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Message from Manuel J. Fernandez: February 27, 2019

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Every year, each public school and school district in Massachusetts receives a report card. Just as your child’s report card shows how they are doing in different subjects, the school’s report card is designed to show families how our school is doing in different areas. A link to our school’s 2018 report card is available online.

The report card includes multiple measures of a school’s performance – more than just MCAS scores. It represents a new way of looking at school performance, by providing information on scholar achievement, teacher qualifications, scholar learning opportunities, and more. 

Report cards are designed to be useful tools for everyone connected to our school. Families can use the information to have meaningful conversations with us about what the school is doing well and where there is room for improvement. Community and education leaders can use the information to better understand how to support scholars and our school. 

You will notice on our report card that we are showing improvement across most accountability measures. To improve scholar performance in our school, below are some of the initiatives we have sustained or initiated this school year.

  • Continuing our after school Academic Resource Center
  • Utilizing our WIN/WYN periods for intervention support
  • Deploying extra staff resources for all our math classes
  • Providing special education support within the classroom setting
  • Meeting weekly as a professional learning community in content-focused teams and grade level teams to assess instructional practices and to support team collaboration
  • School-wide monthly community meetings focused on one of the seven Scholar Identity Attributes which are produced and facilitated by scholars 
  • Launched a well-received Peer Mediation Program
  • Continuing our weekly staff professional development seminar on Cultural Proficiency focused on culturally responsive instructional practices
    We encourage you to become involved in helping us improve our school. We see parents and caregivers as critical partners in the success of our scholars and school, and we are grateful for your continued support. Do not hesitate to contact me with questions, concerns or ideas for improvement.

Finally, because your child attends a school that receives federal Title I funds, you also have the right to request the following information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers:

  • Whether your child’s teacher is licensed in the grade levels and subject areas they teach,
  • Whether your child’s teacher is teaching under an emergency license or waiver,
  • The college degree and major of your child’s teacher, and
  • Whether your child is provided services by inclusion assistants (paraprofessionals) and, if so, their qualifications.

If you have questions about our school’s report card, or would like to request information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teacher, please email me or call me at the school (617.349.3050). To see our school district’s report card or to search for other schools’ report cards, visit reportcards.doe.mass.edu. 

Peace, 

Manuel J. Fernandez
Head of Upper School