Sturgis Charter Public School
An International Baccalaureate Diploma School
Executive Director’s Newsletter
November 7, 2007
We provide parents with this Newsletter as a means of helping you become better informed
about events and activities at Sturgis. We hope that this type of communication is helpful.
Communication, of course, is a two way street. Please do not hesitate in calling us if you have a
question or concern.
Sturgis Charter Renewed!!! Last week the MA Board of Education renewed the Sturgis charter
for the next five years through July 30, 2013. Jeffrey Nellhaus, Acting Commissioner of
Education, commended Sturgis for having a program characterized by rigor and high
expectations that is available to all students. Among other positive comments, the Acting
Commissioner also commended Sturgis for the following: a well-documented curriculum,
attaining Adequate Yearly Progress at levels higher than state averages, being financially sound
and stable, highly inclusive special education practices, and actively disseminating best practices
across the state. Members of the Board of Education did not voice any concerns regarding
Sturgis and then voted unanimously to renew our charter. Congratulations to the Sturgis Board
of Trustees, students, parents, and faculty for ensuring that Sturgis is an academic success, a
viable organization, and faithful to our charter!
Sturgis Presents the IB to College Admissions Counselors: This week Peter Steedman and Chris
Andre gave an IB presentation to the New England Association of Collegiate Registrars and
Admissions Officers at their Reverse College Day in Waterbury, CT. The Sturgis presentation,
which was very well received by the participants, focused on an orientation to the IB Diploma
Programme and the Sturgis IB for All. A similar presentation is being planned for the
organization’s annual conference in the spring.
Sturgis Continues to be a Model: With our “I