MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
Welcome to the Falmouth Schools home page! This fall finds 2135 students and their teachers returning to school with a great sense of enthusiasm and purpose. On June 9, 2013, we graduated 185 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 summer months found our extended school year program in full swing for about 50 children. Also, many of our teachers were involved in planned curriculum work and instructional preparations, and the transition to the Common Core State Standards guided this important work. 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 very responsible contractor, and a supportive community who approved the bond needed for this critical work. We opened on time and in terrific shape with all of our school facilities on September 3rd.
In addition to a robust academic curriculum, our students also returned this fall to a wide variety of athletic and co-curricular activities available to them. Student athletes choose from cross-country, soccer, golf, football, field hockey and volleyball. Theater productions and instrumental music will begin with our elementary students in grade 5 and continue on through high school, while chorus starts a year earlier in grade 4. Middle and high school students have an incredibly wide range of activity choices including student council, civil rights teams, service clubs, debate, Model UN, 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 was the introduction of a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) pathway, offering a special diploma endorsement for students interested in that area of study. You can find more information about this new initiative at the following website:http://www.falmouthschools.org/STEM/Home.html . Seventeen of our graduates attained this distinctive endorsement. This fall, a second diploma endorsement is being offered in the Fine Arts. A similarly robust program focusing on art, music, and theater experiences at both the course, co-curricular, and community level will draw students interested in these highly creative opportunities.
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 travel to Safe Passage in Guatemala City for an annual service-learning project, now entering its 12th year. 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 winter from several Bayi students. 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.
Thank you for your interest in Falmouth!
Superintendent of Schools