Millis Public Schools
Coordinated Program Review Press Release
Nancy L. Gustafson, Superintendent of the Millis Public Schools was informed by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education of an upcoming Coordinated Program Review that will be taking place this school year. As part of this Coordinated Program Review, Department staff will visit the district during the week of April 10, 2017. Such visits are routinely conducted by the Department to satisfy federal and state requirements for the periodic review of specific education programs and services in schools throughout the Commonwealth. The Department is reviewing several programs during a single visit in order to use Department and school staff’s time most efficiently and to encourage strong connections among the programs.
The Department's Coordinated Program Review will address the following programs: Special Education, Civil Rights and English Learner Education. After reviewing school district procedures for these programs, a Department team will make its onsite visit, during which it will review individual student records, interview administrators, teachers and paraprofessional staff, survey parents and observe instructional spaces. After the onsite visit it will prepare a report for the superintendent and school committee [or charter school leader and board of trustees], with detailed findings for each program.
Using a scale of ratings ranging from “Commendable” to “Not Implemented,” the report will rate the implementation of each requirement reviewed by the Department. Where requirements are found not implemented or only partially implemented, the district must propose to the Department corrective action to bring those areas into compliance with statutes and regulations. Districts and schools are encouraged to incorporate the corrective action into their district and school improvement plans and professional development plan. The school district will be provided with technical assistance from the Department in developing a corrective action plan. Both the Department’s report and the corrective action plan are public information and will be available to the public upon request. Program Review Final Reports are also available on the Department’s Internet website at <http://www.doe.mass.edu/pqa/review/cpr/reports/>.
Any member of the public may request to be interviewed by telephone by a member of the Department's visiting team. Those wishing to be interviewed should call the superintendent's office at 508-376-7000, no later than March 24, 2017 to leave their name and phone number, or they may call the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education at (781) 338- 3742. A member of the visiting team will contact each person desiring an interview within two weeks after the completion of the onsite visit. If an individual is not comfortable communicating in English or requires some other accommodation, the Department will make arrangements to communicate appropriately with the individual.
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Dear Millis Parents,
The weather always makes this part of the year interesting in New England! The Millis Public Schools will continue to use the “reverse 911” School Messenger system to call households for school cancellations, delays or early closings. Additionally, we post the information on our website and send it out through the schools’ list-serves. You can sign up for the list-serve on our website.
Information will be posted at these sites:
• DISTRICT WEBSITE: www.millisps.org
• The SCHOOL’S E-MAIL LISTSERV
• School Messenger: If the timing is appropriate, a call may be made to the phone numbers we
have on file for you.
• TV STATIONS: Channel 4 (WBZ), Channel 5 (WCVB), Channel 7 (WHDH), Channel 25
• LOCAL RADIO STATIONS: 1030 AM (WBZ)
Preschool and Kindergarten:
If school is delayed, there will be no morning Pre-School or Kindergarten. In the event that we must close school early the afternoon Pre-School program will also be cancelled.
Extended Day Program:
Please note that the Extended Day programs also close when school closes. If school is delayed by an hour or two Extended Day programs will be delayed for the same timeframe. (Please refer to your Extended Day Handbook on the website for additional information.) In the event that we must close school early the afternoon, there will be no Extended Day After School Program. If school is a full day, but all afterschool activities are cancelled, Extended Day will remain open, but we ask that you make every effort to pick up your children as early as possible so that you all get home safely and we can get our staff home safely as well.
We will endeavor to make the decision to close or delay school prior to 5:30 A.M. in order to give you time to make arrangements for your children. All decisions are made in consultation with the Millis Department of Public Works and Millis Police and are based on road conditions, school building and parking lot conditions, accumulation of snow/ice, and the expected duration of the precipitation. I also consult with other local school district superintendents. Our overriding concern is always the safety of our students.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Nancy L. Gustafson
Nancy L. Gustafson
Welcome to Jeanne Noonan-Director of Extended Day
Please welcome our new Director of Extended Day, Jeanne Noonan who comes to Millis with seventeen years of experience establishing and directing extended day programs for over 500 students on seven sites! Ms. Noonan has a Master’s of Elementary Education degree and a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. She is very excited to join our Millis “Small School, Big Family!” Please stop in and say hello to Jeanne when you are picking up your children from Extended Day!
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