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Morse Pond School

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Posted August 4, 2013

The review posted July 2013 is an absolute misrepresentation of the entire school, With the inordinate amount of hours that all of the staff work to provide all possible opportunities for students, it is absolutely disheartening that someone would try to destroy all of those working within this school community. It takes many individuals, working collaboratively for school success. If it is one person's fault, it is everyone's. Rather than hurting the school, community, town and the individuals so dedicated to educating students, it may have been more productive to state the problem and then provide some ideas of how to improve.


Posted August 4, 2013

Morse Pond School is an amazing place where students learn in a safe environment with dedicated teachers, leaders and experts that understand the developmental needs of every student.


Posted July 5, 2013

This school is an absolute dissappointment. There is no solid leadership, with zero controls in place for fairness, transperentcy, and/or accountability with administrators or teachers. The lead adminastrator is on a constant campaigne to "manage and spin" their reputation and the schools image. Our child had and witnessed many negative experiences that have effected perminant changes in our childs personality while at this school and is happy and releived not to ever have to go there again. IF your child gets one of the few good teachers, and they like you and your child, your child may do ok... but you have to play the game. It is no wonder the rating has fallen over the last year. Our child is an A student and comes from a loving family of two accomplished professional parents. On a positive note, there are some great teachers, but they falter without a strong leader in place. Parent involvment is NOT incouraged, very low morale...with less that 1% of the parent body involved at all. And many of those who are turn a blind eye, playing favorite with the administrators and actively enable the injustices and imbalance in this school to get there kids ahead.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 65% in 2013.

292 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2013.

292 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 51% in 2013.

292 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
55%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 67% in 2013.

285 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 60% in 2013.

285 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
72%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students80%
Female86%
Male74%
African American73%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial74%
White81%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities42%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students65%
Female66%
Male64%
African American45%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial47%
White68%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities20%
English language learnersn/a

Science

All Students55%
Female54%
Male56%
African American9%
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracial20%
White60%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities21%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

English Language Arts

All Students76%
Female83%
Male68%
African American27%
Asian90%
Hispanic45%
Multiracial77%
White80%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities31%
English language learnersn/a

Math

All Students59%
Female65%
Male53%
African American14%
Asian70%
Hispanic45%
Multiracial31%
White64%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Title In/a
Students with disabilities12%
English language learnersn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Massachusetts used the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) to test students in grades 3 though 8 and 10 in English language arts and math and in grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The grade 10 MCAS is a high school graduation requirement. The MCAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Massachusetts. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the Massachusetts Department of Education. If there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

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How schools in the state rate:

24%
of schools in the state are Below average
50%
of schools in the state are Average
26%
of schools in the state are Above average

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The graphs below compare this school's results in each area to other schools in the district and state.

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Math growth at this school

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Reading growth at this school

Above average


1 Test scores are based on 2012-13 MCAS results from the state of Massachusetts.

2 This rating is based on 2011-12 and 2012-13 Median Growth Percentiles in Math and English Language Arts from the state of Massachusetts.

Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 82% 67%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Black 4% 8%
Hispanic 4% 16%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 26%N/A35%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gardening teacher(s)
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
Fax number
  • (508) 457-1810

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gardening teacher(s)
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Golf
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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