Superintendent's Corner

April/May Message from the Superintendent

To the SEBRSD Community,

Spring is finally here, the weather is warmer, the flowers are in bloom, and, most importantly, the SNOW IS GONE!

Both Spencer and EB Finance Committees have reviewed the FY 18 Budget and a Proposed Capital Projects Plan is being explained on Tuesday, April 25th.  As we head toward the end of the year, graduation and summer planning, we reflect on all the accomplishments of the 16-17 school year and now anticipate the new and exciting 17-18 school year that awaits us!. 

Here is the latest exciting news for our students:

  • Elementary students will be talking about their experiences with 3D Doodlers (3D printing) and BlueBots (programming).  These two projects were made possible because Lori Button and Chris Gniadek, two of our Innovation Teachers, received MassCUE technology grants.  
  • I am also pleased to announce that Wire Village's playground is starting to become a reality!  Initial funding has been secured to start the project and begin the process of building a fun, safe outdoor facility for our K-4 students to develop their motor skills.  Fundraising will continue into next year to build the playground into a bigger, better, more expansive facility for our young and very active children.
  • EB Grade 6 students just returned from Washington, DC where they learned about our nation, its history and government.  They even got to be part of the filming of the TV drama "Madam Secretary."  Let's see if they make it through the editing room cuts and make it to the TV screen!
  • SEBRSD will host a Summer Program of enrichment activities at Knox Trail from July 10 - August 18.  Please check the website for more details about this new program!

And....most importantly....some long awaited repairs, upgrades and renovations have been proposed across the District:

  • Locker room improvements at the HS, telephone upgrades in all school, new lighting at Knox Trail, and HS tennis court repairs are in the final stages of planning. 
  • Preparation is already underway and a ribbon-cutting ceremony is being planned for the INNOVATION LAB at David Prouty High School.  This high-tech 1400 square foot space will house the Earth & Space Science classes next fall and provide a state-of-the-art venue for Project-Based Learning (PBL).   Our students will be collaborating with scientists and students from another country to research and work on a real-world problem.  This is true student engagement!  Stay tuned for updates about the progress as we forge ahead to bring 21st century learning alive!

As always, thank you to the communities, School Committee, teachers, support staff, and parents for all that you do for, and on behalf of, the children of the District.  Get involved, be involved and stay involved in all that the schools do...you'll be amazed at the wonderful things happening here!

~ Tracy Crowe

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