BBRSD Central Office Update
April 8, 2022
BBRSD School Committee
NOTICE OF VACANCY
The Berlin-Boylston Regional School Committee is seeking qualified candidates to fill a vacancy on the Committee for the period May 2, 2022 (or as soon as possible after being sworn in), through election day on November 8, 2022.
Interested candidates must be Berlin residents and should submit a letter of interest and resume of relevant experience to Mrs. Lori-Anne Hart, Acting Chair of the Berlin-Boylston Regional School Committee no later than April 25, 2022, for review and consideration to either the above mailing or email address.
The Berlin-Boylston Regional School Committee will interview all applicants at its scheduled meeting on May 2, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. The successful candidate will be chosen by member vote at that meeting.
Any questions or concerns should be directed to Mrs. Hart at firstname.lastname@example.org.
School Choice 2022-2023
The School Choice recommendations were approved by the BBRSD School Committee on April 5, 2022. To see details on School Choice and how to apply, please visit our website.
2022-2023 School Calendar
The 2022-2023 School Calendar was also approved by the BBRSD School Committee on April 5. Please view the calendar here.
Jeffrey T. Zanghi
Superintendent of Schools
Department of Teaching and Learning
If you are looking for some fun and educational adventures during the spring vacation week, please check out the S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) activities taking place in and around the metro-west area in the coming weeks:
Science on State Street 2022
Saturday, April 30 from 12:00 PM-3:00 PM
Science on State Street is our annual free science festival for families, in collaboration with MetroWest STEM Education Network (MSEN). This community-wide event is open to all who live, work, and play in MetroWest.
Explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with fun, high-quality interactive activities, planetarium programs, demonstrations, and discussions that stimulate further learning about these topics!
Science on State Street has a particular focus on themes relating to planet Earth, environmental science, and environmental justice!
SOLAR SYSTEM EXPLORERS
Upcoming Public Programs
Monday, April 11 from 7:30 PM-9:00 PM
Cloud Date: Tuesday, April 12*
Outside in the O’Connor Parking Lot, use telescopes to observe the Moon, Pleiades, Orion Nebula, Andromeda Galaxy, and Beehive Cluster while McAuliffe Center staff are available to answer your questions about telescopes and our Universe.
*Please note: This event is weather-dependent. All updates, including cancellations, will be posted on the event page below:
April School Vacation
Day Program Special
Thursday, April 21 from 1:00 PM-4:30 PM
Recommended for children in grades 6-8!
We are again offering a one-day program for individual participants to engage in a space mission simulation in the Challenger Learning Center! Participants are immersed in a simulated space environment where they manipulate equipment, conduct experiments, solve problems, and work together in real-world STEM contexts.
April’s program is all-new from February's program and has a particular focus on planet Earth in celebration of Earth Day! The mission simulation will be complemented by a full-dome film in the Framingham State University Planetarium and hands-on science activities.
- Challenger Learning Center Simulated Space Mission: Earth Odyssey
- Planetarium Film: Habitat Earth
- Hands-On Earth Day Activities
Registration is open now!
$35 per participant.
Framingham Earth Day Festival
Saturday, April 23 from 11:00AM-3:00PM
Join the festival on Framingham Centre Common to learn about ways to make sustainable choices, conserve energy, support local businesses, and of course, reduce, reuse and recycle, all while having a great time with your friends and neighbors!
The 2022 Framingham Earth Day Festival will offer an entertaining, educational, and family-friendly environment where participants can learn about living a more sustainable, earth-friendly lifestyle. This year’s festival will showcase the diverse organizations that embrace the vibrant environmental community in the city of Framingham.
MCAS Testing in Our Schools
This spring, students in grades 3-10 are participating in the annual MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) exams mandated by the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. If you would like to learn more about MCAS, please check out the website: https://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/cal.html
Carol Costello, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning
School breakfast and school lunch will continue to be free to all students through 6/30/2022. We are waiting on guidance to see if universal free lunch will be extended to SY22-23, and will communicate that information as soon as it is available to us.
As the weather gets warmer, we want to remind households that 16 oz water bottles are not included with free lunch. There are water filling stations at each school where students can refill water bottles at no charge. Students may also purchase a water bottle from the cafeteria with a preloaded lunch account. The methods for preloading a lunch account are as follows:
· Pre-payment online through the My School Bucks program allows you to see your balance, and purchases and will send you low balance alerts. You can register for this program by setting up an account at myschoolbucks.com. You can find a full description of the program here.
- Pre-payments can also be made online through the Unipay program, which you can find by clicking here. This program does not have user fees, but it does not offer the low balance alert feature found in the My School Bucks program.
- Pre-payment via check. Please include your student’s name in the memo line and make checks payable to:
- Berlin Memorial School. Attn: Michelle Baird 34 South St. Berlin, MA 01503
- Boylston Elementary School. Attn: Jenny Wright 200 Sewall St. Boylston, MA 01505
- Tahanto Regional Middle/High School. Attn: Lauren Staples 1001 Main St. Boylston, MA 01505
Any questions or concerns can be sent to Lauren Staples, Food Service Director, at email@example.com.
Robert Conry, Director of Finance and Operations
Pupil Personnel Department
The Berlin-Boylston Special Education Parent Advisory Council is a group of parents who are available to support other parents of students with disabilities. For more information: SEPAC
Please see the announcement below about the 2022 Success in Education Scholarship.
Please see the announcement below for the next SEPAC meeting.
Inclusive Schools Week
Every year there is a National Inclusive Schools Week in December. The BBRSD SEPAC chooses to celebrate in February and March. This year's theme was "Rebuilding". BES, BMS, and the Tahanto Pre-K all participated in a boat-building activity, where books with an inclusion theme were read and boats were decorated with hands and drawings that represented what inclusion means to the students. If you would like to learn more about Inclusive Schools Week, please check out: https://inclusiveschools.org/inclusive-schools-week/
At-Home Testing Reminders and Updates
- It is not too late to opt-in to the new At-Home Testing program. Opt-in here: https://forms.gle/HkhYmn9YCMzSk7jK7
- Staff and Students who are opted-in from March 31- to April 13th will receive their first At-Home test kits on April 15th.
- At-Home Testing kits are used at home each Wednesday, including April break.
- Directions for using the At-Home tests:
- "Test 1' instructions here: https://www.mass.gov/lists/covid-19-self-test-at-home-instructions-graphic
- "Test 2" contains an additional step (Step 1: Preparing Materials) here: https://www.fda.gov/media/153924/download
- Positive results are reported here. Only report results from the At-Home testing program using this link.
- Students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 90 days should not participate in At-Home testing. Symptomatic testing is available for these individuals if needed and if consented to.
If you have any questions about COVID-19 symptoms and/or your child's readiness to return to school following COVID, please don't hesitate to contact the School Nurse.
Director of Pupil Personnel
Once again Dell Computer is offering some “specials” for those who may be thinking of purchasing a computer/laptop for their child. They have launched on the BBRSD page a special section with recommended laptops for graduating seniors. Again, this is not meant to be an endorsement of one computer company over another, just an opportunity for direct savings through Dell. The website is www.Dell.com/mpp/BBRSD
Paul Mara, Technology Coordinator