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Welcome Back

3 months ago


Dear Parent/Guardian(s):

I hope your summer has been relaxing and enjoyable and that you have been able to spend time with family and friends.  Though it is hard to believe, next week our teachers and students return and the 2017-18 school year will be underway.  Before we begin making back to school lunches, organizing backpacks, and re-establishing routines, I wanted to take this opportunity to formally welcome everyone back to school and to let you know about the work that has been done this summer.

I first need to recognize the efforts of Mr. George Trearchis and our incredible maintenance team.  Our buildings and grounds are spotless and will be ready to go on the first day of school, thanks to the efforts of our facility staff.  This summer, our schools have infused new security equipment in all three schools including door locks, buzzer systems and additional cameras.  Thanks to all of the community members who supported this capital asset request at town meeting last May.

Our technology team has been extremely busy this summer preparing for the upcoming school year.  We are excited about the infrastructure work that was performed throughout the district, that will drastically improve our wireless capacity and functionality.  Additionally, our technology team has overhauled our website (www.tyngsboroughps.org) and is preparing for the transition, and deployment, of over 500 chromebooks into our classrooms.  Mr. Derek Piper and his team have been out straight this summer and we appreciate their commitment.

Equally important to the work being done on the buildings is the training received by our teachers over the summer to hone their skills to improve teaching and learning in the classroom.  An incredible number of teachers spent many hours this summer taking classes, attending workshops and modeling lifelong learning.  Their efforts will have a positive impact in the classroom and will enhance the educational experience for our students.

Finally, our administrators have spent the summer being reflective about the direction, achievement, and practices in the Tyngsborough Public Schools.  The entry plan process has fostered discussions focused on qualitative and quantitative data that has afforded us a fresh perspective on our district.  As such, we will be using the first few months of school to revisit our vision statement and create a strategy for district improvement that connects our vision to actionable steps in the classroom.  

We are excited about the work ahead of us and we look forward to an outstanding school year. Please enjoy the last few days of your summer vacation!

Sincerely,

Dr. Michael Flanagan
Superintendent of Schools

A Path Forward

3 months ago


Dear Tyngsborough Community:

Since beginning my work as Superintendent of the Tyngsborough Public Schools on October 25, 2016, I have had the opportunity to see our school district through a different lens utilizing the Entry Plan Process. My transition into this role has felt seamless thanks to the unwavering support of the Tyngsborough Public School Committee, parents and community members, the administrative teams at each school, and the professionals within the teaching ranks particularly the leadership of the Tyngsborough Teachers Association.

Over the past several months, I have focused on listening and learning more about our school system, as part of an entry plan process, which will help establish a strategic vision for district improvement. To positively effect change, it is imperative for us to first fully understand where we are as a district, and what our priorities are as a school community. This has been accomplished by meeting with school and community stakeholders who have identified areas of strength, as well as areas to target for improvement. Additionally, the opportunity to conduct interviews, review survey responses, and examine internal documents and data has provided a broad perspective of our district that is embedded in these findings. Further, providing authentic input from both parents and students has proven to be invaluable and will help inform our decision-making process moving forward.

A theory of action will frame our strategy for district improvement and will be developed and implemented to achieve common goals that emerge from a data analysis of trend responses (qualitative) and a comprehensive review of achievement patterns and district demographics (quantitative). I look forward to working with the professionals in our district to develop a plan that reflects our shared vision and supports our incredibly important work of educating all of our students.

Thank you to all for your support.

Sincerely,

Dr. Michael Flanagan
Superintendent of Schools