Dear Somerset Families and Community Members:

In the Somerset Public Schools, we continue to implement aspects of our 2015-2020 district strategic plan.  We strive to answer the following questions:

  1. What do we expect all students to know and be able to do (curriculum)?
  2. How will we know if they have learned it (assessment system)?
  3. How will we respond to those who have not learned it yet (interventions and tiered supports)?
  4. How will we respond to those who have already learned it (extensions)?

Over the two previous years, we have focused on developing and implementing a consistent curriculum aligned with the MA frameworks, we created a balanced and consistent assessment system between our three elementary schools, which is the fundamental element in determining whether students are achieving and progressing at the proper pacing or if they require additional supports. 

We have provided our students and teachers with updated resources in ELA (K-8), math (K-5), and science (K-8); focused our attention on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and integrated the Arts into STEM whenever possible (STEM to STEAM); built a network infrastructure that allows students and teachers to integrate technology into the classroom, introduced a before and after school program for students, and introduced a parent academy, among other initiatives. This year we will continue to work on the above areas as well as meeting the needs of students through positive school climates and culture while addressing the social-emotional and behavioral needs of students. 

We challenge our students to achieve excellence while supporting them academically, socially, and emotionally.  I wish everyone a successful 2017-2018.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey Schoonover

Superintendent of Schools