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. 


October News

fall_leaves.pngOctober 6, 2015


Greetings Parent/Guardian,


We hope that you and yours are off to a great start! We are five weeks into the school year and are at the midpoint of Term 1. Progress reports for students in Grades 3-­‐8 will be sent out tomorrow, Wednesday, October 7.


MCAS reports for tests that were taken in spring 2015 were mailed out last Friday. All last year’s 10th grade students should receive a report with scores in ELA, mathematics, and science. Please read the letter from Commissioner, Mitchell Chester, which provides detailed information on graduation requirements. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Principal Varga at ASRHS.


Students who were in 5th or 8th grade last year will receive a report for the spring 2015 MCAS science test.


Districts are scheduled to receive 2015 PARCC results in late October or early November. Once scores have been released, we will schedule a parent informational night. The Board of Education is scheduled to vote on November 17, 2015, on whether to adopt the PARCC test. The Commissioner of Education is recommending that the Board adopt PARCC. We will watch this very closely, and I will keep you informed.


Two-way communication with parents is our top priority. In addition to a monthly newsletter, I will send out updates to remind folks of upcoming events. I hope you will find these notifications helpful. It is our goal to hold monthly Parent Informational nights. Last week we held our first annual Curriculum Fair, which was well received. At this event, participants were provided with a list of possible questions to ask your child’s teacher. I have attached this resource and hope that you will consider using it at upcoming Parent Conferences or anytime you conference with your child’s teacher. If you missed the Fair this year do not worry, you can attend next year. 

19 Questions Your Child’s Teacher Would (Probably) Love to Answer

From Edutopia

What Works in Education 

Originally published August 29, 2103 /Updated August 19, 2015


We want you to be engaged in your child’s academics. We will present Eureka Math for students in Grades 6-8 and enVisions Math for students in Grades K-5. The presentations will be held on October 29 at 6:30pm at the middle school. If you have both an elementary and middle school student, you will be able to attend both presentations. Please save the dates of November 12 and 19 for a Parent Portal presentation at 6:00pm in the high school VHS lab. You need to attend only one of the Parent Portal presentations. Please stay tuned for additional details on these upcoming events.


There has been a surge of interest and popularity in “growth mindset vs. fixed mindset” among educators over the last few years. It has been theorized that we are all born with a fixed intelligence meaning we can only be so smart. The “growth mindset”, developed by Stanford Professor, Carol Dweck, challenges this theory that with effort and hard work, we can get smarter. Why do I present this to you? Studies conducted by Dweck have shown that when students believe their intelligence can improve, they perform better academically. I believe that intelligence is not fixed, and I believe it is important for your child to believe that with effort and hard work, he/she can “get smarter”. Also inherent in this theory is mistakes are an opportunity for students to learn and go deeper in their learning. Please take a few moments to watch this three-minute video on Growth Mindset. Carol Dweck is interviewed by Sam Khan who founded Khan Academy. It is up to us to work together to instill the growth mindset in our leaders of tomorrow.




If I have piqued your interest on the growth mindset theory, read Carol Dweck’s book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. I would love to hear your thoughts on this new way of thinking about learning.


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