District Calendar for the 2012-2013 School Year:
At their board meeting on April 12th, the M.S.A.D. #60 Board of Directors approved a district calendar for the 2012-13 school year. The most significant change for next year is the inclusion of 2 hour delayed starts on Wednesdays for staff development purposes. All staff will be arriving at their usual time while student arrival time will be pushed back. This late start will be EVERY Wednesday for grades 6-12 while for grades K-5 it will be on the last Wednesday of the month. In addition to the coordination required by the district’s restructuring, M.S.A.D. #60 and Noble High School face several state and federal mandates that will require significant staff time to develop coordinated, sustained, district-wide effort. By 2016 or 2017 we are required to:
1. Fully implement a K-12 Response to Intervention Program.
2. NHS must complete a comprehensive self-study for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges accreditation process.
3. Establish a high school advisory program: This is a NEASC requirement.
4. Prepare for NHS’s 2015-2016 ten-year NEASC site visit. This requires extensive coordination and planning to be fully prepared for a three-day visit by the NEASC Visiting Committee.
5. Attain a 90% graduation rate. NHS was at 81% in 2010.
6. Attain a 95% school-wide daily attendance rate for NHS. We are currently at 91%
7. Implement a competency-based system of learning, teaching and reporting by 2016 as required by recently passed state legislation.
8. Provide an opportunity for content areas to coordinate curriculum K-12 in line with the new Common Core Standards. Current curriculum will have to be reviewed to see if it is aligned with the new standards. Assessments that compare student performance with the common core will have to be designed, administered, reviewed and ultimately adopted.
9. Continue staff technology training. Continuous support is required to familiarize with the software / hardware that is provided by the district.
While we understand that the late start may be an inconvenience to some, we appreciate your understanding that a well-trained staff is the most important factor in delivering a quality education for our students. The district is working to offer some limited childcare services on-site for those parents that this schedule creates an absolute hardship for.