Thursday, August 30, 2012
Students and teachers had their first day of class in the new Natick High School on Wednesday.
Natick's new High School hosted class for the first time on Wednesday, officially putting to use the state-of-the-art, $78 million facility. Zach Galvin, a Vice Principal at Natick High, predicted the new building will foster increased enthusiasm for learning in students. "The biggest comment I've heard about the new library is 'this is a place where I want to study,'" Galvin said. "This brand new building, which is largely made up of things we never had access to, I think it will draw them in." Seniors at the new High School agreed, saying that a modern building which incorporates the latest engineering, science and music learning systems will have an impact on their education. "We have a lot more room to test our robots now," …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Did you take photos of your kids' first day of school today? Share them with Natick here.
Today is the first day of school for Natick students and we know many of proud parents will be taking photos of their kids departing for class. Just click the "Upload" button to the left to share your photos. "Like" us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our newsletter to stay on top of what's going on in Natick.
Monday, August 27, 2012
Have you seen inside the new Natick High yet?
The new Natick High school will open its doors to students for the first time on Wednesday. Here are some features of the brand new facility.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Find out how the town's per capita spending on education compares to nearby cities and towns in Massachusetts.
As the school year approaches, parents will hear about new investments in their local school system or, sometimes, cuts to teachers and budgets. But how much does Natick spend on education for each person in town—in financial terms, its per capita education spending? The Pioneer Institute, a Massachusetts public policy research organization, recently released a spreadsheet tool to accompany its new handbook, "Guide to Sound Fiscal Management for Municipalities." The spreadsheet tool allows anyone to compare how much a city or town spends on various services, and how much the city or town spends per capita. Patch used the tool to compare 10 cities and towns in the area on per capita education spending. The Pioneer Institute cited figures …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Are you looking for a glimpse of the new Natick High School?
Residents hoping to get a first glimpse of the interior of the new Natick High School can stop by on Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. for a tour. The $61 million dollar, 254,000 square foot facility promises to offer interactive projectors, wireless Internet, a rain water reuse system and a rooftop solar installation. Demolition of the old Natick High still continues next door, which will be replaced with parking spaces as the school year progresses. "Within the next three weeks the building will receive the final cleaning and the teachers will be in to setup their new rooms. In the meantime the contractor is working feverishly to complete outfitting the Gym and installing exterior facade of the building," the Natick Public Schools Department posted …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
It was, and probably is, still a big deal.
Come the end of August, the air gets crisper. Students find out which teachers they're going to have. Vacations come to end, and reading lists must be completed. For those long distant from those days, the "back to school" feeling still can come back to the mind as quickly as the leaves fall from the trees. It only takes a smell, a breeze or the sight of a bus. One of the sharpest memories of heading back to school is certainly the memory of waiting for the bus in your first day of school outfit. After school shopping was done, how long did you debate on what to wear? Was it fashionable enough? What were your friends going to wear? And most importantly, where are your pics of the first day of school? Patch editors are loading theirs (some …
Friday, August 10, 2012
If you are having trouble making ends meet, your child may qualify for reduced-price lunches.
In these tough times, some families may have trouble buying lunches for their children. Luckily, the state has a program to help those families in need. Natick students will receive a reduced meal packet on the first day of school, which parents can fill out and send back. The forms apply to the whole family, so you only need to fill out one if you have multiple children. If your gross household income is below the figures in the chart below, you may qualify for reduced-price meals.
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
A full schedule for the 2012-2013 Natick High football season.
Aug. 31, 6:30 p.m.: Acton-Boxborough (Acton, MA) @ Natick High Sep. 7, 7 p.m.: Brookline @ Natick High Sep. 14, 7 p.m.: Norwood @Natick High Sep. 21, 7 p.m.: Milton @ Milton High School Sep. 29, 1 p.m.: Newton North @ Newton North High School Oct. 5, 7 p.m.: Dedham @ Dedham High School Oct. 12, 7 p.m.: Weymouth @ Weymouth High School Oct. 19, 7 p.m.: Braintree @ Natick High School Oct. 26, 7 p.m.: Needham @ Natick High School Nov. 3, 2 p.m.: Wellesley @ Wellesley High School Nov. 9, 7 p.m.: Walpole @ Natick High School Nov. 22, 10 a.m.: Framingham @ Bowditch Field
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Important dates for students of Natick Public Schools.
Here is a full rundown of vacation and early release days for Natick schools for the 2012-2013 school year. Aug. 29 - Schools Open Sep. 3 - Closed, Labor Day Sep. 13 - Release day, Professional Development Sep. 17,18 - Closed, Rosh Hashanah Oct. 8 - Closed, Columbus Day Oct. 24 - Release Day, Professional Development Nov. 1 - Release Day (Elementary only) Nov. 6 - Closed, Technology day Nov. 12 - Closed, Veterans Day Nov. 14 - Release day (Elementary only) Nov. 21 - Release day Nov. 22, 23 - Closed, Thanksgiving recess Dec. 13 - Release day, professional development Dec. 24 - 31 - Vacation Jan. 1 - Closed, New Year's Day Jan. 21 - Closed, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Feb. 6 - Release day, professional development Feb. 18-22 - Vacation …
Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Do you remember your favorite lunch box? Today's kids have as many options as ever but nothing will take the place of the Partridge Family or Scooby-Doo.
Lunch boxes have changed in design and shape over the years, but the basic idea is the same. Along with space inside for a cold drink, sandwich and snack, the cover is devoted to a favorite cartoon, character, TV show or movie. That's why Justin Bieber and Darth Vader and Japanese cartoon characters are staring out at shoppers from the shelves of Target. Back in the '70s, the lunch boxes were aluminum. In the '80s, they gave way to plastic. Vintage lunch boxes now are highly collectible. They are displayed as collections in people's homes, and sometimes they get their own art gallery shows. (Yes, I've gone to one.) Do you remember a favorite lunch box? What was it? Have a picture handy? Share it with Patch!