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The May School District Newsletter is available here. This month’s highlights include details on Exhibition Night, the Empty Soup Bowls and Community Talent Show Event, and the School Safety Forum. Additionally, it also outlines important dates, times, and locations for end of year events, which are detailed below.

  • Family Information Night for Rising Sixth Graders – May 30 at 6:00 p.m. (PMHS lecture hall)
  • Senior Awards Night – June 14 at 6:30 p.m. (PMHS gym)
  • Commencement Ceremony – June 15 at 10:00 a.m. (PMHS gym)
  • Kindergarten Celebration – June 17 at 6:00 p.m. (PES gym)
  • Sixth Grade Promotion Ceremony – June 18 at 6:00 p.m. (PES gym)
  • Eighth Grade Promotion Ceremony – June 20 at 6:30 p.m. (PMHS gym)
  • Last Day of School – Friday, June 21 (PES students released at 12:30 p.m. and PMHS released at 12:45 p.m.)

Superintendent

Safe Schools: Everyone Has a Role

On the day after the 9/11 attacks, an executive for a New York advertising agency that included New York’s Metropolitan Transit Authority as one of its clients wrote down an idea for a slogan that he hoped would save lives:  If You See Something, Say Something.

It didn’t take long for our U.S. Department of Homeland Security to adopt this slogan in its work to keep us all safe from terrorism and terrorism-related crime.  For many years now, the Department has been running a national safety campaign around this little slogan.  The Department encourages us all to be a part of this strategy, believing that a safe community requires the joint effort of all community members

I was reminded of this slogan last week in the aftermath of an investigation into the presence of a prohibited weapon found in a PMHS backpack.  One of the results of this investigation concluded that more than one student was aware that the weapon was in school for a period of time, but chose not to report it.

Of course, most folks – including and especially adolescents – tend to shy away from making reports that may implicate a peer in wrongdoing.  We all know the names that are used to describe such reporters.  Most of these names are negative and suggest labels that most folks would like to avoid:  rat, Judas, traitor, squealer, tattletale, betrayer, snitch, stoolie, and on and on.

One of our Pittsfield educators, however, raised two questions about what it might feel like if one of us knew of a potentially dangerous situation and kept quiet about it, asking

  • How would I feel if one if one of my schoolmates were injured at school?
  • How would I feel if my silence resulted in that injury?

The Department of Homeland Security believes that a safe community requires the joint effort of community members.  The more observant and involved individuals are in their daily lives, the less likely crime will occur undetected… resulting in safer towns and cities across the nation.

Having served as a school administrator for more than thirty-five years, I have received innumerable reports from students regarding issues of concern and threats to safety, including reports of peer wrongdoing.  The sources of these reports have been held in confidence, being shared only with the permission of the reporting student or family member.  Student willingness to share this sort of information has resulted in a greater degree of safety and security in the schools.

In this context, I strongly encourage students, friends, and family members to report activity that may pose a threat to students and adults in our Pittsfield schools.  I encourage parents and guardians to advise students to speak with a responsible adult when a safety threat is known.  Reports of this nature can be held in confidence and will allow school officials to keep our schools safe for everybody.

Whether it’s a potential threat of terrorism or a potential threat to school safety for our children, youth, or adults, we all play a role in keeping our community safe.

If you see something, say something.  It just may make a big difference for all of us.

Middle High School Calendar

Current Events

2017 – 2018 Annual Report

2017 – 2018 Annual Report

2019 – 2020 Budget Information

The first deliberative session is scheduled to be held on:
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Pittsfield Elementary School – Gymnasium
7:00 p.m.

Please plan to attend to hear important information and to ask any questions you may have.  We look forward to seeing you.

FINAL 19-20 PROPOSED BUDGET

REVENUE PROJ 19-20 WITH FINAL DEFAULT BUDGET

REVENUE PROJ 19-20 WITH FINAL PROPOSED BUDGET

REVISED DEFAULT BUDGET 1-4-19

2019 School District Warrant

2019 School District MS-27

2019 Budget Insert

Understanding Bullying

Pittsfield School Board Policy JICK defines bullying consistently with state law as follows:

Bullying is hereby defined as a single significant incident or a pattern of incidents involving a written, verbal, or electronic communication, or a physical act or gesture, or any combination thereof, directed at another pupil which:

  • Physically harms a pupil or damages the pupil’s property,
  • Causes emotional distress to a pupil,
  • Interferes with a pupil’s educational opportunities,
  • Creates a hostile educational environment, or
  • Substantially disrupts the orderly operation of the school.

Bullying shall also include actions motivated by an imbalance of power based on a pupil’s actual or perceived personal characteristics, behaviors, or beliefs, or motivated by the pupil’s association with another person and based on the other person’s characteristics, behaviors, or beliefs.

The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension’s Understanding Bullying (https://extension.unh.edu/resources/files/Resource001364_Rep1823.pdf) provides us with very helpful information and suggestions on addressing bullying among our children. (more…)