Northwestern Regional School District No. 7

Dr. Judith A. Palmer, Superintendent

Welcome to the 2016-17 School Year

Please view the following link for an important SHAPE message from Dr. Palmer:
Kindness in Motion

It is my sincere pleasure to welcome you to the 2016-17 School Year!

This year’s district goals are outlined below:

Theory of Action for Improved Student Achievement

  • Curriculum and Instruction: If we develop an aligned, well resourced, and viable CCSS based curriculum that supports the delivery of high impact instructional strategies, then student learning and achievement will increase.
  • Assessment: If we establish rigorous formative and summative school based assessments that are aligned with the CCSS, then we can target high impact instructional strategies on the areas of greatest student need and the pace of achievement will increase.

Area of Focus: Curriculum coherence and Personalized Learning

Theory of Action Regarding Professional Development and Collaboration

  • If we provide opportunities for our teachers to engage in collaborative analysis of student work and assessment results so teachers work together in order to refine their teaching, then instructional quality and efficiency will improve and student achievement will increase.
  • If we provide on-going, job embedded opportunities for teachers to offer and receive feedback regarding their instructional strategies (through PLCs, peer coaching, instructional rounds, and observation feedback), then instructional quality and efficiency will improve and student learning will increase.

Theory of Action Regarding Communication

  • If we communicate and engage effectively with all stakeholders, then we create shared ownership of the district’s mission and vision to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of our students and learning will increase.

New Staff:

Please join me in welcoming the following staff to our Northwestern family:

  • James Gaskins: Director of Finance and Operations
  • Fran Amara: Middle School Principal
  • Gary Franklin: House II Housemaster
  • Laura McBaine: Technology/PowerSchool
  • Adam Vaccari: High School Mathematics
  • Stephanie Brody: Middle School English Language Arts
  • Jessica Varley: High School English Language Arts
  • Johanna DeZurik: Director of Guidance
  • Bob Delaney: Interim Business Teacher
  • Frank Schmitt: Interim Middle School Science
  • Marlene Golembeski: Science Lab Technician
  • Carol Hackett: Student Teacher, High School Science
  • Dom Pellegrino: Middle School Educational Assistant
  • Dave Finn: High School Educational Assistant
  • Dylan Pedersen: Middle School Music

I am looking forward to another terrific year for your students. Please let our building principals and/or Housemasters know if we can help you in any way.


Judy Palmer