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. 

 

May Blog 2016

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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.

 

2016-2017 Budget
We have an approved budget for the 2016-2017 school year. On behalf of the School Committee, faculty, students, and families, we send a heartfelt thanks to the citizens of Ayer and Shirley. We appreciate and thank you for your support for education!

International Students
During the week of May 2-May 6, we hosted 15 international students from China. It was such a high-energy, positive week for all of us. The students took a survey at the end of the week and gave ASRHS high marks!!! There is a short video of their first day on the website.

News Makers
ASRHS has been awarded a silver medal by US News for the 2nd consecutive year. The high school ranked 2199 out of 19,908 high schools in the country and 67th out of 353 high schools (only 89 high schools made the rankings) in MA. In MA, 22 schools were awarded gold medals, 53 earned silver medals, and 14 received bronze medals.

Criteria for award:

  1. Students perform statistically better than expected for students in state

  2. Disadvantaged students-high needs-outperform disadvantaged students in state

  3. Student graduation rates meet or exceed a national standard  (68% or higher)

If a school met these three criteria, they became eligible to be judged nationally on the final step-College Readiness Performance- using Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) test data. Silver medal winners needed College Readiness Index (CRI) values above 20.17 which was the median among high schools with AP or IB test takers.  CRI values can be as high as 100 which means every student in a high school took and passed an IB or AP exam.  ASRHS CRI-25.4.

Point of Sale (POS)
Beginning next school year we will be updating the way our students pay for meals minimizing the need for students to carry cash to school. The POS system is an automated payment system which enables parents to electronically prepay lunch, and students will use the prepaid card to purchase their meals. Our current system is a paper card system that tracks the meals students receive by hand.  Starting next year, ASRSD students will continue to be issued a lunch/breakfast card, but it will now have the ability to be scanned by the cafeteria cashier enabling electronic payment.

Some key features of updating P.O.S. system:

  • Ability to access and monitor children’s accounts and add lunch money electronically (including mobile-friendly website)

  • Cashiers can see at the point of sale student allergies and/or diet modifications to make sure their meal choices are safe

  • Anonymity for children who are free/reduced

  • Streamline cash processes so lines move faster and children have more time to enjoy their meal

  • Electronic low balance alerts and recurring payment options

Updating our P.O.S system is a stepping stone to improving the efficiency and quality of the ASRSD nutrition program.  Training and implementation for our food service workers will start at the beginning of school year 2016-2017. Further information will follow with instructions on how parents or guardians can access and use the MySchoolBucks online features.  Please contact Justin Smith the Food Service Coordinator at 978-772-8600 X1167 or justin.smith@asrsd.org with any questions or concerns.

Panther's Voice
We have our first literary publication thanks to the work and efforts of students and high school teachers, Mr. Robson, Mr. Prescott, and Ms. Powers; Editors in Chief, Brandon Hamel & Maddie Mitrano; Editors, Alex Conry, Ethan Hasz, Danielle Jean, Caitlyn MacKay, Brandon Morales, Nadia Nalesnik. The magazine is just sensational. The literary pieces and artwork can be likened to the work of professionals. It should be noted Owen Carpenter’s poem, “A Funeral for the Flowers”, was selected to be printed in The Marble Collection: Massachusetts High School Magazine for the Arts. This is quite prestigious. Students in 200 schools across the Commonwealth submitted work. Congratulations to Owen.  A huge thank you to ASEF for their financial support which made this project come to fruition. The publication is posted here on the website.

Annual Scholar's Luncheon
Speaking of Owen, he and Danielle Colburn will be honored at the Scholar's Luncheon held on Wednesday, May 18 at Lenzi’s in Dracut. Approximately 30 high schools select two seniors to be honored for academic excellence at this annual event. Congratulations to Owen and Danielle! 

Janis Bresnahan Race
A big shout out to ASEF and the many volunteers who came out this past Sunday to ensure the race was a success. This is one of ASEF’s biggest fundraisers to support scholarships and resources for our teachers and our schools. We are so fortunate to have such a great organization who is so passionate and supportive of education.

Coffee and Conversation
The last meeting for the year will be held on June 9 at 9:00-10:00am in the Central Office conference room.  I highly value time spent meeting with parents. If you need to meet at another time, please contact Michelle Towne at mtowne@asrsd.org to schedule a meeting.

Much Appreciation
The school year is winding down (every day counts) and most will agree it has been a very successful year. This would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of our support personnel. From the paraprofessionals who provide such valuable service to so many of our teachers and students, to the custodians who maintain our facilities and keep us comfortable and warm, to our food service workers who keep our children nourished and fed, and to the administrative assistants who are just remarkable, we thank them. It takes “a village” to run a school system. 

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Lt. Gill at the Law Enforcement Mental Health Forum in Groton, MA.

Special Olympics.

Francesca Winship and Jill Folger at A Day on the Hill.  

Junior/Senior Prom 2016.

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