Strategic Priority: Increase Value to the Community

  • Continue our school district’s reputation for excellence.
  • Provide the personnel, resources, and infrastructure needed to ensure the quality of education necessary for our students to meet the challenges of the 21st century .
  • Serve community needs through volunteerism.
Five Year Goals
  1. Continue to achieve results that consistently place Shrewsbury among top performing school districts.
  2. Prepare students to be successful with the next generation of assessments that will measure 21st century skills.
  3. Raise $2.5 million in new, supplemental funding through a capital campaign, competitive grants, and/or sponsorships.
  4. Provide 50,000 hours of student community service.

Report to School Committee

A report focusing on adding value to the community was presented to the School Committee on May 10, 2017. 

District

A screenshot of the title of the referenced report

The Center for American Progress issued a report on return on investment. This report ranked the educational effectiveness of more than 7,000 school districts in forty states; Shrewsbury received the highest rating.

The Colonial Fund logo

In 2014 the Colonial Fund was created with the goal of funding high impact iinnovations in our schools that otherwise not be feasible. These projects or opportunities often come up outside of the annual budget cycle or they are too costly to offer without sacrificing existing programs or staff.

The Colonial Fund enables the district to bring these innovations to our schools now. Acting with such expediency helps ensure Shrewsbury schools are providing the high quality education that will prepare our students to succeed in colleges and careers of the 21st century.

A chart showing 2016 SAT scores for SHS students

SAT outcomes for SHS high school seniors provide evidence that the district consistently places among top-performing school districts. The data above is from 2016.

A chart showing 2016 AP scores for SHS students

Advanced Placement test outcomes for SHS high school seniors provide evidence that the district consistently places among top-performing school districts. The data above is from 2016.

 

High School

Members of the Service Learning Advisory Board

SHS instituted a "10,000 Hour Challenge" as part of a service learning initiative to get all Shrewsbury High School students volunteering in the community. Over a five-year period, students contributed 95,293 hours to the community.

Middle School

At Sherwood Middle School, the Student Voice program is dedicated to serving others. Please find below a link that celebrates the work of the 2015-2016 crews and the contributions they made to the community.

A screenshot of a Twitter post relating to middle school community service

 

A screenshot of a Twitter post relating to middle school community service

 

A screenshot of a Twitter post relating to middle school community service

 

A screenshot of a Twitter post relating to middle school community service

 

A screenshot of a Twitter post relating to middle school community service

 

 

Elementary

Students posing for a picture around a poster

Floral Street Student Council researched healthy heart tips and posted them around the school. They hosted a "Crazy Hat" day ($1 participation fee) and donated the funds raised to the American Heart Association.

Students' Read Across America bookmarks

Two Floral Street second grade classes wanted to promote a love for reading during Read Across America week in March. They recruited all 15 grade 1 & 2 classrooms to create bookmarks that recommended a favorite children's book. The bookmarks were brought to the Children's Room at the Public Library, where they are handed out to young children from all over the community who visit the library to check out a book.

Students with food collected for a food drive

At Floral Street School one of our favorite projects is to partner with St. Anne?s Human Services to collect food for its annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. These photos show students about to load donations onto the truck. Our project helped St. Anne?s to provide food for over 600 families this Thanksgiving.

Veterans Day ceremony - The third grade music classes at the Coolidge School learned the songs of each branch of the military service, and the national anthem to perform to honor our local veterans. Their performance starts at 4:00 into the video.