Barnstable High School students to decide on new Red Hawks logo
The Barnstable School committee on Wednesday approved $ 120,000 for fall athletic uniforms, but delayed finalizing the Red Hawks logo so students at Barnstable High School could make the final call.
“It’s a huge decision,” said Barbara Dunn, who chairs a subcommittee working with BHS art department chair Matthew Kemp and art students to create logo mockups. “We don’t want to rush things. The subcommittee was very supportive of the students having a voice on this.”
The committee chose to send three versions of the Red Hawks logo back to BHS students for their final vote in September via an electronic poll, complete with drop-down color options and a comment field. Two of the three models garnered the most votes among the students. The third is a design merging elements of the two – specifically, a bird more like a hawk – by Noreen Jones, District Media Specialist at b2bTV.
Superintendent of Schools, Meg Mayo-Brown, said she recommended “not to have logos on fall athletic uniforms, just letters, to have the luxury of a little more time … to solicit feedback from students “.
Students will vote in early September. The winning design will undergo final adjustments to ensure the value of the printed reproduction and is expected to be unveiled at the school committee meeting on October 7.
“I think it’s a great way to start the school year and generate enthusiasm,” said Kathy Bent, vice-chair of the school committee.
Back to school
With classes for BPS Levels 1-12 set to start September 1, Mayo-Brown said the big question was masking.
Guidelines from the State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Department of Public Health (DPH) announced last Friday “strongly recommend” indoor masking for grades K-6, except for students who cannot do so for medical conditions or behavioral needs, and for all unvaccinated students, staff and visitors, said Mayo-Brown.
The BPS steering committee plans to meet on August 11 to discuss the latest DESE and DPH guidelines, which say masks are not needed outdoors and can be removed when eating indoors. Masks would be mandatory on school buses and during visits to the school nurses office.
“The steering committee has yet to have an opportunity to review the new guidelines,” Mayo-Brown said. “I imagine a scenario where the steering committee will meet and make a recommendation to the school committee to determine what masking policy we will have.
“We will definitely come back to full capacity,” she said. “We don’t offer distance learning unless there is a state mandate to do so.”
Board member Joe Nystrom reiterated, “So I want to be very clear, no decision has yet been made regarding masks in our schools.”
Vaccination clinic August 20
BPS is inviting all students and their families aged 12 and over and staff from across the district to a free COVID-19 vaccination clinic from noon to 2 p.m. on August 20 in the BHS cafeteria.,
“Our latest understanding of the data we have is that about 30% of vaccine-eligible students have received their first dose,” Mayo-Brown said. “We therefore have a long way to go, and we understand that this is a family / parent choice… but we will continue to offer clinics to promote accessibility to the vaccine.”
In addition, from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on August 23, the Barnstable Middle School cafeteria will host a remedial clinic for students in grades 7 to 11 who require inoculations against meningitis, tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough (whooping cough).
Congratulations to BIS
Mayo-Brown announced the “wonderful and great news” that Barnstable Middle School has received $ 450,000 from the Barr Foundation continue its work over the next two years.
The award is based on an amount of $ 350,000 Mass ideas BIS town planning grant received in 2019 to “re-imagine what school might be like for 6th and 7th grade students” and create a sense of belonging.
Welcome Liz Freedman
After moving her family to Barnstable, BHS Director Elizabeth Freedman said she enjoyed meeting professors and students participating in BHS ‘Extended Summer Learning Program.
“We have an incredibly strong, hardworking and welcoming staff,” said Freedman, who served as principal of the Greater Lawrence Technical School for 12 years. Prior to that, she was Dean of Students at Peabody High School, as well as an administrator of a specialized therapeutic high school program for Peabody Public Schools.
Freedman said BHS plans to host a small group eighth grade orientation instead of having a big barbecue. Team building and visits will include new students, as well as those who opted for distance learning from Cohort D last school year.
The daycare staff prepare the school for the return of the students. Hot meals are reinstated in the cafeteria this school year after browning it last year due to COVID-19. Additionally, Freedman said the administration is looking into whether installing vape sensors is feasible.
The 2021-2022 school year will be Mayo-Brown’s last year as District Superintendent. The board revised and approved the job description for her successor and created a research subcommittee chaired by Kathy Bent, which will act as a liaison with an independent research firm.
The committee unanimously approved $ 300,000 for portable classrooms, which will be installed on the Hyannis West and Barnstable Community Innovation School campuses.
“We expect a minimum of two years,” Mayo-Brown said. “They are really short of space. We need more space because we have more specialized programs.
“I think you need a longer term solution than laptops,” she added.
Kindergarten to Grade 3 literacy and Grades 4 to 5 math students who have been identified for accelerated learning will meet to register on August 23.
Twenty-five educators new to the district will meet with school leaders in a three-day orientation August 24-26. And Deputy Superintendent Kristen Harmon said the district is still hiring.
“We still have a number of positions to fill this year,” with six vacancies for paraprofessionals at Centerville Elementary alone, Harmon said.
“These are full-time, advantaged positions, perfect for someone who has kids in schools,” Bent added. (See BPS SchoolSpring and the District Facebook page for details.)
The first day of school for BPS Grades 1 to 12 students and orientation for Kindergarten and Preschool students is September 1. Students will have two days off – September 3 and 6 – for the Labor Day weekend. Classes for all grades including K and Preschool will resume on September 7th.
September 15 is a half day for students and a professional development day for educators. The next respite is Indigenous Peoples Day on October 11.
The next regular school committee meeting is September 2, but members will meet jointly with city council on August 1. 19.