Welcome Letter from the Superintendent

Posted on 08/09/2016
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Dear CBRSD Families,

I hope this letter finds you well rested, enjoying time in the beautiful weather with family and friends.  I feel so fortunate to be getting ready to welcome students and staff back for the 2016-17 school year as your Superintendent.  As I begin my second year as Superintendent and third year in the district as an administrator, I have had the opportunity to reflect on how welcoming this community is to students, staff and certainly myself.  I hope for those new to CBRSD you have as wonderful an experience as I have had in transitioning to a new place.  I feel very fortunate to call CBRSD my professional home. 

Last year saw the beginning of some very important work which will continue into this year.  In addition to the work CBRSD teachers and administrators have partnered on to vertically and horizontally align the curriculum, increase inclusive opportunities for all learners and embed digital learning into instruction, there are some exciting new things happening this year!  These additions will further the work that has been started and continue to provide the best possible education to every child, every day. 

  1. We are welcoming several new administrators. Some of these are familiar names in new places and some are new to the CBRSD community.
    1. Mr. Aaron Robb, Principal of Wahconah Regional High School
    2. Mr. Stephen Messina, Vice Principal of Wahconah Regional High School
    3. Ms. Annie Pecor, Vice Principal of Craneville Elementary School
    4. Mrs. Tracey Tierney, Principal of Nessacus Regional Middle School. 
  2. Additionally, as a result of retirements and resignations, we are fortunate to have several new teachers and paraprofessionals, a digital learning teacher, a Board Certified Behavioral Analyst, and a new accounting coordinator joining our team. 
  3. We have transitioned to a new website format that I anticipate you will find to be more relevant and user friendly.  The goal is for the website to be a location at which you can find all necessary information related to CBRSD.  We have added a comments section for specific feedback on the website.  If there is something you are having difficulty locating or believe should be added to the website, please let us know!
    1. The district website can be accessed at: www.cbrsd.org
    2. The following information can be found in the “Parents and Community” section:
      1. School choice program
      2. School lunch information
      3. Transportation information
      4. Parent payment information
      5. School calendars, times and contact information
      6. Bullying Prevention Plan and reporting forms
  4. The district has transitioned to the student information management system, PowerSchool.  In addition to portals for student attendance, grading and other required state reporting there is a parent and student portal.  Students will receive training on how to access their grades and schedules at the 6-12 level within the first week of school.  There will be training for parents to access the new system at the open houses. More information will be sent out directly from building principals. 

Also there are two important updates to the School Calendar for this year and a reminder.  A copy of the school calendar is available on the school website. 

  1. Dismissal times on the scheduled half days of August 30 (only 6 and 9), September 16, November 10 and 23rd, December 2nd and 23rd, March 10th and May 19th are half an hour earlier for each school:
    1. The new dismissal times will be as follows:
      1. WRHS      11:00 AM
      2. NRMS      11:10 AM
      3. Craneville 11:30 AM
      4. Kittredge   11:25 AM
      5. B.W.          11:20 AM
  2. The date for parent teacher conferences has been moved from November 8th to November 10th due to the national election (based on School Committee approval).
  3. Students in grades 6 and 9 will have a half day orientation on August 30th.  Buses will be in operation for students who receive transportation.  Bus stops are listed on the website. Please have your student there five minutes prior to the stop time listed. 
  4. Linked here, you will find a welcome back flyer from the Commissioner of Education, Mitchell Chester, for parents of children attending Massachusetts Public Schools.

Last year, in an effort to get to know the community and the voice of parents I asked for your feedback and input on three questions.  I received some very helpful information and while I believe going into my second year I have the benefit of knowing a significant amount more about the priorities of CBRSD, you are and continue to be the experts on your children and the perception of the community.  If you would like to share any thoughts with me at this time or as the year progresses on these questions, I always appreciate hearing from you!  While one was specific to my first year as Superintendent the other two are always relevant. 

  1. What is working well in CBRSD?
  2. What are some areas you think we should work on?

I continue to look forward to partner with you on your child’s education!

Laurie Casna

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