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Conversations with the Superintendent

October 6, 2023

Dear Staff and Families:

Last week, I shared with you our updated Framework for Student Success. One of the three focus areas highlighted for this school year is two-way communication and partnerships. My administrative team and I are committed to improved communication in order to develop and sustain meaningful partnerships with students, families, staff, and the community. 

To that end, I am pleased to share with you a schedule of Conversations with the Superintendent for the 2023-24 school year – a series of coffee hours with families, listening sessions with faculty and staff, meetings with students, and other opportunities to share questions, concerns, and ideas with me and my team.

Reminder: The first “learning together” session in our Belonging Series is coming up! All FPS parents, guardians, and staff are invited to participate on Tuesday, October 17, 6:30 - 8:30 pm at the Falmouth Recreation Center.

Speaking of belonging, today was the second annual A Day of Belonging for our staff. I know families may be curious what happens on professional development days, so I wanted to share a glimpse into our day. We focused on our shared values to strengthen belonging among all Clippers. With support from Falmouth Education Foundation and No Place for Hate - Falmouth, we welcomed Facing History & Ourselves as well as featured workshops offered by members of our staff. We also welcomed Deputy Commissioner Dr. Regina Robinson from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) who reminded us about our Why – our purpose for entering education to champion every single student.

As we head into the long weekend, I want to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day. I value our ongoing partnership with the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and celebrate how they educate us about their history and enrich our work to create a culture of true belonging. 

I look forward to speaking with you!

Sincerely,

Lori Duerr, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools