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.
Going from Good to Great
IT REALLY IS!
Greetings ASRSD Families,
March is one of the longest months of the year, but not this year. It came in like a lion, roared for 31 days, and left us in a deep chill. We are already into the 2nd week of April and spring vacation is around the corner. On Monday, April 16, we have President’s Day, the Boston Marathon and our beloved Red Sox take on the Baltimore Orioles. What more could you ask from a mundane Monday?
On behalf of the entire faculty and administration, we thank our families and please know we appreciate all you do for the district. We have so many dedicated and wonderful families and volunteers. Whether you give of your time or simply advocate for this school system, we are deeply grateful.
Later Start Times
On Tuesday, you were sent a memo informing you we will transition to later start times next school year. You can find the 2018-2019 start time schedule here. Over 600 parents/guardians completed the survey. If you did not have a chance to read the FAQs, you may access them here. There was significant parental concern with bussing. Dee Bus publishes routes and pick-up/drop-off times in early August. We will be sure to get this information to families. The bus routes will remain the same. The only change to bussing are the times.
Please refer to the following additional resources related to later start times.
“Start Time Changes in High Schools of Massachusetts”
"Why Growing Students Really Need More Sleep"
"Teens May Do Better When School Starts Later"
Synchronizing education to adolescent biology: 'let teens sleep, start school later'
Next Generation MCAS
The annual testing program has begun in all four schools. There are differing opinions on this state assessment. Let me offer you mine. Long ago I was a middle school ELA teacher and would have openly welcomed feedback on how well I taught my students. It would be most important to me to know if my students learned and mastered the grade level reading and writing standards. If the test results did not yield positive results, I would have been very concerned about my teaching and definitely would have taken pause to reflect and strategize on how I could improve my teaching and student learning. Simply stated, the Next Generation MCAS measures student learning of the grade level standards identified in the context of what students should know and be able to do. Currently the assessment measures student learning in mathematics, English Language Arts, and science. For your reference and review, please see below the Mass Frameworks for the core subjects tested. Yes, one goal of the school system is to provide a rigorous curricula and ensure academic excellence for every student. But just as important are high quality enrichment programs aimed at developing the whole child. Our athletic program, performing arts, robotics, and many other after school enrichment offerings are opportunities for students to grow and develop their unique and special talents.
Public Presentation by Flansburgh on Our Two Elementary Schools
Jorge Cruz, from Flansburgh will present the findings from the comprehensive assessment conducted on the two elementary schools. For your convenience we will hold two presentations:
Thursday, April 26 at 6:30pm, Page Hilltop, Cultural Arts Room
Wednesday, May 2 at 7:00pm, Lura A. White, Gymnasium
All are invited to attend.
High School Trip to Italy
Twenty-five high school students left for Rome, Italy on Wednesday. They will spend seven days touring the country learning about the rich culture and history. We are fortunate high school English teacher, Mrs. Capasso, has led these international tours for our high school students. Last year they went to Costa Rica! Next year they will travel to Greece. This is a fabulous opportunity for our high school students!
LAS Hockey Team
Lunenburg Ayer Shirley Hockey Team brought home our first ever Division 3A State Championship. Congratulations to the team and coaches.
ASRHS Drama Group
The ASRHS Drama group performed at the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild and they received the Special Award for Program Growth and Development. Three of the high school actors received Acting Excellence Awards: Nadia Nalesnik, Deran Quinty, and Carolyn Cooper. Congratulations to the group, the students, and Director of Drama, JulieAnn Govang.
Congratulations to Andromeda One! The team ranked 10th out of 42 robots; earned the 6th seed captain position in finals; generated the competition’s only triple climbs with our ramps; were in the only 4-ranking point match and won the Engineering Inspiration Award! This week they are competing in the High School FRC New England Championship Competition at the Agganis Arena in Boston. We wish them luck! This year’s game description is here: https://youtu.be/HZbdwYiCY74
Katherine Krieger, an AP Literature and Composition student at Ayer Shirley Regional High School, has recently been selected to be published in The Marble Collection. In addition, her poem “Love Is” has been nominated for exhibition at The Marble Collection’s fifth annual magazine release gala, Spring into Art, on Sunday, May 20, 2018, from 3pm to 5pm at UMass Boston’s Harbor Gallery.
The gala is a celebration of Massachusetts’ teens whose writing, poetry, artwork, and photography are published in The Massachusetts High School Magazine of the Arts. It features an exhibition and sale of teen artwork and a program of teens reading their original creative writing.
Katie and her teacher, Mrs. Wittmier, are planning to attend the gala in order to celebrate her publication.
Both the Chorus and Concert Band earned a silver medal at the MICCA Festival in March. Congratulations to Director, Mr. Ketterer, and the students! Well-done.
The district hosted the Destination Imagination (DI) Region 3 tournament on Sunday, March 3, at ASRHS. DI teaches kids to work as a team, think fast on their feet, and create unique solutions that incorporate the principles of STEM. 70 teams from more than 20 neighboring towns participated in the event. Our district had two teams from Lura A. White, Super Smarties in 3rd Grade, and Oops, I Arted from 4/5th Grade. If you would like more information about DI, please visit Destination Imagination and MA-Destination Imagination. If you're interested in becoming a team member or manager, contact Melissa Dentino at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Merit Scholar
We have a National Merit Scholar, Hadassah Flagg. The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition open to all students who qualify. Approximately 1.6 million students in 22,000 high schools enter the program annually when they take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). The program measures critical reading ability, mathematics problem solving ability, and writing ability. Winners are judged to have a combination of academic skills and achievements, extracurricular accomplishments, and the promise of success in higher education. This recognition is quite an honor for a student. Congratulations, Hadassah.
Look at these college acceptances. Quite an impressive list!
Wishing our families and students a wonderful spring vacation. Rest up for the final stretch of the school year.
Andromeda One Robotics Team.
Using the listening center in a Grade 1 classroom.
Middle school science experiment.
Middle school science fair.
Team building workshop sponsored by MIAA.