News from the District
Welcome back to the 2019-2020 school year! We have been enjoying the whirlwind that the first few weeks of school bring, and it has been a great start to the new school year. Students have been back for almost two weeks, but our school administrators, administrative assistants, custodians, and many teachers were working throughout the summer to ensure that we were prepared to hit the ground running from day one.
Over the summer, our Administrative Team began breaking down our new Strategic Plan into our District Improvement Plan that will include Duxbury’s year one initiatives. Principals are currently developing individual School Improvement Plans with input from their School Councils, that will eventually inform educator and administrator goals for the year.
In August, we welcomed eighteen new staff members at our New Teacher Induction Program. These eighteen educators were hired due to retirements or resignations of previous staff members and we are thrilled with the new group of incredible people that have joined Duxbury Schools. During New Teacher Induction, we familiarized our new staff members with the procedures and expectations of Duxbury Schools emphasizing our core values- Students First, Integrity, Personal & Academic Excellence, and Equity & Inclusion. We also conducted a full mentor training for this year’s group of mentors and created a new first-year teacher program curriculum focused on Social and Emotional Learning.
We welcomed our district staff members back to school on August 26th at Convocation and on our August 27th Professional Development Day, we were pleased to have nationally recognized author and speaker, Tom Murray, present a keynote address to our district staff focusing on Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today. We found Tom’s message to be inspiring, thought-provoking, and it reminded us that we all play an important part in creating a positive school culture. The highlight of Tom’s keynote occurred when we found ourselves singing our best rendition of Bon Jovi’s Livin’ on a Prayer together. If you would like to hear more from Tom, you can follow him on Twitter @thomascmurray or visit his website at www.thomascmurray.com.
We will soon be sharing results from our Spring 2019 MCAS administration. District committees for this school year will include the Digital Literacy Committee, the Professional Development Committee (which will be planning for our January 17th SEL PD Day), the School Wellness Advisory Council, and the District Curriculum Committee (focusing on reading, writing, and world language). We are looking forward to a fabulous school year!
Danielle Klingaman, Ed.D
Assistant Superintendent of Schools
This page provides information relative to all aspects of curriculum and instruction in the Duxbury Public Schools. Curriculum includes our local curriculum maps as well as references to the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. Instruction outlines our current projects and initiatives as well as plans for meeting the needs of all students. Our assessment work is extensive and includes both MCAS results as well as local measures. The district's planning occurs at many levels all of which connect through the strategic, technology, and school improvement plans. Duxbury's focus on professional development is continuous. This page will highlight our recent and future efforts.