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Johnson School Transition

2021-2025

NEW!  Please join us for a Johnson community meeting

to review transition plans again.

Date:  December 6, 2022

Time:  7:00PM

Location:  Kennedy Middle School Auditorium

Link for Johnson Family Forum Recording 12/6/22

Families currently with students in grades 1-4 are not required to meet to discuss transitions.  On December 1st of every year, we will begin calling or emailing families to check in.  Families can decide their timetable for decision-making prior to June 2025. However, if they choose to transition for the following school year, we request notification prior to April 1st.  This allows for smooth transitions.  To schedule a meeting, please call 508-647-6500 extension 0 and ask for Rose McDermott who can schedule time with a member of our team or email Rose HERE. 

Document Table of Contents

Click on a link below to be taken to that area of this document.

Johnson Elementary School Transition Planning Document

Johnson School - Family Planning Meetings

Johnson School Decision

Resources for Families Transitioning Schools

Speaking with our Children - Webinar Recording

Johnson School Counselor Laura Loftus met with Johnson parents to share best-practices for speaking with students about upcoming transitions.

Presentation

Webinar Recording (March 2, 2022)

Learn more about schools and their communities

Before your student transitions to a new school, you may find it helpful to join or subscribe to these resources well-ahead of time. You will learn about your new school’s community, staff, families, traditions, and events; and begin to participate if you choose.

Brown

Lilja

Memorial

We have been meeting with Johnson incoming K, K and Grade 1 Meetings and have met with approximately 65 families.  To give families the chance to talk together, now that their individualized conferences have occurred, the following parent facilitated meetings will be held.

 

Family Grade Level Meetings - Johnson Advisory Group (JAGuars), (Alicia Lynch, Orion Smith Facilitating)

If you missed the meeting, HERE is a link to the recorded session.

HERE is a link to the PowerPoint presentation that was shared

HERE is a link to the District Map

 Virtual Meeting Link        

If you missed the meeting, HERE is a link to the recorded session.

HERE is a link to the PowerPoint presentation that was shared

HERE is a link to the District Map


Memorial Principal Search Process-- Memorial PTO Meeting

January 19, 2022--7pm-Come and share your vision for the next leader of our Memorial Elementary School!


Do you have a child who is about to come to Kindergarten? Have you recently moved to Natick and need to register your children? Call Rose McDermott at Natick Public Schools 508-647-6400 ext 1500 for assistance in registering!

A quick video update:  12/10/21

Johnson Elementary School Transition Planning Document

Please visit the link below for information about the complete transition plan.

Click Here for the Johnson Elementary School Transition Planning


Johnson School - Family Planning Meetings

December 5, 2021

As you may have heard, on (11/15), the School Committee voted (5-1) in favor of the phased closure of the Johnson School to conclude at the latest June 2025. This decision has been filled with emotion from all parts of our community and has not been one taken lightly.

While discussions will happen with Johnson families and staff, I think it’s important to remember that our friends and neighbors will need support and compassion as we all navigate through this process.

An important part of change isn’t in moving to the new, but ensuring that we honor what has been and keeping its spirit alive within our community. Johnson School has been one that served the Natick community for generations, and the school means so much to so many of us. Anytime we lose something that is important to us, grief is expected. As we move through the upcoming transition process, this is our orientation to a smooth three-year transition for our community.

To begin the transition process (which will have many components over a three-year period including interviews with families, staff, students and town partners) we have met with any potentially affected staff to discuss options and expectations. Those meetings were completed prior to Thanksgiving.  

In the month of December, we will conduct personal family interviews in the following order:

Families currently with students in grades 1-4 are not required to meet to discuss transition at this time, but we will call or email on a rolling basis through the next few months and families can decide their timetable for decision-making prior to June 2025.

Please call 508-647-6400 extension 1500 and Rose McDermott will be happy to schedule a virtual meeting.

Please feel free to email questions to me directly at annolin@natickps.org.


Johnson School Decision

November 23, 2021

The past week has been one filled with many changes on the horizon. Change is hard, but I know that our community can work together through difficult moments.

As you may have heard, on last Monday (11/15), the School Committee voted (5-1) in favor of the phased closure of the Johnson School. This decision has been filled with emotion from all parts of our community and has not been one taken lightly.

While discussions will happen with Johnson families and staff, I think it’s important to remember that our friends and neighbors will need support and compassion as we all navigate through this process.

An important part of change isn’t in moving to the new, but ensuring that we honor what has been and keeping its spirit alive within our community. Johnson School has been one that served the Natick community for generations, and the school means so much to so many of us. Anytime we lose something that is important to us, grief is expected. As we move through the upcoming transition process, this is our orientation to a smooth three-year transition for our community.

To begin the transition process (which will have many components over a three-year period including interviews with families, staff, students and town partners) we have met with any potentially affected staff to discuss options and expectations. Those meetings were completed this week.  

In the month of December, we will conduct personal family interviews in the following order:

Incoming K families who have siblings already at JES (9 families)

Incoming K families who have never attended JES (approximately 20 families)

(We will reach out to these families directly for these meetings.)

Then we will reach out to:

Families currently with students in grades  K, 1, 2, 3, 4 who would like to discuss transitioning from JES in the FY23 school year (next school year).

Families currently with students in grades 1-4 are not required to meet to discuss transition at this time, but we will call or email and families can decide their timetable for decision-making prior to June 2025.

For any of these meetings, please call 508-647-6500 extension 0 and ask for Rose McDermott who can schedule time with a member of our team or email Rose at rmcdermott@natickps.org.