Friday, April 14, 2006
Shorts from the CSC, April 5
• Faculty reassignments. Seventh-grade English Language Arts (ELA) teacher Steve Bober will become a Reading Specialist for the next school year, Superintendent Marie Doyle reported, and Donna Clapp, presently one of the two Reading Specialists, will teach sixth grade ELA.
• Band Director search. After interviewing seven candidates the Hiring Committee has recommended two finalists for the Band Director position, to replace retiring teacher Tom O'Halloran. The candidates will be evaluated as they conduct the Senior Band and conclude the interview process in the coming weeks.
• Grade six teaching team reduced. Putting her "parent hat on," fourth-grade teacher Liz Gray asked why next year's sixth-grade teaching team would be reduced to five teachers. Currently the sixth grade has two teams of three teachers in order to provide smaller class sizes for the larger-than-average sixth grade. The current fifth grade is also as large, but in the fall one teacher will be moved from the sixth grade to the seventh grade, giving each grade five teachers. Doyle said the team sizes were assigned this year to best assist the development of the current middle school students, and she expects the revised structure to be successful for next year's classes.
• Eighth grade trip. Agreeing the format of the eighth-grade trip needs to be discussed at a future committee meeting, the board voted to allow the trip as currently planned. The eighth graders will spend Thursday, June 15, in western Massachusetts visiting the Higgins Armory Museum, stopping for lunch at Holy Cross College, and then visiting the Norman Rockwell Museum, Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary, and the Basketball Hall of Fame. They will check in to the Sheraton Hotel in Springfield, where they will enjoy a "Student Dinner Theatre." The next morning they will go to Six Flags New England, returning to Carlisle about 2:30 p.m.
• Safety rails. Additional handrails are slated to be installed next to walkways on the school campus, Doyle explained. Due to the ice buildup during the winter, the plaza can be treacherous, she said.
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