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  • Greetings Cohasset Families,

    On Thursday, July 9 and Friday, July 10, the subcommittees of the Cohasset Public Schools Re-Entry Team met to discuss re-entry planning in the following areas: Family Connection and Communication, Instruction at Osgood, Instruction at Deer Hill, Instruction at Cohasset Middle School, Instruction at Cohasset High School, Facilities, Social-Emotional Support, Student Services, and Technology. These successful meetings were filled with important discussions, sharing of ideas, and passionate considerations for our students, families, and faculty / staff as we plan for the possibilities of returning in an in-person learning, hybrid, or remote learning model. Thank you to the many stakeholders (students, faculty / staff, parents / guardians, School Committee Members, Town Employees, and Town Leaders who participated in these meetings. It was a great showing of how paramount Cohasset holds the success of its youth and schools. These meeting were one important step along the planning cycle. The Cohasset Public Schools Fall School Re-Entry Planning Timeline can be found here.

    As part of our approach to re-entry, the social-emotional wellness of all our students will be paramount. We are already taking steps to prepare and to implement a safe and supportive return. On Thursday, July 9, the Collaborative of Academic and Social-Emotional Learning (CASEL) issued its re-entry guidance for schools. This document reflects the approach we are planning for social-emotional support. The CASEL Re-Entry Road Map can be found here.

    Also, on July 9, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) produced its Comprehensive Special Education Guidance document and shared it with superintendents and district leaders. This guidance can be found here. This guidance will be followed closely by all faculty and staff.

    Yesterday, Commissioner Riley’s Fall Re-Entry Group issued a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) regarding the Initial Fall Guidance. The FAQ Document can be found here, and the Initial Fall Guidance, which was sent out to families on June 25, can be found here. Commissioner Riley also issued a memo to superintendents and district leaders that emphasized the importance of leaders not communicating official Re-Entry Plans until August because of information that is forthcoming regarding financial support, and because of the need to track COVID-19 rates within the community before making final decisions. This memo to school leaders can be found here.

    Finally, the Cohasset Community Health Update for 7/10/2020 can be found here. Please read this document, as it emphasizes the importance of all of us remaining vigilant regarding the social distancing practices required to keep COVID-19 low in our community. I will keep staff and families updated as new information comes my way and as we continue through our planning process. Have a nice weekend.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Patrick Sullivan, Ed.D.

    Superintendent

    Cohasset Public Schools

     

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  • Preemptive Mosquito Spraying

    Greetings Cohasset Families,

    Mosquito Spraying at all schools is scheduled for July 10, 2020 between 2:00 AM and 5:00 AM.

    The Plymouth County Mosquito Control Project will be spraying Cohasset Schools’ fields and grounds for mosquitoes between the hours of 2:00 AM and 5:00 AM on the morning of July 10, 2020. Spraying is contingent upon appropriate weather.

    More information about the spraying can be found in the MA Department of Agricultural Resources notification and required postings here.

    Consumer Information Bulletin

    pyrethrins fact sheet

    Standard Written Spraying Notification

     

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Patrick Sullivan, Ed.D.

    Superintendent

    Cohasset Public Schools

     

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  • Good Morning Cohasset Families,

    Last evening, Commissioner Riley’s Planning Group released its initial fall school re-opening guidance (please click on this link to view the guidance). As Commissioner Riley declares in his memo, “the initial guidance for school reopening this fall prioritizes getting our students back to school in person—safely, following a comprehensive set of health and safety requirements. At the same time, DESE is requiring each district and school to also plan for remote learning and a hybrid school model, a combination of in-person and remote learning, should conditions change this fall or winter.”

    We have already announced the formation of a comprehensive district planning team (please click on this link to access the Fall School Re-Entry Planning Team) and of a timeline for the development of our fall school re-entry road map (please click on this link to access the Fall-Rentry Road Map Development Timeline). Planning will take place at both the district and school level, and student, faculty / staff, and family voice will be paramount as we plan.

    Cohasset Families, please take a few minutes to fill out the following survey, which will be used to help the planning teams (PLEASE CLICK ON THIS LINK TO ACCESS THE INITIAL GUIDANCE FAMILY SURVEY).

    A similar survey will be issued to faculty and staff in the coming days. We also plan to send out an additional survey to stakeholders after the planning team has their work in draft phase.

    I have also attached a brief video where I explain our approach to planning:

    https://youtu.be/hcePl24ZNm8

     

    We are Cohasset Strong, and we will get through this together! Have a great day.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Patrick Sullivan, Ed.D.

    Superintendent

    Cohasset Public Schools

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  • Greetings Cohasset Families,

    The first attached document presents the timeline we will use to create a Road Map for Fall School Re-Entry. We are committed to using a thorough process that is inclusive of stakeholder voice at every level. However, we do recognize the need to get information out as quickly as possible. Because of this need, I will be sharing information from the guidance that is set to come from The Commissioner's Re-Entry Group. The Commissioner has asked that superintendents not go deeply into planning before the guidance from his group is issued. It is expected that the Commissioner will send his guidance, which will serve as a foundation for our work with our own Re-Entry Team, to superintendents and district leaders within the next two weeks. Our timeline provides opportunity for staff and family input in forums before the final Road Map is published. (Please click on link below to access the document): 

    Cohasset Public Schools Timeline for Fall School Re-Entry Road Map Development

    The second attached document presents the Cohasset Public Schools Fall School Re-Entry Planning Team 2020 – 2021. Thank you to the students, parents / guardians, faculty, staff, community members, town employees, and school leaders who are on the Re-entry Subcommittees. The broad scope of this team will provide a great collective voice for the school community as we apply the guidance to make the fall re-entry work for our faculty and staff, families, and students. (Please click on the link below to access the document):

    Cohasset Public Schools Fall Re-Entry Planning Team 2020 - 2021

    “KEEP THE JOY”

    It is important that as we create our safety conscious plans to start school in the fall that we remember the importance of "joy" within our schools. The Cohasset Public Schools are vibrant and warm places for staff to work and for students to learn, and we will focus within our planning on keeping that warmth that makes Cohasset a special place. We will continue to view everything "Through the Eyes of the Student," and we will keep stressing that "This is Important, You Can Do It, and We Will Not Give Up On You" throughout any changes that come our way.

    Sincerely,

    Patrick Sullivan, Ed.D.

    Superintendent

    Cohasset Public Schools

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  • Greetings Cohasset Families,

    In an effort to support families and students dealing with the ongoing social crisis regarding the death of George Floyd, we are sharing some additional resources (please see below):

    Resources recommended by METCO:

    TIME for Kids Age-Appropriate Resources

    Social and Cultural Literacy Resource for Classrooms

    In addition, we are proud of the recent peaceful and positive activism (holding signs of solidarity for our students of color on the town common) on the part of our students, and we support their collective voice. We are also continuing our focus on cultural competency professional development with all our staff. In addition to examining the diversity of our texts this past school year and immersing our students in more culturally proficient and culturally diverse readings at the elementary level, we had a comprehensive professional development planned for staff on March 20 regarding cultural proficiency and race that was unfortunately postponed due to the COVID -19 outbreak. This professional development, which comes to us through the outstanding efforts of Aleisa Gittens-Carle, our METCO Director, and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Leslie Scollins, and which is funded by the Cohasset Education Foundation (CEF), is now on our Professional Development Calendar for the 2020 – 2021 school year. We are appreciative to the CEF for this opportunity. I have linked our plans for this event to this communication (see below).

    Cultural Competency and Race Professional Development

    Have a nice afternoon.

    Sincerely,

    Patrick Sullivan, Ed.D.

    Superintendent

    Cohasset Public Schools


     

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Superintendent's Welcome

  • Welcome to the Cohasset Public Schools

    Superintendent

    Greetings Cohasset Families,

    Welcome to Cohasset Public Schools. We are committed to fostering collaboration between students, teachers and families in an environment that educates and supports the "whole child" while ensuring students strive for maximum perofmance. “This is important. You can do it. I won’t give up on you” (Saphier & Gower, 1997) are three key messages that guide our work together. As Superinendent I will strive to support all stakeholders to thrive in this exciting learning environment.

    Some of My Educational Beliefs and Vision Points:

    • Supporting a student-centered approach throughout the District
    • Educating the whole child and prioritizing Social-Emotional Learning (SEL)
    • Promoting trust and transparency with all stakeholders
    • Centering all of our work on a foundation of strong relationships
    • Celebrating staff and student accomplishments
    • Encouraging staff enthusiasm
    • Increasing inclusion, empathy, bullying prevention, safety and cultural competency
    • Increasing an inclusive and flexible approach to special education, which will reduce stigma and celebrate diversity
    • Inspiring Project-Based Learning (PBL) opportunities for all staff and students
    • Creating collective teacher efficacy through collaboration
    • Collaborating with community-based organizations to improve the education of the students
    • Promoting systems-thinking and strategic practices that build capacity to fulfill our District’s Strategic Plan
    • Increasing the collaboration and communication within the District Leadership Team
    • Utilizing data to expand teaching materials and improve pedagogy and tiered supports
    • Revising and creating systems and protocols throughout the District
    • Integrating meaningful technology and instructional pedagogy that effectively uses technology
    • Cultivating innovative learning practices that foster communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking
    • Listening to the voices of all stakeholders and involving them in decision-making processes
    • Eliciting stakeholder input regarding vision for the Cohasset Public Schools
    • Continuing the advancement of elementary literacy and numeracy
    • Promoting proactive and clear communication at all levels

    I am honored and humbled to continue my passionate belief in students, teachers and families in the role of Cohasset Superintendent. I am proud to work in such a wonderful community. Thank you again for this opportunity. Please feel free to follow me on Twitter at @SuperCohasset for additional information and District updates.

    Sincerely,

    Patrick Sullivan Ed.D.

    Superintendent

    Cohasset Public Schools

     

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