A message from Superintendent Greulich
The 2017-2018 school year is in full swing, and we are finally feeling a morning nip of fall in the air. Our Communications Coordinator Reina Rago, building principals, and webmasters are doing a wonderful job of pushing out the events and good news of the District. If you have not already done so, please install our MPS mobile app on your phone for instant connection to all the news. Directions are on the District webpage.
The advent of the Mobile App and the expanded websites are a direct result of our District Goal of supporting the partnership between the Marlborough community, Marlborough school families, and the Marlborough Public Schools through ongoing outreach, opportunities, and resources. We have expanded our translation and interpretation services to include six full-time translators to provide services to our Spanish and Portuguese families. Additionally, we are happy to announce that we have increased our membership on the District Parent Council to include three EL parents, an invaluable addition to this important group. Marlborough continues to be a welcoming community and we are poised to offer any assistance we can to school-age children leaving the island of Puerto Rico post-hurricane.
Building a new elementary school involves a long and detailed process, and we are pleased to report that we are on track and seeking City Council approval for this project. In September, we hosted two community information sessions. Under the District and Community tab on the website we have included an updated School Building Project information portal. Please reach out with any questions on this important project.
We are proud of the recognitions we have received from Governor Baker’s office. The Baker-Polito Administration recently awarded $9.5 million in Workforce Skills Capital Grants; Marlborough Public Schools was one of only four comprehensive districts to receive funds in the amount of $343,376 for our Advanced Pathways Program. This program provides students with the opportunity to learn and apply transferable skills while in high school in the growing industry sectors of advanced manufacturing, electronics, robotics, and information technology. Additionally, Governor Baker recently toured Marlborough High School to visit early college classes in which our students earn college credit from Quinsigamond Community College in classes taught by our own Marlborough teachers. Touring a college English class and a college psychology class, Governor Baker touted our high school as a model for replication in the Commonwealth telling students they are gaining valuable skills toward college and career while in high school and that the “free price is right.”
Results have been released for the 2017 MCAS testing cycle. Students in grades 3-8 participated in computer-based Next Generation MCAS tests with new rating scales and a more rigorous test. The data from this 2017 test will be used as baseline data with no school accountability rankings made this year. The high school participated in the legacy MCAS and remains a Level 3 status. Administrators and teachers are analyzing the data to highlight gains and to put in place strategies for improvement.
The 2017-2020 District Improvement Plan was created by several committees working together around a set of standards and will shortly be in its final form. Concurrently, principals are working with their School Councils to submit their own School Improvement Plans for approval. These documents will soon appear on the District website.
Meanwhile, please take a copy of the updated District brochure that has been placed in all the buildings. It is a thumbnail sketch of our points of pride and information about the Marlborough Public Schools. Watch soon for the fall edition of Panther Pride with even more news from the schools about our wonderful students and staff.
As always, please reach out with any concerns or questions.
Maureen Greulich, Superintendent