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Superintendent's Newsletter 01.17.2024

Posted Date: 1/17/24 (8:23 AM)

 



Family Newsletter   |  January 17, 2024
 

Dr. Jennifer O'Neill
joneill@norton.k12.ma.us
@joneill727 

District Alignment Study 

This spring, we will be entering into a District Alignment Study. The purpose of this alignment study is to look at projected enrollment data and space availability within our schools, start and end times, as well as transportation, etc. The goal is for this group to provide the School Committee with recommendations by September of 2024. We are looking for parents and community members to join us in this work. The meetings will be a combination of in person and virtual. If you are interested in joining us, please let me know by completing this form.  


FY25 Budget


Last Thursday at the school committee meeting, Our business administrator, Mrs. Kristine Hadfield  and I presented the committee with actual numbers on what level services will look like for next school year. As a reminder, a level service budget allows us to retain the same levels of teaching and learning for all students in the upcoming school year. A level service budget is an increase from the previous year in order to maintain all programs. Level services for us is a 12.01% increase over our FY24 final budget. I am sharing the documents with you that were shared at SC as well. A 12.01% increase is not something that we typically see in Norton, but please know that I am advocating for our students, our staff, and our schools. At this time, we are only having conversations about how to close the gap in funding and no staffing decisions have been made. 

We want our staff and families to be included in the difficult conversations that will likely take place over the next few months. Please take a few minutes to share your thoughts with us by completing this survey. Please reach out with any questions or concerns that you may have.


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Service Hero Award

Over the holiday weekend, Mr. Ronnie Goldstein, Norton Middle School Assistant Principal was recognized by Project 351 with the 2024 Service Hero Award. The Hero Service Award recognized Mr. Golstein for his years of dedication and commitment to the hope, mission, and people of Project 351. Project 351 is an independent nonprofit organization that builds a movement of youth-led service by engaging an unsung hero from each of Massachusetts' 351 cities and towns. United for a year of leadership and service, Ambassadors transform communities, elevate kindness, advance social justice, and gain the courage, compassion, and capabilities to lead change. Norton Middle School has been part of Project 351 since its inception in 2011, with Mr. Goldstein consistently supporting and advocating on behalf of our Norton ambassadors. 


DECA Succeeds at Districts

Congratulations to the 55 Norton High School DECA members who competed at their District competition in Hyannis earlier this month! At this preliminary level of competition students compete in written events, individual and team series events, presentations, and exams with qualifying students advancing to the next competition. 40 competitors finished in the top ten of their events and 26 students qualified for state competition in March! 


UPCOMING EVENTS

January 24th and 25th 

Norton High School Mid Term Exams/Early Release

January 25th

Norton Middle School Term II Progress Reports

January 26th

Norton High School Term II Marks Close

Districtwide Early Release (Professional Development)

February 3rd
Norton High School Report Cards
February 16th
Districtwide Early Release (Professional Development)
February 19th - 23rd
February Vacation

Virtual Backpack
This week's NPS Virtual Backpack flyers include: 
Bridgewater State University Winter Science Academy
College Gate | College Academy Summer S.T.E.M. Enrichment
Attleboro Arts Museum Classes and Workshops
Norton Youth Soccer - Indoor Soccer Program

To submit a flyer to the Virtual Backpack, please contact Pam Anderson at pamelaanderson@norton.k12.ma.us.

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