Welcome to the Hadley Public School District
MESSAGE FROM SUPERINTENDENT ANNIE MCKENZIE
No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace
As I have seen in one autumnal face
From Elegy IX: The Autumnal by John Donne
This week I would like to provide members of our educational community updates on parent engagement, MCAS, and additional information on health, specifically Parenting Workshops and Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68).
Parent Engagement: "Conversations with the Superintendent" on 9/24/14 and in the month of October have been cancelled. In lieu of the “Conversations with the Superintendent” scheduled at HES on September 24th and at HA on October 8th, I would like to encourage parents and guardians to attend the Hadley P.T.O meeting on October 1st. I will attend the P.T.O meeting and I will be available to speak with parents immediately following the meeting.
MCAS Update: The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released school and district accountability data on Friday, September 19th. Detailed performance data for each school and for the district can be found at www.doe.mass.edu. Click on School/District Profiles, look up Hadley and you will find extensive information including each school’s overall performance, performance by subgroup, and performance by grade and subject. I presented an overview of 2014 MCAS data to the school
committee on Monday, September 22, 2014. HA and HES sent home MCAS parent/guardian reports on September 26, 2014.
Cases of EV-D68 have been confirmed in Massachusetts. Enterorvirus is a common group of viruses that cause a variety of illnesses including the common cold. There are dozens of types of enterorvirus. EV-D68 is a new type of enterorvirus. A flyer with detailed information about transmission, symptoms, and treatment for EV-D68 can be found here.
Northampton Are Pediatrics is offering free presentations and workshops to parents/guardians on Parenting for the 21st Centrury. Additional information can be found here.
I would like to thank our nurse leader, Renee Denenfeld for providing our families with pertinent health information.