Friday, April 10, 2015

LMHS Principal Report, April 2015

Lee, Massachusetts

Principal’s Report

April 2015

                Spring is MCAS season!  We have now completed the English Language Arts assessments in grades 7, 8, and 10.  In early May, we will have the Math assessments in those same grades, as well as the grade 8 science test.  In June the 9th grade students will take the Biology assessment.  In addition to MCAS, we have begun assessing students using the STAR Math and STAR Reading assessments.  By April vacation, all students in grades 7 through 10 will have taken these computer-based assessments.  This information will help us in determining the strengths and needs of our students in the area of math and reading, and help us design an effective support and intervention structure for next year.  Additionally, this data will serve as a baseline as we continue to utilize the STAR assessments moving forward, with every student being tested 2-3 times per year, and those in intervention programs likely more often.  There are many advantages to the STAR system, including immediate availability of results to teachers and administrators; the ability for teachers to drive down to the standards-level to see where students need additional support; and the fact that each assessment takes one class period or less.  While I am a firm believer that “more testing” isn’t necessarily the solution to our educational needs, an effective assessment system such as STAR can truly be beneficial for our school and the success of our students.

                In student news:

·         On April 9th, several of our 8th grade students attended the STRIVE (Students Teaching Respect, Integrity, Values, and Equality) Youth Leadership Conference.  Those participating were:  Jillion Artioli, Ashley Barnes, Jodi Morawiec, Bailey Thomas, Gursmran Banga, Will Consolati, Andrew Ruef, and Thomas Fraser.  Mike Demos and Maddy Daoust, both seniors, were involved in the planning and presenting during the STRIVE workshops.

·         Lexi Bridigan and Morgan Powers were recognized at the National Women in Sports Day ceremony at Fanuel Hall in Boston.  Sarah Winston and Karen Hernendez also attended with chaperone Maria Barbaglia.

·         Sam Kelly was chosen for the All-South team in boys basketball.

·         Jenny Dunn received the 2015 Boston Bruins-MIAA Sportsmanship Award on March 31st at the TD Garden during intermission of the Bruins game against the Florida Panthers.

·         Darby Curtin had a photograph selected to be displayed on the Massachusetts Youth Art Month board at the NAEA national convention in New Orleans from March 26 through March 28.  Check out our Facebook page for a picture of her artwork, entitled “Abstract.”

·         On March 3, most LMHS juniors participated in Job Shadow Day.  In addition to following a worker from a career field of their interest, the students completed assignments related to the job shadowing in their English 11 classes.

·         On April 3, most LMHS seniors participated in a Community Service Day.  Organized by senior Madison Curtin, the students visited about 10 different community sites for the morning of the half day of school.

·         The following Students of the Month have been recognized:

o   February – Cole Redstone (Middle School) and Katie Zatorski (High School)

o   March – Jayla Speers (Middle School) and Mike Demos (High School)

o   April – Alyssa Christopher (Middle School) and Madison Curtin (High School)

·         The Helping Hands club sponsored a successful Red Cross blood drive on April 1, with about 50 units collected.

The Chris Herren presentations on March 18 had excellent reviews from all who attended – grades 6-12 (including St. Mary’s School students) during the day, and a packed house of community members at night.  It’s worth thanking one more time the generous community sponsors for this event: our main sponsors were Onyx Specialty Papers and the Kiwanis Club of Lee; additional sponsors included the Berkshire Taconic Foundation, Adams Community Bank, Georgina and Robert Bartini, Abbotts Limosine, MJ Kelly Funeral Home, Lee Hardware, Lee Bank, Route 102 Auto Sales, Janice Curtin Memorial Fund, Chez Nous, LV Toole Insurance, Terrace Hair Studio, Lee Audio N Security, Zabian Jewelers, Suburban Internal Medicine, Frank Consolati Insurance, Super 8 Motel, RW’s, Your Color Connection, B-Safe Storage, The Studley Press, and the G. Marconi Lodge #1620.  The district Wellness Committee and the Junior Lodge of the Sons of Italy in America did an excellent job bringing Mr. Herren to our school.

We have started the scheduling process for the 15-16 school year.  On the April 3 half day, we had class meetings for the current 7th through 11th grade students to present the new Program of Studies and the course selection process.  On April 8 we hosted a Family Information Night for current 6th graders and their families; Tim Mertinooke also visited the Farmington River Elementary School earlier that week to present to their 6th grade classes.  We have had several students from St. Mary’s School shadow our students, and a few from other schools as well.

Respectfully submitted,

Gregg Brighenti