ST. PATRICK SCHOOL: SUMMER UPDATE
Summer is moving right along at St. Patrick School with a lot of exciting new projects, upgrades and programs being implemented. On top of hiring for new positions like a second middle school math teacher to create a two tier math program and an academic support director/teacher, the administration has been busy making sure that its entire faculty is in the best positions to maximize their potential, skills, and training. We are excited to announce that the Archdiocese of Boston selected our school as one of only ten throughout the entire Archdiocese to be awarded a grant that funded a new assistant principal position. We were chosen because of the strong vision and ability of our leadership to mentor an up and coming teacher leader. Bailey Magazzu, former middle school social studies teacher, has been selected to take on the role of Assistant Principal next school year with a direct focus on curriculum and instruction. One of her main roles will be to work with the teachers to examine the data from the MAP Assessments that students take to help teachers align their teaching and curriculum to meet rigid expectations for our students to be as prepared as possible for high school and beyond. We are also pleased that Sister Maureen Joseph Hunt will stay on as the part time Assistant Principal with a direct focus on our Catholic identity and work with the teachers on the new Archdiocesan Religion standards.
The teachers have also remained hard at work as the majority of them have taken at least one course offered to them via a federal Title II grant that the school received last year either focused on technology integration or supporting learners who have experienced trauma in their lives.
You may have noticed that there is a lot of work being done around the buildings as well. On top of all the painting, new trim, and refinishing of doors that is going on in the middle school and main entry way we are constantly working to create the safest environment for our students. New security doors are being installed to limit access to the classrooms upon gaining access to the main office through the exterior door. New offices are being prepped for the guidance counselor and the new assistant principal and new water bottle filling stations are being put in to replace the old drinking fountains in both schools. A big thank you to the Facility Manager, Paul Stocks, and his crew, John and Vinnie, for the tireless amount of work they continue to put in to benefit the students.
We are also very excited that the rubberized surfacing for the new playgrounds will be arriving at the school in mid-July with the play structures coming the first of August. The playgrounds should be ready for the first day of school on August 30th and we are planning a playground opening to coincide with our opening of school ice cream social on Monday, August 28th!