Friday, February 13, 2004
Shorts from the Carlisle School Committee, February 4
• Superintendent's Report. Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson reported that the third grade has enjoyed an informative Native American program with Dan Cripps and the sixth grade has learned about "Madame Curie." The volunteer Appreciation Tea was held on February 13. The Administration has also presented a five-year plan for its requests for capital expenditures to the Carlisle Long Term Capital Requests Committee.
• Update of the School Allergy Policy. The Carlisle School Committee (CSC) voted unanimously to approve the report of the Allergy Task Force to update and replace the Life Threatening Allergy Policy portion of the Carlisle School Health Manual adopted in May 2003. This update is in response to the fact that the number of children in the United States who are allergic to peanuts has doubled from 1984-1994. The school is developing a system to identify children with life-threatening allergies and preparing to deal with life-threatening reactions.
• Gift of eight digital cameras. School business Manager Steven Moore reported that Carlisle School parents, Andi and Jim Gettys, have generously donated eight digital cameras to the school. The gift is part of the Hewlett Packard's Employee gift matching program. Fox-Melanson noted that several uses have been identified for these cameras. School Committee (CSC) Chair David Dockterman and CSC Member Suzanne Whitney Smith expressed great appreciation for this gift.
• Boy Scout request for school defibrillator. CSC Chair David Dockterman reported a letter had been received from Boy Scout Matthew Coscia urging the school to purchase a defibrillator. Superintendent Fox-Melanson replied there is a task force investigating this request and the need for specific training to use the equipment. A suggestion was given to discuss the request with Court Booth, Director of the Concord Carlisle Adult Education Program.
• Warrant Placeholder for receipt of Circuit Breaker Funds. Business Manager Steven Moore was authorized to place an article in the Warrant of the Special Town Meeting March 23. This article will set up a revolving account as a mechanism to receive Circuit Breaker Funds from the State of Massachusetts.
• Homework policy continues under discussion. Carlisle School Co-principal Steven Goodwin updated the committee on the progress of the review by a task force of the school's homework policy adopted in 1995. The school continues to feel homework is an "integral part of the education of the student." The old policy notes that homework assignments are a student's responsibility. However, according to Goodwin actual time spent on homework is "dependent on each individual kid. It is difficult to get into an argument down to minutes." After the task force has completed its assignment the CSC will review and act on the policy at a latter School Committee meeting.
• Update of school's out of state/overnight trip policy. Superintendent Davida Fox-Melanson has brought to the attention of the committee the need to update its policy for out-of-state and overnight trips. The guidelines are to be more specific as to costs, the planning, and the need for an accompanying medical professional. "There are so many kids with medical needs," said Fox-Melanson. The CSC will vote on this policy at a later date.
• Notes from the BUZZ. Eight Carlisle band and chorus members successfully auditioned for the Northeast Junior District Festival Ensemble. The Festival performance will be held on Saturday, March 27. Congratulations were given to students Carolyn Abend, Aaron Freedman, Adam Schad, Alexander Sayde, Eric Johnson, Matthew Cheever, Adam Johnson, and Owen Callahan.
Peter Senge, author of The Fifth Discipline, will be the keynote speaker for the Ninth Annual Education Forum to be held on Saturday, April 3.
The Carlisle Extended Day Program will again offer programs of activities, crafts, trips, games and cultural enrichment for Grades K-7 during the February and April vacations. Contact Program Director Sherry Ward Batson @978-369-5558 for details.
Spring In-Town Soccer registration has begun.
Wanted: Items for the Live Auction to be held at the Carlisle Education Foundation (CEF)/Carlisle School Association (CSA) Dinner Dance on March 13. For tickets or questions call Ginny Lamere (1-978)369-8210.
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