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Opinion

November 6, 2013

How our schools are doing

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Amesbury students continue to be competitive with the surrounding communities despite having one of the highest needs populations in the area (“high needs” students are defined by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education as an unduplicated count of students with disabilities, students who are low-income, and students who are English Language Learners (ELL) or formerly ELL). Thirty-six (36 percent) of Amesbury’s student population falls into the “high needs” category.

We are delighted with the high percentage of Amesbury High School students performing at the Proficient and/or Advanced level. Clearly, this attests to the effectiveness of our two elementary schools and our middle school in equipping students with the skills and knowledge necessary for success, not only in the high school setting but beyond their public school years. As a School Committee, we extend our gratitude to our elementary, middle and high school teachers, along with the teachers at the Amesbury Academy. Every district has its unique challenges in addition to meeting state mandates — Amesbury’s approach will continue to be focused, long-term and solution-oriented.

We encourage all to visit the link on Amesbury Public Schools website for the charts of comparison and information presented to the School Committee: http://www.amesburyma.gov/news.cfm?story=72814&school=0.

The Amesbury School Committee would like to recognize the excellent work of Amesbury Public Schools students and staff as they continue to strive for excellence in education. Despite challenges, we continue to be unconditionally committed to every child in our schools. The unparalleled intelligence, dedication and selfless service of our teachers in tirelessly preparing our greatest resource, our children, for a successful future is Amesbury’s hallmark!

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Amesbury School Committee: Debra LaValley, vice chair, Mayor Thatcher W. Kezer III, chair; Stan Schwartz; Gale Hanshaw

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