Dr. Haughey's Summer 2019 Newsletter

Summer 2019

Dear SEBRSD Community:

It is my pleasure to wish the fine young women and men of the Class of 2019 good luck in their next adventure after graduating David Prouty HS.  And as we turn the page and look forward to the 2019-2020 school year, it is important that we continue to prepare for the fall season in a meaningful way so that "Teaching and Learning with Purpose" remains our focus.  To achieve these ends, we begin with...

Safety First! We will have a new School Resource Officer joining us this fall.

As we prepare for the 2019-2020 school year, please note that safety will continue to be a major theme. The leadership team is meeting during the summer to review and revise our procedures. We are taking additional steps to secure the buildings over the summer and during the upcoming school year.  In addition, thanks to the vigilance of our local law enforcement, we are pleased to announce that we will have a School Resource Officer within our schools beginning this fall.   More details to follow later this month. 

Safety Drills: Practice makes perfect!

Furthermore, we are fortunate to be working with local safety officials to prepare for emergencies if and when they happen through the continued implementation of lockdown drills, fire drills, and other important search measures…  We will continue to conduct drills in all of our school buildings throughout the new school year and will be working with faculty, staff and students in September to implement improved safety measures and suggestions. As a result, there may be some inconveniences that will require adjustment to our daily routines. However, I am sure that improved safety measures will far outweigh any aggravations.   

Vaping.

Once again, I ask you to speak to your children about “vaping.”  Several times over the past two years, our principals reached out and/or wrote to you about this growing problem. Last year we even had a “School Safety Information Night” for parents/families that addressed this very topic in detail with experts from surrounding Southern Worcester County support agencies - including our District Attorney’s office.  To be clear, vaping is a dangerous activity that poses an even greater risk for our children than cigarettes did. Vaping devices are much harder for school officials and parents to detect and can be used as a delivery system for marijuana and other drugs. Please be sure to talk to your son or daughter about this issue. With your help and partnership, we can mitigate this trend in teen substance abuse.

OneCall Now SignUp. 

Finally, I ask all parents to consider signing up for One Call Now, text messaging and email alerts from our district. It is a fast and efficient way to distribute information. Please know that we will only use it as a mechanism for emergency/important communication. If you have your mobile phone number registered in the parent portal, please opt-in for the service. If you do not have your mobile number registered, please login to the parent portal and follow the instructions for updating information in the contacts section. If you have any questions, please e-mail the Help Desk at technology@sebrsd.org or call us at 508-885-8609. 

SEBRSD Summer Success! 

The Before and After-School program and Extended School Year programs had so many exciting learning experiences for our students this summer.  From hosting “Animal Craze” Petting Zoo to Tie Dye T-Shirts, both programs proved unbelievably successful and filled with many learning opportunities and happy memories for our students.  To check out the photos from this summer, go to our Facebook page at @ChooseSEBRSD; Twitter Account: @ChooseSEBRSD or Instagram: @ChooseSEBRSD. 

FINISH STRONG: Summer Reading 2019!

Our students were asked to read at least two books this summer!  At Knox Trail and David Prouty, in particular, students were asked to make sure each book was worth at least 7 Accelerated Reader (AR) points.  To Check your book points, click here: www.arbookfind.com

Students can take their Accelerated Reader Tests at Knox Trail on 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, (9:00 am – 1:00 pm).

And to all of our students, keep reading!  Let’s make “Summer Reading 2019” the best summer ever for reading!!

LOOKING AHEAD: IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER!

  • August 21, 2019 - First Ride for Safety at AA Transportation from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • August 21, 2019 - DPHS Football begins
  • August 22, 2019 - Welcome Back Open House for K-4 at WVS from 4:00-6:00 p.m.
  • August 28, 2019 - First day for all students in grades 1-12
  • August 28, 2019 - PreK open house @ EBES from 9:00-10:00 a.m.
  • August 29, 2019 - Kindergarten open house @ EBES and WVS from 9:00-10:00 a.m.
  • August 30, 2019 – No School - The Spencer Fair
  • Week of September 2, 2019 - PreK & Kindergarten begins

Get Involved!  Athletic Tryouts and Practices - August 2019

All middle and high school students must register on Family ID before reporting to the first practice.  To register, go to: https://www.familyid.com/pages/home

IMPORTANT: A "Parent/Athlete Fall Meeting" will take place on Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 (6:30p – 7:30p) in the David Prouty HS Auditorium!   The District Attorney's Office is introducing a new program for the 2019-20 school year focusing on hazing prevention and education. This program is not only applicable to sports teams, but any student organization, and is sure to prove beneficial to all students, staff, and parents. The presentation will last about 45 minutes to an hour.

I look forward to learning from, and with, all of you in the new school year ahead.  #ChooseSEBRSD #Progress #Unity #Knowledge

Sincerely,

Paul S. Haughey, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools