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A message from Superintendent Maureen Greulich to
the Marlborough Schools community
 

mgreulich@mps-edu.org
Superintendent Reports to School Committee
Aug. 30, 2016
Sept. 13, 2016
Sept. 27, 2016
Oct. 18, 2016
Oct. 25, 2016
Nov. 8, 2016
Nov. 22, 2016
Dec. 13, 2016
Handouts: 12/13/16



 
Jan. 10, 2017
Handouts: 1/10/17
Jan. 24, 2017
Handouts: 1/24/17
Feb. 14, 2017
Handouts: 2/14/17

Feb. 28, 2017
March 14, 2017
March 28, 2017
April 11, 2017
April 25, 2017
May 9, 2017
May 23, 2017
June 13, 2017
June 27, 2017
 
 

The most relevant quote I have heard lately was stated by Rupal Patel, president of our teacher association, middle school ELL Coordinator, and advisor to the Akiruno City Exchange Program. Introducing the 8 students about to give a presentation to the School Committee on their trip to Japan, she quoted our sister city’s Vice-Mayor as stating that the goal of the exchange program is, ‘To create world peace, one child at a time.’  This rings especially true when many of our students and their families may be feeling uncertain due to perceptions or realities of the current political climate. We have met as a leadership team to discuss ways to continue to support our entire community and have created positive opportunities such as the Dream Team at the high school, a group of students from various clubs, whose goal is to elevate and promote Panther Pride, positive energy, and solidarity. We are proud of their work and the message that they are spreading, one student at a time.

Side by side with promoting positive messages of solidarity in our buildings, reaching every child in our District with the instructional and behavioral supports needed for success is the paramount goal of the Marlborough Public Schools.  Over the last few years we have embraced the Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) in all of our schools.  MTSS revolves around the use of data to identify students in need of academic or behavioral supports at whatever level of need they demonstrate.  Our MTSS Steering Committee has worked hard on an overview to explain this program that is currently implemented in all of our buildings.  Here is a link to our MTSS Overview in the hope that you will be better informed about this important District initiative.

Finally, as the seasons turn to the deep winter months in Marlborough, I want to be sure that we are prepared for school closings or delays that may ensue.  Whenever inclement weather is forecast, Marlborough Public Schools communicate directly with the Marlborough Police Department and the Marlborough Department of Public Works and obtain information on the conditions of the roads in the City. Be assured that safety is central to all decisions affecting students, and that none of these three City departments ever knows exactly how the weather will turn out at the time the decision about school is made.  Additionally, I stay in constant contact with surrounding towns via an email chain with superintendents about these decisions and the readiness to weather the storm in their towns relative to our own City preparedness. In the event that school schedules must be changed because of inclement weather or safety conditions, all attempts will be made to notify school families by telephone/e-mail via SchoolMessenger prior to 6 a.m. Additionally, any closings, delays or early dismissals due to inclement weather will be posted on the homepage of this website, on the district's social media outlets (Facebook and Twitter,) and shared with local media outlets as soon as possible after the decision is made. On the weekends, the Marlborough Public Schools uses these same venues to cancel school-related events. In the event that a delay in the opening of school is necessary, the school district also will use SchoolMessenger, the district website/Facebook page, and media outlets to announce the delay. If a delay occurs:

  • Morning preschool classes will be canceled.
  • All-day preschool will start at 10:45 a.m.
  • Afternoon preschool classes will begin at the normal time.
  • For all other students, starting time for school will be adjusted according to the length of the expected delay.
  • Dismissal times will remain the same as a regular school day.
Additionally, I stay in constant contact with surrounding towns via an email chain with superintendents about these decisions and the readiness to weather the storm in their towns relative to our own City preparedness. In the event that school schedules must be changed because of inclement weather or safety conditions, all attempts will be made to notify school families by telephone/e-mail via SchoolMessenger prior to 6 a.m. Lastly, any closings, delays or early dismissals due to inclement weather will be posted on the homepage of this website, on the district's social media outlets (Facebook and Twitter,) and shared with local media outlets as soon as possible after the decision is made. On the weekends, the Marlborough Public Schools uses these same venues to cancel school-related events.
In the event that a delay in the opening of school is necessary, the school district also will use SchoolMessenger, the district website/Facebook page, and media outlets to announce the delay. If a delay occurs:
  • Morning preschool classes will be canceled.
  • All-day preschool will start at 10:45 a.m.
  • Afternoon preschool classes will begin at the normal time.
  • For all other students, starting time for school will be adjusted according to the length of the expected delay.
  • Dismissal times will remain the same as a regular school day.

Early dismissal requires extensive coordination between parents and school. If weather conditions and safety issues warrant early dismissal, notification will be made over radio and television stations and by School-Messenger. We ask that parents take precautions and make plans to arrange for children to have a key to the house or to stay at a neighbor’s home should the parents work, or in the event that a parent cannot get home when schools must be dismissed early.  
Special Education transportation would be delayed or canceled in the same manner as that for other students, unless the student is individually notified of another adjustment. Early dismissal times for inclement weather and other urgent situations typically are:

  • 12:00 Noon - Marlborough High School
  • 1:00 p.m. - Whitcomb Middle School 
  • 2:00 p.m. - Jaworek, Kane and Richer elementary schools 

Please contact me should you have any questions or concerns.



Maureen Greulich
mgreulich@mps-edu.org

  

 

 
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