Monthly Archives: May 2019

Things Heating Up For The SEPAC!

Dear Georgetown Families,

I am so excited to share with you some of the work being done by your SEPAC as we come to the close of another successful school year.  I would like to start with a recap of a training that occurred on April 24th in the Penn Brook Library.  The district BCBAs (Board Certified Behavior Analysts) developed a workshop for parents that explains their role in working with students, as well as the FBA (Functional Behavioral Assessment) process.  Allyssa Shuetner and Brittany Carvalho came prepared with a full powerpoint presentation, and were able to answer questions in an intimate environment.  This was also broadcast on Facebook Live.  I vey much appreciate their work and the valuable information they shared, as well as the families who were able to attend.

There are three (3) more SEPAC events that are rapidly approaching, which I think will be both fun and a valuable resource for those who attend.  On Tuesday, May 28th, I will be presenting a workshop on Parent Rights at 6:30 PM in the Penn Brook Library.  In addition to the training, I will certainly answer any end of the year questions you may have.  The SEPAC elections for FY20 will be taking place on Wednesday, June 5th.  Ballot boxes will be placed at Dunkin Donuts, and the formal election will be held at Flatbreads at 6:30 PM.  Be sure to cast your ballot!  Lastly, my favorite event of the year will be taking place on Wednesday, June 12th, at Jeff & Maria’s Ice Cream in Groveland at 6:30 PM.  This is an opportunity for the SEPAC and Georgetown families to recognize staff who have truly shown themselves to be champions for children, and present the Shining Stars Awards.  Please respond to the SEPAC if there is a staff member that you would like to nominate.

I am looking forward to seeing you all at these very important events.  More importantly, I look forward to hearing you share stories about the successes that your children achieved this year.  I wish you all a happy, healthy, and peaceful Memorial Day Weekend.


Jack Tiano



Georgetown Public Schools Rolls Out Thrive Services For 2019 – 2020 School Year

Dear Georgetown Families,

In 2018, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education officially adopted a tiered approach to social emotional learning, which includes five core competencies.  These are self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making.  Georgetown Public Schools believes strongly in a mission of developing these skills in our students, and providing research-based supports to the growing number of students requiring direct instruction in these areas.

During the past year, a dedicated group of professionals has been working to improve and streamline the social and emotional services provided to our students across the district.  Members of this team included Christine Brown, Karrah Briley, Bennett Pawlusiak, Amy Wahl, Jen Doyle, and me.  We worked to develop a mission, vision, core values, and description of services based on frameworks created by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  Additionally, an informational pamphlet has been developed for families in order to learn more about our services.

Some of you have heard me refer to Thrive services, and I discussed it as part of a school committee presentation earlier in the year. Our team worked hard to rebrand these services, and included high school students in the process.  You can learn more about these services by perusing the rest of my webpage.  Should you have any questions, always feel free to reach out to me.

Respectfully Submitted,


Jack Tiano

Director of Student Services