Public Schools Superintendent Frederick F. Foresteire announced that Everett Public Schools will open for the 2014-2015 school year on Tuesday, August 26th for all students in Grades One through Eight, as well as all Grade Nine students attending Everett High School for the first time. They should report to their respective schools no later than 7:45am on Tuesday. Grades one through eight will be dismissed at noontime and Grade nine 12:00 noon.
On Wednesday, August 27th, all Kindergarten students who have registered and all students in Grade Ten (sophomores), Grade Eleven (juniors), and Grade Twelve (seniors) are to report to their respective schools no later than 7:45am that day. Students will be dismissed at the regular time of 2:15 p.m. that day.
School enrollments in Everett public schools have been at an all-time high over the last five years; with Everett student population rising by more than 20%. This year will be no exception; a record-breaking 7,000-plus students are expected to enroll for the opening of school, according to Superintendent Foresteire.
Parents who still have questions about school opening days, school hours, or programs offered after school should contact the Everett Public Schools Parent Information Center, located in the High School on Elm Street, or call the Center at 617-394-2490.
SAFETY MEASURES TAKEN DURING WEBSTER SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION
Superintendent of Public Schools Frederick F. Foresteire said that the construction work being done at the Webster School on Dartmouth Street will be completed in September. The start of the pre-school program at the school will be delayed until September 17. NO OTHER GRADES ARE AFFECTED.
“I have been in contact with the Mayor and the city’s Building Inspector on the issue of safety at the Parlin School during these repairs, and all necessary measures are being taken,” said Superintendent Foresteire. “We take the safety of our students, parents, staff and visitors very seriously,” Superintendent Foresteire emphasized.
FRESHMEN (GRADE 9) REPORT TO HIGH SCHOOL ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 26TH
Only Freshmen (Grade 9) are to report on Tuesday, August 26th to the High School on Elm Street, no later than 7:45am, for an important orientation to High School facilities, classes, and programs available to students in the 2014-2015 school year” said Superintendent Frederick F. Foresteire.
“At the orientation freshmen students will be assigned homerooms, they will receive important instructions about school events, and they will learn of the many clubs, sports, and other extra-curricular activities available to them now that they are in High School” Superintendent Foresteire said.
Students will then walk through an abbreviated version of a typical Tuesday class schedule, and they should plan on a dismissal time of 12 noon that day, Superintendent Foresteire added. Lunch will be available in the High School cafeteria on Tuesday, August 26th.
“Our freshmen orientation is held one day ahead of actual classes to help bring new students more efficiently into a larger, more complicated High School learning environment” the Superintendent said. “Freshmen students also seem to find it easier to ask questions without the distraction of the full attendance of upperclassmen.”
HIGH SCHOOL OPENS FOR GRADES 10, 11, 12 WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27TH
Reporting for their first day of school one day later on Wednesday, August 27th are High School students in Grades Ten, Eleven, and Twelve at 7:45am.
Superintendent Frederick F. Foresteire explained that the staggered reporting times for High School students in different grades will help both students and teachers cope with another record enrollment again this school year.
“Our sophomore (Grade 10), junior (Grade 11), and senior (Grade 12) High School students should report one day later on Wednesday, August 27th at 7:45am for a regular class day” Superintendent Foresteire said.
Students in the three upper High School classes (Grades 10, 11, and 12) will be advised through the mail of their homeroom assignments for the 2014-2015 school year. If a sophomore, junior or senior High School student has not received a homeroom assignment through the mail by Friday, August 22nd, that student should contact the High School before the High School opens on Wednesday, August 27th for the first full day of classes.
SCHOOL OPENS FOR TEACHERS MONDAY, AUGUST 25TH
School opens on Monday, August 25th for all teaching staff in Everett Public Schools. “Our teachers are scheduled to return one day in advance of students in order to get their classrooms organized and ready for the first day of classes” Superintendent Foresteire said.
“The record enrollments in Everett Public Schools over the last several years have left no breathing room for our professional staff once school was in session” the Superintendent explained, “With another record-breaking 7,000-plus students expected this year in Everett Public Schools, we all need as much time as possible to get prepared.”
Everett Public School faculty is unusual in that administrators work twelve months a year; teachers, and support staff work a school year of 189 days, with 186 student-teaching days, instead of the state-required minimum of only 180 days. “We adopted this lengthened school schedule for the primary purpose of maximizing time for MCAS test instruction for Kindergarten through Grade Twelve students” Superintendent Foresteire said, “and now we are seeing the results of this extra time for instruction.”
Everett Public School students have MCAS scores that are higher when compared to other inner-city school districts. In Everett, the math and English scores on MCAS tests in all grades taking the test have been at a level of 92% or better in the past four years. A minimum of a passing grade on the MCAS test in Grade Twelve is required by the state to graduate.
PRESCHOOL PROGRAM BEGINS FOR THREE AND FOUR YEAR OLDS
The first day of school for all registered Pre School Program students will be on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at the ADAMS SCHOOL ONLY. The Webster School preschool program will begin on Wednesday, September 17.
“This is a very popular program” Superintendent Foresteire said, “and any parent who delays registering an eligible child may face a long waiting list for acceptance.”
The number of three-year-old children that will be accepted in the Pre School Program will depend on how much space is available after all eligible four-year-olds have been registered and assigned schools. The Everett Public Schools Pre School Program is offered at the Webster School located at 30 Dartmouth Street and the Adams School located at 8 Tileston Street.
Everett’s Pre School Program provides an opportunity for children to start learning in a formal environment. The program also offers an opportunity for children to build relationships with other children outside their families, an important social step for children who may not have had the experience of neighborhood playmates their own age. And for children who are ready for a structured learning environment, this Pre School Program may help smooth the transition into Kindergarten.
KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS REPORT ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 27TH
On Wednesday, August 27th, all registered Everett Kindergarten students should report to their assigned schools by 7:45am. Parents and guardians with children who have not registered for Public School Kindergarten in Everett as of that date should report to Parent Information Center at Everett High School in order to register. When that process has been completed satisfactorily, children will then be assigned to a Kindergarten program.
Everett Public Schools offers a full-day Kindergarten program free of charge to children of parents who live in Everett. “In other school districts, parents are being charged fees ranging from $2,550 to $3,500 a year for one child to attend Kindergarten” Superintendent Foresteire said. “That we are still able to offer this program to Everett parents and not charge a fee is due in great part to the efforts of the committed members of our School Committee” he added.
Enrollment in Everett’s full-day Kindergarten program has increased dramatically over the last several years. The Superintendent predicted that this year would be no different, and said that his staff is expecting 500 students for the 2014-2015 Kindergarten program.
EVERETT SCHOOLS READY FOR OPENING DAY
Classrooms, lavatories, auditoriums, stairways, hallways, and cafeterias will be spotlessly clean and ready for the arrival of teachers and students on the opening day of school, according to Superintendent Frederick F. Foresteire. “We open for business on Monday, August 25th and all nine of our schools will be ready, scrubbed down and sparkling, thanks to the hard work done over the summer by our custodians, headed by Mrs. Lona DeFeo, Head of Maintenance” said Superintendent Foresteire.