Greetings Randolph Public Schools Parents/Guardians,
It's amazing that we are almost through the month of March. We continue to make strides as a school system in supporting and providing for your children, our students, to fulfill their individual potential.
Below are a few selected highlighted successes this year:
- Randolph High School was classified as a Level 2 school by the Dept. of Elementary and Secondary Education in the fall, 2014.
- New websites (www.randolph.k12.ma.us) for the district and each school.
- The Global Leadership Academy, in partnership with a local college, will launch at the high school next year for the class of 2019. Program highlights: Students in the program will be required to take a minimal of 4 Advanced Placement courses, 4 years of a World Language, complete 120 hours of community service, complete an internship and a capstone project (video or written), and participate in travel abroad opportunities.
- SEPAC (Special Education Parent Advisory Council) under the leadership of the Chair (Mr. Gary Forman - firstname.lastname@example.org), has begun to meet again and appreciates your support. Please reach out to him or the Office of Special Education (781) 961 – 6237 with any questions.
- Specialized services are being increased to address more of our students' needs within the district. Next year we will have a program that will support our students with hearing impairments. From SY 2013-2014 to the current year, we have 20 fewer students in out-of-district placements. This is clear testament to the dedication to improve our level of service to all of our students in RPS.
- Math Night will be conducted on April 14, 2015.
- Literacy Nights were expanded to the middle and high school this year.
- myON program (www.myON.com) will be piloted at two schools this spring, 2015. The program allows students to access (both in school and at home) more than 4,000 online books at their appropriate reading level, and it assesses the student's progress.
- The Educational Facilities Plan will allow us to enhance our programs by keeping all schools open and by making strategic upgrades. The five community meetings and the online surveys provided substantial feedback and guidance during the process.
- The Athletic teams are competing in the highly competitive South Shore League for the first time and several teams earned playoff spots. For the first time 8th grade boys were allowed to participate in football at Randolph High School.
- The Band / Chorus have had several students competing on a high level and have earned a range of honors including All-State.
- Educational Equity / Cultural Competence meetings have occurred throughout the year to increase staff and community understanding of our diverse student and community population. The ELL Department and Multicultural Parent Advisory Council has coordinated the meetings and discussions.
- The Partnership with UMASS-Boston has supported our effort to recruit quality teachers and improve our data warehouse systems. Our partnership with Bridgewater St. University has led to the creation of a mentor program with our elementary and middle school students.
In addition to the key points mentioned above, our staff has been working to refine several operating procedures to improve our levels of efficiency in communication, finance, and human resources. Throughout the year, we continue to assess and enhance the teaching and learning process. We are clear that in order for our students to receive the best education, we must continue to ensure that teachers and staff are receiving the necessary support to provide quality instruction.
As always, thank you for entrusting your children to us and have a great day,
Randolph Public Schools