MATTAPOISETT — Superintendent Michael S. Nelson wishes to thank all those who helped to make the 2020-21 school year successful.
The district would like to thank all faculty and staff members for their commitment to students.
“Like every year, our faculty and staff are the lifeblood of our schools. Our educators went the extra mile by adjusting their teaching practices, learning new technologies or strategies to educate their students, and found innovative ways to stay connected with their students and help students stay connected with each other,” Superintendent Nelson said. “Our principals and administrative staff spent significant time planning how to get our students safely back in school, supported our teachers throughout the year and regularly communicated with students and families. I would also like to thank all of our other building and department staff such as food services, technology, custodial and maintenance and transportation, who went above and beyond to make sure our students could learn safely and had the resources they needed.”
Building, district and municipal health staff also played a crucial role this year in making sure the proper protocols and precautions were in place to help students and staff stay as safe and healthy as possible.
“Our first priority throughout the school year was ensuring our students and staff remained safe and healthy,” Superintendent Nelson said. “Our nurses and physicians across the district continually monitored health guidance and created and adjusted our health protocols and precautionary measures as needed. We also received invaluable guidance from our local health departments in Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester and we are grateful for their support and advice as we navigated the year.”
The town administrators, Select Boards and school committees of Marion, Mattapoisett, Old Rochester and Rochester were also valuable partners this year as the district worked to offer safe and meaningful learning experiences during the pandemic.
“Our partners across the tri-towns are always valuable advocates for the district, and we were especially grateful for their advice and assistance this year,” Superintendent Nelson said. “They helped us to make decisions and overcome challenges as we planned for the known and unknown, and as always they were wonderful supporters of our schools.”
Finally, the district would like to thank and recognize all of its students and families.
“We are very appreciative of the patience, support and cooperation we’ve received from our students and families during this unprecedented year,” Superintendent Nelson said. “Our students demonstrated incredible perseverance and resilience and made the best of various learning models and events that needed to be held in non-traditional ways. Of course, our students would not be as successful as they are each year without the support of their parents and families. We wish our entire school community a safe, healthy and enjoyable summer.”