Monday, September 18, 2017

"Life, Animated" Presentation

Please see the invitation below to take part in a very special event sponsored by the Weymouth Public Schools:

Please Join Us!

as we proudly present
Ron Suskind
"Life, Animated"

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Keynote Speaker for Adults:  6:30 pm
Movie for Children:  Finding Dory
Book Signing:  Life, Animated

Weymouth Middle School, Adams Campus
89 Middle Street, Weymouth, MA  02189      Door #2

Children must be accompanied by an adult who is attending the Guest Speaker


Register on-line or return the attached registration form to your child's school
NO LATER THAN FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 2017


Book Signing Available:
Pre-Order your book by September 15, 2017
PAPERBACK copies of Life, Animated, available for $12.75 each (including taxes)
HARDCOVER copies of Life, Animated, available for $22.94 each (including taxes)
Payment due at event --- Cash, Check, Credit Card accepted


"Imagine being trapped inside a Disney movie and having to learn about life mostly from animated characters dancing across a screen of color.  A fantasy?  A nightmare?  This i the real-life story of Owen Suskind, the son of the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind and his wife, Cornelia.  an autistic boy who couldn't speak for years, Owen memorized dozens of Disney movies, turned them into a language to express love and loss, kinship, brotherhood.  The family was forced to become animated characters, communicating with him in Disney dialogue and song; until they all emerge, together, revealing, how, in darkness, we all literally need stories to survive."    Excerpt from  ronsuskind.com/books/

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Opening Day Assembly For Staff

Prior to the 1st day of school for students, our faculty and staff had a chance to come together in our annual opening day assembly on Monday.  We heard words of hope and inspiration from our SC Chair, Sean Costello.  In addition, I had the opportunity to talk to the team of educators about themes that we will focus on throughout the year.  The most important one being that "All Means All".  We also looked briefly at our new District Strategic Plan and spent a while investigating how we will incorporate Social Emotional Learning into our schools.  It was a great morning, that brought together close to 800 educators and support staff and we had a chance to smile and laugh as well.  In the end, they were able to meet as teachers and then transitioned to variety of events and meetings back in their schools.

It is always a fun and important day, where our team of educators can come together and make sure their oars are all moving in the same direction as we get ready to greet our students.


Don't Forget: Overdose Awareness Vigil, August 31st


7 School + 7 First Days = 1 District

The first day of school is always a memorable one.  Lots of smiling faces, new sneakers and few tears here and there.  I've been traveling around to all of our wonderful schools here in Marshfield and here are a few snapshots that help paint a picture of this special day.












Thursday, August 17, 2017

Senator Warren Hosts Town Hall Meeting at FBMS on August 24th

Senator Elizabeth Warren will host a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, August 24th at Furnace Brook Middle School.  The doors will open at 5:30 PM with the event to begin at 6:30 PM.

K-5 Teachers Take Part in PD Institute

Over the past two days, over 70 K-5 teachers took part in a wonderful Professional Development Institute that was facilitated by some of our very talented teachers who were working in conjunction with TLA Consultants.

The workshop was entitled: Exemplary K-5 Literacy Instruction: Launching and Refining Readers' Workshop.  It built off the great work that a number of "pilot" teachers did last year with Readers's Workshop as we get ready to expand the program this coming school year.

Below are a few picture





s of our educators actively engaged in the process:

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

New MHS Asst. Principal Introduces Herself to the Community

Below is a introductory letter sent to the MHS community from their newest Asst. Principal, Kristin Brandt.  We are excited to have her join the MHS team.

Dear Parents, Guardians, Families, and Members of the Marshfield High Community:

I wanted to reach out to you directly to express how excited I am to be joining the Marshfield High School leadership team this year.  As I continue to learn more about Ram Nation during these first few weeks, I often find myself anticipating mid-August, when our students and teachers return to the MHS hallways, classrooms, athletic fields, studios, and performance spaces, and MHS is once again buzzing with activity. I cannot wait to see Marshfield High School in action!

I come to Marshfield from Franklin High School, where I was a Spanish teacher for the past four years.  I am a proud graduate of Boston College, Boston College Law School, and Bridgewater State University.  In the past, I also taught high school Spanish in Randolph, Massachusetts, and served as an Assistant District Attorney for the Northwestern District Attorney’s Office at Eastern Hampshire District Court in Belchertown, MA.  

As you might imagine, it is impossible to capture exactly who I am in a written letter, so I hope that we will meet in person soon enough.  In the meantime, however, I want to share with you the following snapshot from my classroom experience, because it represents who I am as an educator and a leader.  

During the first few days of each new school year, I always discuss with my students the importance of being a respectful member of any community. I highlight six words that I prioritize: Respeto (Respect), ComunicaciĆ³n (Communication), ColaboraciĆ³n (Collaboration), Esfuerzo (Effort), Integridad (Integrity), Responsabilidad (Responsibility).  Then, I ask them to consider the following scenario.  In twenty years, when I am very old, I bump into them in the parking lot of a local grocery store. We make small talk for a while and then go our separate ways.  When this happens, what do they want me to remember about them? It is highly unlikely that I will remember how well they performed on a particular assignment. Nor will I remember what grade they earned on the final exam in my class. Undoubtedly, though, I will recall how they treated all members of the MHS community, how well they collaborated with their peers, and how supportive they were of their classmates. Obviously, the mastery of academic standards is extremely important.  But our character is of equal, if not more, importance.  I always challenge my students to leave behind a legacy of which they will be proud.  

I already can see that Marshfield High School faculty, staff, and students are friendly, passionate, engaged, and high-achieving.  I look forward to joining in the mission of Marshfield High School, as we all work together to develop and strengthen the skills that we need to engage with others in a 21st century global society.  I seek to support our students as they follow their own academic and extracurricular path at MHS.  I also recognize the value in students’ development of their whole person.  I embrace this opportunity to help students practice the informed, considerate decision-making that will guide them in the future and shape their lasting legacy.

Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions, comments, or concerns.  My email address is kbrandt@mpsd.org and my phone number is 781-319-3806.  Also, please feel free to follow me on Twitter: @MHSAPKB. Finally, I would like to invite you to stop by the High School library on August 15, 2017 any time between 10:00AM and 12:00PM so that we can meet before the school year begins.

I sincerely appreciate your ongoing support and cooperation during my transition and in the months and years ahead. Enjoy the rest of the summer!

Sincerely,

Kristin M. Brandt
Assistant Principal

Marshfield High School

Summer Curriculum Work

While the school year is over and many our out enjoying the great summer weather, there have been a number of MPSD educators who have curtailed their time off to come back and work on curriculum development.  Over the past few weeks we have had a few dozen teachers and administrators meet upstairs at the Ventress Building, to work on ELA and Science Curriculum.  The work they do will not only benefit them, but it will have a huge impact on all of their fellow teachers and most importantly, it will have a lasting effect on their students.

Here's a few snapshots from the work being done by our dedicated teachers.









FBMS Names New Assistant Principal

FBMS English Teacher, Lisa Lynch, became the school's newest Assistant Principal.  She took over the role that was previously occupied by Maureen Kemmett prior to her becoming the school's Principal.

We are very excited to have Ms. Lynch join the leadership team.

Below is a notice that Principal Kemmett sent out to the FBMS team about the hiring:

FBMS Faculty and Staff,

I am excited to announce that Lisa Lynch has accepted the position of Assistant Principal of FBMS.  As you know, Lisa comes to us with a wealth of experience and credentials in education and building leadership, including chairing the FBMS Literacy Committee and Faculty Collegiate.  Lisa is dedicated to the entire FBMS community, very much values the Marshfield educational experience, and is excited to join our FBMS Leadership team.  Lisa will start her new position on Tuesday, August 1, 2017. Please join me in welcoming Lisa to her new role in our great school community.  

This is an exciting new chapter in FBMS as I take on my new role as FBMS Principal and Lisa joins John, Jeanine and I in the newly configured FBMS Leadership Team.  We would like to invite faculty and staff members to join the FBMS Leadership Team for a voluntary “Meet and Greet” on August 16th from 12:30 - 1:30 in the FBMS Library, right after our student book talk on Wonder.


A big thank you goes out to everyone who served on the hiring committee.  Well done!


Enjoy the beautiful summer!

Friday, July 7, 2017

New MHS Assistant Principal Named

The following is a message sent out by Principal Keuther, regarding the newest member of the MHS Leadership Team:

Greetings MHS Parents and Guardians,

I am excited to announce that Kristin Brandt has accepted the position of Assistant Principal of MHS.  Kristin comes to us with a wealth of experience in education, including working for the Franklin Public Schools where she served as a Spanish Teacher and as an interim department chair. Kristin has a student-centered approach; she has teaching experience in 2 school systems and holds a Law Degree from Boston College University which she used as Advisor to the Franklin Mock Trial Team. Kristin very much values the Marshfield educational experience and is excited to join our MHS team.

In the upcoming weeks we will be sending out a notice regarding when you can come in this summer and meet with Kristin and the leadership team, and I know that you will join me in welcoming Kristin to our great school community.  A big thank you goes out to everyone who served on the hiring committee.  Well done!

Enjoy the beautiful summer.


Robert E. Keuther Jr.
Principal
MHS

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

New FBMS Principal Named

Good afternoon,

I am writing to inform you that I have offered the position of Principal of the Furnace Brook Middle School (FBMS) to Ms. Maureen Kemmett.  Pending successful negotiations, Ms. Kemmett will replace Principal Patrick Sullivan who will begin his new role of Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction in the Cohasset Public School District.

Ms. Kemmett has been Assistant Principal at FBMS for the past five years.  She has played an integral role in the implementation of a number of initiatives at FBMS including the One Book, One School program, and she has helped guide its commitment to a Response to Intervention (RTI) tiered model of support for all FBMS students.  Her efforts at FBMS, along with her strong connections to students, staff and the FBMS community, led to her being recognized at the state level being selected as the 2017 Assistant Principal of the Year for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Prior to arriving in Marshfield, Ms. Kemmett served as a Housemaster at the Middleborough Middle School for six years.  She has also served as an interim Assistant Principal in Silver Lake Middle School, and was the Special Education Department Head for Plymouth North High School for one year.   In the classroom, she taught special education at the elementary and middle school level while in the Silver Lake and Hanover school districts.

Ms. Kemmett has a Bachelors of Science degree in Sociology from Bridgewater State University and a Masters of Education degree from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.  In addition, she has a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Middle School Administration from Bridgewater State University.

I want to thank each of the Principal Search Committee members for their hard work and attention to detail over the past month as they reviewed 29 candidates from across the Commonwealth during this process.


Ms. Kemmett will start in her new position on July 1, and will be immediately working with her leadership team to fill the Assistant Principal position that will now be vacant.    

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Bus Stop Changes for Today on Spring Street

The following message has been emailed out to parents at the MHS, FBMS and MES from our transportation department:

Please be aware that this afternoon students on Marshfield High School Bus 13, Furnace Brook Bus 18 and Martinson Bus 18 residing on Spring Street from Highland Street to Horseshoe Lane will be dropped off at Highland/Spring and Spring/Horseshoe due to construction. Please make the necessary plans to pick up your child or children at one of those two stops. Thank you

Friday, May 19, 2017

MHS Senior "ClapOut"

Today, the MHS faculty took part in what has become an annual tradition, where they "clapout" the graduating seniors on their last day of classes. After the students finish watching the senior video in the auditorium, they walk out through a tunnel of faculty and staff who cheer them on and congratulate them on their big day.

It is a tremendous event and exemplifies the feeling of unity that students and staff share at MHS.  Here's a few pictures from the fun event.








Peter Igo Park- Tennis Block Party

From 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM tomorrow, Saturday, May 20th, the Peter Igo Park will play host to the "Tennis Block Party".  All are welcome and there will be something for all ages and abilities.  Hope you can stop on by.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Teacher Appreciation Day 2017

Here are a few words of thanks to our amazingly talented teachers on #TeacherAppreciationDay.