Friday, May 17, 2013
The TMHS Robotics Club recently placed twelfth out of over 50 teams at a robotics competition at Boston University.
At Wednesday night's School Committee meeting, the Tewksbury Memorial High School Robotics Club was recognized by the board, and gave a brief demonstration of their frisbee-throwing robot. Although the robot did not throw any frisbees during the Wednesday night demonstration, the robot is capable of shooting frisbees at different distances, has six air tanks for the pistons used to shoot the frisbees and a ram that pushes up the frisbees into the shooter. At the recent Boston Regionals held at Boston University, the TMHS Robotics club placed twelfth place in a field of more than 50 teams.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
New chairman chosen for the first time since 2011.
The Tewksbury School Committee not only has a new member, it also has a new leader. Newly elected Lisa Puccia took her seat for her first School Committee meeting Wednesday night and the first vote she cast was to help elect Brian Dick as the committee's new chairman. Dick, starting his third year on the committee, was a unanimous selection. He succeeds Krissy Polimeno, who had served as chairman the past two years and was recently elected to a second term on the committee. "I'd like to thank Mrs. Polimeno for her leadership over the past two years," said Dick. "Her dedication and leadership is something we should all strive for over the next year." Dick went on to say he hoped to continue the success and improvements the school district …
Monday, April 8, 2013
Another Municipal Election is in the history books. What did we learn Saturday?
What would happen if you held an election and virtually no one showed up? Decisions that will impact the futures of Tewksbury taxpayers and their children would be made by the few that did. Such was the case Saturday, as just 13.1 percent of registered voters turned out to cast their ballots. There will be new faces on municipal boards, as Jim Wentworth won a seat on the Board of Selectmen, Lisa Puccia captured a seat on the School Committee and Ray Barry earned a seat on the Board of Health. But it was also a big day for the incumbents, as every candidate who sought re-election won another term, including Selectman Todd Johnson and School Committee Chair Krissy Polimeno. There were a couple of very close races. Puccia grabbed the second …
Sunday, April 7, 2013
2013 Tewksbury Municipal election School Committee results.
In 2010, Krissy Polimeno and Lisa Puccia were part of an emotionally charged three-person race for two seats on the Tewksbury School Committee. Polimeno got in, while Puccia was odd-person out. Fast-forward three years and Puccia and Polimeno were once again part of a three-person race for two seats on the school committee. But there were differences. The race was far more low-key this time around and this time both women were voted into office. Polimeno was easily re-elected with 2.039 votes. Puccia grabbed the second slot, slipping past Ray Lisiecki, 1,276-1,139. Polimeno said there were differences in running as an incumbent this time around. "Last time, I was just talking about what I wanted to do," she said. "This time I could talk …
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Everything you need to know about today's election and all the information you need to make an informed choice.
Friday, April 5, 2013
This is the third and final part of our Q&A series with School Committee candidates -- incumbent Krissy Polimeno and challengers Ray Lisiecki and Lisa Puccia.
(Editor's note: This is the third and final part of our Q&A series with School Committee candidates -- incumbent Krissy Polimeno and challengers Ray Lisiecki and Lisa Puccia.) Question 3: The school department budget takes the biggest bite out of the fiscal budget each year. What are some practical ways the school department can ease the burden on taxpayers? I will continue to focus on fiscal responsibility and accountablility. I will work to ensure that school materials and resources are allocated equitably. Our district will continue to work collaboratively with other towns for savings by collaborative bidding on transportation, vendors, contractors and building services. We will exhaust all resources for additional funding by …
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Money is being dispersed among all seven Tewksbury schools.
Thursday, April 4
(Editor's note: The following information was submitted by the Tewksbury Education Foundation Board of Directors.) The Tewksbury Education Foundation (TEF) is pleased to announce that their donation of $24,750 was approved by the Tewksbury School Committee. These monies represent funds raised at the School-Wide Auction held on November 15, 2012 at the Tewksbury Country Club. Superintendent of Schools Dr. John O’Connor provided the TEF a Technology Funding Request based upon the Administration's needs throughout the Tewksbury School District. The following disbursements were allocated due to the TEF and the auction: The TEF and board members Erin Asselin, Laura Hulme, Jenn Malizia and Arthy Bennett would like to thank School Committee …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
This is Part 2 of a three-part Q&A with candidates for Tewksbury School Committee -- incumbent Krissy Polimeno and challengers Lisa Puccia and Ray Lisiecki.
(Editor's note: This is Part 2 of a three-part Q&A with candidates for Tewksbury School Committee -- incumbent Krissy Polimeno and challengers Lisa Puccia and Ray Lisiecki.) Question 2: What are some ways you would like to see Tewksbury schools better prepare students for college and/or the work place? I believe that this process needs to begin at the elementary school level starting as early as Kindergarten. Tewksbury Public Schools needs to start looking at implementing STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, and Math) earlier on into our student’s curriculum to better prepare them for future endeavors. Professional development for our teachers is also key factor in this process. We need to question whether or not we start partnering …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
With Election Day on Saturday, candidates discussed several issues during a Monday night debate at Tewksbury High School.
Prior to the Board of Selectmen debate on Monday night at Tewksbury High School, it was the candidates for School Committee that took center stage telling residents why they should be chosen on the ballot Saturday on Election Day. Tewksbury Patch and the Town Crier combined to host the event, which lasted about an hour an front of a crowd of residents in the auditorium. During the event, candidate Raymond Lisiecki said that he believes the town is losing too many students to other high schools, and added that the town should implement full-day kindergarten as a way to combat this trend. “There’s a disconnect with what we’re doing and what people perceive that we’re doing,” said Lisiecki. “We have to realize that when people vote with their…
School Committee honors outgoing member Joseph Russell.
The Tewksbury School Committee honored one of its own at its March 27. Committee member Joseph Russell, who opted not to seek re-election this spring, was honored by the committee for his years of service to Tewksbury Public School. Superintendent John O'Connor and committee member Jamey Cutelis each spoke of Russell's contributions, with both highlighting his involvement with the construction of the new Tewksbury High School. Russell was given a gift bag containing a Tewksbury High Redmen hat, shirt and sweatshirt. "I guess they know my favorite team," he said with a laugh. On hand for the presentation were several members of Russell's family, including his wife and some of their children. The School Committee made three other …