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  • A Message to MHS Families

    Posted by Sean Siciliano on 4/5/2020

    I truly hope this note finds you well and managing these challenging times.  Our community is strong and I know we will come through this collective experience even stronger.   This unprecedented situation has given each of us an opportunity to place things into perspective as our lives faced complete disruption, adversity, social distancing and sense of uncertainty.   However, through these challenges, I have found such strength from our school community.  We have fostered a sense of family throughout the years and it is times like these that the Sachem Village unites to share in a common cause to support, care and reach out to each other.  For everything you are doing for your family, neighbors, first responders, health care professionals and essential workers throughout our school community…thank you for everything you are doing to fight this horrific virus.  

    I am hopeful that we will return to school on Monday, May 4, 2020.  We have so many exciting events and activities that we hope to have happen this spring.  Additionally, to the Class of 2020, I continually think about how to celebrate this tremendous class.  Please know…we will celebrate you!  As a school, we have taken an approach of “taking one step at a time” and to be thoughtful of our decisions as we navigate this situation to the best of our ability.  Our faculty and staff have mobilized to re-design teaching and learning and I am beyond proud of their collaboration, engagement, perseverance and talent to bring our Distance Learning Plan to reality.  We have had to make a dramatic shift from the traditional classroom setting to using a remote platform from our homes.  This shift has been tremendous for us all.  However, I am confident that our faculty and staff are ready to engage the next chapter of this uncharted story. 

    Beginning on Monday, April 6, 2020, our school community will move from the extended learning engagement that has been in place for the last few weeks to a more robust learning protocol for all of our students.  Our School District followed the guidance from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) in the creation of our Distance Learning Plan, which will begin on Monday and extend to Friday, May 1, 2020.  This correspondence is to outline the academic expectations moving forward.

    • Student’s health and safety is the top priority during this time. We are aware that family situations vary and we are mindful of this in our approach with our Distance Learning Plan.  However, the continuing of academic expectation remains second during this time. 
    • It is important that students create a daily routine to engage in the academic expectations being set by their teachers. It is our collective goal to engage students in academic work for approximately three hours per day as recommended by the DESE.
    • Assignments have been created and will be shared on a weekly basis to provide flexibility of the various schedules and situations within our families. It is the goal that assignments would be due by the end of each week. In some cases the due dates could fall over the weekend.  Please note assignment due dates may vary depending on the assignment as some may be more of a long-range activity.  It is important that students identify all assignments for each week and plan a schedule that will work for the completion of the assignments by the end of the week.  Assignments will be sent to student email accounts and posted within respective Google Classroom and Schoology Accounts (where applicable) each Monday by 9:00am.
    • Additionally, to ensure parents/guardians will have a sense of the weekly assignments, my weekly Bulletin will be designed with a section for each content area, which will outline the assignments for the week.
    • Students can work with teachers to explore and potentially make up missing assignments that were assigned before the March 12,  2020.
    • Please know, at this time, we are not introducing students to new content they have not seen before. This is an important statement as due to the circumstances, it is not prudent to create gaps for our students at this time.   However, our teachers have created power standards to truly reinforce the skills that transcend an entire course and content area.  Many of these assignments are project-based, which allow for our students to personalize their learning experience.  Additionally, we are not placing a “letter-grade” for completed work during the school closure.   However, students will be provided feedback and completed assignments will be noted in Aspen.  Conversely, incomplete assignments will be noted as well.  These assignments will not be averaged within a final grade for the quarter/semester.  However, it is imperative to understand these activities and assignments have been created to serve as a bridge for learning between when the school closure began and when we will hopefully re-open.  All assignments will be aligned to the State Curriculum Standards.
    • Our Educators will be communicating through email to keep our students engaged. It is very important that students are checking their emails daily.
    • Our Educators have worked to create a schedule for virtual engagement to happen at set times during the week. Unless otherwise noted by your respective teachers, online meetings will happen by content area:
      • English, History, World Language and Fine Arts – Monday & Wednesday
      • Math, Science and Physical Education – Tuesday & Thursday
      • We have reserved that Friday may be an open day for potential online meetings and other learning opportunities as determined by content areas and teachers.
    • Students who are enrolled in Winter School and Credit Recovery are expected to complete their online courses.
    • Students enrolled in the Early College Programs at Massasoit Community College are expected to maintain their revised syllabus shared by their professors.  Please be reminded that these courses are following the expectations of Massasoit Community College and students should adhere to those weekly expectations.

    Currently, it is our plan to return to school on Monday, May 4, 2020.  During this time, our next step will be to finalize our grading plan for Quarter III, IV and the entire semester.   We have begun this work and I will be sharing this plan over the next week.   This is a significant challenge as there are many elements to our academic plan that need to be considered.   We appreciate your patience and understanding with our approach to this important element of our work at this time. 

    In closing, please know how grateful I am to be your school leader during these extraordinary times.  I am confident that our school is ready for this challenge as we face this uncharted journey.  We will always remain SachemSTRONG.   Please do not hesitate to reach out to any member of the MHS faculty and staff as we are at the ready to help.  Additionally, I will be available at all times for any of your needs.   Please call on me, as I am honored to serve our students. 

    With Sachem Pride,

    Paul Branagan, Principal

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  • Extended Learning Plan

    Posted by Sean Siciliano on 4/3/2020

    Dear Middleborough Families,

    Recently, Governor Baker announced that schools in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts would not reopen until May 4, 2020. As such, please note that beginning on Monday, April 6, 2020, the Middleborough Public Schools will now transition into our second phase of remote learning based on the unique needs of our local community and the latest guidance and directions received from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and other agencies.

    Many of these general district protocols and expectations are described in our Extended Learning Plan and additional direction and school specific information and guidance will be provided by each of our school principals in separate communications.

    As a school system, we will continue to provide Grab-n-Go breakfast and lunch for those who need nutritional assistance. Please note that these meals will be handed out Monday-Friday, except for Good Friday and Patriots Day. In these cases, extra food will be handed out prior to these days. During the traditional April vacation (April 21-24) week we will be distributing meals.

    During this school closure period, we will continue to work to support our students and families so as to keep learning alive by encouraging intellectual curiosity promoted through the extended learning opportunities being shared through our Extended Learning website. Through our collaborative partnership between home and school, we hope that these learning opportunities will keep students interested and engaged while reducing the amount of time spent on video games during traditional school hours. By promoting active engagement coupled with routines and a schedule, we will enable a smoother transition upon our return to school. 

    As a school system, we are grateful for the contributions of our administrative team and the coordination/compilation of these resources. In particular, many thanks go out to Dr. Melanie Gates and our P.P.S. Director Carolyn Lyons, J.D. whose levels of expertise in each of their departments were integral in making this effort a reality. I would also like to acknowledge the work of our Food Services Director Rebecca Bagnell and the hard working ladies who make the Grab-n-Go meals program a reality each day...along with the distribution crew which has included our School Resource Officers!

    These are indeed difficult times for us all as we live through the unprecedented challenges that this health crisis presents to us on a daily basis. Please do everything possible as individuals and family members to stay healthy physically, socially and emotionally. We will get through this...together!

     

    Best Regards,

    Brian E. Lynch

    Superintendent of Schools

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  • Middleborough Public School Official Extended Learning Launch

    Posted by Sean Siciliano on 3/20/2020 3:00:00 PM

    Dear Parents & Guardians, 

    Thank you for your continued patience and support during this difficult time for our community. As you know, we are scheduled to return to school on Monday, April 6, 2020 but, in the meantime, our faculty and staff have worked collectively to develop learning opportunities and options for our students and families during this school closure!

     Please see the items below for more information:

    • The following link https://www.middleboro.k12.ma.us/extendedlearning will bring you to access our web page for “Extended Learning.” Our goal is that this is a resource for students and families to ensure that our students continue to be enriched with learning experiences throughout the next couple of weeks (and beyond if necessary).
    • Our faculty and staff will be checking their school emails multiple times per day. It is imperative that our families have a direct line of communication with school folks as needed and appropriate. Email is the best avenue for communication.
    • We are also encouraging staff to share with students utilizing a platform they are comfortable with (Google Classroom,ClassLink,Class Tag,email etc.). Additional learning opportunities that are more specifically based on student needs, grade level, course, etc will be shared by individual faculty member(s). These suggestions might bolster those provided on the website.
    • Faculty and staff have been advised that no NEW content should be presented to students during this closure. Please know that the resources provided through the MPS website are not the only options for our students.

    In closing, these three weeks are non-school days and so there is only an expectation of continuation of learning. This would be similar to completing enrichment activities, reading lists, online practice, etc. Students should not be completing assignments that are due to be graded and teachers should not be assigning new work or expecting students to submit work to be graded.

    Thank you again for your patience as we are all learning together during this difficult time. As always don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s principal or myself with any questions, suggestions, comments or concerns.

    Brian E. Lynch
    Superintendent of Schools



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  • Public Statement regarding 3/12/20 Notification

    Posted by Sean Siciliano on 3/20/2020 1:00:00 PM

    Public Statement from Brian E. Lynch, Superintendent of Schools
    Middleborough Public Schools

    Dear Middleborough Families,
    As this week has progressed, it has become clear to me that when I issued my communication last week about the school cancellation for last Friday, March 16, 2020 for the purposes of  a detailed and deep cleaning of the Middleborough Public Schools, some of the information I made reference to may have proved to be misleading or misinterpreted. Some of the information and reports received by my office about two individual sets of circumstances have turned out to be exaggerated.
    As such, I would like to clarify each of the “COVID-19 related” notifications which I found concerning at that time and apologize to those individuals, families and organizations who were affected.     
    The first of these involved a child in the community who was identified to me as “exhibiting symptoms that could be consistent with coronavirus”. Please note that I have since discovered that the “home schooled student” I referred to in this announcement was only tired with a cough and not displaying alarming COVID-19 symptoms and that this child has now been reported to be “fine”. Again, I would like to apologize to the family of that student and to other homeschoolers in town for causing any undue concerns among those they know as well as the entire community in general.
    Secondly, despite my comments regarding the “READS Academy student from Carver” I want to dispel any further rumors and state that no one at any READS location has tested positive for the coronavirus.  There are currently no students or staff on quarantine and there were no staff or students who were determined to be in close contact with anyone who had the virus. Prior to the Governor’s declaration on March 15, 2020, the DPH was allowing READS to fully operate. Like the Middleborough Public Schools, the READS Collaborative had closed for last Friday out of an abundance of caution.  READS maintains that they will continue to act in accordance with guidance from local public health officials and follow the lead of member districts. Once again, I would like to apologize to the READS Collaborative for any exaggerations or misinterpretations I had made based on the information and knowledge I had received from READS Collaborative sources.
    Please know that as a school system, we will continue to be in close communication with our local Board of Health and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and will adhere to any guidelines they provide. At this writing, there are currently no known cases of the COVID-19 virus here in Middleborough. We will continue to closely monitor this  coronavirus situation and we will update our school community as necessary.
    Sincerely,
    Brian E. Lynch
    Superintendent of Schools

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  • MHS "Temperature Check"

    Posted by Sean Siciliano on 3/19/2020
    I wanted to send out a Temperature Check to each of you. 
     
    Please take a moment and let me know how you are doing.  I really miss seeing you all at MHS.  The link for the Temperature Check is here: https://forms.gle/dv9B58KXapF3iaPv6
     
    Lastly, I wanted to share with you a video from my very good friend, Mike Smith.  Mike has been to our school many times and I think this five-minute video puts a great deal into perspective.  Please enjoy.  https://youtu.be/kqlvWpYnvtA   
     
    Be Good to Each Other 
    Mr. Brangan
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  • A Message for MECC Parents & Guardians

    Posted by Sean Siciliano on 3/18/2020

    March 18, 2020


    Dear MECC Families,

    I hope you and your family are doing well during this difficult time of no school or work for so many.  Please know that I recognize the challenges of being out of school for an extended period of time and would like to take a moment to update you about a few items and to share some resources that may help you in the weeks ahead. 

    We are all navigating uncharted circumstances and our team is working diligently to find ways to best support you and your family. Our teachers will be checking in with you weekly. Please don’t hesitate to ask your child’s teacher about any ideas they might have to better support you and your child at home. If they don’t have an answer for something, we can direct you to the right person as we have many knowledgeable staff in different areas. Please do not hesitate to contact me for any reason. 

    As you may already know, there are many resources out on social media for you to access. Our MECC Facebook page will have videos and ideas from our staff that we will post throughout the coming weeks. Please download our school app and/or check out our district webpage at https://www.middleboro.k12.ma.us/MECC. I have already gone live reading a Cat in the Hat story. There will also be a district enrichment activity website available Friday night.

    School Closed

    Please note that all buildings are closed to visitors.  Office hours will be staggered and the best way to contact us is through email at hletendre@middleboro.k12.ma.us office phone messages will be checked periodically as onsite work is permitted.

    Need Support?

    Please do not hesitate to contact me or your child’s classroom teacher if you need any kind of support as we can assist you with finding resources. In addition, Megan Quirke, our Family Resource Coordinator, is accessible via email or phone call at mquirke@middleboro.k12.ma.us or 508-946-4319. She has resources available to all of Middleborough Families on her web page under the Community tab at the top of the district home page and locate Middleborough Family Resource Center. The link is as follows http://middleborofamilyresourcecenter.blogspot.com/

    Breakfast and lunch will be served Monday-Friday from 9:00-10:00AM at the Henry B. Burkland School. This is a Grab & Go, event so families just need to pull up to the HBB main entrance to receive the meals provided by the district. This is offered to all families in the district. Please feel free to contact Meg Quirk if at any time your family is experiencing any type of food insecurity. 

    Keep Kids Active and Setting a Schedule

    Maintaining consistency and some sort of schedule is essential for students over the next three weeks and we are asking parents to do their best to keep children active and intellectually engaged.  Our hope is that video games etc. will be limited during traditional school hours and that you encourage your child to engage in some of the activities and opportunities we will be providing in the coming days.  

    As a district, we have begun to create a special web page for these three weeks which can be found on our school’s website.  On this page you will find a variety of resources designed to support student learning and you will also find sample schedules that you might be helpful during the next few weeks   The district will send out information on how to access ClassLink. This is where you will find a number of academic resources and websites that would be a great alternative to video games.  

    Academic Enrichment and Teacher Contact

    Please note that all suggestions and activities listed on our website, as well as activities suggested by teachers are optional and will not be graded.  We do hope, however, that you will encourage your child to participate as it’s our goal to ensure all students remain intellectually engaged and ready for when school is back in session.  

    Student Passwords

    By the end of the day on Thursday you will be receiving an email from Sean Sciliano with information on how to access student passwords. Your child’s login information is for district purchased programs like ST Math and Discovery Ed. If you have any questions regarding student login information please contact your child’s teacher.  

    Talking to Your Child

    Talking to you kids during these challenging times is important but it can be tough to figure out what to say.  Please check out these websites for some tips and suggestions.

    CDC Talking to Kids

    Child Mind Institute Talking to Kids

    Report Cards

    At the elementary level, report cards will be sent home electronically through our school portal, Aspen. Parents/guardians will receive an email outlining how to access your child’s report card in the next few weeks. Report cards will be distributed to families through Aspen by the close of Tuesday, March 31st.

    Download our MPS Mobile App 

    Did you know that Middleborough Public Schools has a Mobile App? Stay connected while you’re on the go with our FREE mobile app that will bring you the latest news and information about our schools. We are posting all the information you need about our schools including the COVID-19 Update Center with updated information, frequently asked questions and helpful links. Search Middleborough Public Schools in the App store or google play store. 

    Sample Daily Schedule

     

    Time

    Focus

    Activities

    8:30 - 9:30

    Rise & Shine

    Get dressed, eat breakfast, make your bed

    9:30 - 10:00

    Learning Time

    Reading Activities: 

    *read a book together

    *silent reading

    *story discussions (retell with a beginning, middle, end)

    *identify characters in the story and discuss their traits

    *create a list of rhyming words, plural words, parts of speech 

    10:00 - 10:30 

    Snack/Technology

     

    10:30 - 11:00 

    Learning Time

    Writing Activities:


    *write a journal entry about your reading

    *write a letter to a friend or family member

    *practice letter formation

    *daily journal

    *Write to your teacher, secretary, custodian, assistant principal or principal

    11:00 - 12:00 

    Inside Play

     

    12:00 - 12:30 

    Lunch

     

    12:30 - 1:00

    Learning Time

    Math Strategies:


    *practice counting

    *practice math facts (create flashcards - addition,subtraction,multiplication,division)

    *create and solve word problems

    *use of measurement and fractions while cooking

    *measure things around your home

    *sort and classify household items

    1:00 - 1:30 

    Household Chores

     

    1:30 - 2:30 

    Learning Time

    Science Activities:


    *create a tower as tall as you

    *build a supporting bridge

    *create a ramp, pulley, or simple machine

    *research a favorite animal

    2:30 - 3:30 

    Outdoor/Indoor Play

     

    * Please see the district web page for additional links and resources.

     

    Additional Activities:

    Family Game Time-Board Games and Card Games are great ways to work on social skills

    Family Stop Everything and Read

    Family Movie Night

    Journal Writing about your day and your feelings

    I wish you all well and sure do miss having our school filled with your precious children.

    All the best to you and your family.

    Sincerely,

    Heidi Letendre

    Principal

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  • A Message for NMS Parents & Guardians

    Posted by Sean Siciliano on 3/18/2020

    Greetings Nichols Middle School Families,

    I hope this email finds everyone healthy and safe. As a district and school we have been working diligently to develop a plan moving forward to help our students and families cope while we are forced to make adjustments to our everyday routine. We realize these times are challenging for our families and we have tried to come up with some ideas to bring a sense of normalcy while we are dealing with the stresses that we are currently living under. Please know that our Nichols Middle School family, including administrators, faculty, and staff are here for you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to any one of us for assistance and support.

    At this time, I would like to take a moment to update you about a few items and share some resources that may help you in the weeks ahead.  

    School Closed

    Please note that all buildings are closed to visitors.  Office hours will be staggered and the best way to contact us is through email at gthomas@middleboro.k12.ma.us. Office phone messages will be checked periodically as onsite work is permitted.

    Need Support?

    Please do not hesitate to contact me or your child’s classroom teachers if you need any kind of support as we can assist you with finding resources. In addition, Megan Quirke, our Family Resource Coordinator, is accessible via email or phone call at mquirke@middleboro.k12.ma.us or 508-946-4319. She has resources available to all of Middleborough Families on her web page under the Community tab at the top of the district home page and locate Middleborough Family Resource Center. The link is as follows http://middleborofamilyresourcecenter.blogspot.com/

    Breakfast and lunch will be served Monday-Friday from 9:00-10:00AM at the Henry B. Burkland School. This is a Grab & Go event, so families just need to pull up to the HBB main entrance to receive the meals provided by the district. This is offered to all families in the district.

    Keep Kids Active and Setting a Schedule

    Maintaining consistency and some sort of schedule is essential for students over the next three weeks and we are asking parents to do their best to keep children active and intellectually engaged.  Our hope is that video games etc. will be limited during traditional school hours and that you encourage your child to engage in some of the activities and opportunities we will be providing in the coming days.  

    As a district, we have created a special web page for these three weeks which can be found on our school’s website (Covid-19 Update Center).  On this page you will find a variety of resources designed to support student learning and you will also find sample schedules that you might be helpful during the next few weeks   The district will send out information on how to access ClassLink. This is where you will find a number of academic resources and websites that would be a great alternative to video games.  

    Academic Enrichment and Teacher Contact

    In addition to the resources listed above on our website, teachers will be reaching out with additional enrichment opportunities for students.  Please note that all suggestions and activities listed on our website, as well as activities suggested by teachers are optional and will not be graded.  We do hope, however, that you will encourage your child to participate as it’s our goal to ensure all students remain intellectually engaged and ready for when school is back in session.  

    Talking to your kids

    Talking to you kids during these challenging times is important but it can be tough to figure out what to say.  Please check out these websites for some tips and suggestions.

    CDC Talking to Kids

    Child Mind Institute Talking to Kids


    Report Cards

    At the middle school level, report cards will be sent home electronically through our school portal, Aspen. Parents/guardians will receive an email outlining how to access your child’s report card in the next few weeks. Report cards will be distributed to families through Aspen by the close of Tuesday, March 31st.

    Download our MPS Mobile App 

    Did you know that Middleborough Public Schools has a Mobile App?! Stay connected while you’re on the go with our FREE mobile app that will bring you the latest news and information about our schools. We are posting all the information you need about our schools including the COVID-19 Update Center with updated information, frequently asked questions and helpful links.

    Search Middleborough Public Schools in the App store or google play store. 

     Sample Daily Schedule

    Time

    Focus

    Activities

    8:30 - 9:30

    Start the Day

    Get dressed, eat breakfast, brush your teeth, make your bed

    9:30 - 10:15

    Morning Reading 

    Literacy Ideas: 

    • silent reading of a choice book
    • in person, phone ,or video call a family member to discuss today’s reading

    10:15 - 10:45 

    Break

    Break Ideas

    • make a snack
    • play inside or play outside
    • read
    • listen to an audiobook
    • technology 

    10:45 - 11:15 

    Writing Practice

    Writing Ideas:

    • write a journal entry about your reading
    • write a letter or email to a friend or family member
    • start a blog about your experience at home - blogger is free and you can find tutorials on youtube (we highly recommend disabling comments and not posting identifying information or identifying pictures online)
    • write a letter to a teacher, counselor, secretary, custodian, assistant principal or principal

    11:15 - 12:00 

    Character Strong & Household Help 

    • complete your Character Strong challenge 
    • what can you do to help your family?

    12:00 - 12:30 

    Lunch

    • help make lunch
    • help clean up lunch

    12:30 - 1:00

    Math Practice

    Math Strategies:

    • practice math on IXL

    1:00 - 1:30 

    Social Science Exploration 

    Social Science Ideas

    • listen to a podcast or watch an educational video series on a topic you would like to learn more about 
    • explore social studies topics on brainpop
    • research a mythology that interests you
    • explore the Smithsonian Museum websites and or the British Museum website

    1:30 - 2:00

    Break

    Break Ideas

    • make a snack
    • play inside or play outside
    • read
    • listen to an audiobook
    • technology 

    2:00 - 2:30 

    Science Exploration

    Science Ideas:

    • listen to a podcast or watch an educational video series on a topic you would like to learn more about 
    • explore science topics on brainpop
    • research hands-on experiments you can do at home with household materials (with an adult)

    2:30 - 3:00 

    Arts Exploration

    Arts Ideas:

    • draw, paint, try origami 
    • sing, practice an instrument, watch a music tutorial video
    • dance, practice gymnastics, practice yoga, look up a home workout routine for middle schoolers
    • try out or practice a second language using video tutorials online
    • research recipes and help plan out and make dinner

    ** Please see the district web page for additional links and resources.

    Additional Activities:

    Family Game Time

    Family Stop Everything and Read

    Family Movie


    Helpful link for Enrichment Ideas

    https://padlet.com/bwittcoff/cduol6lomzfo

    As more information becomes available, I will share it via email, as well as our social media applications. You can find us on Facebook by liking our page. IYou can find us at “John T. Nichols Middle School - NMS,” We are also on Twitter. You can find us at @JTNicholsMS.

    In the meantime, If you have any questions, or need more information, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me. Things are rapidly changing, but I will always do my best to answer promptly and to the best of my ability.

    Please stay safe and know my thoughts are with you all.

    Regards,

    Mr. Gregory D. Thomas
    Principal
    John T. Nichols Jr. Middle School

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  • A Message for MKG Parents & Guardians

    Posted by Sean Siciliano on 3/18/2020

    Hello MKG Families,

    I hope everyone is healthy and safe and I hope everyone is making the best of what is sure to be, a very challenging few weeks ahead.  Please know that I recognize the challenges of being out of school for an extended period of time and I would like to take a moment to update you about a few items and to share some resources that may help you in the weeks ahead. The district enrichment activity website will be available Friday night. These uncharted times and we appreciate your patience with allowing us the time to prepare for providing you all with valuable information for our students, families, and staff. 

    School Closed

    Please note that all buildings are closed to visitors.  Office hours will be staggered and the best way to contact us is through email at lgrimes@middleboro.k12.ma.us or (508)946-2045, office phone messages will be checked periodically as onsite work is permitted.

    Need Support?

    Please do not hesitate to contact me or your child’s classroom teacher if you need any kind of support as we can assist you with finding resources. In addition, Megan Quirke, our Family Resource Coordinator, is accessible via email or phone call at mquirke@middleboro.k12.ma.us or 508-946-4319. She has resources available to all of Middleborough Families on her web page under the Community tab at the top of the district home page and locate Middleborough Family Resource Center. The link is as follows http://middleborofamilyresourcecenter.blogspot.com/

    Breakfast and lunch will be served Monday-Friday from 9:00-10:00AM at the Henry B. Burkland School. This is a Grab & Go, event so families just need to pull up to the HBB main entrance to receive the meals provided by the district. This is offered to all families in the district. Please feel free to contact Meg Quirk if at any time your family is experiencing any type of food insecurity. 

    Keep Kids Active and Setting a Schedule

    Maintaining consistency and some sort of schedule is essential for students over the next three weeks and we are asking parents to do their best to keep children active and intellectually engaged.  Our hope is that video games etc. will be limited during traditional school hours and that you encourage your child to engage in some of the activities and opportunities we will be providing in the coming days.  

    As a district, we have begun to create a special web page for these three weeks which will be found on our school’s website starting Friday night.  On this page you will find a variety of resources designed to support student learning and you will also find sample schedules that you might be helpful during the next few weeks. The district will send out information on how to access ClassLink. This is where you will find a number of academic resources and websites that would be a great alternative to video games.  

    Academic Enrichment and Teacher Contact

    Please note that all suggestions and activities listed on our website, as well as activities suggested by teachers are optional and will not be graded.  We do hope, however, that you will encourage your child to participate as it’s our goal to ensure all students remain intellectually engaged and ready for when school is back in session. As you know there are many online resources to support families with staying academically engaged. Our district, as well as our teachers are preparing resources and supports for our students and their families. Please feel free to email your child’s teacher with any questions you might have regarding passwords, enrichment activities, or access to information.

    Student Passwords

    By the end of the day on Thursday you will be receiving an email from Sean Sciliano with information on how to access student passwords. Your child’s login information is for district purchased programs like ST Math and Discovery Ed. If you have any questions regarding student login information please contact your child’s teacher.  

    Talking to your kids

    Talking to you kids during these challenging times is important but it can be tough to figure out what to say.  Please check out these websites for some tips and suggestions.

    CDC Talking to Kids

    Child Mind Institute Talking to Kids

    Report Cards

    At the elementary level, report cards will be sent home electronically through our school portal, Aspen. Parents/guardians will receive an email outlining how to access your child’s report card in the next few weeks. Report cards will be distributed to families through Aspen by the close of Tuesday, March 31st.

    Download our MPS Mobile App 

    Did you know that Middleborough Public Schools has a Mobile App?! Stay connected while you’re on the go with our FREE mobile app that will bring you the latest news and information about our schools. We are posting all the information you need about our schools including the COVID-19 Update Center with updated information, frequently asked questions and helpful links. 

    Search Middleborough Public Schools in the App store or google play store. 



    Stay tuned to Mary K. Goode Elementary School Facebook page for updates and videos!!! Stay healthy!!!!

    Ms. Grimes

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  • A Message for HBB Parents & Guardians

    Posted by Sean Siciliano on 3/18/2020

    Hello HBB Families,

    I hope everyone is healthy and safe and I hope everyone is making the best of what is sure to be, a very challenging few weeks ahead.  Having 3 kids home myself, I fully understand how difficult this is going to be. Over the last couple days we have been working hard to adjust to this new reality and we have been working as a district team to develop some resources for you that we think you will find helpful.  Our goal is to provide you with resources that will help structure your child’s day. My personal goal for my own kids is to keep them off video games as much as possible because I know if I don’t they would do that all day. We know from working with kids that structure, routine and consistency is beneficial.  It will not only help them day to day, but it will also help with the transition back to school. (Please see attached document for a sample daily schedule)

    As you set out to plan these next few weeks,  please know that everything you do does not need to be academic.  Don’t be afraid to have fun and play games. Anything you can do to encourage your child to be productive will help!  With that said, I know it’s not easy. Try not to stress about it, what you do does not need to be perfect and we just appreciate any attempts made to structure your child’s day.  Keep in mind that everything is optional, nothing is mandatory and kids will not be penalized for not doing work!

    Academic Enrichment and Teacher Contact

    If you haven’t already heard from your child’s teacher, you will soon.   If you don’t please let me know. Teachers will be offering a variety of resources and suggestions to keep kids active.  They will also be there as a means of support for your child and don’t hesitate to ask questions, or have your child write to his or her teacher.  Please note that all suggestions and activities suggested by teachers are optional and will not be graded.  

    As a district, we have begun to create a special web page which will be available on Friday.  There will be another email sent to notify you when it’s ready. On this page you will find a variety of additional resources designed to support student learning as well as links to commonly used websites and programs.  Our goal is to keep this website updated with new ideas, activities and links so please be on the lookout for that!

    Keep Kids Active and Setting a Schedule

    Maintaining consistency and some sort of schedule is essential for students over the next three weeks and we are asking parents to do their best to keep children active and intellectually engaged.  Our hope is that video games etc. will be limited during traditional school hours and that you encourage your child to engage in some of the activities and opportunities we will be providing in the coming days.  Please know, however, that it’s also ok to just have some fun or encourage your child to be productive. Cleaning their room, doing some chores or organizing a closet are also great activities! 


    Talking to your kids

    Talking to you kids during these challenging times is important but it can be tough to figure out what to say.  Please check out these websites for some tips and suggestions.

    CDC Talking to Kids

    Child Mind Institute Talking to Kids

     Report Cards

    At the elementary level, report cards will be sent home electronically through our school portal, Aspen. Parents/guardians will receive an email outlining how to access your child’s report card in the next few weeks. Report cards will be distributed to families through Aspen by the close of Tuesday, March 31st.

    Student Passwords

    By the end of the day on Thursday you will be receiving an email from Sean Sciliano with information on how to access student passwords. Your child’s login information is for district purchased programs like ST Math and Discovery Ed. If you have any questions regarding student login information please contact your child’s teacher via email.

    Need Support?

    Please do not hesitate to contact me or your child’s classroom teacher if you need any kind of support as we can assist you with finding resources. In addition, Megan Quirke, our Family Resource Coordinator, is accessible via email or phone call at mquirke@middleboro.k12.ma.us or 508-946-4319. She has resources available to all of Middleborough Families on her web page under the Community tab at the top of the district home page and locate Middleborough Family Resource Center. The link is as follows http://middleborofamilyresourcecenter.blogspot.com/

    Please also note that breakfast and lunch will be served Monday-Friday from 9:00-10:00AM at the Henry B. Burkland School. This is a Grab & Go, event so families just need to pull up to the HBB main entrance to receive the meals provided by the district. This is offered to all families in the district. 

    Lastly, please contact Meg Quirk if at any time your family is experiencing any type of food insecurity….we can help! 

    School Closed

    Please note that all school buildings are closed to visitors.  The best way to contact us is through email.

    Thank you for taking the time to read through this lengthy email.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly should you have any questions.  Stay safe, stay healthy and I hope to see you all soon!

     

    -Derek Thompson 

     
    Sample Daily Schedule Attached!

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  • Message to MECC Families

    Posted by Sean Siciliano on 3/17/2020

    Dear MECC Families,
    As an administrative team, we have been collaborating the past few days on how to disseminate information to you in order to keep your child engaged and avoid any regression in skills. In addition, the MECC faculty and staff have been sharing grade level resources with me, which we will share with you. All this information will go out via email by the end of the week and will be posted on our district webpage.

    Your child's teacher will also be reaching out next week, if they haven't already. We are treating this week as if it was a week off based on weather, which will be made up at the end of the school year. The last day of school has not been determined yet.

    Everything we will be sharing is all optional as we know there are additional hardships on families with people working from home, not working at all, and/or taking care of your children. However, we feel it is important to share resources to help you keep your child engaged in various activities, if you so choose.

    Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or if you need assistance.

    I so miss having the halls of MECC filled with skipping feet, giggles, learning, hugs and high fives. Please tell your child I said hello. I wish you all well.

    Mrs. Letendre 😊❤

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