August 2019 Letter

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