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