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Upcoming Events
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- Community Celebration
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
10/27/2014
10/29/2014
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INVITATION TO A COMMUNITY CELEBRATION

Community Celebration

Officially Welcoming Dr. Mark Garceau

To the Oxford Public Schools

Join us to celebrate our students and our schools while formally welcoming Dr. Mark Garceau and his family to the Oxford Public Schools.
October 22, 2014 at 5:30 PM
Oxford High School Gymnasium

-  Family Style Pizza Dinner
Entertainment Featuring OXPS Students
 - Refreshments Sponsored by FOMS, Boosters, & Elementary PTO’s
 
RSVP to your school office
 

 
A Letter to Middle School Parents

Dear Parent/Guardian,

As you are likely aware, there has been recent discussion regarding how the Oxford Public Schools, by policy and practice, supports the ability of students from surrounding districts to “choice in” to our schools. An example of this would be a student from a surrounding town wishing to attend Oxford High School so as to participate in our NJROTC program. While Massachusetts General Law allows for this, local communities are able to decide if and how it is to happen. At this point, Oxford policy is to not allow “choice in”.

There have also been discussions about how the Oxford Public Schools provides for, supports and facilitates the recruitment of Oxford students by other schools during the instructional school day. Most recently, this has been an issue raised with respect to activities conducted during the school day by OXPS staff on behalf of Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School specifically. I am writing to you here to clarify the district’s position on this and hopefully to correct any misunderstandings in the community around this issue.

The Oxford Public Schools and the Bay Path Regional Vocational Technical High School have enjoyed a long and successful relationship. I have no doubt that as the conversations that have begun between myself and the Superintendent of Bay Path, Mr. LaFleche, continue, so will that relationship; one that benefits the children of Oxford and other communities that Bay Path serves.
Recently, you may have received a letter from Nancy Ferriter-Alpine, the Pupil Personnel Director at Bay Path. Ms. Ferriter-Alpine’s letter indicated that Oxford students would not be attending that school’s Tour Day and invited parents and students to attend an Open House on October 22nd from 6:00 -8:00. I join her in recommending that any interested students and families attend this event.

Further, while Oxford will not be sending the entire eighth grade class to tour Bay Path, I am encouraging all interested students and their families to contact Bay Path directly and arrange to visit the school so as to support informed decision making. Bay Path is an excellent school and it will undoubtedly prove the right match for a number of Oxford students and their families. In fact, I have no doubt that the thirty-nine seats reserved for Oxford students at Bay Path next year will be quickly filled; hopefully by those who would benefit most from a vocational technical program.

As for why the OXPS is making changes to how it provides access to its students for recruiting purposes, the primary reasons are that such presentations and field trips occurring during our school day are conducted at the expense of instructional time. Also, facilitating these events previously involved the use of OXPS instructional staff supervising and chaperoning these visits, assisting with application processes and other activities on behalf of Bay Path. The OXPS is doing everything it can to eliminate those things that impinge upon instructional time and to ensure that your children’s teachers are as successful as they can be when doing what we employ them to do; which obviously is teaching. The discussions with Bay Path referenced above are about just that; how we provide students with information regarding career and schooling options in ways that meet the needs of both Bay Path and Oxford Middle School. I have offered Bay Path use of OXPS facilities to conduct informational sessions, provided them student contact information and made clear that any student wishing to visit Bay Path or any other school is to be considered as “excused absent” from school to do so.
 
Again, I encourage all interested students and families to visit Bay Path and any other schools that they believe might be the right fit for them.
 
Sincerely,
 
 
Dr. Mark Garceau
Superintendent of Schools 
Homecoming Events -October 25, 2014

Due to the weather concerns for the original Homecoming Saturday(10/4), all Homecoming sports events have been rescheduled to Saturday 10/25. The schedule for these matches is as follows:
  
Varsity Field Hockey---Game Time 1 PM on the field hockey field
 
Varsity Boys Soccer--Game Time  1:30 PM on the football field (weather permitting)
 
JV Field Hockey---Game time 2:30 PM on the field hockey field
 
Varsity Football---Game Time  3:45 PM on the football field
 
Food and other booths will begin opening at 11:30 a.m.
New Sub Committees of the School Committee

Greetings,

As part of the district’s ongoing policy review cycle and in order to support the continual engagement of the OXPS community in this work, the Oxford School Committee is inviting all interested stakeholders to join the following sub-committees for SY 2014-2015.

 
SC Chair Coonan will be leading a review of the district’s policy on Memorials/Remembrances on school grounds.
 
Vice-Chair Ennis and Secretary Bill Spitz have expressed an interest in reviewing the district’s policies with regards to class size.
 
Committee Member Bitar has been involved in examining the district’s transportation needs, safety concerns and busing efficiencies and would welcome community members and/or staff  to join him in this work.
 
Any parents or staff interested in serving on these subcommittees or with an interest in seeing others established should contact SC Chair Dan Coonan for further information at dcoonan@oxps.org
 
Thank you,
 
Mark Garceau, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools 
Oxford Public Schools
4 Maple Road
Oxford, MA 01540
 
#piratepride   #wesocandothis
HEALTH UPDATE

Dear Parents and Families of the Oxford Public Schools,
 
While there have been no reports of any Oxford students or residents contracting the  Enterovirus (EV-D68), families wishing to learn more about Enterovirus and/remain current with any updates or advisories from the Massachusetts Department of Health may do so by clicking the following link:
 
Please be assured that the OXPS will be monitoring this situation and will be updating parents and families of any developments.
 
Thank you
 
 
Mark Garceau, Ed. D.
Superintendent of Schools 
Oxford Public Schools
4 Maple Road
Oxford, MA 01540
 
#piratepride   #wesocandothis
 
OXPS District Report Card 2013


Dear Parents and Families of the Oxford Public Schools,

We are pleased to provide you the Oxford Public Schools Full District 2013 “Report Card”. Report cards answer important questions about a district’s overall performance and contain specific information about student enrollment and teacher qualifications, student achievement, accountability, how our students are performing relative to others in the state, and the progress made toward narrowing proficiency gaps for different groups of students.

In this report you will find the following important information about our district:

Student enrollment and teacher quality: This section of the report card provides information about the students and teachers in our district as compared the state. If your child attends a school that receives federal Title I funds, you also have the right to request the following information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers:
  • Whether your child’s teacher is licensed in the grade levels and subject areas they teach
  • Whether your child’s teacher is teaching under an emergency license or waiver
  • The college degree and major of your child’s teacher
  • Whether your child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications
Student assessment on MCAS and other tests: This section of the report shows how our students are performing on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) tests as compared to the state by subgroup, by grade and by subject.

District accountability information: This section of the report contains important information detailing Accountability and Assistance Levels and Progress and Performance Index (PPI):
  • Accountability and Assistance Levels: Schools and districts are placed into one of five accountability and assistance levels (1-5), with the highest performing in Level 1 and lowest performing in Level 5. Our school has been placed into Level 3 because Oxford High School is designated as Level Three. The following links will take you to individual school report overviews for:
  • Progress and Performance Index (PPI): The PPI is a number that indicates our school’s progress toward narrowing proficiency gaps, or, in other words, helping all students reach proficiency and be prepared for success after high school. Massachusetts has set a goal of reducing proficiency gaps by half between the years 2011 and 2017. For a group of students to be considered to be making sufficient progress toward narrowing proficiency gaps, its cumulative PPI must be 75 or higher.
  • NAEP results for Massachusetts. NAEP is often called the “Nation’s Report Card”. It is the only measure of student achievement that allows for the comparing of performance of Massachusetts students with that of students across the nation or in other states.
The Oxford Public Schools is committed to improving outcomes for ALL students by strengthening our core instruction and the systems of support needed to ensure the success of ALL; improving educator effectiveness and enhancing leadership capacity; and maximizing organizational and fiscal efficiencies so as to support the highest quality instruction.

We are on the road to improvement and we will get there by offering rigorous programs of study, enriching and engaging learning opportunities, providing our professional teaching staff with the highest quality professional development and support and by partnering with families and the broader community to develop the college and career ready, “Student We Want to Graduate.”
 
SUPERINTENDENT'S TWITTER FEED
COMMUNITY SURVEY

The importance of a high quality school system to a community such as ours cannot be overstated. How we manage, lead and support our schools speaks to what we value and our aspirations for the community’s children and Oxford’s future. The Oxford Public Schools (OXPS) is committed to continual improvement and to meeting the needs of the community it serves. To that end, the OXPS is seeking input from all members of our community. We sincerely hope that you will take a few minutes to complete the following confidential (no names or email addresses are collected) survey and to help us as we work to provide ALL students the best education possible and as we strive to provide ALL community members a healthy return on their investment in the Oxford Public Schools. 
 
Please click the following link to take the community survey:
 Take Community Survey   
Thank you.-
DISTRICT PRIORITIES
"The Oxford School District does not discriminate
on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin,
sexual orientation, disability or homelessness"
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