Thursday, May 23, 2013
Easton received a $400,000 federal grant to build a walking path from Lothrop Street to Easton Middle School.
Sometimes walking, running, or biking can be the best form of transportation. At least that was a message to third, fourth and fifth graders in Easton today. Students at H.H. Richardson and F.L. Olmsted Schools officially celebrated the completion of the new campus path connecting Lothrop Street to the Olmsted-Richardson and Easton Middle School parking lots Thursday morning. "Today marks the celebration of something that has been in the works for 4-5 years," Olmsted-Richardson Principal Gary Mazzola told the large group of students. After a ribbon cutting ceremony, the students walked the path with administrators, students and representatives from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. Easton received a $400,000 federal grant …
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The discussion eventually led to a motion to increase technology capital funding.
A discussion regarding school funding eventually led to a motion at Monday's Annual Town Meeting to increase the school technology line item in this year's capital budget. While the motion was shot down, Easton's schools were a hot topic throughout the evening. "I don’t see education as a priority in this town anymore," said Luis Marquez, the parent of an Oliver Ames student. "I’ve been here 17 years and I really worry about our education system." Marquez's comments came after a budget presentation made by Superintendent Michael Green, who outlined the school's $34.8 million budget (slightly more than half of the town's overall operating budget) and the district's position in relation to the rest of the state. While Easton spends $11,132.…
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Stonehill College will be holding its graduation Sunday.
Sheri S. McCoy, the chief executive officer and a director of Avon Products, will deliver the keynote address at Stonehill College's 62nd Commencement on Sunday, May 19. McCoy, who serves on Stonehill's Board of Trustees, joined Avon after a distinguished 30-year career at Johnson & Johnson. She will be joined by Northeast Utilities CEO Thomas J. May '69 and his wife Donna M. (Jermyn) May '70 as well as President of St. Edward's University Dr. George E. Martin as honorary degree recipients. Frances Walsh '13 will deliver the student address. Commencement exercises will begin at 10 a.m. on the college's quadrangle lawn. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held indoors at the Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex. This year's …
Friday, May 17, 2013
Two OA students' artwork was chosen as winners in the 2013 Congressional Art Competition and were recognized by Congressman Joe Kennedy Thursday.
Two Oliver Ames High School students were recognized for their arstistic abilities by Congressman Joe Kennedy Thursday. Amanda White and Kristen Wong participated in the 2013 Congressional Art Competition. White's entry “Clearly Enchanting” won Best in Show and Best Drawing. Wong's “Tiny Obsession” won in the Mixed Media category. For winning Best in Show, White's peice will hang in the Capitol building in Washington D.C. for the next year. Runners up in each category will have their artwork displayed in the Congressman’s district offices. “I’m proud to honor these remarkable students for their artistic talent,” said Congressman Kennedy. “The selection panel was deeply impressed by the quality of submissions we received from across the …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Former Patriots lineman on Bill Belichick: "He rarely smiles, but he does laugh."
Former Patriots lineman Matt Light was at Southeastern Regional in Easton Wednesday morning promoting his nonprofit, the Light Foundation. Light took time to mingle with some students and talk about the upcoming cornhole tournament at Gillette Stadium to support his foundation.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Students in the cabinet and collision repair department constructed cornhole boards that will be auctioned off for Matt Light's charity.
Students at Southeastern Regional High School were paid a visit by former New England Patriots lineman Matt Light Wednesday morning. Light mingled with students and autographed sets of cornhole boards constructed by the cabinet and collision repair departments. The boards, when completed, will be auctioned off at Light's charity cornhole tournament at Gillette Stadium June 1 to benefit the Light Foundation. "This foundation emphasizes character building and accountability, which is the same thing we do," said Southeastern Collision repair instructor Robert Morin. Morin said the students had been working on the cornhole boards for about two weeks and they were slated to be completed by the tournament on June 1. Superintendent Luis Lopes …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The magazine's 2013 rankings came out Monday.
Newsweek has ranked high schools nationally, but the criteria the publication used left Oliver Ames High School off of the list. For its rankings, Newsweek sent out a survey to more than 5,000 high schools in the U.S., with about 2,500 schools responding in 2013. You can see the details about the ranking, and every other ranked high school by clicking on the markers in the interactive map above. The survey scores were then weighted and calculated using several criteria including on-time graduation and college acceptance rates. In addition, instead of averaging the number of courses offered, this year Newsweek considered the percentage of students enrolled in AP, IB or Advance International Certificate courses. The final scores then …
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 town 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 town. 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? …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Martin chose not to run for re-election this year.
Last Thursday, Easton School Committee chairwoman Jane Martin participated in her last meeting as a member of the board. Martin, who has been a member of the committee for six years, decided not to run for re-election in Tuesday's town election. School officials thanked Martin for her hard work for the district during her tenure and wished her the best. “I suspect most people are not aware of how extensive the role of chair is for the school committee, at least our school committee,” said Caroline O'Neil. “There are of course those basic obligations, facilitating lots of meetings, co-signing contracts with the superintendent, representing the committee at various events both official and unofficial community-type things," O'Neil said. “…
Friday, April 26, 2013
The largely across-the-board level funding of the budget from this year to the next leaves little room for new initiatives within the district.
The Easton School Committee voted to approve a FY '14 operating budget of $35,093,471 at their meeting Thursday night. The budget represents a 4.04% increase from the current year to next year, an increase of $1,362,000. According to officials, the majority of the bump is largely due contractual increases and increases in the cost of special education. “We have major concern with substantial increase in cost of special education due to out of district tuitions and associated transportation costs,” said Superintendent Michael Green. To cover those costs the district added $350,000 to the budget. An admitted estimate that they are hoping would be enough. “This budget reflects an increase of $350,000 to help meet those costs. And I just want …