Next Year's Budget and Our Commitment to You
Dear Roxbury Parents, Staff and Community:
Much has been accomplished in the 2013-2014 school year.
Officially becoming a Choice School district in September was a great way to start.
Academically, the district continued to be a beacon of excellence as we expanded our programs and curriculum. We expanded our Math in Focus implementation through Grade 5. We added World Languages courses at the elementary level, as well as new electives at the High School. Other academic highlights for this year include a new Gifted and Talented program for Grades 1-4, and the writer's and reader's workshop for grades Kindergarten to 6th.
Technologically, Roxbury is a progressive district actively upgrading its infrastructure to prepare students for the 21st Century Skills they will need to thrive beyond graduation and in life. This year, we made wireless Internet available district-wide, purchased more iPads, added a computer lab at EMS, and even purchased a 3D Printer. The district also piloted a 1:1 Google Chromebook Initiative at the high school, and became a leader among our peers for field testing the new PARCC tests, which every school district in the state will implement beginning in January 2015.
The district has also been a responsible steward to its buildings, upgrading roofs, parking lots, floors, doors and more with much-needed maintenance and fresh upkeep. Highlights of this effort included installing a new state-of-the-art lighting and audio system at the RHS auditorium, a new dance studio at RHS, and a secure access card system to every school building.
As we take account of the many things that have been accomplished, we press forward next year with more upgrades to the way we use technology in our district and enhancing our transportation and facilities further through an Energy Savings Improvement Plan, paving and roofing projects, and new buses.
Along with the implementation of the new PARCC tests, the district will expand its Google Chromebook 1:1 Initiative for students at EMS and for grades 9 and 10 at RHS. A new MAC lab at EMS is planned, as well as upgrades to network switches, phone systems and usage of our student data platform, Genesis.
Patrick Tierney, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools