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Entries from September 2011

Superintendent’s Goals 2011-2012

September 29th, 2011 · No Comments

The Superintendent’s Goals for 2011-2012 have been  approved by the Bedford School Committee.

To review the goals document, click here:  http://www.bedford.k12.ma.us/images/stories/pdfs/super/Goals2011-2012.pdf

Tags: Community · Parent · Teaching and Learning

Understanding MCAS Growth Scores

September 26th, 2011 · No Comments

As you review the MCAS results for your child, you may find the “Growth Score” percentage somewhat confusing.  This score compares the growth of a student to peers across the state who had the same MCAS score as your child in 2009.  With this number, the state is measuring and comparing your child’s growth to the growth of peers with a comparable achievement level.

Principal Ackerman, Lane School Principal, has created a video to explain the score.  To access the video, click here:  http://rackerman.wordpress.bedford.k12.ma.us/2010/10/05/mcas-scores-review/

http://rackerman.wordpress.bedford.k12.ma.us/2010/10/05/mcas-scores-review/

Tags: Parent · Teaching and Learning

Supporting and Celebrating Students Beyond the Age of 21

September 19th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Yesterday’s New York Times included a compelling portrait of an autistic young man trying to find his place in the world.  The story delineated the importance of building capacity in all of our young people and in paving a path forward into a life of independence beyond the age of 21.  As I read Justin Canha’s story and thought about the gifts he has to offer, I was reminded again of the role all of us must play in creating supportive work environments prepared to welcome and celebrate the Justin’s of the world.  Justin’s experience in his school district with the internships and outreach to the community is similar to what our LABBB Collaborative Program offers to the children we serve.

Please take the time to read Justin’s story asking yourself  how you might  support the Justin’s of the world as they enter the work force.  Here’s the link:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/18/us/autistic-and-seeking-a-place-in-an-adult-world.html?_r=1&scp=5&sq=autism&st=cse

Tags: Community · Parent

Report on the Opening of Schools for 2011-2012

September 14th, 2011 · No Comments

Last evening the Bedford School Committee convened for the first regularly scheduled meeting of the 2011-2012 school year. The meeting included a presentation of the Superintendent’s Goals and a report on the opening of school. We start the year with 2421 students representing an increase from last year. Here’s a comparison of the numbers with last year’s opening:

Bedford High School:         831 (2011) vs. 790 (2010)
John Glenn Middle School: 576 (2011) vs. 571 (2010)
Lane School: 501 (2011) vs.535 (2010)
Davis School: 513 (2011) vs.490(2010)

With the start of a new school year, we have implemented new Start Times and new bus routes. As we adjust to the changes, Bedford Charter has been working closely with the Administrative Team to tweak schedules so that the buses arrive on time to bus stops and to schools. The traffic patterns in town are, as always, part of the challenge we face.

On the instructional front, the Collaborative Wednesday Early Release Schedule represents a change that will have a significant impact on our ability to provide teachers with consistent professional development time.

As we begin a new school year, we appreciate the willingness of parents to work with us to implement the changes and make this a successful year for all of the children we serve.

Tags: Community · Parent

Thank You to a Special Community

September 1st, 2011 · 2 Comments

At the staff gathering for the opening of the school year, I told the staff that I will retire at the end of the 2011-2012 school year. For me, this was a very emotional decision since I have loved every minute I have served as both Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent in this amazing community. The collaboration between and among all the constituencies that populate this special place and the support for the needs of all children is what I will always treasure about Bedford.

While it is too soon to begin the goodbyes, it is not too soon to begin the thank yous to all of you who have been instrumental in informing my leadership and helping me do the most important work in our nation, providing the best we have to our children.

With that said, it is my intent to make this a fabulous year for all of your children.

Tags: Community