Reading Rotary Club and RMHS Interact Club to Sponsor Thanksgiving Day Breakfast Prior to the Football Game

Good Morning,

The Reading Rotary Club and RMHS Interact Club will be sponsoring a Thanksgiving Day Breakfast on Thursday, November 23rd (Thanksgiving Day) from 8:00-10:00 a.m. in the Reading Memorial High School Cafeteria.  The cost is will be $10.00 for 12 years and older, $7.00 for children 5-12 years old, and free for anyone under 5.  This year the Reading vs. Stoneham Football game is at Reading Memorial High School and tickets will be on sale at the breakfast.

Reading Rotary Club is a community service organization and is a proud supporter of the Reading Public Schools.  The RMHS Interact Club is the student branch of the Reading Rotary Club and provides community service to the greater Reading Community.

Come and have breakfast before the game!

Superintendent’s Hours for the Next Two Weeks

Superintendent of Schools John Doherty will be holding office hours during the following times over the next two weeks:

Superintendent Office Hours For Weeks of November 12 and November 19

November 13    7:30 – 8:30 a.m.      Coolidge – New Date/Time

November 16    2:30 – 3:30 p.m.      Birch Meadow

November 20    7:30 – 8:30 a.m.      Parker

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Reading Public Schools Administration Offices at 781-944-5800 or at https://www.reading.k12.ma.us/about-us/contact-us/ .  Office hours are an opportunity for the Reading Community and staff to inquire or ask questions about any areas related to the Reading Public Schools.  We will try to have at least 2 opportunities for office hours each week during the school year. There is no appointment needed.

Pathways Newsletter for Week of 11/12/2017

Good Afternoon, Reading Public School Community,

We hope all is well and you are enjoying your weekend.  A special thanks goes out to all of our Veterans for serving our country.  Thank you for your service.

Below is the link to this week’s Pathways Newsletter.  In this week’s edition, there are articles about Astronaut Mike Massimino who visited RMHS last week, an article about the RMHS Drama Club production of Pippen, an article on 15 websites with leveled texts, Inclusive Schools practices in December from the ADL, and How making art helps teens better understand their mental health.  There are also the RMHS High Fives for the week and photos from our November 7th Inservice Day, Wood End, Barrows, RMHS, and Parker.

Have a rest of the weekend and week ahead!

Pathways Newsletter V4N11

Pathways Newsletter for Week of November 5, 2017

Good Afternoon,

We hope that you are enjoying this beautiful weekend.  Below is the link to this week’s Pathway’s Newsletter.  In this week’s edition, there are articles on the Joshua Eaton Veteran’s Day Assembly, the Chad Hymas Middle School assemblies, a request for tree donors for the Reading Education Foundation Festival of Trees, an article from Edutopia on how to create a classroom full of risk takers, and an article on ten questions that help you understand what you learned today.  There are also photos from RMHS, Parker, and Killam.

Have a great rest of the weekend and week ahead!

Pathways Newsletter V9N10

 

Superintendent’s Office Hours for the Next Two Weeks

Superintendent of Schools John Doherty will be holding office hours during the following times over the next two weeks:

Superintendent Office Hours For Weeks of November 5 and November 12

November 6      5:00 – 6:00 p.m.      RPS Administrative Offices

November 8      12:30 – 1:30 p.m.    Joshua Eaton

November 9      7:00 – 8:00 a.m.      RMHS

November 15    2:30 – 3:30 p.m.      Coolidge

November 16    2:30 – 3:30 p.m.      Birch Meadow

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Reading Public Schools Administration Offices at 781-944-5800 or at https://www.reading.k12.ma.us/about-us/contact-us/ .  Office hours are an opportunity for the Reading Community and staff to inquire or ask questions about any areas related to the Reading Public Schools.  We will try to have at least 2 opportunities for office hours each week during the school year. There is no appointment needed.

 

 

 

Learning and Teaching Update

MCAS Update 1

Individual Student MCAS Results

The district has received individual MCAS results from the state for all students, and we have been preparing the results for mailing.  Parents/guardians should receive them in the mail soon.  As these results include scores for the first year of the “next generation” MCAS in English Language Arts and Mathematics for Grades 3-8, the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has provided information for parents about this new assessment.  Below is a letter that the DESE has recommended districts provide to parents.

DESE Letter to parents about the Next-Generation MCAS results . . .

Dear Parent,

You will soon receive your child’s MCAS scores, which include results from the next-generation MCAS tests that were given in English language arts and mathematics to students in grades 3-8 in spring 2017. Due to the new testing format and scoring, the Department writes to share some important information for parents and students to understand the scaling and context of the results.

The new MCAS assessment was created with input from teachers following a thorough review and update of our curriculum frameworks. Both the frameworks and the next-generation MCAS were developed with the active involvement of hundreds of experienced Massachusetts teachers and educators from all over the Commonwealth to ensure we provide every child with the opportunity they deserve to graduate high school ready for college or career. We are deeply grateful for their participation and expertise.

Even though Massachusetts has the highest performing public education system in the nation, we have to keep improving to remain globally competitive. Equally important, too many of our high school graduates are not fully prepared for post-secondary education or training. That’s why we embarked on this vital project to take responsibility for improving our own standards and assessments.

The next-generation MCAS is a reformatted test from the old MCAS, and the scores are not comparable to the prior tests your child has taken. On the legacy MCAS, the four scoring categories were Advanced, Proficient, Needs Improvement, and Warning/Failing. On the next-generation MCAS, the four scoring categories are Exceeding Expectations, Meeting Expectations, Partially Meeting Expectations, and Not Meeting Expectations. The new categories emphasize readiness for higher-level work at the next grade level.

Roughly half of Massachusetts grades 3-8 students are already scoring in the Meeting Expectations category or above, but many students will find that they scored in the Partially or Not Meeting Expectations categories. As you look at these scores and help your child understand them, please note:

  • The next-generation MCAS establishes high expectations to better reflect whether students are on track for the next grade level and ultimately for college and a career.
  • 2017 is the baseline year – the first year of a new assessment – and we expect that over time, more students will score Meeting Expectations or above. (When the original MCAS debuted in 1998, relatively few students scored Proficient, but that changed as students and teachers adjusted to the new expectations.)
  • Students in grades 3-8 do not face any negative consequences as a result of their scores.
  • Students in 10th grade will not begin taking the next generation MCAS until 2019, so they are not affected by any of these changes.
  • The next-generation MCAS is a new test with a different approach to assessing student performance in grades 3-8, and this year’s results cannot be compared to last year’s.
  • MCAS results are only one measure of your child’s growth and achievement. Your child’s teacher can also talk to you more broadly about your child’s academic growth and about his or her social and emotional development.
  • In some subjects and grades, fewer students scored Meeting or Exceeding Expectations this year than scored Proficient or Advanced in previous years. This does NOT mean that students learned less; it reflects the fact that the next-generation MCAS measures more rigorous standards in a different way.

Massachusetts has the best public school system in the country, and giving students a clearer signal of their readiness for the next grade level is an important part of that. Please see the attached FAQ sheet for more details on the tests.

Learn more about the next-generation MCAS and your child’s score.

If you have questions or concerns about your child’s results, I encourage you to talk with his or her teacher or principal. General questions about MCAS results and supplemental resources can be directed to the Office of Student Assessment at mcas@doe.mass.edu or by phone at 781-338-3625.

Sincerely,

Jeff Wulfson

Acting Commissioner

During the coming months, staff at all our schools will be reviewing and analyzing all the state assessment data.  As part of this analysis, staff will review our curriculum alignment with the state standards, and they will also identify any students who may benefit from additional support.  If you have any questions regarding the MCAS or your child’s individual results, feel free to contact the Reading Public School central office or your child’s school principal.

 

Pathways Newsletter for Week of October 29th

Good Morning,

The link to this week’s Pathways Newsletter is below.  In this week’s edition, there is an article about the recent Parent University, Killam’s success in a national poetry contest, Chad Hymas coming to the middle schools, and an article from Edutopia on how Suspensions Don’t Teach.  There are also the RMHS High Fives for the week and photos from RMHS and Killam.

Have a great rest of the weekend and week ahead!

Pathways Newsletter V4N9

Superintendent’s Office Hours For the Next 2 Weeks

Superintendent of Schools John Doherty will be holding office hours during the following times over the next two weeks:

Superintendent Office Hours For Weeks of October 29 and November 5

October 27        2:30 – 3:30 p.m.      Wood End School

October 30        4:30 – 5:30 p.m.      RPS Administrative Offices

November 2      7:45 – 8:45 a.m.      Barrows School

November 6      5:00 – 6:00 p.m.      RPS Administrative Offices

November 8      12:30 – 1:30 p.m.    Joshua Eaton

November 9      7:00 – 8:00 a.m.      RMHS

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Reading Public Schools Administration Offices at 781-944-5800 or at https://www.reading.k12.ma.us/about-us/contact-us/ .  Office hours are an opportunity for the Reading Community and staff to inquire or ask questions about any areas related to the Reading Public Schools.  We will try to have at least 2 opportunities for office hours each week during the school year. There is no appointment needed.

 

 

Superintendent’s Office Hours for Week of October 22, 2017

Superintendent of Schools John Doherty will be holding office hours during the following times this week:

Superintendent Office Hours

October 25        7:30 – 8:30 a.m.      Parker Middle School

October 27        2:30 – 3:30 p.m.      Wood End School

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Reading Public Schools Administration Offices at 781-944-5800 or at https://www.reading.k12.ma.us/about-us/contact-us/ .  Office hours are an opportunity for the Reading Community and staff to inquire or ask questions about any areas related to the Reading Public Schools.  We will try to have at least 2 opportunities for office hours each week during the school year. There is no appointment needed.

 

Pathways Newsletter for Week of October 21, 2017

Good Evening,

I hope all is well and you are enjoying your weekend.  Below is the link to this week’s Pathways Newsletter.  In this week’s edition, there is an update on the Reading MCAS scores, a call for budget liaisons to participate in the FY19 budget process, an article on when students are traumatized, teachers are too, and an article on when the focus is on the student and not the class.  There are also photos from the RMHS High Five for the week, Parker, and our School Nutrition Program.

Have a great rest of the weekend and week ahead!

Take care.

Pathways Newsletter V4N8