MARSHFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS
Superintendent's Corner, November 17th, 2023 #WeRMarshfield
EDUCATOR OF THE WEEK
Congratulations to this week's Educator of the Week, Ms. Patti Ryan. Ms. Ryan is one of the very talented educators in the Technology Engineering Department at MHS. Along with her Wood Engineering classes, Ms. Ryan is probably best known for her work in the Marine Fabrication classes. The culmination of this course, where students can build and repair a variety of boats, kayaks and canoes, is the annual Boat Launch. Here students get to test out their vessels in front of fellow students, staff, family and friends. It's a fantastic celebration of learning and you can see the pride in her students across the Harbor.
Ms. Ryan joined the MPSD in 2002 and over the past 21 years, she has made a tremendous impact on the students at MHS. As noted by Principal Cetner, "Ms. Ryan is an educator who is extremely passionate about her craft and loves nothing more than to share her enthusiasm and expertise with her students. Students who take her classes are able to learn lifelong skills and develop apprentice-level craftsmanship that I would argue you cannot find in any other comprehensive high school." She went on to add that, "Ms. Ryan develops positive relationships with all of her students and loves to display and celebrate their work."
Ms. Ryan has done so much for students at the MHS and she has created a love for learning in her classes. We thank her for all of her efforts and congratulate her for being named our Educator of the Week!!
MHS OPEN HOUSE FOR 8th GRADE STUDENTS & FAMILIES
NEWEST WALL OF HONOR INDUCTEES NAMED
Marshfield Superintendent of Schools, Jeffrey Granatino, announced that three individuals have been selected to the district’s 2022/2023 class of the MPSD Wall of Honor. The three inductees are Dr. Susan Dupuis, Mr. Warren Searfoss and Mr. Lou Silva.
All three inductees have made a major impact on the educational landscape of Marshfield over the past 50 years. They were longtime educators and coaches in the district. Dr. Dupuis served as the Assistant Superintendent for Special Education & Pupil Personnel for 14 years. Mr. Searfoss was a Science Teacher at MHS for 35 years and Mr. Silva was a teacher, coach and Athletic Director for 45 years.
Dr. Dupuis began her career in education 1981. Over the years before coming to Marshfield, she taught at the North River Collaborative and Silver Lake Special Needs Preschool before becoming the Director of Plymouth’s Inclusive Preschool. From there, Dr. Dupuis served as the Director of Special Education Programs for the Falmouth Public schools.
In August of 2004, Dr. Dupuis joined the team at the MPSD as the Director of Special Education & Pupil Personnel. She was a tremendous advocate for students with special needs and their families. She was highly regarded among her peers across the Commonwealth and was instrumental in creating the Post Program for students between the ages of 18-22. She was an expert in the field of special education and did all she could, with her team of talented teachers, to create the optimal learning environment for all students in the MPSD. She retired in 2018 and when looking back on her career, she made an indelible impact on the students of Marshfield and her legacy will carry on for years.
Mr. Warren Searfoss began teaching Biology at Marshfield High School in 1959. Over his 35 years of service to the students of Marshfield, he impacted thousands of students in and out of the classroom. He created generations of lifelong learners and he made science fun for his students. During those years he also had a positive impact on the children of Marshfield through his work as a coach in the football, basketball and tennis programs. He was also noted as a mentor for new teachers in the MHS science department and his legacy lived on through the talented teachers he helped develop.
Moreover, Mr. Searfoss worked for years as a summer counselor and athletic instructor at Camp Daniel Webster in Marshfield. He also spent a great deal of time over the years mentoring new science teachers at the high schools. He retired in 1994 and the students who had him in class still talk about the impact he had on them many years ago.
Mr. Lou Silva began his career in the Marshfield Public Schools in 1972. His initial impact on students in the classroom was at the elementary level where he taught for twenty years. In 1992, he moved on to teach math at the middle schools (both Martinson & the FBMS) for the next 11 years. He then moved on to become the Athletic Director at MHS in 2003 and served in that role until 2013. During that time, and across those three levels, Mr. Silva made a positive impact on thousands of MPSD students and their families.
In the fall of 1980, Mr. Silva became the Head Football Coach at MHS and over the next 37 years, after reaching 254 wins, Coach Silva became the winningest Football Coach in school history and the 24th winningest coach in Massachusetts. Under his leadership, his teams amassed 18 league championships, 10 Super Bowl Appearances and 5 Super Bowl Wins. He was also a two-time Boston Globe Coach of the Year and a four-time WATD Coach of the Year. He had countless players go on play at the highest levels of college football and even had students reach the NFL.
Mr. Silva was also a renowned track & field coach and some of his athletes went on to win state championships in their events. He is a member of the Massachusetts Football Coaches Hall of Fame, the MHS Hall of Fame and, in 2018, the District honored him by naming the road adjacent to the James G. Anderson Field, “Coach Lou Silva Drive”.
In the fall of 2017, the Marshfield School Committee voted on the creation of the Wall of Honor, to “foster pride in our system through recognition of individual achievement of former students, teachers, coaches/advisors, administrators, school committee members and friends of the Marshfield Public Schools.”
While all of the nominees brought forth were tremendous individuals, who made positive impacts on the school community over the years, the Search Committee selected three who they felt best fit criteria for the Wall of Honor and who scored the highest on their rubric. All nominees who were not selected this year will continue to be considered by the MPSD Wall of Honor Subcommittee for up to four years from the date of their initial nomination.
The Subcommittee consists of two parents, two school committee members, two teachers, a school principal and the Superintendent. They will be working with volunteers over the next few months on setting up the induction ceremony.
SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH UPDATE
Dear MPSD Community,
I want to provide you with an update on the Superintendent search, as well as some important dates and information to ensure you're kept in the loop on this important process.
As you may know, under Massachusetts General Laws, "The School Committee has the power to select and terminate the Superintendent, and to establish his or her compensation" (G.L. .71, [[section]] 37). We believe community feedback and involvement is a vital piece of this process, and therefore we solicited applications from parents, staff, students, and community members to partake in our preliminary Search Committee. We also launched a survey, which was sent to families and staff multiple times over the last few weeks, to gain a wider perspective on what folks are looking for in our next educational leader.
The Search Committee was selected and began their work at the end of October. We wanted to select a group that best fit the balance of stakeholders with whom the new Superintendent will work. The members are as follows:
2 School Committee members: Sean Costello (chair); Lara Brait
2 Parents: Andrew Kolb; Amy Smith
1 District Administrator: Amy Scolaro, Director of Special Education
1 Principal: Karen Hubbard
1 Assistant Principal: Dr. Jeanine Smith
1 High School Staff Member: Dr. Paula Minichello
1 Middle School Staff Member: Kristin Haddigan
1 Elementary Staff Member: Cassidy Laforest
1 Union Representative: Ben Raymond, MEA President
1 Student: Delaney Mayo
1 Community Representative: Robert Keuther
Applications for the Superintendent position are open until November 22. At that point, the Search Committee will review the applications and determine which applicants to interview as semi-finalists.
The Search Committee is currently hard at work thoroughly reviewing the hundreds of responses we received from the community survey. This will help us formulate the criteria with which we determine who to interview as semi-finalists, as well as the questions we will ask. We appreciate everyone who took the time to participate in this survey, your feedback is a very valuable piece of this process.
Semi-finalists will be interviewed by the Search Committee between December 4 and December 8. Due to state privacy laws, semi-finalist interviews are closed and the names of semi-finalists cannot be made public.
The Search Committee will select 3-5 finalists to be brought forth to the School Committee, at which point their duties are complete. These finalists will be announced publicly at a special School Committee meeting on Monday, December 11.
Finalists will be scheduled to visit Marshfield Public Schools between December 12 and December 15. During this time, forums will be held with each individual candidate where parents/families, staff, and students will have an opportunity to hear directly from the finalists. A more precise schedule will be shared once the finalists are determined, but please save these dates.
On Saturday, December 16, the School Committee will hold a special meeting beginning at 9AM in the 2nd floor auditorium at the Ventress Building (76 South River Street) to interview the finalists. This meeting will be open to the public, and under the Open Meeting Law, only School Committee members will be permitted to ask questions of the finalists. The School Committee will hold one final special meeting on Tuesday, December 19.
At this meeting, we will vote on and announce the appointment of our new Superintendent of Schools. The new Superintendent will officially begin on July 1, 2024.
I understand that this is a lot of information. Should you have any questions, I invite you to reach out to me and I'd be happy to provide you with some clarity.
Thank you for your continued interest in and commitment to educational excellence in Marshfield.
Chair, Marshfield School Committee
MEF FALL GIVING CAMPAIGN
We Are Better Together. The Marshfield Education Foundation (MEF) supports the Marshfield Public School District by providing critical seed funding for grants submitted by teachers for innovative programs that motivate and excite their students and achieve excellence in teaching and learning. As we enter the season of giving, we hope you’ll consider supporting the Marshfield Education Foundation with a donation to our 4th Annual Fall Giving Campaign. Since 2010, the MEF has been able to fund over 200 grants reaching every school in the District. This would not be possible without generous donations from people like you, our community, and our local business sponsors. Through the support of the Marshfield community, we have been able to support many innovative and creative programs in coding and robotics, reading and literacy, performing and visual arts, virtual reality and CAD design, physical fitness, and outdoor classrooms. Your donation and support directly impacts the students and teachers of the Marshfield community. Together, we can raise the necessary funds to be able to continue to fulfill our mission of providing innovative and creative programs to the classrooms.
We Are Better Together.
The Marshfield Education Foundation (MEF) supports the Marshfield Public School District by providing critical seed funding for grants submitted by teachers for innovative programs that motivate and excite their students and achieve excellence in teaching and learning.
As we enter the season of giving, we hope you’ll consider supporting the Marshfield Education Foundation with a donation to our 4th Annual Fall Giving Campaign. Since 2010, the MEF has been able to fund over 200 grants reaching every school in the District. This would not be possible without generous donations from people like you, our community, and our local business sponsors.
Through the support of the Marshfield community, we have been able to support many innovative and creative programs in coding and robotics, reading and literacy, performing and visual arts, virtual reality and CAD design, physical fitness, and outdoor classrooms. Your donation and support directly impacts the students and teachers of the Marshfield community. Together, we can raise the necessary funds to be able to continue to fulfill our mission of providing innovative and creative programs to the classrooms.
THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG- NOVEMBER 17 & 18
U.S. MILITARY SHOWCASE
Representatives from West Point, the US Naval Academy, the Air Force Academy, The Coast Guard Academy, Mass Maritime, ROTC Programs from all branches, National Guard, Marine Corps, Scituate Police and Fire Departments, Military Prep Schools, and representatives from the US Armed Services will be on hand to share information on the wide range of educational and career opportunities available.
Parents of military men and women will also be on hand to answer questions and share their experiences, including how to navigate the processes necessary to take advantage of these opportunities. Students and parents throughout Massachusetts are invited to attend.
NOTE: This is an informational event only. NOT a recruiting event.
ELEMENTARY FAMILY MATH NIGHT
FRIENDS OF MUSIC MATTRESS FUNDRAISER
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IN THE COMMUNITY
MHS ATHLETIC SCHEDULES
Are you, or someone you know, interested in joining our fantastic team of educators? We would love to add you to our dedicated team of Substitute Teachers. We also have a few ESP, SESP & Tutor positions we are still looking to fill. Click the link(s) below to learn more:
November 18 - U.S. Military Showcase - Scituate High School
November 19 - Friends of Music Mattress Fundraiser
November 20 - MHS Parent Conferences
November 21 - FBMS Parent Conferences
November 22 - Districtwide Early Release
November 23 & 24 - No School-Thanksgiving Break
November 29 - MHS Open House for 8th Grade Students & Families
December 5 - School Committee Meeting-EWS