A message from Superintendent Greulich
Who could have predicted that on March 14 and March 15 we would be experiencing our third MPS snow day and third 2-hour delay for this school year! Hopefully we have seen the end of New England’s ‘curve balls’ and are marching into a wonderful spring season. The last day of school is now Tuesday, June 20.
I would like to draw your attention to a wonderful event called, ‘Art Brings Us Together,’ at Whitcomb School on Thursday, March 30 from 6 pm – 8 pm. The Citywide Art Show will display wonderful examples of our student art work from K-12 and, in addition, this year we will have activities, food, and dance demonstrations to celebrate our rich diversity. It will surely be a wonderful family event!
The rich diversity of our schools is something that we celebrate and advocate for every day. I would like to take the time to repeat the advisory recently issued by our Attorney General Maura Healey that state and federal law require state educational agencies and local school districts to provide all elementary and secondary students with equal access to education – irrespective of race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or immigration status. The advisory states that, "Enrollment practices that single out students based on their actual or perceived citizenship or immigration status violate state and federal law. Furthermore, equal access to public education means not only the right to enroll in school, but also the right to an education free from unlawful discrimination and harassment." It is our mission to provide services to all of our students, no matter their need, to ensure that our graduates are equipped with the skills needed for college and career in an ever-changing world.
This spring marks the start of the next-generation MCAS assessments in English language arts and math in grades 3-8. Please check individual school calendars for specific dates. Our students in these grades will test on a computer-based platform and have the chance to practice on devices prior to the testing. High school students will continue with paper-based testing for competency determination for graduation for the next few years. Students are not allowed to opt-out of statewide testing as testing results help parents to gauge whether their students are making academic progress. In addition, the results are needed for the District to measure the progress of students in the same school, across schools, and across other districts in the Commonwealth. A 95% participation rate is a big factor in school and district accountability. Should you have any questions about this testing, do not hesitate to contact your child’s principal.
We invite you to familiarize yourself with our brand new, user-friendly, ADA compliant MPS website that is up and running, full of colorful and engaging pictures and useful information. A special thanks to our site webmasters, led by Communications Coordinator Reina Rago, who are working hard to comply with District protocols of consistency while adding their individual school flavor. The sites look great! A sophomore art student, Fernando Arroyo, designed the new logo that appears on the website and will soon be seen throughout the District propelling our rebranding campaign. Congratulations to Fernando for winning the logo contest in an authentic demonstration of student work!
To view our FY2018 budget documents please visit the District homepage under the tab ‘District’ and then click on ‘Budget.’ Our leadership team worked hard to advocate for allocation of funds that we think will have the most impact on student achievement in MPS. The support of the Mayor, School Committee, and City Council is evident and appreciated. Without such support we would not be able to lay claim to our high school ranking as the 78th best high school in the state. We have much to be proud of and look forward to continuing this success.
Please contact me should you have any questions or concerns.
Maureen Greulich, Superintendent