Program: Snap Shot

Snap Shot: Bodie Evaluation & Interactive Crime Map

Bodie Evaluation The superintendent of Arlington Public Schools is getting good grades for her leadership. Doctor Kathleen Bodie was rated proficient in four developmental areas, the second highest rating – just below exemplary. School committee members discussed their rating of Bodie during the November 9th school committee meeting. Some of the rated areas include instructional leadership, management operations, family and community engagement, and professional culture. School committee members noted the superintendent’s work in providing a high level of service in teaching and learning, as well as dealing with increased enrollment and school building projects. Some, however, noted a desire...

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Snap Shot: MCAS & Kindergarten Aides

MCAS Results The Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment Exam results are out and although arlington did better than the rest of the state, fewer students are getting high scores. School officials say not to worry though because the nearly 20 year-old exam is more challenging now. The state and Arlington administered what’s known as the next generation MCAS for the first time last spring for grades 3 through 8. Tenth graders who need to pass the exam in order to graduate received the legacy MCAS. Assistant Superintendent Roderick MacNeal told the school committee at its October 26th meeting that the test...

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Snap Shot: ALICE School Safety Drills

Public safety workers will be at Arlington public schools over the next few weeks – there for intruder safety drills. The annual training drill began a couple of years ago after the state urged all public schools to put plans in place to deal with threats following the Sandy Hook school shooting. After public discussion, Arlington schools adopted the national program called ALICE. It teaches staff and students to be alert, lock-down, inform, counter, and evacuate as appropriate. School officials emphasize students will always know it is only a drill and that the word gun, weapon or knife will...

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Snap Shot: Playing the Numbers, School Enrollment and Town Pay

School enrollment Early numbers show class sizes continue to grow in Arlington Public Schools. Preliminary figures show an additional 179 students district-wide over last falls numbers. The increase is in line with a forecast completed for the town after a jump in student numbers a couple of years ago. School Superintendent Kathleen Bodie told school committee members September 14th that the biggest problem with the increase is balancing the number of students in each classroom. Some elementary school classes have 19 students while others have up to twenty-five. Bodie points to possibly revising buffer zones to keep classes and schools...

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