Monday, January 7, 2013
Five things principals, educators, PTA members, parents and students need to know.
The school year is in full swing in Reading and North Reading, and Reading-North Reading Patch will be there to cover all the big news. But we can’t do it without your help. To make sure you get the most out of Patch for the rest of the school year, we invite you to get active in the news-gathering process. There are five things you can do to make sure your school and its students get all the coverage they deserve from Patch: You can also become a blogger and share your school's news directly with Patch readers on a regular basis. To find out more about using Patch this school year, just email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
School lunches now include more fruits and vegetables and fewer calories.
School lunches are not what they used to be; they’re better. As students file into the lunch line in the North Reading High School cafeteria they are finding more than just a hot or cold lunch option. Students are able to choose from a variety of healthier options including a made-to-order sandwich, and Director of Food Services Anna McGovern oversees the line reminding students to add a fruit or vegetable to their lunch tray. To improve health and combat childhood obesity, the National School Lunch program and USDA have set new requirements for school districts to follow when it comes to school lunches. As part of the National School Lunch program, the North Reading School district adheres to these guidelines and now incorporates more …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Upload your photos and add a full-sentence caption.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Wednesday marked the first day of school for students of North Reading Public Schools and with that in mind we'd love to see all your photos of your kids readying for the big day. Did you have a little one going to school for the first time? Or a high schooler dressed up for the start of their senior year? Whatever the case may be, upload your photos to this post and we'll create a photo gallery. Before you start trying to upload photos, make sure you've created a Reading-North Reading Patch user account (if you don't already have one), then log in. Once logged in, click the "Upload Photos and Videos" button found above or below the photo gallery. After yor image has uploaded to the site, mae sure to include a full-sentence caption and …
Friday, August 31, 2012
Superintendent Willis addresses parents and students before they head back to school.
- BACK TO SCHOOL
Friday, August 31, 2012
The following was submitted by Kathleen M. Willis Superintendent of Schools: Welcome back to school! I hope you enjoyed the summer months and will continue to do so through Labor Day. The start of the new school year is right around the corner and the schools are ready to open. Our teachers and staff join me in welcoming you to the new school year. This year the first day of school for students in grades one through twelve is Wednesday, September 5, 2012. Preschool and kindergarten students and their parents are scheduled for orientation sessions on September 5th and 6th. All preschool and kindergarten students will begin their classes on Friday, September 7th. Please be sure to check the start and dismissal times for your school. Details …
Find out who the new teachers are in Reading and North Reading.
School started Wednesday in Reading and will start Sept. 5 in North Reading. Here is a list of the new teachers and what subject they will teach, as provided by the Reading and North Reading School Districts: New teachers and staff in Reading: New teachers and staff in North Reading:
Monday, July 30, 2012
Chartwells is also planning to increase produce used during winter months.
Chartwells School Dining Services provides food for North Reading schools and is planning to increase the amount of fresh and frozen produce used to make school lunches for North Reading students. "We do have a very big commitment as far as using as much local produce as possible," said Northeast Regional Executive Chef Glenn Brunetti. The company has really made it a priority, Brunetti said. Chartwells recently held a summit in Worcester that brought school officials, farmers and legislators together to ensure that all involved are aware that demand is greater than supply when it comes to local produce, Brunetti said. Chartwells is also working to increase the amount of fresh produce used during winter months. They started working with a…
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Four third-grade students from the Batchelder School won a national science award in a Toshiba contest.
Four third-graders from the Batchelder School in North Reading have been selected as a national winner for the 2012 Toshiba/National Science Teachers Association ExploraVision program, according to the Boston Globe. Megan Carey, Sarah Hatton, Brian Heffernan and Blake Miller make up the The SMARTdesk team and their entry in the contest was chosen from 4,807. The students stay after school at least once per week to work on their project, and have been since October. They are trying to build the desk of the future. For several months, they have been working on every detail. They have built a prototype, a web site and a rap song that describes their project. According to the Globe, their SMARTdesk will help teachers with attendance, …
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Readers want to know if that "pink slime" they have seen on the news recently is used in school lunches.
Welcome to You Ask... Patch Answers where we answer readers questions. We recently received questions about the "pink slime" or beef trimmings used in beef. Patch readers want to find out if those trimmings are used in school lunches. Here's your answer. According to the school food services department in North Reading, beef trimmings are used in their lunches. However, they plan to use the rest of the trimmings before the end of April and do not plan to reorder. "The food industry has been using what is more correctly called boneless lean beef trimmings for many years. These trimmings are used extensively in food processing and are strictly monitored through the FDA, USDA and international food safety agencies," said North Reading …
Friday, January 6, 2012
When and how will I know school is canceled?
Welcome to You Asked...Patch Answers where we answer readers questions. We recently received questions about school cancellations. Patch readers want to know how they can find out when school is cancelled. Here's your answer. Turn to Patch. Check in with us in the morning to find out if school will be open. We'll post a bulletin and send out a breaking news alert if school is cancelled. We will also post the news on Facebook and Twitter. Haven't signed up for alerts yet? Go to our homepage and click on "Patch newsletter" to sign up. Superintendent Kathleen Willis will make the decision before 6 a.m. and send an Alert Now message to parents via email or text. You can also check the North Reading Public School District's website to see if …
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Children have to be five-years-old to enroll in kindergarten.
The School Committee approved a new policy at their meeting last Monday. Children now have to be five-years-old to enroll in kindergarten, the North Reading Transcript reported on Thursday. Under the previous policy, students could be five or six-years-old by the first day of school. Some were concerned that the date would prevent a student who completed private kindergarten and turned six after August 31 from enrolling in first grade, according to the Transcript. However, requesting a readiness examination from the North Reading Pupil Services Department would prevent that from happening. All final decisions on admission to first grade are made by the Superintendent of Schools.