Reading Public Schools Newsletter for Week of April 21, 2019

Good Afternoon, Reading Public School Community,

We hope that you are having a great vacation.  For those of you who celebrate Passover and Easter, we hope that you are having a joyous holiday weekend.

Attached is this week’s Pathways Newsletter.  The articles and stories for this week are as follows:

  • Racist Graffiti Incident at Wood End During Vacation
  • Reading Public Schools Experiencing Phone Outages
  • Reading Education Foundation Donates $41,728 to Schools
  • METCO Advocacy Day
  • RMHS Late Start Information
  • An article from the Marshall Memo on Does Civic Education Make a Difference?
  • RMHS High Five for the Week
  • Reading Students Participate in Junior Districts
  • ArtsFest Shows the Talents of Our Students
  • Stepping Stones
  • Blazing Trails

Enjoy the rest of the weekend and have a great week ahead!

Pathways Newsletter V6N27

Reading Public Schools Newsletter for Week of 4/7/2019

Good Morning, Reading Public School Community,

We hope that you are enjoying this weekend.  Attached, please find this week’s edition of the Pathways Newsletter.  In this newsletter, you will find the following information and articles:

  • Swastika Graffiti Incident at RMHS
  • Come and Celebrate ArtsFest this week!
  • Information from the Office of Learning and Teaching on the Reading Spring Institute
  • An article from the Marshall Memo on Effective Interaction Strategies for Students with Mental Health Issues
  • Reading 375 Information
  • RMHS High Five for the Week
  • RMHS Retail Banking Students Participate in MSBA
  • Coolidge School Wide Science Olympiad Day
  • Stepping Stones
  • Blazing Trails

Enjoy the rest of the weekend and the week ahead!

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Reading 375 Paint the Town Event

Calling all artists!  As part of the Reading 375 celebrations this spring, local artists GRADE 6 AND UP are invited to submit a work of art inspired by Reading for Paint the Town.  This is a great opportunity for our student artists to have their work publicly displayed as part of a town-wide art show.  Submissions are due MAY 1.  See www.reading375.com/paint-the-town/ for full information on how to participate.

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Reading Public School Newsletter for Week of 3/31/2019

Good Afternoon, Reading Public School Community,

We hope that you are having a great weekend.  Attached is this week’s Pathways Newsletter.  This week’s newsletter has the following information and articles.

  • Director of Student Services Announcement
  • RPS Students Recognized in Boston Sports Museum Essay Contest
  • RMHS Students Participate in 6th Congressional Art Show
  • A blog post from Dr. David Walsh about “The talk 70% of teens wish adults would have with them”
  • RMHS High Fives for the Week
  • Parker Middle School Student Competes in State Geography Bee
  • Parker Middle School Student Competes in State Science Olympiad
  • Killam Author Visit
  • Stepping Stones
  • Blazing Trails

Have a great rest of the weekend and week ahead!

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Reading Public School Newsletter for Week of March 10, 2019

Good Morning, Reading Public School Community,

I hope that you are having a great weekend.  Attached is this week’s Pathways Newsletter.  This week’s newsletter contains the following information and articles.

  • Swastika Graffiti Found at Reading Memorial High School
  • Update on Birch Meadow Student Illnesses
  • Director of Student Services Announcement
  • Reading Cultural Council Awards $7500 in grants
  • RMLD Honors Local Elementary Students
  • Reading Institute Spring Program
  • RMHS High Five for the Week
  • Joshua Eaton Celebrates Read Across America
  • 2019 Reading First Lego League Exhibition
  • Stepping Stones
  • Blazing Trails

There will be no office hours this week.

Thanks and have a great rest of the weekend and week ahead!

Pathways Newsletter V6N24

Director of Student Services Announcement

Good Afternoon, Reading Public School Community,

We wanted to update you on the search process for the Director of Student Services.  Over the last few weeks, the 16 member Director of Student Services Screening Committee has been engaged in designing questions and conducting interviews.  The Screening Committee interviewed 5 qualified candidates, all with districtwide special education administration experience.  From that process a group of pre-finalists were moved to a second round of interviews with the Central Office Leadership Team consisting of Superintendent of Schools John Doherty, Chief Financial Officer Gail Dowd, Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Teaching Christine Kelley, and Interim Director of Student Services Sharon Stewart.  As a result of both rounds of interviews, one candidate has been moved forward as a finalist.

We are pleased to announce that Jennifer Stys is a finalist for the Director of Student Services.  Jennifer is currently the Director of Special Education for the Lowell Public Schools.  A copy of Jennifer’s resume is attached.

Because our process is ending quicker than anticipated, we will be changing it slightly.   The Community is invited to attend a question and answer session with Jennifer on Monday, March 11th, from 6:00-6:40 p.m. in the Patrick A. Schettini Library Media Center.  Community members who attend the evening session will have the opportunity to submit questions for the candidate to answer.  Immediately after the question and answer session with the candidate, the School Committee will be meeting to discuss the process which may also include voting on the Superintendent’s recommendation of Ms. Stys as the next Director of Student Services for the Reading Public Schools.

If you have any questions, please contact the Reading Public Schools Administration Offices at 781-944-5800.

Stys Resume

No School For Reading Public Schools for Monday, March 4th

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No School for Monday, March 4th

Good Evening, Reading Public School Community,

I hope that you are having a great weekend.  Due to the impending snowstorm, there will be no school for the Reading Public Schools for Monday, March 4th.  In addition, all 52 week employees, except those involved in snow removal, may stay home tomorrow.

Be safe and enjoy the snow day.

Information for Parents on “Momo Challenge”

Dear Reading Public School Families,

Over the last few weeks, there have been many news stories circulating on the “Momo Challenge.” The purpose of this letter is to provide information, and to encourage you to monitor your children’s use of social media and the internet.

In the Momo Challenge, an image of a woman with distorted features allegedly instructs viewers to commit acts of violence against others and ultimately, acts of self-harm under threat of a “curse” or that Momo will injure them. The challenge apparently started in Latin America in 2018 and spread to the United States via Facebook, but it has never been established who is behind it or what his or her intent was. In February 2019, new warnings about the challenge made the rounds through social media.  The “Momo Challenge” is a hoax.

We recommend the following tips to keep your children safe online and to talk to your children about this challenge in a way that you feel is appropriate for their understanding.

  • Use the parental controls available through your Internet service provider, device, and apps to minimize the risk of your children’s access to inappropriate content. Parental controls and filtering software are not perfect, so your presence while your children are using the Internet is still necessary.
  • Bookmark favorite sites so your children can find them easily and directly.
  • Start a conversation around appropriate online behavior, including what to do if your children find content that is frightening or that makes them feel uncomfortable. Make sure they know who they can talk to if they encounter a situation they do not know how to handle.
  • Ensure your children know not to share personal information of any kind with anyone. The Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) restricts what a commercial website can collect and requires a parent’s consent, but that does not mean that an individual cannot ask personal questions.
  • Make sure your children (and you) know that clicking on random links or downloading unfamiliar or unexpected attachments is how malware is spread.

The Reading Public Schools takes internet safety very seriously and puts digital safety practices in place to help students stay safe while using the district’s network and internet.

There are several links below that explain the “Momo Challenge” in more detail.  Please be advised that some of the stories and images may be disturbing.

We encourage your children to speak with a trusted adult should they have any concerns.  If you have any questions, please contact your child’s building principal, who can provide further information and support.

Sincerely,

John Doherty

Superintendent of Schools