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