Superintendent’s Report to the School Committee
August 22, 2018
Elementary Enrollment Update:
Enrollment in classes at the elementary level has fluctuated throughout the summer.
We don’t consider any of the current data we have at this time to be “finalized” as historically, the data changes between now and our final report to the state due by October 1st.
At this time, our elementary class sizes range from 18 to one class of 26.
Classes were created with the academic and social-emotional needs of each student in mind.
We will continue to review class sizes and areas of needs during the first few weeks of school, as often times, we have not been notified of students who withdraw until school is in session.
We will be utilizing our targeted support funds to provide general education support where needed.
Two exciting changes with fifth graders entering the Middle School this year.
The first day of school, fifth graders should report to the Middle School at 8:45 am instead of 8:00 am. This change gives Mr. Calichman and Ms. Sanborn time that is dedicated to our youngsters transitioning into their new school.
Locks on the fifth-grade lockers have been removed. Students should treat these like “cubbies” thereby alleviating the stress students experience when struggling with their locks and getting to class on time.
School Business Administrator Search:
The posting closed August 20th.
This morning we received 9 resumes from (NESDEC) the search firm who was conducting the search.
We are reviewing resumes, will establish an interview committee, and soon begin scheduling interviews.
We have submitted our School Building Committee to the MSBA and are awaiting their approval.
I want to thank all the community members who submitted resumes and qualifications to be part of this committee.
We are still in the Eligibility Period with the next deadline being August 30th for our Educational Profile Questionnaire and Enrollment Projection.
Extended Day Enrollment Update:
As of August 13th the current enrollment for the Extended Day Program at each school:
Teen Center 50% (already more students than last year)
Swampscott Public School Tagline:
In the last few weeks, the staff has been voting on a tagline for our District. I am leaving the voting open until the end of next week. Right now, the top three contenders in no particular order are:
Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow
Creating a Brighter Future, One Student at a Time
Every Student Matters, Every Moment Counts, Every Day is a New Beginning
Please note we narrowed leadership submissions down to 6 choices. Then we Googled each selection and found that these or versions of these have been used in other districts. As a result, whatever our final decision is, we recognize we will be sharing with another community.