School Bus Announcement from Chief Riter

 

The Boxford Police Department has received a number of complaints regarding aggressive drivers around and near school busses and bus stops.

To address these concerns the Boxford Police Department’s Traffic Safety Vehicle will be selecting several routes a week to follow behind a school bus both morning and afternoon, in an effort to deter this behavior.

If you see the blue semi-marked vehicle following behind a school bus please do not be concerned.  The Traffic Safety Officer will follow behind school busses primarily on the main roads. If you are on a secondary roads and you have concerns please let us know.  

Questions or concerns can be brought to Chief Riter:

jriter@town.boxford.ma.us

978-887-8137

 

School Committee Update

The Boxford School Committee met on November 15th and December 13th. PTO representative Bonnie Thornborough shared some of the curriculum enrichment programs that have occurred this year including guest speakers at various grade levels, workshops and in-house field trips. The PTO also funds teacher wishes such as flexible seating and other innovative ideas for the classroom. Visit  www.boxfordpto.blog and boxfordpto.org for more information on ways to contribute to this fantastic organization. The BSC thanks the PTO for their continued enrichment and support of our schools.

 

Over Veterans Day weekend, Dr. Morrison, Mr. Steve Guditus, and 7 staff members from Spofford visited Design 39, an innovative public school in California. From the Welcome Center (main office of Design 39) to the classrooms with interior windows, moveable walls and furniture, and common areas for learners to meet and collaborate, site visitors experienced very different infrastructure. The Vision statement of Design 39 is Life Ready Thought Leaders Elevating Humanity and encompasses their philosophy which includes a 5 step design thinking process: Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, and Test.  The daily schedule allows for more student-led learning, collaboration, and choice. The learning begins with passion and empathy and educational standards are incorporated in the solution process. The staff who visited Design 39 left the school with many ideas and look forward to working through how these ideas can be applied in our district. They are asking the community to be open-minded and supportive of the process as they try new and innovative learning strategies and rethink their physical space and daily schedule.

 

At the building level, the Cole and Spofford Pond updates were shared.  Both building principals are working on the budget process for the 2019-2020 school year. Staff involved in the co-teaching classrooms shared another professional development day. Mr. Middleton-Cox attending the Nuts and Bolts of Conducting Investigations and will share his learning with colleagues.

 

The School Safety Advisory Team is completing a facilities risk assessment where the building will be walked so vulnerabilities can be identified and remedied. The team is also evaluating options for an Emergency Crisis App.

 

The Boxford School Committee is a member of the Tri-Town School Union (TTU). The next TTU meeting is on January 3rd at Proctor Elementary school in Topsfield at 7:30pm and is open to the public. Throughout the year the TTU is exploring the pros and cons of potential regionalization for Pre-K through 6th grade in the Tri-Town.

 

Our next meeting is on Thursday, January 10th at 7:30pm. Upcoming agendas and meeting minutes can be found athttp://www.tritownschoolunion.com/node/boxford-school-committee .

 

 

Happy Holidays!

 

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

Box Tops Update!

Update from the recent Box Tops collection: Spofford Pond School collected a total of 2,411. That’s $241.10 our school can use to help support Teachers Wishes and Curriculum Enrichment programs like the recent Sticks and Stones event. Congratulations to Mrs. Cronin’s class for winning top prize by collecting 387 Box Tops.  Thank you to everyone who clipped! Remember that every clip counts and they really do add up. Keep clipping over the break and turn them in to your teacher when we return to school. Thank you again for your support.

Spirit Day & Food Drive

Reminder…we are hosting a Student Council “Spirit Day” tomorrow. Students can wear holiday hats!  If they participate, we ask that they donate a canned/boxed food for our food drive.

Many thanks and Happy Holidays!

-The Student Council

Math Olympiad

 

We had our second contest out of  five for the year today in Math Olympiad.   Students have been working hard and meeting for practice weekly on Mondays during their RTI time.  All members have their own folder where they are asked to keep their contest papers and their practice work.  Parents, please ask to see your child’s folder so you can see what they have been working on. Math Olympiad is like anything else; the more you practice the better you will get. Please encourage your children to practice each week.  Ask them to show you a problem that we have already done together in class. It will be good for them to see if they can explain their thinking and show you their process. Working with a friend or family member is great too. Have fun together!  Please contact Mrs. Sirmaian with any questions.

jsirmaian@boxfordschools.org

Tri-Town Samba Drum Ensemble for youth in grades 3-12… January – June 2019 Session Now Open!  

New Members Welcome!! An inclusive & mentored performance percussion program which includes instruction, mentoring and performances.  This program is facilitated and supervised by Andrea Monty, Director of Spofford Pond Band and Tri-Town Rock Band with the assistance of youth mentors.  This is offered as part of Tri-Town Council’s Horizons Programming.  Program meets on Tuesday’s 1/8/19- 6/4/19.  For more info and to register, link HERE.

Register Now for Tribal 2019 Spring Lacrosse

Don’t miss out!  Register now for Tribal Lacrosse  (Boys and Girls, grades K -8, from Boxford, Topsfield and Middleton). Since 1993, the Tri-Town Tribal Youth Lacrosse program has focused on skill development, sportsmanship and encouraging a love of the game at all levels.  After January 15, 2019, a late fee of $50 will be applied to all registrations and players will be waitlisted if teams are full.

To register, go to www.triballax.org

Report Cards

Dear Spofford Pond Families,

As we end the first term of school, we wanted to share some exciting news about our report card document. This semester marks the beginning of a transition from a paper report card to an online report card!

The first step in the process required our district to have our existing report card template developed into an online environment. As a result of that development, you may notice a few formatting changes or additional comment sections that you have not seen in the past. Please do not be concerned if you do not see a comment in every section, as our teachers regularly collaborate about student progress. While you may see comments in each section, most teachers will write one comprehensive comment in just one part. This format was updated in a way that creates a uniform upper elementary report card across the Tri-Town.

You will receive a paper copy of the report card this semester, a paper copy and access to an online version during our second semester and we will end the year by piloting our first ever online report card. We are very excited about this transition!

As always, we thank you for your continued support of our school district.

Sincerely,

Kathryn Castonguay, Principal