MCAS Switch dates

The Long Composition portion of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) is being administered to all fourth grade students in the Commonwealth on Tuesday, March 22, 2011. Newton’s dismissal time on Tuesday is normally 12:30 p.m. In order to administer the test at the same time as all of the other schools in Massachusetts, we must extend school hours to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22, for all students in grades K through 5.

On Wednesday, March 23 school will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m.

Newton after-school programs have been informed of this change. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this change may cause your family. The Food Service Department will take responsibility for adjusting student lunch choices based on this schedule change.

Please note: Kindergarten students who are in group A and usually stay in school until 3 p.m. on Wednesday will stay until 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22 instead. On Wednesday, March 23, group A will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m.

Please contact your building principal if you have questions. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Joseph Russo
Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education