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Dear Somerset and Somerset Berkley Families and Community Members:
In the Somerset Public Schools and the Somerset Berkley Regional School District, we believe in continuous improvement and growth for our students, our employees, our schools, and our districts. In doing so, we continue to address and implement the various actions of our strategic plan . We strive to answer the following questions:
- What do we expect all students to know and be able to do (curriculum)?
- How will we know if they have learned it (assessment system)?
- How will we respond to those who have not learned it yet (interventions and tiered supports)?
- How will we respond to those who have already learned it (extensions)?
We continue to refine and deliver a consistent curriculum aligned with the MA frameworks. We utilize a balanced and consistent assessment system, which is the fundamental element in determining whether students are achieving and progressing at the proper pacing or if they require additional supports. Assessment data are used to identify when students need additional supports or when they would benefit from more challenging extensions.
Students and teachers have been provided with updated resources and we continue to focus our attention on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and integrating the Arts into STEM whenever possible (STEM to STEAM). Somerset Berkley has expanded its rigrorous early college course offerings in high school through Advanced Placement, Project Lead the Way, and dual enrollment opportunities. The districts have built a network infrastructure that allows students and teachers to integrate technology into the classroom and continue to enhance school safety and security measures. We 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 school year.
Superintendent of Schools