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


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

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

Spirit Days!


February 28th: CRAZY MIX UP DAY

March 27th: PAJAMA DAY

April 17th: TWIN DAY

May 29th: COLOR DAY

June 9th*: RED WHITE & BLUE DAY

Principal Letter

Dear Spofford Families,


I am writing to remind you of the delayed opening for Monday, February 3rd. This is to allow time for staff professional development. School will start at 11:15 am and lunch will be served. Attached you will find a chart of all of the adjusted bus route times to assist you for the later start.


Sincerely,


Kathryn Castonguay, Principal

Students Making Headlines!

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
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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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Reminder!

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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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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Middleton Stream Team's Winter Hike

Middleton Stream Team's Winter Hike


Please join us Saturday, February 1st, for our 20th annual winter hike.


We'll explore an area of Middleton with an important history where men built dams for water power and beavers now build them for deeper, wider habitat. The impoundments the dams produce attract other animals such as otters, northern water snakes, turtles, and migrating ducks to mention only a few.


Hikers will visit the remains of a 17th century man made dam. It may have powered the first sawmill in Salem. Middleton until 1728 was part of Salem. Before the English arrived beavers were the dam builders here. They, trapped out for pelts, returned after a hiatus of three centuries in the 1990s. Two weeks ago a concrete dam with a patch made by beavers came dramatically to our notice. The beaver portion was breached by fast flowing water, one-third mile long Prichard Pond behind it dropped two feet exposing beds of mussels.


Hike with us along Boston Brook, Prichard Pond, Pond Meadow Brook, Cudhea's Crick, and their watersheds on our winter hike. Kids are especially welcome. We may be walking on ice. Bring Yak-Traks or foot gear with good treads if needed. Meet just south of 29 North Liberty Street, Middleton, at Mundy Bridge before 1 PM. We should be back at start well before 4 PM. Bad weather will postpone until February 8. See social media sites or https://middletonstreamteam.org for updates. Please call 978-774-1507 with questions.


Chainbreakers Mountain Bike Team


Registration for the ChainBreakers GR 5-12 Mountain Bike Team closes on February 28th. The season runs April-June.


For more information, email: mascochainbreakers2@gmail.com

To register: https://www.bikereg.com/nehsca2020

Click above on "Spofford Pond Principal Blog" for direct access to it.

Spofford Pond Elementary School

Kathryn Castonguay, Principal

Ada Greenberg, Assistant Principal