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February 6, Wednesday - ½ Day Early Release - Professional Development
February 18-22, Monday - Presidents’ Day [Mid-Winter Vacation: February 19-22, 2019]
February 27, Wednesday - ½ Day Early Release - Professional Development
March 6, Wednesday - ½ Day Early Release - Professional Development
March 20, Wednesday - ½ Day Early Release - Professional Development
April 3, Wednesday - ½ Day Early Release - Professional Development
April 15-19, Monday - Patriot’s Day - [Spring Break: April 16-19, 2019]
April 24, Wednesday - ½ Day Early Release - Parent Conference
May 8, Wednesday - ½ Day Early Release - Professional Development
May 27, Monday – No School – Memorial Day
June 7, Friday - ½ Day Early Release – LCCPS Block Party
June 17, 185th Day - ½ Day Early Release - Last day of school
June 24, 190th Day [Includes 5 snow days]
August 1, 2019
Dear LCCPS Community,
Welcome to the 2019 school year! We hope you all had a wonderful summer break and are ready for an excellent year. We are entering into a charter renewal this year, and capping off the 20th year of our school! Last year we were able to institute a new and improved teacher salary structure and have worked to increase and strengthen structures for teacher and parent voice. We have also instituted new student surveys in K-8 and our staff will be examining the results of those surveys, in addition to the parent surveys from last June.
Our Friends and our Board held a very successful Golf Tournament last month where we netted over $9,000. We have more fundraising and community building ideas in mind for this year. We also welcomed four new board members this summer. Here is the full list of our board members, with new members in bold.
|Alicia Raspa, Chair||Elkin Montoya, Vice-Chair||Dr. Liz Ambe||Darren Carmon|
|Pamela LaRoque||Imran Oomer||Nicolette Pinnock||Dr. Robin Reed|
|Sophan Smith||Dr. Felicia Sullivan||Tooch Van|
We also welcome two new members of our leadership team.
Wanda Rivera-Rosado joins us as our new Special Education Director, coming to us from a similar role in the Lawrence Public Schools. Wanda has a wealth of experience in the field of Special Education and brings a positive energy to her work with us. She is excited to be back in a school environment where she can focus her energies on building relationships with staff, parents and students.
Stephen Greene joins us as our new K1-8 Assistant Principal. He comes to us most recently from KIPP Boston and Lynn, where he led a new approach toward restorative practices and culture building. Stephen brings a passion for building positive approaches and is excited to be joining the dynamic community here at LCCPS. Stephen is currently a doctoral candidate in educational leadership at Lesley University.
We are very excited to be leading our teachers through The Skillful Teacher training during this school year. The Skillful Teacher is the gold standard of professional development for teachers and we are hopeful that the course will help our school continue to offer the very best possible educational experiences for our students.
Also, please review the enclosed calendar for the school year. We respectfully ask families to limit vacations so that our students are able to be present for all school days during the year. As you may remember from last year, one of our school goals is to limit and reduce the number of students who have over 18 days of absence each year. Overall, our school has very good attendance, with many students reaching perfect or near perfect attendance for many months of the school year.
We are also proud to share that we have increased the diversity of our teaching faculty in the past two years, growing from 7% non-white teachers to 17%. LCCPS now ranks in the top 50 schools in the state on teacher diversity.
We continue with our new tradition of welcoming parents on Monday August 26 for “parent listening sessions” with our teachers, our goal here is to have our teachers listen and hear from you, and hopefully begin to build a close relationship that will serve our students well. We are also launching a Parent Center in our Primary Cafeteria that day to help get parents and families up to speed with the forms, accounts and handbook information at the start of the year, and to hopefully give parents time and space to get everything they need on that day.
Tuesday August 27 is the first day of school for grades 1-8. Kindergarten families, please look for the separate mailing with beginning of the year information.
This year, we are having our K1-8 Parent Open House on Wednesday, September 4th, from 5:30-7pm. This is your opportunity to hear from your child’s teachers about the plans for the year, the curriculum, homework, grading policies, and more!
On behalf of our leadership team, we look forward to seeing you and your children, and we wish you a wonderful rest of your summer.
|Nick Leonardos||Carey Reeve Hildebrant||Robert Gignac|
|Executive Director||Chief Academic Officer||Chief Operating Officer|
|Wanda Rivera-Rosado||Joseph Alcaraz||Randy Taylor|
|Director of Student Support||Principal, K-4||Principal, 5-8|
|Stephen Greene||Jeff Portnoy||Deb Motew|
|Assistant Principal, K-8||Director of Technology||Director of Operations|
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- Thursday, Feb 14
Friendship/Valentine's Day. Thank you for helping our students attend field trips by supporting theme day!
Attention Parents and Guardians!
Welcome to our new Theme Day blog location.
LCCPS is very grateful for all of your donations on each theme day. The money we raise goes to each grade to be able to participate in field trips and grade functions. Soon we will update you with information regarding our school wide field trips and show some fantastic pictures of our students imaginative theme day outfits… Stay tuned!
The graph above shows the total amount that has been raised for each theme day.
The graph below shows how close we are to reaching our school wide goal.
From the Board of Trustees
Board of Trustees Proposed Meeting Schedule
School Year 2019-2020
Monday July 29
June 23 (Regular and Annual Meetings)
All meetings are on Tuesdays at 6 PM
*This meeting will include both the Annual and Regular meetings
Meeting Agendas are posted on the school website 2 days prior to the meetings
All meetings are held at:
Lowell Community Charter Public School
206 Jackson Street
Lowell, MA 01852
Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees
Date: Saturday, July 27th. 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Place: Lowell Five Community Room, 30 International Place, Tewksbury, MA 01876
*The chairperson has called for a Special Meeting of the Board of Trustees with the purpose of serving as the annual Board Retreat*
Agenda Items include:
- Call to Order
- Public Comment
- Board Retreat
Educational Board Partners Presentation/Facilitation
Discussion & Exercises related to board function, and goals
Annual Meeting of the Board of Trustees
Date: Tuesday, June 25th. 2019 at 7 PM
Agenda Items include:
Date: June 17, 2019
Place: LCCPS, Business Conference Room
Meeting Agenda includes:
206 Jackson Street
Lowell, MA 01852
Please note: If you would like to comment during the meeting, you must submit a brief proposal in writing to the chair at least 10 minutes prior to the commencement of the meeting. You must also sign in at the meeting.
ALPS Publishing Company Website
ALPS Publishing Company Website
Grade 5 ALPS students, as part of a math project, are hoping to create a major revision to the published Apple 2e 1985 software program titled “Classifying Animals With Backbones.” This program was inspired from students classifying insects using BASIC with no graphics in 1983. The students are taking on various publishing roles that support the Leader in Me concept. The software programming is SCRATCH which was developed at MIT. This website was designed and written by the ALPS Publishing Company’s marketing department. It will be updated as we progress.
Spotlighting: Brandon Nguyen
By: Gabriella Martins
Brandon Nguyen is a programmer for our company. Brandon is currently creating a glossary for our program. His glossary includes many words that people may not understand, so he explains by definitions and pictures. He works hard and makes sure the glossary will be useful. He has been working on the glossary for about 4 months. He may finish this year, but it depends on the pictures.
Below is an example of his work.
Special thanks are given to Mr. Leonardos for green lighting the project, Carey Reeve for her support of trying new ideas, Mr. Portnoy and Mr. Ros for IT support, and Mr. Leif for web design. There will be others that the students will consult in this venture.