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October 2016 Superintendent Monthly Update

November 8, 2016 | Superintendent Monthly Updates

October 2016 Update


Kristen Herbert, Director of Teaching and Learning facilitated the CCHS Sleep Panel, Lynne Beattie assisted Sally Quinn Reed with the facilitation of the Screenagers Movie, and Alison Furey, CCHS Guidance Dept. Chairperson, facilitated the “If Only”  movie and panel on the opioid crisis.

Deputy Superintendent John Flaherty presented the Districts’ responses to the Annual Budget Data Requests and FY18 proposed CPS and CCRSD budgets to the Concord Finance Committee.

David Nurenberg, CCHS English teacher, coordinated the CCHS visit for the Nanae, Japan delegation in celebration of the larger Massachusetts-Hokkaido sister-state relationship.

Mike Mastrullo, CCHS Principal, and Colleen Meaney, CCHS Asst. Principal, presented the CCHS Challenge program to the Joint School Committee.

Kathy Codianne, former Director of Teaching and Learning, is graciously serving as the interim principal at Alcott during Sharon Young’s medical leave.


Ninety (90) CCHS seniors qualified for the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship which provides a tuition waiver for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education at a Massachusetts state college or university.

Aiden Snorek-Yates, CCHS Junior, received the Bronze Congressional Award medal. CMS students completed a collaborative island survival game created by CMS

Library and Media Specialist Ms. Stockwood with Ms. Regis and Ms. Penniston’s homerooms winning the challenge.

CCHS student athletes were successful in postseason play: CC Boys’ Cross Country won DCL title; CC  Girls’ Soccer will compete for the MIAA Division 2 North title; CC Boys’ Soccer will also compete for the MIAA Division 2 North title; and CC Girls’ Field Hockey qualified for tournament play .

District Goals 2016-17

The School Committees have approved the District Goals and Superintendent’s Annual Plans for both CPS and CCRSD.

Google Classroom

The CPS/CCRSD District Goals include a goal for all classroom teachers in our 1 to 1 computing programs, grades 6-12, to implement Google Classroom as their online learning management tool. Using Google Classroom consistently provides the following benefits which will benefit all students and teachers:

  • Classroom promotes the use of tasks in which students are creators, not just consumers of knowledge. Students can work individually or collaboratively to solve problems, apply critical and creative thinking skills, and seek solutions.
  • Students login once to access all classes in which they are enrolled
  • Teachers can generate discussion questions and individual or collaborative tasks as well as post announcements that are delivered right to the students’ GMail inboxes.
  • Teachers distribute and collect assignments electronically, through folders set up automatically in each student’s Google Drive. Handouts, templates, and other resources can be attached.
  • Classroom integrates seamlessly with all of the Google Suite for Education apps, enabling teachers to assign varied tasks and include required resources.
  • Assignments post to Google calendar.
  • Resources can be stored and accessed through the Classroom.
  • For students with organizational challenges, a single location to all of their resources provides more consistent access to learning.
  • Using Classroom reduces paper, assisting our community-wide sustainability efforts.

Link to Spark Video Promo for teachers

Embedded professional development is being offered by technology specialists at CMS and CCHS for teachers and will shortly be offered in blended learning environments as well.

K12 Technology Committee

The K12 Technology Committee has met twice, and is working on a protocol for software evaluation as a precursor to a district-wide Digital Learning Platform. The software evaluation document will provide clarity to teachers and administrators about criteria to include in decisions related to apps used in the schools. Curriculum objectives, including critical and creative thinking skills that the apps help students develop are among the important criteria that will be included. Pilots and purchases requested will be reviewed by the Director of information Technology, Director of Teaching and Learning, and the K12 Digital Literacy Administrator.

Link to K12 Digital Literacy Organization

Superintendent Search

Please join us in the Superintendent Search Focus group meetings to develop the leadership profile to be presented to the Joint School Committee on Dec. 13.

Superintendent Search Focus Groups Meetings – November 14, Individual SC Member 8:00am – 8:30am Ripley Conference Room 5 ,Individual SC Member

8:30am – 9:00am Ripley Conference Room 5 , PTGs, PA, Carlisle PTO 9:00am –

10:00am Ripley Conference Room 1, CCHS Student Senate & Class Leaders

10:15am – 11:00am CCHS Black Box Theater Room 138, Central Office Administrators 11:15am – 12:00pm Ripley Conference Room 1, Principals & Assistant Principals 1:00pm – 2:00pm Ripley Conference Room 1, Current Superintendent 2:00pm – 3:00pm Ripley Conference Room 5, Individual SC Member 3:30pm – 4:00pm Ripley Conference Room 5 , Support Staff 4:00pm –

5:00pm Ripley Conference Room 1, Former SC Members 5:00pm – 6:00pm Ripley

Conference Room 1, Public Forum 7:00pm – 8:30pm CCHS Auditorium .

November 15, 2016 Town Government/Services 8:00am – 9:00am Ripley Conference Room 4, Individual SC Member 9:30am – 10:00am Ripley Conference Room 5, Public Forum 10:00am – 11:30am Ripley Conference Room 4, Individual SC Member 1:00pm – 1:30pm Ripley Conference Room 5, CCHS Educators 2:45pm

– 3:30pm CCHS Learning Commons, CCTA Leadership 3:30pm – 4:15pm CCHS Main Office Conference Room, CTA Leadership 2:15pm – 3:00pm Peabody FACS Room 119, CPS Educators 3:00pm – 4:00pm Peabody Forum, Individual SC Member 4:30pm – 5:00pm Ripley Conference Room 5,, Individual SC Member

5:00pm – 5:30pm Ripley Conference Room 5 , SEPAC & Parents of Students w/Disabilities 6:30pm – 7:30pm Alcott Cafeteria , METCO 6:30pm – 7:30pm Alcott Library.

We would also like your input on the following Superintendent Search survey:

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