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Back-to-School 2023

August 17, 2023

Dear Clipper Families,

I hope you’re enjoying a fun-filled summer making memories with family and friends! 

Our exceptionally dedicated custodians have been busy all summer preparing our buildings for September, and teachers and staff are starting to set up their classrooms. The buzz of excitement is in the air, signaling a fantastic year to come in Falmouth Public Schools. 

The first day of school is just around the corner. Here is some important information as you plan for the new year

First Day of School for Grades 1-12: Tuesday, September 5

The new year for Grades 1-12 will begin on Tuesday, September 5 (the day after Labor Day). Start/dismissal times are as follows: Falmouth High School, 7:22 - 2:03; Lawrence School, 8:15 - 2:45; Morse Pond School, 8:25-2:50; K-4 Elementary Schools, 9:05 - 3:30. For more information, visit our website

Kindergarten Orientation: Tuesday, September 5

The newest members of Clipper Nation will have Kindergarten Orientation on Tuesday, September 5. Half the students will begin on September 6, with the other half starting on September 7. September 8 is our first full day for kindergarten students in all four elementary schools. 

PowerSchool Accounts

At the beginning of last school year, all families received information on how to create their parent/guardian PowerSchool accounts. Beginning of the year forms will again be available in PowerSchool. Support for completing these forms will be available at elementary school Open House events as well as other school events as announced by each principal in their back-to-school communications. If you are ready to complete your forms, they are currently available. You can use our website to access your PowerSchool account. 

Free Breakfast and Lunch 

Free universal breakfast and lunch will continue thanks to our State Legislators, Governor Maura Healey, and all the child advocates who made this landmark legislation possible for all students in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

Transportation 

Bus route information is available on our website. If you have specific questions about transportation, you may contact Mr. Aiden Molloy, Director of Transportation, at 508-548-0151, ext. 176, and by email: amolloy@falmouth.k12.ma.us

Free or Reduced Cost Internet

The Falmouth Public Schools is partnering with Better Broadband for Falmouth (BB4F) to provide student households with free or significantly discounted internet service. Over 40% of Falmouth households qualify. BB4F volunteers can help student households apply. For confidential assistance, contact Peter Clark: pelaclark@icloud.com; 508-566-2726, or David Isenberg, isen@isen.com;  508-548-5924. 

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

At the start of a new school year, we recommit to making all of our schools safe, welcoming learning environments for students, families, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. In order to achieve our vision for student learning, we are engaged in an equity audit. This audit includes surveys, so you can share your voice and help us strengthen the Clipper Experience. Families and students will each receive surveys to capture their ideas and experiences. Please be sure to participate and be part of the process.

New Principal of East Falmouth Elementary

I’m proud to introduce Kelty Kelley, who officially began her role as principal of East Falmouth Elementary School in July. Kelty brings more than 30 years of experience in the field of special education, during which she has illustrated her commitment to quality education for all children. Learn more about Kelty in the latest edition of the Clipper Corner, and please join me in welcoming her to Falmouth Public Schools. We’re so lucky to have her expertise and passion.

Falmouth Road Race

Sunday is the Falmouth Road Race, a perfect example of the strong, supportive relationship between the community of Falmouth and our public school system. Since its inception in 1973, the Falmouth Road Race Inc. has made countless opportunities available to our Clippers, through scholarships, grants, donations, and more. In turn, the event wouldn’t be possible without each and every participant, from runners to organizers to spectators. FPS will be well-represented, both on the course, with runners on behalf of dozens of school-based nonprofit organizations, and on the sidelines, with PTOs and extra-curricular clubs volunteering to raise important funds for their groups, all of which will make a positive impact on our students. 

To our returning Clippers, I look forward to seeing you soon, and to our new students and families, I can’t wait to welcome you to Clipper Nation.

Sincerely,

Lori S. Duerr, Ed.D.
Superintendent
Falmouth Public Schools