BBRSD District-Wide Weekly Update
May 21, 2021
Earlier this week we shared two points about the new COVID guidance. Please click to see the FAQ's from the latest DESE guidance.
I am also including the guidance for all of our outdoor sports programs here.
We have been starting to get questions regarding masking and distancing next fall. We do not know what this will look like yet, but DESE Commissioner Jeff Riley plans to have additional guidance on this in June. We will keep you updated on any changes.
Jeff Zanghi, Superintendent of Schools
Department of Teaching and Learning
Elementary Mathematics Coach/Coordinator Named
We are pleased to announce that Mr. Joey Flournoy, the mathematics specialist at Berlin Memorial School, has been named to the position of Mathematics Coach/Coordinator. In this position, Mr. Flournoy will serve both Berlin Memorial School and Boylston Elementary School, supporting teachers in instructional practices, providing professional development, and offering families additional tools and resources to work with their children at home.
Mr. Flournoy has worked in Special Education, elementary education, and middle school mathematics and has taken numerous courses and workshops in mathematics. For the past few years, he has been among three mathematics coaches in the district, serving in a smaller capacity to bring our two elementary schools and middle school into closer alignment in the content area.
Parent Camp dates have been set for this coming fall due to pandemic restrictions that would have allowed us to hold this event in the spring. Parent Camps are held at Tahanto Middle/High School for incoming kindergarteners and their families and incoming sixth graders and their families. Parents of students in these grades will soon receive a SAVE-THE-DATE for the event. Please watch for it in the mail!
We are also preparing a “summer fun” and practice activity for current elementary students K-5 in ELA and mathematics using the Freckle platform. Students will be able to register for both or either content area and challenge themselves throughout the summer to sharpen their skills in preparation for the coming school year. We are in the process of selecting summer coordinators and sign-ups, as well as additional information, will be available at the beginning of June through registration in our two elementary schools.
Pupil Personnel Services
The Elementary Special Education Coordinator, Judith Vaillancourt will be leaving the district on May 31, 2001. Judy will be moving on to work at the Department of Education and will be starting there on June 1st. Mrs. Molnar and the staff in each building will be available during June for team meetings and any questions that families have. We wish Judy the best of luck in her new role and thank her for her many years of service in the Berlin- Boylston Schools.
We have hired a talented new full-time Coordinator for the 2021/22 school year. Once all of the paperwork is signed, we will share more details!
For any families still struggling to provide Internet Access for your children, please click on this link to find information about the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program: https://connectednation.org/ebbprogram/
Paul Mara, Director of Technology
508-869-2837 ext. 1109
Boylston Elementary School
Some week's there is just a little information to share, other weeks there doesn't seem to be enough room to put it all. I will leave the updated guidance around student mask-wearing to the superintendent's communication but just want to add a reminder that students may still elect to wear masks whenever they choose.
For those who swung by for drop-off or pick up this week, there was some added decor. The Boylston Education Foundation (BEF) planted their pinwheel fundraiser in the front of the building and we kept track of grade-level contributors. It has added a real fun welcoming when those shiny wheels spun and (I imagine) put a smile on some masked faces. The grade that ended up with the most was 5th grade with over 350 pinwheels! Congratulations! They will earn an extra recess.
Just a reminder the BEF is an organization of parents with the sole mission of raising money for BES. Normally, they provide teacher grants for new creative instructional ideas and this year helped support a COVID safe outdoor recess by providing additional supplies to classrooms.
Another exterior improvement (that is what I'm calling the pinwheels) was around the back. By the main playground door, we've had this beautiful tree for years. Unfortunately, due to student traffic and the desire of students and staff to sit in its shade, the ground could not support grass, and exposed roots threatened the tree's health. Enter Jeff Wilcox, a Boy Scout looking for an Eagle Scout project. Together with Mr. Andrews, they transformed the space into an outdoor classroom complete with benches for community members to enjoy. It was a welcome sight on Monday and I do enjoy taking breaks on those benches during pick up in the afternoon. I'd like to express my appreciation to Jeff for his hard work. It makes a big difference. And what perfect timing to add an outdoor classroom.
Another change this week was the move of lunch to the great outdoors. Our picnic lunch was an adjustment for some and a welcome adventure for others. Throughout the week, we ironed out the kinks and I think overall it went well. The updated guidance from the state around mask-wearing (I swear I didn't know about it in advance) gave students even more flexibility out there. We'll keep an eye on it and watch the weather to determine when it is appropriate to eat outside. Some students complained about bugs near them or the feel of grass on their legs and I would encourage families to send in a towel or a blanket if their child expressed these concerns. Sunscreen is also a great idea as we are trying to maximize our time outside now that the weather is cooperating and the guidance gives us some leeway.
And last but certainly not least, we capped off the week with an Amazing Race for Education scavenger hunt around the building courtesy of the BES PTO! Students and staff worked together to find as many of the 29 objects as possible. It was a blast! Ask the kids about it.
The PTO is still tabulating prizes so stay tuned! But I'd say it is safe to say we're all winners on this one! I'd like to thank that core group of PTO that came out virtually all year and helped make the year the best that it could be!
The Week Ahead:
Ace Thompson, Principal
BES Office: 508-869-2200
Berlin Memorial School
As you know, guidelines on mask-wearing for students outdoors have changed, and the kids no longer need to mask up when outside! (The adults still do…) As a result, we are now able to let kids play with their friends in other classes. It’s one more step toward “normal”. We do continue those health practices that are recommended, especially around cleaning and hand washing.
MCAS Testing Update
Another week of MCAS testing is behind us!
We did all of our math testing in one morning, and I think that everyone is glad that our normal school schedule can be restored. The kids seemed to feel like they did well on the test, and there were no real cases of jitters to deal with. Our Fifth graders have the Science, Technology & Engineering test on Tuesday, and then we can put standardized testing to bed for another year!
We work very hard here at school to minimize the stress that kids feel about these tests, and we appreciate your support at home!
Fun Run, 2021!
Our Fun Run adventure continues as everyone gets ready for the big event! With the change in outdoor rules, we will now be able to allow grade levels to run together! The Fun Run is a fundraising event sponsored by our Parent Teacher LINK organization, and the money raised will support our school activities in the coming year. I hope you will all be able to join in the fun!
Dates to remember...
Tuesday, May 25th - Grade 5 STE MCAS
Wednesday, May 26th - Fun Run!
Monday, May 31st - Memorial Day - No School
Wednesday, June 2 - Field Day!
John Campbell, Principal
BMS Office: 978-838-2417
Tahanto Regional Middle/High School
Senior Mike Groccia painted a mural inspired by the golden ratio of math for an independent art project! See the photo below.
MCAS TESTING IN GRADES 6,7,8 AND 10 CONTINUES NEXT WEEK
Tahanto’s MCAS dates are listed below for students in grades 6-8 and 10. All MCAS testing will begin immediately after morning announcements. Those students who are fully remote, but who are coming in for testing should report to the main office upon arriving at Tahanto.
If your child is sick the morning of testing, please call the nurse’s office to report your child absent and we will schedule a make-up session for your child.
Those students taking MCAS remotely will be contacted by Mrs. Gallagher regarding specifics of test administration.
All MCAS for students in grades 9/10 MUST be taken in person; regardless of your current learning mode.
All MCAS tests will begin promptly at 7:45 a.m. on the scheduled date.
May 24th Grade 8 Math
May 25th Grade 6 & 7 Math
May 26th & May 27th Grade 10 Math
May 28th Grade 8 STE
June 1st & 2nd Grade 9 Biology
Class of 2021 Important Information and Updates
Click on the links below to sign-up and volunteer!
Scheduling for the 2021-2022 School Year
Current Grades 6-7:
The deadline to input elective choices is Wednesday, May 26th. Questions, please contact Mr. Picariello at email@example.com
Current Grade 5:
Deadline for incoming Grade 6 students to input elective choices is Wednesday, May 26th. Questions, please contact Mr. Picariello at firstname.lastname@example.org
Counseling Office News and Resources
High School News
Ms. Ford’s virtual office - A great place to find coping strategies
Important Clarification for Attendance
Beginning April 12th students who have chosen to learn in person are expected to attend school 5 days per week. In-person learners will not have access to live streaming if they are absent from school (unless COVID-related). Students who are live-streaming must follow the schedule and attend the entire class with their cameras on.
If a student stays home due to not feeling well, a parent may write a parental excusal which should be brought into the Main Office upon the student's return to school. If a live streaming student misses a class due to illness a parent must email an excusal note to Mrs. Boudreau at email@example.com.
School districts must take attendance for every student, every period regardless of the mode of learning. If your child is absent from school whether your child is remote or in person, please follow the same procedures:
Call (508)869-2333 x 2303 to report your child absent. If your child is absent due to a medical appt. (doctor or dentist) please bring a note to the main office from the doctor’s office the next day your child is at Tahanto.
If your child is going to be late to school for either remote learning or in-person please still call the above number and make us aware of this. Remote attendance will be taken within the first 10 minutes of class.
Each student has 3 parental excusals that can be used during each semester for absences that are not subject to a doctor’s visit. To use parental excusal please write a note and have your child bring the note to the main office on the next day your child is in person at Tahanto.
If we do not receive a call notifying us of the absence, the secretaries in the main office will be contacting parents/guardians.
If you need further clarification or need to ask a question specific to your child’s attendance, please do not hesitate to contact Sue Boudreau at (508)869-2333 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring athletics are in full swing. It is so wonderful seeing all of our athletes outside and back on our fields. This week’s scores are below!
Saturday, May 8
Varsity Baseball- Tahanto-7 Bromfield-0. W
Monday, May 10
Varsity Softball Tahanto-8 Maynard-1. W
Varsity Lacrosse Tahanto-16 Hudson-2. W
Varsity Baseball Tahanto-11 Maynard-0. W
JV Lacrosse Tahanto-5 Hudson- 13. L
Tuesday, May 11
JV Softball Tahanto-23 Clinton-11. W
JV Baseball Tahanto- 6 Clinton-5. W
Wednesday, May 12
Varsity Softball Tahanto-1 West Boylston-14. L
JV Softball Tahanto-11 West Boylston-12. L
JV Baseball Tahanto-9 West Boylston-8. W
School lunch in the cafeteria is free to all students until 6/30/2022. Snack and extra meals are not included. Click here for more information.
Diane Tucceri, Principal
Sally Stukuls, Assistant Principal
Tahanto Office: 508-869-2333