Friday, September 30, 2005
Shorts from the Carlisle School Committee September 21
• Middle School coffee. Carlisle School Superintendent Marie Doyle reported the Middle School coffee in September was well attended, but the staff is planning to "re-format" the event "so parents have more access to teachers." The after-school event is an open house for sixth-, seventh-, eighth-grade parents and held in a wide hallway on the second floor of the Grant Building.
• School Facility Review. The MSDA (Massachusetts School and District Accountability) Department of the Massachusetts Department of Education is performing school facility assessments between November and January, reported Carlisle School Business Manager Steven Moore. It's more of a "drive-by evaluation," added Moore, explaining the state's goal is to assess every public school in the Commonwealth by January. "The assessment report is very important for getting funding" for building projects, noted Doyle. Carlisle School Committee member Wendell Sykes suggested having a report written up in advance and available to give to the inspectors to aid in documenting the need to upgrade the facility.
•New sixth-grade format. "How is the new sixth-grade structure going?" asked CSC member Christy Barbee. Due to the large size of the sixth-grade class (105) a new teacher team format was created for that grade. The teachers are split into two teams of three, instead of one team of four teachers. Each teacher is responsible for teaching one core class (e.g. math, science, or language arts) and one social studies class, thus reducing class sizes.
"I've heard nothing but accolades," said Doyle, "and it is due to the hard work of the teachers." CSC member Nicole Burkel agreed. "I've had parents stop me and tell me how great it is."
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