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. 

 

November News

Dear Parent/Guardian,

So much to celebrate in the district this fall season. Our sports’ teams have performed so well, the marching band has excelled, the drama program is going strong, teachers, parents, and students all report they are having a great school year. The ASRHS is just about complete. Some of the exterior work will be completed in the spring. It is just a magnificent facility. Please feel free to contact High School Principal Varga for a tour. Another great way to see the building is to attend the many events held at the high school. The next event is the ASRSD Choral Collage Presentation tomorrow night in the auditorium. Not to be missed!

Assistant Superintendent Hamel, School Committee Member Joyce Reischutz, and I had the privilege to see our very own FIRST Robotics team present to School Committee Members and Superintendents from across the state at the 2015 MASC/MASS Conference held in Hyannis last week. The students, Jake Miska, Alana Miska, Will Doyle, Ben Plamondon, and Jill Schilp provided a demonstration on robotics and a presentation called MassFIRST encouraging all school districts in the Commonwealth to start a robotics team. We are very proud of these students, as their presentations were superb. I also want to thank Christine Miska and Amy Vangilder for accompanying the students to Hyannis. Maureen Kilcommins handled a lot of the planning, and Dave Valliere is an active member of MassFIRST. What would we do without our wonderful parent volunteers? Speaking of volunteers, have you seen the new front playground at Lura A. White? Under the organization of ASPTO President Kelly Reed, volunteers from Lowes in Leominster, local businesses Pinard Landscaping, Moore Lumber, and StoneyBrook Landscaping, and many parent volunteers all got together over a weekend and built a new and great playground. Please join me in extending our deepest appreciation and sincere thanks to our volunteers. Governor Baker has formally proclaimed November Literacy Month. The proclamation is available here:

http://www.doe.mass.edu/familylit/month/proclamation.pdf

To support your literacy activities with your family, here are links with some great ideas. The education of our children is a partnership, and we need you to partner daily with us in connecting school to home.

http://www.doe.mass.edu/familylit/month/announcement.html

http://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/storywalk

Middle School Parents, Eureka Math has published an excellent resource if your child is having difficulty in mathematics. You may access this resource here.

http://greatminds.net/support/parents

Term I closed this past Friday, and report cards will be issued to students on Monday, November 16th. Parent Conferences will be held next Monday and Tuesday. We hope that you are able to communicate with your child’s teachers either at the conference, through email, or via phone conference. It is important to talk with your child’s teachers about academics, such as the results of fall assessments and your child’s grade levels in reading and mathematics. It is also important to inquire on your child’s social emotional well being in school. Questions on your child’s happiness and social skills while in school are good questions to start the conversation. Please take at look this resource to guide you in your upcoming parent-teacher conference.

http://www.npr.org/sections/ed/2014/09/18/349234419/rethinking-a-fall-classic-the-parentteacher-conference

PARCC results are scheduled to be issued this week. Parent reports will be sent to districts the week of the 23rd. We will hold a MCAS/PARCC presentation for parents on December 8th. More details will follow. We are all waiting on the decision from the Board of Education on November 17th as to the 2016 assessment. I will keep you posted.

The Parent Portal is open! Thank you for your patience. We understand the difficulties imposed on you by not having it available this first term. Please give teachers time to post grades as Term II has just begun. If you do not receive notification with a username and password, that means we do not have an email address for you. If you experience any difficulties or would like access, please contact Director of Technology, Mike Thibeault at mthibeault@asrsd.org or 978-772-8600 Ext 1312.

Please feel free to contact me at anytime. It is always a pleasure to speak with parents. Remember there is no school on Veteran’s Day, Wednesday, November 11. Please take time to thank a veteran for their sacrifice and service, and remember those who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

Thank you and enjoy the photos!

Sincerely,

Mary Malone, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools

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