Monday, June 18, 2018

Wednesday, June 20th: Final Day of School Year.

Just a reminder that Wednesday, June 20th will be the final day of the 2017-18 school year in Marshfield.  It will be an early release in all schools across the district.

Full Funding of FY19 Circuit Breaker

Below is a note I sent to the Senate/House FY19 Budget Conference Committee in hopes of seeing appropriate funding for the state's Special Education Circuit Breaker Account:

Dear Chairman Sanchez, Chairwoman Spilka and Conference Committee Members:

My name is Jeffrey Granatino and I am the superintendent of schools in Marshfield.  I want to thank you for your commitment to supporting students with special needs in the House and Senate versions of the Fiscal Year 2019 (FY’19) state budget.

The Special Education Circuit Breaker Account (7061-0012) is a critically important resource to school districts in our continued attempts to provide the highest quality education to both regular education and special education students across the state. We hope to see the Legislature's continued support for the Circuit Breaker because it is provides collective ownership of all in the state for those students who have the most significant needs. It enables our school districts to budget reasonably, without disruptive budget swings due to students with significant special needs who require high cost placements in private special education schools.

However, as the Conference Committee sets out to begin its deliberations, I am nervous that Circuit Breaker funding may not be sufficient to meet the state’s commitment of 75% above four times the foundation budget. I respectfully ask that you continue supporting increased funding for the Special Education Circuit Breaker Account by funding this important line-item at the Senate appropriation of $319.3 million in the Conference Committee Budget. This funding is essentially a form of local aid to cities and towns. Since 2004, a year after the Circuit Breaker went into effect, the average reimbursement level has been 74% and most years districts were reimbursed at the 75% level. The Senate appropriation closely parallels fully-funding the Circuit Breaker Account in FY’19 and reimburse communities at the 75% level required by law.

Once again, thank you so much for understanding the challenges faced every day by children with special needs and for your commitment to supporting those needs. I, along with Superintendents from across the Commonwealth, appreciate all the efforts of you and your colleagues.

Sincerely

Jeffrey W. Granatino
Superintendent

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Grad Nite Live Preview-Saturday, June 2nd

MHS families and community members are invited to the Grad Nite Live community preview at MHS on Saturday, June 2nd from 7-9 PM.  The theme this year is particularly enjoyable for young families.  MHS seniors are excluded from the preview and have to wait until 11 PM, when the doors open for the graduates.

The Grad Nite Live Committee is a community volunteer group that gives this gift to our graduating seniors to keep them safe on graduation night.  The school is transformed to a particular theme and for the third year, we are auctioning off the artwork that volunteers have worked months to prepare.  The artwork may be perfect for some schools!!  Some may be perfect for bedrooms or play rooms!  All proceeds will benefit the class of 2019’s Grad Nite Live.  This is also an opportunity for Grad Nite to recruit new volunteers and donors, as it take hundreds of people and $25,000 to pull off this event each year.

We hope you can pop over to MHS on Saturday night.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Marshfield High School Pops Concert-Saturday 5/19

Don't miss MHS Pops! Sat. 5/19 in the MHS gymnasium. Get tickets here $18.00 Adults / $15.00 Senior Citizens & Students. Tickets will also be available at the door, if not sold out.

Handicap Accessible Parking Spaces

Dear Members of the MPSD Community,

The School Committee and I would like to remind students, staff, parents and the community to please be respectful of the Handicapped Accessible Parking Spaces in each of our school parking lots.  These spaces are available for people who are in legitimate need of the space. Unfortunately, there have been a number of times when vehicles without appropriate disabled parking placards have parked in these spaces. 

At times it may seem trivial and inconsequential to pull into a handicapped accessible parking space to “quickly” drop off a student, pick up a student or just run into the building for a “second”.  Before using these spots illegally; however, we ask you to “stop and think” for just a moment about your actions and to respectfully only use a handicap parking spot for its intended use by law.

Thank you for your attention to this matter and for respecting this longstanding law.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey W. Granatino, Superintendent of Schools
Marshfield School Committee

DO's...  
Correct use of a disabled parking placard.    

1. Hang placard on your rearview mirror when parking in a HP location.
2. Hang placard so expiration date can be seen.
3. Have placard registration with you at all times.
4. Make sure placard is not expired.
5. Park properly in HP location.
6. Remove placard before driving.
7. Get placard replaced immediately if lost.
8. Return placard to DMV if placard is no longer needed.
9. Always use YOUR OWN PLACARD ONLY.
10. Do lock your vehicle and close windows when using your disabled placard.
11. Do obey all parking rules and regulations

DON'Ts...
Incorrect use/abuse of a disabled parking placard.
1. Don't use someone else's placard (including relative).
2. Don't park in cross-hatch area reserved for van ramp/lift access.
3. Don't drive with placard hanging on rearview mirror.
4. Don't use expired placard.
5. Don't put placard on dash with expiration date covered up.
6. Don't let anyone else use your placard including close family members and relatives.
7. Don’t use your disabled placard if you are not entering or exiting the vehicle.
8. Don’t park illegally.
9. Don’t leave your disabled placard in an unlocked vehicle.

Thank you.

MHS Prom Information

IMPORTANT REMINDER: PARENTS PICKING UP STUDENTS AFTER THE PROM SHOULD ARRIVE AT MHS BY 10:45 PM FOR PICK UP.  DUE TO THE POTENTIAL FOR RAIN WE DO NOT WANT OUR STUDENTS WAITING FOR YOU TO ARRIVE.

ATTENTION JUNIOR FAMILES!
Below is important information that should assist you with your planning for our Junior Prom and the evenings activities.
IMPORTANT PROM DAY REMINDER:
Students must attend school on prom day. Students are required to be in school until 10:30 AM and if dismissed their absence is not excused for their G and H block classes. Please plan accordingly.
JUNIOR PROM RED CARPET
  1. Our evening will begin with a Red Carpet Parade for all students attending the Prom. This event will be held in the Gym at MHS from 4:00– 5:00 PM on May 18, 2018. Doors to the gymnasium will open at 3:15 PM.
  2. Our Guests of Honor should be dropped off at the road behind the stadium so that they can walk to the back gym entrance for our Red Carpet. They will be given instructions on when to enter the Red Carpet to walk before our community. Students who are driving and leaving a car for after the prom should park in the FBMS Junior student parking lot. Our buses will drop off on the access road when they return. 
JUNIOR PROM – Quincy Marriott
  1. All students attending the prom will be transported to the prom via our buses. Students cannot enter the prom if they drive themselves.
  2. Our buses will leave for the Prom between 5:30 – 5:45 PM.
  3. The Prom begins promptly at 6:30 PM.
  4. A photographer will be present at the Prom. Students do not need to bring money for pictures at that time. Packages can be ordered from the photographer web site at a later date.
  5. The prom will end at 10:30 PM and we will load our buses for our return to Marshfield.
  6. Parents who are picking up should plan to pick up at 10:45 PM Friday night and should park in the front parking lots at MHS.
  7. All of regular dance procedures will be followed to insure that we have a fantastic celebration.
  8. Just a reminder parents of our Keep Your Student Safe Program. Please assist us in making our weekend a wonderful and safe celebration.

FBMS Library Dedication in Honor of Eileen Ryan

Below is an open invitation from SC Chair, Sean Costello:

Please join us this Friday 5/18 at 2:45PM as we dedicate the Library at FBMS in memory of Eileen Ryan.
Eileen was a member of the School Committee for 12 years, and was instrumental in renovating and expanding FBMS almost 20 years ago (among other projects) - she played a huge role in our educational excellence! All are welcome to come celebrate her legacy.