Tri-Town SEPAC Presentation

Join us for our Annual PARENT’S RIGHTS PRESENTATION hosted by the Tri-Town SEPAC.
When: Wednesday, Jan.16 at 7PM
Where: Masconomet Middle School library
This is an open meeting and we invite all parents or guardians of children with special needs or on a special education plan to attend and learn more.

If you have questions, please contact Tri-Town SEPAC president Kristen DeMarco at kandsdemarco@gmail.com.

More information can also be found on our website at tritownsepac.org.

Happy News from the Boxford PTO!

Why do we do what we do? It’s these smiles— these bright, meaningful moments for our kids. Please use this little piece of time to feel our gratitude as you read about and enjoy glimpses of what you’ve made possible on our blog. www.boxfordpto.blog
To support what we do with a monetary donation, please visit www.boxfordpto.org and select “Support the Boxford PTO” on our home page, or under For Sale when you are logged in.
If you’d like to help by giving some of your precious time, we have many open positions, large and small. Please contact our volunteer coordinator Michelle Fallis michelle.fallis@yahoo.com to learn more.

2019 Masco Chainbreakers Mountain Bike Club/Team Season!

 

The Masco Mountain Bike Club/Team is open to any child in Grades 5-12 and is typically broken down into a Development Group and a Race Team. Being a Masco student is not required. The main objective is to get kids out on their mountain bikes and to have some fun on the local trails. Kids who are interesting in racing are encouraged to participate in the New England High School Cycling Association (NEHSCA) race series or to just try a race and see if they like it. Practice rides on local trails typically run April-June and September-October on Wednesday and Friday afternoons and occasionally on weekends (attendance is not mandatory – ride when you can!). The group also likes to volunteer to help with local trail maintenance and clean-up efforts. The team is coached primarily by parents who have backgrounds in road and mountain bike racing and share the ultimate team goal of having fun on bikes while developing new skills and friendships! A team meeting is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday February 6th @ 7pm (Location: TBD). This is a great chance for kids and parents to meet the coaches, learn about the team, and ask questions.

Please note that this is currently a primarily parent-run club/team and is not yet directly affiliated with Masconomet Middle/High School.

For more information, to RSVP for the Feb 6th meeting, or to join our email list, please contact Glen Gollrad, glen.gollrad@gmail.com.

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.