The Boxford School Committee met on Thursday, April 11th. A Public Hearing was held for the Proposed FY20 and School Choice for 2019-2020 school year. We reviewed the financial reports, food services report and received updates from the principals of Cole and Spofford Pond schools. The BSC is negotiating the Teachers’ Union Contract and will complete the Superintendent Evaluation this Spring.
The mission of the Boxford Public Elementary Schools is to pursue educational excellence by creating and sustaining a learning community that challenges its members to reach their full intellectual, social, creative, emotional and physical potential.
In support of this mission, a second group of Spofford Pond Staff visited the Design 39 Public School San Diego, CA. This innovative public school has transformed what public schools looks, sounds and feels like. The focus of learning begins with a real world problem followed by the design process for a solution. The learning is authentic, demands higher order thinking and synthesizing skills as well as teamwork and communication. The staff who visited the Design39 Campus presented their learning from this trip and are experimenting with elements of this model in their classrooms. The BSC supports lifelong learning and innovative learning practices and we ask community members for their support. Watch this brief video from these teachers describing their visit: Design 39 Discoveries video.
A recent student activity that grew directly out of her Design 39 experience, was Mrs. Cronin’s class’s leadership project. The students investigated what it means to be a leader, interviewed people in the community to talk to them about their jobs, and produced podcasts of the interviews. The project was entirely student led (excepting introductions/connections made by Mrs. Cronin) and all students in the class participated. Check out Cronin’s Convos – https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-great-polar-bearier-riff/id1446749719. Or listen with your favorite podcast player.
The BSC is also a member the Tri-Town School Union(TTU) which met on April 10th. The Safety Cabinet, a collaboration of Administrators and First responders which meets monthly updated the committee on the Crisis Go App, and ALICE E-Learning for staff. These tools are for staff and First Responders in the event of a crisis. The Safety Cabinet also analyzes the buildings and camera systems for security vulnerabilities. At this meeting, our new Massachusetts Association of School Committees(MASC) representative updated TTU on the services and support they provide annually.
The BSC thanks the Boxford PTO and B.E.S.T. for their continued curriculum enrichment, teacher grants, professional development, and classroom tools & supplies. We hope that you were able to support the PTO at their Annual Spring Fundraiser on, April 26th and that you will be able to support and attend the B.E.S.T. Homes tour on Saturday, May 11th.
Our next meeting is on Thursday, May 9th. Upcoming agendas and meeting minutes can be found at http://www.tritownschoolunion.com/node/boxford-school-committee. The Annual Town Meeting is Tuesday, May 14th at Masconomet Regional High School.