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Letter to Members: 2020 MASC/MASS Joint Conference Update

Dear School Committee Members and Superintendents:

None of us could have anticipated how much COVID-19 has disrupted our plans for 2020. We have all been working under extraordinary and unprecedented circumstances that have forced us to adapt and deal with the implications of the pandemic, including the social contract with students and each other that we have valued over the years.

Regrettably, due to the anticipated limits on large gatherings, requirements to preserve public health practices, reluctance of exhibitors, and the loss of access to our convention venue, we will not be able to host our Annual MASC/MASS Joint Conference that was originally scheduled for November 4-7, 2020.

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Charting the Course Orientation Program Update

The Summer 2020 MASC Charting the Course programs will be offered online through Zoom. Registration is available on the Events page. Two complete programs will be offered, one in July and one in August. Each program will take place over three days and will include a total of six sessions. Each individual session requires pre-registration in order to receive the session link via email and track attendance. Members who register for and attend all 6 sessions in one of the programs will receive certification that they have completed the Massachusetts training requirements for new school committee members. Each session will have its own registration and Zoom link, so be sure to register for all six to complete the program. The program schedules are available below.

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2020 Day on the Hill has been cancelled

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the facilities for MASC's Day on the Hill advocacy event on May 5 will be unavailable. As such, the 2020 Day on the Hill has been cancelled. Those who previously registered for the event will not be billed for registration fees.

MASC remains committee to advocating for public education in Massachusetts, and will attempt to create an alternative advocacy opportunity before the state budget process is concluded. We will also be providing advocacy resources to members in the near future. Check the MASC website for updates.

Event Cancelled

PLEASE NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Due to recent developments surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, MASC has decided to cancel several upcoming events out of concern for the health and safety of our members. Some events may be rescheduled for future dates - please stay tuned for updates.

You can find daily news updates on the coronavirus outbreak as it relates to Massachusetts school districts, as well as resources for school leaders on this page. Be sure to also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.

Please feel free to contact the MASC Office with any questions.

Workshop: 70 Minutes on Chapter 70

Date
March 9, 2020 - 6:30pm

Location:
John F. Kennedy Middle School
100 Bridge Rd, Florence, MA 01062
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Please join us for a Division V meeting on March 9th! MASC Field Representative Tracy Novick will be presenting 70 minutes on Chapter 70 - How it works, how it doesn't and what's being done to change it. Join us at 6:30 at the Community Room in John F. Kennedy Middle School in Northampton for a light dinner and to meet your school committee colleagues from the Connecticut Valley. The presentation will begin promptly at 7 pm. We look forward to seeing you there!

Laura Fallon - Division V Chair - Northampton School Committee
Wendy Rua - Division V Vice- Chair - Agawam School Committee
Bill Fonseca - Division V Secretary - East Longmeadow School Committee

***Please RSVP by March 3rd to laura.ann.fallon@gmail.com and be sure to inform us of any dietary restrictions you may have. This event is free of charge, but we'd like to have an accurate head count so we know how much food to order.

Special Education Committee Meeting - February 27, 2020

The MASC Special Education Committee will hold a working meeting at the Marriott Courtyard in Marlborough (get directions), on Thursday February 27th. Dinner will be served at 6:00pm.

The agenda will consist of an overview of Chapter 70 changes as it relates to Special education, pending SPED Legislation at state and federal levels and current pending legal cases at the SJC. From this, we can move forward and collectively set committee goals/priorities as it relates to emerging special education issue for the upcoming year.

If members of the Committee have questions or topics for discussion that they would like to add to the agenda, please contact Charlene McEntee at mcenteefamily@comcast.net.

Please RSVP for this meeting to Sam Cheesman at scheesman@masc.org.

Annual Legislative Breakfast

An Interactive Forum Regarding Educational Issues

Hosted by MASC Division VII and the Cape Cod Collaborative

Event Details:
Date: Friday, January 31, 2020
Time: 10:00AM
Location: 418 Bumps River Rd, Osterville, MA (directions)

Agenda:
  • 10:00am: Welcome
    • Paul C. Hilton—Cape Cod Collaborative
    • Nicole Bartlett—MASC Division VII
  • Introductory Comments
    • John Furnari (Chair) & Phil Morris—Cape Cod Collaborative Board of Directors
    • Dr. Pam Gould—Cape & Islands School Superintendents
  • 10:30am: Cape Cod & Island Economic & Demographic Trends
    • Brief Presentation and Discussion
    • Legislative Panel Discussion
  • 11:00am: Facilitated Legislative Forum
    • 11:00—11:40 Demographic Trends—Impact & Planning
    • 11:40-12:30 Student Opportunity Act
      • Overview
      • Impact & Planning


RSVP:
RSVP to Sheila Murray at s.murray@capecodcollaborative.org