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Parent Update – May 11, 2023

May 11, 2023

Home 9 Superintendent Updates 9 Parent Update – May 11, 2023

This week’s Parent Update will include:

  • Upcoming Events
  • Step Up Day Grade 7
  • Policy Update
  • Tiered Focused Monitoring Information
  • FY24 Budget

UPCOMING EVENTS

The week of May 8 – 12th is Teacher Appreciation Week – this also includes School Nurse Appreciation Day.  All of the educational staff in the Greenfield Public Schools work hard to provide not only a high-quality academic experience for our students but also to support, nurture and encourage all of our students.  Please join me in thanking them for all of their time and efforts on behalf of the students in the Greenfield Public Schools!

The Film and Art Festival will be held on Thursday, May 11th 6:30 pm at Greenfield High School.  It will feature art from grade 4 students across the district as well as art and films from the middle and high schools.  The culinary program at GHS will be providing treats!

Grade 4 Step Up Day will be June 8th.  Grade 4 students from all three elementary schools will visit GMS to meet teachers and administration, take a tour of the school and hear about all of the exciting opportunities at GMS.  Grade 4 families please watch for information from your building principals.

Greenfield Community College has a four-week series that features an Introduction to 3D Modeling and Animation and will be taught by one of their adjunct Art faculty!  The series is $40 (for four weeks), but if finances are a barrier to participation, GCC staff will work with the individual. The registration link is: https://engage.gcc.mass.edu/workshops/introduction-to-3d-modeling-animation/

Please save the date for our 2023 Summer Eats Kick-Off! It will be held on Thursday, June 22 from 4 – 6 pm at the Green River Swimming & Recreation Area. The rain location will be GMS. The Food Service Department will be serving a FREE meal from their new Food Truck, and there will be lawn games, crafts, activities, and resources from community organizations. We hope to see you there!”

The last day of school as of today is June 22.  That will be an early dismissal for students and staff.

STEP UP DAY GRADE 7

Grade 7 Step Up Day will be May 18th.  Our grade 7 students will visit GHS, meet the administrators and teachers, and hear about all of the wonderful offerings to look forward to.  Grade 7 families – please be on the lookout for more information from Ms. Fenimore.

TIERED-FOCUSED MONITORING INFORMATION

The district is engaged with the Department of Education in a monitoring process for our special education and English Language learner programs.  Information about this process, including a family orientation meeting, will be posted on the district website.  Please check the website throughout the month of May specifically for additional information.

FY24 BUDGET

As I stated in both of those meetings, the School Committee is currently planning to use about $2 million in grant funding to keep staff positions for next year’s budget.  Unfortunately, that grant funding will not be available for the following year – FY25.  The current discussion about budget reductions is very challenging but given the current situation, the following year could be even more challenging.

I know families and community members have been advocating with the City Council for more funds for the schools.  Once the City Council and Mayor have finalized their budget discussions, the School Committee will need to discuss final decisions about the FY24 budget.

Please reach out with any questions you may have about the school budget.

Take care,

Christine

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