Friday, October 20, 2017

Martinson Messenger

The following is a link to the latest "Martinson Messenger".  It gives you are great look at what's going on at the MES:

Martinson Messenger

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

DESE Releases 2017 MCAS Results

Today, the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE) released results from the MCAS tests taken last Spring.  These results include those from the next-generation MCAS tests taken in grades 3-8.

Due to the fact that the state administered new tests, we are receiving these results about a month later than we typically do and we have not had a lot of time to analyze the results in great detail.  We will be doing that over the next few weeks and there will be opportunities for individual schools, grades and departments to review the results and assess their impact on teaching and learning.

Legacy MCAS tests: The Science & Technology MCAS tests given in grades 5, 8 and HS, along with the grade 10 ELA and Math tests, will follow the scoring format that has been used for over two decades, with students scoring Advanced, Proficient, Needs Improvement, and Warning, on a scale of 200-280.

Next-Generation MCAS tests: The ELA and Math tests given to grades 3-8 align with a new set of performance levels outlined below, on a scale of 440-560. It is important to note that because of changes in the test, these levels do not necessarily align with the “legacy” MCAS levels. (please note that MHS will not take the Next-Generation MCAS test until the spring of 2019)
  • Exceeding Expectations (E): student performance on this test demonstrates mastery of the subject matter and exceeds grade level expectations.
  • Meeting Expectations (M): student performance on this test meet grade level expectations; as results are vertically aligned across grades, the student is on track to succeed if continuing at this level.
  • Partially Meeting Expectations (PM): student performance on this test partly meet grade level expectations; school and family should consider if additional assistance is needed.
  • Not Meeting Expectations (NM): student performance on this test do not meet grade level expectations; family and school should coordinate academic assistance and/or additional instruction.

Next week, school districts will receive individual student test results.  Those results will be mailed home to the families of each student, along with a letter from Acting Commissioner, Mr. Jeffrey Wulfson.

As always, we look at the MCAS tests as but one lens through which we can gain an understanding on where our students are excelling and where they may need assistance.  It also allows educators to focus on areas that the test results may highlight as an area of need for a particular grade level or subject area.

To learn more about the next-generation MCAS, please visit the following links:
·         2017 MCAS Summary from MASC

Thank you and have a great day.

Monday, October 16, 2017

State & Local Officials Present to Marshfield FACTs

At today's Marshfield FACTs meeting, Co Chairs Jen & Jim Cantwell brought together local and state legislators, law enforcement officials, town-wide safety officials, members of the school department and concerned citizens to discuss the opioid epidemic and steps our community can take to battle this issue.  

Some of the featured speakers were: Michael Jackman from Congressman Bill Keating’s office, State Rep. Jim Cantwell and State Senator Pat O’Connor, Plymouth County DA Tim Cruz and Liam Rooney from Marshfield Police.  Below are a few snapshots of the event.

SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age

Weymouth Public Schools is hosting a free private showing of the Award-winning documentary SCREENAGERS.  Dr. Delaney Ruston explores parental struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction and offers solutions to help kids find a balance.  Through personal stories and input from leading researchers, SCREENAGERS sheds light on the impact this screen time is having on kids. The documentary explores how learning, playing and socializing online affects teens' developing attention span, fragile self-esteem and moral instincts.

Thursday October 19th 6:30pm at Abigial Adams Middle School Auditorium
Everyone is welcome and there will be a free BOKS Session for younger students.    


Please Join Us!

SCREENAGERS:  Growing Up in the Digital Age

Thursday, October 19, 2017

6:30 - 8:30 pm

FREE - All Welcome!

Weymouth Middle School, Adams Campus Auditorium

Screening of SCREENAGERS:  Growing Up in the Digital Age for older students and adults

BOKS Session available for younger students
Children attending BOKS session must be accompanied by an adult who is attending the screening of Screenagers

Two easy ways to register!
Fill out the attached form and return to your child's school or register online:


Marshfield FACTs Keeping a Busy Schedule

Marshfield FACTs will have a full slated of events coming up over the next few weeks.  Here's a quick summary of upcoming events:

Marshfield FACTS Open Coalition Meeting Monday, October 16, 2017 3:00 PM at Seth Ventress Auditorium, 2nd floor, 76 South River Street, Marshfield, MA Featured speaker: Michael Jackman from Congressman Bill Keating’s office, State Rep. Jim Cantwell and State Senator Pat O’Connor, Plymouth County DA Tim Cruz and Liam Rooney from Marshfield Police

Upcoming events:
South Shore FACTS meeting Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 2:30 – 4:00 PM at South Shore VNA offices 30 Reservoir Park Drive, Rockland

Marshfield Drug Task Force Meeting Wednesday, November 1st 7:00 PM at Marshfield Town Hall

Thursday, October 12, 2017

MHS Fundraiser-Hypnotist Show November 8th

On Wednesday, November 8, 2017, the juniors and seniors at MHS are co-hosting an appearance by Hypnotist Jim Spinnato.  The fundraiser for the two classes will take place at the MHS auditorium.  This family-oriented event begins at 7PM and costs $10/ticket. Tickets will be on sale at the high school as well as at Peppermint Twist.  

Friday, October 6, 2017