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Gardner School
Phone 508-675-7899 10 Church Street Principal
Fax 508-646-4410 Swansea, MA 02777 Joanne M. Furze

MISSION: Public Education in Swansea shall provide each student a safe and nurturing environment in which to develop values,knowledge
and skills needed to foster lifelong learning, achieve full potential in his or her personal, social and work life, and to contribute actively in the civic,moral and economic spirit of our diverse and changing democratic community and society.

January 8, 2015

Dear Parent or Guardian:
We are pleased to enclose an overview of our school’s “report card”. Report cards answer important questions about a school's overall performance and contain specific information about student enrollment and teacher qualifications, student achievement, accountability, how a school is performing relative to other schools in the district and the state, and the progress made toward narrowing proficiency gaps for different groups of students.

In this report you will find the following important information about our school:
Student enrollment and teacher quality: This section of the report card provides information about the students and teachers in our school as compared to the district and the state. If your child attends a school that receives federal Title I funds, you also have the right to request the following information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers:
  • Whether your child’s teacher is licensed in the grade levels and subject areas they teach
  • Whether your child’s teacher is teaching under an emergency license or waiver
  • The college degree and major of your child’s teacher
  • Whether your child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications.
School and district accountability information: This section of the report contains three important pieces of information:
  • Accountability and Assistance Levels: Schools and districts are placed into one of five accountability and assistance levels (1-5), with the highest performing in Level 1 and lowest performing in Level 5.
  • School Percentiles: A school percentile between 1 and 99 is reported for most schools. This number shows the overall performance of our school relative to other schools that serve the same or similar grades.
  • Progress and Performance Index (PPI): The PPI is a number that indicates our school’s progress toward narrowing proficiency gaps, or, in other words, helping all students reach proficiency and be prepared for success after high school. Massachusetts has set a goal of reducing proficiency gaps by half between the years 2011 and 2017. For a group of students to be considered to be making sufficient progress toward narrowing proficiency gaps, its cumulative PPI must be 75 or higher.

We encourage you to become involved in helping us improve our school. Some of the ways you can become involved are:
  • Encouraging your child’s learning at home
  • Attending parent-teacher meetings and other special meetings
  • Serving as a volunteer in our school or district
  • Encouraging other parents to become involved
For more information about our school’s report card or to request information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers, please feel free to contact us at 508 675-7899


Joanne Furze

The Swansea Public Schools are committed to ensuring that all of its programs and facilities are accessible to all members of the public. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation. The content of all Swansea school publications is available upon request in languages other than English.



Morning Arrival/Drop-Off

Morning drop-off begins at 8:30 a.m. Parents dropping off students will proceed to the end of Church Street and take a right on Nicolls Street. Do not enter the first driveway after the school; it is reserved exclusively for buses. After stopping at the stop sign, bear right into the student drop-off area. Pull up as far as you can into the drop-off area, so that as many vehicles as possible can unload simultaneously. Students should exit the vehicle on the passenger side of the car and walk along the sidewalk to the playground entrance. After dropping off your child, continue through the loop to exit onto Nicolls Street. Please be courteous and patient while waiting to drop off your child. Avoid passing other vehicles on the left or making u-turns; the safety of the students is our top priority. If you wish to park and escort your child to the playground, please enter the parking lot at the intersection of Church and Nicolls Street. Use the crosswalk closest to the playground to cross Nicolls Street and walk on the sidewalk to the playground entrance. If your child is late arriving to school, please park in the parking lot and escort your child into the building, using the main entrance.

Afternoon Arrival/Pick-Up

The school day ends at 3:15 p.m. Parents picking up their child should enter the parking lot at the corner of Church and Nicolls Street. Once the parking lot is full, proceed into the loop for morning pickup, pulling up as far as you can so that everyone will have room to park. Enter the building through the playground gate at the northwest corner of the building no earlier than 3:05. Proceed around the building on the sidewalk into the gym, where staff members will be available to sign out your child. Please have a photo ID with you to present to the staff members on duty to verify your identity. If anyone other than a parent will be picking up a student, we must have a note letting us know that you are allowing this person to sign out your child. Once your child has been dismissed, exit through the rear door of the gymnasium and proceed around the building on the sidewalk to return to your vehicle. For safety reasons, please use the crosswalk to enter the parking lot. Please leave the gym and playground area as soon as you pick up your child, as the Surround Care program utilizes both areas immediately after school. If you are waiting for a student coming from Brown School, please wait on the sidewalk near the student drop-off sign. The bus driver will release your child to you at that point, provided he/she has the proper authorization to do so.

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+ Daignault, Patricia
+ Furze, Joanne
+ Notarangelo, Susan
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