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richard boroff April 20, 2014 at 04:02 PM
Out near the Patton farm on Asbury St toward Topsfield!!!
richard boroff April 20, 2014 at 04:03 PM
And by the way, roses need manure and elbow grease before they smell like a rose!!!
Monique Monet April 22, 2014 at 11:53 AM
If you need manure, go to Town Hall, there's plenty of that inside.
Mary April 20, 2014 at 08:03 AM
Town Administrator Mark Andrews said he was not aware of the rule preventing appointed officialsRead Morefro m using their titles on endorsements, but observed that it seemed to be a fairly common practice in many cities and towns. Really Mr. Andrews? This is ethics 101.
Michelle Bailey April 20, 2014 at 01:01 PM
For anyone interested, here is the ethics bulletin referenced in theRead Morearticle. http://www.mass.gov/et hics/education-and-training-resources/educational-materials/advisories/advisory-11-1.html All town officials, from the Town Administrator to the Library Trustees to the Cemetery Commission and the Cultural Council must complete an on-line training. If interested, you can take this training too if you would like to learn more. http://www.muniprog.eth.state.ma.us
William Dery April 20, 2014 at 12:09 PM
Charles, The present system whatever it is, produces student in the 66 percentile. That isRead Moreunaccept able. You can pat yourself on the back all day long –the numbers don’t lie. Accepting the status quo may be comfortable but I don’t see any way to bring us up in the leading numbers. Personally I would strive to be #1 and if perchance I was 3 in the state I don’t think I would complain. 300 smiting out of 900 ----NO We should be aspiring to a higher standard. Since we cannot higher and fire to get the very best teachers and we do have some very best, but not enough, than this alternate method that seems to get drastic results seems to be the path. Most people don’t like chance including me. That does not make it an insult in fact it is quit normal. If I had not seen the chart I would have been very skeptical, but it speaks for itself. I speak only for my self.
Michelle Bailey April 20, 2014 at 12:32 PM
I agree, Mr. Peppler! Dozens expressed concerns and the SC went on to vote on the proposal without Read Morehesitation anyways. What's the point in attending another meeting?!? A better plan is for parents to deny purchasing the iPads. (We do not buy the textbooks, and these are textbook replacements, right?) Here are some things you may want to consider. 1. Will better data collection and staff evaluations solve the problem that the larger class-sizes mean each student gets less direct explicit instruction the #1 evidenced-based method for addressing struggling students? Reference page 6 of this report. http://ies.ed.gov/ncee/wwc/pdf/practice_guides/rti_math_pg_042109.pdf#page=27 2. Two years ago, the leadership team asked for math aids (similar to the literacy aids in each elementary school). One of the teachers said this is the kind of help she needed to help students. Why wasn't this considered? Clearly it was thought as needed. 3. If the role of this middle level administrator is to do evaluations, what is the role of the principal? If it were to chair the SPED meetings, I could maybe see that, but no, the SC voted to add a person to do that. 4. While on the topic of the SPED person, how is 1 person going to do the job of 1.5 FTE PLUS the job of evaluations done by principals. There is no way that person can chair nearly 100 annual special education meeting (plus possibly that many more for addressing mid-year concerns) AND do all the other work asked. Impossible!
Charles Peppler April 21, 2014 at 04:25 PM
Mr. Dery, No one is patting themselves on the back, and everyone wants to improve our kidsRead Moreeducatio n in the most efficient manner possible. However, myself and several others left the last sc meeting scratching our heads wondering how replacing teachers with data collection administrators would improve student performance in any way. Several of the teachers asked for TAs to help share the load (at reasonable cost). With the superindendents help, perhaps LOWER the amount of evaluation busy work that teachers are burdened with (and stress out the kids), and help them get back to teaching...just back to the basics. All of this "No kid left behind, while racing to some nebulous top so politicians can move taxpayer money around" stuff just gets away from teaching kids, and helping them grow in knowledge. I'm still scratching my head how it came out that more data collection overhead and fewer teachers is better. I spoke with a teacher in another district close by that went down the extra evaluation data collector route. It has NOT helped with student performance, and they're trying to figure out how to undo it. Perhaps HWRSD can learn from them, and reorient back to helping teachers challenge students with the BEST curriculum, not the lowest common denominator materials and evaluation overhead coming from the feds.