Friday, November 7, 2014

LES Nov. Principal Report

LES School Committee Report
November 12, 2014

With the first marking period “under our belts”, students and teachers can look back with a sense of accomplishment for a job well done and feel ready for what’s ahead.   

Data to Evaluation Goals to District Determined Measures (DDMs): Teachers have analyzed data, determined key foci for student learning from that data, made measurable goals for their own growth as professionals from those foci, as well as began documentation of DDMs to measure their and student growth for the coming years.  Basically, that is a mouthful which means we have set goals that are extremely data-driven and coordinated for the coming year.  (Guiding Belief: The good of our students is at the center of every decision.)

Welcome Jo-Ann Orluk!  We have hired Ms. Orluk as the Transition Room Teacher at Lee Elementary.  She will be working closely with Andrea Larmon, Heather Lucy,  and I to “learn the ropes” of the position.  (Guiding Belief: We believe that reasonable rules of behavior are necessary for the development of self-discipline and personal responsibility.  AND We believe in a safe, supportive, organized, and equitable environment.)

Wellness Team At It Again:  Our Wellness folks are planning two community speakers for the second part of the year.  They are busy connecting businesses and agencies also concerned with informing our community of the pitfalls of drug use and the dangers of impaired driving. There will be much more information to follow but the groundwork is being laid. (Guiding Belief: We believe in promoting broad-based communication and school-family-community partnerships.)

Early Childhood Work:  The staff and I have been working on three different early childhood opportunities for overall improvement of early childhood services to preschool students and their families in Lee.  Jessica Maloney, Coordinator of the Southern Berkshire Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) and my office-mate, are working with community agencies to present a series of workshops for parents in the late winter and early spring on all sorts of topics.  LES is also having preliminary discussions with the Lee Youth Association to potentially offer more options for the community’s preschool families as well as collaboration possibilities with her preschool staff for professional problem solving and transition of students.  Jess and I are also becoming involved in the South County Early Literacy Initiative in the planning stages.  This will allow for widespread coordination of resources for more streamlined early childhood services all around.  (Guiding Belief: We believe programs, services, and facilities should be of the highest quality and responsive to the changing needs of our local and global community.)

Veteran’s Day Celebration:  We are pleased to be holding our annual Community Gathering to honor the Veterans.  It will be held Monday, Nov. 10 at 1:15pm.  It promises to be another touching tribute to those who have served.  (Guiding Belief: We believe every member of the school, community, and family deserves to be treated with respect and courtesy. )

Respectfully submitted,

Kate Retzel, LES Principal



LMHS Nov. Principal Report


Lee, Massachusetts

Principal’s Report

November 6, 2014

October was a very busy and productive month at LMHS.  First, some student recognition is called for:

·         Twenty-seven new members were inducted into the National Honor Society on October 23rd:  Casey Blair, Jeffrey Brown, Tyler Buratto, Molly Carlotto, Alex Consolati, Darby Curtin, Kate DelSignor, Alex Donovan, Emily Donovan, Maryemma Fraser, Amy Goss, Sam Harding,

Edwin Hernandez, Karen Hernandez, Jordan Miller, Devyn Olds, Sierra Palardy, Courtney Picard, Matthew Reynolds, Michael Roosa, Megan Scapin, J.T. Sorrentino, Jaci Tart, Samantha Touponce, Cayce Williams, Zach Wilson, and  Sarah Winston.  Congratulations to all of them on this achievement!

·         We named our Students of the Month for September – Molly Carlotto (high school) and Michael LePrevost (middle school).  Students of the Month are recognized for going “above and beyond” in service to the school community, while maintaining their academic potential.

At our October faculty meeting, Damon Douglas from the Collaborative for Educational Services presented an introduction to us on the topic of developing District Determined Measures (DDMs) of student growth.  DDMs are a requirement of the new state teacher evaluation system.  Damon’s presentation was helpful in orienting us toward the types of assessments that might work for this, and how to develop them.  On the October half day, the faculty worked in departmental teams to begin designing our DDMs.  The goal is for each teacher to have developed the two required DDMs by the end of the year for implementation next fall.  [District goals 4.3, 4.6]

I am happy to report that we have found a new coach for our Drama program.  Gary Cannon, a member of the Class of 2002, will be leading our production this spring.  Gary was very involved with the drama program while a student at the then LHS, and he had an excellent interview where he laid out his vision for the future of the program. [District goal 3.4]

We will soon be launching our new LMHS Facebook page – another way to keep in touch with and communicate with our parents, students, and community at large.  It will be active soon, and can be reached at  [District goal 3.3]

On October 6, two representatives from the Adams Community Bank presented to our 7th graders on the topic of financial literacy.  This was the first time the bank had taught these lessons to middle school students, and they were very happy with how it went – in fact, they are hoping to replicate it in other middle schools in the county.  We hope to schedule a similar presentation for the 8th grade in the near future.  [District goals 3.2, 3.4]

The following student activities occurred last month, among others:

·         The music program held a Halloween Concert on October 28th.  The middle and high school bands and choruses performed for a mostly-full crowd in the Z.

·         Lee Live geared up to be ready for their first production of the year in November.

·         The middle school Student Council sponsored a middle school Halloween dance on October 24th.

·         The Quiz Team began practices, and held their first match on October 8th.

·         The Mock Trial team held organizational meetings to prepare for this year’s events.

·         The GSA held a Pride Dance on October 10th, where students raised funds for Ally Week.

·         Helping Hands and the (unofficial) Bowling Club co-sponsored a high school Halloween Dance on October 31st.

Respectfully Submitted,

Gregg Brighenti