Cape School Superintendents on local public school education

Support Local Public Schools

By Ann Bradshaw, Mashpee, Richard Canfield, Sandwich, Mary Czajkowski, Barnstable, Marc Dupuis, Falmouth,  Steven Lamarche, Bourne and Carol Woodbury, Dennis-Yarmouth

The local public schools in each Cape community offer outstanding educational experiences for students, providing a rigorous curriculum and a wide range of opportunities to develop talents and to learn leadership skills.

Graduates of public high schools attend Ivy League colleges and universities, including Harvard, Brown, and the University of Pennsylvania. The Advanced Placement program offered in local public schools allows students to take college courses in high school.

Because of credit earned in AP courses taken in high school, many Cape graduates are able to enroll in sophomore, junior, and even senior-level courses as college freshmen.  Students attending Cape public schools will extend their learning this year through travel to Spain, London, Germany, Canada, Washington, D.C., and New York City.  

Partnerships with colleges and universities such as MIT enrich learning.   All professional staff in public schools are licensed; many hold advanced degrees in their fields.

Every public school district on the Cape offers innovative technologies to engage and to support students. Students have access to professional-grade software in engineering classes and learn about design and manufacturing.  

Interactive whiteboards and one-to-one computing projects bring the world into the classrooms as teachers and students use current technology as tools for teaching and learning.

Cape public schools offer a range of co-curricular activities that provide opportunities for students to experience success and to distinguish themselves for admission to highly-selective colleges.  Local public schools have award-winning art, music, and theatre programs, athletics, and opportunities to develop leadership through student government and service clubs.  

Cape Cod athletic teams consistently advance to eastern Massachusetts and division championships.  The Cape boasted three Super Bowl Champion football teams this fall, which brought together entire communities in joyous celebration.  School spirit is a wonderful thing.

Comprehensive student services are available in local public schools.  Licensed guidance counselors, school adjustment counselors, social workers, and registered nurses respond to students’ needs.  Highly trained special education teachers assist students with disabilities and collaborate with general education teachers. Individual learning needs are carefully monitored, with additional instructional support or additional challenges offered to students.  

Local public schools offer state of the art facilities, supporting academics, arts, and athletics.   Daily bus transportation is available for students as well as for after-school programs. Community public schools are safe and secure, with staff trained to respond to emergencies.  

Schools unify families through shared experiences. When students attend their local public schools, local tax dollars stay local, which helps to maintain quality programming.

When students attend public schools in their home town, they are a part of the community.  They get involved in community projects, make connections with adults in the community, and serve their neighbors.

Students learn about the unique characteristics of their home town through its schools. Students are a community’s treasure. When they attend their local schools they are vested not only in the opportunities but also the challenges which define their town.

The local community public schools provide outstanding opportunities for the development of well-rounded young people who are confident and prepared to make their way in the world.  

Ann Bradshaw Mashpee Superintendent of Schools

Richard Canfield Sandwich Superintendent of Schools

Mary Czajkowski Barnstable Superintendent of Schools

Marc Dupuis Falmouth Superintendent of Schools

Steven Lamarche Bourne Superintendent of Schools

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