340 Trees Planted in our School’s Name!

Congratulations are in order for our school! As we are a TreeRing Green Yearbook School and since we sold 340 yearbooks, 340 trees are going to be planted in our school’s name!  The TreeRing Yearbook company partners with  a company called, Trees for the Future, to accomplish this. So, we are excited to be GREEN!

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June 22, 2018

Dear Parents,

I am writing to you with gratitude for another wonderful year spent with your children! The teachers and I truly enjoyed watching the students grow throughout the days and weeks of this school year.  It is such an honor and privilege to be a part of their journey in life!  As today marks the end of this school year, I wanted to give you a preview of a few new staff members joining us in September as well as some changes to our classrooms.

New Staff

We are excited to welcome two new special education teachers and a new ELA/Social Studies Instructional Support Specialist. I have included a short paragraph about each new staff member below:

Lindsay Kasmarcik

Mrs. Kasmarcik will be joining Boxford as the ELA/SS Instructional Support Specialist. She will come on board at the start of the school year and will transition with the support of Donna Morton who will be retiring in October.

Lindsay received her B.S. in Elementary and Special Education from Boston University, and her M. Ed. in Literacy Education from Binghamton University in New York. Lindsay is certified in Elementary Education, Special Education, and as a Reading Specialist. She has experience teaching various grade levels and has most recently worked at Essex Elementary School in Essex. Prior to that she worked at the Elmer S. Bagnall School in the Pentucket school district. Lindsay has experience with co-teaching and project-based learning and is excited to work in a district that shares these passions.

Madison Stanton:

Ms. Stanton holds a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of New Hampshire and a M.Ed. in Special Education.  She previously worked in the Newburyport Public School system. In Newburyport, Madison was as teaching assistant in a Social/Emotional/Behavioral classroom for the past three years.

Molly Simms

Mrs. Simms has a B.A. in Education and M.Ed. from Boston College. She comes to us from a charter school in Roslindale where she has worked as a special education teacher for the past five years.

We are currently in the screening/interview process for a part-time Assistant Principal.  I will share that information when we have hired this staff member.  We are excited to welcome our new staff in August!

Classroom Changes

For classrooms next year, there are a few new faces and teaching combinations.  We have Mrs. Medugno who will be a third grade teacher again!  Mrs. Valzania is moving to grade five.  Mrs. Soloman is moving over to a third grade class after teaching Kindergarten for several years at the Harry Lee Cole School.

I am also excited to tell you how, across the Tri-Town, we are working to support our district vision with co-taught classes for next school year.  Here at Spofford Pond, we will have one classroom at each grade level that will have two full-time certified teachers. This means that both teachers will provide instruction and inclusionary support to all students.  We are very fortunate to be able to add this educational model to the many ways we work with students in our school.  I have included for you some interesting, relevant, and important take-aways about this new model:

  • When working effectively together, these two teachers are able to modify, accommodate and instruct all students in their classroom in relation to their learning style and learning needs.
  • As part of the Co-Teaching team, the teachers will be responsible for instructing, challenging, and maintaining high academic and SEL expectations for all students in the class.
  • Co-teachers share instructional responsibility and accountability for a single group of students for whom they both have ownership primarily in a shared classroom or workspace (Friend, 2014).

If your child has two teachers at the top of his or her class list for the upcoming school year, this means he/she is placed in this new instructional model.  Our goal is always to provide all students with the greatest amount of opportunities to dive deep into the rigor of our curriculum, become curious learners and engage in meaningful ways with both the content and the teacher.

I wish you all a safe and happy summer with your children!  I am around throughout the summer if you need anything! The best way to get in touch with me is through email.

Sincerely,
Kathryn Castonguay,  Ed.D.

Principal

DASH Disability Awareness Starts Here Sponsored by Tri-Town Council

 

Dear Parents,

DASH is an AMAZING learning experience for our students!  It has been in our schools for over 20 years and it truly teaches children about diversity and the importance of supporting all of our community members in an inclusive manner. The parents that run this program have always impressed me with how well they have connected with our students to help them develop empathy and understanding for people living with disabilities. 

As your child’s school principal, I ask that you take a moment to read the letter below and consider volunteering your time for this vital educational experience in our school.

Thank you so much!
Sincerely,

Kathryn Castonguay, Principal

 

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Thank you to all who participated in the 2017-2018 DASH programs. Having completed it’s 23rd year, the importance of DASH – to increase the empathy and understanding of those with disabilities – is as great today as the day it started. Unfortunately, we are at risk across the Tri-Town of not being able to bring the curriculum to each grade unless we can replace the Board seats of those who will be stepping down at the end of this school year.

Available positions, with basic descriptions, are as follows:

  • Topsfield Director – manages executive duties with Boxford and Middleton Directors, including scheduling of     meetings, DASH dates, classroom day/times, etc. This position does come with a stipend.
  • Board Liasons – becomes expert in Grade level curriculum (see below for Grades available and the corresponding disability), readies classroom materials, trains Unit Leaders (parent volunteers who teach the curriculum in the class), is available to help volunteer in classroom if needed.
    • Grade 1 (Boxford) – Similarities and Differences
    • Grade 2 (Boxford) – Visual Impairments
    • Grade 3 (Topsfield, Boxford, and Middleton) – Hearing Impairments
    • Grade 4 (Topsfield and Boxford) – Invisible Disabilities
    • Grade 5 (Middleton) – Physical Disabilities
  • Secretary – takes meeting minutes (approx. 4 board meetings per school year), oversees marketing and social media, manages approval and distribution of backpack flyers, schedules training dates, creates Sign-Up accounts to manage volunteers. Most of this job can be done at home.

If you have any interest in learning more, or volunteering for any of these positions, please contact Gretchen Fishman (Boxford Director) at Gretchen_fishman@yahoo.com or Jacki Dubois (Middleton Director) at jackidubois@gmail.com with your town and area of interest.

Thank you for your consideration,

DASH Directors

Retirement Announcement

June 8, 2018

Dear Boxford parents,

I am writing to let you know that I will be retiring on June 30th from my position as Special Education Coordinator at the Cole School. It has been an honor to work with so many of you over the past 12 years, and I can never express how much joy your children have brought me. I will take with me many wonderful memories as I look forward to spending time with my family, and traveling and enjoying the next adventures that life brings.

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your lives.

Warmest regards,

Julie Jayne

Save the Dates!

 

Online Math League – Celebration

Friday, June 15, 20018

8-8:30 am

Spofford Pond School Cafeteria

This is for students who participated in the Online Math League and their families.

 

Math Olympiad End of Year Celebration

Monday, June 18, 2018

9-9:30am

Spofford Pond Cafeteria

This is for Math Olympiad team members and their families.

 

Please come and help us celebrate the hard work and dedication of these wonderful students!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE:

 

If your son or daughter has medication in the Health Office please pick up this medication on the last day of school. Medication can not go home with students.

If you are a parent of a 6th grader and have not sent a copy of your child’s physical and required immunization history please do so. If it is after June 15th please send health records directly to The Masconomet Middle School to the following address:

Attention: Gwen Lemire RN, Masconomet Middle School, 20 Endicott Rd. Topsfield, MA 01983