Reminder: Only 10 more days to sign up for the David Prouty Basketball Camp to be held Monday July 12th - Thursday July 15th. Also, the David Prouty Little Hoops Basketball Camp will be held Monday, August 2nd - Wednesday August 4th for grades K-3. If you have any questions please contact Pat O’Connor. You can sign up for both camps using the following link: https://linktr.ee/DpHoops
Join us on Wednesday, July 14th, from 11:30am-12pm at Bixby Road Apartments in Spencer, alongside Congressman Jim McGovern and Project Bread, to celebrate Summer Eats. The Summer Food Service Program, known in Massachusetts as Summer Eats, provides meals throughout the summer for all kids and teens. It's always free with no registration or ID required. We hope to see you there!
Check out our Summer Meal Menu! https://5il.co/u3ut Meals can be picked up or delivered. Locations/times and sign-up links are listed below. East Brookfield Elementary: 10am-12pm Walk-in or order Knox Trail: 10am- 12pm - Walk-in or order Bixby Road Housing: 10:30-11am - Walk in or order Spencer-East Brookfield Delivery: Tuesdays 10-12:30 CHIP-IN Food Pantry, Charlton: Tuesdays 11-12pm Meal Delivery Form: https://forms.gle/iZAqJ67Ev82AnhH9A Meal Ordering Form: https://forms.gle/B5mhti1F1GyPhs6D9
Now Hiring! AA transportation has an immediate need for school bus & van drivers in multiple locations. If interested, please call Lori at 508.791.9100 X2 or email her at: Lorib@aatransportation.com.
In case you missed it… Please join us in congratulating our David Prouty High School Class of 2021! They are #ProutyPrideExemplified https://youtu.be/gg0yeGAaXzg
Updates to DESE Covid-19 Guidance 05.27.2021 - May 17, 2021. The Baker-Polito Administration announced that state-wide COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted, gathering limitations will be rescinded, and all industries will be permitted to open effective May 29, 2021. The State of Emergency will end on June 15, 2021. As of May 29, with the exception of K-12 schools and a few other settings, those who are fully vaccinated (two weeks after receiving the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or two weeks after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) will no longer be required to wear masks or physically distance outdoors or indoors. Unvaccinated individuals are encouraged to continue to wear masks until they are fully vaccinated. This document is intended to provide guidance to districts and schools in interpreting these announcements in school settings across three time periods: • Through the end of the 2020-21 school year: The core mitigation strategies that districts and schools have used all year will remain in place through the end of the school year, except for outdoor masking. Most other guidance also remains in place with a few exceptions. The graduation guidance has been updated to reduce restrictions in line with the Commonwealth’s updates. In addition, there are other instances where guidance issued by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) relies on state-wide guidance that will be rescinded on May 29. In these instances(outlined later in this document), we recommend but do not require that districts and schools continue to follow the practices they currently have in place to minimize changes to school operations so close to the end of the school year. • Summer school and other summer programs: DESE will not issue separate guidance for summer school programs. For summer programs, districts and schools are encouraged to follow the health and safety guidance from DESE currently in place for in-person learning this spring. • Fall 2021 school reopening: For the fall, all districts and schools will be required to be in-person, full-time, five days a week, and all DESE health and safety requirements will be lifted. This includes all physical distancing requirements. We will collaborate with the Department of Public Health (DPH) to issue any additional health and safety recommendations over the summer (e.g., masks for elementary school students). We will provide any updates to districts and schools as we receive them. To learn more about the guidance for the remainder of the 202-2021 school year; summer programs and fall 2021 school opening, go to: https://www.doe.mass.edu/covid19/on-desktop/covid19-guide-updates.pdf @MASchoolsK12 @MASCSchoolComm
We are back! SEBRSD Food and Nutrition will start meal delivery back up on Tuesday, June 1st. Meals will be delivered using our new Food Service van! Please sign up for meals by Friday, May 28th, using the google forms link. https://forms.gle/aZ9LSuvZvBgskbNj7 If you have any questions please contact the Nutrition Director, Brianne Pulver: 774-200-7162 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Very proud of our team of professionals in the Department of Student Services who took part in this important work - creating Massachusetts Dyslexia Guidelines! The Guidelines will provide direction and support for schools and parents - to ensure that students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities receive the education they are entitled to, starting with early identification and continued access to evidence-based instruction.
We are happy to report that the Rutland Vaccine Team can now start to schedule vaccine for all students 12 years & older at the Rutland town library. This message is to you know that the Rutland Vaccine Team now has over 1500 appointments set aside for next week. Anyone 12 years and older - including anyone in the household that still needs a vaccine - is eligible; please go to www.rrecc.us/vaccine to register.
Earlier today, we held our first meeting w/Colliers, Jones Whitsett, & our educational visioning consultant. This is the beginning of great things - a vision for a new century - the Feasibility Study for a Building Project is underway!!! If you are part of the David Prouty High School learning community, get ready to get involved! @ChooseSEBRSD #ProutyPride
Attention SEBRSD community: Please read the important notice from the Student Services Department regarding the destruction of Special Education (504 & IEP) records. https://5il.co/sdkj
KIDS AND BIKE SAFETY Dear Knox Trail Families; We are pleased that so many of our students choose to ride their bicycles to school. However, we are growing increasingly concerned about a small number of cyclists' unsafe behavior. For that reason, we would like to enlist your support. First, we request that all students cycling to school use the designated bike rack behind the school to ensure the safety of the bikes. Please encourage your child to bring a lock to secure their bikes. Otherwise, the school has no responsibility for bikes that are not locked within the school. We strongly advise that students wear a helmet to and from school and at all times that they are cycling. We also recommend that students regularly have their bikes serviced to ensure roadworthiness. Recently it has been brought to our attention that some individuals have exhibited reckless and dangerous cycling outside of school. Students have been observed weaving in and out of traffic and pulling out in front of vehicles. While this behavior is not happening on school premises or during school hours, our student's safety and well-being, both in and out of school, is our number one priority. Effective immediately, once students reach Ash Street on their way to school, they will be required to walk their bikes up the hill. When departing school students will be required to walk their bikes down to the bottom of the hill until they arrive at Ash Street. At that time, they may mount their bike and ride home. If a student is seen riding their bike in an unsafe manner, the administration will issue a warning and notify the student's parent or guardian. If there is a second occurrence of dangerous bicycle operation, that student will no longer be allowed to ride their bike to school. Lastly, I have requested that the Spencer Police Department monitor the roads located near the school to ensure our children’s safety. Parents, ultimately, it's up to you to ensure that your child understands the importance of riding their bicycles safely. We will do everything humanly possible at Knox Trail to ensure the safety of your child. However, once our students leave school property, our purview is limited. Thank you in advance for your support in keeping our students safe. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to let me know. Stay Safe! Ralph
To celebrate arbor day we used this calculator https://www.arborday.org/calculator/index.cfm to determine the worth of our trees! Students identified the trees and measured their circumference. Back in the classroom we used that to find the diameter and then looked at the monetary and environmental impacts of our trees. Happy Arbor Day!! #ArborDay2021 #KnoxTrailRocks
Check out our meal menu for May! https://5il.co/s3qh Remote delivery will not be available from May 3rd through the 14th and will resume on May 17th. Meals can be picked up daily during that time.
Get vaccinated against COVID-19! To learn more, click here: https://www.apptegy.net/s/news-sebrsd/articles/get-vaccinated-against-covid-19-people-age-16-who-live-work-or-study-in-massachusetts-can-be-vaccinated @MASchoolsK12 @MASCSchoolComm @MassDPH @SpencerFire1
BUS ROUTE UPDATE for Knox Trail and David Prouty. We've had lots of changes to the KT & DPHS routes so please be sure to view the latest schedule here. https://5il.co/mfck
Sarah Sangeado as our Department of Student Services "Faculty of the Month" for April 2021! She is in her second year as a school psychologist for the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District and is deeply committed to helping students within our schools reach their full potential academically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially. Thank you to Sarah for everything she does for our district, and our students. #ThankYou @nasponline @MASchoolsK12 @MASCSchoolComm
Hybrid learning schedules are officially ending after April vacation but meal delivery for those who opted to remain full-remote for the rest of the school year is not! Sign-ups for the week of 4/26 can be done any time between now and Friday, 4/23. For delivery, sign up here: https://forms.gle/D3WfCB5yH1B77rDt8 If you'd prefer to pick up your meals instead, please sign up here: https://forms.gle/EU4cZeeREm82BjaaA
REMINDER: Meals will not be served during the week of April vacation (19th-23rd). Alternate meal sites can be found here: https://www.projectbread.org/get-help
Spread the word! Everyone is invited to our David Prouty High School Spring Concert where our Panther Band will be performing this Thursday, 4/15/2021, at 6pm via Facebook Live: https://www.facebook.com/events/484581916005318/?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%2252%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22[%7B%5C%22surface%5C%22%3A%5C%22share_link%5C%22%2C%5C%22mechanism%5C%22%3A%5C%22share_link%5C%22%2C%5C%22extra_data%5C%22%3A%7B%5C%22invite_link_id%5C%22%3A2591099527857636%7D%7D]%22%7D #ProutyPride
One week left for Yearbook Forms! Orders are due this Friday, April 16th. Questions contact Denise Kresco at email@example.com or call 508-885-8550. Print an order form to fill out or order online using the links below. Order Online: https://www.memorybook.com/onl... or Print an order form: https://5il.co/qwoh
You keep hearing the phrase "Pooled COVID Testing" more and more lately but are you still unsure about what it is? We've got you covered with a Frequently Asked Questions sheet. https://5il.co/rfxc Testing for students begins next week! Don't forget to submit your consent forms.
Project 351 engages eighth grade Ambassadors from each of the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts in a 12-month program of service learning, leadership development, and civic engagement. Ambassadors are diverse in all ways but one -- they share Dr. King’s criteria for a life dedicated to service: “a heart full with grace and a soul generated by love." Hometown educators select each class of eighth grade Ambassadors. Educators select Ambassadors who have demonstrated an exemplary ethic of service and the values of kindness, compassion, humility, and gratitude. We place a special premium on unsung heroes and quiet leaders, and the rich diversity of our Commonwealth. This year Knox Trail Middle School is proud to announce our two Ambassadors Adison Daoust and Alivia Sauvageau! The pictures below are of Representative Donnie Berthiaume and Representative Peter Durant presenting our two Ambassadors with certificates commemorating the occasion. Please join us in recognizing Adison Daoust and Alivia Sauvageau!, our Project 351 Ambassadors for 2021! #KnoxTrailRocks @ChooseSEBRSD @TeamProject351 @MASchoolsK12 @MASCSchoolComm
With so many changes taking place right now, we understand the toll it can take on a student's mental health. Our Self Care series aims to offer suggestions and ideas to help them find ways to clear their minds. We encourage you to share photos with us of your child implementing these suggestions using the hashtag #sebrsdselfcare. The weather is PERFECT for today's Self Care suggestion...Take a hike! #sebrsdselfcareseries
Hi Knox Trail Families; Just a friendly reminder that tomorrow Friday, April 9, 2021, Knox Trail will be on a half-day schedule. We will follow the regular Friday half-day schedule from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Grades 5 & 6 students will receive “In-Person” instruction tomorrow at the school, and grades 7 & 8 students will follow their regular Friday remote schedule at home. Grades 5 & 6 students may request a “Grab and Go” lunch tomorrow. Please contact the main office if you have any questions. Have a great weekend! Ralph
Please join me and @NASSP, @NAESP & @AFSAUnion as we honor assistant principals this week during #APWeek21: www.nassp.org/apweek @MASchoolsK12 @MASCSchoolComm
Pooled COVID testing for students begins Tuesday, 4/27. Don't forget to complete the signed consent form as soon as possible so your child can participate. Electronic Consent form: https://testcenter.concentricbyginkgo.com/minor-consent/ Access code: SYNTHESIS-SPENCER
Pooled COVID testing for staff began today! Check out what other Massachusetts schools have to say about the program and process. https://youtu.be/DIhVdzg6-rk
Student mental health and wellness is of utmost importance to us! Please visit our website for mental health resources for families and students: https://www.sebrsd.org/o/sebrsd/page/student-mental-health-resource-center
IMPORTANT BUS ROUTE UPDATE! Please be sure to check the website for updated bus routes/times, effective 4/5 (WV & EB) & 4/26 ( KT & DPHS), for students' full return to school. https://www.sebrsd.org/o/sebrsd/page/bus-routes--241
Check out our April Meal Menu! https://5il.co/qxeh Please note that meals will not be offered during April Recess but a link is provided to locate alternative meal pickup sites.
6th grade students from the "Kindness Council" worked hard making a yearlong vision come to life... This will be our Buddy Bench. If a student feels lonely, they can take a seat on the Buddy Bench as a signal that they want someone to play with or talk to. When another student sees someone on the buddy bench, they can join them or include them in their game. "Kindness is a gift everyone can afford to give" - Unknown.
Please join us in recognizing David Prouty High School Chapter 74 Business/Marketing Teacher Peggy Bridges as the March 2021 "Faculty of the Month." Ms. Bridges has brought exciting new projects to our Marketing Department, such as the "Vaping's Not My Thing" poster contest, and the Elementary School Storybook partnership. She has established connections with local businesses; and her expertise in Marketing, Advertising, and Graphic Media promote our school and our district positively in a competitive school choice environment! #ProutyPride @ChooseSEBRSD @MASchoolsK12 @MASCSchoolComm
Did you know? MassHealth provides free transportation to/from COVID-19 vaccine appointments for all MassHealth members, regardless of coverage type. Please click on the following links for more information: PT1 MassHealth Info Sheet for COVID-19 Vaccine Transportation: https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/cdn.sudbury.ma.us/wp-content/uploads/sites/348/2021/02/MassHealth-PT1-for-COVID-19-Vax-Apts-2.24.21.pdf?version=627ac9987f312b9fa85e6c60486cffbf FAQ: https://www.mass.gov/doc/transportation-to-covid-19-vaccine-appointments-for-masshealth-members-and-health-safety-net-0/download CDC Guidance for Protecting Against COVID in Transportation: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/using-transportation.html#PersonalVehicles
PAJAMA DAY is tomorrow! Thursday, March 11th wear your favorite PJ's to school!
No School Announcement! This is Superintendent of Schools, Paul Haughey. Due to extreme weather and damage to power lines, the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District will be closed today, Tuesday, March 2, 2021. As well, all of administrative offices will be closed. We are taking this action due to a number of power outages and in the interest of safety. Please stay home, off the roads, and remain safe. Thank you.
Mae Jemison wasn’t just the first African American woman who orbited into space aboard the shuttle Endeavour. She's also a physician, teacher, a Peace Corps volunteer, and president of tech company, the Jemison Group. She continues to work towards the advancement of young women of color getting more involved in technology, engineering, and math careers. #BlackHistoryMonth
Benjamin O. Davis Sr. was the first Black general in the American military. He served for 50 years as a temporary first lieutenant at an all-Black unit during the Spanish American War. Throughout his service, Davis Sr. was as a professor of military science at Tuskegee and Wilberforce University, a commander of the 369th Regiment, New York National Guard, and special assistant to the Secretary of the Army. When he retired in 1948, President Harry Truman oversaw the public ceremony. Davis Sr. is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. #BlackHistoryMonth
Despite being the first licensed Black pilot in the world, Coleman wasn’t recognized as a pioneer in aviation until after her death. Though history has favored Amelia Earhart or the Wright brothers, Coleman—who went to flight school in France in 1919—paved the way for a new generation of diverse fliers like the Tuskegee airmen, Blackbirds, and Flying Hobos. #BlackHistoryMonth
Cohort A will return to Knox Trail on Monday, February 22nd. See you then!
Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States. His story is the American story - values from the heartland, a middle-class upbringing in a strong family, hard work and education as the means of getting ahead, and the conviction that a life so blessed should be lived in service to others. #MondayMotivation #BlackHistoryMonth
Faculty Spotlight! Pamela Gunsalus has been teaching STEM for 6 years, 2 of which have been at Knox Trail Middle School. She has created innovative units like: Tiny House Challenge, Solar Sails Designs, Rocket Designs, Hot Air Balloons, Unbreakable Bridges, Vehicle Designs for travel over Ice and Snow, and Building a Water Tower that can withstand an earthquake to name a few. During her Manufacturing unit she had students design an assembly line to create Teacher Appreciation Gifts. Each unit provides a real life challenge that they must find a way to solve. Most years students worked in teams to solve a problem. This year has been unique but students are still challenged. They test their designs; recording their results for example: recording time traveled, distanct, speed, altitude, and/or total live load it could handle and calculate efficiencies. She has started creating videos that provide students in class as well as remote students the ability to learn at their own pace and keep her students engaged. During each unit students can choose to compete to see who's names will be added to her "Wall of Fame". This is where Mrs. Gunsalus displays the students' names and their accomplishments. For example, who's bridge was the strongest, or has the best design. In addition, she has also been the lead Robotics and coding teacher for any 5th to 8th grader who wishes to join the Robotics/Coding club. Mrs. Gunsalus has been preparing the student's at Knox Trail to compete at the state level with Vex IQ robots. Unfortunately, we have not been able to compete this year or last because of Covid19. Next year, we will purchase a competition table and kit in July 2021; and start the preparation by mid-September of 2021 for the fall and winter competitions. #KnoxTrailRocks @MASchoolsK12 @MASCSchoolComm
A VACATION REMINDER: With February vacation fast approaching (Feb. 15-19), we recognize the potential challenge that our staff and students may face in attempts to limit exposure to COVID-19. We encourage everyone to do their best to adhere to State and Board of Health guidelines, including limiting the size of gatherings, limiting get-togethers to only people who live together or to a small group of individuals with whom they are regularly in contact, and avoiding travel. If you do travel, please follow Massachusetts travel orders, and quarantine upon return if traveling to a high-risk state. Please contact any of our school nurses with questions. We appreciate all that our staff, students, and families are doing to limit their risk of contracting and spreading COVID-19. Stay healthy and safe! -SEBRSD Health Services Department
Two Spencer- East Brookfield Regional School District teachers have been awarded scholarships by the Massachusetts Computer Using Educators (MassCUE) and Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (M.A.S.S.) organizations. The scholarships provide Ms. MaryEllen Amodeo, a 3rd grade teacher at Wire Village School, and Ms. Pam Gunsalus, the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) teacher at Knox Trail Middle School, the opportunity to attend three days of high quality professional development. The three day MassCUE conference they will attend this month offers more than 250 workshops, presentations and keynote presentations focused on bringing the best educational technology and teaching practices into the classroom. "Lessons learned from this professional development will be shared with all staff across the district to keep all our classrooms on the forefront of effective educational practices," said Director of Academic Affairs Matthew Bolduc. Ms. Gunsalus and Ms. Amodeo were selected for these scholarships based on their relentless commitment to instilling teaching and learning with the most engaging and supportive practices while also maximizing the impact of educational technologies. These two teachers exemplify the many SEBRSD teachers who consistently go above and beyond expectations to give their students and the families they serve the best education found anywhere on the globe. "The learning community is fortunate to have such dedicated and highly skilled professionals on our faculty at the Knox Trail Middle School and Wire Village School. We wish them all the best in their pursuit of honing their professional knowledge base and skills in digital citizenry and technology integration," said Superintendent of Schools Paul Haughey.
PIZZA KIT PICKUP DELAYED Due to the impending weather, pizza kit pickup will be delayed. As soon as we have more information we will provide an update.
Little Caesars Pizza Kits are arriving on Monday February 1. Orders can be picked up right after school at 12:45 until 3 pm. Pickup will be in the back parking lot. You will see us out there. Please email Mrs. Raphael with any questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org. --
Want to argue with your friends? Then think about joining the new Speech & Debate Club! Through speech and debate, you will not only have fun and make connections with other students during this time of social distancing, but also improve your speaking and thinking skills! This club will take place virtually once a week for up to an hour, and is open to ALL KT students. If you have never done anything like this before, that's even better! To join the club, please contact Mr. Lewis. We will start next week!
Good Afternoon, District administration was notified by our nursing team that a district-wide staff member, a Village School staff member, and another staff member at David Prouty High School have tested positive for COVID-19. The staff members who have tested positive for COVID-19 have not been in any of our school buildings. However, they will not return to their buildings for at least 14 days, unless they provide evidence of negative test results. Primary symptoms of COVID-19 include shortness of breath, coughing, and fever or chills. Other symptoms include congestion, sore throat, diarrhea, abdominal pain, body aches, and loss of taste or smell. If anyone in your home begins to demonstrate any of these symptoms, please keep your child home and consult your primary care physician. The health, safety, and well-being of our school community remains our top priority. We are following sound protocols aligned with expert health guidance to ensure we are doing everything we can to protect your health. We also want to take this opportunity to remind everyone of the importance of wearing masks, staying six feet apart from others, and regularly washing your hands. If you have questions or need to report a positive case of Covid-19, please contact Mrs. Carrie Cashman, Lead Nurse at (508) 885-8536 or via electronic mail at: email@example.com. Sincerely Yours, Paul S. Haughey, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools
Dear SEBRSD Parents/Guardians, The state of Massachusetts is suspending its requirement which necessitates students to get the flu vaccine. Please click the following link to see information from SEBRSD Health Services. https://5il.co/orot
A note from our Tuition-Based Program & Billing Coordinator: Dear PK & B/ASP Families, End-of-year statements were emailed out over the last week to families that made payments during 2020. If you have not received yours, please check your spam folder. This year's statements look different and contain a list of all charges, credits/refunds and payments received in order to account for the refunds issued due to COVID. You will need to manually calculate your payments made and deduct the refund amount issued to determine how much you can claim for your child care expenses. Please disregard the amount listed in the TOTAL field. Hoping you are healthy & well! Melissa Pervier
We are proud to honor Josh LaCasse & Tim Millett as our David Prouty HS "Staff of the Month" for January 2021! They have responded to the challenges of keeping our building sanitized by working harder and smarter than ever. They always keep our building clean and shiny, and do so with good humor and Prouty Pride! It is wonderful to have custodians who understand the importance of keeping the building safe for students and adults alike, especially now that we are dealing with the pandemic. Josh is a proud David Prouty HS graduate, who is happy to be making a difference in his own alma mater. Tim worked as a custodian in the Leicester Public Schools for many years, but has made a great transition to David Prouty HS & our regional school district! We greatly appreciate all that they do. #Congratulations #ThankYou #ProutyPride
We would like to recognize our "ENTIRE STAFF" for the month of January & publicly wish them ALL the very best in 2021! They have worked relentlessly in meeting the needs of ALL students; have extended themselves to our families; & given to the greater good of our community. They have demonstrated the flexibility & creativity to provide lessons in person & remotely; and make a pivot to either model appear seamless. We could never have been so successful nor more proud of any staff! It is our honor to support them daily in all they do. Thank You & Happy New Year! #WireVillageRocks #Progress #Unity #Knowledge
Good morning Knox Trail families, If your address or phone numbers have changed, please let Mrs. Proulx (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mrs. Leach (email@example.com) know as soon as possible. If you just want to use another email than what we already have in the system, please let us know as well. Thank you everyone and please stay safe.
SEBRSD Food Service will be providing a trial meal delivery system the week of January 11th-15th, 2021. If families would like meals delivered to their homes on Monday January 11th and Wednesday January 13th this form must be filled out by 1 PM Friday January 8th. https://forms.gle/mit2vj5PHUVKEzNb8 Meals will be already assembled; they will just need to be heated and served. Daily breakfast and lunches are together in a paper bag. (Foil packaging cannot go in the microwave) If you have any questions please reach out to the Food Service Director, Brianne Pulver by calling 774-200-7162 or via Emai firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District Learning Community Members, I hope you are well and made time to enjoy the holiday break safely. In an abundance of caution we will be full remote on Monday January 4 due to an increase in COVID 19 cases in both of our towns and with concerns of staffing levels. We will reassess Monday afternoon to determine if we need to be remote for an extended period of time beyond January 8th, 2021. Thank you for your patience, support and understanding during this very challenging time. Please take care; follow public health guidelines; and remain safe! Sincerely Yours, Paul S. Haughey, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools
Remote after Break Just a reminder that after the break, starting January 4th-8th our district is FULLY REMOTE. We will be following our regular hybrid/remote schedule that we use now. Then the week after, January 11-15 Cohort B will come to Knox. Cohort A will come January 19th-22nd. No school on Monday January 18th for MLK Jr. day. A lot to remember!
Pamela Higgins is a licensed Registered Occupational Therapist. She has enjoyed working with the students and teachers as part of the special education team for 33 years. Ms. Higgins will be retiring from the district this year. She has been an integral part of the SEB students and families, providing high-quality therapies. Wendy Ryan is a licensed COTA who has been a dedicated member of our school family for the past 20 years. She has enjoyed helping the children here be the most successful and independent students they can be. They both feel honored to be able to serve the children and their families, along with the wonderful and amazing staff in all schools of the Spencer-East Brookfield Regional School District and the communities-at-large. Please join us in recognizing Mrs. Higgins and Mrs. Ryan as our Department of Students Services "Staff of the Month" for December 2020! Thank you both for all you do!! @MASchoolsK12 @MassTeacher @MASCSchoolComm
Our "Staffulty" of the month for December 2020 are Lynn White & Beth Shaughnessy, our David Prouty HS School Secretaries! Their friendly faces & voices greet every visitor to our school. Their calm demeanor puts people at ease. Their professional approach to helping every member of our community with every problem conceivable is appreciated by all of us here at the high school. Through the uncertainty of this past spring, Mrs. White & Mrs. Shaughnessy helped make school feel "real," highlighted by putting together a truly beautiful graduation for the Class of 2020. Mrs. White is in her sixth year at Prouty. She is the loving mom of two daughters: one a college freshman, the other a high school sophomore. She is co-advisor of this year's senior class, & she is determined to see them all have a great senior year! Mrs. Shaughnessy is in her third year at Prouty. She is the loving mom of a third-grade daughter, and twin boys who are in second grade. Mrs. Shaughnessy loves running and walking outdoors in nature, & is a fierce soccer player. Thank you to Mrs. White & Mrs. Shaughnessy for all you do! #ProutyPride @MASchoolsK12 @MassTeacher @MASCSchoolComm
Knox Trail Report Cards Grades 5 & 6 will be mailed out this week. Grades 7 & 8 will be mailed the following week. You can also look on PowerSchool for that information.
FROM THE NURSE Use the following link for information regarding the flu vaccination requirement for students. https://5il.co/n6jj
Knox Trail Grade 5 Art students. Check Schoology for the Art assignments. Lessons 1-3 should be completed
The Spencer Special Town Meeting will begin at 7pm tonight in the David Prouty HS McDonough Gymnasium. To review the warrant in advance, click here: https://www.spencerma.gov/home/news/special-town-meeting-nov-12-7-pm-dphs @SpencerCable @CitizenChron @MassLive @telegramdotcom
This year we will hold Parent-Teacher Conferences on Thursday, December 3, 2020. Grades 5 & 6 conferences will occur from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Grades 7 & 8 will occur from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Conferences will be conducted virtually this year with few exceptions. As we did last year, sign up will be conducted online using "Sign Up Genius." You should get your invitation in the next week to two weeks. If you have any questions, reach out to your child's teacher.
Kiara Pond obtained her Bachelor degree in Applied Psychology and Child Advocacy in 2015. She immediately began an accelerated program for her Masters degree in Science, Applied Behavior Analysis. While going through graduate school, Kiara worked and gained intensive fieldwork experience hours as a Special Education Paraprofessional. In May 2018, she graduated from the program, and in August 2018, sat for her boards. She passed thus becoming a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). This is her third year as a public school BCBA, second at SEBRSD. As a result of her hard work and dedication to her students, Kiara Pond is our Student Services Staff Member of the Month for November 2020! Thank you Kiara for all of you do! #Progress #Unity #Knowledge
Dear Knox Trail Families; First of all, we're having a fantastic first week with students back in the building. I couldn't be happier with how well things have gone! Thank you all so much for your patience as we adjust to having kids back in the building. Now that Knox Trail Middle School has transitioned to a hybrid platform, Fridays will look slightly different from what they have before. Fridays will be a remote day as it has been from the beginning of the year. However, there will be some minor changes as we advance. Fridays will be a regular remote school day for students. Teachers will provide work for their students just as they would any other day. Students will have access to teachers. Fridays shall be self-directed remote teaching and learning – asynchronously or synchronously for hybrid teachers. I've asked each of our teachers to communicate to families their intentions for Friday instruction as it may vary from one teacher to the next. If you have any questions, please reach out to your student's teacher via email. Respectfully, Ralph
KNOX TRAIL FAMILIES If you have not received an email or text regarding your student's cohort. Please contact the school at 508-885-8550.
Here are some important tips for coming back to Knox Trail MS - Hybrid style! #Progress #Unity #Knowledge @maschoolsk12 @MASCSchoolComm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dm3IG_rI21M&t=2s
FREE Breakfast and Lunch through June 2021! When ordering using the Google Form you are helping reduce food waste & supporting the SEBRSD Food Service Program! The order form resets on Thursdays so you can order for the next week, https://forms.gle/aWRx94fDMpcqxTiq6 @snamass
SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE: NEXT STEPS TO REOPENING 10.08.2020! Click here: https://www.sebrsd.org/article/323633?org=sebrsd #Progress #Unity #Knowledge @MASchoolsk12 @massteacher @MASCSchoolComm @SpencerCable @telegramdotcom @masslivenews @citizenchronicles @TheCitizenChron
IMPORTANT! Starting Monday Morning students MUST be on one of our upgraded Zoom accounts in order to access their classroom meetings. Click the following link for instructions https://5il.co/lpzb
THREE WEEKS IN NOW! Please ensure that students are using the zoom links in their Schoology courses.
Attention Parents: Families, Here's information from the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) to activate your (PIN) P-EBT Card! https://5il.co/gyqj