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Message from the Superintendent                                September 2, 2014           


A Message to all Parents, Students, and Staff:

Welcome back to the Leominster Public Schools for the 2014-2015 school year!  We welcomed all of our staff back on August 25 and 26.   Our grade 1-12 students were enthusiastic as they returned to their schools on Wednesday, August 27 and preschool and kindergarten programs started up on Tuesday, September 2.
We begin the school year with innovative and entrepreneurial academic programs for our students.  These programs include:
(1) the implementation of a new English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum (aligned to the common core standards) in each of our elementary schools,
(2) the expansion of our PK-12 grade STEM Pathway (science, technology, engineering, and math) in our schools with the implementation of the Gateway to Technology program at our middle schools,
(3) the beginning of a research and development process for a cross-curricular program focused on Educating for Sustainability, including the study of food and water systems, land use, transportation, urban design, energy generation and distribution, globalization in relation to governance, political structures, and the economy, and intercultural collaboration, and
(4) the piloting of a new virtual learning/blended learning platform through a consortium of school districts in North Central Massachusetts (Leominster, Gardner, Fitchburg, Winchendon, Ashburnham-Westminster, Ayer-Shirley, and Naragansett Regional).  The consortium is partnering with Edgenuity, a virtual learning company based in of Arizona.  Edgenuity has developed an impressive menu of rigorous courses that will be available to students in grades 6-12.  The virtual courses significantly expand the program of studies available in the Leominster Public Schools for accelerated students, students who are home-schooled, and students who require credit recovery and other academic support services.
A significant initiative of the Leominster Public Schools during the next five years is to place a greater emphasis on early childhood and to dramatically improve literacy during the early developmental years between birth and grade three.  Leominster wants all of our students to achieve proficiency in reading and writing by grade three.  In order to achieve this level of improvement, our initiative has to be a community-wide effort between students, parents, the schools, and the community at-large.  I look forward to your participation and support.    
The Leominster Public Schools conducted a second consecutive culture survey of students, staff, and parents during 2013-2014 and the results of all of the engagements have been posted on our website.  We will continue to reach out to the community during the year for further discussion. Please feel free to provide any feedback directly to me by emailing your questions, comments, or ideas to suptfeedback@leominster.mec.edu.
I wish the best to all of our students during the 2014-2015 school year!
 
Regards,
Jim Jolicoeur
Superintendent of Schools
Innovate                    Educate                    Create…the Future




 

 

James Jolicoeur, Superintendent
Leominster Public Schools
 24 Church Street
Leominster, MA 01453
978.534.7700


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