March 10, 2023

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This Newsletter updates on all matters connected to Cohasset Public Schools. This letter is sent as part of a District initiative focusing on communication.

April Vacation Accelerated Math Academy

The Cohasset Public Schools is excited to share that we will run an Accelerated Math Academy for students in grades 3-10 during this April Vacation. The Academy will run Tuesday, April 18-Friday, April 21 from 8:30am-3:00pm. Students will engage in targeted hands-on math instruction. Each grade will be limited to 10-12 students. Priority will be given to students with special needs, English Language Learners, and students receiving math support. If you wish to have your child participate, they must attend all four days of the academy. If you would like to apply for your child to attend, please complete this form by March 17, 2023. If you have any questions, please contact me at or call me at 383-6111.

Images of the Week

Let the games begin!! #CHSDodgeballTourney

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Great learning walk at Osgood with middle/high school department chairs. They got to see where it all begins!

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Happy Holi from Deer Hill! Bring on Spring!

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Deer Hill is excited to welcome Circus Smirkus for their weeklong circus in residence! They kicked things off with some practice on balancing skills.

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Math Specialists on Learning Walk at Osgood jump in on the fun!

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Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment: Assistant Superintendent Leslie Scollins, Ed.D.

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) District and School Report Cards

We are pleased to share the District and School Report Cards from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

The Massachusetts Report Cards help parents/guardians and the general public see where schools and districts are succeeding and where there is still work to do. This report card overview answers important questions about our school's performance. For the full report card containing additional data contact the school's principal or visit the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's website. The district and school reports are linked on the District Website.

Curriculum Updates

Please see below for the Academic Updates shared at the 3/1/2023 Cohasset School Committee Meeting

Assessment Updates

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MCAS Testing Dates Spring 2023

Cohasset High School

ELA Grade 10 March 28 & 29, 2023

Math Grade 10 May 16 & 17, 2023

Physics Grade 9 June 6 & 7, 2023

Cohasset Middle School

ELA Grades 6-8 April 3 & 4, 2023

Math Grades 6-8 May 9 & 10, 2023

Science Grade 8 May 18 & 19, 2023

Deer Hill Elementary School

ELA Grade 3 April 5 & 6, 2023

ELA Grades 4 & 5 April 10 & 11, 2023

Science Grade 5 May 8 & 9, 2023

Math Grade 3 May 16 & 17, 2023

Math Grade 4 & 5 May 18 & 19, 2023

MCAS Resources

Students in grades 3-8 and 10 participate in MCAS in ELA and Math and students in grades 5, 8 and 9 participate in MCAS in Science. If you would like to learn more about MCAS and access resources related to MCAS please use the links below:

Deer Hill MCAS Tutorials

CMS MCAS Tutorials

MCAS Action Plan Presented to Cohasset School Committee

Dr. Scollins, Mrs. Cerwonka, and Dr. Sullivan presented the District MCAS Action Plan as a follow-up to the November 2 MCAS Data Review Presentation. Thank you to everyone who is working so hard to address the scores and to ensure that our students are receiving the most effective interventions and actions. Please see below for the Action Plan presentation.

Committee Updates

Wellness Committee

The Wellness Committee will meet on March 15, 2023.

Professional Development

On March 16 and 17 the district will participate in professional development. March 16 is an early release day and March 17 is a full day of professional development therefore there is no school for students.

Elementary and middle school staff will participate in data analysis Realtor to the I-Ready Diagnostic. They will have the opportunity to work with trainers from curriculum Associates to take a deeper dive into the diagnostic data. Elementary will continue their literacy work in implementing Reader's workshop. Middle school staff will continue their work in culturally responsive and inclusive practices and the high school will continue their work in NEASC and department work.

Please see the professional development calendar below for more information about the professional development that is planned for the year.

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Sports Information

MIAA D4 G Basketball Tournament Round of 16 #5 Cohasset: 50 #12 Winthrop: 32 Final Skippers advance to the Elite 8! Next up: #5 Cohasset @ #4 Notre Dame Worcester.

Friday Night Game @ 6:00 pm vs NDA of Worcester Location: St. John's High School of Shrewsbury It would be awesome to have fans come support Cohasset Girls Basketball in this Elite 8 Game LETS GO COHASSET!!! PACK THE GYM!!!!

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Loved watching the Cohasset Girls Basketball Team in their win over Monument Mountain. Congratulations, girls...and congratulations to Sarah Chenette on joining the 1000 point club.

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William Wassersug Photo

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MIAA D4 Boys Hockey Tournament Round of 16 #12 Cohasset/Hull: 2 #5 Shawsheen Tech: 4 Final Great season, with a lot to be proud of! Special THANK YOU to our seniors and families.

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Cohasset Public Schools to Hold Inaugural Multi-Cultural Night: MOSAIC at Cohasset High School and Cohasset Middle School on April 13, 2023, from 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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We are excited to announce our first annual multi-cultural event in Cohasset: Mosaic. This event will celebrate the different backgrounds and cultures that come together to make Cohasset the wonderful community that it is!

In order for this to be an interesting, engaging, and fun event, we are calling upon our families to volunteer to create stations that showcase their family’s heritage. Stations could feature food, art, music, clothing - anything that you feel celebrates your culture, while serving to educate our students at the same time! This will be a district-wide event that will take place within CHS.

We will have a performance by the Origination Dance Company of Boston, as well as students from our schools. If you are interested, please contact, Aleisa Gittens-Carle, the METCO Director at or Jenna Gibbons, CMS English teacher, at We would like to have a member of the staff, or a parent representative from each school.

To volunteer, simply click the e-flyer below. Thank you for supporting this wonderful new event; we hope to see you there!

METCO Advocacy Day

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CHS Program of Studies!

Arts Information

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Art Upcoming Events:

Recycled pARTS March 14th 6:30pm HS Caf

All School Chorus Concert March 22nd 6:00pm (students report at 5:00 for special practice) Deer Hill Gym

All School Band Concert March 23rd 6:00pm (students report at 5:00 for special practice) Middle/High Gym

All events are free and open to the public

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Substitute Nurses Needed!

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Are you an experienced RN licensed in the state of MA, current on CPR and AED training? Cohasset Public Schools is looking to expand its call list of nurses who can substitute if needed. If interested and would like more information, please contact Kelli Gildea at

Cohasset Kindergarten Registration 2023-2024

Kindergarten Registration for the 2023-2024 School Year for children who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2023. Kindergarten registration packets are available online at the Cohasset Public Schools website under the Osgood News section or may be picked up at the Joseph Osgood School. For more information, please call Joseph Osgood School at 781-383-6117.

Whether you are a new or returning family, we are excited to begin this journey with you and look forward to welcoming you to our Cohasset Public Schools family.

Reminders Regarding Our School Cancelation Process

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Like weather forecasting, the school closing decision process is not a perfect science. However, I believe it is important for students and families to understand how it works. I hope this FAQ document answers your questions.

Who makes the decision about whether or not to close school?

As Superintendent, I am responsible for the final decision. I work with District staff to monitor state and local weather forecasts and consult with officials from the Department of Public Works, Cohasset Police, and Cohasset Fire who provide updates to me on snow removal operations, neighborhood road conditions, and any power outages.

What time do I make the call?

My goal is to make the decision to open, close, or delay by 5:45 A.M. or earlier if possible. I try not to wait any longer as families then have little time to make arrangements for childcare, and some of our staff may have already left for work. Also, while I know there is often an interest in having a decision the night before, a lot can change overnight. I will try my best to make a decision as early as possible.

What information is gathered to aid in the decision?

There are multiple factors used in deciding whether or not to close school. Information on road conditions, snow accumulation predictions, building conditions such as electricity and heat, parking lot conditions, air temperature and wind chill, and estimated times from the Department of Public Works and Cohasset Police as to when roads, walkways, and parking lots will be cleared of snow and ice are all considered. I also consider the number of children who walk to school and student drivers.

Are Remote Days a Possibility this Year?

Remote days are not currently permitted as a substitution for in-person days by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

What is a delayed opening?

Rather than close school for a whole day due to short-term weather situations, there may be days when the beginning of school will be delayed one hour, ninety minutes, or two hours. School will simply start later by the length of the delay. Bus pickup, therefore, will also occur later. For example, if your child is normally picked up at 6:55 A.M., during a two-hour delayed opening, your child will be picked up at 8:55 A. M. Lunch will still be available, and dismissal will be at the regularly scheduled times.

What happens to Pre School and Half Day Kindergarten during a delayed opening?

When a delayed opening is called, the Pre School and Half Day Kindergarten classes are cancelled.

What are parents’ / guardians' responsibilities?

The safety of your child is paramount. On days when weather conditions are questionable, but school remains open, parents are free to exercise discretion and keep children home from school. Parents of young drivers are asked to reinforce winter weather driving skills: allowing

extra travel time, reducing speed, and not worrying about being late.

How are days made up?

As per State regulations, students must attend school for a minimum of 180 days and the school year must end by June 30. If school is closed due to weather, the day will be made up at the end of the school year.

How do power outages affect the decision?

Inclement weather can affect the timeline for utility companies to restore electricity. If all school buildings have electricity, the goal will be to open school. Other factors also influence the decision, including whether a large number of neighborhoods are without power.

How is the public notified?

Announcements about school closings and delays are posted as outlined below. Please be advised that, depending upon the severity of the storm, school and district administration offices may also be closed in addition to cancelling classes for students.

· District website (

· Twitter @SuperCohasset (I will usually tweet the cancelation first…so follow me If you want the early scoop)

· Black Board Connect Automated Telephone Notification Service (if operational)

· WBZ TV and Radio (Channel 4)

· WATD 95.9

· WHDH Channel 7 and 56

· WCVB Fox 25 and Channel 5

I will try to send periodic updates via Black Board Connect messages whenever possible should the storm extend for any period of time beyond the day or should the storm result in continued questionable community conditions.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

Finance and Operations

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Budget Calendar for 2022-2023

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Budget Priorities

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Cohasset High School Vision of the Graduate

Please see the graphic below, which was established through the collaborative work of the Cohasset High School Community as part of their accreditation process with NEASC. This work also helped to set our District theme for the year, "Find Your Compass."
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CHS Athletic Complex Update

We are excited for the new track. Here are some pictures showing the finished product!

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Turf Renovation Underway

The turf replacement project at Alumni Stadium is underway! Access to the turf and track will be prohibited until further notice. This turf replacement project, along with the recently completed track, and stadium lights is a welcomed improvement to our athletic facilities. We are thankful for the school community and town support and understanding, as we work to provide the best facilities possible for our students and town.

Here are some pictures showing the progress. The good weather has allowed us to make some progress!

Unusually warm weather has allowed more work to be done on the turf.
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Excessive Student Absence Notification

Massachusetts General Law Chapter 76 requires that each school notify parents and guardians if their student has five (5) or more unexcused school absences. Parents and guardians will receive a letter when their child has 5, 10, and/or 15+ days of unexcused absences. The letter will also include the number of unexcused tardies and unexcused early dismissals.

Absences will be excused under the following circumstances:

  • After a medical appointment documented with a note from the medical office

  • Illness or quarantine with a note from the appropriate medical office

  • Observance of a religious holiday

  • Bereavement or serious illness in family

  • Court appearance

  • A child may also be excused for other exceptional reasons with approval of the Principal or designee in accordance with the school committee policy and the regulations set in Chapter 76

Daily attendance is essential to a student's success. Missing a significant number of days of school has a detrimental effect on academic and social development. Therefore, each school will work with individual families to support student attendance.

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Cohasset Public Schools' Strategic Plan for 2021- 2024

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Please Click on the Link Below to Access the Entire Strategic Plan

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We are a proud METCO District!

Please see the METCO webpage on our District website for important information regarding our METCO program.
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A Downloadable Version of the Calendar Can Be Found Below

Please see below for a link to download the District and School Calendars

Just a reminder that for the 2023 - 2024 School Year, the first day of school for students will be Wednesday, August 30 (before Labor Day). There will be no school for students or staff the Friday before Labor Day.

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From Commissioner of Education Riley’s memo to Superintendents sent on August 15, 2022:

“The Commonwealth is not recommending universal mask requirements, surveillance testing of asymptomatic individuals, contact tracing, or test-to-stay testing in schools. Districts and schools are reminded that there is no longer any statewide masking mandate in schools (other than school health offices) and there is no testing requirement for schools.” We will continue to respect the right of individuals to wear masks at any time during the school day.

“Effective August 15, 2022, all students and staff in childcare, school in grades K-12, or participating in out-of-school time (OST) and recreational camp settings should follow the updated isolation and exposure guidance issued by DPH, in alignment with recently issued guidance from CDC. No asymptomatic person should be excluded from school as a result of exposure, regardless of vaccination status or exposure setting.”

An additional link on isolation and exposure guidance can be found here:

Cohasset Public Schools Vision of Equity

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CPS Equity Vision Statement

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Please visit our website for resources regarding the promotion of diversity.

We will continue to engage students and staff in the meaningful discussions necessary to promote change. We are committed to promoting anti-racism and cultural responsive teaching and learning.
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Cohasset PSO Happenings

On April 4th the Cohasset PSO will be hosting the Harlem Wizards for a night of fun and what is sure to be a very memorable game versus our very own Osgood and Deer Hill teachers and staff! Tickets go on sale February 27th at 8am.

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Cohasset Education Foundation (CEF)

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RISE Program

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CPS is pleased to continue its partnership with the Cohasset Recreation Department by providing before and after school care for our elementary students. We have an amazing staff that provides wonderful opportunities for our students through the RISE program. Please see this link for more information.

Office of Student Services

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District Curriculum Accommodation Plan (DCAP) Revised

Thank you to Director of Student Services, Barbara Cerwonka, and to all the educators who helped work on the revision of our District Curriculum Accommodation Plan (DCAP), which is now posted on the District webpage. As articulated in the DCAP, "Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 71, Section 38Q1/2 states that a school district shall adopt and implement a curriculum accommodation plan to assist principals in ensuring that all efforts have been made to meet the students' needs in regular education. The plan shall be designed to assist the regular classroom teacher in analyzing and accommodating diverse learning styles of all children in the regular education programming, including, but not limited to, direct and systematic instruction in reading and provisions of services to address the needs of children whose behavior may interfere with learning, or who do not qualify for special education services under chapter 71B. The curriculum accommodation plan shall include provisions encouraging teacher mentoring and collaboration and parental involvement."
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Opening Letters and Information Regarding Multi-Tiered Student System of Supports (MTSS)

Multi-Tiered System of Supports

To Parents/Guardians of Cohasset Public Schools :

The Cohasset Public Schools believes in providing the highest quality of education for our students. This letter is to provide you with information about a three-tiered instructional approach we use to meet this goal, referred to as Multi Tiered System of Supports (MTSS).

For MTSS, all students will participate in the core curriculum, with three levels (tiers) of interventions for students who demonstrate at-risk skills in general academics or behavior/social emotional areas. Each tier provides additional support beyond the core curriculum and instruction. All students receive formal and informal checks to measure their progress to determine if they are performing at an expected level. Behavioral and social emotional impacts are also monitored on a regular basis through the year.

● Tier One- As the largest tier, and the foundation for the entire framework, Tier 1 encompasses the entire school with core instruction and basic interventions. This structure helps to build positive relationships between staff and students. It includes proactive classroom strategies aimed at creating a supportive learning atmosphere. Teachers will use different strategies as universal supports within the core curriculum and instruction to address all student educational needs. These supports include but are not limited to items identified within the District Accommodation Plan (DCAP) and/or the School Accommodation Plans.

● Tier Two- Based on progress data, students who require more support than Tier One will be provided targeted interventions matched to their needs within the general classroom by the classroom teacher and/or support staff in the classroom. The Multi Tiered System of Support (MTSS) Team will track the student’s progress, and parents/guardians will receive ongoing progress data.

● Tier Three- Students who continue to require measures beyond Tier Two will receive more intensive individualized interventions at this level. Parents/guardians will be notified of these supports and receive ongoing progress data. After Tier Three implementation, students who continue to display limited progress may then be considered for further evaluation and services.

Our School is excited to take part in this process to improve educational outcomes for all students. As always, do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or myself if you have questions or concerns.



Barbara Cerwonka, M.Ed.

Director of Student Services

Child Find Notification

Be Sure to View the Information on the Student Services Web Page


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Latest Newsletter

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There are many stressors to our day-to-day lives; however, there are many resources available. The District Website has a page dedicated to Social Emotional Learning and Wellness. Please remember that our schools are a resource, and that our counselors, school psychologists, and social workers can support you and your child.

Thank you to all of our counselors for their caring and selfless work throughout the District!

Osgood: Dave Vinton (adjustment counselor)

Deer Hill: Robyn Costa (adjustment counselor)

Deer Hill and Osgood: Maeve Dullea (adjustment counselor)

Deer Hill and Osgood: Alyson Doyle (school psychologist)

CMS: Emily Manewal (adjustment Counselor)

Allison Pearce (school psychologist)

CHS: Laura Struzziery (lead counselor)

Leanne McCarthy (high school adjustment counselor)

Kevin McGowan (high school counselor)

Allison Battista (high school counselor)

Catlin Stromberg (school psychologist)

Robert Collins (middle and high school social worker)

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Take Care of Yourself and Take Care of Each Other

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Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if we can do anything to help your student or your family during this difficult time. Most important is the physical and mental health of everyone, and we will stay focused on making that a priority. Please take good care.

Please click on the following link to access even more information on the Cohasset Public Schools Web Site.

Please follow me on Twitter for daily updates from the Cohasset Public Schools

You can also follow the entire leadership team on Twitter to see real-time updates.

Assistant Superintendent: @CPSAssistantSup

Joseph Osgood School: @JOsgoodppal

Deer Hill School: @DeerHillSchool

Cohasset Middle School: @comsprincipal

Cohasset High School: @CoHSPrincipal

We utilize both Aspen and Blackboard communications to inform families of important events, cancellations, and happenings.

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