Call to order
Reorganization Dr. LeDuc
State of the District (7:00- 7:20) Middle School Updates: Mr. Kellett- DSMS School Improvement Plan AR
High School Updates: Mr. Smith
Central Office Updates: Mr. Bliss, Dr. LeDuc, Ms. Green, & Ms. Tague
Subcommittee Reports: If needed
Presentation, Discussion, and Action Part II (7:20-7:50)
DSHS School Improvement Plan AR
Parking Research (High school entrance; Bus pad)
E & D Items (see Business Managers report) AR
Appointment of Subcommittees
Consent Agenda (7:50-7:55) Regional School Committee Meeting Minutes of May 5, 2015 AR
DSEF Grants 2015-16 AR
Flexible Spending Account Amendment AR
Appointment of DS Regional Treasurer AR
Donation Acceptance: Spring Assistant Coaches AR
Donation Acceptance: Soccer Uniforms AR
For Review (7:55-8:00) Sherborn School Committee Meeting Minutes of May 12, 2015
Dover School Committee Meeting Minutes of March 5, 2015
Class of 2015 Matriculation Report
June Enrollment Report
Items for the September Regional School Committee Meeting
Note: The listings of matters are those reasonably anticipated by the Chair, which may be
discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may, in fact, be discussed and other items not listed
may also be raised for discussion to the extent permitted by law.
The Public Schools of Dover and Sherborn do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex/gender,
religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or homelessness.
DOVER-SHERBORN REGIONAL SCHOOLS
SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING
JUNE 9, 2015, 7:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M.
MIDDLE SCHOOL LIBRARY
(Members of the public are welcome to attend. Regional School Committee members include:
Ms. Dana White, Chair, Mr. Michael Lee, Vice Chair, Ms. Carolyn Ringel, Secretary,
Ms. Clare Graham, Mr. Richard Robinson and Ms. Lori Krusell)
The Public Schools of Dover and Sherborn
157 Farm Street
Dover, MA 02030
Phone: 508-785-0036 Fax: 508-785-2239
Mr. Steven B. Bliss, Superintendent
Dr. Karen L. LeDuc, Assistant Superintendent
Ms. Therese Green, Director of Special Education
Ms. Christine Tague, Business Manager
155 Farm Street
Dover, MA 02030
Mr. Scott Kellett
Mr. Brian Meringer
Ms. Jill Arkin
Ms. Ellen Chagnon
Mr. Heath Rollins
TO: Mr. Steven Bliss, Superintendent
FROM: Mr. Scott Kellett, Headmaster, DSMS
RE: Headmasters Monthly Report
DATE: June 1, 2015
The middle school administration and staff are excited for the many fantastic events that come
with the culmination of the school year. Early in the morning of June 9th
the DSMS contingent
of 165 will be off to DC. Mr. Meringer and Ms. Ferranti are excited to host the Class of 2021
for a visit to the middle school while we are away.
Brian Meringer, Heidi Loando, Ann Keegan, Monique Marshall-Veale, and I had the pleasure
of traveling to the Manahunt Community in Boston on Wednesday, May 20th
. Ms. Monique
arranged for a light dinner and an opportunity to talk with our Boston students and their parents
about their impending transition to a new school and/or grade. It was an enjoyable experience
Friday, June 1st: MS Arts Festival 3:00 PM
Grade DC Trip/Boston Trip
Wednesday, June 10th
Grade Field Day/Chickering 5th
Thursday, June 11th
Grade Field Day
Friday, June 12th
: Pine Hill 5th
Wednesday, June 17th
: POSITIVE 8th
Grade Lunch 11:45 AM
Thursday, June 18th
Friday, June 19th
Last Day of School (10:50 AM Dismissal)
On Wednesday, May 20th
Stephanie Dailey and Jamie Wirth were recognized by NELMS as
Dover-Sherborn Middle Schools Scholar Leaders for this year. Stephanie and Jamie were
joined by their parents, a teacher of their choice (Stephanie Dailey - Kathy Moloy and Jamie
Wirth - Adam Wiskofske) and Mrs. Bedigan at an awards dinner in Marlborough, MA.
Congratulations to the Dailey and Wirth families for this well deserved honor.
It is with great pride that the MS shares the winners of our Student Council Elections for the
Class of 2019:
President: Jeb Shue Vice President: Brooks Andrew
Secretary: Laura Maher Treasurer: Ethan Wood
The following projects/students qualified for the State Science Fair and will travel to Worcester on Saturday,
for this competition:
*Analysis of the Harmonics of Oboe Reeds over Time
Darin Jude Correll
*Snail-plant attraction analysis
Elizabeth Goldstein, Andrew Fiore
* Antibacterial dish soap performance
Elizabeth Hovey, Grace Qian
* The effect of natural and artificial sweeteners on Daphnia
Joel Silvestri, Maddie Charity
* Crime Scene Science
Katie Rupinski and Phoebe Lasic-Ellis
Hannah Szeto and Kaylee Hain
Will Anastasopoulos receiving his copy of The Hutch containing his book review.
Curriculum & Learning
Seventh-grade students read poems to a full audience at ArtsFest on June 1. The poems were part of another
successful year of an interdisciplinary project between English, science, and art. We are grateful to DSEF, the
Sherborn Cultural Council, and the Dover Cultural Council for helping this project grow.
On June 16, all seventh graders will host the third annual Readers' Convention. Sixth grade students will visit
seventh graders during English class to discover the best books to read, according to the seventh graders. This
project is the culmination of a year-long independent reading program and allows students to practice
speaking and listening skills in an authentic manner. This project originated with a grant from POSITIVE,
and we appreciate their support.
Several seventh graders corresponded with students at the Tandahimba Secondary School in Tanzania. In
writing the letters, students learned more about school, food, and recreation in Tanzania.
Eighth grade students are completing their work on Lorraine Hansberry's, A Raisin in the Sun. This play
examines issues of race and class as a family struggles in post World War II Chicago. To compliment this
reading, students are demonstrating their own playwriting skills.
Ms. Mullen and Ms. Woodward are delighted that the Caldecott Club will return for a second year, thanks to a
grant from POSITIVE. Thank you!
All grades and levels have finished entering their roadmaps into ASPEN. This work confirmed our success in
aligning to the common core. We will begin our 3 year cycle of reviewing curriculum next year looking for
any gaps or areas of improvement. Based on a goal setting activity we recently completed we initially feel
there could be work done in the area of close reading, note taking, vocabulary and math practices.
Students in 7th and 8th grade will be culminating their year with a final exam in early June. Sixth grade will
be culminating their year with an introduction to Integer Operations.
Recently had a guest speaker, Ken Wadness to speak speak about what it was like living, hiking and surviving
on glaciers one summer in Alaska.
Currently exploring different kinds of glaciers and how they impact Earth's landscape.
Students have recently begun their study of the human body systems and are conducting many hands-on lab
activities in life science classes, such as a cow bone dissection, chicken wing muscle dissection, digestion
simulation and soon they will examine a sheep's brain, cow's heart and eyeball. The culminating activity will
be our annual frog dissection in mid-June!
The 8th graders completed their MCAS review unit with visits from 6th and 7th grade teachers, and a review
of the themes of physical science through an outdoor observation and writing activity centered on a rock wall.
We are now beginning our "energy resources" unit. Students will plan, design, build, and test working solar
ovens as their culminating activity.
Sixth grade students will end the year by studying the rise and fall of the ancient Roman Empire. At the start
of the unit students will learn about the development of early Rome and its geography. Topics will also
include the government of the Roman Republic and its impact on the government of the United States.
A reenactment of the death of Julius Caesar will also be conducted. Students will explore the people and
events leading up to the establishment of the Roman Empire and