October Curriculum Updates
Hornet High Five!
Samantha Silag, school librarian at Memorial Elementary School, wrote an article which was recently published in the MSLA's online newsletter. She will be presenting on this topic in at NPEN in November and possibly at MSLA’s Annual Conference in March 2020. Please see Samantha’s article which focuses on supporting students’ individual and cultural differences through reading and study: https://www.maschoolibraries.org/forum-newsletter/challenge-your-students-to-travel-the-world-by-reading
We are so proud of you Samantha!
This week, at the district level, we discussed the new school and district accountability measures and how these data translate into school and district accountability levels. In the coming weeks, the state will release additional student data gathered from the October 1 SIMS data collection, and each school will have access to these reports designed to support students who fall into the lowest-achieving subgroups. Additional information will be forthcoming upon the state release of these data sets and schools will begin to discuss ways to offer additional support to students in need.
Each school has registered for the new RULER platform which recently opened in September 2019. Principals and team members are currently reviewing the new and updated RULER resources to share with teachers, staff, and students in upcoming faculty meetings and trainings.
RULER work with Dr. Christina Yale and Harvard (K-12)
Dr. Christina Cipriano, Director of Yale’s Center for Emotional Intelligence and Gabrielle Schlichtmann, from Harvard University, were awarded two large research grants to develop RULER to better support Universal Design for Learning. The grants, awarded from the Oak Foundation and the Tower Foundation, are geared toward a multi-year research, design, and build out of RULER in the Manchester Essex Regional School District.
The overall plan includes:
- Year 1: Identification of the bright spots of RULER implementation in MERSD & identify what teachers, students, and administration needs are for the future
- Year 2: Create a universal design for learning plan and identify structures for RULER to fully implement RULER effectively for all diverse learners
- Year 3: Supportive implementation of the newly designed UDL supports as determined by the district.
We will be working with the Harvard Graduate School for Education and the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence on this two-year research and implementation grant beginning in December!
K-5 Curriculum Leader Update
This week K-5 Curriculum Leaders and District specialists shared grade-level and school-based MCAS analysis. At our next meeting, we will analyze the K-12 MCAS data for district-wide trends. We will also review the spiral tracker in Edwin & alignment to Everyday Math.
The PDC met and began to survey the district’s needs for the upcoming district professional day in January 2020. We will meet again on October 28, 2019, to review the survey results and begin the full-day professional development day. We already have 102 responses! If you haven’t already done so, please share your feedback at: https://forms.gle/XpSr55m9ZcutLeqr7
MERSD is a member of the NPEN professional development day, scheduled for November 5, 2019. Our specialist teachers have registered and will attend content-specific trainings with over 1900 colleagues from across the state!
National Bullying Prevention Month
This month, in support of the National Bullying Prevention month, MERSD offered a parent evening with Dr. Elizabeth Englander and MERSD’s Middle and High School offered trainings with Dr. Elizabeth Englander’s student-focused anti-bullying training workshops. In addition, middle and high school staff were trained on Trauma Sensitive Schools with Dr. Beverly Goytche from the Middlesex Partnerships for Youth.
Hill for Literacy
The Hill for Literacy will be working on assessment identification and analysis with the district literacy team and K-5 teachers on our upcoming half-day on Wednesday, December 30th at Essex Elementary.
Anti-Bullying Month October 2019
Parent Speaker Series: Elizabeth Kandel Englander, PhD
Date: October 9, 2019
Location: MERSD High School Auditorium
Dr. Elizabeth Englander is the founder and Executive Director of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State University, a Center which delivers programs, resources, and research to more than 400 schools every year nationwide. As a researcher and a professor of Psychology for 25 years, she is a nationally recognized expert in the area of bullying and cyberbullying, childhood causes of aggression and abuse, and children’s use of technology. She was named Most Valuable Educator of 2013 by the Boston Red Sox because of her work in technological aggression and how it interacts with peer abusiveness in general. In 2018, she was appointed to the Massachusetts Governor's Juvenile Justice Advisory Council. Dr. Englander was a Nominee for the 2015 National Crime Victims’ Service Award and is the Chair of the Cyberbullying Workgroup for the Institute of Child Development and Digital Media, collaborating with the National Academy of Sciences. Each year Dr. Englander trains and supervises graduate and undergraduate students and collaborates with multiple agencies around the State of Massachusetts and across the nation.
Dr. Englander writes for both academic audiences and for the public. She was the Special Editor for the Cyberbullying issues of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry-CONNECT and the Journal of Social Sciences, and has authored more than a hundred articles in academic journals and books. She is the author of Understanding Violence, a standard academic text in the field of child development and violent criminal behavior, and of Bullying and Cyberbullying: A Guide for Educators, published by Harvard Education Press. She has also written a variety of research-based curricula and educational handouts for communities and professionals. Reflecting her interest in educating laypeople, Dr. Englander has answered questions in a column for the New York Times (online edition), and she writes the column Bullying Bulletin Board, which is syndicated by Gatehouse Media in hundreds of newspapers nationwide.
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Welcome back! We are excited to begin the 2019-2020 school year!
The Manchester Essex School District is working to construct a K-8 literacy plan with help from Dr. Darci Burns from the Hill for Literacy. Over the summer, district literacy team members met and aligned goals in a multi-year action plan. This year, our focus will be geared toward teacher professional development around best practices in the science of reading, implementing research-based instructional practices, and determining assessments and tiered instructional supports. Please check back for updates!
Encore Magazine: Our newest edition of Encore ME is available for parent and student viewing!
Learn more about our amazing specialist programs: art, engineering, health, music, technology, physical education foreign language, and more!
MERSD Summer Reading Program…Stay Tuned for Details!
Date: October 4, 2018
Location: MERSD High School Auditorium
Audience: ALL parents and guardians welcome!
For parents and guardians of children of ALL ages! Learn more about social media and children’s use of technology. Since 2009 Josh Gunderson has become an educational force to be reckoned with. His award-winning programs have been presented at hundreds of schools across the United States and Canada, educating over 1 Million students, parents and educators along the way. Josh highlights the pros and cons of the social media world, helping parents and students better understand the real-world consequences. Using examples ripped from today's headlines, Josh tackles topics surrounding internet safety, bullying, sexting, digital citizenship and much more! To learn more about Josh’s work, visit: http://www.joshgunderson.com/programs.html
MERSD and North Shore YMCA Summer Literacy Program
This summer, MERSD partnered with the North Shore YMCA to offer a summer literacy program to rising second and third grade students. Our program was generously funded by EBSCO Publishing. MERSD is grateful for the opportunity to collaborate with these two amazing organizations!
The summer literacy program was a two week program that provided MERSD students with instruction in literacy focused on building skills in self-selected reading, small group guided reading, writing, spelling, grammar, and vocabulary.
Our program ran from Monday July 9th to Friday July 20th. Each morning, our program began at 9:00 am and the day ended each afternoon at 4:00pm. Students spent the morning engaged in literacy learning and in the afternoon, students participated in enrichment activities that supported the morning instruction. Additional afternoon activities included arts and crafts, music, character development, swimming and much, much more at Camp Dory.
Please click below to see the highlights of our great partnership, the fun our students had building literacy skills and at Camp Dory. To see more, click on the showcase link!
MERSD is proud to present many of the wonderful things that are happening throughout the year in our specialist programs: Art, Music, Physical Education, Technology, Library, STEAM, and Foreign Language. This blog, Encore ME, has been created to showcase the Arts, Culture, and Movement of MERSD. We hope you enjoy all of the amazing work your children and our teachers are doing!
Please check out our blog: https://encoremersd.blogspot.com/
We are excited to announce a partnership this summer with the Manchester-Essex Regional School District to offer a summer literacy program to rising second and third grade students.
What is the Summer Literacy Program? It is a 2 week program that provides your child the opportunity to participate in morning literacy instruction which focuses on spelling, grammar, vocabulary, self-selected reading, and small group guided reading. Your child will then spend the afternoon engaged in enrichment activities that support the morning instruction. Afternoon activities include arts and crafts, music, character development, swimming and much, much more!
The program is sponsored by the YMCA of the North Shore – Ipswich Family YMCA in collaboration with the Manchester Essex Regional School District. This program will start on Monday, July 9th and end on Friday, July 20th. The program will begin each morning at 9:00 am and end each afternoon at 4:00pm. The program is Monday through Friday for the 2 weeks. Students are eligible to attend as early as 8:30am and stay as late as 5:00 pm. Students will need to commit to both weeks of the program.
What do I have to do? We believe that family involvement is the key to the positive development and academic success of any child. So, in order for your child to participate in the program we need your participation, too. Your family involvement will include attending the initial parent/caregiver orientation meeting, reading nightly with your child and participating in all parent/caregiver workshops. Please fill out the attached consent form and return it to the main office by June 8, 2018.
There are no fees associated with this program – it’s Free!
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Rob Hunt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 978-356-9622.
We look forward to working with you and your child this summer!
Director of Operations
Ipswich Family YMCA
**RESCHEDULED FOR Wednesday April 4th**
MERSD Proudly Presents Guest Speaker
Dr. Robert Brooks
When: Wednesday, APRIL 4, 2018 7:00pm-9:00pm
Where: MERSD High School Auditorium
Q&A and Book Signing After Speaking Engagement
Title: Raising Resilient Children and Adolescents
Description: Join us as we welcome Dr. Robert Brooks, Ph.D. a Harvard Medical School faculty member and author of fourteen books, who will outline an approach to help children and adolescents deal more effectively with stress and pressure, in order to become more resilient.
In his presentation Dr. Brooks will highlight factors that help children and teens deal more effectively with challenges in today’s stress-filled world. He will describe (a) why some youngsters from birth have a more difficult time developing resilience than others, (b) the importance of identifying and reinforcing each child’s “islands of competence,” and (c) specific strategies for nurturing caring, responsibility, hope, and resilience in our children and teens.
Dr. Robert Brooks is one of today’s leading speakers and authors on the themes of resilience, motivation, school climate, a positive work environment, and family relationships. During the past 35 years, Dr. Brooks has presented nationally and internationally to thousands of parents, educators, mental health professionals, and business people. His talks are filled with practical, realistic suggestions and he is renowned for the warmth and humor he uses to bring his insights and anecdotes to life.
Summer Music Institute Mission Statement:
By beginning a week-long summer music camp for MERSD elementary and middle schoolers’, we hope not only to jump start the school year by getting students back into their practice on their instruments, but also provide valuable learning experiences that students would not get in a larger school year setting. We will provide opportunities for small group and solo performances, promote independence and leadership in young musicians, and allow young students to interact with and be inspired by their older peers. This more intimate setting will also allow for finely tuned individualized instruction for each student. Finally, we hope that this program can provide students with a fun enrichment of their musical experiences at MERSD, and motivate them to become leaders and role-models for their fellow musicians throughout the school year.
Music students are encouraged to register online at the following link :
Read More This Year with the 2018 Reading Challenge
Yes, it's time for the 2018 Reading Challenge! Make a promise to read more books this year. Goodreads makes it easy to set your own reading goal, track your progress, and celebrate your success with our annual Reading Challenge.
Last year, more than three million readers joined the Challenge and collectively finished more than 43 million books. In a recent survey of Goodreads members, 82 percent said they wanted to spend more time reading. So…what are you waiting for?