Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Updates
Last Friday, I attended the Royal Breakfast at Nottingham West Elementary School. The event was a grade 5 reading of the “Big Friendly Giant,” by Roald Dahl. Students had breakfast in the Café, and then a reading with special characters from the story. A special thanks to Mr. Crivac, grade 5 teachers, and the PTA for making this a special day for the students. I am still working on my acting skills as one of the characters in the story.
I attended the ELC Back to School Night for families, students provided tours for family members to visit their classrooms. Additional information was available for families including TIPS for parents of Kindergartners about reading and language acquisition, and activities to help build early literacy skills at home.
Last Wednesday, Hudson Memorial held an informational event for families on helping children manage stress. There was a great turnout for this event and HMS continues to provide numerous opportunities for family engagement for middle school students.
The evaluation committee met today. The committee is starting the process to review the educator evaluation process. The committee is comprised of teachers from across the district. I would also like to thank Jeff Peterson who is facilitating this committee. Mr. Peterson met with Ms. Organek and me to review the prior committee process, evaluation forms, and research. I look forward to working with the committee and providing a recommendation to the School Board.
I met with Ms. Dionne, Vice Chair-School Board and Mr. Beals, School Board member, to review all respondents interested in joining the Strategic Planning Committee. We have outlined committee members and are finalizing committee membership.
Professional Development Update
On October 4, I attended the Bradley Kidder Law Conference, there were multiple workshop sessions including responding to school threats, updates to the Right to Know law, recent amendments to 91-A:3 and preparation, retention, and review of sealed minutes for non-public session, due process requirements, legislative updates to the use of seclusion and restraint and the policy and procedures required updates. This was a productive law conference for administrators and educators to attend.
The stipend committee has met since our last School Board meeting and reviewed recent stipends at the high school. A couple of modifications were made to existing stipends to make an adjustment to the HMS Drama Club stipend and transferring the HMS Robotics stipend that is not in use and transfer this stipend for an accompanist. The stipend committee continues to have scheduled meetings to make stipend modifications as needed.
Last Friday, I met with the Lions Club and Ms. Begonis to discuss continued opportunities to support schools with continuing the vision and hearing screening. At this meeting we discussed other opportunities the Lions Club could potentially support students and families. I appreciate the strong partnership the district has with the Lions Club.
I attended the Board of Selectmen meeting with the second public hearing regarding restricting public use of Memorial Drive during the school day. The school district will now work with Hudson Police Department on a notification to families and the community. The district will work with the Department of Public works on signage notifying the public road restriction during the school day. This will go into effect on November 6.
I attended two of the sports Senior Nights last week, the boys’ soccer game which was a great game that went to double overtime and ended in a tie and the girls’ soccer game with the Alvirne team in a close and competitive game throughout with the visiting team winning 2-1. A great attendance and school spirit were present at both games.
Daniel Moulis, Ed. D