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Welcome Back to the 2014-2015 school year!
August 29, 2014
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Students of Deer Hill School,

I am excited to welcome you back to school for the 2014-2015 school year!† I hope your summer has been the perfect balance of play and rest for the whole family.† We are all looking forward to beginning a new year.† Here is some news about next year:

We will be welcoming several new staff members to our Deer Hill family this year.† Ms. Julie Bradford is our new Special Education teacher, replacing Danielle Kent who left to pursue another teaching opportunity.† Ms. Bradford has been a Special Education teacher at the Cedar School in Hanover for eight years, co-teaching in general education classrooms and providing specialized instruction to students with disabilities there.† She has a Bachelorís Degree in Education from Boston College and Masterís Degree in Education from Salem State College, with dual certification in Elementary and Moderate Disabilities education.† Ms. Bradford is also trained and experienced as an Instructor in the Wilson Reading System as well as Project Read and RAVE-O, highly specialized approaches to reading and writing instruction for students with disabilities.† She will be working in our 5th†grade inclusive classrooms. ††

Ms. Indigo Young will become our new Speech and Language Pathologist, after Jenn Mackeyís departure in order to pursue another opportunity at MGH.† Indigo has had valuable experience in a variety of clinical and educational settings, including the MGH Institute of Health Professions Aphasia Center, Community Rehab Care, Lincoln Eliot Elementary School in Newton, and the Speech, Language and Literacy Center of Boston.† She has a Master of Science Degree from MGH Institute of Health Professions.

Our revenue from Title One increased just enough this year to be able to hire Carol McCormack as a half time reading teacher!† Carol has worked as a Reading Specialist at the Center School in Hanover most recently, but she also taught first grade at the Jackson-Mann K-8 School in Boston, and third grade at the Bryantville Elementary School in Pembroke.† Carol has a Master of Education with a major in Reading Specialist from Bridgewater State University and a Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education Grades K Ė 3 from that same school.† As this is a newly created position, we will be thoughtfully creating and defining her role and responsibilities as the year unfolds, but as her area of expertise is in providing Tier II and Tier III level reading intervention for students who are reading below grade level, that is what she will primarily be doing. †

††††††††††† At the district level, Mary Buchanan is our new Director of Student Services.† Ms. Buchanan has held this same position in Middleborough for several years and already has been hard at work all summer, training with the administrative team and coordinating services for students with disabilities.† Laurie Dolan is the new Elementary Special Education Team Chair, replacing Emily Williamson.† Ms. Dolan comes to us from the South Shore Educational Collaborative, where she held the position of Team Chair.††

We also welcome back two teachers from long term leaves of absence:† Mrs. Erica Parrell will resume her fourth grade classroom position and Mr. Michael Lewis will resume his fifth grade position.

In other news, our basketball court and nets have had a total makeover, thanks to the efforts of the Deer Hill School Playground Committee. †With last year's renovation of the playground, we now have what must be the most attractive, fun, and safe playground in the country!

Here are some important dates to help in planning:

September 2nd††††††††††† First day of School (students arrive between 8:20 and 8:30)
September 11th†††††††††† First PSO meeting and Room Parent Orientation
September 18th†††††††††† Back to School Night, School Council Elections

††In the meantime, please call, email, or drop by if you have any questions.† See you in September!



Yours truly,

Jennifer deChiara, Ph.D.
Principal
Deer Hill School ††
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