Welcome to Our Blog

“It should be your care, therefore, and mine, to elevate the minds of our children and exalt their courage; to accelerate and animate their industry and activity; to excite in them an habitual contempt of meanness, abhorrence of injustice and inhumanity, and an ambition to excel in every capacity, faculty, and virtue. If we suffer their minds to grovel and creep in infancy, they will grovel all their lives.”

John Adams, MA Statesman and President

Warm greetings to our Masconomet community!
We know you care about our children’s education, you cherish the system we are in, and you are curious about how the Masconomet School Committee (MSC) is facilitating our district vision.

This is why we have launched this blog. Each month, we will post some highlights from our recent meetings to keep you aware of MSC topics, information, and resources for deeper learning.

As wisely expressed by our new Masconomet Superintendent, Dr. Mike Harvey, “It is important to visualize what we aim to do, as well as how we do it, and why.” We intend to continuously connect our actions with the district vision.

To stay updated via e-mail, please follow us with the link at the bottom of our site. Many thanks for your support! If you have questions please contact our committee chair, Tasha Cooper, at tcooper@masconomet.org.

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9.04.19 Dr. Harvey in the News

“This system is 120 years old. It was created for a different industrial revolution than the one we are looking at today. … We have to think about the knowledge, skills and dispositions that kids really need to be successful for the next 50 years.”

Dr. Michael Harvey, Masconomet Superintendent

In late August, WickedLocal Media published an article on our incoming superintendent, Dr. Michael Harvey, who began in July after Dr. Kevin Lyons retired. The article highlights aspects of his philosophy, approach and goals for our regional schools. Please follow this link to read the article:

Masconomet Superintendent Michael Harvey: We need to rethink what we are doing

If you have questions, please contact our committee chair, Tasha Cooper, at tcooper@masconomet.org.

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8.22.19 Retreat!

“It [Project-Based Learning] creates an aspect of authenticity, because we are creating something for an audience.”

High Tech High teacher in Most Likely To Succeed

On Wednesday, August 21 the members of our School Committee gathered together for a retreat at the Flint Library in Middleton. Guided by Superintendent Dr. Mike Harvey and Committee Chair Tasha Cooper, the purpose of the retreat was to inspire critical and creative thinking about our education system, and set goals for the upcoming year.

To that end, we watched and discussed the documentary film Most Likely To Succeed, from Director Greg Whiteley and Executive Producer Ted Dintersmith. Their website says: “The film explores compelling new approaches that aim to revolutionize education as we know it, inspiring school communities to reimagine what students and teachers are capable of doing.”

We were inspired. We discussed connections between Masconomet and the featured school, High Tech High; we shared our perspectives on the history, challenges, predictions and purpose of public education today; we touched on assessment measures, variations in time-block structures, school ranking systems, the skills that foster success, the nature of success, the path of a student’s education, and the flexibility involved in innovation.

Then we closed by working together to draft goals for this year. These drafts will evolve over the next couple meetings, and then we will share our goals with you, our community, and continue to use them as our guide.

We encourage you to check out Most Likely To Succeed, too. There will be public viewings of the film at Masconomet this year. Learn more and view the trailer here: teddintersmith.com/mltsfilm

If you have questions, please contact our committee chair, Tasha Cooper, at tcooper@masconomet.org.

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8.19.19 Athletic Fees

“Direct expenses and the appropriate percentage of indirect expenses are totaled to determine the total cost to run each sport, and then divided into cost per student, which is then divided between operating budget and user fees by percentage.”

excerpt from Athletic Fees 2019-2020 Update

Please read the information in the following link to learn more about how Masconomet’s Athletic Fees are set, and how they have changed for the 2019-2020 school year.

Athletic Fees 2019-2020 update

If you have questions, please contact our committee chair, Tasha Cooper, at tcooper@masconomet.org.

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