Spofford Pond School

Inclusive Practices, Innovation, Social Emotional Learning

Tri-Town School Union Vision Statement

Tri-Town School Union Vision Statement: The Tri-Town School Union believes in nurturing a dynamic learning environment where creative thinkers and innovative problem-solvers develop the empathy, resilience, perseverance, self-management, and kindness needed to positively impact the world.

Upcoming Dates

January 27th Site Council meeting 3:45 pm @ Spofford Pond

February 3rd-Delayed Opening. School will begin at 11:15 am.

February 17th -21st-Schools are closed for winter vacation week.

Spirit Days!

January 31st: SPORTS DAY

February 28th: CRAZY MIX UP DAY

March 27th: PAJAMA DAY

April 17th: TWIN DAY

May 29th: COLOR DAY


Principal Letter

Dear Spofford Families,

Our school has a School Site Council that meets throughout the year. It is a council of parents and staff members that meet to discuss and propose improvement initiatives for our school. It is our hope and intention to increase our connections within the community at large. We hope to involve more parents now and in the future.

One of the upcoming activities of the School Site Council will be our annual parent survey. You will be invited to participate in the survey in the spring. It is a way for us to gauge how you think we are doing as a school community across the district goals. Another activity of the council this year is a book study. The members of the site council are reading the book, "How to Raise an Adult", written by Julie Lythcott-Haims. So far, it is a fantastic read!

The Spofford Pond School Site Council is a public meeting. We invite parents who wish to attend to join us! Please look on our website for a details about our scheduled meetings. It is a terrific opportunity for you to share a great idea for the school, to learn more about our school improvement plan efforts and to voice a concern that you may want more information about. If you have questions about this council, please don’t hesitate to contact me at school.

We are in need of a parent and also a community member (someone who does not have children in the school). The community member can be a town resident or someone who works in the town. So, if you know of anyone that is interested, please let me know.


Kathryn Castonguay, Principal

School Committee Updates

The December meeting of the Boxford School Committee began with a video presentation demonstrating the curriculum concept of structural engineering across grade levels at the Cole School.

Superintendent Dr. Scott Morrison briefed the committee about the new Student Opportunity Act, approved by the state legislature and signed by the governor. Funding requires 3 year annual plans from school districts, presenting how each district plans to close any achievement gaps. State funding will increase most to districts in need. Dr. Morrison presented the annual report from the Collaborative for Regional Educational Services and Training (CREST) and reported that he has been appointed to the CREST board of directors.

Dr. Morrison also announced the transfer of Brian Middleton-Cox from Principal of the Cole School to Director of Human Resources for TTU. The Boxford School Committee is grateful to Mr. Middleton-Cox for his years of devoted dedication to the students and families of the Cole School. We are grateful he will be remaining in the district. BSC is pleased to welcome Betsy Boulanger as Interim Principal for the Cole School, through June of 2020.

The process of annual capital planning has been ongoing in conjunction with the PBC, Town of Boxford and the Collins Center. Planning is in process for year 2020-2021, as well as prioritizing long term 5 year planning. The Collins Center will present the town-wide capital plan at the meeting of the Boxford Selectmen on January 6, 2020. Work has proceeded at both school campuses to address ADA work, and replacement of RTU HVAC system at the Cole School. The leadership team across the district is working to finalize budgets, to be presented to the BSC at the end of January 2020.

Upcoming Dates:

January 23, Boxford School Committee Meeting, 7-9pm, Cole School, Boxford.

Agendas and Meeting minutes can be found at: www.tritownschoolunion.com/school-committees/boxford-sc.

Boxford School Committee

Carol Hubbard chubbard@boxfordschools.org

Elizabeth Palmer epalmer@boxfordschools.org

Renee Schildkraut rschildkraut@boxfordschools.org

Terri Teleen tteleen@boxfordschools.org

Heather Vaz hvaz@boxfordschools.org

Job Posting

Tri-Town School Union

28 Middleton Road

Boxford, MA 01921

Two (2) Positions

The Topsfield and Middleton School Committees are each seeking a “Recording Secretary” to attend and transcribe the minutes of the Topsfield School Committee meetings and the Middleton School Committee meetings, which generally meet once a month (occasionally twice) from September through June and once during the months of July and August.

The meeting rate is $128.00, which includes attendance and transcribing the minutes of the meeting.

If you are interested in this position, please submit cover letter and resume to:

Brian Middleton-Cox, Director of Human Resources
Tri-Town School Union
28 Middleton Road
Boxford, MA 01921

Or via email at bmiddleton-cox@tritownschoolunion.com by Friday, January 24, 2020.

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Help Wanted!

We are in need of additional recess monitors!! We need monitors on each day of the week from 11:30-1:15 pm. If you would like a super fun and engaging opportunity to help us on our playground, please contact Karen Hussey in our school office.

Email: khussey@boxfordschools.org

Phone: 978-352-8616

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We need every visitor to the school to sign in at the office and to get a visitor badge. It is a part of our safety protocol and helps us to know who is in the school for safety reasons.

We also ask that parents do not block the crosswalk with cars at drop off and pick up! We have parents and students that need to cross from parking spaces to the school. Please use extra caution when moving about our parking lot at drop-off and dismissal times.

Thank you!!

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Student Council News!

Exciting news, we now have our very own Little Free Library outside the school at the main entrance!

This was purchased from a grant the Student Council was awarded through the Martin Richard Foundation as part of our Kindness Campaign.

The second Little Library we purchased is being installed in Haverhill along their boardwalk. We are excited to be spreading Kindness beyond our school.

A BIG thank you to Bob Whiteneck for installing it!

Take a book, leave a book and enjoy!

-Student Council

Be the Reason Someone Smiles Today!

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Open Mic Night!

Open to all Tri-Town families -- Intergenerational Open Mic Night! Join Tri-Town Council, the Topsfield Library and the Topsfield COA at the Creative Co-op (30 Main St. Topsfield) on Friday, January 10th from 7 - 9. Bring your stories, songs, poetry, jokes to share or join us as an audience member. Special appearance by the Tri-Town Rock band!
Please click on the Homework Club Information and you will be redirected to the Sign-Up Genius to sign up your child!
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Spofford Pond Elementary School

Kathryn Castonguay, Principal

Ada Greenberg, Assistant Principal