Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Host families sought for students expected to arrive starting in September.
Tuesday, April 30
The following was provided by the Lynnfield School District: Dear Parents and Community Members, Are you interested in opening your heart and home to an international student attending Lynnfield High School? Can you provide a warm and supportive family environment for a young person from another country who is studying in the United States? If so, you may be interested in becoming a host famiiy for an Educatius International student attending LHS. Beginning in September of 2013 we will be enrolling a small number of students who will be attending here through the Educatius international educational program. Many people have found that being a host family can be a positive and rewarding experience for everyone in the family - often the …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Event will help raise funds for extracurricular activities for the town's special needs students.
Coming up this Sunday afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m., the first Community Connections event on the Lynnfield Common will help raise funds for extracurricular activities for the town’s special needs children. Event Chair Julie Perrin told Lynnfield Patch this week in a phone conversation that the event will feature numerous carnival-style games such as truck toss, duck hunt, Kick and Score, and much more. A DJ will provide musical entertainment and there will also be demos from Cervizzi’s Martial Arts and Flipps and Giggles Gymnastics. Other activities will include an air track, face painting, a balloon artist, raffles, and a silent auction. A sensory area will be available as well. The Common will feature blue lights in observation of Autism …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Former school committee member and longtime science teacher Jim Dillon weighs in on debate over early release days.
I was surprised to learn that some parents are against the early release days that have been negotiated by the School Committee and the teachers. I believe that the Committee was able to take a huge step forward for the district. The methods by which teachers and administrators are evaluated are radically changing. In the past, most teachers were evaluated every other year in a system that consisted of the teacher inviting the principal or department head to observe a class. New Massachusetts laws, created to comply with federal “Race to the Top” legislation, will require major changes in the way teachers are evaluated. Teachers will have to create specific measurable job targets. They will be required to have professional practice and…
Friday, March 29, 2013
Group of Lynnfield parents circulating a petition seeking alternative to plan recently announced by school district.
March 27, 2013 To the Editor: As you are aware, Dr. Jefferson and the School Committee have proposed an “early release” initiative to provide additional professional development hours to the Lynnfield Teachers Association (“LTA”); an initiative which was ratified by the LTA on March 15, 2013, as part of its new contract. The School Committee expected to vote and ratify the new terms of the LTA’s contract on March 19, 2013, but postponed the vote until April 9, 2013. The new terms that the School Committee and Superintendent negotiated with the LTA provide the following proposal (the “Proposed Early Release Initiative”): (1) an early release day – 90 minutes early – every other Wednesday; and (2) an earlier school day – …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
A number of readers have emailed in recent days about the plan for next year's school day. Lynnfield Patch spoke with Superintendent Thomas Jefferson about it.
Following last week's school committee meeting where several dozen Lynnfield parents turned out to express their concern about planned changes in the school day, a number of readers have contacted this website also expressing their concern about the issue. Specifically, the Lynnfield School District informed parents in a recent letter that in order to satisfy professional development needs for the 2013-2014 school year, each day will begin 10 minutes earlier - to allow for a 90-minute early dismissal every other Wednesday. "It's actually a little time positive. For all intents and purposes, it's time neutral," said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Thomas Jefferson in a recent phone conversation with Lynnfield Patch, adding that the district …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
State personnel to conduct routine review of school district in area of special education and civil rights during week of March 4th.
Tuesday, February 19
The following is an announcement from the Lynnfield School District: Thomas Jefferson, Superintendent of the Lynnfield Public School District, was informed by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education of an upcoming Coordinated Program Review that will be taking place this school year. As part of this Coordinated Program Review, Department staff will visit the district during the week of March 4. Such visits are routinely conducted by the Department to satisfy federal and state requirements for the periodic review of specific education programs and services in schools throughout the Commonwealth. The Department is reviewing several programs during a single visit in order to use Department and school staff’s time most …
Friday, February 15, 2013
Orientation night to be held at Summer Street School on March 20.
Friday, February 15
The Lynnfield School District has announced that parents of all incoming kindergarten students for 2013 are invited to an orientation night at Summer Street School on Wednesday, March 20 at 7 p.m. Staff members will be on hand to highlight the various programs and the screening process, and individual screening appointments for the week of April 22 can be set up that night. Parents new to Lynnfield who did not receive a written invitation to the above Orientation should contact their respective school ASAP to assure receipt of a registration packet and screening appointment for their child. Children who hope to attend kindergarten this fall must be 5 years old by September 1, 2013. Any questions should be directed to Linda LaGreca (HHS) …
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Information session runs 7 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 7 at town's office of special services.
The Lynnfield School District has announced an upcoming information session for parents of incoming preschoolers identified with a disability or who may have one. The session is Thursday, Feb. 7 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the office of special services, 525 Salem Street. Administrators and/or staff are expected to be on hand to explain procedures in detail. Preschool screening is by appointment only on Feb. 13th. To schedule an appointment, call Camille Ernest at 781-581-5140 or e-mail email@example.com.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Lynnfield is among the top 20 school districts in Massachusetts when it comes to high school graduation rates, according to data from the state department of education. In a table on the state DOE website, Lynnfield has a 97.2% high school graduation rate. Elsewhere on the North Shore, Masconomet had a 99.1% rate, trailing only three charter schools that each had 100% rates. For 2011, Lynnfield had a 1.1% dropout rate while 0% of students got their GED, out of a total of 179 students in the graduating class. In contrast, state leaders in high school dropout rates such as Holyoke, Springfield and Lawrence were all in the 25% vicinity. In Massachusetts, the statewide high school graduation rate for 2011 was 83.4%. Nearby, North Reading had a…
Monday, October 29, 2012
Weather from Hurricane Sandy expected to affect region until at least the early morning hours of Tuesday. Today's trash collection put off until further notice.
This was updated at 10:26 a.m. The Lynnfield School District joined other surrounding towns late Sunday afternoon in cancelling Monday's classes. Nearby districts such as Wakefield, North Reading and Peabody also announced cancellations in light of Hurricane Sandy's expected effects on the region. A separate announcement from the town said that town hall is closed, and trash collection is delayed for at least Monday. Information will be posted online after the storm about when trash collection will resume. Area Patch.com sites will be providing real-time coverage of storm developments and public safety announcements should they arise. With an eye on heading off possible blackouts, Reading Municipal Light Department, which includes much of …