Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Residents are welcome to attend the dedication of the arts center at RMHS Friday.
Residents are welcome to attend the dedication of the William E. Endslow Performing Arts Center at Reading Memorial High School this Friday, according to the Boston Globe. The event, which Endslow is scheduled to attend, starts at 7 p.m. Endslow retired in 2012 after spending many years as an arts and drama teacher in town. He was also the director of the high school drama club and chairman of the art and drama department. Reading's Facilities Naming Subcommittee voted unanimously to name the high school performing arts center after Endslow, the Globe said.
Monday, May 20, 2013
Austin Preparatory School in Reading inducted nearly 50 students into four National Foreign Language Honor Societies during its annual induction ceremony.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
In honor of National Teacher Day, we ask you to share your stories of gratitude, and let us know who the best teacher in Reading is.
Tuesday, May 7, is National Teacher Day, according to the National Education Association. Teachers have long been among the most unsung heroes of our time, affecting and shaping the brains of countless individuals without truly getting acknowledged for their remarkable influence. By the way, teachers, bring your teacher ID to any Chipotle and the meal's on them. The details are on the restaurant's Facebook page. Today, in honor of this day, we ask you to share your stories about your favorite teacher. Or, we ask that you shine the light on a remarkable teacher in Reading. Did an educator change your life? Say something to you, or teach you something that would forever influence you? Who do you think is the best teacher in town, and why? …
There will be an open mic tonight for the finalists.
Reading Public Schools announced four finalists for the Alice M. Barrows Elementary School Principal Search. All four finalists will participate in an open mic night Tuesday, May 7 starting at 6:30 p.m. Parents and community members are invited to ask questions and get to know the finalists. The four finalists are second grade teacher from Brookline Public Schools Jennifer Buller, Franklin Public Schools Elementary School Acting Principal Abigail Dressler, Triton Regional Schools School Assistant Principal Heather Leonard and Peabody Public Schools fifth grade teacher/Assistant Principal Amy Pasquarello. Resumes for each candidate are posted on the district Edline Website. Residents are invited to get to know the finalists Tuesday, May 7 …
Friday, April 26, 2013
Michael Connelly will replace Carl Nelson as director of finance and operations.
Reading resident Michael Connelly will be the North Reading school district's new director of finance and operations, according to North Reading School Committee Chairman Mel Webster. Carl Nelson, who currently holds the position, will retire on June 30. Three finalists, selected from 35 candidates, were interviewed by the search committee last week. They voted unanimously to hire Connelly, Webster said. Connelly has accepted the position and is in the contract negotiation stage of the hiring process. He is currently the director of finance and operations for the Lincoln-Sudbury Regional School District, Webster said. According to North Reading Superintendent Kathleen Willis, Connelly graduated from Babson College with a Bachelor of …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
And other news from Tuesday night's selectmen meeting.
Future Reading preschoolers and kindergarteners from the Eaton and Barrows Elementary School may one day have a school of their own. The School Committee and Board of Selectmen are working to buy the building at 172A Woburn St., next to St. Agnes Church, for that purpose. The School Committee voted this fall to offer free, full day kindergarten to all Reading kindergartners at an unspecified future date and has been looking for space for those students. The purchase price for the Woburn Street building: $1.4 million. The building would also need renovation. No estimate of the cost per taxpayer was given Tuesday night at a joint meeting of the Board of Selectmen and School Committee. To calculate that figure, you’d have to know the total …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Sarah Marchant will be the new interim principal.
Superintendent John Doherty announced that he suspended the Coolidge Middle School principal search and appointed Sarah Marchant, according to a press release from Reading Public Schools. Marchant will be the interim principal starting July 1. Marchant is a seventh and eigth grade teacher and team leader at Coolidge Middle. She started working at the school in 2005 and has assisted with many school and district initiatives since, according to the release. Marchant worked with other teachers to implement Common Core State Standards and related developing assessments. She has a bachelors degree from Williams College and a masters from Boston University. She has taught at Northfield Mount Hermon High School, Buckingham Browne and Nichols and…
Friday, April 5, 2013
Four "alerts" were discovered in the parking lot of the school.
Around 9 a.m. Friday, the Middlesex County Sherriff’s Office K-9 Unit locked down Reading Memorial High School and conducted a canine search of the building and parking lot, according to Reading Public Schools and police. "All parking lots, common areas, lockers, and some random classrooms were searched in accordance with proper legal procedures and the Reading School Committee Policy JIH on Search and Seizure," a press release from Reading Public Schools and police said. "This lockdown and search drill was the result of extensive planning with school and police personnel and every effort was made to minimize the disruption to instruction." The school was locked down for about 25 minutes, according to the release. No “alerts” were …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Three finalists are in the running for the position.
UPDATE: Superintendent John Doherty confirmed that Adam Colantuoni withdrew his name from consideration as he accepted a principal position in another school district. Reading Public Schools announced the finalists for the position of Coolidge Middle School principal this week, according to the Daily Times Chronicle. Current principal Craig Martin was appointed to the position of Assistant Superintendent for Learning and Teaching. Martin will replace Patty de Garavilla after she retires in June. The finalists are Assistant Principal of Galvin Middle School in Wakefield Adam Colantuoni, Assistant Principal of Jonas Clarke Middle School in Lexington and Reading resident Jennifer Turner and former Headmaster of Dover-Sherborn Middle School …
Zaya has been the Interim Assistant Principal for Athletics and Extra-curricular Activities for the 2012-13 school year.
Reading Memorial High School Principal Principal Kevin Higginbottom announced this week that Tom Zaya has been officially appointed to the position of Assistant Principal for Athletics and Extra-Curricular Activities, according to Reading Public Schools. Zaya has been the Interim Assistant Principal for Athletics and Extra-curricular Activities for the current school year and "has done an excellent job fulfilling the duties and responsibilities of this position," according to a recent press release. Before taking his current position, Zaya was the Health and Wellness Department Chair at RMHS. He was also on the Board of Directors for the Reading Coalition Against Substance Abuse. "In his interim role, Tom has displayed a dedication to …