Hi Folks, time for another ST MATH check in…  
10/15/2014 DISTRICT ST MATH PROGRESS (15 Schools): 5% Syllabus Completion; 4% Standards Mastery
11/25/2014 DISTRICT ST MATH PROGRESS (15 Schools): 11% Syllabus Completion; 9% Standards Mastery
27% Syllabus Completion; 22% Standards Mastery GREAT WORK!   
RAY BORNO will be visiting LPS to stop by schools and check on ST MATH progress again in December.  We would love to visit schools that have not had a visit yet and check out ST MATH in progress.  I will be in touch to schedule a date and time for these visits.  
Several teachers meeting to discuss academic support during the recent teacher leader cabinet session shared their enthusiasm for ST MATH and the positive impact this resource is having for intervention and concept development.  Keep the reviews coming!
CHECK OUT the LPS WEBPAGE under Videos (Click on MORE VIDEOS)…  Look for ROLLINS EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTER and Kindergarten Teacher DIANE FORTIER’s ST MATH VIDEO.  Diane does an excellent job narrating this “inside look” at ST MATH at the Rollins School.  Many thanks to Diane and the Rollins Team for leading the JiJi fan club!  PLEASE reach out to Dave Pekarski to schedule an ST MATH video journal for your school!
Has your class reached 10% SYLLABUS PROGRESS?  If so be on the lookout for a postcard from JiJi! JiJi travels all over and is anxious to send you a postcard to celebrate your success!   
NOTE:  A review of the district level report reveals a number of schools with high levels of “Students with Alerts” – many schools are posting 41% - 53% of students with these “alerts”.  As a reminder, teachers should be accessing the teacher console daily to determine confusions and clear trouble spots.  It is also desirable for teachers to monitor students as they work on the puzzles.  The screens offer an alert border (yellow, red) for unresolved hurdles or students who require some intervention before continuing.  These supports will reduce the level of student alerts and will support continued syllabus progress and standards mastery.  
REMINDER:  Teachers have access to “turn on” FLUENCY PRACTICE (suggested for 10 min fact practice, teachers set the time).  Congrats to Arlington Middle and Parthum Middle for posting progress AND mastery in FLUENCY PRACTICE!  Do other schools need math fact practice?  Turn on FLUENCY!  
Are teachers assigning ST MATH for Homework?  See #2 below…  
  1. You should have received confirmation of your NEXT ST MATH PD (last formal one for this year).  PLEASE be sure to reach out to JENNIFER MARTINEZ with any questions or clarifications prior to your training.   
  2. By this time you should have sent the ST MATH PARENT HANDOUT home with students (Eng/Span).  This explains access for homework use.  Attached again for your reference is the ONE PAGER to help teachers learn how to set up the HOMEWORK PATHS for students.  Please be sure these have been shared with teachers. 
  3. Also attached again is the GUIDE FOR PRINCIPALS.  This guide outlines the best ways to be successful with ST MATH.  As with most initiatives, it calls for us to PLAN, MONITOR, and CELEBRATE SUCCESS.  If you have found any other creative ways to do this, please SHARE with me so that our LPS ST MATH NETWORK can learn from your ideas! 
Some quick benchmark reminders to KEEP FOCUSED….
✓  Our school has one or more key people assigned as the ST MATH TEAM to ensure fidelity of implementation.
✓  We are in touch with Jennifer Martinez, our Research Education Support Specialist at least weekly to discuss strategies, successes, and challenges.
✓  Our assigned students are completing at least 60 min/week (Grade K-2) and 90 min/week (Grades 3-8).
✓  We are meeting our goals of 3% PROGRESS EACH WEEK leading to 75% completion before MCAS MATH in MAY and 100% by the end of the year. 
✓  Teachers are regularly checking progress reports and responding to ALERTS as needed. 
✓  We encourage students to “THINK BEFORE YOU CLICK”.
✓  We are using TEACHER MODE to promote discussion and understanding.
✓  Ensure students have paper/pencil and/or whiteboards available as they work.
✓  RECOGNIZE and APPLAUD students/classes who make 3% progress each week.
✓  Look forward to a postcard from JiJi once class has reached 10% SYLLABUS COMPLETION.
✓  Utilize the PROGRESS CHARTS provided by MIND. 


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Lawrence Furthers Public-Charter School Cooperation with District-Charter

Collaboration Compact

Mayor Rivera, local legislators voice congratulations, support
Lawrence, Mass. (Jan. 29, 2014) – A diverse team of Lawrence school leaders proudly announced today the signing of a District-Charter Collaboration Compact, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Select Public Schools in Colorado, Connecticut, Massachusetts, 

New York, and Tennessee Will Add 300 Hours Annually Starting in 2013

For immediate release

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Contact: JC Considine (ESE) 781-338-3112

                Kathleen Hart (EEC) 617-988-7819

Patrick-Murray Administration Proclaims November to be Family Literacy Month


MALDEN– The Patrick-Murray Administration has proclaimed November 2012 to be the Commonwealth's 16th annual Family Literacy Month in recognition of the pivotal role that parents and family members play in the educational success of their children.

In celebration of Family Literacy Month, communities across the state will host activities throughout November in support of literacy, lifelong learning, and family-well being. Education Secretary Paul Reville and Deputy Education Commissioner Alan Ingram will kick-off the activities by joining legislative leaders and local officials to visit the Intergenerational Literacy Program at the John Silber Early Learning Center in Chelsea on November 1. Commissioner of Early Education and Care (EEC) Sherri Killins will also participate in the Berkshire County’s family literacy pajama night at the Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield on November 2.


"We know that children who can read by third grade have a better chance to succeed in their adult lives," said Governor Deval Patrick. "Family engagement is a critical part of developing those literacy skills which is why we are committed to partnering with parents and families to provide the best chance for our children to succeed in the 21st century global economy."


"We need to encourage student learning experiences inside and outside of the classroom," said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray, Chair of the Governor's Advisory Council on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). "By promoting family literacy, we are encouraging more families to dedicate time to help all children develop strong literacy skills today for future academic success."

The Patrick-Murray Administration is committed to providing students with high quality literacy opportunities starting in their earliest years. Last month, Governor Patrick signed H. 4243, "An Act Relative to Third Grade Reading Proficiency," to strengthen and streamline literacy initiatives in classrooms across the Commonwealth. The bill establishes an expert literacy panel that will make recommendations to the Departments of Early Education and Care, Elementary and Secondary Education, and Higher Education on ways to better align and coordinate initiatives and improve the implementation of programs to get every child to reading proficiency by the end of third grade.


"Developing strong literacy skills is fundamental to student success, and a responsibility shared by families and educators," said Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell Chester. "In Massachusetts, we are implementing new curriculum frameworks this year that will build on our record of excellence and help students develop literacy skills across all subjects."


In recognition of the foundational role that a love of reading plays in lifelong learning, EEC is also advancing the use of evidence-based early literacy strategies and practices across the state through support to local Coordinated Family and Community Engagement (CFCE) networks to use practice models that are grounded in research.  Scholastic Inc. trained the CFCE networks on their "Read and Rise" curriculum, which incorporates family conversations and other adult-child interactive home-based activities to develop children's literacy. EEC also recently awarded grants to support a two-generation strategy of literacy development in adult learning centers across the state.  This initiative will strengthen parents' ability to help their children develop early language and literacy skills. 

"Supporting whole child development across language, cognitive, social/emotional and physical domains provides a solid foundation for children's literacy acquisition," said Department of Early Education and Care Commissioner Sherri Killins.  "Parents are their child's first teacher and as such, communities have an important role to play in helping families to support their children’s growth and learning, which is essential to building a strong citizenry and ensuring a prosperous future for our Commonwealth."


"Literacy starts at home, so we are happy to promote Family Literacy Month as one way to help reinforce lessons learned at school that will help students continue their learning," said Secretary Reville. "An excellent education requires excellent literacy skills and we are all committed to ensuring students have access to instruction that prepares them for success."


Family Literacy Month is sponsored by the Massachusetts Family Literacy Consortium (MFLC), a group comprised of state agencies, community organizations, parents, and providers to expand and strengthen family literacy and support. Among the activities taking place in November across Massachusetts are the following:


  • November 1 (Haverhill)– Haverhill Public Library invites parents with children ages 2-5 to create their own personal ABC book with their child to take home and share together. Parents will also receive other suggestions on ways to incorporate letter recognition into their daily lives. The event will take place from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. To register, call 978-373-1586, ext. 626.


  • November 2 (Pittsfield)– Berkshire County will host a free family literacy pajama night in Pittsfield. The "WeeRead Pajama Party" will be held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Berkshire Museum and will promote community and family engagement in early literacy development.


  • November 3 (Cambridge)– The 16th Annual Cambridge Family Literacy Fun Day will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Cambridge City Hall for all Cambridge families with children in pre-K through grade 3. This free event will include children's activities, free books, Bonaparte the Magician, sing-a-longs, face painting and more.


  • November 3 (Chelsea)– "Chelsea Reads," the city's 7th Annual Family Literacy Day, will take place at the Chelsea Public Library from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Raising a Reader and the Chelsea/Revere Family and Community Network Program are partnering with the library to provide this free event for toddlers and up. The event will include book-based activities, storytellers, face painting, and a disc jockey providing age appropriate music. Police Chief Brian Kyes, State Representative Eugene O’Flaherty, and others will read books to children. All children under 12 will receive a backpack containing several books (while supplies last).


·         November 10 (Lawrence)– Community Pathways Lawrence, a local partnership of community organizations, will conduct a Family Literacy Fun Day from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Lawrence Public Library.  As a part of celebrating reading and literacy, several community leaders will participate in the day as celebrity readers.  Every child will receive a free book. Refreshments will be provided, prizes will be given away, and there will be family friendly entertainment.  Everyone is welcome to attend and no reservations are required.  For more information or to ask questions, please contact Betsy Leeman, Director of the Asian Center of Merrimack Valley, Inc. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 978-683-7316. 


·         November 13 (Brockton)– Brockton families are invited to attend a Family Literacy Celebration at 6:00 p.m. at the Brockton Public Schools Adult Learning Center at 211 Crescent Street.  The Brockton Coordinated Family & Community Engagement, Brockton Public Schools Parent Academy, Community Connections of Brockton and the Brockton Public Schools Adult Learning Center are sponsoring an evening of entertainment by Pumpernickel Puppets. Young children and their parents will be provided a pizza dinner, a classic story-based puppet show, and the opportunity to interact with the puppets and the puppeteer. Each child will receive an age-appropriate book to take home. To register, please call 508-580-7491.


·         November 17 (Somerville)– The Somerville Early Childhood Literacy Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to noon at the Arthur D. Healey School. This free event is open to all Somerville families and will provide information about the numerous resources available to families with young children in Somerville. Children aged birth to six years old can enjoy a multitude of fun activities presented by early education providers and community agencies. Questions regarding the Literacy Fair can be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


·         November 29 (Springfield)– Springfield families with Pre-K to Grade 1 children are invited to participate in Bingo for Books from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Palmer Library at the Margaret C. Ellis School.  Bingo winners will get the first chance to select a book to take home – but all children will receive a new book.  Pizza will be provided from 4:30 – 5:00 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact Diane Nostin Houle at 413-787-7345.


For more information on family literacy and ways to promote family literacy, learning and involvement, visit the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's website at





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