October is a busy month at GCVS!
There are lots of dates and events coming up in October. Please be sure to read this post so you are up-to-date on these events.
Certificate Renewal Site Visit
GCVS has submitted an application to renew the school’s certificate for the next 3 years, starting July 1, 2019. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has contracted with SchoolWorks, LLC to conduct a site visit on October 18, 2018. SchoolWorks consultants are already observing live lessons and reviewing documents we have submitted in preparation for their visit. While they are here on October 18th, they will be meeting with a variety of groups, using Blackboard Collaborate: Learning Coaches, students, Senior Leadership Team, and faculty/staff. We are looking for Learning Coaches and students who might be interested and willing to participate. Please click on this survey to let us know if you and/or your student are willing to participate. We need this information by Tuesday, October 2nd, so we can pass the information along to the team and send you the Blackboard links to participate. Thank you!
Other Dates to Keep in Mind
Here are some other dates to keep in mind:
- Friday, October 5th, Kindergarten-Grade 5 Meetup at Red Apple Farm in Phillipston (rescheduled from September 28th).
- Monday, October 8th, No School, Columbus Day Holiday.
- Friday, October 12th, SAVE THE DATE for a possible meetup for middle and high school students (more information to come).
- Thursday, October 18th, SchoolWorks, LLC site visit to GCVS for certificate renewal application.
- Friday, October 19th, No School for students, Professional Development Day for Educators.
GCVS Mission and Goals
As we are now into the new school year, it seems appropriate to reaffirm our mission and goals to strengthen online public education in Massachusetts.
The Greenfield Commonwealth Virtual School, a public school of choice, serves students from across Massachusetts who need a learning community that is accessible and flexible. We give our students and their families choices in what, how, when, and where they learn.
As a pioneer of online personalized learning, we empower our educators to tailor learning experiences to each student’s strengths, interests, and challenges. We redefine and change how students and teachers engage through innovative technology, while ensuring mastery of competencies embedded in a rigorous curriculum.
Accountability Plan Goals
Accountability Goal #1: Ensure that the GCVS written and enacted curriculum align to the standards of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education curriculum frameworks.
Accountability Goal #2: Develop a comprehensive assessment system and analysis protocols designed to measure and improve competencies in relation to the Massachusetts curriculum frameworks, to be measured by increases in the percentage of student meeting/exceeding expectations on MCAS, and by closing gaps between the school’s average and the state average in all subgroups.
Accountability Goal #3: Increase faculty & staff/student/family/community engagement in the life of the school through personalized learning and activities designed to increase input into the school.
Our dedicated educators and staff members are hard at work to achieve these goals and welcome your input. You can read the full Accountability Plan below.
Regards, Dr. Judy Houle, Executive Director