Friday, April 20, 2007
Carlisle School presents goals and achievements
At the April 4 and April 12 Carlisle School budget presentation, Superintendent Marie Doyle reviewed recent accomplishments at the Carlisle School. The school is requesting a $150,000 override, which is bundled with the multi-town departmental override of $245,682.
Doyle gave an overview of school accomplishments, some of which are continuing from previous years. The accomplishments new to the current school year include hiring the new administrative team (Elementary Principal Patrice Hurley, Middle School Principal Paul Graseck, Director Student Services Karen Slack and Business Manager Heidi Zimmerman). Hurley and Graseck started in June of 2006, while Slack and Zimmerman began in August of 2006.
Middle school model
Doyle noted a new configuration of the middle school teacher teams which was created to support the large sixth and seventh-grade classes. Both grades have five teachers this year instead of the usual four-teacher teams. Those cohorts are to be divided into four sections per grade next year (see "Carlisle School faces staff cuts and larger classes," page 1).
ELL and foreign language
The school has developed an English Language Learner (ELL) program to assist non-English speaking students (mandated by the Department of Education). Three students will receive direct English language instruction.
Doyle thanked the community for their support for the World Language program. Supported by a grant from the Carlisle Education Foundation, Spanish is being taught in grades K — 4. Students in fifth grade can choose either Spanish, French or Chinese languages, but must stay with their choice through eighth grade.
The school has developed an anti-bullying program in response to parents' concerns about bullying incidents. In the elementary grades, Principal Patrice Hurley has instituted the Husky "PAWS" program. When a student is seen helping another, the helper's name is written on a paw-shaped tag and posted in the school.
Students in the middle school were given leadership opportunities by planning and running an assembly that focused on respectful behavior. Students had their anti-bully "public service" announcements shown and the Improv (improvisational) Club performed anti-bullying skits. Doyle, reached by phone, said one student reported that after the assembly he was not bullied for the first time.
In addition, third-grade teacher Gene Stamell and students created a Carlisle School "respect" song. Doyle explained the goals of the anti-bullying program was to create positive ways to help students learn what bullying is, how it affects each other and how to deal with it when it occurs. Assisting the students were the 15 members of the Anti-bullying Task Force, made up of the administration and teachers.
School facility upgrades
Updates to the school facility include the construction of the waste water treatment plant, the installation of safety handrails around the campus, replacement of the boilers (which came in $155,000 under budget), creation of a "Campus Facilities Master Plan" and development of a "Statement of Interest" which has been filed with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA)."It was massive work" to put together the statement of interest, she said. School Committee member Christy Barbee and Carlisle School Business Manager Heidi Zimmerman worked together to submit all the required information including pictures and reports to demonstrate need.
Superintendent Doyle presented the goals for the FY07-08 school year, most of which represent the continuation of current goals and are not "new initiatives." Goals include (from the CSA Budget Presentation available on the school web site: www.carlisle.mec.edu):
· Prepare students to excel in a global community,
· Maintain World Language in early grades and Chinese Program,
· Expand technology equipment and integration into the curriculum,
· Foster appreciation and understanding of other cultures,
· Continue educational excellence,
· Develop strategic goals,
·Continue focus on mathematics and language arts, early intervention and staff development,
· Continue curriculum review cycles focusing on math and language arts,
· Work with Technology Committee to improve and expand technology,
· Maintain cost-effective STEP Clubs in STEM areas (science, technology, engineering, and math),
· Evaluate implementation of campus master plan.
CSA Budget Presentation on TV
The Carlisle School Association's Carlisle School budget presentation was televised on local access cable TV channel 9, and will be reshown on the following dates: Friday, April 20, 7 p.m.; Saturday, April 21, 11 a.m.; Monday, April 23, 6 p.m.; Tuesday, April 24, noon; Thursday, April 26, 6:30 p.m.; Friday, April 27, 3 p.m.; Saturday, April 27, 5 p.m.
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