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Registry of Deeds

posted Jun 5, 2017, 11:42 AM by Deidre Runge

Superintendent Scannell received a letter from the Register of Deeds, Mr. Paul Iannuccillo.  He is offering his assistance for parents with obtaining copies of their deeds.  Please see the attached LETTER.

Water Testing Letters

posted May 17, 2017, 1:29 PM by Deidre Runge

Hi please click here to see the letters sent home on March 6, 2017.

IMPORTANT Message from the Superintendent

posted Apr 28, 2017, 10:33 AM by Deidre Runge

Dear Parents and Guardians of Methuen Public Schools Student,  Please see the attached letter and resources regarding the Netflix Documentary "13 Reasons Why":      LETTER                 RESOURCES

New Generation MCAS 2.0

posted Mar 27, 2017, 12:26 PM by Deidre Runge

Please see the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment and Grants "Assessment Page" for many updates on the New Generation MCAS 2.0.    Here is the information and preparation Power Point Presentation which will be aired tonight March 27, 2017 at the School Committee Meeting with Q & A time.  

UNIFIED TALENTS Summer Enrichment Programs 2017

posted Mar 20, 2017, 10:25 AM by Deidre Runge   [ updated Mar 20, 2017, 12:15 PM ]

Welcome to Summer Enrichment 2017!

Methuen Public Schools will continue to provide a summer of fun

and learning for children of all ages.  These courses are designed to

challenge and enrich your child’s summer experience while providing lots

of fun activities. Morning and afternoon sessions are available, with a

supervised lunch break in-between for those students attending both

sessions. The entire program will run for four weeks.

Please click here to check out the Enrichment Programs for 2017!

Please see the follwing message on MCAS Participation

posted Mar 7, 2017, 12:20 PM by Deidre Runge

News from Commissioner Mitchell Chester & the 

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education logoMA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education         

On the Desktop – March 6, 2017


Dear Superintendents, Charter School Leaders, and Principals,

 

Please feel free to share the following information with parents, teachers, and your school community.

 

This spring marks the start of the next-generation MCAS assessments in English language arts and math in grades 3-8. After considering for several years how to best update our already strong statewide assessment, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted in November 2015 to maintain a test unique to our Commonwealth that would draw some of its questions from the existing MCAS, some of its questions from the PARCC assessment developed by a consortium of states, and some questions created specifically for the next-generation MCAS. This spring is the debut of that new test.

 

The Board also voted to transition to computer-based testing. For the next-generation MCAS tests this spring, most students will take the computer-based version in grades 4 and 8. Many schools have also chosen computer-based testing in grades 3, 5, 6, and 7; the remainder will be taking the paper version.

 

Many people ask us why we conduct statewide testing. These tests are required by both state and federal law, but more importantly:

·         Test results help parents gauge whether their children are making academic progress.

·         Test results help educators identify strengths and weaknesses in their curricula and instructional methods.

·         A student’s participation in statewide testing helps provide context to other students in the same school, students in other schools within the district, and students in other districts. Failure to participate denies this perspective not only to the student who refuses to participate, but to other students and parents in the school, district, and statewide.

·         Test results help the state target additional resources to underperforming schools.

·         Test results help document our progress to the Governor and the Legislature as we seek to ensure adequate funding for all our schools.

 

MCAS was first instituted as part of the 1993 Education Reform Law. The programs and funding in that law have led to nearly a quarter-century of steady improvement in our K-12 schools. Today Massachusetts is number one in the nation in elementary and secondary education.

 

Refusal to Participate in State Tests

 

Every year, some families ask whether students are allowed to opt-out of taking a statewide test. In brief, the answer is no. Testing is a mandatory part of the curriculum, the same as a spelling test or math test, and statewide assessments are most useful when all students take them. Neither the Commonwealth nor Congress provides an opt-out provision. Tenth graders who refuse to take MCAS jeopardize their high school diploma. In addition, refusals to test can impact a school’s accountability rating. The accountability system is set up to encourage high participation rates (if it weren't, results would not be reflective of school-wide achievement). The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires a 95 percent participation rate. Schools with a lower participation rate run the risk of having their accountability rating lowered.

 

Under draft regulations that  the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education sent out for public  comment on February 28, 2017, schools and districts that fall below a 90 percent participation rate will have their accountability status set to Level 3 (out of 5). Further, the 2016-17 and 2017-18 participation rates will be combined to determine participation rates for the 2017-18 accountability levels. In other words, refusals to test in spring 2017 could impact a school's accountability rating for two years.

Students who refuse to take the MCAS test may remain in the testing room as long as they are sitting quietly and are not interfering with other students. If a student becomes disruptive, they should be removed from the testing room and placed in a safe location until testing is completed and regular classroom instruction resumes. Given that statewide standardized tests are a legal requirement, it is my department's expectation that all students will participate.

More information about the next-generation MCAS, including information for parents, is available online at our MCAS page at http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/. Questions relating to testing refusals can be directed to Deputy Commissioner Jeff Wulfson at jwulfson@doe.mass.edu.

Sincerely,

 

Mitchell D. Chester

Commissioner

The 'Little Rangers' Preschool Program

posted Feb 22, 2017, 5:41 AM by Deidre Runge   [ updated Mar 20, 2017, 10:49 AM ]

The 'Little Rangers' Preschool Program is now FULL! 
If you would like to be added to the waiting list, please download the INFORMATION PACKET provided, complete all forms required, and mail or submit to the main office at Methuen High School to the attention of Karen Minassian:

Integrated Preschool Program

posted Jan 17, 2017, 12:02 PM by Deidre Runge   [ updated Jan 17, 2017, 12:03 PM ]

The Methuen Public Schools Special Needs Integrated Preschool Program serves both children with special needs and typically developing children, often referred to as peer models.  Please visit our Pre-School Webpage to find information regarding the 2017-2018 Preschool Program.

District Wide Parent Informational Meeting on Health and Wellness

posted Jan 10, 2017, 12:31 PM by Deidre Runge   [ updated Jan 10, 2017, 1:30 PM ]

Please join the Superintendents January district wide parent informational meeting "Combating the opioids epidemic, and how parents can join the fight" which will be held on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 beginning at 6:pm. This presentation will be held at the Timony Grammar School auditorium. In addition parents will get a chance to learn about the great Physical Education opportunities and programs offered to our students. Mr. Jeffrey Osgood Supervisor of Health, Wellness and Phys. Ed will present and Mr. Dean Brouder Coordinator of drug and alcohol resources will be on hand for questions and family resource information. Please mark your calendar for this very important informational meeting and to learn more about MPS Phys. Ed and wellness programs.

Superintendent Scannell's Letter Regarding Winter Weather and School Closure

posted Nov 30, 2016, 6:08 AM by Deidre Runge   [ updated Dec 1, 2016, 12:32 PM ]

Now that December is upon us, winter storms are common please click here to read my entire message in English and Spanish.

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