Friday, October 15, 2004
Shorts from the Carlisle School Committee, Oct. 6
• Box Top accomplishment.The Carlisle School community has received recognition from Ann Carr, Director of the Box Tops for Education program based in Minneapolis. She writes to say, "your school is an exceptional Box Tops school" and received $1,376 based on the collection of 130,000 Box Tops during the 2003-2004 year. This mammoth effort by the school children, families and the community is a "collective gift that all the students can use," said parent Holly Salemy, one of the leaders of the project.
The Box Top campaign continues for another year. The school hopes to earn $1500 from the collection of the clipped tops that appear on General Mills products. The school has been able to purchase playground equipment for all ages, encyclopedias and display cases from this effort.
• Longevity of the school faculty. The Carlisle School Committee (CSC) discussed a report by Superintendent Marie Doyle on the employment longevity of the 80 members of the school faculty. Twenty-eight percent of the faculty members have been at the school two years and twenty-six percent have been staff for ten years or more. Ten teachers have been at the school for nineteen years or more with two having been a faculty member for thirty and thirty-six years. The top half of teacher seniority has a median of six years. The mean or tenure of the average teacher stay is 8.1 years. Four teachers are on Leave of Absence this year.
These statistics prompted a discussion at the meeting on the importance of the more experienced teachers. CSC Chair Nicole Burkel commented on the value of the Teacher Mentoring Program. "It is important to have the sustained development of the senior experienced teachers. They are the guides." Doyle agreed. "The program is phenomenal and a very effective tool enabling the new teachers to have success in Carlisle."
• Pool fundraiser: basketball team challenges the Harlem Wizards at CCHS. The Pool-a-Hoops from Concord-Carlisle, drawing its team members from local well-known officials and residents and coached by Paul Macone of the Concord Police Department, will play the famous talented Harlem Wizards basketball team on October 29 at Concord-Carlisle High School. It is hoped this game will raise money for C.C. Pools Inc., which is building the swimming pool complex across from the high school. Tickets for what should be a very entertaining game can be purchased at Ferns or by calling 1-978-371-4936.
• Large track team. There are 79 students on the coed Carlisle track team coached by Grade 5 teacher Bill Gale.
• Addition to district goals. In September the committee adopted a list of district goals. Teacher Carolyn Platt brought to the school administration's attention the additional goal to "establish a development team to develop a framework for providing staff development opportunities and curriculum revision cycles. The committee will include curriculum coordinators and teachers representing various grade levels so that we may provide the best staff development possible."
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