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Superintendent Kwong's Entry Plan and Timeline for FY'20

posted Aug 5, 2019, 1:34 PM by Deidre Runge   [ updated Aug 6, 2019, 8:30 AM ]

Please see Superintendent Kwong's "Entry Plan" filled with information for the upcoming school year that she is sharing at her "Coffee Talks".  The next two Coffee Talks are:  Thursday, August 15, 4 – 5pm @ Methuen High School, AND Wednesday, August 21, 6-7pm @Tenney Grammar School.  

Important Dates for the Upcoming FY'20 School Year

posted Jul 29, 2019, 9:10 AM by Deidre Runge

Good afternoon everyone -

As August quickly approaches, I want to inform you of all of our events, open houses, and other activities in the coming weeks. I also want to invite you to join me at a "Coffee Talk" hour where we will discuss the future of Methuen Public Schools as I want to increase parent and community involvement in the district. Please mark your calendars!!!! 

Also as a reminder, the Infinite Campus parent and student portal for schedules and homeroom teachers will open on August 19. We are still making adjustments, hiring teachers, and finalizing lists.  

Kick-Off to Kindergarten

Nevins Memorial Library 
Wednesday, August 7,  9:30 am-12:30 am

PTO Sponsored 
Kindergarten Playdates

CGS Friday, August 9th10am-11:30am                                          

MARSH Tuesday, August 13th3pm-4:30pm

TENNEY Tuesday, August13th 10am-11:30am                            

TIMONY Thursday, August 8th 10:30am-12:00pm

Kindergarten Open House – All Grammar Schools

Tuesday, August 27,    3:15 pm-4:15 pm

Due to grammar school teachers participating in professional development on August 27, open houses have been moved to the following week so teachers have time to prepare.  

 

 

 

LOWER SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE –All Grammar Schools

Wednesday, September 4    

Grades 1&2   5 pm-6 pm     Grades 3&4   6 pm-7 pm

UPPER SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE -  All Grammar Schools

Thursday, September 5        

 Grades 5&6   5 pm-6 pm      Grades 7&8   6 pm-7 pm

METHUEN HIGH SCHOOL

Open House for Incoming Grade 9 Students and Families 

Thursday, August 15, 2019 - 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 


MHS Annual Back to School Night 

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.


MHS Community Open House for Grades 5 - 8 

Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 


Homecoming Football Game: Friday, October 11, 2019 - 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. 
Homecoming Dance: Saturday, October 12, 2019 - 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

SUPERINTENDENT “COFFEE TALK” HOUR – District Wide Events 

August 5, 2019 10-11am Timony Grammar School Cafeteria 

August 15, 2019 4-5pm Methuen High School Cafeteria

August 21, 2019 6-7pm Tenney Grammar School Cafeteria

 

 

Thank you and enjoy the rest of the summer!

Sincerely, 

Brandi L. Kwong, Ed.D.

Superintendent 

Methuen Public Schools

Bikwong@methuen.k12.ma.us

@MethuenDistrict 


Buenas tardes a todos.

A medida que se acerca agosto, quiero informarles de todos nuestros eventos, casas abiertas y otras actividades en las próximas semanas. También quiero invitarlos a que me acompañen a una hora de "Charla de Café" donde hablaremos sobre el futuro de las Escuelas Públicas de Methuen, ya que quiero aumentar la participación de los padres y de la comunidad en el distrito. Por favor, marquen sus calendarios. 

Comienzo para el Kindergarten

Biblioteca Nevins Memorial 
Miércoles, 7 de agosto, 9:30 am-12:30 am

Patrocinado por PTO 

Citas de juegos para el jardín de infantes

CGS Viernes, 9 de agosto 10am-11:30am                                          

Marsh  Martes, 13 de agosto3pm-4:30pm

Tenney Martes, 13 de agosto 10am-11:30am                            

Timony Jueves, 8 de agosto 10:30am-12:00pm

 

Casa Abierta de Kindergarten - Todas las Escuelas de Gramática 

Martes, 27 de agosto, 3:15 pm-4:15 pm

Debido a que los maestros de primaria participaron en el desarrollo profesional el 27 de agosto, las casas abiertas se han trasladado a la semana siguiente para que los maestros tengan tiempo de prepararse. 

Casa Abierta de la Escuela Inferior -Todas las Escuelas de Gramática 

Miércoles 4 de septiembre    

Gados 1&2 5 pm-6 pm Grados 3&4 6 pm-7 pm

Casa Abierta de la Escuela Secundaria - Todas las Escuelas de Gramática 

Grados 5&6 5 pm-6 pm Grados 7&8 6 pm-7 pm

 

Escuela Secundaria Methuen 


Casa Abierta para los estudiantes de 9º grado y sus familias 

Jueves, 15 de agosto de 2019 - 5 p.m. a 7 p.m. 

Noche Anual de Regreso a Clases de MHS  
Jueves, 26 de septiembre de 2019 - 6 p.m. a 8 p.m.

Casa Abierta de la Comunidad de MHS para los grados 5 - 8 

Sábado, 5 de octubre de 2019 - 10 a.m. a 1 p.m. 

Partido de Fútbol de Regreso a Casa: Viernes, 11 de octubre de 2019 - 7 p.m. a 9 p.m. 
Baile de bienvenida: Sábado, 12 de octubre de 2019 - 7 p.m. a 10 p.m.

 

 

Hora de la charla de café del superintendente

Agosto 5, 2019 10-11am Timony Grammar School Cafetería 

15 de agosto de 2019 16.00 a 17.00 horas Cafetería de la escuela secundaria de Methuen

21 de agosto de 2019 18.00 a 19.00 horas Cafetería de la escuela primaria Tenney

Gracias y disfruten el resto del verano!

Sinceramente, 


Brandi L. Kwong, Ed.D 

Superintendente 

Escuelas Públicas de Methuen

Bikwong@methuen.k12.ma.us

Distrito de Methuen

 

A Message from Superintendent Kwong, June 5, 2019

posted Jun 6, 2019, 9:53 AM by Deidre Runge

Metheun Public Schools

Good evening Methuen Families.

As we begin to wind down the 2018-2019 school year, I wanted to take this opportunity to send some announcements.

First, I want to inform you that we have posted our Fiscal Year 2020 budget on our website and we will have on Public Hearing for the budget with City Council on June 5th at 6:00pm. The City Council is expected to vote on the entire municipal budget on June 10th. The process has been thorough, transparent, and focused on improving student experiences in our schools through new curriculum materials, additional teachers, additional support specialists, and updated technology for all of our students.

Second, I would like to take a moment to discuss is the opening of our Infinite Campus Parent Portal for the 2019-2020 school year to see teachers and schedule. We have decided that we will be opening the portal to all parents and students on August 19th PK-12. This means that parents can log into the portal to view the K-4 homeroom teachers, the 5-8 full schedules, and 9-12 full schedules. Although we have in the past notified student in the grammar schools of who they would have as a teacher on the last day of school, it has gotten more difficult to do that with certainty.  Our leadership team feels strongly that by posting in August we will have an opportunity to make appropriate, thoughtful lists and schedules and be able to make adjustments all summer with incoming new students and outgoing withdrawing students and have all decisions final by August 19th. I want to recognize that we do understand that students and parents often like to know who their teacher will be in June and what other students are in their class(es), but in the last 3 to 4 years we have experienced so many different changes over the summer from staffing turn over to class size numbers that we have actually had to call classrooms of students in August to change teachers which is often more stressful for families.

If you need assistance with the Infinite Campus Parent Portal please contact your respective school secretary.

Third, I will be sending out some times over the summer for parents to have the opportunity to meet with me to talk about education topics in the Methuen Public Schools. I am looking forward to forming a more consistent district wide parent group to represent the district to open up the line of communication even more between the school district and families. I hope to meet more families this way.

Last, I would like to wish you all a safe and fantastic summer. We have all of the summer reading and summer math work for all grades on the Methuen Public Schools website. While we love the long break, we do encourage all students to read and engage in other academic activities over the summer. The FY19-20 school calendar is posted on the main page as well and students in grades 1-12 will start on Wednesday, August 28, 2019.

Enjoy the summer!

Sincerely,

Brandi L. Kwong, Ed.D. 

Superintendent of Schools 
Methuen Public Schools 
bikwong@methuen.k12.ma.us 
@MethuenDistrict



Buenas noches, Familias Methuen.

A medida que comenzamos a terminar el año escolar 2018-2019, quise aprovechar esta oportunidad para enviar algunos anuncios.

Primero, quiero informarles que hemos publicado nuestro presupuesto para el Año Fiscal 2020 en nuestro sitio web y que tendremos una Audiencia Pública para el presupuesto con el Consejo de la Ciudad el 5 de junio a las 6:00pm. Se espera que el Consejo Municipal vote sobre el presupuesto municipal completo el 10 de junio. El proceso ha sido minucioso, transparente y se ha enfocado en mejorar las experiencias de los estudiantes en nuestras escuelas a través de nuevos materiales curriculares, maestros adicionales, especialistas de apoyo adicionales y tecnología actualizada para todos nuestros estudiantes.

Segundo, me gustaría tomar un momento para discutir la apertura de nuestro Portal Infinito de Padres de Campus para el año escolar 2019-2020 para ver a los maestros y el horario. Hemos decidido que abriremos el portal a todos los padres y estudiantes el 19 de agosto PK-12. Esto significa que los padres pueden ingresar al portal para ver a los maestros de K-4, los 5-8 horarios completos y los 9-12 horarios completos. Aunque en el pasado hemos notificado a los estudiantes de las escuelas primarias de quiénes serían sus maestros el último día de clases, se ha vuelto más difícil hacerlo con certeza.  Nuestro equipo de liderazgo cree firmemente que al publicar en agosto tendremos la oportunidad de hacer listas y horarios apropiados y bien pensados y podremos hacer ajustes todo el verano con los nuevos estudiantes entrantes y los estudiantes salientes que se retiran y tener todas las decisiones finales para el 19 de agosto. Quiero reconocer que entendemos que a los estudiantes y a los padres a menudo les gusta saber quién será su maestro en junio y qué otros estudiantes están en su(s) clase(s), pero en los últimos 3 o 4 años hemos experimentado tantos cambios diferentes durante el verano, desde la rotación del personal hasta el número de alumnos por clase, que en realidad hemos tenido que llamar a los salones de clase de los estudiantes en agosto para cambiar de maestros, lo que a menudo es más estresante para las familias.

Si necesita ayuda con el Portal de Padres de Infinite Campus, por favor contacte a la secretaria de su escuela.

Tercero, enviaré algunas veces durante el verano para que los padres tengan la oportunidad de reunirse conmigo para hablar sobre temas de educación en las Escuelas Públicas de Methuen. Estoy deseando formar un grupo de padres más consistente en todo el distrito para representar al distrito y abrir aún más la línea de comunicación entre el distrito escolar y las familias. Espero conocer a más familias de esta manera.

Por último, me gustaría desearles a todos un verano seguro y fantástico. Tenemos toda la lectura de verano y el trabajo de matemáticas de verano para todos los grados en el sitio web de las Escuelas Públicas de Methuen. Aunque nos encanta el descanso largo, animamos a todos los estudiantes a leer y participar en otras actividades académicas durante el verano. El calendario escolar del año fiscal 19-20 también se encuentra en la página principal y los estudiantes de los grados 1-12 comenzarán el miércoles 28 de agosto de 2019.

Disfruta el verano!

El mejor,

Brandi L. Kwong, Ed.D. 
Superintendente de Escuelas 
Escuelas Públicas de Methuen 
bikwong@methuen.k12.ma.us 
Distrito de Methuen

MPS BFLAN-ELPAC Invite - JUNE 13th/Escuelas Públicas de Methuen Departamento de Adquisición del Lenguaje Ingléstitled

posted May 20, 2019, 11:00 AM by Deidre Runge   [ updated May 20, 2019, 11:24 AM ]

                             
Date:  Thursday, June 13, 2019

Time:   6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Location: Central Administration Building, 10 Ditson Place,  Methuen, MA 01844

                 Enter on Ditson Place side of building!


Child care will be provided.


MPS BFLAN-ELPAC Invite - JUNE 13th/Escuelas Públicas de Methuen Departamento de Adquisición del Lenguaje Ingléstitled

posted May 20, 2019, 10:58 AM by Deidre Runge

Date:  Thursday, June 13, 2019

Time:   6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Location: Central Administration Building, 10 Ditson Place,  Methuen, MA 01844

                 Enter on Ditson Place side of building!



Child care will be provided.


SADD 5k Run/Walk

posted May 10, 2019, 8:45 AM by Deidre Runge

On Sunday, May 19, the MHS SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) program is holding it’s first annual 5k run/walk. It will take place at the Methuen Rail Trail Entrance at 10am. Participants can pre-register via Eventbrite or on the day of beginning at 9am. Parking will be available at the VFW on River Street. 

The 5k will be followed by a district-wide, end of the year SADD celebration. We will have music, food and fun! This is a family friendly event! 

All proceeds will go towards the SADD scholarship fund for deserving seniors. Thank you for supporting our amazing SADD students! 
Below is a link to register.  
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/first-annual-sadd-5k-walkrun-tickets-60133463809?ref=eios

MPS BFLAN-ELPAC Invite - MAY 9th/Escuelas Públicas de Methuen Departamento de Adquisición del Lenguaje Inglés

posted Apr 18, 2019, 8:12 AM by Deidre Runge   [ updated Apr 18, 2019, 8:27 AM ]

Date:  Thursday, May 9, 2019

Time:   6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Location: Central Administration Building, 10 Ditson Place,  Methuen, MA 01844

                 Enter on Ditson Place side of building!


A light meal and child care will be provided.

     

Fecha: jueves, 9 de mayo de 2019

Hora:   6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Ubicación: Edificio Central de Administración,

10 Ditson Place, Methuen, MA 01844


Se proporcionará una comida liviana y el cuidado de niños.

MPS BFLAN-ELPAC Invite - April 11th/Escuelas Públicas de Methuen Departamento de Adquisición del Lenguaje Inglés

posted Mar 27, 2019, 10:00 AM by Deidre Runge

Methuen Public Schools     

Language Acquisition Department

                                      

Is your child a Methuen Public Schools English Learner or Former English Learner?

If yes, you are cordially invited to our next B-FLAN meeting!


B-FLAN = Bilingual Family Learning and Advocacy Network


Please join us as our B-FLAN transitions to becoming

the Methuen English Learner Parent Advisory Council!

Your participation will be greatly appreciated!

                                                                 

Date:  Thursday, April 11, 2019

Time:   6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Location: Central Administration Building, 10 Ditson Place, Methuen, MA 01844


A light meal and child care will be provided.

Escuelas Públicas de Methuen

Departamento de Adquisición del Lenguaje Inglés

                                                                                                                                                                         

¿Es su hijo/a un Aprendiz del Lenguaje Inglés en las Escuelas Públicas de Methuen o anteriormente un Aprendiz del Inglés? Si su respuesta es sí, ¡usted está cordialmente invitado a nuestra próxima reunión de B-FLAN!


B-FLAN = Bilingual Family Learning and Advocacy Network

(Red de apoyo, información y aprendizaje para familias bilingües)


¡Por favor únase a nosotros mientras nuestra B-FLAN se transiciona a convertirse en el Consejo de Padres de Principiantes de Inglés!

¡Su participación será muy apreciada!

                                                                                 

Fecha:  jueves, 11 de abril de 2019

Hora:   6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Ubicación: Edificio Central de Administración,

10 Ditson Place, Methuen, MA 01844


Se proporcionará una comida liviana y el cuidado de niños.


Superintendent Candidates to Visit Methuen (Meet the candidate info below)

posted Mar 26, 2019, 9:39 AM by Deidre Runge   [ updated Mar 28, 2019, 10:48 AM ]

During the next two weeks, the candidates for the position of Superintendent of the Methuen Public Schools will each spend a day in the district, touring the schools, visiting with students and staff and meeting with members of the community. During the course of their day, they will spend time in each school and at the Central Administration building.  They will end their day with a Community Meet and Greet, where parents, staff and community members can drop in and spend a few moments with the candidates. The visits will take place on:


Tuesday April 2nd - Dr. Brandi Kwong

9:15a.m.-10:00a.m. - Tenney Grammar School, 75 Pleasant St., Principal - Mary Beth Donovan

10a.m.-10:45a.m. - Donald P. Timony Grammar School, 45 Pleasant View St., Principal - Timothy Miller

10:45a.m.-11:30 a.m. - Methuen High School, 1 Ranger Rd., Principal - Richard Barden

11:30p.m.-12:15p.m. - Comprehensive Grammar School, 100 Howe St., Principal - Christopher Reeve

12:15p.m.-1p.m. - Marsh Grammar School, 309 Pelham St., Principal - Rebecca Gordon

COMMUNITY Meet & Greet ALL 5:00- 6:30 - MHS CAFE  

  Even though Dr. Kwong is familiar with the district, spending the day in the district will give stakeholders the opportunity to visit with her and ask questions, just as they would with any other candidate.


Thursday April 4th - Dr. Susan Kustka  

8a.m.-9a.m. - Donald P. Timony Grammar School, 45 Pleasant View St., Principal - Timothy Miller

9:15a.m.-10:15a.m. - Tenney Grammar School, 75 Pleasant St., Principal - Mary Beth Donovan

10:30a.m.-11:30 a.m. - Comprehensive Grammar School, 100 Howe St., Principal - Christopher Reeve

12:45p.m.-1:45p.m. - Methuen High School, 1 Ranger Rd., Principal - Richard Barden

2p.m.-3p.m.-Marsh Grammar School, 309 Pelham St., Principal - Rebecca Gordon

3:15p.m.-4:15p.m. - Central Office, 10 Ditson Place

COMMUNITY Meet & Greet ALL 5:00- 6:30 - MHS CAFE

Monday April 8th - Dr. Eric "Chip" McGee

8a.m.-9a.m. - Donald P. Timony Grammar School, 45 Pleasant View St., Principal - Timothy Miller

9:15a.m.-10:15a.m. - Tenney Grammar School, 75 Pleasant St., Principal - Mary Beth Donovan

10:30a.m.-11:30 a.m. - Methuen High School, 1 Ranger Rd., Principal - Richard Barden

12:45p.m.-1:45p.m. - Comprehensive Grammar School, 100 Howe St., Principal - Christopher Reeve

2p.m.-3p.m.-Marsh Grammar School, 309 Pelham St., Principal - Rebecca Gordon

3:15p.m.-4:15p.m. - Central Office, 10 Ditson Place  

COMMUNITY Meet & Greet ALL 5:00- 6:30 - MHS CAFE  

At the end of each visit, on April 2, April 4 and April 8, the candidate will be at the Methuen High School Café from 5:00 to 6:30.  This informal time will allow interested parents, faculty and staff, and community members to meet the candidates as well.

There will be feedback forms available with the Building Principals and at the Community Meet & Greet for anyone who interacts with a candidate and wishes to provide feedback to the School Committee about their impressions.  These anonymous forms will go to the School Committee, who will use the information as part of their consideration of each candidate.

Information about each candidate can be found on the Methuen Public School website.

Social Media Advisory Letter - asesoría en redes sociales 2/28/2019

posted Feb 28, 2019, 5:25 PM by Deidre Runge

Good evening Methuen families!

Please find the attached advisory letter regarding a social media app named "Momo" as well as information about video splicing happening in YouTube and YouTube Kids videos that is concerning.

We encourage all families to be involved and monitor student social media and app use. Our staff will do the same at school and has been been aware of these situations.

We will continue to keep you informed of any situations that may affect your children's well-being both in and out of school.

Thank you.

Advisory Letter

Brandi Kwong, Ed.D.
Interim Superintendent

Buenas tardes familias de Methuen!

Encuentre la carta de asesoramiento adjunta con respecto a una aplicación de redes sociales llamada "Momo", así como información sobre el empalme de video que ocurre en YouTube y en los videos de YouTube Kids que son preocupantes.

Animamos a todas las familias a participar y monitorear el uso de las redes sociales y aplicaciones de los estudiantes. Nuestro personal hará lo mismo en la escuela y ha estado al tanto de estas situaciones.

Seguiremos manteniéndolo informado sobre cualquier situación que pueda afectar el bienestar de sus hijos dentro y fuera de la escuela.

Gracias.

Advisory Letter

Brandi Kwong, Ed.D.
Superintendente interino

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