November 2016 Students who are not making adequate progress at Tier 2 will receive Tier 3 interventions. Tier 3 interventions include intensive instruction, specific to the student’s highest area(s) of need. Tier 3 should only represent 1-5% of the population. Tier 3 interventions are provided by the classroom teachers as well as specialists in the specific area of skill deficit.
District Goal Setting
The Office of Teaching Learning and Innovation and Student Services have continued to collaborate on this program resulting in the following RTI goal in supporting student achievement and closing the achievement gaps for the year: By May 2017, implement a systematic, guaranteed and viable RTI system for the district (year three) with a focus on secondary schools (16-17). • Both middle schools will implement an RTI block and a data team structure. • Develop RTI intervention blocks with entrance and exit
requirements for achievement.
• Implement the new screening and intervention solutions
identified by the district for use with Identified students.
• Develop extension and enrichment options for students • •
who have mastered core content. Train data teams at middle and high school level and explore intervention systems at NHS with commensurate curriculum supports/intervention products (16-17) Focus MS/NHS reduction of racial, sped and poverty achievement gaps as a means to supporting all types of learners to access Honors and AP high level coursework.
Dr. Nolin and Mr. Luff are truly excited to continue this work throughout this year and into the future. It is our hope that we can break down the walls between general education and special education and have true educational belief model where all students can achieve at even higher levels.
• The district will continue to make available a software portal, which allows parents the opportunity
Central Office Administration
Dr. Peter Sanchioni Superintendent 508-647-6500 email@example.com
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• Meeting the needs of all students has always been a priority of Natick Public Schools and now with the implementation of Response to Intervention (RTI), Wilson and Kennedy middle schools hope to provide students with even more opportunities for individual learning. The schools have designated blocks of time during the school day called WIN and Flex Time. During this time, students are put into groups and receive the instruction they need to either remediate or extend their content knowledge and academic skills. The instructional focus depends upon each child’s academic strengths and areas of need. Groups are determined using teacher recommendations and data from a variety of sources including PARCC scores and content area formative and summative assessments. During this time, students who need
additional academic support receive intervention in an identified skill, and those students who do not will be involved in extension activities. Students also have the opportunity to receive social/emotional supports from the Student Services Department. Some examples of the interventions are:
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Leveled Literacy Intervention Just Words STAR 360 Go Math Intervention Big Ideas Intervention Ten Marks Getting Organized Without Losing It
Some examples of the extension and enrichment units are: • Fantasy • All About Poetry • Computer Science for Beginners • Hero’s Journey • Ozobot STEM • Dystopian Literature • Cities and Their Infrastructure • Global Awareness through Current Events We are extremely committed to all of our students and we are eager to use this time to support them all.
to access their student’s grades online. All teachers have created online web pages in Moodle where parents can become familiar with course, homework and classroom expectations. A full day of professional development was held on November 8th (Election Day). This is the only full day of professional development for our staff. The focus of this training is how to take advantage of current technology to advance student learning. Overall, Natick High School’s PARCC and MCAS scores were very good in 2016. This District Goals are available for review on the district web site. One of the major initiatives for this year is to continue to develop and implement programs to address our students mental health needs. I would like to welcome Ms. Susan Balboni as the new Principal of the Memorial Elementary School. Mr. Peter Gray as the new Director of Finance and Ms. Jordan Hoffman as the new Principal of the Johnson Elementary School. In addition, we welcomed 55 outstanding new educators to our district. After many hours of planning and preparations, Natick has implemented all parts of the educator evaluation system. Components being refined this year include applying rating to two District Determined Measures (DDMs) for all certified staff members. DDMs are agreed upon assessment tools used to measure student growth. In addition, student surveys (Grades 3-12) of teachers will be employed for the third time this year. We look forward to use this system as a vehicle to recognize the excellent teaching that exists in the district. Information about the new system can be found at: http://www.natickps.org/districtinfo/educatorevaluation.cfm As mandated by Massachusetts law, Natick has developed and implemented a model anti-bullying program. The following web page contains all of Natick’s policies, procedures and forms: http://www.natickps.org/districtinfo/bullying/main.cfm. I am very pleased to announce that the nationally recognized BOKS, a before-school exercise program, will continue at our elementary and middle schools. With the belief that exercise can make a difference in learning, Natick High School is offering a before-school fitness class. In addition for the fall, both middle schools are offering a before school biking program. The Kennedy Middle Building Project continues to move through the Massachusetts School Building Authority’s process. It is anticipated that the Feasibility Phase will be completed in 2016 - 2017. Feasibility helps determine whether Kennedy should be built new or renovated. If new what is the best location would be and in both instances what would the design look like and the potential cost. With both middle schools severely overcrowded, we are excited to move this project forward. Let’s Talk our school community communication system enters into its second year. Have compliments, questions or concerns about the district use Let’s Talk! from the District website (www. natickps.org).
We are proud of what we have achieved in our classrooms, in our offices, and on our playing fields and stages, knowing our gains have not come from complacency and satisfaction with the status quo. The Natick Public Schools are what they are because of a dedicated staff that has a common goal, to do what is best for our students. And, we are always looking for new ways to achieve that end goal.
Dr. Anna Nolin Assistant Superintendent for Teaching, Learning & Innovation 508-647-6492 firstname.lastname@example.org Timothy Luff Assistant Superintendent of Student Services 508-647-6510 email@example.com Marianne Davis Director of Human Resources 508-647-6495 firstname.lastname@example.org Peter Gray Director of Finance 508-647-6491 email@example.com Grace Magley Director of Digital Learning 508-647-6400, x1510 firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Natick Public Schools are a Great Place to Learn. Sincerely, Peter Sanchioni, Ph.D. Superintendent