Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Great Day for Marshfield Public Schools!

What a day in Marshfield!  Beyond the wonderful Fair that is taking place right outside my window, today was a tremendous day for the Marshfield Public Schools!!!

The day started with over 40 educators taking part in a wonderful workshop entitled "Demystifying ELL" led by our ELL instructor, Mary Bradshaw, upstairs in the Ventress Building.  Teachers and administrators from all levels came together to enhance their understanding of working with ELL students.  It is always a joy to see that many educators coming together to hone their skills during the final few days of the summer.

In addition, Eames Way teacher, Linda Hurstak led a workshop for about two dozen teachers and administrators on "Teaching Smarter".  The teachers were engrossed in the activities and added to their ever-growing "tool box" of skills that they will be bringing to their classrooms this fall.

Beyond the teachers working on their professional development and the dozens that were present setting up their rooms for the upcoming school year, we had groups of students at the Furnace Brook Middle School and Marshfield High School learning and applying their leadership skills.  At the FBMS, we had a few dozen WEB. (Where Everyone Belongs) Leaders taking part in training that will prepare them for this Thursday, when they will help work with incoming 6th graders during their orientation day as well as when school begins next week.

Moreover, student leaders from grades 10-12 at Marshfield High School spent the day leading activities in the Freshman Leadership Academy.  This is a tremendous program that brought upper classmen together to work with incoming Freshmen.  They worked on team building, collaboration and problem solving skills.  They also worked on easing the transition for the new high school students and these young leaders will serve as a friendly face and point person for the 9th graders when they enter MHS next week.

Finally, we had friendly "welcome" gatherings for a number of our incoming Kindergarten students at their respective elementary schools.  Our newest students are always a little anxious and today's fun activities allowed students and parents to get used to the new environment in a family-friendly fashion.

There have been so many great things going on around the district this summer, but today was really a highlight for me and one that made me quite proud to be the Superintendent of this wonderful school system.