Thursday, December 29, 2016

Scheduled Plumbing Work at Daniel Webster School

Below is an notification that went out the DWS community related to upcoming plumbing work at the DWS.

December 23, 2016

To Families and Staff at the Daniel Webster School:

We wanted to take a moment to inform you that there will be plumbing work done at the DWS to help alleviate some of the issues that have arisen over the first part of the school year.  This work will begin over the Holiday Vacation and will continue into early January, once school resumes.

The area where the work will take place is not adjacent to any classrooms and is focused on the side hallway leading to the boiler room.  To get to the impacted pipes, a small area of tiles will have to be removed from the floor.  Due to the age of the tiles, there is trace amounts of asbestos in the adhesive that holds them down.  Because of that, there are extra precautions that will take place when the tiles are removed.  That work will be done over vacation and will adhere to strict abatement requirements.  An industrial hygienist will supervise the removal.

We are hoping to schedule the remainder of the plumbing work for the first or second week of January.  Any work that creates an abundance of noise will be done during non-school hours.  The work that is done during the school day should not create a disruption to our learning environments.  At all times, that work will be cordoned off from the rest of the school and again, and the work will only be taking place on the side hallway leading to the boiler room, away from all classes.  Throughout the project, we will work with the contractors to ensure a safe and clean working environment.

We hope this gives you a better understanding of the work we have scheduled for the DWS, but do not hesitate to contact us if you have any additional questions.


Jeffrey W. Granatino                         Sara Prouty                                      Brian Adams

Superintendent                                DWS Principal                                 Director of Facilities

Communication on Water Sample Testing

The following notification went out to the MPSD community on December 19th.

Dear MPSD Families and Staff:

The Marshfield Public Schools recently opted to participate in a voluntary program offered by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to test for lead and copper in our school water system.  As you may be aware, school districts from across the Commonwealth are taking similar steps.  Please see the link for information as per DEP:

Per the DEP’s recommendation we tested all fixtures considered a drinking source in our schools.  The test results from all schools have not been returned, though results from a few schools just came back to us.  As we receive information on each individual school, we will follow up with a school-specific letter outlining the findings from those schools and possible steps that we may have to take based on the findings.

As always, our school system is committed to protecting student, teacher and staff health, and we will work with the DEP to ensure we are meeting the needs of the entire school community.


Jeffrey W. Granatino

Cc:     Marshfield School Committee
          Marshfield Board of Selectmen
          Rocco Longo, Town Administrator
          Tom Reynolds, DPW Superintendent

Winter Programs @ Marshfield Recreation

Good morning and happy holidays.  Below you will find a link to Marshfield Recreation's Winter Program Brochure.  I hope you find it useful.

Marshfield Recreation Winter Programs

Thursday, December 15, 2016

A Day In The District

Here are a few photographs of students and staff in action throughout the school day and during in-service workshops after school.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

MHS "Our Story"- Volume 11 Week 14

A link to a week in review at MHS through the lens of Twitter:

MHS "Our Story"

Message From SRS

Below is a link to the Weekly Message from the South River School:

SRS Weekly Message

Martinson Messenger- December 11th

Here's a link to the Martinson Messenger Newsletter for this week:

Martinson Messenger

Proposed FY18 Capital Budget

In their last meeting in November, the Marshfield School Committee voted on a proposed FY 18 Capital Budget. Below is a link to the budget so that you can see which items we have identified for funding.  It's a long road before we get to the ATM in the spring and we look forward to working with the Capital Committee and a variety of town boards to see which of these priorities may be able to be funded in the next capital budget.

Proposed FY18 Capital Budget

Friday, December 9, 2016

GWS Weekly Bulletin for December 9th

Below is a link to all of the weekly happenings at GWS:

GWS Weekly Bulletin

Weekly Happenings at Furnace Brook Middle School

Interested in what's going on at the FBMS?  Here's a link to their Weekly Bulletin:

FBMS Weekly Bulletin- December 2, 2016

Upcoming Events at Ventress Memorial Library

If you are looking for things to keep your children busy after school is out in the upcoming weeks, look no further than Marshfield's Ventress Memorial Library.  Below are a few links to events coming up before and after the holidays.  In addition, I've put up a link to their complete calendar of activities.

Ventress Library Chess Club
Ventress Library LEGO Club
Ventress Library Book Club for Grades 2 & 3
Ventress Library Calendar

MHS Winter Concert a Success

Kudos to the many performers at this week's Winter Concerts I & II.  Below are a few pictures of our talented musicians in action.

MHS Building Committee Announces over $2 Million in Savings on High School Project

At this week's School Committee Meeting, MHS Buidling Committee Chairs, Bruce Spitler and Principal Bob Keuther announced that, as the high school project comes to a close, there were over $2 million in savings from the original bid costs.

Below is a memo outlining the cost savings from Principal Keuther:

Date:   December 2, 2016

To:       Town of Marshfield School Committee

From: Robert Keuther, Co-Chair School Building Committee
Bruce Spitler, Co-Chair Marshfield School Building Committee

Re:      Final Budget Results – New Marshfield High School

The Marshfield School Building Committee completed the financial statements for New Marshfield High School Project and approved our final financial statements that will now be audited by the Massachusetts School Building Authority. Once the audit is complete the project will be finished. Our final budget numbers are below:

Initial Total Approved Budget:       $103,958,839

Total Bid Budget:                             $101,630,087

Final Project Cost:                           $99,569,033

Budget Savings:                              $2,028,254

In addition, here is a link to the article highlighting the savings to the Town of Marshfield.

Eames Way Update from December 9

The following link will take you the EWS Virtual Backpack for December 9th:

EWS Virtual Backpack

Webster Weekly For December

Here's a link to the Webster Weekly newsletter for December.  I hope you enjoy the read:

Friday, December 2, 2016

Mrs. Kemmet named MA Assistant Principal of The Year

Congratulations to Mrs. Maureen Kemmett, Assistant Principal at the FBMS, for being named Assistant Principal of the Year by the Massachusetts Secondary Schools Administrative Association (MSSAA).  This is an amazing accomplishment for Mrs. Kemmett and it highlights the great work she does on behalf of our students and staff on a daily basis.

Following is the announcement that Principal Sullivan sent out to the FBMS community:

Greetings FBMS Families,
I am honored to report that Maureen Kemmett has been chosen as the 2016-2017 Middle School Assistant Principal of the Year by the Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators Association.  This is a tremendous honor, as Massachusetts has 330 middle schools!  Mrs. Kemmett is also a candidate for National Assistant Principal of the year.
This award is a testament to Mrs. Kemmett's support of teachers and parents and to her commitment and dedication to help students reach their maximum potential.  This recognition also serves as a reflection of our wonderful school community.  
Thank you for your support of Mrs. Kemmett and FBMS.


Patrick Sullivan