A message from Superintendent Greulich
Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! We have been busy in the schools and in central office this summer hiring new staff, refining the District Improvement Plan, preparing for our Leadership Retreat, organizing Opening Day activities, and planning professional development for the upcoming year. However, there has been one thing missing – the students. We look forward to the energy that the beginning of school brings and to welcoming our students on the first day of school, Wednesday, August 30.
We eagerly welcome new staff to the district, including Principal Robert Skaza and Assistant Principal Joseph Padilla at Richer Elementary School, Principal Kalliope Pantazopoulos at Kane Elementary School, Assistant Principal Kara Fisher at Jaworek Elementary School, and Assistant Principal John Travers at Marlborough High School. Additionally, we are pleased to announce Jody O’Brien as our new Director of Student Services.
Working with the Massachusetts School Building Authority we have been approved for a new elementary building project which has passed through preliminary phases and is now in the design process. We are in the process of creating a link for the website that will outline timelines and progress on this exciting building project and there will be a public forum at the Whitcomb School on September 5 at both 4 pm and 6 pm to discuss the site selection and to answer questions. Once this is completed in approximately 3-4 years, we will begin the process of redistricting our elementary students in a configuration that will include K-5 as we plan to bring grade five back to an elementary environment with the intention of incorporating elements of the middle school STEAM model at the elementary level. The high school will see a brand-new schedule and teaming for all ninth graders, and we will continue to focus on our successful STEM teams in addition to the dual enrollment opportunities for concurrent college credits.
You may have noticed our re-branding of the Marlborough Public Schools, from the new student-designed logo on this letterhead and throughout the District to new signage at the school sites to a new and improved website. We are proud of our schools, with their rich diversity and innovative programs and strive to highlight our points of pride in the City and beyond. Our Communications Coordinator has been busy preparing press releases to celebrate the wonderful news and happenings in our District.
Watch for ongoing, up-to-date news and information by checking out our website (www.mps-edu.org) – especially the “District News” page – as well as the MPS Facebook and Twitter pages. Coming in early September is the launch of an MPS Mobile App that you will be hearing a lot about. On the Superintendent webpage you can find my reports given at School Committee meetings and a link to the videos of all School Committee meetings, as well as a Twitter feed of ‘good news’ about the district and items of educational interest. Additionally, individual school webpages, principals’ newsletters, MPS Connect notices, and PTO newsletters can help you stay in touch with news and events in the schools.
Thank you for your ongoing support of the Marlborough Public Schools, and please do not hesitate to contact my office with any concerns, questions, or highlights. Here’s to a great school year!
Maureen Greulich, Superintendent