Monday, July 1, 2019

Superintendent's Report to SC 5.22.19

Superintendent’s Report to the School Committee
May 22, 2019

High School Administrative Team
  • I have named the current Dean of Students, Colleen Cull-Finn the new Assistant Principal at Swampscott High School beginning July 1, 2019.
  • Colleen demonstrates the leadership skills of an Assistant Principal and will be a great mentor to any new Dean who fills her current position.
  • She is student-centered, has great relationships with both students and staff, she is a hard worker and puts in long hours.
  • They will be posting the Dean of Students position.

Clarke School Principal
  • The posting closes next Tuesday.
  • We currently have 25 candidates
  • Communication has been sent to parents, staff, and administrators inviting them, if interested, to be a member of the interview committee. When the posting closes, we will be selecting members.

Budget Decisions for FY20 at the High School
  • There has been some misinformation out there regarding the HS teachers and budget decisions for FY20 so I would like to take a moment to clarify.
  • A high school science teacher resigned to work for a non-profit
  • The high school library/media specialist POSITION was eliminated. I want to reiterate, the position not the person. This position is no longer a requirement for NEASC Accreditation as it was 7 or so years ago, with the last go round.
  • Another HS science teacher was reduced from a 1.0 to a .6 FTE. This was simply due to teaching caseload.
  • A .6 HS English teacher was eliminated, again due to teaching caseload and class size.

MASC/MASS Joint Conference
  • This year’s conference is being held in Hyannis November 6-9th
  • Lytania and I have submitted two proposals for breakout sessions:
  • Thanks for the Feedback: Using Google Forms to quickly solicit feedback and generate data
  • Leveraging Technology for collaborative and effective meetings
  • If one or both of our proposals are accepted, we will be looking for at least two School Committee members to join us at the conference

Using Social Media to Encourage Summer Reading at SMS

Launch of Governor’s Public Awareness Campaign: RESPECTfully
  • Promote healthy relationships among middle and high schoolers
  • Launching next week: the week of May 26th
  • Increase awareness of what constitutes a healthy relationship, emphasizes the need for respect in relationships and helps teens identify the escalating behaviors that may lead to unhealthy and unsafe relationships.
  • Short videos, modern animations, via social media platforms
  • Directed at youth between the ages of 12-18, as well as their parents and caregivers.

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