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Superintendent's Newsletter 02.01.2024

Posted Date: 2/01/24 (2:23 PM)

 



Family Newsletter   |  February 1, 2024
 

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

DESE ST Math Visit 

Yesterday, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) visited Norton to see students using the ST Math program in real time in schools and to celebrate the work of our staff in building the impact of this program for our students since implementing it five years ago. As part of DESE’s Mathematics Digital Supplement Program, Norton Public Schools receives partial funding for ST Math, a visual instructional program that engages students in creative and rigorous problem solving, allowing them to see the math and grow  The team visited classrooms in all three elementary schools to see students engaged in learning through ST Math and to get feedback from teachers and students. Thank you to our elementary administrators and teachers who shared their time and to our students who helped showcase the work we are doing in the area of mathematics.


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Budget Survey 


Thank you to all of the community members who completed our FY25 budget survey. We received over 400 responses, and are processing the feedback now. Survey data and further budget updates will be provided in upcoming communications.


Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth Parenting Solutions Library

 

Massachusetts Partnerships for Youth (MPY) is pleased to announce its new, free MPY Parenting Solutions LibraryTo date, over 2,200 videos have been borrowedMPY is offering the MPY Parenting Solutions Library in partnership with Peace At Home Parenting Solutions, a non-profit located in Mansfield, Connecticut. Peace At Home Parenting Solutions is a dynamic hub of trusted knowledge and compassionate support that inspires parents to create positive change for their children, their families and themselves. Through this new partnership, MPY is pleased to offer proven resources to help students’ families thrive.


Peace At Home Parenting Solutions specializes in empowering parents with evidence-based strategies to foster nurturing connections that safeguard their children's mental well-being. When parents grasp the interconnection between the brain, body, and behavior, they experience reduced stress levels, resulting in less stress for their children.


The Peace At Home Parenting Solutions team, comprised of experts with advanced degrees, stays abreast of the latest advancements in child development. With more than 30 specialists focused on child and adolescent development, including specific issues such as difficulties in school, mental health challenges, neurodiversity, LGBTQ+ identity formation, handling racism, navigating grief, and other matters parents and our partners identify. These experts present easy-to-use strategies for long-lasting change.


Parents can watch or just listen to experts who get right to the point solving big and small challenges. The 24 library presentations focus on the topics below. Each presentation includes 10-minute videos and handouts.

  • Inspire School Success for Elementary, Middle and High School Students

  • Parenting Principles for Progress Not Perfection

  • Mental Health Knowledge and Skills

  • Support Your Anxious Child Library

  • ADHD and Autism: How to Help Your Child Thrive


The Home Parenting Library may easily be accessed using the link on MPY’s homepage. No log in or passcode is needed.


Substitutes Needed! 

We are actively seeking parents, guardians, and family/community members to join us as substitute teachers. This opportunity, while also filling a district need, provides the chance for you to see all of the great things happening in our district. Please click here for more information about substituting in our classrooms.


Substitutes are also needed in our food services program. Please contact Mike Vaccaro, Director of Food Services, at mvaccaro@norton.k12.ma.us if you are interested in becoming a daily substitute in one of our kitchens.


UPCOMING EVENTS

February 3rd 

Norton High School Report Cards

February 15th

Norton High School Conferences

February 16th

Districtwide Early Release (Professional Development)

February 19th - 23rd

February Vacation

March 1st

Norton High School Term III Warning Notices

March 8th

Elementary Term II Marks Close

March 14th

Norton Middle School Term II Marks Close

March 15th

Districtwide Early Release (Professional Development)

March 18th

Elementary Term II Report Cards

March 20th - 21st

Elementary Conferences

March 21st

Elementary Early Release (Conferences)
Norton Middle School Report Cards


Virtual Backpack
This week's NPS Virtual Backpack flyers include: 
Future Lancer Youth Cheer Clinic
Titans Youth Lacrosse Spring Registration
Attleboro Norton YMCA - February Vacation Programming
Norton STEAM Showcase Participant Invitation
Girl Scouts of Southeastern MA Daisy Troop 84491 for Kindergarten Girls
Norton Public Library and Wheaton College Poetry Workshop for Ages 11-14
Norton Youth Baseball Softball Registration

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


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