Tuesday, May 7, 2013
In honor of National Teacher Day, we ask high school seniors and parents to let us know who the best teacher in Natick 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. Because today is National Teacher Day, we want to know about your favorite Natick teacher. High school seniors, your many years of education in town is coming to an end. Has an educator in town changed your life? Who do you think is the best teacher in town, and why? Tell us about this teacher below in the comments section. Parents, which Natick educator do you think has made the biggest difference in your children's lives? Tell us about this teacher below in the …
Monday, May 6, 2013
Digital Conversation to Digital Citizenship to be held Tuesday, May 7 at Natick High School.
The public is invited to an event tomorrow night at 7 p.m. at Natick High School entitled, "Digital Conversation to Digital Citizenship." Sponsored by the Natick Public Schools, Trend Micro, the Natick Education Foundation and the Natick Anti-Bullying Coalition, the event will give parents an opportunity to hear national experts in the field of children and Internet safety speak and participate in discussions related to the topic. "This is a great opportunity," said Lynette Owens, a Natick resident who is the founder and Global Director of Trend Micro's Internet Safety for Kids and Families Program (ISKF), as well as the Internet Safety Education Chair for the Natick Anti-Bullying Coalition. "They're going to be looking at it from a wider …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Suzanne Kenny, the Vice Principal for grades 6 and 7 at Wilson Middle School, has been named the new principal at the Mill Pond School in Westborough.
Wilson Middle School vice principal Suzanne Kenny has been named principal of Westborough’s Mill Pond School. Kenny has signed her contract in Westbotough and will start on July 15, Westborough School Superintendent Marianne O'Connor told the Westborough School Committee Wednesday night. Kenny is the vice principal for grades six and seven at Wilson Middle School. She spent last Thursday at Mill Pond meeting with staff, parents and community members. Kenny was one of two finalists for the Mill Pond post. The Mill Pond School Principal Search Committee interviewed five candidates March 21. The committee narrowed the field to Kenny and Oxford Middle School Interim Principal Bennett Milliner. Kenny is certified in teaching, with experience in…
Monday, April 8, 2013
Paul Laurent has been on the Natick School Committee for the past 2.5 years. He is seeking re-election in the Town Election tomorrow.
The School Committee race is one of just two contested races (Morse Institute Library Trustee being the other) in tomorrow's Natick Town Election. There are four candidates running for two seats on the School Committee. Two of the candidates are seeking re-election, including Paul Laurent. We asked Laurent some questions via email to learn more about him, his background, what he's accomplished during his tenure so far on the School Committee and what he's hoping to accomplish if he's elected to another term. Patch: While many people are familiar with you and some of the things you’ve worked on and accomplished already as a member of the School Committee, could you tell us a little about yourself and your background for people who are new …
Anne Blanchard is seeking re-election to the Natick School Committee in the Town Election tomorrow.
The race for School Committee will be closely watched here in Natick in tomorrow's Town Election, when voters will be asked to choose two candidates from the four on the ballot. This is one of just two contested races in the election (the other being Morse Institute Library Trustees), and Natick residents feel strongly about the importance of their schools. One familiar name on the ballot will be Anne Blanchard, the current Vice Chair of the School Committee who is seeking re-election. We recently communicated with Blanchard via email to find out more about her and the qualifications she brings to the School Committee, what she's most proud of accomplishing as a member of the School Committee and what she'd like to do if re-elected. Patch…
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Do you know anyone who's qualified for them?
The Natick Public Schools currently list 19 job openings on their website. Do you know anyone who might be qualified? Tell them to apply! Here is a sampling of the positions that the Natick Public Schools are looking to fill: 1. Natick High School Foreign Language Department Head starting for the 2013-14 school year. 2. Elementary School Teaching 1, 2, 3, 4 for the 2013-14 school year. 3. Natick High School Media Arts Substitute Teacher starting at the beginning of June, 2013 and lasting through the end of the school year. 4. Natick High School French Teacher for the 2013-14 school year. 5. Natick High School Math Teach for the 2013-14 school year. 6. Middle School Instructional Technology Teach for the 2013-14 school year. 7. Wilson …
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.
Thursday, February 21, 2013
Snow days have delayed the end of the Natick school year.
With February school vacation following so closely on the heels of being snowed in, some parents may be getting a bit stir crazy with the kids. Or: all the extra time together could be making parents look that much more forward to when the kids will be out for the summer! Either way, we thought it was worth an update on how the district's four snow days so far this school year have affected the last scheduled day of school. We checked in with Superintendent Peter Sanchioni, who told us that the last day of school is Friday, June 21. Any additional snow days would move the last day further into the month. For seniors, the last day is May 24, although they have exams from May 28-31.