Chelsea Public Schools News
Superintendent's Update 12/21
CHS was extremely active this week! All great stuff in the community! Mr. Mullaney did a great job supplying us with a trail of activity by his students and staff this week. You can check out all the photos (email server would not let me send them all) on our cps website.
- A few photos attached courtesy of CHS sort of retiree Lew Warren.....one of the Tri-M visit to Soldiers Home, two of the Interact Club visit yesterday afternoon. Thank you to John Nichols and his Tri-M singers bring joy to our elderly and veterans throughout the city. Thank you to Ms. Ascher and her Interact Club! Did you know the Interact Club presented a check from fundraising to the Soldiers Home. The funds will be used to support recreational activities for the residents!
- At CHS, did you know? Of the 50 elves who participated in the Wish Tree Program, 14 were students! That's pretty cool!
- The Chelsea High School Students of the Month are Amairani Parras and Robert Connors! Amairani and Robert are excellent students, very involved in school and community projects and are a great model for our younger students. A photo is attached. The awards are sponsored by Crown Trophy of Danvers who graciously will donate the plaques each month. Congratulations Amairani and Robert - well deserved!
- In addition to the $900 in gift cards to Market Basket donated to our schools for needy families by our Chelsea Teachers Union (I told you about that one last week), CHS Staff and CTU raised and contributed over $2000 to the CHS Homeless fund to benefit homeless and needy students and families! In the words of Mr. Mullaney, “absolutely incredible!” We are truly a community of educators who value the whole child and family! Thank you!
- CHS Cancer Awareness Club at MGH collected and delivered delivered to young children. Our wonderful student leaders at CHS include Sarah Bourouis , Kimberly Martinez , Geovany Molina , Marialena Montijo, Leyla Bana , Adela Gonzalez, Wee’am Arman, Melica Ivanis, Wendy Quintanilla, Mark Figuero, Vanessa Guardado, Delmy Mejia, Kathleen Castillo, Stacie Lopez, Rosa Beltran, Silvia Guevara, Cindy Bachez---how many of these students sat in your class in earlier years? You too contributed to who they are today!
- Ten CHS Peer Tutors and ten 9th grade mentees spent the last few days making Snowflake Messages" to send to the Newtown, CT. community. The effort is being coordinated by the Connecticut State Parent Teacher Association as a way to show support for the families of Newtown and our students wanted to get involved and offer support.
- From Mr. Mullaney_---“This is awesome! I am working on getting the video to you-- Angel Valentin, a student who utilizes a wheelchair, participated in The Slingshot Project Adventure apparatus in physical education class. Angel was equipped with a harness and hoisted about 40 feet in the air to the ceiling of the gymnasium where he pulled his release cord and soared down and across the gymnasium (think bungee jumping but not straight down). The mission of Project Adventure, and by extension the CHS PE Department, is "to provide individuals with the tools necessary to challenge themselves to grow by overcoming perceived limitations." I would say Angel gets Level Four (PE assessment level) for his effort in challenging himself! Wait till you see the video! Great job PE Team, Special Ed. Team and Angel!”
I know I probably did not capture all that went on at CHS nor at each of your schools this week, but hopefully I gave you a tease of the great events and activities that bind us together as colleagues in Chelsea education. When we return in 2013, please send me your updates.
KEEPING YOU IN THE LOOP FROM MA DESE
New MA Teaching and Learning Platform – Coming Soon: As part of Race to the Top, ESE is developing an integrated suite of cutting-edge tools and resources to promote best practices in classroom instruction and assessment. ESE will soon launch Edwin, a new, comprehensive teaching and learning platform that will provide every public school educator in Massachusetts with a single entry point to access resources in teaching, learning, and analytics. Edwin will provide on-demand access to instructional resources, curriculum planning tools, model curriculum units, and a variety of assessments including curriculum embedded performance assessments.
Edwin Analytics will provide authorized districts with access to new information, reports, and perspectives on education and programs that specifically support improvements in teaching and learning. Edwin Analytics will integrate longitudinal data from pre-kindergarten through public post-secondary education to help inform decision making about how and where educators can improve their teaching practices to provide an exceptional learning experience to students. The Edwin Analytics tools will include the Massachusetts Early Warning Indicator System (EWIS), college and career readiness reports, and the Education Data Warehouse. Edwin Analytics will go live for all districts and schools beginning in January 2013.
Edwin Teaching & Learning will provide online tools for educators to create standards-based curriculum maps, curriculum units and lesson plans, and the ability to build and deliver interim and formative assessments. Educators will also be able to access an array of digital materials and resources to aid in classroom instruction. All of the materials in Edwin Teaching & Learning will be aligned to the 2011 MA Curriculum Frameworks in English Language Arts and Literacy and Mathematics, which incorporate the Common Core State Standards.
To support Edwin Teaching & Learning, Massachusetts is jointly procuring an instructional improvement system (IIS) with Ohio. Through a competitive bid process, a vendor will soon be announced that will provide the ISS for both states. Edwin Teaching & Learning will be available to a few pilot districts beginning in January 2013, and to all Race to the Top districts beginning in the 2013-14 school year.
We will provide you additional information on the launch of Edwin in the coming weeks. For additional background on Edwin, go to http://www.doe.mass.edu/edwin/.
Board Meeting Recap:
At its Dec. 18 meeting, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted to accept the surrender of the public school charter granted to the Gloucester Community Arts Charter School effective June 30, 2013. The Board voted to adopt amendments to the educator licensure regulations related to the new transition specialist endorsement. The Board heard an update on the state education budget and on ESE's activities to implement Chapter 43 of the Acts of 2012, An Act Relative to Improving Accountability and Oversight of Education Collaboratives.
For Your Info:
- Promoting Digital Learning in Massachusetts: ESE is planning to celebrate February 2013 as Digital Learning Month in order to build awareness for digital learning and its importance to preparing students for success in college, career, and life. This initiative will coincide with the Alliance for Education's National Digital Learning Day (Feb. 6, 2013), a national campaign to celebrate teachers and shine a spotlight on successful instructional practice and effective use of technology in classrooms nationwide. For more info on this initiative, go to http://www.doe.mass.edu/edtech/month.html.
Happy Holidays to All!