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September 2017

September 21, 2017

Dear Members Of The Georgetown Community:

I enjoyed a wonderful summer at Georgetown Public Schools. It was nice to catch up on a few things, but even better to see so many students participating in camps and extended school year programming within the schools. It allowed me to get to know both staff and students a bit better, and ensure that quality services were being provided. I feel we made some very positive changes to our summer programming this year, and I hope to make even more changes next year so that our students continue to achieve success.

Now here we are at the end of September already. It was a wonderful start to the school year. During the first few weeks of school students and staff members alike had the opportunity to do some review work and fall into routines. Now, students have dived head first into their learning. It is great to see the student engagement, and the instruction provided by our teachers. This is why I am became an educator!

But believe it or not, this tends to be my most boring part of the year. I have spent the last month writing grants, and setting up the special education FY18 budget. Additionally, I have been meeting with staff to help them develop their goals for the year. I’ve been able to attend a few student progress meetings, but tend to get tied up in the office, keeping me out of buildings.

As we look forward to the coming year, there is much to be worked on. Everyone continues to work diligently to improve student learning, which is often measured by MCAS Scores. Last year, I was able to provide MCAS tutoring to target specific student deficit areas, and will be able to do so again this year. But I believe that the best way to improve scores and keep students engaged in the learning process is to keep them in the classroom as much as possible. The vast majority of students need the rich instruction offered within the general education setting in order to learn content. Special educators should be providing support and specialized instruction within that setting as much as possible to ensure that students maintain knowledge in the most important areas. We can’t expect our kids to do well on an assessment that focuses on classroom content if they are never in the classroom. With that said, you will see my continued push to educate all students in an inclusive environment to the highest extent possible.

We are also working to increase parent communication, input, and education. I will continue to work special education staff to emphasize how important this is to student growth, and help them develop tools with which to do so.

Our SEPAC is also working diligently to improve the knowledge base of our parents. They have proposed an extremely ambitious training schedule for the community. I have this scheduled posted under the SEPAC tab on my website. I strongly suggest all of you take a look, and participate in as many of these opportunities as possible. The district speech pathologists will be providing a workshop in March that you will not want to miss. And although all of the workshops are going to provide a plethora of information, the highlight of the series is indubitably the Struggling Readers Information Sessions. I hope to see many of you there!

Lastly, I want to take this opportunity to welcome all of our new families to the district. Georgetown is just a wonderful community, and I suspect you will find it as welcoming as I do. Never be afraid to contact me with any questions or concerns. And always contact me with super stories of your children’s successes and accomplishments. I love to hear the good stuff, too!

Sincerely and Respectfully,

 

Jack Tiano

Director of Student Services

Restructuring In 6th Grade

The following letter will be sent home with 6th grade special education students this week….

 

 

Dear 6th Grade Parents and Guardians:

I hope all of you have enjoyed a wonderful beginning of the school year, and your children have had a strong transition to grade 6. As part of this transition, the TEAM chair also changes from Katelin Kennedy to Kris Oldoni. This staffing configuration has been effective for Georgetown Public Schools for the past 2 years.

Still, I feel that we can provide better consistency for your children. Thus, the administration has worked to restructure the special education department in order to ensure the best programming. Beginning immediately, Katelin Kennedy will take over all administrative responsibilities for grade 6. Kris Oldoni will take on other responsibilities, but will still schedule transition meetings for all students moving to Georgetown Middle School High in the fall.

I feel confident that this system will better serve our school community. Should you have any questions or concerns about this change, please feel free to contact me. I can be reached at (978) 352 – 5777 x. 100, or via email at jack.tiano@gerogetown.k12.ma.us.

Sincerely,

Jack Tiano

Director of Student Services