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Important Registration Information for Homeless/Displaced Students
The Somerville Public Schools liaison for homeless and displaced students is:
Dr. Tanya McDonald
Director of Special Education
(908) 218-4100

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Dr. Timothy J. Purnell
Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Purnell
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Core Values/Beliefs
1.    We believe that children learn best in a challenging, motivating, safe, secure, nurturing, encouraging, and respectful environment that fosters a love of lifelong learning.
2.    We believe in providing learning opportunities to meet the diverse needs of each individual child.
3.    We believe that the mosaic of every child includes the fine arts, STEAM, and extracurricular activities.
4.    We believe that professional development is essential to the fabric of the teaching profession allowing teachers to build on current practices and constantly improve instruction.
5.    We believe in a collaborative approach to learning and engagement that includes students, district employees, parents, community members, and community partnerships.

Mission Statement
Somerville Public Schools provide the highest quality education through an environment that promotes individual excellence.
Strategic Themes
Strategic Themes were established at the August 29, 2015 Board of Education Summer Workshop in an effort to identify areas of focus for district's five-year strategic plan (VISION2020) which takes into account the Mission Statement and Core Beliefs.   The Board developed these themes and year 1 targets after a careful review of all data and information collected through the community-wide needs assessment survey.   Ongoing input and feedback is welcomed via email and/or tweeting with the hastag #Ville2020.  
VISION2020 Strategic Themes
1.  Building Cultural Competence
2.  Preparing for College and Career
3.  Growing Professional Development Opportunities. 
Communicating Progress
Progress towards the completion of building goals (Wildly Important Goals) will be reflected in the District Dashboard (displayed below).
WIG Final

The District Dashboard (shown above) displays progress towards the Wildly Important Goals (WIGs) in each school. 
The WIGs emulate the concepts of the book, The 4 Disciplines of Execution.  Now established,  these goals have become the heart and mission of each of our schools.  

Each month, the superintendent and various administrators conduct a purpose-driven walkthrough of each building alongside of the building principal. These walkthroughs focus on the accomplishment of the building WIG and improving classroom instruction.
Select the links below to view each school's
individual WIG and rubric.

Van Derveer Preschool - Grade 2         Van Derveer Grade 3 - 5
Somerville Middle School                Somerville High School
The District Dashboard is a graphic tool to focus the efforts and attention of all district stakeholders on accomplishing
specific, quantifiable, goals.  

  • Classroom Closeup  
    Be sure to tune in to Classroom Close-up this Sunday, October 11th (7:30 am,12:30 pm, or 7:30 pm) to view the SHS Chamber Choir and
    SHS Choral Teacher extraordinaire/2013 County Teacher of the Year, Karen Gorzynski.   

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