School Info

Partnership for Assessment of Readiness 
for College and Career

February 25, 2015

 Dear Johnson School Families,

Each spring since 1998 students in Massachusetts have been tested for proficiency in English Language Arts and Mathematics using the MCAS test.  In 2011 the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education adopted the Common Core State Standards.  Last year the state began piloting a new test, which would align with the updated state standards. This year schools across the state have had the choice between

Administering MCAS or PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career).

Over the next couple of years, it is very likely that MCAS will be phased out and PARCC will be adopted.  Since we have begun to shift our curriculum to align with the Common Core and we desire to become familiar with the new state test we have decided to administer PARCC to the Johnson School students this year.  Slightly more than half of the districts in Massachusetts have made the same choice.

The first testing period will be March 23-April 3, 2015 with five testing session within that time frame.  The second round of PARCC will run from May 11-22 with three testing sessions within that time frame.   Johnson School students will be taking a paper-based test as opposed to the computer version of the test.  English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics will be administered in both of these time frames.  Fourth grade students will not take the Long Composition as they did with the MCAS but writing will be part of the ELA units in the March test. Fifth grade students are required to take the Science and Technology/Engineering MCAS in May (5-19).  

Student, school and district results will be reported to the school and parents similarly to MCAS, and we will analyze our performance as we do with all student-learning assessments.  We have worked to deliver additional resources to teachers, examine our curriculum and refine our instructional strategies.

This is new territory for all of us.  We believe that in choosing PARCC this year we will begin to familiarize our students to the newest state test.    Please remember the importance of attendance not only during the testing times but also in the weeks leading up to PARCC.  We will endeavor to make more information available over the next few weeks during this time of transition.


Philip F. Devaux, Ed.D.                        Diane D. Mulcahy, M.Ed., CAGS

Superintendent                                    Principal

link to PARCC Info

Channel 7 and 5 Storm Alert Systems

As winter weather approaches, we will post our weather

delays and openings on television as usual.

Channel 7 News is offering parents and school employees

the option of receiving a cell phone call regarding school

cancellations or other changes in schedule due to weather

issues. Go, click on closing alerts, input

your cell phone number, the name of your carrier and then

choose the district(Nahant) or school(s) you want to be

updated about. Nahant will be listed but other schools

such as Swampscott or private/parochial schools are

also listed. It seems that you will get a text message,

not an actual phone call.

Channel 5 is offering the same option.

Go to




Please be advised that student’s Special Education (Chapter 766) records prior to the 2005 school year will be destroyed on or about February 1st, 2015.

If you wish to obtain a copy of your records, please contact the:

Nahant Public Schools

Johnson School

239 Castle Road

Nahant, MA  01908

# 781-581-1600 ext: 296

This does not pertain to current Special Education Student’s records.

This notice does not pertain to student’s transcripts which are dealt under 603 CMR 23.06

Parking in the fire lane in front of the school is strictly forbidden.

Cars should not park in the drop off areas. Parents wishing to escort their child in the morning, or remain at school, should park in one of the designated parking lots. Once a student has exited the vehicle, the vehicle must pull away and leave the area to avoid traffic jams and accidents.

There will be a police presence at school to help us enforce this school policy.

Noncompliance of this school policy will not be tolerated. Your cooperation in this matter would be appreciated.

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