Superintendent Search Announcement


 

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MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

Welcome to the Falmouth Schools home page!  This winter finds 2115 students and their teachers attending school with a continued great sense of enthusiasm and purpose. On June 8, 2014, we will be graduating nearly 200 seniors who will be attending a range of excellent colleges and universities, including several highly selective institutions.  The Student Profile sheet describing our high school program, student achievement comparatives, and college acceptances can be found on the high school’s home page – click Guidance and the drop down option entitled “School Profile.” 

These past several months has found many of our teachers involved in planned curriculum work and instructional preparations, including the transition to the Common Core State Standards and proficiency-based graduation requirements starting in a few years.  The Middle School received a significant renovation to a more energy-efficient heat delivery system to optimize use of their new wood chip boiler.   More energy-efficient windows and insulation were also installed, as well as major new roof sections.  All went according to plan thanks to careful oversight by Falmouth staff, a skillful contractor, and a supportive community who approved the bond needed for this critical work. We look forward to completing the approved renovation work during the summer of 2014, as music rooms and science labs are upgraded and, in some cases, relocated.

In addition to a robust academic curriculum, our students also participate in a wide variety of athletic and co-curricular activities available to them. Student athletes in the winter choose from basketball, ice hockey, indoor track, swimming, and Nordic and alpine skiing.  Theater productions, instrumental and vocal music performances have already given the school community several highlight concerts beginning with our elementary students in grade 4 and continuing on through high school, where many students have been auditioning for all state band, jazz and choral ensembles. Middle and high school students also participate in an incredibly wide range of activity choices including student council, civil rights teams, service clubs, debate, environmental clubs, math teams, robotics, Science Olympiad, yearbook, student literary magazines and newspapers, and so on.  Last year, individuals and groups advanced to state and regional competitions in many of these high interest areas.  

Keep watching for photo highlights of our students on this web page (both the slide show and the HIGHLIGHT tab), as these pictures are updated regularly.  Enrollment continues to be robust as families are moving to Falmouth to take advantage of outstanding educational and co-curricular programs. 

 On the national academic scene, Newsweek, US News and World Reports, and the Washington Post all recognized Falmouth High School as a top tier school in 2012-13.   In 2011, Falmouth was named, “The Best City to Live and Learn” by Forbes Magazine and GreatSchools.com. It was an unanticipated but very exciting citation to know that this school district was recognized as a national leader.  The elementary and middle schools had previously been awarded Blue Ribbons for Excellence by the US Department of Education.  

One exciting development in the high school last year has been the introduction of special diploma endorsements. Two options now exist: a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) endorsement, and also an arts endorsement for students who follow their passions in art, music and theater.  Seventeen of our graduates attained this distinctive endorsement last year and we anticipate even more in the coming year.  

Internationally, our eighth grade class will continue an exchange relationship with Harrogate, England’s Rossett School, which now enters its 28th year.  Students from Harrogate visit our community and middle school in the fall, and we send a group of 8th graders to England in the spring. At the high school level, a group of high school students traveled to Safe Passage in Guatemala City in January for an annual service-learning project, now entering its 12th year, while another group also traveled to Mississippi that same month for a Habitat for Humanity project supporting Hurricane Katrina victims.   Last year, several high school students and two teachers also flew to Beijing, China to solidify our new sister school relationship with Bayi High School.  We look forward to a visit this summer from several Bayi students.  We may even ben hosting a few other Chinese students in the spring. These international connections are highly valued by the Falmouth community, as are all manner of service learning options.

Falmouth continues to provide outstanding educational opportunities for all of its students, with rich academic offerings, embedded student support systems, wide-ranging co-curricular and extra-curricular opportunities, and a true focus on the development of outstanding citizens.  You’ll find a significant amount of information in this website about our many programs.  You may also contact my office for further information.

 As a final note, I will soon write about my fond memories of 16 years in Falmouth, five of which has been as Superintendent of Schools.  A search is currently underway and my successor is hopefully about to be selected.  Whoever continues in this role will be impressed by the commitment to education by the Falmouth community as well as the outstanding students served by our schools. 

Thank you for your interest in, and support of, the Falmouth Schools!

 
Best regards,
Barbara Powers
Superintendent of Schools

 

 

  


Falmouth voted Top City to Live and Learn by Forbes Magazine and Great Schools in 2011!