Nov 21 Wellness Forum Summary

November 21, 2017

Dear Parents and Educators,

Many thanks to the parents and educators who attended our November Wellness workshop last night. Rob Riordan’s experience, knowledge, and approach are always helpful. Our topic was centered on the question, How can we reduce stress and support the emotional needs of students?

Reflecting on his fifty years in education, Rob explained some of his experiences that sparked ideas leading to the development of High Tech High. While teaching English and running a writing lab for students, he noticed that some students were able to write with authority and voice, while others struggled. He wondered about how different design elements of schooling could be helping or hindering learning. How could school design principles and a mindset ecosystem nurture and support equitable communities of inquiry and rigor as places for students and staff members to learn and thrive?

Rob connected his experiences as a teacher with questions about some sources of stress reported by Pentucket students. Homework, peer interactions, and complicated personal schedules were identified as the three top stressors for elementary, middle, and high school students. Adults are likely to identify similar stressors. Rob prompted participants to think more deeply about the ways we schedule, use resources, interact, and respond to outside pressures. How do Pentucket’s structures help or hinder, ease or augment stress for students and adults?

At High Tech High, Rob has found that it is helpful for the student experience to be integrated rather than compartmentalized into discrete subjects. Students are motivated when they are doing authentic work as subject experts. Collaborating with others helps students to develop skills that pave the way for successful peer interactions. It is helpful for homework to be connected to the outcomes students strive to achieve. Participants wondered about ways that Pentucket might support a more integrated approach to learning in which every student finds voice and has choice. How can we increase students’ agency so that they increase trust for their own thinking and value that of peers?

The design principles that have proven to be valuable in Rob’s work at High Tech High are: equity; personalization; authentic work; and, collaborative design. The overarching structure ensures that someone is responsible to know each student well. The process is focused on students pursuing their passions. Students need to feel a sense of belonging in the learning community. They need to feel that the work they are doing has value and purpose, that they can do the work, and that each person can get smarter through effort. These attributes are components of a Mindset Ecosystem (Camille Farrington, University of Chicago), the mindsets for deeper learning. Rob encouraged participants to continue supporting the integration of students, the integration of the curriculum, stronger connections between school and the world, and school as a learning community for students and adults. He recommended these strategies for reducing stress and supporting the emotional needs of students.

Our next Wellness Workshop is scheduled for December 20 at 6:30 in the middle school auditorium and will address the question, How can we support students as they contend with gender identity and expression?

I hope you will consider participating in the Wellness Meeting at 6:00 pm and the Wellness Workshop at 6:30 pm.

Sincerely yours,

Jeff Mulqueen

Superintendent of Schools

<Riordan for Pentucket Wellness Committee.pdf>

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Riordan for Pentucket Wellness Committee.pdf

Visioning Session Homework

Dear Pentucket Community,

The bulleted list below documents individual spaces, groups of spaces, and overarching design

considerations participants hope to explore in visioning session #3.

Dore & Whittier asked participants to conduct research about one or more of the bulleted items based on their individual interests.

Participants should find examples, images, narratives, or other materials that can help express their visioning concepts. Dore & Whittier intends to use these materials as tools and reference points to engage participants in several conceptual design activities in visioning session #3 and asks that participants bring their research materials with them (in a format that can be shared – preferably hard copies).

· What space or spaces express the concept of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts,

and Mathematics) in Pentucket?

· Arts Innovation Academy

· Music Conservatory Innovation Academy

· Student Dining

· Access to technology as a tool and resource

· Technical Instruction – as in hand-on learning (formerly known as vocational skills)

· Interior spaces for Health, Physical Education, and Athletics

· Exterior spaces (sports fields) for Health, Physical Education, and Athletics

· How can Pentucket Regional School District leverage local resources and venues as authentic

learning environments?

· What is the spatial concept of Library/Media Center? How, when and where does digital literacy

instruction occur?

· What is the spatial concept for a Middle School Team?

· Special Education

· How can select spaces be positioned to allow for community use? Which spaces fall into this

category?

· What is the concept of safety and security for the building project?

· How can the existing site serve as an outdoor learning environment?

· How can the facility enable reductions in student stress?

· What spaces allow students opportunities to hone their public speaking skills? Where should

these be located?

· What concepts of sustainability are important? How do these concepts impact space?

· Which are the concepts associated with a range of instructional group sizes? The individual?

Small groups? Class size groups? Multiple classes at once? Entire grade levels? Entire student

body?

· Administration & Guidance

· Student Support Services

Thank you to everyone who participates in our school building project.

Sincerely yours,

Jeff Mulqueen

Superintendent of Schools

<KeySpacesBrainstorming.pdf>

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KeySpacesBrainstorming.pdf

MSBA Mass School Buildings Survey Report

November 6, 2017

Dear Pentucket Community,

The Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) is pleased to announce the release of the 2016 School Survey Report. In the fall of 2016, architectural and engineering experts visited public elementary and secondary schools in the Commonwealth to assess the general condition of each building. The assessments evaluated several key factors, including: building condition, general environment, capacity, technology, security and maintenance.

The data collected during these assessments is just one of the factors used to determine which school facilities present the highest level of need and urgency, and the results are not the sole basis the MSBA uses to determine any district’s eligibility for funding. The buildings were evaluated regardless of whether or not the District has any plans for improvements or potential school projects. For the 2016 survey, buildings which were slated for upgrades or recently constructed in partnership with the MSBA were not assessed.

The PDF of the report can be accessed through the following link to our website: http://www.massschoolbuildings.org/programs/school_survey

Sincerely,

Jeff Mulqueen

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PRSD Building Project Grade Configuration

November 2017

Dear Parents, Educators, and Community Members,

Pentucket Regional School District continues to make progress in a potential partnership with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) for a school building project. The educational consult who works with our designer, Dore and Whittier, is conducting a series of three planning workshops that will help guide our work. The MSBA requires that a thorough evaluation be conducted and multiple options considered. Among those options is a possible grade 7 – 12 configuration.

In the past, the District has had success in gathering information using a tool called Thoughtexchange. This valuable tool supports interactive, on-line discussion that empowers everyone to contribute to important dialogue, consider and prioritize ideas, and generate actionable results.

We are hosting our next Thoughtexchange conversation from November 13th through November 26th for the purpose of gathering additional information about the possible grade 7 – 12 configuration. I encourage all Pentucket parents, educators, and community members to participate in Thoughtexchange. Everyone’s ideas are valuable!

Simply visit https://my.thoughtexchange.com/#111621942 to participate in Thoughtexchange from November 13th through November 26th. Participation can occur at any time or multiple times during this window.

Thank you for contributing to the success of our school building project!

Sincerely yours,

Jeffrey J. Mulqueen, Ed. D.

Superintendent of Schools

<Thoughtexchange Nov 13 – 26>

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PRSD Building Project Grade Configuration.pdf

Planning Meeting Time Changes

October 12, 2017

Dear Students, Parents, Educators, and Community Members,

I am writing to you on behalf of the Pentucket Regional School Committee and School Building Committee with additional information and notice of a change in times for the last two meetings.

The District is committed to being as inclusive as possible in the upcoming planning workshops. Everyone is encouraged to participate, even if for only one or two of the meetings or a portion of any meeting. You are invited to participate in the next step of the school building process with Jason Boone, the educational consultant with our designer, Dore & Whittier. Mr. Boone will be conducting three interactive planning workshops, all conducted in the Pentucket High School cafeteria. The first is scheduled for November 8th (4 p.m. until 8 p.m.).

The times for the second and third planning workshops have been changed due to feedback received this week. The workshops scheduled for November 15 and December 13, 2017 will be conducted from 6 – 9 p.m.

Participants will have an opportunity to consider contemporary practices in education and ultimately contribute to the development of an overarching plan that will inform the work of the designer. Although it is not required, it is preferred for participants to attend each session, since there is a sequence and progression of information and learning.

Please register by sending an email to me at jmulqueen with Planning Workshop in the subject line of your email by October 27, 2017. Additionally, please provide information about any dietary restrictions that you have so that I can accommodate needs as possible and details about child care that you might require.

I hope you will be able to participate and contribute to our next steps for a school building project. These planning workshops are the first of many opportunities for everyone to contribute input and offer feedback. Notices will be distributed regarding future meetings and events.

Sincerely yours,

Jeffrey J. Mulqueen, Ed. D.

Superintendent of Schools

<Planning Meetings with Time Changes>

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Planning Meetings with Time Changes.pdf

School Building Planning Workshops

October 6, 2017

Dear Students, Parents, Educators, and Community Members,

I am writing to you on behalf of the Pentucket Regional School Committee and School Building Committee. Pentucket is working toward a partnership with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) for a school building project that addresses the educational and facility deficits of our current high school. The obsolete condition of the school impedes our educational programming and its systems are in imminent danger of possible failure. Since the acceptance of the District’s 2015 Statement of Interest (SOI), we have maintained steady progress in completing MSBA requirements that ultimately can lead to a school building project.

You are invited to participate in the next step of the process with Jason Boone, the educational consultant with our designer, Dore & Whittier. Mr. Boone will be conducting a three-day interactive planning workshop scheduled for November 8, November 15, and December 13, 2017. Each session will be conducted in the high school cafeteria from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Participants will have an opportunity to consider contemporary practices in education and ultimately contribute to the development of an overarching plan that will inform the work of the designer. Although it is not required, it is preferred for participants to attend each session, since there is a sequence and progression of information and learning.

Please register by sending an email to me at jmulqueen with Planning Workshop in the subject line of your email by October 27, 2017. Additionally, please provide information about any dietary restrictions that you have so that I can accommodate needs as possible.

I hope you will be able to participate and contribute to our next steps for a school building project. This planning workshop is one of many opportunities to contribute input and offer feedback. Notices will be distributed regarding future meetings and events.

Sincerely yours,

Jeffrey J. Mulqueen, Ed. D.

Superintendent of Schools

<PRSD Planning Invitation Oct6.pdf>

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PRSD Planning Invitation Oct 6.pdf

Coordinated Program Review

July 2018

Dear Pentucket Community,

As one part of the accountability system, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education oversees local compliance with education requirements through the Coordinator Program Review (attached). Reviews cover selected requirements across Special Education, Civil Rights, and English Learner Education in public schools.

Ratings in the Final Report are Commendable, Implemented, Implementation in Progress, Partially Implemented, Not Implemented and Not Applicable.

The onsite team includes a finding in the Final Report for each criterion that it rates Commendable, Partially Implemented, Not Implemented or Implementation in Progress. Where criteria are found Partially Implemented or Not Implemented, the district must propose corrective action to bring those areas into compliance with the relevant statutes and regulations. The Department staff provide districts with technical assistance on the content and requirements for developing an approvable corrective action plan.

Pentucket Regional School District appreciates staff members and community members for their contributions as well as the support of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The district is in process with regard to the development and implementation of its corrective action plan.

Sincerely yours,

Jeffrey J. Mulqueen, Ed. D.

Superintendent of Schools

<Coordinated Program Review Report of Findings PDF>

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Coordinated Program Review Report of Findings.pdf

Drinking Water Update Dec 20

December 20, 2016

Dear Parents and Educators,

As you know, Pentucket Regional School District is participating with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) to sample and test drinking water for lead and copper. Test results reported last week provided parents and educators with the levels of lead and copper that exceeded established standards. A copy of results from individual schools is posted on the District Web Page under Updates along with other support documents.

Immediately after receiving the state reports, problem fixtures were shut off and labeled to indicate either a high level of lead or copper, as appropriate.

The Mass DEP recommends that school districts seek assistance from local officials. Today, Director of Facilities Greg Hadden and I met with Deborah Ketchen and Paul Sevigny from the local Boards of Health to review each source of water that exceeded established standards for lead and copper, review the map of each school and locations of problem fixtures, and review plans for remediation.

Pentucket’s plan includes the implementation of NSF/ANSI Standard 61 for Drinking Water System Components – Health Effects developed by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI). NSF is a global independent public health and environmental organization, and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) oversees the consensus for developing standards for manufacturing and procedures in the United States. NSF/ANSI Standard 61 contains requirements that restrict both 1) the level of lead that can be contained in water contact materials of drinking water products, and 2) the level of lead that can extract out of the product and into drinking water. Information about NSF/ANSI Standard 61 is attached to this letter.

Drinking water supplies to some of the fixtures identified in the results of our December water test will be capped and discontinued due to their proximity to other available drinking water supplies. The majority of fixtures will receive upgraded materials, aligned with NSF/ANSI Standard 61, to remediate their continued use as sources of drinking water. Water from each fixture that is upgraded will be sampled and tested prior to the reactivation of that fixture.

Water sampling will occur into the future as a part of the process used when drinking water fixtures are altered or replaced. In this way, we will continue to verify the positive effects of actions taken to permanently reduce or eliminate the sources of excess lead and/or copper.

I hope this information is helpful to you. I can be reached at jmulqueen if you have additional questions.

Sincerely yours,

Jeffrey J. Mulqueen, Ed. D.

Superintendent of Schools

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PRSD Drinking Water Dec 20 2016.pdf

NSF ANSI Standard 61.pdf

Bagnall Results.pdf

Page Results.pdf

Donaghue Results.pdf

Sweetsir Results.pdf

Middle School Results.pdf

High School Results.pdf

Lead in School Drinking Water FAQ.PDF

Copper in School Drinking Water FAQ.PDF