Hawthorne Brook

North Middlesex Regional School District

Townsend, Massachusetts ( map )

Job Details

  • Job ID: 3049124
  • Application Deadline: February 22, 2019
  • Posted : February 1, 2019
  • Starting Date: July 2, 2019

Job Description

Definition: Under the direction of the Superintendent of Schools, the Middle School Principal provides instructional leadership to staff including: Curriculum planning, review and implementation; professional development; the implementation of all School Committee policies, and the development of administrative systems and procedures which maximize the effectiveness of the middle school program. Responsible for day-to-day building administration and the safety and welfare of both students, staff and activities. Ensures a safe, pleasant and effective educational atmosphere; provides discipline as necessary and enforces school policy.

Instructional Leadership:

Promote the learning and growth of all students and the success of all staff by cultivating a shared vision that makes powerful teaching and learning the central focus of schooling.
Ensure that all teachers design effective and rigorous standards-based units of instruction consisting of well-structured lessons with measurable outcomes.
Ensure that instructional practices in all settings reflect high expectations regarding content and quality of effort and work, engage all students, and are personalized to accommodate diverse learning styles, needs, interests and levels of readiness.
Ensure that all teachers use a variety of formal and informal methods and assessments to measure student learning, growth and understanding and make necessary adjustments to their practice when students are not learning.
Provide effective and timely supervision and evaluation in alignment with state regulations and contract provisions.
Use multiple sources of evidence related to student learning, including state, district, and school assessment results and growth data in order to inform school and district goals and improve organizational performance, educator effectiveness, and student learning.
Participate in system-wide curriculum development and work with faculty to improve and revise curricula on a continuing basis.
Maintain professional understanding of the current research that affects the improvement of teaching and learning.

Management and Operations:

Promote the learning and growth of all students and the success of all staff by ensuring a safe, efficient and effective learning environment, using resources to implement appropriate curriculum, staffing and scheduling.
Implement a cohesive approach to recruitment, hiring, induction, development and career growth that promotes high-quality and effective practice.
Use systems to ensure optimal use of time for teaching, learning and collaboration.
Understand and comply with state and federal laws and mandates, School Committee policies, collective bargaining agreements and ethical guidelines.
Develop a budget that supports the district’s vision, mission and goals; allocates and manages expenditures consistent with district/school-level goals and available resources.

Family and Community Engagement

Promote the learning and growth of all students and the success of all staff through effective partnerships with families, community organizations and other stakeholders that support the mission of the school and district.
Ensure that all families are welcome members of the classroom and school community and can contribute to the classroom, school. and community effectiveness.
Collaborate with families to support student learning and development both at home and at school.
Engage in regular, two-way, culturally proficient communication with families about student learning and performance.
Address family concerns in an equitable, effective, and efficient manner.
Plan meetings, weekly newsletter, newspaper articles and publications to inform the public.

Professional Culture:

Promote and maintain high standards for staff, students and community members in relation to the Mission Statement and Core Values of the school and district.
Provide procedures and protocols that foster a culture of respect and enhance staff morale.
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Positions Available: 1
  • Job Category : Administrator > Assistant Principal/Dean/Head
  • Welcome to Hawthorne Brook!

    Mission Statement
    Hawthorne Brook Middle School embraces the mission statement of the North Middlesex Regional School District:
    To provide a comprehensive educational experience focused on students becoming contributing members of society.

    We believe it is our responsibility as a school community to encourage all students to be lifelong learners, skilled thinkers, effective communicators, responsible leaders, and positive role models.

    In our classrooms, in our corridors, and on our playing fields, we provide our students the opportunities to enhance their skills, and we encourage the attitudes of exemplary citizenship.

    Vision Statement
    Our vision statement is our mission statement in action. It is inspired in part by the beliefs and expectations set forth by the National Middle School Association and guided by the principles of the Carnegie Report.

    •Students are the focus and are supported to achieve at high levels.
    •Students’ diversity in talents and abilities are recognized.
    •Students are expected to be responsible, organized, and the agents of their own learning.
    •Students must first sense emotional and physical security before new academic and social risks can be taken.
    •The school is organized into small learning communities where teachers know their students well.
    •Teams of teachers meet regularly to discuss the curriculum and students in their charge.
    •Curriculum is challenging, differentiated, and based on the state frameworks.
    •Best teaching practices are agreed upon by the staff and are based on research done on effective middle
    school instruction.
    •A policy of shared decision-making rather than top-down decision-making is adopted.
    •Partnerships with parents and community agencies are in place to better serve the needs of our students.
    •Various forms of assessments are on-going and serve not only to gauge success but also provide direction
    for school improvement.
    •Students are given opportunities in after-school activities that enrich their lives and experiences.

    Core Values
    Our core values exhibit the synthesis of both the mission and vision statements.

    We believe that respect is the basic requirement for whatever community we hope to achieve –

    •Respect for the truth, which is honesty
    •Respect for differences, which is the essence of diversity
    •Respect for one’s self, which is the foundation of our human dignity
    •Respect for each other’s person and property which is a matter of law
    •And a respect for the rules and the authority that governs us, which creates our community

    1 In 1989, The Carnegie Corporation of New York issued "Turning Points: Preparing American Youth for the 21st Century," a landmark report which recognized the need to strengthen the academic core of middle schools and establish caring, supportive environments which value adolescents. Learn more about us...

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    North Middlesex Regional School District is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.

    Job Requirements

    • Education and Qualifications:
      Master’s of Education Degree from an accredited college or university is required. Prior experience as a Middle School Principal is preferred. At least five years of successful middle school teaching and administrative experience with evidence of strong leadership ability. Selected candidate must be licensed as a Principal/Assistant Principal (5-12) from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

      Ability and Experience:
      Previous administrative experience is required. Experience with curriculum, including implementation and evaluation of curriculum, staff development programs and provisions of Education Reform Law regarding the role of the Principal. Demonstrated ability with developmentally appropriate programs, interdisciplinary curriculum and integrated Special Education programs. Knowledge of special education regulations. Good public relations skills and tangible evidence of ability to relate to pupils, parents, colleagues and the central office administration. Experience with developmentally appropriate social-emotional programs and/or curriculum. Ability to initiate technology integrated with curriculum that is responsive to a wide range of learning styles. Ability to engage students, staff, parents and community members in the teaching-learning process.

      WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative to those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
      Physical Demands: Minimal to light physical effort is generally required in performing duties in an office environment. Attendance at school sponsored events or evening meetings is required.
    • At least 5 years of relevant experience preferred
    • Master degree preferred
    • Citizenship, residency or work visa required

    Application Instructions

    To be considered for this position, a completed application must consist of the following:

    1. Cover Letter
    2. Up-to-date resume
    3. A letter of recommendation from each of the attached references
    4. All graduate and undergraduate transcripts
    5. Certifications (if applicable)
    6. Test Scores (if applicable)
    7. Language Skills (other than English)

    Application Questions

    There ARE NO application questions required FOR this job posting.

    Contact Information

    • Brad Brooks , Director of Special Education
    • 66 Brookline Street
    • Townsend, Massachusetts 01469

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