Message from the Superintendent of schools
“Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail. Without it, nothing can succeed.”
- Abraham Lincoln
Greetings Randolph Public Schools Parents and Community,
First, THANK YOU!! Your support of our efforts has been critical to the progress that our students continue to make each year. During our Summer Leadership Institute several school and district level administrators visited and interacted with business owners, managers, staff, community members, and parents at more than 25 businesses and organizations throughout Randolph. We shared with the businesses and organizations the great things that our students did in 2014 – 2015 as well as solicit their feedback on the areas in which they feel we need to grow. We learned that we must showcase the efforts of our students and staff more in order to make the community aware of the positives that exist in Randolph Public Schools. I am committed to listening and ensuring that we continue to enhance the teaching and learning process, increase the visibility of our successes by students and staff and increase the transparency regarding what are doing to remedy issues.
We have had an excellent opening to the 2015 -2016 school year. The excitement was felt in every school and it was great to see the smiling faces this past week. I felt honored to have the opportunity to be a part of the positive momentum. On behalf of the Randolph Public Schools’ staff, it is a privilege to have your trust to educate your most prized possession, your children. We have some excellent returning staff in all of our schools with a few great additions including the new Randolph Community Middle School Principal, Ms. Thea Stovell, and the new Director of the Alternative Program (AIM Academy), Mr. Jamel Adkins-Sharif.
During my visits to each of our schools recently I saw some wonderful thought-provoking interactions in many classrooms including team building activities, excellent 1st grade discussions about fiction, detailed vocabulary exercises, and articulate presentations about summer experiences. Although the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has not yet adjusted our designation as a Level 4 school system, Randolph High School is Level 2 and Donovan ES, John F. Kennedy ES, Lyons ES, Young ES, and Randolph Community MS are ALL solidly Level 3 schools with increasing student performance each year.
With your support, I anticipate a GREAT year filled with quality educational experiences that will support and extend the learning of all students, in every school, in class, every day. We continue to identify our areas of growth and to implement effective strategies that will effect change benefitting our students, and supporting our staff in the delivery of a Level 1 education. We greatly appreciate the tremendous collaborative support from our School Committee, chaired Ms. Ida Gordon, the Town Council and the Town Manager, Mr. David Murphy, who frequently pledges his support to the growth and development of our students. We routinely work together to ensure that our students’ educational and social-emotional needs are being met and that effective strategies are being implemented to fill any existing or potential gaps.
Please access our website: http://www.randolph.k12.ma.us for updates and more information.
As always, thank you to our parents, staff and all of our students as we look forward to working together to provide a high quality education to the best young people around.
With Randolph pride,
Thomas Anderson, Superintendent
Randolph Public Schools