony will begin at 7:15 pm in the Francis Lawlor Auditorium.
As a point of information, honorees are nominated by peers and members of the community, with the AEFI committee selecting a former student, former educator, and a supportive friend of the Amesbury Public Schools. Their plaques are permanently displayed in the Amesbury High School lobby.
Faces of the Central Office
First, Matt Bennett - Director of Buildings and Grounds
Responsibilities: Overall safety and maintenance of all of the schools in the district
How to Contact: (978) 388-0507
On the Personal Side: Matt has been married to his wife, Victoria, who is an attorney for 26 years. They have a son Gehrig who is 19 and, yes, he was named after Yankee great, Lou Gehrig. Gehrig is a Yankee fan....his dad, however is not. Matt has a dog named Pearl who is a German short-haired pointer.
Favorite Color: Green
Favorite Food: Chicken (not particularly fussy, but chicken is the favorite)
Favorite Movie: "Stalag 17" with William Holden
Hobbies: Read and then fall asleep! Matt has the entire signed, first edition of everything Robert Parker has ever written.)
Sarah St. John - Special Education Secretary
How to Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or (978) 388-0531 ext. 7013
On the Personal Side: I am blessed with a beautiful, blended family. We have our own crazy version of the Brady Bunch, but without the much needed Alice!
Favorite Color: Orange
Favorite Food: Nachos
Favorite Movie: Dead Poet's Society
Joy Berube - Finance Manager
How to Contact: email@example.com
On the Personal Side: I have two beautiful daughters, two amazing sons-in-law, and tow of the best grandkids anyone could ask for!
Favorite Color: Yellow
Favorite Food: Lobster
Favorite Movie: "Shawshank Redemption"
Hobbies: I like to read and go to the beach