September 22, 2023
Hello Doyon families!
On Monday, our awesome assistant principal, Adam Mullen returns from his maternity leave. We are looking forward to having Adam back full time, though we know we will be sharing his heart with his newborn son, Hudson. When you see Mr. Mullen around the school, be sure congratulate him on his newfound joy (and perhaps ask to see some pictures - rumor has it he may have a few to share).
The final stages of our playground project are nearly complete. The final piece, a climbing structure, has been installed, and the rubberized paths, that will make it accessible, are nearly complete. By early next week, it will be done! Come and check it out!
If you are reading this on Friday, 9/22, then hopefully we will see you at tonight's FRIES Ice Cream Social!
Dear Doyon Families,
As we begin the school year, we would like to update you about our school and district emergency preparedness and safety planning.
A safe and supportive school environment encompasses many things including, but not limited to; social-emotional learning at all grade levels, reducing student stress, and having procedures and protocols in place for emergencies. Each school year, all staff are trained in our emergency procedures through online training in the ALICE model and in-person training about all emergency procedures with our School Resource Officer, Joe Perna. Student safety presentations are conducted yearly and are geared to the developmental age of our students. Officer Perna is visiting classrooms next week to review procedures with students. (please see attachments below).
Staff training consists of three types of emergency drills:
Perimeter Lock-In: Concern/Threat is outside. Everyone is brought inside and school continues as usual. (An example of when we might need a Perimeter Lock-In/Reverse Evacuation might be if there were police activity in the neighborhood or in the woods behind the school.)
Shelter In Place: Everyone is asked to remain in their classrooms. No one enters the hallways or common spaces. School continues as usual. (We might call a shelter in place if there is a medical emergency in the school requiring an ambulance, where we want to protect the privacy of the person in need. Students remain in classrooms until the ambulance departs)
Lockdown/Enhanced Lock Down: Serious and substantive threat. ALICE procedure is followed. (We might call a lockdown if there were an undefined threat in or outside of the building, where information is limited; we would call an enhanced lock down if we had information about a specific threat in or outside the building)
The letters ALICE stand for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate:
● Alert – inform people of the threat, giving as much information as possible.
● Lockdown – Students and staff can choose to lockdown and barricade the room that they are in if they determine that it is not safe to evacuate.
● Inform – pass on as much information as possible to others and to First Responders, including calling 911.
● Counter – an effort of last resort, if an armed intruder is able to get into the space where they are, individuals can counter with distraction or other tactics. Staff is being trained to use every effort to stop the intruder, instead of relying on the traditional lockdown and hide response.
● Evacuate – If it is safe to do so, all are encouraged to evacuate the building and remove themselves from the threat.
Over the past year, much-needed upgrades were made at the Paul F. Doyon Memorial School including enhanced surveillance cameras, upgraded lighting around the perimeter of the building, attention to perimeter plant growth, and the addition of the RAPTOR Visitor Management System.
(being installed this month) to check-in all visitors.
In addition to these safety measures, all staff have completed an annual, online ALICE training, followed by additional training with SRO Joe Perna (scheduled for 9/25 for Doyon teachers); all administrators, nurses, school psychologists, and school adjustment counselors have received training in threat assessment through the CSTAG Model (Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guidelines); and all staff have spent time reviewing our regular, every-day safety protocols and expectations that are always in place.
We know that preparation comes from a regular rehearsal of the required protocol. In the near future, we will be practicing a fire drill and and we will be conducting an emergency drill with students using student-friendly language and procedures as outlined in the student presentations. We will send a communication home immediately following the lockdown drill to inform families and provide you with talking points and resources for at-home discussions.
Please reach out with any questions, concerns, or suggestions.
Peter B. Holtz, Principal
Adam J. Whitehouse-Mullen, School Assistant Principal
Elementary Emergency Procdeures K-1 2023.docx
Ipswich Public Schools School Safety and Security: Emergency Procedures Grades K & 1 Everyone at school wants children to be safe and happy. Adults tell you what to do when we are in our classroom, in the corridors, in the cafeteria, in the bathroom, and playing outside. What...
Elementary Emergency Procdeures 2-3 (2).docx
Ipswich Public Schools School Safety and Security: Emergency Procedures Grades 2 & 3 Everyone at school wants children to be safe and happy. Adults tell you what to do when we are in our classroom, in the corridors, in the cafeteria, in the bathroom, and playing outside. What...
Doyon School Council
We are looking for Doyon parents to join us once a month for School Council meetings. These meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month from 5:30-6:30. The first School Council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, 10/18 at 5:30. Please fill out the Doyon School Council Interest Form below if you are interested. But what exactly does it mean to be on the School Council?
In Massachusetts, School Councils play an essential role in promoting shared governance and decision-making within public schools. The primary purpose of School Councils is to enhance the quality of education and student learning outcomes by involving various stakeholders, including parents, teachers, administrators, and community members, in the decision-making process. Here are the key roles and responsibilities of School Councils in Massachusetts:
- Developing the School Improvement Plans: One of the central functions of the Doyon School Council (DSC) is to develop and approve School Improvement Plans (SIPs). These plans outline specific goals, strategies, and actions for improving the overall performance and quality of education in the school. SIPs are typically aligned with district goals and state standards. This year, Doyon will be writing a new SIP for 2023-2025.
- Budget Review: The DSC will review and make recommendations regarding the school's budget. While the DSC does not have the authority to approve or allocate funds, their input can influence budget decisions.
- Policy Development: The DSC may have a role in developing or revising school policies, procedures, and practices. They can provide input on matters related to curriculum, safety, discipline, and other aspects of school operations.
- Communication and Engagement: The DSC serves as a forum for communication and collaboration among various stakeholders, including parents, teachers, administrators, and community members. They facilitate dialogue and feedback on important school-related matters.
- Monitoring Progress: School Councils monitor the progress of the School Improvement Plan and ensure that the school is making adequate progress toward its goals. They may adjust strategies and actions as needed to achieve the desired outcomes.
- Parent and Community Involvement: School Councils encourage and promote parent and community involvement in the school. They seek input from these stakeholders to ensure that the school's decisions and actions are inclusive and representative of the community's needs and values.
- Recommendations to Principal and Superintendent: While School Councils do not have the authority to make binding decisions, they can make recommendations to the school principal and district superintendent on various matters related to school improvement, policies, and practices.
Hello Doyon Families!
I am thrilled to be your new school nurse here at Doyon and I look forward to a healthy school year!
Please keep your children home if they have a fever or are feeling ill. To return to school, they must be fever free for 24 hours and generally feeling better. COVID testing at home is still recommended.
If your child tests positive, day 0 is the start of symptoms or the day of the positive test (whichever was first). They may return to school after day 5 (so day 6) and should mask through day 10, unless they have a negative test on day 5 or after. CDC recommends two negative tests 48 hours apart. Feel free to call me with any questions.
Other housekeeping notes:
1. Preschool and Kindergarten parents- please send in any physicals/immunizations
2. Fourth graders need a physical done within the past year so please send in or schedule
3. Let me know of any new health issues
As always, I am here to help and answer any questions you may have.
Mary Sforza RN, MSN, NCSN
Doyon School Nurse
Walk, Bike and Roll - Wednesday, October 4th
Mark your calendars!
Bike, Walk, and Roll to School is Wednesday, October 4.
Bike riders should meet by the tennis courts of IHS at 8:00am where they will be escorted by a member of our police department and Mrs. Welch.
Mrs. Cardew will lead walkers from the Mile Lane parking lot at 8:15am.
Please make arrangements to pick up the bicycles by the end of the day.
Coming Soon(-ish)! Our 2nd Annual Spooky Walk is scheduled for Saturday, October 21. Tickets go on sale soon. For more information, visit the DOYON FRIES FaceBook page.
Mrs. Clasby's Gr 4 Green Thumbs
This Friday, the Green Team will be highlighting corn as the Harvest of the Month. We will be serving up a nutritious sample of corn and tomatoes, both presently seasonal crops and provided locally!
- Friday, September 22, 5-7PM - F.R.I.E.S. Ice Cream Social & 'Mums Pick Up
- Tuesday, October 3 - Curriculum Night for Grades PreK (5:00-5:30), Kindergarten and Gr 1 (5:30-6:15) and Gr 3 (6:30-7:15)
- Wednesday, October 4 - 2023 Student MCAS Reports mailed home to families
- Wednesday, October 4, 7PM - Instrumental Night @ Dolan Performing Arts Center
- Thursday, October 5 - Curriculum Night for Gr 2 (5:30-6:15), Gr 4 (6:00-6:45) and Gr 5 (6:30-7:15)
- 10/3 - 7 - Book Fair
- 10/9 - Indigenous Peoples Day - NO SCHOOL
- 10/10 - IPS Professional Development Day - NO SCHOOL for students
- 10/13 - Picture Retakes (for those that were absent or want a retake)
- 10/18, 5:30-6:30PM - First School Council Meeting
- 10/18, 6:30PM - F.R.I.E.S. Meeting in Doyon Library
Adam Whitehouse- Mullen, Assistant Principal