Message from the Principal
There is nothing better than the days leading up to Open House. During the week students and staff have been hard at work putting the finishing touches on projects that went on display for our guests to admire and appreciate. Our amazing Lindsay Putnam and PTO worked to use the bountiful harvest from the MCS garden to prepare Harvest Bounty that was enjoyed on fresh bread from King Arthur Flour. Did you know that guests consumed over 30 loaves of bread? Thank you for making the time to attend Open House. I continue to be amazed and in awe of the support that our students receive from families and the Norwich community.
Next week on the 23rd is the first Chat with the Principal event. If you are able to attend the topic will be learning about the various support plans that are in place for students - EST, IEP, and Section 504. Rhett Darak and Greg Bagnato will join me. During the first half hour, we will share the purpose of each type of plan and take questions. The second half hour is a time for guests to chat with me about topics that are important to them. I may not know all the answers to questions asked, but will work to locate information. Of course, this is not a time to talk about concerns with staff members or any specific student issues; those are topics that are better brought to me privately. In the past I have found these evenings to be helpful in letting me know areas where communication could improve. If you are not able to attend this month there will be opportunities in future months.
Did you know that the SAU is engaged in a Strategic Planning process? The first meeting in a six month process began this past week with the administrative team from the four schools coming together to assess our current situation, identify strengths, and look at potential areas of focus. The next stage of the process is a larger meeting that will include members of the school boards. Throughout this process you will be given the opportunity to give input about what you want for the future of our school and the SAU. Be on the lookout for communications that will let you know how you can be a part of this important process. I am excited for the conclusion of this process that will result in common goals that all constituents are excited to pursue.
This week also brought a loss in the community. I greatly appreciate the care and concern that has been shown to children at MCS. There were many offers of support to help families talk about this loss with their children. The result is a community event hosted by MCS, today at 3:30 - 4:30 in the Multi, where parents can come to discuss this topic with people who have expertise. This is a wonderful example of a community that supports one another.
Enjoy the weekend,