•  A message from Superintendent Greulich

     May 2017 

     Maureen Greulich 12-2016

    Despite the speed with which the end of every school year seems to come, it is important to take some time to reflect and to zoom out on what ‘success’ looks like for our Marlborough Public School students and staff. 

    Success starts with attracting and hiring well, retaining and coaching staff intentionally, and making available opportunities for our staff to stretch, grow, and be mentored as leaders.  We are redoubling our efforts at early recruitment this year, both as a result of anticipated budget requests and as a result of typical staff turnover and retirements.  By ‘zooming out,’ we continue to ask the essential question of, ‘What does it mean to teach/lead in MPS?’ and to interview candidates with probing questions that help identify those who will be the best fit in our District. 

    Success continues with honoring our dedicated staff who every day share their passion and commitment to the children of Marlborough, whether they serve as an administrator, office support staff, teacher, paraeducator, behavior technician, custodian, or cafeteria worker.  This year we celebrate Staff Appreciation Day on May 9.  A small token of appreciation emblazoned with our new MPS logo is being given to all staff as a hearfelt thank you from our central office staff and the School Committee.

    Success would not be possible without our family engagement and community involvement.  One of our District goals is to increase family engagement and participation and to build upon the success of events such as the recent Citywide Art Show, with its newly added international dance component.  It was wonderful to see so many parents come out for the event to celebrate the talents of their children.  Whether it is partnering with teachers for student success at parent conferences, enjoying musical or theatrical performances, or cheering on students at athletic competitions, this partnership is key.  Further, we should all recognize the work of our District Parent Council and the various PTO groups, who not only raise funds for their respective schools but also build school spirit and community. 

    Academic success for our students can only be measured if we prepare our diverse student population appropriately for college and career.  Building on a sound foundation from elementary school, all middle school students participate in an interdisciplinary Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics (STEAM) approach to learning with individual access to technology devices.  At the high school, students may opt to focus on a STEM track in our highly regarded and recognized early college high school program.  Students beyond the two foundational years of STEM teaming may elect to gain college credits in selected pathways through our articulation agreement with Quinisgamond Community College or gain advance college credits through our wide array of Advanced Placement opportunities.  Students visit college campuses and begin to work on their individual success plans early so that they can avoid the fate of so many college students nationwide who must take remedial college courses after high school. Our STEM early college high school program is the model for our state as the Governor and boards of education scale up this initiative for more students of Massachusetts.

    We have successfully entered into the preliminary design phase of a new elementary school which will help to ensure adequate space in all of our elementary schools.  Currently, we are designing a link under the Community tab on our new website to keep everyone posted on the progress of this exciting new building project. 

    Despite our great successes, it is important to keep in mind the very real social-emotional issues that many of our students face every day.  There has been quite a bit of buzz and concern among parents, students, and school leadership of late regarding a current Netflix series entitled 13 Reasons Why. The series is based on a young adult novel by Jay Asher published in 2011. The story focuses on a high school student who commits suicide, leaving behind 13 tapes detailing why she took her own life. The Netflix series contains graphic scenes of suicide and sexual assault/rape. It also addresses issues of cyber-bullying, alcoholism, and depression.  These issues are extraordinarily challenging and may be difficult for some students to process in a healthy and appropriate way. We want to ensure that families are aware of the show, and are equipped with resources to help address these issues with their children. Here are some links to resources, but nothing takes the place of a call to a counselor, if there is a concern.

    13 Reasons Why Talking Points

    13 Reasons Why Discussion Questions

    Please contact me should you have any questions or concerns.

    Maureen Greulich, Superintendent