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Date: January 11, 2018

Mr. Allen W. Himmelberger, Superintendent of Schools for the Blackstone-Millville Regional School District, was informed by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education of an upcoming Coordinated Program Review that will be taking place this school year.  As part of this Coordinated Program Review, Department staff will visit the district during the week of February 12, 2018.  Such visits are routinely conducted by the Department to satisfy federal and state requirements for the periodic review of specific education programs and services in schools throughout the Commonwealth.  The Department is reviewing several programs during a single visit in order to use Department and school staff’s time most efficiently and to encourage strong connections among the programs.

The Department's Coordinated Program Review will address the following programs: Special Education, Civil Rights, and English Language Learner Education.  After reviewing school district procedures for these programs, a Department team will make its onsite visit, during which it will review individual student records, interview administrators, teachers and paraprofessional staff, survey parents and observe instructional spaces.  After the onsite visit, it will prepare a report for the superintendent and school committee with detailed findings for each program.

Using a scale of ratings ranging from “Commendable” to “Not Implemented,” the report will rate the implementation of each requirement reviewed by the Department.  Where requirements are found not implemented or only partially implemented, the district must propose to the Department corrective action to bring those areas into compliance with statutes and regulations.  Districts and schools are encouraged to incorporate the corrective action into their district and school improvement plans and professional development plan.  The school district will be provided with technical assistance from the Department in developing a corrective action plan.  Both the Department’s report and the corrective action plan are public information and will be available to the public upon request.  Program Review Final Reports are also available on the Department’s Internet website at <http://www.doe.mass.edu/pqa/review/cpr/reports/>.

Any member of the public may request to be interviewed by telephone by a member of the Department's visiting team.  Those wishing to be interviewed should call the superintendent's office at 508-876-0137 no later than January 26, 2018 to leave their name and phone number, or they may call the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education at (781) 338-3733.  A member of the visiting team will contact each person desiring an interview within two weeks after the completion of the onsite visit.  If an individual is not comfortable communicating in English or requires some other accommodation, the Department will make arrangements to communicate appropriately with the individual.

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Posted Thursday, January 11, 2018

SUMMER NEWSLETTER

 

Welcome to Blackstone-Millville Regional School District and our rapidly improving website.  We are implementing changes to make our website easier to use with updated content and we welcome your comments as we work to make our website work for all in our educational community.

We are pleased to announce that one of our own teachers, Dr. Kathy Boisvert who teaches pre-school at Millville Elementary School, was honored on June 15, 2017 at a ceremony at the State House as one of the five finalists for the Massachusetts 2018 Teacher of the Year award.  We are proud of the work the Dr. Boisvert does for our students each day and congratulate her on this recognition.

Thank you to all in both communities for supporting the FY18 School Budget.  The District had to make reductions and layoffs in staffing, programs, and instructional materials to meet that approved number of $22,458,471 and still more funding is needed to meet all of the needs of our students.  By working together to look at long term solutions, we will insure the sustainability and success of the Blackstone-Millville Regional School District.  There are still members of our communities who remember the formation of BMR fifty years ago this August to provide the very best and most efficient delivery of education to all students.  Our graduates have gone on to be valuable and contributing members of our society and it is our mission to provide the same opportunities for the next generation.

We say goodbye to Dr. David Thomson, our Assistant Superintendent, and our principals of JFK Elementary School and the Hartnett Middle School, Ms. Varsha Desai and Mr. Justin Cameron; and we wish them well in their new roles.  Joining the Administrative Team are Ms. Tonya Curt Hoard as Principal of the Hartnett Middle School and Mr. Steven Tringali as the Principal of the Kennedy Elementary School.  I know they are excited to be at BMRSD and will look forward to meeting all students, staff, and parents over the summer.  The first day for all staff is Tuesday August 29, 2017 and the first day of school for all students will be Wednesday August 30, 2017.

My best wishes for a safe, relaxing, and enjoyable summer to all.

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Posted Friday, June 30, 2017

 

 

June Newsletter 

Welcome to Blackstone-Millville Regional School District and our rapidly improving website.  We are implementing changes to make our website easier to use with updated content and we welcome your comments as we work to make our website work for all in our educational community.

The end of the school year brings much anticipation, more than a little nervousness, and the promise of future plans.  BMR graduated 114 members of the Class of 2017 on another perfect Friday evening on June 2, 2017.  Dr. Michael Hill, a member of the Class of 2006, gave an inspiring and articulate commencement speech with advice that was as sound as it was humorous; one commencement speech that every member of the audience could relate to.

We are pleased to announce that one of our own teachers, Dr. Kathy Boisvert who teaches pre-school at Millville Elementary School, was honored on June 15, 2017 at a ceremony at the State House as one of the five finalists for the Massachusetts 2018 Teacher of the Year award.  We are proud of the work the Dr. Boisvert does for our students each day and congratulate her on this recognition.

We are still in the midst of setting the FY18 Budget and to that end, the Town of Millville will hold a Special Town Meeting on Thursday June 29, 2017 at 7:00pm at Millville Elementary School to reconsider their assessment.  The District encourages all voters to attend and child care will be provided.

Our General Fund Budget has grown over the past eight years by an average of 0.6% per year and in four of those years from 2009 to 2017, the budget was actually reduced or less than the year before.  This pattern cannot continue if we want to remain a competitive choice for students and parents.  The technology and curriculum needs are far too great, the instructional software and operational needs of the District do not remain static, and the state and federal mandates from science standards to English Language Learners to the social, emotional, and behavioral needs of every student require additional incremental support each and every year.  I would ask that all members of our educational community and the communities at large remain committed to the District’s growth as in August we celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the formation of the Blackstone-Millville Regional School District.  We have accomplished much and we have much to be proud of; and for the long term viability of education in Blackstone and Millville we need all to recognize the continued financial commitment of all.

My best wishes for a safe and productive end of the school year for students, faculty, and parents with the last day of school being a half day on Wednesday June 21, 2017.  Happy summer to all. 


 

 

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Posted Friday, June 16, 2017

APRIL NEWSLETTER

Welcome to Blackstone-Millville Regional School District and our rapidly improving website.  We are making changes to make our website easier to use with updated content and we welcome your comments as we work to make our website work for all in our educational community. 

Books, baseball, beach, and budgets; April is exciting for many reasons.  Our seniors are seeing the culmination of many years of hard work with college acceptances and the many activities planned between now and Graduation on June 2, 2017.  Spring fever has a different definition for each of us but all students need to remain focused on the pursuit of academic excellence.  Please finish strong and continue to make good choices.

April brings Opening Day and the Marathon, school vacation, and a freshness in the air that can only mean winter is in the rearview mirror and summer beckons.  There are also town elections, board and committee meetings and annual town meetings that will dictate how resources will be allocated for the next fiscal year commencing July 1, 2017.  It is important that Millville residents attend the Millville Annual Town Meeting on Monday May 8, 2017 at 7pm at Millville Elementary School and that Blackstone residents attend the Blackstone Annual Town Meeting on Tuesday May 30, 2017 at 7pm at the Blackstone-Millville Regional High School.  There is also a Special Town Meeting for Blackstone residents to be held on Tuesday May 2, 2017 at the High School.  It is so important that all residents have the opportunity to share in the decision making as to how town revenue is spent making attendance so important.

My best wishes to all for a spring filled with revitalization, the pursuit of new opportunities, and success for all in the BMR educational community. Carpe Diem.

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Posted Friday, March 31, 2017

February Newsletter

WELCOME TO BLACKSTONE-MILLVILLE

REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Welcome to Blackstone-Millville Regional School District and our rapidly improving website.  We are making changes to make our website easier to use with updated content and we welcome your comments as we work to make our website work for all in our educational community. 

This year many school districts, and BMRSD is no exception, have had to deal with school related issues that spiral rapidly upward to social media and beyond.  While posting on social media or calling newspapers and television stations may seem like a good idea, it is counterproductive to learning about issues and providing rapid resolution in the most efficient manner.  If parents have classroom concerns, they should contact their child’s teacher.  If it cannot be resolved quickly and to the satisfaction of all, or it is a building concern, then principals and directors should be notified.  If there still is no solution, then by all means, call the Superintendent’s office.  If after discussion, no resolution can be reached, the next level of notification would be the School Committee.  This chain of command should always be used for any and all issues and concerns.  It provides the quickest and most efficient resolution to all issues and concerns and keeps all of us; students, staff, parents, and administration focused on our mission of providing the safest learning environment for all of our students, your children.

As always, please feel free to email me at: ahimmelberger@bmrsd.net or call me at 508-876-0137 with any questions, comments, or concerns after the proper chain of command has been followed and we will work together to provide an effective and efficient solution.

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Posted Tuesday, February 21, 2017

January Newsletter

WELCOME TO BLACKSTONE-MILLVILLE 
REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

Welcome to Blackstone-Millville Regional School District and our rapidly improving website. We are making changes to make our website easier to use with updated content and we welcome your comments as we work to make our website work for all in our educational community. We are now officially in the second half of the school year and in the middle of another long New England winter with the Patriots in their ninth Super Bowl and Spring Training just around the corner.

Again this year, there will be an opportunity to have supper with the Superintendent and learn about initiatives in our schools and throughout the District, the state of the budget process, and an opportunity to ask questions and share comments. These suppers are open to all, students, staff, parents, town officials and all in our educational community. The schedule is as follows:

BMRHS Wednesday 2/8 5:30 pm.

JFK & AFM Monday 3/6 5:15 pm.

FWHMS Monday 3/13 5:00 pm.

MES Monday 3/13 6:30 pm.

This year many school districts, and BMRSD is no exception, have had to deal with school related issues that spiral rapidly upward to social media and beyond. While posting on social media or calling newspapers and television stations may seem like a good idea, it is counterproductive to learning about issues and providing rapid resolution in the most efficient manner. If parents have classroom concerns, they should contact their child’s teacher. If it cannot be resolved quickly and to the satisfaction of all, or it is a building concern, then principals and directors should be notified. If there still is no solution, then by all means, call the Superintendent’s office. If after discussion, no resolution can be reached, the next level of notification would be the School Committee. This chain of command should always be used for any and all issues and concerns. It provides the quickest and most efficient resolution to all issues and concerns and keeps all of us; students, staff, parents, and administration focused on our mission of providing the safest learning environment for all of our students, your children.

As always, please feel free to email me at: ahimmelberger@bmrsd.net or call me at 508-876-0137 with any questions, comments, or concerns after the proper chain of command has been followed and we will work together to provide an effective and efficient solution.

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Posted Saturday, February 11, 2017

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