Category Archive: News Releases

Feb 24

Annual Report for Year Ending 2016 Now Available Online

The  Annual Report for year ending 2016 is now available online.  New this year is the inclusion of the District Report Card and the Auditor’s Report.  (The Auditor’s Report will be posted and made available shortly. The delay is due to finalizing the District’s reporting of fixed assets.)

Hard copies of the report will be available at the Superintendent’s Office and each of the district schools, public libraries, and town halls by March 3rd.  Requests for hardcopies may be directed to the Superintendent’s Office at 382-6119.

2016 Annual Report – Timberlane

2016 Annual Report – Timberlane – Appendix A – District Report Card

2016 Annual Report – Timberlane – Appendix B – Auditor’s Report

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Feb 23

Implementation and Results with Achieve3000

The Timberlane Regional School District implemented Achieve3000®’s differentiated literacy platform in the middle and high schools in November 2016. Students quickly learned what Lexile® level they needed to be on track for college and career readiness, set monthly and year-end goals with teachers, and began tracking their own growth. Within the first few weeks of implementation, teachers were already seeing real results regarding their students’ Lexile proficiency and college/career readiness.

This process began with a pilot program in September 2016. Most of October was spent establishing students’ baseline Lexile levels and bringing teachers up to speed on the new system. At the end of the month, with levels set for about 98 percent of its students, the district began tracking performance indicators like the number of students scoring 75 percent or higher, the percentage of students who were on track with their reading levels, and the number of activities completed.

“Over the course of a month we saw an increase in the number of activities being completed,” says Christi L. Michaud, Director of Data, Assessment, and Accountability. “At the middle school level, we saw a 2 percent jump in students on track for college/career readiness within one month of implementing Achieve3000.”

As the district went into the first week of December – having just returned from Thanksgiving break – those college/career readiness numbers jumped up to 37 percent (a number that’s since increased to 45 percent).

“From the beginning of November to the end of January, we moved over 100 students from being ‘not on track for college/career readiness’ to being ‘on track.’ We didn’t necessarily think that in three months’ usage we would surpass that expectation, but we did,” states Dr. Metzler.

In preparing for success after high school, the middle and high school students have been using Achieve3000 twice a week, both in core classes and at home. As a result, more than a hundred secondary students in grades 6-12 have increased their Lexile reading levels to be “on track” for college and career readiness – that is, meeting or exceeding the Lexile goal set for their grade level. The district’s early, positive results helped create an outpouring of support for Achieve3000 on the part of its teachers. “Teachers love to see tangible results of their efforts,” says Michaud. “And, with Achieve3000 real-time reports, it gives our teachers immediate feedback and a window into the long-term impact of their efforts on a student’s life after high school.”

“Our teachers have seen firsthand this program’s impact on maximizing rigorous instruction, and that’s been very helpful in terms of supplementing their curriculum,” says Dr. Metzler. In noting the district’s differentiated learning approach is still in its early stages, he adds, “We’re just getting started, but it feels good to already see the trajectory going in the right direction. Achieve3000 is a great learning tool that supports our goal to increase rigor, accountability, evaluation, and support necessary to drive student achievement and we have the data to prove it!”

February 23, 2017                                                                                                 *Source: Achieve3000 case study

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Feb 14

February 7th – Another Successful Blizzard Bag Day

The Timberlane Regional School District is pleased to announce the February 7th Online Learning Blizzard Bag day was a success.  For the record, Timberlane has executed three successful blizzard bag days this winter (December 12th, January 24th and February 7th).

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Feb 09

Deliberative Session Moved to Friday, February 10th, 7pm at the PAC

Due to the inclement weather, District Moderator Steven Ranlett has rescheduled the Deliberative Session to Friday, February 10th at 7pm at the Timberlane Performing Arts Center.

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Feb 03

Machemer and Manos To Co-Chair TPAF

Superintendent Dr. Earl Metzler is pleased to announce Timberlane parent, Sarah Machemer and Budget Committee member, George Manos will join District administrators, Deb Armfield and Christi Michaud in co-chairing TPAF, the Timberlane Parents Advisory Forum.

TPAF was established to address a District goal to improve community engagement and parental involvement. Since its inception in December 2015, TPAF has provided important programing information to parents through its unique interactive format. Topics have incuded assessment, transportion, and block scheduling; feedback has been very positive.

TPAF if just another example of Timberlane leading the learning! I look forward to working with these two outstanding community members. Our very best is extended to former co-chairs Kate Delfino and Julie Hammond; their continued support of our schools is greatly appreciated. – Dr. Earl Metzler

All TPAF meetings are open to parents and students and broadcasted via LIVE STREAM at Questions may be sent directly to the meeting while watching LIVE STREAM and addressed in real time. Parents may also suggest future agenda topics by emailing TPAF

February 3, 2017

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