Friday, February 22, 2013
Are students at risk of losing some of their summer vacation?
Question: Another winter storm is expected to dump another foot of snow Sunday. If Tewksbury loses more days of school, when will the school year end? Answer: Interesting question. At the start of the school year, the last day of school was scheduled to be June 19. Having lost a day for snow and another day for an emergency, school is now scheduled to end on ... June 19. According to Tewksbury School Department officials, five snow days are built into the schedule at the start of the school year. So, at this point, there could be three more snow days and school would end on June 19. However, if there are no more snow days, school could end as early as June 16.
Friday, February 1, 2013
Annual award to bear the Ginsburg Family name.
The contributions of the Ginsburg family to the Tewksbury School Department and the town has a whole have been well chronicled. The Tewksbury School Committee has made sure those efforts will never be forgotten. At their Jan. 23 meeting, the school committee publicly recognized Marc and Leisa Ginsburg for 26 years of generous support. But they went one giant step forward. School Committee Chairwoman Krissy Polimeno introduced the Ginsburg Family Award, which will be presented annually to someone in the community who exemplifies the Ginsburg's spirit of philanthropy and community pride. "It was quite unexpected," said Marc Ginsburg. "We're very happy and very humbled by the whole thing. In introducing the award, Polimeno spoke about the …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Former Tewksbury High principal named assistant superintendent in Tewksbury just last year.
Dr. Patricia Lally's first year on the job as assistant superintendent of schools in Tewksbury could prove to be her last as well. Lally has been sending out her resume and has been named a finalist for the superintendent of schools positions in Norton and the Southern Berkshire Regional School District. Last week, the Norton job was given to another one of the candidates. However, Lally remains in the running for the Southern Berkshire Regional job. Lally's career as an administrator in Tewksbury began in 2003 when she was named assistant principal at Tewksbury High. In 2007, she was promoted to principal and she played a pivotal role on the committee that oversaw the construction of the new Tewksbury High School. Last year, she opted to …
Friday, November 2, 2012
Event will take place at the Tewksbury Country Club.
Friday, November 2, 2012
The Tewksbury Public Schools will host a “Silent and Live Auction” on November 15, 2012 from 7:00 – 11:00 P.M. at the Tewksbury Country Club. The auction will benefit technology throughout the school district. The goal is to raise sufficient funds to create wireless environments in our schools (K-8). John O’Connor, Superintendent of Schools, Kristen Polimeno, Chairperson of the Tewksbury School Committee and a large group of volunteers, including parents, teachers, staff and friends at the schools have worked tirelessly to ensure the success of the auction. Silent Auction items will be displayed and bids accepted through 9:00 P.M. The Live Auction will commence at 9:00 P.M. Tickets for the event are $25.00 and can be purchased at the…
Friday, September 21, 2012
District scores surpass the state average in most subjects and grade level.
The schools of the Tewksbury School District showed improvement and scored at or above the state average across the board on the 2012 MCAS exams. Assistant Superintendent of Schools Dr. Patricia Lally presented the grade-by-grade results at the School Committee meeting on Sept. 19 at the Wynn School. "The scores we have now are just general," said Lally. "We’ll be doing a more complete report on MCAS in the future. (Individual scores) will be going out to parents Tuesday (Sept. 25). These (scores) show that we have surpassed or done better than the state (average) on a number of subjects." Results were especially good at the 10th grade level (Class of 2014). 91 percent of the students taking the exam scored Proficient or better at English/…
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Superintendent of Schools now under contract through June 30, 2015.
Under the terms of the contract of Superintendent of Schools Dr. John O'Connor, the Tewksbury School Committee would have had to give him one-year advanced warning if they did not intend to extend his contact. The school committee went one step further this week, extending O'Connor's deal two years, through June 30 2015. In a statement read at the June 13 School Committee meeting at the Wynn School, Chairwoman Krissy Polimeno said the two-year extension reflected the confidence the committee had that O'Connor was the right person to be leading the school department. "We believe the essence of our schools is the achievements of our students. Another priority of paramount importance is our budget and our ability to make fiscally sound …
Friday, May 25, 2012
Break-in over the weekend caused significant damage at Tewksbury High.
The longer Dr. John O'Connor spoke, the angrier he grew. Tewksbury's superintendent of schools was briefing the School Committee on a break-in that had occurred at the high school over the weekend. And O'Connor found nothing funny about what might have been intended to be a "senior prank." According to O'Connor, a group of people broke into the school late Sunday night and committed acts of "malicious damage" and vandalism. "We are committed to finding the people who did this. I'm reminding parents that breaking into a closed building is a felony," said O'Connor, adding that a felony conviction might cost a student acceptance into the college they had wanted to attend. According to O'Connor, paint was taken from the art room and was …
Friday, March 23, 2012
Tewksbury schools will no longer serve beef products containing "Finely Textured Beef" additive. O'Connor offers remaining stock to food pantries.
It is a salmon colored substance made up of beef trimmings and beef fat that has been ground up, squeezed through a pencil-sized tube and treated with ammonia gas to eliminate bacteria. It makes up as much as 25 percent of ground beef products that have been served in school cafeterias since the 1980s. It has taken on the moniker of "pink slime," and as of this past December even McDonald's, Burger King and Taco Bell have sworn off using it in their beef products. As of this week, Tewksbury public school students will no longer be served "pink slime" in school cafeterias. At Wednesday night’s School Committee meeting at the Wynn School, Superintendent of Schools Dr. John O'Connor confirmed the existence of pink slime in the Tewksbury …
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Hundreds turned out to test their knowledge and raise funds for the Tewksbury High PAC.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
The team known as Genetically Predisposed (The Rauseo Team) once again brought home the first place trophy at the annual Tewksbury High PAC Trivia Night at the Tewksbury Country Club. The Wynn School Team came in second place. All proceeds from the event went to benefit the Tewksbury High PAC.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Superintendent of Schools Dr. John O'Connor and School Committee Chairwoman Krissy Polimeno chatted with parents, teachers and students as part of Patch's "Lunch With ..." series.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. John O'Connor and School Committee Chairwoman Krissy Polimeno participated in a live chat as part of Tewksbury Patch's "Lunch With ..." series on Wednesday. They fielded questions from parents, educators and students. Here are some highlights from the chat: Comment From Momof2 I was just wondering if there are a bunch of parents having problems with a bus driver and it has been brought to the attention of the Transit Dept and nothing is being resolved. What would you suggest? Because obviously, the parents aren't being heard about this driver and the many complains. Need help not another push off. O'Connor & Polimeno: Momof2 We are not aware of current issues involving our transportation. drivers. Please …