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HARVARD– Bromfield School Principal Jim O’Shea lead into a presentation on the school improvement plan by first expressing how important the Bromfield School Council is and highlighting some of school’s previous successes.

“These people are very viable,” he said at the June 23 School Committee meeting. “Everyone shows up and they really are a vital part to our school.”

Over the past year the school has developed and implemented a writing intervention program, including a writing lab, and addressed the ongoing concerns of how much homework is handed out as well as the quality of it.

The school is looking at possibly doing a homework survey with students but Associate Principal Scott Hoffman said the issue is often a very defensive subject.

“You have students that want to be perfect,” he said. “So, we’re not sure how many hours they’re spending on those homework assignments versus other students.”

Some of the teachers have created online sites for parents to access what assignments their child is being given, O’Shea added.

One of the school’s goals is to continue furthering the “one Bromfield” approach.

“We want a seamless integration of the middle and high school,” O’Shea said. “We want to continue to identify and address any issues as well as reinstate the student to student mentoring. We really want to look at the school as an entirety.”

One way of implementing the mentoring program, according to O’Shea, is to have the high school students work with the six and seventh students.

Going forward, the first goal is to integrate core content knowledge with critical thinking skills needed for success in the 21st century for Harvard’s entire pre-school through 12th grade curricula, which is more district-minded than one school itself.

The second goal focuses on reviewing the existing intervention services and support for a multi-tiered intervention program to assist students.

“We want to become more streamlined,” O’Shea said. “We also need to be more invested in the Teacher Support Team.”

The third goal is to implement a pro-active curriculum to help maintain a learning environment free of bullying, cyber-bullying and harassment.

“Cyber-bullying is one of those issues that’s becoming more and more prevalent across the country,” O’Shea said. “It’s not like we have a major problem but we can see it on the horizon. Let’s see if we can do something about it before it becomes an issue.”

The fourth goal is to design and implement a program to recognize student achievement in all areas of the community experience, by making sure students outside of athletics are honored for their efforts and success.

Another goal of the school is to establish systems to promote effective communication between the administration, staff and community.

Committee member Keith Cheveralls commended O’Shea and his staff for the work they’ve done so far.

“This just feels good,” Cheveralls said.

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