Message From Our Superintendent
Dear OSSD Community,
On behalf of the district and especially the students our district serves, I would like to thank you for your overwhelming support at the voting booths on March 5th.
Because of your vision and commitment to the children of Braintree, Brookfield, and Randolph, (as well as to those families who pay tuition to send their students here), we now have the tools we need to move the district forward by ensuring the success of all our students, regardless of their circumstances. Further, you've paved the way for academic improvements and programming that will make the OSSD an even more attractive choice for families looking to relocate here; or who may want to send their children here through the State’s school choice program.
To that end, I am proud to say we now stand at the threshold of some very exciting initiatives and activities that, almost immediately, will have a positive and lifelong impact on your children.
Over the past few months, I’ve made no secret about the fact that we have a great deal of work ahead of us in terms of student services, academics, and facilities. But it is the kind of work we are ready, willing, and excited about doing; and you have given us the ability – and the tools – to get it done.
Beginning this summer, we will be:
- Exploring and developing an elementary science program based on the Common Core standards of teaching and learning.
- Putting a renewed focus on mathematics K-12, with the dual goals of addressing gaps in student knowledge while improving the curriculum and it’s delivery so that those gaps no longer occur.
- Adding a third preschool within the district, so that a preschool exists at each of the three elementary schools by the fall of 2019. These programs will expand over time to meet the community’s needs.
- Creating a therapeutic program to address the growing impact of trauma-based behaviors on our school communities. The changes we will implement will provide students who are dealing with trauma both resiliency and the ability to self-regulate their behaviors; which in turn will help ensure their success, not only in school, but across their lifetimes. It will also set the stage for reducing – significantly – the cost of outplacement services down the road.
- And finally, relocating the RAVEN program from its current location to a high quality building.
It is a well-worn phrase – but I’m going to use it here anyway: It takes a village to raise a child. Parents (and teachers) can no longer do it alone. But when a community makes a decision to take care of its children – when employers, taxpayers, farmers, tradespeople, business leaders, and organizations recognize the importance of creating opportunities for every child – the results are phenomenal.
I am both humbled and energized by your support of the initiatives on which we are about to embark. Be assured I will be keeping you apprised of our efforts, successes, and of course, the challenges we encounter at my community forums. I encourage any and all of you to attend when you can…and bring your questions, thoughts and ideas.
Layne Millington, Superintendent