Message from the Superintendent April 18, 2014
A Message to all Parents, Students, and Staff:
It has been a long winter season with extreme cold and lots of snow, but as we work through April, I believe spring is right around the corner. We managed to get through the winter season with the five snow days that were built into the 2013-2014 school calendar and we should not have to have students and staff in the buildings too deep into June.
As students return from the April vacation break, we begin the last term of the 2013-2014 school year. During the break, many of us watched the athletic competition of the runners in the Boston marathon, running from Hopkinton to Boston. I liken the school year to a marathon run, where on the straightaways, we run efficiently, storing our energy for the “heartbreak hills” that we encounter along the 26-mile route. Students and staff alike have periods of time during the year where the trek gets difficult and the end of the race seems a distant goal, however, as we reach specific milestones of the race, we gather the strength towards the finish.
Educators of the Leominster Public Schools have worked extremely hard during the school year to implement the many new mandates defined for public education in Massachusetts, including alignment of our curriculum to the new Massachusetts curriculum frameworks based on common core standards, further implementation of the educator evaluation regulations including the definition of district determined measures (DDM’s), new licensure requirements for the education of English Language Learners, implementation of pilot testing for the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers), and the continuous improvement and innovation of instructional practice in the classroom.
Our student body has continued to grow during 2013-2014 and their growth has been demonstrated in so many ways during the year, including academic excellence, talent in music and the arts, athletic success, skills development in vocational/technical work, and as involved citizens by providing service to the community.
I am finishing up my third year as the superintendent of schools in Leominster and am very proud of the work we have done to transform the Leominster Public Schools to a public school district based on innovation and education that provides opportunities to every student and strives to make every student successful.
As we sprint towards the finish line of this school year, we wish our students success with their remaining academic work and we congratulate all of our June graduates from Leominster High School and The Center for Technical Education innovation.
I thank staff and students for a great year and wish to extend thanks to the many parents who have helped us out during the year in so many capacities – as PTO parents, members of school councils, and volunteers in the schools. I would also like to thank parents who participated in the town meetings we held in fall of 2013, the middle school focus groups in February, 2014, and the many parents who participated in our second annual district-wide culture survey. Your help, dedication, and participation is very much appreciated and does not go unnoticed!
Jim Jolicoeur, Superintendent of Schools
Innovate Educate Create…the Future
James Jolicoeur, Superintendent
Leominster Public Schools
24 Church Street
Leominster, MA 01453