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Important Registration Information for Homeless/Displaced Students
The Somerville Public Schools liaison for homeless and displaced students is:
Dr. Tanya McDonald
Director of Special Education
(908) 218-4100

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Dr. Timothy J. Purnell
Superintendent of Schools

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Core Values/Beliefs
1.    We believe that children learn best in a challenging, motivating, safe, secure, nurturing, encouraging, and respectful environment that fosters a love of lifelong learning.
2.    We believe in providing learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of each individual child.
3.    We believe that the mosaic of every child includes the fine arts, STEAM, and extracurricular activities.
4.    We believe that professional development is essential to the fabric of the teaching profession allowing teachers to build on current practices and constantly improve instruction.
5.    We believe in a collaborative approach to learning and engagement that includes students, district employees, parents, community members, and community partnerships.

Mission Statement
Somerville Public Schools provide the highest quality education through an environment that promotes individual excellence.
Strategic Themes
Strategic Themes were established at the August 29, 2015 Board of Education Summer Workshop in an effort to identify areas of focus for district's five-year strategic plan (VISION2020) which takes into account the Mission Statement and Core Beliefs.   The Board developed these themes and year 1 targets after a careful review of all data and information collected through the community-wide needs assessment survey.   Ongoing input and feedback is welcomed via email and/or tweeting with the hastag #Ville2020.  
VISION2020 Strategic Themes
1.  Building Cultural Competence
2.  Preparing for College and Career
3.  Growing Professional Development Opportunities. 
Communicating Progress
Progress towards the completion of building goals (Wildly Important Goals) will be reflected in the District Dashboard (displayed below).

2015-2016 District Dashboard Progress Report 

The District Dashboard (shown above) displays progress towards the Wildly Important Goals (WIGs) in each school.  
The WIGs emulate the concepts of the book, The 4 Disciplines of Execution.  Now established,  these goals have become the heart and mission of each of our schools.   
Each month, the superintendent and various administrators conduct a purpose-driven walkthrough of each building alongside of the building principal. These walkthroughs focus on the accomplishment of the building WIG and improving classroom instruction.
Click here to view each school's individual WIG and rubric...
The District Dashboard is a graphic tool to focus the efforts and attention of all district 
on accomplishing specific, quantifiable, goals.  

Important Info


    1.  Building Cultural Competence

    Year 1 Goal:  Mobilize a team of staff members for trauma sensitive training for the 2015-2016.

    Update:  A team of staff members attended a training session with Susan Craig on December 2, 2015.  A Trauma Sensitive Task Force (representing staff members from each school, administration, and a BOE member/parent) met on March 10, 2016 to analyze and identify trends/patterns in district data.


    2.  Preparing for College and Career

    Year 2 Goal:  Implement the M.A.P.S. program.  Statistically track M.A.P.S. students and the program's effect on the drop out rate.  Prepare for the launch of a Public Relations/Communications Academy for the 2016-2017 school year.

    Update: Under the direction of Dr. Tanya McDonald and Mr. Scott Hade, the M.A.P.S. program continues to track data related to student outcomes.  The team will present at a Board of Education meeting in April.  The district is also in talks with W&W Public Relations regarding the launch of a Public Relations/Communications Academy for the the 2016-2017 school year.


    3.  Growing Professional Development Opportunities

    Year 3 Goal:  Launch a robust 3DPD, online, professional development "best practice" repository.  

    Update:  Director of 21st Century Education, Melissa McEntee, has created and launched a comprehensive 3DPD "best practice" repository.  There are currently 104 videos posted and 3,823 views.

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  • M.A.P.S Presentation May 17, 2016

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  • NJ School Boards Association
    PARCC Information



    Click here for more information

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  •  EVVRS Mid-Year Report & HIB Grades 

    Mid-Year EVVRS Report

    HIB Self-Assessment Grades 

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  • District Testing Report

     District Testing Report Video

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  • #allin4theVille Awards
    Is there a staff member that you would like to recognize?  Nominate her/him for an #allin4theVille award!  The district recognizes staff members (bus drivers, custodians, security/attendance officers, secretaries, aides, teachers, counselors, CST, support staff, and administrators) for their outstanding efforts.  Click here to nominate a staff member today!
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  • Recent Blog Entries


    Staff Letter 2015


    Medical Sciences Academy

    #FutureReady in the Ville

    Stakeholder Awards

    VISION 2020

    Budget Public Hearing Trailer

    Community Investment Day

    Kindergarten Summit

    Purpose-Driven Walkthroughs™

    New App for the Ville!

    Assess - Analyze - Achieve

    Strategic Plan Status Report

    Student Mentorship

    Academy of Liberal Arts

    Personnel Committee

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    Coffee & Conversation with the Superintendent

    September 22, 2015 

    October 21, 2015

    November 25, 2015

       January 12, 2016

    February 9, 2016

    March 23, 2016

    April 13, 2016


    Meetings begin at noon and end at 1 pm, unless otherwise noted.
    Can't make a brown bag lunch and you would still would like to meet with the superintendent?  Have no fear, contact Dr. Purnell to schedule an evening time that is convenient for you!  
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    District App 
    District App

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    Important Registration Information for Homeless/Displaced Students
    The Somerville Public Schools liaison for homeless and displaced students is:
    Dr. Tanya McDonald
    Director of Special Education
    (908) 218-4100
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