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Massachusetts is updating its sex education guidelines for the first time in 24 years 

In June 2023, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts shared with the public a draft of a new framework that will guide how elementary, middle and high schools in the state approach sex education.

The last time Massachusetts issued guidelines that specify expectations for what Massachusetts students learn about sex in schools was 24 years ago, when most U.S. homes were not yet internet-connected.

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Winchester Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Frank Hackett told Winchester News:

As I'm sure you know, the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted to put the Draft Comprehensive Health and Physical Education Framework out for public comment on June 27, 2023. This is an important step, which closes at the end of August. No additional timelines have been announced, but I anticipate the Board will review the feedback and determine the next steps. I have seen this process play out with other content areas and know that the final version may still be weeks or months away.

Winchester's curriculum development process is very deliberate, with broad-based educator involvement in determining how to best deliver instruction and assess state standards. The challenge is that these standards were released for public comment after school was already out. Ideally, the process would have allowed public comment to end in the spring with final approval sometime in May so we could have had time to begin our review and planning work this summer.  

With that, our next steps will be: 

1. Wait for the release of the approved Framework;

2. Conduct an in-depth review of the Framework to understand both the specific standards as well as the broader concepts;3. Determine what is new, what is updated, and what was already in the previous framework;4. Determine specific grades/courses where we are already teaching the standards and identify where and how any new standards need to be implemented;5. Determine what resources (people, materials, etc.) are needed and, if needed, explore funding options, including possible FY25 budgetary recommendations for the School Committee;

6. Begin the work of how we will assess the standards and student growth/performance, as well as how we will teach the standards.


Jenks talks on environmental issues

Jenks talks on environmental issues

Jenks speakers address optimization of major decision making and current events shaping the Commonwealth’s energy and environmental future. By John Brown, Ron Latanision, and Walter Hubbard  On March 8, Rich Adler, founder of DecisionPath, joined us to follow up on his February 2023 presentation, speaking this time on “Revisiting

How well do you know Winchester?

How well do you know Winchester?

Last time was very tricky but our all-time champ, Michael Arwe, gets honorable mention for figuring out what it was (with a hint from yours truly). See last week’s to refresh your memory. Arwe emailed, “I did the Main Street bridge, the Waterfield Road bridge, the Mt. Vernon Street

Pony rides on Winchester Common

Pony rides on Winchester Common

The following was submitted by Preschool Social Academy: On Saturday, April 27, get ready to have some fun with pony rides on Winchester Common, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the corner of Church Street and Waterfield Road. The event will happen either rain or

Health Department to host tent for Safe Disposal Day, April 27

Health Department to host tent for Safe Disposal Day, April 27

The following was submitted by the Health Department: On Saturday, April 27, the Health Department and the Winchester Coalition for a Safer Community will have a tent outside the Transfer Station gate, 15 McKay Ave., from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Safe Disposal Day, or DEA National