Superintendent's Message

Superintendent's Welcome Back Message
2017-18 School Year

It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year.  

We are extremely proud that the Natick Public Schools continues to outdistance many other districts in this state.  We are able to achieve this because our school committee, staff, and community have all done a remarkable job of supporting our students through setting high expectations. Recently the Natick Public Schools received the following accolades: 

  • Niche listed the Natick #32, of the best school districts in Massachusetts with an overall rating of A+.
  • Boston Magazine placed the Natick Public Schools #38, in the top 50 best public schools in Boston for 2017.

This new school year presents opportunities for new beginnings; new technologies, and new courses.  We are all proud of our past achievements and we are ready to build on their success.  We would like to highlight the following initiatives and accomplishments, which will allow us to do our exceptional job even better: 

  • As a result of careful budgeting, planning, and a commitment to the Town we have been able to maintain our most valuable asset—our staff.  For the 2017 – 2018 school year, we have increased our staff by 24 much-needed members to address our rapidly rising student population.
  • The 1:1 laptop program is now in grades 7 – 12.
    These students can take advantage of having their own laptop computer. In addition, multiple, new online classes have been added to our curriculum offerings. At the elementary level this we enter our fourth year of having 10 iPads/Chromebook 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. 
  • It was a busy summer for our custodian and maintenance crew.
    NHS had some much-needed landscaping and a new irrigation system installed. Johnson is having a new playground installed, six modular classrooms were installed at Lilja, Lilja also received a new playground and new flooring throughout the school, and, all schools were thoroughly cleaned and spruced up. I would like to recognize the custodial and maintenance staff for their hard work to upgrade the appearance of our schools.  Thank you for an outstanding job!
  • The district will continue to make available a software portal, which allows parents the opportunity to access their student’s grades online. Many 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 has been scheduled for Monday, November 27th. 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's MCAS scores were outstanding in 2017. Natick High School was designated a Level 1 school – the highest rating.
  • These District Goals are available for review on the district website. One of the major initiatives this year is to continue the Kennedy Building Project. Many tasks have been completed on this project already including site selection an initial design and a preliminary educational plan. We expect to bring the project to the voters for a debt exclusion in the spring of 2018. Information concerning this project can be found at bit.ly/kennedynps
  • I would like to welcome Ms. Anne Carothers as the new Principal of the Lilja Elementary School.  In addition to Ms. Carothers, we welcomed 63 outstanding new educators into our district.
  • As mandated by Massachusetts law, Natick has developed and updated a model anti-bullying program. The following web page contains all of Natick’s policies, procedures, and forms: natickps.org/about/policies/bullying.
  • 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.
  • Apple Computer again has recognized NPS for being a district of exemplary leadership, innovation, and educational excellence.

We are very thankful to NEF for supporting the Teacher on Special Assignment role this year. By allowing this role to be realized we are able to scale an engaging and innovative learning model across our elementary schools by training our teachers to be building leaders on this initiative and provide them with the materials and support needed through the implementation process

We can be 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. 

In closing, the start of each school year is very exciting for us because of the energy that our students, staff, parents and community members bring to it.  We are proud of our accomplishments thus far and am encouraged by our prospects. As we move forward, we pledge my resolve to work toward an even more successful school community. Clearly, our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children.  Let us all strive together to prepare our students well for their bright futures.

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