Dear NMS Families:
Every year, each public school and school district in Massachusetts receives a report card. Just as your child’s report card shows how they are doing in different subjects, the school’s report card is designed to show families how our school is doing in different areas. A link to our school’s report card is available at reportcards.doe.mass.edu/2023/02180305.
The report card includes multiple measures of a school’s performance – more than just MCAS scores. It represents a new way of looking at school performance, by providing information on student achievement, teacher qualifications, student learning opportunities, and more.
Report cards are designed to be useful tools for everyone connected to our school. Families can use the information to have meaningful conversations with us about what the school is doing well and where there is room for improvement. Community and education leaders can use the information to better understand how to support students and our school.
NMS prioritizes student success through our Integrated Multi-Tiered System of Support (IMTSS). We aim to enhance IMTSS through professional development, our team-based approach, and the use of STAR assessments. IMTSS proactively identifies student strengths and needs and implements evidence-based strategies and supports to drive student growth. Our approach to increasing student achievement is grounded in a belief that everyone can do better. Improving student outcomes is an ongoing and continuous process. We welcome parent involvement and encourage you to become involved in the collaborative enterprise of education. Some of the ways you can become involved are:
Encouraging your child’s learning at home
Attending parent-teacher meetings and other special meetings
Serving as a volunteer in our school or district e.g. Parent Board
Encouraging other parents to become involved
Encourage your child to attend after school extra help sessions
If you have questions about our school’s report card, would like to become involved in school improvement activities, or would like to request information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teacher, please contact us at 508-285-0140. To see our district’s report card or to search for other schools’ report cards, visit reportcards.doe.mass.edu.
Vincent M. Hayward
Principal – Norton Middle School