Agenda #3 August 16, 2016

School Committee

  Committee Members

Brian A. O’Connell, Chairman
John F. Monfredo, Vice-Chairman
Molly O. McCullough


Administrative Representative
Dr. Marco Rodrigues




The Standing Committee on Teaching, Learning and Student Supports will hold a meeting:
on: Tuesday, August 16, 2016
at: 5:30 p.m.
in: Room 410, Durkin Administration Building


gb #4-175  - Ms. Novick/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. Foley/Mr. O’Connell  (May 28, 2014)

To consider the possible benefits and drawbacks of later secondary school start times on teaching and learning.

   c&p #5-2  - Clerk  (January 28, 2015)

To consider a communication from a citizen regarding North High School.

Annex A (1 page)

   gb #5-181 - Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria  (June 30, 2015)

To explore options for expansion of Grade 6-8 programming at Worcester East Middle School, and at any other middle schools interested in implementing or expanding a Grade 6-8 program.

  gb #5-207  -  Mr. Monfredo    /Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria  (August 7, 2015)

Request that the Worcester Public Schools consider sharing information regarding the National Attendance Awareness Month movement sponsored by 40 national partners.

Annex A (1 page)
  gb #5-244  -  Mr. O’Connell/Miss Ramirez/Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Mayor Petty  (September 10, 2015)

To review the scores achieved by Worcester students in the Spring 2015 administration of the Advanced Placement examinations, in all courses and at all levels.

Annex A (2 pages)
   gb #5-256  - Mr. O’Connell/Miss Ramirez/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria  (September 23, 2015)

To expand career counseling, internship and mentoring initiatives within the Worcester Public Schools, at all grade levels, with the assistance and support of the Worcester Area Chamber of Commerce and of interested individuals and entities of the greater Worcester business community.

Annex A (2 pages)


  gb #6-23  - Mr. Foley/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough   (January 8, 2016)

Request that the Administration work with Fallon Health and other interested funders to explore the potential opportunity to implement a pilot program developed by Playworks in several elementary schools that train staff and volunteers to run recess sessions that include positive play, greater levels of exercise and better utilization of limited recreational space.






gb #6-26  - Ms. Colorio/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo   (January 8, 2016)

To re-examine the Kindergarten Entrance Age Policy.




gb #6-33  -  Ms. Colorio/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough   (January 8, 2016)

Request that the Administration consider offering Civics as an elective course at the high school level for the 2016-17 academic year.





gb #6-79  -  Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough  (February 9, 2016)

Request that the Administration provide a report on the Mass. Early Warning Indicator System (EWIS) indicating how it is utilized in the school and include any positive outcomes.

Annex A (1 page)



gb #6-128  -  Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/Ms. Colorio/Mr. Foley/Miss McCullough   (March 21, 2016)

Request that the Administration consider implementing an advanced academy, based on the Goddard Academy model, at Burncoat Middle School for grade 7 students in either the 2016-17 or 2017-18 academic year which can be expanded to grade 8.





gb #6-129  -  Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/Ms. Colorio/Mr. Foley/Miss McCullough   (March 21, 2016)

 Request that the Administration establish an Early Learning Committee comprised of kindergarten teachers, grade one teachers and Administrators to consider the following:

    • gradually advancing 4 year old students yearly, based on readiness skills
    • consider a K-1 two year kindergarten program for 4 year old children
    • consider seeking support from the Legislative Delegation for full day pre-school program







gb #6-212  -  Mr. O’Connell/Miss McCullough/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria  (May 25, 2016)

To consider amending the 2017 summer reading list by adding to it certain works of literature which appeared on previous summer reading lists, and which are widely recognized as classics and as key elements of a well-rounded elementary or secondary school educational experience.





motion  -  gb #5-93.1   motion (January 15, 2016)

To request that the School Committee review the legislation proposed by Senator Chandler with regard to a unit on Civics and forward it to the Standing Committee on Teaching, Learning and Student Supports.


The following items will be prioritized at the meeting of the Standing Committee on Teaching, Learning and Student Supports to be held on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. in Room 410 at the Durkin Administration Building:


gb #2-36  -  Ms. Novick/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo  (January 25, 2012)

To review the status of the curriculum review process.

gb #2-139  -  Mr. O'Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Colorio   (April 11, 2012)

To consider development of a partnership with the Boston Debate League to support academic debate teams in high schools in Worcester.

ros #4-12  -  Administration   (October 8, 2014)


gb #4-39  -  Mr. O'Connell/Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo/Mayor Petty (February 4, 2014)

To review and consider the report which sets forth "The Gateway Cities Vision for Dynamic Community-Wide Learning Systems."

gb #4-211  -  Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria   (July 22, 2014)

Request that the Administration review this year’s data on chronic absenteeism to determine the impact of the awareness campaign and to schedule a meeting with the stakeholders prior to September in order to update the strategic plan.

gb #4-226  -  Mr. O’Connell/Ms. Novick/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria (August 13, 2014)

To review the level of instruction in computer "coding" provided to students of the Worcester Public Schools who would like to explore coding as a potential career.

gb #4-239  -  Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria   (September 2, 2014)

To consider creation of “standing desk classrooms” on a pilot basis, modeled on the classrooms put into place in Bryan Collegiate High School, and highlighted in the September 2014 edition of District Administration.

gb #4-259  -  Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Foley/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria  (September 17, 2014)

To initiate a course in Mandarin Chinese at the Advanced Placement level, offered either in a customary classroom setting or through Virtual High School.

ros #5-11.1  -  Administration/Administration   (October 19, 2015)


gb #5-14  -  Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Ramirez/Miss Biancheria  (January 7, 2015)

To invite a representative of Tenacity to meet with the Worcester Public Schools, to consider cooperative opportunities to expand the Tenacity Summer Tennis and Reading Program for the benefit of the students of the Worcester Public Schools.

gb #5-38  -  Miss Ramirez/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo  (January 16, 2015)

To discuss the feasibility of establishing a Teacher Residency Program modeled after the Boston Teacher Residency Program which includes participation in a Master’s in Education Program as part of a full year practicum in the Worcester Public Schools under a master teacher who continues to support teachers for the first three years of their career.

gb #5-201  -  Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/Miss Ramirez/Miss Biancheria  (July 31, 2015)

Request that the Administration review the policy on “School Choice” to see if any changes need to be made to keep the Worcester Public Schools the district of choice for all parents.

gb #5-236  -  Miss Biancheria/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo  (September 9, 2015)

Request that the Administration consider the feasibility of implementing the curriculum of the Army of Saints for Physical and Health Education in the Worcester Public Schools.

gb #5-269  -   Mr. Foley/Miss Ramirez/Mr. Monfredo/Mr. O’Connell/Miss Biancheria  (October 5, 2015)

Request that the Administration research the opportunities available to Worcester public school students through Unified Theater, an inclusive, student-led creative program that builds relationships and leadership.

gb #5-328  -   Administration  (November 24, 2015)

To consider the Coordinated Program Review (CPR).

ros #6-3  -  Administration   (March 9, 2016


gb #6-25  -Ms. Colorio/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria  (January 8, 2016)

Request that the Administration provide a list of Drug and Alcohol Educational Programs and assemblies scheduled for the 6th, 7th and 8th grade students for the school year 2015-16 academic year.

gb #6-28.1  -  Administration/Ms. Colorio/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria  (February 17, 2016)

Response of the Administration to the request to provide a list of assessments that were administered to kindergarten students for the 2015-16 academic year.

gb #6-31  -    Ms. Colorio/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss McCullough   (January 8, 2016)

Request that the Administration provide an update, by school, on the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

gb #6-32  -    Ms. Colorio/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss Biancheria/Miss McCullough   (January 8, 2016)

Request that the Administration provide a list of the Professional Development training for teachers on the implementation of the Common Core State Standards.

gb #6-37  -    Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Ms. Colorio/Miss McCullough  (January 11, 2016)

To address the incidents of violent and aggressive behavior on the part of students toward teachers, administrators and other staff members in school, including staff development training in responses to student aggression, and consideration of appropriate policies and practices to curtail such incidents. 

gb #6-50.1  -  Administration/Mayor Petty/Mr. O’Connell/Mr. Monfredo/Miss McCullough     (March 9, 2016)

Response of the Administration to the request to consider joining and fully funding Worcester Technical High School’s schoolwide participation in SkillsUSA.




Helen A. Friel, Ed.D.
Clerk of the School Committee


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