Friday, May 17, 2013
As part of the before school fitness program, Lilja School students went through an obstacle course Wednesday morning.
Each morning many Lilja School students participate in BOKS, a before school fitness program that is designed to jump start kids' brains early in the morning so they're ready for class. BOKS was founded in Natick by Kathleen Tullie, and it has since become sponsored by Reebok (hence the name BOKS) and spread all over the country. On Wednesday parents and teachers involved with BOKS set up an obstacle course for the kids. Thanks to Paul Blankman, who shot this video and was nice enough to send us the YouTube link.
Friday, March 22, 2013
Heather Smith plans on arriving in Natick looking to work together with teachers, parents and students to identify Lilja's needs and build from there.
Last week Natick Patch reported the hiring of Heather Smith as the new principal at the Lilja School. We recently had a chance to speak with Smith, who is excited to begin working in Natick. Patch: There were three other excellent finalists for the Lilja School principal position. What do you think put you over the top? Smith: When I first made the decision to move into educational leadership I saw myself as a principal. I’ve had the opportunity to engage with curriculum. At Lilja I’ll be spending more time focusing on curriculum. I started as a reading/literacy specialist. I think that’s important, not just in younger children, but older kids too. I knew I wanted to get into leadership. Patch: You’ve worked with students of all ages [note…
Friday, March 15, 2013
Superintendent Peter Sanchioni names Heather Smith new leader of Lilja School.
Heather Smith, the energetic and passionate assistant principal at the Jordan/Jackson Elementary School in Mansfield, has been named the new principal of the Lilja School, Superintendent Peter Sanchioni announced yesterday afternoon. "Heather will relate to the staff and the parents will love her," Sanchioni said, noting that her experience with reading and literacy, bullying prevention and her overall energy and passion were three things that made her stand out over the other candidates. According to a newsletter sent out by Sanchioni, Smith has been at the Jordan/Jackson Elementary School for the past 2.5 years. Prior to that she taught middle school English in Mansfield. She has also taught English/Literacy Strategies at the Hope Arts …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Parents and teachers filled the cafeteria at the Lilja School last night as the four finalist for the principal's job answered questions in an open forum.
The four finalists for the Lilja School principal job appeared at the school cafeteria last night for a public forum in which they each answered questions for 30 minutes. Natick Patch was there keeping a live blog. The four finalists were: Please see the accompanying PDF for more detailed bios of the candidates, and be sure to read last night's Live Blog to see what they had to say.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Natick Patch will be live-blogging from the Lilja School Principal Forum, which begins at 7 p.m. Updates will be posted here throughout the evening.
8:55 p.m.: Scott Williams is the final candidate tonight. Prior to going into teaching, Williams worked in the business world. He says that one thing that convinced him to go into education is hsi experience as a Big Brother. He currently is the principal at the F.A. Cleveland Elementary School in Norwood. He mentions that he met the staff at Lilja on Feb. 15 and notes that they are very experienced and really love what they do. Question about mismatch between student and teacher. Williams mentions needing to talk to the parent in this instance. He says the parent knows the child best, and he also would speak with the teacher. He said it would be a team approach. Why are you leaving Norwood? I'm not dissatisfied. I'm looking to grow. I was…
The four finalists for the Lilja Elementary School principal position will meet with parents and staff tonight.
The four finalists for the Lilja Elementary School will meet parents and staff tonight at 7 p.m. at a forum that is open to the public, and Natick Patch will be live-blogging from the event. Each candidate will have 30 minutes each to speak and answer questions from those in attendance. Remember to check back with Natick Patch tonight as we live-blog from the Lilja Principal Forum.
Monday, February 4, 2013
Patch wants to know what you think are the most important qualities needed in the new principal at the Lilja Elementary School.
The Lilja Elementary School is currently looking for a new principal, and as the Natick Public Schools go through the multiple steps in the process of finding the right candidate, Natick Patch wants to know what you think. With the Evening Forum for Principal Search coming up on Feb. 26, what are the qualities that you think are most important for the next principal to have? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Four students at the Lilja Elementary School wrote a song about the Patriots and created a video.
Four students in second grade teacher Jessie Bloch's class at the Lilja Elementary School wrote a song about the Patriots to the tune of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," according to WHDH. Written before Sunday's loss to the Ravens, the song's lyrics talk about the Patriots winning in the playoffs. The video they made has become popular on YouTube.