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  • District Reopening Plan for September 2020

    Posted by Sean Siciliano on 8/10/2020

    As voted by the Middleborough School Committee at their August 10, 2020 meeting, the Middleborough Public Schools are officially moving forward with our district’s reopening plan for September. This plan contains three models for learning which includes a full in-person model for our highest priority students, a hybrid model where students will be divided into two cohorts who’ll be both in school and out of school and, finally, a fully remote “Online Learning Academy” model for those families who choose that as an option. Please follow the link to the complete plan.

    An important part of our plan moving forward is knowing what students will be participating in our Online Learning Academy. As such,we are asking families to complete the following survey if you are choosing this model of learning. If you do not fill out this survey we will begin the planning for your child to be placed in a hybrid learning cohort. Please also note that if your child is identified as “high priority” in accordance with our district’s definition, you will be notified by our district’s administration.

    If you are planning on enrolling in the Online Learning Academy you must complete the form by 9:00AM on Monday, August 17, 2020.

    Please read the plan to learn more about our learning models. We are also having a live Q&A with building and district administrators on Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 6:30PM. This will be an opportunity to ask questions about the plans.

    My child will be engaging in the Online Learning Academy - Please complete this form to enroll.

     

    Sincerely,

    Brian E. Lynch

    Superintendent of Schools

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  • Middleborough Public Schools Fall Re-entry Survey for Families

    Posted by Sean Siciliano on 7/20/2020 1:00:00 PM

    Dear Families,

    On June 25th, Governor Baker’s office and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released their initial guidance about reopening schools this fall. A subsequent email was sent from the Middleborough Public Schools that same day summarizing the guidance to all families. If you're not familiar with this initial guidance, please read the document from the state prior to completing this survey. You can access the DESE guidance at http://www.doe.mass.edu/covid19/.

    We are asking that each family complete ONE survey PER student. It is very important for us to collect this information as we plan for our September re-opening.

    Complete Survey Here

    Your response would be appreciated by 9:00AM on Monday, July 27, 2020. On behalf of our administrative team and our entire school community, thank you very much for taking the time to complete this survey(s).

    Brian E. Lynch
    Superintendent of Schools

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  • Updated MPS Extended Learning Plan

    Posted by Sean Siciliano on 5/2/2020 7:00:00 AM

    Please see document below for the updated Extended Learning Plan for the Middleborough Public Schools.

    Updated MPS Extended Learning Plan

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  • Per Gov. Baker Middleborough Public Schools will not reopen for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year

    Posted by Sean Siciliano on 4/21/2020 12:00:00 PM

    April 21, 2020

    Dear Middleborough Public School Families,

    On April 21, 2020, Governor Baker announced that schools in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts will not reopen for the remainder of this school year. For the Middleborough Public Schools, this will involve extending our virtual learning for students through June 18, 2020 which will be the last scheduled day of school for the 2019-20 school year. Please note that this statewide decision follows recommendations from national, state and local health departments and was determined through thoughtful consideration with regard to the health of our students, families, faculty,staff all of the members of our community.

    We will continue to communicate with our students and families through our teachers, building administration and our district staff to ensure we are doing all that we can to meet the needs of everyone.

    It is essential during this time that our entire community continue to follow the stay-at-home orders and observe the social distancing guidance. All of us must work together to help stop the continued spread of COVID-19.

    Virtual Learning Survey

    As we continue virtual learning in Middleborough for the foreseeable future, it's essential that we work together with our families to find the right balance of home and school life. We are inviting families to complete a short survey about your current situation and how virtual learning is going in your household, in order to help us support learning in the home as we look ahead toward the end of this school year. Please fill out the following survey so we can gather information on how we can help you in this time of need. The survey will remain open until April 27, 2020 

    Meal Distribution

    The Middleborough Public Schools will continue to feed families in need of nutritional assistance through our “Grab and Go” breakfast and lunch service. This will continue every Monday - Friday(excepting Holidays) at the HBB School from 9-10am. Any family in need can pull up to the school’s front office and “Grab and Go”. Please note that this is a FREE service and is available to ALL Middleborough students and their families.

    Building Access for Students and Staff

    The Middleborough Public School buildings will be developing a plan so that faculty, staff and students can access our facilities to pick up belongings prior to summer vacation. This schedule will be published as soon as possible.

    Middleborough Family Resource Center

    The Middleborough Family Resource Center continues to support our families in need of assistance during this time. We are distributing weekend food to families who are in need on Friday mornings at HBB during the “Grab and Go” meal service. The FRC is working diligently to establish and maintain relationships with community partners in order to share accurate information about the services that we can provide to families.

    Please call or email Meg Quirke, the Coordinator of the Middleborough Family Resource Center, to connect about resources and services in the area.

    Meg Quirke

    Phone: 508 946 2000 ext. 4319

    Email: mquirke@middleboro.k12.ma.us

     

    Sincerely,

     Brian Lynch Signature

    Brian E. Lynch

    Superintendent

     

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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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