Thursday, February 22, 2018

Marshfield FACTs Schedule of Events

Marshfield FACTS Open Coalition Meeting Monday, February 26, 2018 3:00 PM at Seth Ventress Auditorium, 2nd floor, 76 South River Street, Marshfield, MA on the agenda: Book discussion, PhotoVoice, Safety Day, Board of Directors Elections, SBIRT

Plymouth County Drug Task Force meeting Monday, February 27, 2018 9:30 AM at Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department training amphitheater, 24 Long Pond Road, Plymouth, MA – Julie Ferringer from the FBI will present on how teens access drugs on the dark web. Free, registration required – register by 2/23 with Jenna Faherty jmfaherty@pcsda.org

Marshfield FACTS Steering Committee Meeting Wednesday, February 28, 2018 7:00 PM

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Afternoon Bus Incident

Dear MPSD Families,

At approximately 1:50 PM, the Marshfield Police and Fire Department stopped Marshfield Public School Bus #7 after reports of erratic driving along Rt. 139.  It appears, according to the Marshfield Police, that the bus driver suffered a medical incident and after a thorough review at the scene, was transported to the hospital for further treatment. There were no students on the bus at that time and no reports of any injuries.

The bus had just concluded the route for the Martinson Elementary School and was heading to Marshfield High School for the next route.  A replacement bus with a new driver completed the high school and middle school afternoon routes.

Prior to the Martinson run, the same bus was reported to have hit a street sign as it was concluding its route for the Governor Winslow School. Once contacted, the school reported this event to the bus company, the district’s transportation department and the Marshfield Police who were, at that time, already investigating the matter and were with the bus.  

If your child rides Bus #7 and you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact your child’s school principal.    

Sincerely,

Thomas Miller
Asst. Superintendent of Business & Finance
& Transportation Director


MPSD: Superintendent Update

Dear Members of the Marshfield School Community,

Good afternoon.

We are heartbroken for the students, staff, first responders and families of Parkland Florida after learning of yet another tragic loss of life as a result of a school shooting. This has become far too common in communities across the nation and I hope that this tragedy will push those in positions of leadership, at the state and federal level, to take the appropriate action needed to get to the root cause of the problems which cause events like the one we saw yesterday. In the meantime, I am sure many members of our school community are asking two important questions: “How safe are our Marshfield schools?” and “How can we support our students as they learn more details about this most recent incident?”

The safety and well-being of our MPSD students and staff members is our first priority. The idea of safety is at the core of the district’s mission statement which notes: “Marshfield Public Schools provide a safe, healthy and collaborative learning environment that fosters respect and responsibility, empowering all to achieve their maximum potential.”

Our leadership teams at each building meet on a regular basis with representatives from public safety and staff at both the school and district levels to plan and implement training and protocols to keep everyone safe and plan how to respond in the event of an incident/emergency. We have a tremendous working relationship with both the police and fire departments in Marshfield and will continue to work them to ensure we are following the most appropriate safety protocols.  We also are fortunate to have a district-wide School Resource Officer, along with liaison officers who are assigned to each of our seven schools.  Parents or staff members with concerns about safety should feel free to contact building principals for school-specific questions.

Helping to ensure that our students are emotionally safe, in relation to news about yesterday’s shooting, is another important responsibility. As you are aware, each building has guidance and/or adjustment counselors, along with school psychologists who are always available to work with students in need.  Also, in relation to yesterday’s event, please refer to guidance from the National Association of School Psychologists for useful and practical help: 

Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

Please reach out to any member of the administrative team if we can help support you in any way.

With respect,

Jeffrey W. Granatino

Superintendent


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Thank You Korean War Veterans of Marshfield

At our most recent School Committee Meeting, the Committee accepted a $250 donation from the Korean War Veterans Association of Marshfield (KWVA).  Their very generous donation was graciously accepted on behalf of the Furnace Brook Middle School.

The KWVA has continually been a supporter of the Marshfield Public Schools.  The Committee thanked the entire Association, in particular their Commander, Mr. Robert Griffin.  We are honored to have the KWVA as a partner.


Spring 2018 MCAS Test Schedule- Elementary Schools

Here's a link to the MCAS testing schedule for our elementary schools this spring. 

Grades 3,4 & 5 MCAS Testing Schedule

Monday, February 12, 2018

MPSD Preschool Applications Available

Marshfield Public Preschool
Marshfield Public Preschool, (formerly known as Hand in Hand) applications are available for the 2018/2019 school year. Applications are available on the Marshfield Public Schools website under the schools tab, Early Childhood Programs.  They are also available at the front office of the Martinson or Daniel Webster Elementary Schools.

Integrated Preschool Programs

Marshfield Public Schools offer a variety of preschool opportunities for three and four year
old children. The preschool classes are half day sessions that meet two or four days per
week. The classrooms are currently located at the Daniel Webster and Martinson
Elementary Schools. The programs serve children with and without special needs. Children
participate in the programs through the open application/lottery or the evaluation process. Applications are available through February 28th.  Children must be three years old by
August 31 of the year entering.

Tuition- 4 days- $2040 2 days-$1020

Please call the Early Childhood Office at 781-834-5048 for
more information.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Director of Special Education & Pupil Personnel Services Selected

Director of Special Education & Pupil Personnel Services Selected


I am pleased to announce that Ms. Amy Scolaro has been named Director of Special Education & Pupil Personnel Services pending successful negotiations. The position is open due to the upcoming retirement of Dr. Susan Dupuis, who has been in that role for the past 14 years.

For the past six years, Ms. Scolaro has been principal at the South River School and prior to that she served five years as a principal in the Abington school district.  Before becoming an administrator, she taught for sixteen years, with a focus on special education at the elementary level.

Ms. Scolaro graduated with a B.S. in Special Education from Bridgewater State College.  She also earned a Masters Degree in Education from Harvard University as well as a Masters in Education Administration from Eastern Nazarene College.

In her time in Marshfield, Ms. Scolaro has been a dynamic leader who works hard to develop a strong relationship with her students, staff, and SRS families.  She has played a prominent role in the development and growth of the Language Based Learning Center, which is housed at South River School.  In addition she has worked hard to develop Response to Intervention (RTI) strategies and enhanced the impact of the Student Teacher Assistance Team (STAT)  to better ensure that the needs of all students are met.  She played a key role in the development of the district’s current Strategic Plan and has served on a variety of committees throughout the district.  Most recently, she worked closely with Dr. Dupuis throughout the district’s recently completed Coordinated Program Review (CPR) process, where Marshfield’s practices around special education, civil rights, English Language Learners, McKinney-Vento homeless and vocational learning were assessed by the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE).

In her time at SRS, Ms. Scolaro has repeatedly shared one very important message with her staff:  “We believe all kids can learn...and we will work to help ALL students achieve high standards of learning.

Prior to selecting Ms. Scolaro, a search committee headed by Assistant Superintendent Ellen Martin and consisting of parents, teachers, district administrators, and a school committee member reviewed all who applied for the position. They chose six candidates to interview and from that group they recommended two as finalists to meet with the Superintendent.  After meeting with the Superintendent, each candidate also met with the district’s leadership team.  I want to thank each of the search committee members for their hard work and attention to detail over the past month as they reviewed each of the seventeen candidates from across the Commonwealth who applied for this position.


Ms. Scolaro will have an opportunity meet with the School Committee and will begin her new role on July 1.