Nauset's decision to drop 6th grade advanced classes a good one [Letter]

Editor's note: The following letter was received in response to a recent post by blogger Roger MacBride entitled "Nauset goes backwards? D-Y moves forward?" on March 6, 2012.

To the Editor:

Clearly, Mr. MacBride is misinformed.  To post incorrect information under such an inflammatory headline is irresponsible.  Nauset Middle School recently decided to not offer advanced classes in the 6th grade only.  Advanced classes are, and will continue to be, offered to qualifying students in the 7th and 8th grades. 

These advanced classes prepare the students for an ever-increasing array of Honors and AP classes at Nauset High School.  To clear up the confusion and misinformation surrounding the decision to not offer advanced classes in the 6th grade, Principal Dr. Maxine Minkoff, along with Superintendent Dr. Richard Hoffman and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Bonny Gifford, delivered an insightful and comprehensive presentation to a group of interested parents, teachers and community members.  (See Nauset Regional Middle School makes changes in 6th grade teaching)

The decision was made after a thorough review of research, discussion with the School Council, and with the full support of the Middle School teachers and administration.  If Mr. MacBride would like to become informed on this topic, and in all the other ways in which Nauset Middle School is constantly working to improve academic rigor and maintain its high standards, perhaps he should contact Dr. Minkoff or Dr. Hoffmann.

Eileen Steinmetz
Brewster, MA

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