• Important News

    During the week of November 11, 2018 the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM) will conduct a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School. The Office of Public School Monitoring visits each district and charter school every three years to monitor compliance with federal and state special education and civil rights regulations. Areas of review related to special education include student assessments, determination of eligibility, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team process, and IEP development and implementation. Areas of review related to civil rights include bullying, student discipline, physical restraint, and equal access to school programs for all students.

    In addition to the onsite visit, parent outreach is an important part of the review process. The review chairperson from the Office of Public School Monitoring will send all parents of students with disabilities an online survey that focuses on key areas of their child’s special education program. Survey results will contribute to the development of a report. During the onsite review, the Office of Public School Monitoring will interview the chairperson(s) of the district’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC). Other onsite activities may include interviews of district staff and administrators, reviews of student records, and onsite observations. Parents and other individuals may call Dee Wyatt, Public School Monitoring Chairperson, at (781) 338-3794 to request a telephone interview. If an individual requires an accommodation, such as translation, to participate in an interview, the Department will make the necessary arrangements.

    Within approximately 60 business days after the onsite visit, the review chairperson will provide the Lowell Middlesex Academy Charter School (LMACS) with a report with information about areas in which the LMACS meets or exceeds regulatory requirements and areas in which the LMACS requires assistance to correct or improve practices. The public will be able to access the report at www.doe.mass.edu/pqa/review/cpr/reports/.

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    From the Executive Director

    We are off to a HOT, HOT, HOT new school year! LMACS is ready to welcome 100 students for the 2018-2019 school year. We are accepting new students until September 28, 2018…so if you know any young people between the ages of 16 and 21 who are interested in working on their high school diplomas, please have them apply.

    As mentioned in the spring letter, we had some exciting academic achievements during the 2017-2018 school year that continued through the spring MCAS "season" where our students excelled in their MCAS tests. Congratulations to all.

    This year we will begin our field trips with the first of two visits to the Mathew Boule Memorial Park in Dracut, MA. Mat is an LMACS alum who died serving our country in 2003 in the Iraq War. The visits are very moving and emotional for all of us. At the Memorial, we get to meet Mat’s parents, Leo and Sue, and, once again, we will leave flowers in memory of all those who made the ultimate sacrifice. From the Boule Memorial, we’ll be off to Camp Massapoag for a more lighthearted afternoon where we come together as a community through boating, basketball, and burgers! (Students have come to expect a visit from the ice cream truck!!!! Very popular time of the day…)

    During the 2018-2019 academic year, we will focus on improving attendance. Our campaign is “STRIVE FOR 85”…85% attendance, that is. We predict that any student who attends 85% of the scheduled school days will be successful at LMACS and will graduate in the shortest of time possible.

    Once again this year, LMACS is very grateful to all the organizations that support our programs. We could not be able to provide this exceptional educational opportunity to our students without their help.

    So, we’re off and running at LMACS…and Go Sox!

    Margaret A. McDevitt, Ed.D.
    Executive Director