Dear Parents, Students, Teachers, Staff and Community Members,
Welcome to the 2016-2017 School Year!
The first day of school is Wednesday, August 31st and your children will soon be walking through our school doors, entering their classrooms, computer labs, and cafeterias. The custodial staff has worked hard this hot summer to get our buildings ready for the school year.
Our four areas of focus this year will continue to be on curriculum and instruction, social-emotional learning, technology integration, and communication. We will continue our social-emotional learning initiative district wide and will begin our curriculum work in Science. A teacher led initiative in Community Service Learning will be part of our work this year. We will begin to look at student devices in the high school and prepare for the state assessment on-line in grades 4 and 8.
Please take a moment to visit our website: www.marbleheadschools.org which includes recent district achievements and accolades. The PBIS initiative, mediation articles, High School ranking, MPS strategic plan, Fiscal 2016-2017 School District Budget and the roll out of updated building-level websites are just some of the information available on the website.
We continue to look at ways to improve our communication within our buildings and out in the community. We have launched three official Twitter accounts:
Marblehead Schools @MPS01945
We welcome four new administrators to our district:
Daniel Bauer is the new Principal of Marblehead High School. Mr. Bauer has over 15 years of experience as an administrator and classroom teacher. He has a deep knowledge of curriculum and instruction and brings to the high school a sense of community and collaboration.
Amanda Murphy is the new Interim Principal of Village School. Ms. Murphy was the Assistant Principal of Village last year and served as the Guidance Counselor for eleven years. We are very pleased to retain Ms. Murphy at the Village School and look forward to her leadership and guidance.
Steven Gallo is the new Interim Assistant Principal of the Village School. Mr. Gallo is joining us with over thirteen years in education. He has held various roles in his career from classroom teacher to math coach. He brings to Marblehead a sense of community and is committed to our "Student First" philosophy.
Monica Visco is the new Human Resource Administrator at the Central Office. Ms. Visco has over twenty years of experience in human resources and brings to Marblehead the ability to work collaboratively with all staff as she establishes our human resource department.
We welcome over forty staff members to our district, from administrators to para-professionals. They all support our mission in preparing students for the 21st Century.
While we celebrate all the achievements of 2016, we are preparing for even greater success in 2017. Meeting our lofty goals requires a commitment to excellence from all of us – it takes coordination, focus, grit and YOU! Only together can we ensure every Marblehead student thrives in school and is prepared for the future. I think you will be excited about our direction for the 2017 school year, the opportunities for your involvement and our focus on your child and his or her success.
Each new school year brings with it a renewed sense of possibility and excitement. I know I speak for all of us in the Marblehead Public School District that we are looking forward to another great school year with you and your children.
Enjoy these last days of summer break with your family,