Letters from the Superintendent » 2021 - June

2021 - June

 
 
Jun 16, 2021,  2:30 PM           
                                           
 
Dear Parents, Students, Faculty & Staff, and Community Members,

I'm writing to you today to share an update regarding our search for the next MHS High School Principal. Today, the Principal committee co-chairs, Mr. Claire, Ms. Rotelli, as well as Chairwoman Zaino, and I met with the MHS staff to share the news that we will not be moving either candidate forward for the MHS Principalship. We have made a decision to identify an Interim Principal for the 21-22 school year while undergoing a new search.

Upon receiving notice of Principal Davis' resignation, the District posted the position promptly and initiated our recruiting process. Our interview committee reviewed the application materials of 13 candidates, of which 5 candidates were selected to interview. Finalists were vetted through two rounds of interviews, a day-long on-site visitation & tour, a public meet & greet, and extensive reference checking. At this time, it is in the best interest of our school community to extend our search process/timeline and to identify an interim Principal for the 21-22 school year.

We sincerely thank you all for your involvement, time, and investment in the search process. We appreciate you taking the time to complete the feedback forms and for sharing your thoughts. At this time and over the upcoming weeks, we will be considering options for naming an Interim Principal and I look forward to sharing that with you very soon.

Again, many thanks to all those who contributed so significantly to our search process. We hope you will consider staying involved as we conduct our new search.

Kindly,
Christi Michaud
Interim Superintendent
MHS Principal Search Chairs
 
 
 
Jun 15, 2021,  6:04 PM           
                                           
 
Dear Parents, Students, Faculty and Staff, and Community Partners,

Please take a moment to share your ideas in an effort to help our school district plan and prepare for the 2021-22 school year. The information we receive from this survey will also help to prioritize the significant ESSER funds that our district will receive. The survey can be accessed at this link: HERE

We very much look forward to a sense of normalcy in the new year and need your input! Thank you very much.

Kindly,
Christi Michaud
Interim Superintendent
 
 
Jun 14, 2021,  10:06 AM           
                                           
 
Good Morning Parents, Students, Faculty and Staff, and Community,

This is a reminder that we have scheduled a Zoom Meet & Greet for this evening, June 14th from 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. We hope you will join us! Each candidate will have approximately 50 minutes to introduce themselves, to share their background and interest in joining our team in Milford, and to answer your questions. You may access tonight's Meet & Greet at this link: HERE

The two finalists are:
 
Mr. Timothy McCormick: Mr. McCormick was most recently the Principal of Northbridge High School, in Whitinsville, MA. He served in this role from 2017-2021. During his time at Northbridge, he co-authored and was awarded 2 Massachusetts Capital Skills grants, as well as a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) grant in the areas of Engineering/Automation and Health Science. These grants funded the development and implementation of 2 career and college academies and enhanced the school's senior internship program. Prior to Mr. McCormick's position at Northbridge, he served as Principal of Gardner Academy for Learning and Technology; an alternative high school that provides specialized instruction and services to struggling students.

Mr. Christopher Ulrich: Mr. Ulrich is currently the Assistant Principal of Newfound Regional High School in Newfound, NH. He has served in this role since 2015. Prior to this, he was a High School Social Studies teacher in both Laconia, and Nashua, NH. While serving as the Assistant Principal of Newfound Regional, some highlights of his work include the spearheading of Restorative Practices to address discipline, the development of incentive-based systems for academic achievement, and the redesign of school safety procedures.
 
Following the Meet & Greet, we welcome you to share your input on both candidates using the Google Feedback Form on the District webpage and HERE.

*All links within this message may be found at the Milford School District website.
 
Finally, I look forward to seeing many of you at our upcoming events including Saturday's Senior class graduation ceremony and Monday's MHS Principal Meet & Greet. Additionally, there will be opportunities this summer to come together as we plan for the Fall, welcome our new High School administrators, participate in summer learning camps, etc. Please stay tuned, don't hesitate to stop by and say hello, and for sure, enjoy the New England summertime weather!
 
Kindly,
Christi Michaud
Interim Superintendent
 
 
 
Jun 8, 2021,  5:23 PM           
                                           
 
Dear Parents, Students, Faculty, and Staff, and Community Partners,
 
Here are the topics to read about in this message:
  • Summer-like Temperatures
  • Approaching the Finish Line - Hooray!
  • 21-22 Planning and ESSER funds SURVEY
  • 603 Bright Futures Survey
  • High School Principal Search
I hope that you are well and staying cool during these summer-like temperatures. Indeed our schools have been warm these past couple of days. However, students, faculty, and staff have been real troopers and have found creative ways to stay comfortable including taking several mask breaks, finding shady areas outdoors, participating in low-key activities, rotating through AC spaces, and staying hydrated (a special thanks for water donations made to the schools!!). Additionally, our Buildings and Grounds staff were able to place "Move & Cool" units in various locations as well.
 
With just about a week left of the 20-21 school year, we're almost at the finish line! This has undoubtedly been a memorable year, and like school districts across the country, we faced enumerable challenges as we navigated the best way to serve our children and staff amid a global pandemic. Despite the stressors, there were incredible demonstrations of excellence in in-person and hybrid learning, and perseverance each time we were asked to pivot and change our course. I feel humbled by the commitment, flexibility, and strength of you, our MSD families, students, faculty and staff, and community partners.
 
Now, with an end to the pandemic finally in sight, we shall prepare for the 21-22 school year with the hopes of regaining normalcy. We invite you to participate in a survey to help inform the planning for the new year, as well as to prioritize the ESSER funding that our district will receive. The survey can be accessed at this link: HERE

Both, the above-mentioned MSD survey, as well as the 603 Bright Futures Survey, will be posted on the school district website for your access. The 603 Bright Futures Survey is an opportunity, like last Spring, for the NH State Dept. of Education to hear your voice, gather actionable feedback around learning models, school climate, family and community engagement, and other topics in order to understand the successes and challenges of the recent school year and to properly plan for the future.
 
603 Bright Futures Survey Links
 
  • Families in K-12, Preschool, and Private Schools: bit.ly/nhdoefamily
  • Staff in Public and Private Schools: bit.ly/nhdoestaff
  • Community Members: bit.ly/nhdoecommunity
 
Furthermore, the MHS Principal Search committee led by Mr. Steve Claire and Ms. Maryanne Rotelli has recommended two finalists for the position of Milford High School Principal. Both finalists were interviewed this afternoon by a second round team, and they have each been invited to participate in a day-long visit to the high school on Thursday, June 10th, where they will have an opportunity to tour Milford High School/ATC, meet with students, administration, and faculty, as well as to meet 1:1 with me.

The two finalists are:
 
Mr. Timothy McCormick: Mr. McCormick was most recently the Principal of Northbridge High School, in Whitinsville, MA. He served in this role from 2017-2021. During his time at Northbridge, he co-authored and was awarded 2 Massachusetts Capital Skills grants, as well as a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) grant in the areas of Engineering/Automation and Health Science. These grants funded the development and implementation of 2 career and college academies and enhanced the school's senior internship program. Prior to Mr. McCormick's position at Northbridge, he served as Principal of Gardner Academy for Learning and Technology; an alternative high school that provides specialized instruction and services to struggling students.

Mr. Christopher Ulrich: Mr. Ulrich is currently the Assistant Principal of Newfound Regional High School in Newfound, NH. He has served in this role since 2015. Prior to this, he was a High School Social Studies teacher in both Laconia, and Nashua, NH. While serving as the Assistant Principal of Newfound Regional, some highlights of his work include the spearheading of Restorative Practices to address discipline, the development of incentive-based systems for academic achievement, and the redesign of school safety procedures.
 
Parent, student, staff, and community input are an important part of the selection of our next high school leader. Therefore, we have scheduled two events:
  1. A day-long visitation and tour at MHS on Thursday, June 10th, and
  2. Zoom Meet & Greet on Monday evening, June 14th from 6:30p.m.- 8:30p.m.
Each candidate will have approximately 50 minutes to introduce themselves, to share their background and interest in joining our team in Milford, and to answer your questions. You may access Monday's Meet & Greet at this link: HERE

Following the Meet & Greet, we welcome you to share your input on both candidates using the Google Feedback Form on the District webpage and HERE.

*All links within this message may be found at the Milford School District website.
 
Finally, I look forward to seeing many of you at our upcoming events including Saturday's Senior class graduation ceremony and Monday's MHS Principal Meet & Greet. Additionally, there will be opportunities this summer to come together as we plan for the Fall, welcome our new High School administrators, participate in summer learning camps, etc. Please stay tuned, don't hesitate to stop by and say hello, and for sure, enjoy the New England summertime weather!
 
Kindly,
Christi Michaud
Interim Superintendent