May 3, 2016


Parents, Families, and Residents of Falmouth,


Welcome to May and to the blur school becomes after April vacation.  We hope everyone had a refreshing week off and is ready for all of the exciting end of year activities that seem to suddenly populate the calendar.  On the district leadership front, we would like to take this opportunity to introduce Gretchen McNulty, our new K-12 Curriculum Director, who will be joining our team this July pending official school board approval on May 16th.  Our search committee unanimously approved her nomination after an intensive interview process and multiple faculty forums with close to 100 teachers participating K-12.  Gretchen is currently wrapping up her position as Teaching and Learning Coordinator for grades 6-12 at the International School for Kuala Lampur in Malaysia, where she has been directing the instructional program for over 1000 students and 130 faculty members.  Prior to her position in Malaysia, she served as the Social Studies Department Chair and taught at Cape Elizabeth High School for over ten years, also serving on multiple district-wide curriculum committees.  She impressed all of us during the faculty forums, particularly given she conducted them via Skype from her home at 2:45am Malaysia time!


With respect to the FES Principal position, the search committee identified a finalist who spent a day with teachers, support staff, counselors, administrators, parents, and other members of the community.  We reviewed feedback from the day and after talking with our finalist, came to the mutual conclusion that it was not the best fit.  As a result, we have extended the search with a new application deadline of May 13.  Stay tuned as we go through the process - it is critical we find the right person for this very challenging and important job.  


Finally, if you haven’t yet liked Falmouth Public Schools on Facebook, or followed us on Twitter, get on it; we are using social media more and more to communicate, share important information, and even alert the community during snow delays, or other random weather events - no we are not out of the woods yet...I had to cancel all after school activities last week due to snow, and we’re in May!    


Our monthly book recommendation:

The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity

By George Couros


Thank you for supporting our school community.  Please continue to communicate with us on how we can best inspire and develop your child’s unique interests and abilities.

 

 

Warm Regards,


Lucy Tucker Geoff Bruno

School Board Chair Superintendent of Schools

 

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