News from the District
March is here, which brings to mind happy thoughts of the first days of Spring, the start of the Red Sox season, and additional daylight when we “spring forward” later this month. March is also a long and important month of learning in our schools. We have a lot happening behind the scenes with curriculum development, committee work, and professional learning that we look forward to sharing with you in this edition of our curriculum newsletter. We are fortunate to have fantastic Curriculum Supervisors in Duxbury who oversee “all things curriculum” across content areas in our district.
We would like to bring an important event to your attention that is coming up on Wednesday, March 20th at 7:00 PM in the PAC. Duxbury FACTS is sponsoring a showing of the documentary Angst, which focuses on the important topic of anxiety in today’s youth. After the Angst showing, there will be an interactive panel discussion led by Michelle Ryan-DHS school psychologist, Ross Kellar-DHS graduate , and Julie Love-Clinical Director of the McLean Hospital School Nurse Liaison Project. Anxiety impacts a number of families and we hope this event provides useful information and resources to all who attend. This event is free and open to community members, staff, and families, and we thank Dux FACTS for bring this event to our community.
We recently shared with all of you the newly redesigned School and District Report Cards released by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Just as a student's report card shows how they are doing in their courses; school and district report cards are designed to show parents and community members how a school or district is doing in different areas. There is a lot of great information in the report cards and we hope you will take some time to explore the different features. You can access our district and school report cards on the district and school websites or by following these links:
The 2019 season of MCAS testing will soon be underway and some students have already participated in their MCAS infrastructure trial (or practice test). This will be the first year that all MCAS testing will be computer-based (with the one exception of high school Biology). Our technology and administrative teams have been working hard to prepare the online assessments for our students. The MCAS assessment dates are available on the calendars on our school websites and we ask that families do everything they can to ensure that students are well-prepared to do their best on test days. Have a wonderful March!
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.