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November 2016

www.natickps.org School Committee Amy Mistrot, Chair Lisa Tabenkin, Vice Chair Paul Laurent, Clerk Dirk Coburn David Mangan Julie McDonough Firkins Reed

Kennedy Building Project

Principals

John F. Kennedy Middle School (Kennedy) is one of two middle schools located in the Town of Natick. The Kennedy community seeks to support its students as they develop through their middle years.

program. Invitation into this grant program was determined, partly, following a site visit to Kennedy Middle School by the MSBA.

Kennedy administration has established an environment where the core values of respect, responsibility and results are in the forefront of everything they do. While educating the whole child, they value each child’s individual differences and seek to provide a program of study that will help each student to grow into a responsible citizen prepared to take on the challenges of the twenty-first century.

Constructed in 1965, Kennedy was designed to accommodate enrollment of 554 students. However, the school currently serves 667 students, with enrollment rising annually. After the initial site visit, it was determined that Kennedy is one of the buildings most in need of repairs in the Commonwealth.

Elementary Schools Karen Ghilani Bennett-Hemenway School 508.647.6580 kghilani@natickps.org

Natick Public Schools

Superintendent’s Message

Kirk Downing Brown School 508.647.6660 kdowning@natickps.org

Dear Natick Community, It is with great pleasure and excitement that I send to you our annual newsletter. I am extremely proud that the Natick Public Schools continues to be recognized as one of the premier school districts in the state.   This is because our school committee, staff, and community have all done a remarkable job of

Jordan Hoffman Johnson School 508.647.6680 jhoffman@natickps.org Dr. Heather Smith Lilja School 508.647.6570 hsmith@natickps.org Susan Balboni Memorial School 508.647.6590 sbalboni@natickps.org Middle Schools Andrew Zitoli Kennedy School 508.647.6650 azitoli@natickps.org

supporting our students through setting high expectations. This school year has presented new opportunities with technology, staffing and newly designed classrooms.  I would like to highlight the following initiatives and accomplishments, which will allow us to do our exceptional job even better:

Teresa Carney Wilson School 508.647.6670 tcarney@natickps.org

• Newsweek Magazine recognized Natick High School on its list of the top 500 public high schools in America.

• Boston Magazine placed the Natick Public Schools in the top 50 of the best public schools in Massa-

HIgh School

chusetts for 2016.

• Because of careful budgeting, planning, and a commitment by the Town we have been able to main-

Brian Harrigan Natick High School 508.647.6603 bharrigan@natickps.org

PreSchool MaryBeth Kinkead Natick PreSchool 508.647.6583 mkinkead@natickps.org

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tain our most valuable asset … our staff. For the 2016 – 2017 school year, we have increased our staff by 17 much-needed educators to address our rapidly rising student population. The 1:1 program for 8th to 12th graders who can take advantage of having their own laptop computer enters its fifth year with eighth graders receiving new Chromebooks and the high school transitioning to MacAirs. Additional online classes have been added to our curriculum offerings. At the elementary level, we enter our third year of having five iPads in every K-4 classroom. Our belief is that technology in the hands of a well-trained teacher can produce unprecedented levels of student achievement. The Brown Elementary School expansion project was completed with great success with six state of the art modular classrooms being added. Each classroom was designed  with advanced technology and 21st century furniture.

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Kennedy serves the educational needs of students in grades five through eight. The student population consists of 696 students of diverse ethnic, educational and socio-economic backgrounds. In addition to general education programs, the middle school also provides service to the English Language Learners throughout the district. In January 2016, Natick Public School District was invited into the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) grant

Additionally, a master building study—completed by Dore and Whittier Architects, Inc.—found that in order to bring the current building up to code (and conduct all necessary repairs) the Town of Natick would be solely responsible for the $20 million cost. However, by working with the MSBA and coordinating this upgrade through its program, Natick will benefit by providing the community with a new school at a fraction of the cost. Natick currently qualifies for a 53% state reimbursement for a project. To learn more about the status of this project, please visit: https://goo.gl/vGkmoI.

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2016 Natick Schools Annual Newsletter  

Natick Public Schools Annual Newsletter Published in November 2016

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