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Message from the Principal

June 2020 Update

With remote learning in place since our closure on Friday March 13th, the end is finally near! It's with sincere gratitude and appreciation that I thank our teachers, students and families for the tremendous work that has been done over the past few months. We overcame obstacles together and worked to do what is best for our kids. Our efforts in remote learning were recognized by the U.S. Department of Education on their National Blue Ribbon Schools page which can be found here. The page highlighted the Norwood Public Schools Elementary Team did to provide equitable and predictable remote learning during this closure. 

As we wrap up the school year, I provided families with our End of Year update on Thursday June 11, 2020. While much is to be decided about what school may look like in the Fall, know that we are all in this together and will work collaboratively to transition back to school in the fall. I wish you a healthy and relaxing summer and please be in touch at briley@norwood.k12.ma.us if you have any questions!

 

April 2020 Update

Needless to say, it's been an unprescedented Spring. Starting on Friday March 13, 2020 we implemented our "Remote Learning Plans" with distance learning happening in all our schools. Over 50 Chromebooks have been distributed to Prescott students and our fantastic Norwood Public Schools Food Services have provided families with breakfast and lunch each day between 11am-1pm. To date (April 13, 2020) we've provided over 13,000 meals to families. In the coming weeks, we are also planning to provide families in need with "to go" dinners that they can heat up at home. 

Until we see each other in person again, remember to wash your hands, maintain appropriate physical distances but stay socially connected to your friends, family and teachers! 

Winter 2020 Update

It's been an exciting start to the new decade! While we're all still waiting on the snow to arrive (as of mid February only about 6 inches!), we've been busy with a number of events. On Friday January 31, 2020 our community came together to celebrate the Prescott's 60th anniversary and our National Blue Ribbon Schools designation during a "Celebration of Success" held at the school. Past staff, alumni, community members and elected officials came together to tour the school, hear from district officials and celebrate our students. Students showcased a number of skills including instrumental demos, "Math Magicians", Google prsentations and technology buddies. Our guests loved it!

As the 2019-2020 school year progresses, we continue to utilize appropriated funds from the 2019 override to move our district forward. Our administration team has engaged in conversations around project based learning, future reading intervention programs and, most recently, how to utilize the appropriated funds from the Student Opportunity Act (SOA) to help close our achievement gap. We're most excited to begin planning for the implementation of our new English Language Arts program, Pearson MyView, in Fall 2020. This Spring, we'll spend time examining and organizing materials, collaborating on what the rollout will look like and building collaborative structures to share best practices for the Fall. 

As we look forward to the warmer weather, there are a number of exciting events coming up. We have our Second Annual Grandparent's Day coming up on Friday March 13, 2020 from 9am-10:30am at the school. Additionally, we've scheduled our Family STEM Night on Tuesday May 12, 2020 from 6pm-8pm. It will be an exciting evening! Stay tuned for more exciting information and be sure to follow Principal Riley on Twitter at @RileyPrincipal. 

Fall 2019 Update

To say it's been a fantastic start to the 2019-2020 school year would be an understatement! We've officially hit the ground running with a number of new programs and initiatives including three ELA pilot programs (see Summer Update below), continued training in our new Fundations phonics program and the roll out of a personalized learning program called Renaissance in our 3rd-5th grade. 

In addition to moving full speed ahead, the Prescott was also designated as a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education. After being invited to apply by the Commonwealth of Masssachusetts, the Prescott Team put together a compelling application and story about the Prescott about our past successes and the direction that we are moving in as a school. You can find out more about the award by clicking here. The Prescott was proud to be named just one of six in Massachusetts to be awarded this designation. 

 

Summer Update 2019

It's been a busy summer here at the Prescott! Our two building custodians, Mr. Ogryzek and Mr. Bishop have been working hard to move classrooms (a lot of reshuffling), clean rooms and get the building back into "school ready" shape! My summer has been filled with meeting with principal colleagues, hiring a few new aides for our PACS classroom and preparing for three exciting English Language Arts pilots this year (see first photo below). Our pilots will be as follows:

  • Grade 2: McGraw Hill "Wonders"
  • Grade 3: Pearson "MyView"
  • Grade 4: National Geographic

I'm excited for the opportunity to engage with our colleagues in Norwood Public Schools around what the needs are of our students and what program may best fit our needs. The pilot will run for the first half of the year with a selection being made in the Winter to begin with the 2020-2021 school year. Additionally, Mrs. Elbach and I have been busy tending to our school garden out front. Our first grade sunflowers and morning glory plants are looking great and we've yielded quite a few crops this summer! We've pulled at least 4 summer squash and our tomatoes are coming in nicely. These gardens were all planted by our first graders (now rising second graders) in late Spring. We look forward to expanding our garden program and environmental literacy this year by composting food scraps out of the cafeteria, having "waste free Wednesday's" and building a few more beds. 

Be sure to check out the "News" section on the homepage for important start of year events. Thanks to all the students who have sent along post cards about their summer travels and plans! 

 

End of Year 2019

What a great year it's been! There is a lot to celebrate this year and more exciting things to come in the 2019-2020 school year! I would encourage you to take a look at the end of year update that was provided to the community in June. Our entire Prescott staff wishes the community a relaxing and enjoyable summer and we look forward to seeing you in September! 

 

December 2018/January 2019

Dear Prescott Community,

It has been a fantastic end of 2018 and start to 2019! Throughout the month of December, we were fortunate to have a variety of Norwood groups perform at the Prescott. In addition to our own students, we also loved having the Norwood High School Madrigals perform. As many of you know this group is near and dear to my heart, as I participated in the Madrigals at NHS. It was great to interact with the current Madrigals, hear about their experiences and share in some of the traditions. 

The Prescott PTO also provided students with the opportunity to hear from local author Norah Dooley. Mrs. Dooley shared with students how the writing processevolves over time and where she gets many of her ideas from. Here is a picture of Mrs. Dooley with our lower grade students.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October/November 2018

Dear Prescott Community,

It's been an exciting few months here at Prescott! I'm constantly impressed by how truly amazing our students are! They are engaged, inquisitive and eager to collaborate with each other on various classroom projects. On a routnine basis, teachers utilize the Google Classroom platform to share assignments, revise pieces of work or provide high quality content to all our students. This is a fantastic tool that has truly allowed our students to thrive. 

We were pleased to learn that our school was one of 51 chosen by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) as a "School of Recognition" for our high performance and our student growth (closing the achievement gap) on the 2018 MCAS Assessment. While this is just one of many factors that demonstrate the high quality education that our students receive, it's something we are certainly proud of. 

Finally, we traveled to Norwood Theater mid November for our whole school field trip. We were excited to see Peter Pan and meet some Norwood Public School Alumni who were members of the cast! A big thank you to our community and PTO for supporting this fantastic event. 

 

 

 September 2018

Dear Prescott Community, 

It has been a fantastic start to the school year! We are truly off to a great start. I've been on a mission to visit every classroom, every day and have so far succeeded! I've seen kids grappling working on their math facts, writing about their summer vacations and having powerful conversations around standing up for what they think is right, even when it's not popular. Through our Open Circle program, students routinely engage in meaningful conversations around life skills and events that they will likely encounter. At the Prescott, Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is a focus and it's great to see our students diving in to this so early in the year. 

We also had a great first PTO meeting and even have our first enrichment assembly scheduled for the first week of October! Students had a great time the week of September 24th participating in "Start With Hello" Week sponsored by the Sandy Hook Promise. Students learned what it means to be inclusive and participated in "Hey Day" and had our first Mix It Up Lunch. As a community, we're committed to being inclusive and even signed a pledge to "Start With Hello". 

We look forward to seeing families at our Back to School Night/Ice Cream Social on Thursday October 4, 2018 from 6pm-7:30pm here at the Prescott! 

 

 Summer 2018

                                                            

Dear Prescott Community,                       

I'm excited to be back in Norwood and joining the Prescott Community as Principal! Having grown up in Norwood, I realize the value that the town places on its schools and will work to continue to uphold the high standards that have been set by Principal Killion. 

After attending American University in Washington, DC for both undergraduate and graduate studies, I worked for ten years in the DC Public Schools in a Blue Ribbon PreK-5th grade school. I was fortunate to gain experience both as a classroom teacher and Assistant Principal in a school of approximately 420 students. In addition to my experience in DC Public Schools, I served as an Adjunct Professor in American Univeristy's School of Education where I focused on preservice teacher training in the areas of Math and English Language Arts. I'm also fortunate to serve on the School of Education's Advisory Board as an inaugural member.             

I've spent a majority of the summer thus far meeting with staff members one on one, getting to know the building and visiting some of our Prescott students at summer programs! In the coming weeks, I look forward to learning more about the amazing PTO here at the Prescott and how we can work together to support teachers and students. 

As the summer progresses, look out for additional updates to the webpage as well as via email. Please don't hesitate to reach out at briley@norwood.k12.ma.us with any questions! 

Have a fantastic summer!

Bryan W. Riley

Principal

@RileyPrincipal