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/June 2017

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.

Panther Pride

Greetings ASRSD Families,

Summer, summer, summer! It is so exciting to hear the excitement and cheery voices of the students as they trudge through the corridors. The teachers are hiding their cheers!  As the school year ends, teachers are weary and ready for a well-deserved vacation. Teaching is a calling and it takes a special person. We have those special people right here.

Together with your child, enjoy the sights and sounds of summer. Enjoy its peace and comforts. Sit in the backyard and be calm. Listen to the orchestra as it plays through the whispering of the trees, birds chirping and singing in alto and soprano, insects buzzing around, the neighborhood dog barking, and children playing outdoors. Stop for a moment and listen. Enjoy the smell of newly mowed grass, a nearby fire pit, the neighbor’s barbecue, and the fragrant flowers and shrubs. Take time to reflect. Read, take a hike, bask in the warm sunshine, and enjoy the moon, the sun, and the stars. 

Summer Reading
Each summer we ask that every student engage in summer reading. Summer reading brings joy, keeps fantasy alive, and stimulates the imagination. Speaking of reading, it is always a joy to read as a family. No matter what age-a family read aloud is a time for bonding. The next time we have endless days of dreary rain, read this very short story, All Summer In A Day by Ray Bradbury. This story will not only lift the heaviness of the soaking rain, but will provide lessons on kindness, tolerance, and acceptance.

For your convenience, summer reading lists for K-12 can be located on the district website. Also, each child will bring home a hard copy of the summer reading list in his/her report card. 

6th High School Commencement
We graduated 77 seniors on June 2, 2017. The future looks bright for every graduate! Did you know 68% of our graduating seniors have been in this school district since Grade 1? Did you also know 40% have taken 4 or more AP courses? 

Eighty-five percent of the graduates are headed to college. A list of the colleges and universities that have accepted our students can be found here. One graduate is headed to the US Marines and others are off to the world of work. Good luck to our graduates!  They have the power to make this world a better place.

Staffing Updates
We are always sad to say good-bye to good friends, but moving on is part of life. Some staff retire, some pursue new goals, and yet others seek a different path. We say good-bye to Jill Peterson, Principal of LAW. Mrs. Peterson has only been here for two years, but she has certainly had an impact at LAW and on the district. Thank you to Mrs. Peterson and we wish her well.

Mrs. Varsha Desai is the new principal of LAW, and we are very excited for her to begin her tenure in the district on July 1. Mrs. Desai will attend the LAW family barbecue this Friday. I hope many more of the LAW families get to meet her at this fabulous family event.

We wish our retirees all the best in the next phase of their life! Congratulations to the following retirees:

  • Ed Stevens, HS Custodian - 29 years
  • Jean Miller, HS World Language Teacher - 22 years
  • Jamie Lamoreaux, HS Health/Phys Ed Teacher - 21 years
  • Bonnie Warren, LAW Grade 5 Teacher - 20 years
  • Darlene Stewart, PH Food Service - 19 years
  • Robert Briggs, HS Custodian - 17 years
  • Anne Lee Ellis, PH Paraprofessional - 16 years
  • Janet MacFarland, LAW Grade 5 Teacher - 10 years

New Employees

  • Tim Ketterer will replace Mr. Bloch as the HS Music/Band teacher.
  • Lindsay Dellechiaie will replace Mr. Lamoreaux as the HS Health/Phys Ed.
  • Kelly Spagnuolo will replace Janet McFarland in Grade 5 at LAW.

We welcome our new teachers and wish them well. 

Register Your Child Now!
We still have openings in preschool and kindergarten. We encourage our residents to register as soon as possible to be sure they have a slot.  We offer free full day K staffed with a full-time teacher and full-time paraprofessional. For our preschool parents, child care is available at LAW and Page Hilltop. For more information on preschool, please inquire with Doreen Mahoney at 978-772-8600 Ext. 1480 or dmahoney@asrsd.org. Kindergarten inquires may be directed to Mr. Deppe at Page Hilltop and Mrs. Peterson at LAW.  Please note, effective July 1, any inquiries for LAW should be directed to Principal Varsha Desai.

Extended Learning/Summer School
Summer school will take place at Page Hilltop from July 10 to August 3.  For more information on our summer school program, inquiries may be sent to Mrs. Bozek, Director of Special Education, 978-772-8600 Ext. 1407 or tbozek@asrsd.org.

We are very excited to offer another extended learning/summer school opportunity. The intent of this program is to prevent summer learning slide and help students improve their reading and writing skills. Summer learning slide is when students may forget skills they have learned during the course of a school year. In addition to providing extended learning during the summer to prevent the summer learning slide, new research suggests family involvement during the summer will help students retain their knowledge and skills. Please read the article, "Summer Learning Happens at Home."  It provides some good suggestions for family activities and engagement over the summer. The second article, "Summer Math Loss", provides specific engagement strategies to help students retain their mathematic skills.

The 2017 summer learning program is for students entering Grade 2 through Grade 7. Information was mailed to the parent/guardian of eligible students. We have open slots in Grades 7-9, and if you feel your child will benefit from extended learning, please contact Mary Beth Hamel at 978-772- 8600. This program will also be held at Page Hilltop and runs Monday-Thursday, July 10 through August 3, from 8:30-11:30am.

Important Information
The district office is open during the summer.  Office hours are from 8:00am - 4:00pm. The main number is 978-772-8600. 

Summer registration will take place in the district office from July 5 to August 11. Please contact Michelle Towne for more information or to make an appointment at 978-772-8600 Ext. 1508 or mtowne@asrsd.org.

During the summer months, work permits will also be issued through the district office. You may access the work permit application here.

We want to thank our families and students for a wonderful school year.  Our sincere wishes for a memorable and exciting summer.  We look forward to seeing you back next school year! 

 

 

Merrimack Valley Superintendent's Association Scholarship Luncheon. Congratulations to Jillian Folger and Allison Steeves!

LAW Memorial Day Program.

Page Hilltop 2016-2017 attendance awards.

Mrs. Fletcher introduces the middle school band at the Spring Concert.

Mr. Langford and the ASRMS guitar club perform at the Spring Concert.

On the final days of school, ASRHS students are still hard at work.

Mrs. Pasquaretta's 5th Grade class listening to a guest speaker at Page Hilltop's Career Day.

Our English Language families enjoying an end of the year celebration. Thank you for hosting Mrs. Murphy, Mrs. Babineau, and Mrs. Hoeske. 

Congratulations Class of 2017!

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