Our vision is to connect, engage, and inspire all students in the Ayer Shirley Regional School District to reach academic excellence. We, the educators of the Ayer Shirley Regional School District, will instill habits of reflection and inquiry to challenge our students in setting ambitious academic and personal goals. Students will develop a strong voice to express thoughts and ideas in the community and the confidence to showcase their talents and successes in preparation for entry into college and the world of work.
Greeting ASRSD Families,
As we close out another great year in our schools, let us take a brief look back at some of our highlights of 2017!!
1:1 initiative at the high school - Track team makes districts for first time since 1950s - Record number of students joining athletic programs - ASRHS is US News ranking silver medal winner 3 years in a row - New MS ELA program - New elementary literacy program - High school students become journalists and cover Ayer BOS meetings- Extended summer learning program - Many facility improvements to LAW and PH - Strong performance on MCAS - MIAA Sportsmanship Honor Roll - Merit scholarship finalist - Two high school faculty certified as Advanced Placement Readers - Mock Trial advances to finals - Destination Imagination takes 1st place at regional tournament - Andromeda One wins Chairman’s Award for 3rd consecutive year & top honor award at WPI competition-Football team receives for 2nd consecutive year Football Sportsmanship Award for Mid D Wach League---Just to name a few...
Happy Holidays and best wishes for a wonderful 2018. Looking forward to another great year!
New Field Complex Project
Our communities are most fortunate to have such a new, beautiful high school. As part of the ASRSD capital planning process, we are now looking to build a new track and field complex that compliments our high school. The current track, football field, softball and baseball fields, and makeshift soccer fields have not been upgraded for over fifty years. Please see the photo below of the high school field complex. It was taken in 1964. Look familiar? The current track was last repaved in 2003, and we must replace it soon. The School Committee recently approved plans for a new track and field complex for the high school. Additionally, the School Committee has approved a comprehensive facilities study for our elementary schools. Over the next few months, public forums will be held to share more information. We hope that our parents will attend and learn more about these important projects.
Later Start Times
Like many districts in the state, we are exploring later start times for the high school and middle school for the 2018-2019 school year. There is an abundance of research that shows middle and high schoolers should start school later based on the physiological make-up of adolescents. At the start of the new year, we will be seeking parental input through forums and a survey. We look forward to your input.
Valery Hillier, preschool teacher at LAW, will be running the Boston Marathon in the spring in support of The Brittany Fund for Trauma and Recovery. This will be Valery’s 9th marathon. She says she has never been so excited for a winter of training on the hills and in the snow for this once in a lifetime opportunity. Congratulations to Valery, and we wish her luck.
Congratulations to Ayer Shirley Senior Ethan Matthews for coming in 24th out of 180 runners, and taking home the Bronze medal at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional Cross Country Championships. Ethan was also part of the top five runners from Massachusetts who came in second in the Northeast team competition behind New Jersey.
Congratulations to our Lego Robotics teams for their great performance in Worcester. Kudos to the Water Legends squad who received one of the Judge’s Core Values Awards for their perseverance. Special thanks to Brian LaPointe, Lynn Oppenheim, Amy Cirrone & Nichole MacDonald for all of their efforts.
Congratulations to Peggy Twiss, ASRHS Librarian, for completing 5 years of participation with The Virtual High School (VHS). With more than 700 participating schools and over 18,000 student enrollments, VHS continues to enrich school curriculum by providing innovative, student-centered online courses.
The annual school concerts were just fabulous. I shared this snip-it of the high school recently and the viewer thought it was the Boston Pops. Please take a look below at the one minute video of the high school concert band and choir. Enjoy!
Thank you Panther Nation. We thank you for sharing your students with us and for your support. I know you join me in thanking our wonderful teachers. Enjoy the holiday season!
Happy New Year!
Superintendent of Schools
A lovely holiday luncheon for Administrators hosted by Page Hilltop students from Mrs. Marshall's class.
Senior recognition night for our musicians.
Ms. Powers is in the holiday spirit!
Pedro Mendez wows owners of Buffalo Wild Wings with his winning essay!
Learning how to read in kindergarten.
Mr. Donovan's class reading The Kite Runner.
Look at the high school students using their chromebooks.
Mrs. Capasso & Mrs. Allard co-teaching Humanities. Chromebooks in use.
LAW students present the Unified Arts program to RSC.
ASRHS students pumping up the high school to ASRMS 8th grade students! It is the place to be!!