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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

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

posted Feb 27, 2019, 10:28 AM by Deidre Runge   [ updated Mar 5, 2019, 6:54 AM ]

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 

Know your rights as a parent of an English Learner!

Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2019 
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM 
Location: Central Administration Building, 10 Ditson Place, Methuen, MA 01844 

A light meal and childcare will be provided.

Escuelas Públicas de Methuen 
Departamento de Adquisición del Lenguaje Inglés 

¿Es su hijo/a un Aprendiz del 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) 

¡Aprenda acerca de sus derechos como padre de un estudiante aprendiz del lenguaje inglés!

Fecha: miércoles, 7 de marzo 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. 

Message from Interim Superintendent Kwong 1/27/2019

posted Jan 28, 2019, 6:08 AM by Deidre Runge   [ updated Jan 28, 2019, 6:10 AM ]

Good afternoon Methuen families:


It is hard to believe we are half way through the 2018-2019 school year! All of our students, staff, and families have certainly been busy with academics, clubs and activities, family events, and athletics with no signs of slowing down in the coming months. 


Over the next couple of months, staff and students will be focusing on preparing  for the computer based MCAS 2.0 assessments in March and May for all 3-8 and 10th graders and in June for our 9th graders taking the Biology assessment.  The grammar school principals will have specific grade level testing schedules out to families by the end of February. The high school testing days are prescribed from the state and are already posted on the MHS calendar on the main MHS web page. 


For our winter newsletter, we focused on our fine arts programming K-12. We continue to support the great opportunities that our Methuen students have in the fine arts department. The Fine Arts Newsletter has detailed descriptions of each of our K-4, 5-8, and 9-12 programs. Grade four families pay close attention to the choice and offerings for band and chorus as students move into the upper school. There will be more information about that programming in late spring.


I do hope you find these newsletters informative. They have all been posted on our web page under Superintendent's Message. Have a great week!


Brandi L. Kwong, Ed.D.

Interim Superintendent of Schools 

bikwong@methuen.k12.ma.us 

@MethuenDistrict 



Buenas tardes familias de Methuen:


¡Es difícil creer que estamos en la mitad del año escolar 2018-2019! Todos nuestros estudiantes, personal y familias ciertamente han estado ocupados con actividades académicas, clubes y actividades, eventos familiares y deportes sin signos de desaceleración en los próximos meses.


Durante el próximo par de meses, el personal y los estudiantes se centrarán en la preparación para las evaluaciones MCAS 2.0 basadas en computadora en marzo y mayo para todos los estudiantes de los grados 3-8 y 10 y en junio para nuestros estudiantes de 9º grado que toman la evaluación de biología. Los directores de las escuelas de gramática tendrán programados exámenes de nivel de grado para familias a finales de febrero. Los días de exámenes de preparatoria están prescritos por el estado y ya están publicados en el calendario de MHS en la página web principal de MHS.


Para nuestro boletín informativo de invierno, nos centramos en nuestra programación de bellas artes K-12. Continuamos apoyando las grandes oportunidades que nuestros estudiantes de Methuen tienen en el departamento de bellas artes. El boletín de Bellas Artes tiene descripciones detalladas de cada uno de nuestros programas K-4, 5-8 y 9-12. Las familias de cuarto grado prestan mucha atención a la elección y las ofertas para la banda y el coro a medida que los estudiantes pasan a la escuela superior. Habrá más información sobre esa programación a fines de la primavera.


Espero que encuentren estos boletines informativos. Todos han sido publicados en nuestra página web bajo el Mensaje del Superintendente. ¡Que tengas una buena semana!


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

Message from Interim Superintendent Kwong 12/21/2018

posted Dec 21, 2018, 6:11 AM by Deidre Runge   [ updated Jan 28, 2019, 6:10 AM ]

Metheun Public Schools

Good evening Methuen Public School Families,

I want to take this opportunity to wish everyone a peaceful holiday vacation! It has been a very busy Fall and it's hard to believe that we are entering 2019! 

I would also like you all to be aware that due to various staff vacation schedules, all five school offices will be closed from December 24th -January 1st and will reopen on January 2, 2019 when school resumes.  Our central administration building and offices will be open December 26th -December 31st but please call (978) 722-6001 to make sure staff is available if you need assistance. 

The last announcement is about Kindergarten Registration for the 2019-2020 school year. We are hosting an Kindergarten Information Night on January 10 at 6pm in the Timony Auditorium to go over general Kindergarten information and we will discuss the online registration process as well.  Please spread the word to any neighbors who may have kindergarten aged students! 

Thank you and again Happy Holidays! 

Brandi Kwong

Interim Superintendent 

bikwong@methuen.k12.ma.us

Monthly Newsletter (Student Mental Health, SEL & PBIS)

posted Dec 3, 2018, 11:28 AM by Deidre Runge   [ updated Jan 16, 2019, 9:20 AM ]

I am sending our district December monthly newsletter that focuses on student mental health, SEL (Social Emotional Learning) and PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) in the Methuen Public Schools. I hope you take a moment to review the newsletter as there are many wonderful supports and programs in all of our schools to support every student. The newsletter includes contact information, links to web pages, and other helpful programming details. On the second page, there is contact information regarding an opportunity for parents to join our Mental Health Parent and Student Advisory Council right now. We hope you find this newsletter informational and helpful. 


Thank you.

Have a great night.


Brandi Kwong, Ed.D.

Interim Superintendent

ACADEMIC BOWL 18-19 SCHEDULE

posted Nov 9, 2018, 4:59 AM by Deidre Runge

Dates: There will be four matches with all four schools that the Timony, Tenney, Marsh and CGS will host and one final match with all four schools in the evening at Methuen High School. Parents will be responsible for transportation.            

Thursday October 25th                       3:00-5:00 pm hosted by Marsh

Wednesday December 5th                  5:30-7:30 pm hosted by CGS

Tuesday March 5th                             3:00-5:00 pm hosted by Timony

Thursday April 25th                           5:30-7:30 pm hosted by Tenney

Final match: Tuesday June 4th           6-8pm hosted by MHS

Format: Matches will be 2 hours with 1 hour dedicated to a team challenge to create, build, or complete an obstacle and 1 hour for Jeopardy style questions in 4 categories: STEM, Humanities, The Arts, and Potpourri. While 7th grade is competing in the Team Challenge, the 8th grade will be competing in the Jeopardy round and then they will switch.

 Scoring: There will be judges for both the Jeopardy rounds and the Team Challenge using a rubric to calculate team points for correct answers and team points for completing the Team Challenge (partial points may be accrued for Team Challenge as there will be multiple scoring categories) Each 7th grade and 8th grade team will enter the Final Match with a set number of total points and there will be one 7th grade team champion and one 8th grade team champion.

 Parent/guardian/student participation: All parents/guardians and all students  are welcome to watch the Jeopardy rounds at all matches in the auditorium of the host school. Parents/guardians and other students will not be allowed in for the Team Challenge. There will be judges in the host cafeteria and it will be timed so we cannot have spectators in the cafeteria.

 All advisors are aware of the match dates, format, and what teams need to practice and will be communicating this to their teams if they haven’t already done so.

Timony advisor:         TBD                            Marsh advisor:            Fernando Mancini

CGS advisor:              Heather Jones             Tenney advisor:          Kathy Bodenrader

 

COMMUNICATION Message from Interim Superintendent Kwong 10/19/2018

posted Oct 19, 2018, 6:00 AM by Deidre Runge   [ updated Jan 28, 2019, 6:12 AM ]

Dear Parents and Guardians of Methuen Public School Students,


Increasing communication with families is a ongoing goal for our district. I want to take this opportunity to share with you that each month, I will be emailing a Parent's Newsletter that provides information and links about a specific topic.  The first newsletter focuses on School/Home Communication.


Our district continues to seek ways to communicate with families and provide as much transparency as possible. The newsletter includes specific details about our methods of communication which include weekly emails from principals, phone calls, twitter messages, website announcements, calendar updates, and the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.


I also would like to take this opportunity to state that Facebook is not one of our platforms for communicating.  We are increasingly troubled that inaccurate information is posted and circulated among our Methuen families causing unnecessary stress and often anger among families.  The newsletter provides resources to help families get accurate information.  We will continue to increase our communication via these tools with the hopes of strengthening the school/home partnership that needs to be in place to enhance student success.  


If at any time you have a question that you need answered, please don't hesitate to contact via phone and/email the appropriate staff listed below on the District Administration webpage or through the school website. 


District Administrators
CGS Website

Marsh Website

Tenney Website

Timony Website

MHS Website


Please see the attached Newsletter and other COMMUNICATIONS to parents from the Superintendents' Office. 


Sincerely,
Brandi L. Kwong, Ed.D.
Interim Superintendent

Program Assistant Job Fair 9/25/18

posted Sep 17, 2018, 7:33 AM by Deidre Runge   [ updated Sep 19, 2018, 6:21 AM ]

Program Assistant Job Fair

September 25th at Central School

10AM-1PM


We have several Program Assistant positions available for the upcoming school year working with students with disabilities. If you are interested in working with kids in pre-k through 12, want to work school hours and want to be part of a wonderful team then you should apply!


You should bring an updated copy of your resume with you on September 25th. You will be interviewed onsite. A list of available positions will be available at the job fair.


If you have any questions, please contact Carrie Ingrassia at ceingrassia@methuen.k12.ma.us.

Program Assistant Job Fair

posted Jul 24, 2018, 7:07 AM by Deidre Runge

Program Assistant Job Fair

August 2nd at the Tenney Grammar School

10AM-2PM


We have several Program Assistant positions available for the upcoming school year working with students with disabilities. If you are interested please see the job fair Flyer

Kindergarten August Events and Activities

posted Jul 24, 2018, 6:55 AM by Deidre Runge   [ updated Jul 24, 2018, 6:57 AM ]

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​Welcome all Incoming Kindergarten families! Please read the email message that was sent out on July 17, 2018 all families who have completed the registration process or are currently in process after proving residency.

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