Learn Anywhere program assessed...

Dec 14, 2018 by

Published in the December 14, 2018 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The pros and cons of the Wakefield Public Schools’ Learn Anywhere Project were hashed out at a recent School Committee meeting as part of a presentation by a committee charged with evaluating the program. The Learn Anywhere Project consists of three parts: Distance learning during school cancellation days; offering online, blended course electives with a partner high school; and personalizing summer learning opportunities. The focus of the Learn Anywhere Committee’s recent presentation and the subsequent discussion was the distance learning on snow days component. Under the Learn Anywhere program, when school is cancelled on snow days, students are expected to complete school assignments at home. Students access assignments using either Google Classroom of the Learn Anywhere web site. Teachers post learning expectations...

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New high school will have to wait...

Dec 13, 2018 by

Published in the December 13, 2018 edition. By MARK SARDELLA WAKEFIELD — The town’s hopes for state assistance with building a new high school were dashed for at least another year as yesterday the Massachusetts School Building Authority turned down Wakefield’s request to get into the MSBA’s program. The Massachusetts School Building Authority is a quasi-independent public agency that provides grants that partially fund municipal and regional school districts for kindergarten through high school construction and renovation projects. School Superintendent Douglas Lyons and Town Administrator Stephen P. Maio issued a joint statement in the wake of yesterday’s disappointing news. “Earlier this year, the Town of Wakefield submitted a Statement of Interest (SOI) to partner with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) in the design and construction of a new or renovated high school facility,” the statement read. “The...

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Educators stand in support of override...

Dec 13, 2018 by

Published December 14, 2018 MELROSE — On Wednesday morning before schools opened across the city, members of the Melrose Education Association demonstrated their support for OneMelrose and the campaign to pass a Proposition 2 ½ override in April. “It is never too early to do the necessary work of making sure that voters fully understand the issues and the urgency around this vote,” said Melrose Education Association President Lisa Donovan. The Aldermen approved the Proposition 2 ½ override question for the April 2 ballot. The override will generate revenues needed to properly fund the public schools in Melrose. “Student enrollment continues to increase, but revenue continues to decrease from both state and local sources,” Donovan said. “The override will make an important investment in our community.” Donovan commended the work being done by the grassroots...

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Kindergarten registration information...

Dec 13, 2018 by

Published December 14, 2018 MELROSE — Melrose Public Schools invites families of students entering kindergarten in the 2019-2020 school year to participate in the following events: KINDERGARTEN OVERVIEW AND INFORMATION NIGHT – Wednesday, January 16, 2019 (Snow Date Thursday, January 17), Melrose Veterans Memorial Middle School Auditorium from 7 – 8:00 p.m. Meet and greet with school department personnel and building principals who will provide an overview of the kindergarten registration process and answer any questions. SCHOOL TOUR NIGHTS: • Tuesday, January 22: Lincoln School and Roosevelt School (Snow Date Thursday, January 24) • Wednesday, January 23: Hoover School and Winthrop School (Snow Date: Tuesday, January 29) • Wednesday, January 30: Horace Mann School and Franklin School (Snow Date: Thursday, January 31) Tours will begin promptly at 6:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The information night, tours and registration are intended for adult caregivers...

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Beethoven Society Christmas concert Sunday...

Dec 13, 2018 by

Published December 14, 2018 MELROSE — The Beethoven Society of Melrose will present a Christmas Concert. This free concert will be held at the Melrose Highlands Congregational Church, 355 Franklin Street in Melrose on Sunday, December 16 at 3 p.m. Ladies and Friends performing “Happy Holly Days.” Ladies and Friends include Christine Corbett, Jane Corrigan, Jean Dancewicz, Carolina Lanney, Brendan Carroll and Tom Risser. They have been performing for several years. The program will include seasonal favorites and new and unique holiday songs. The Society’s performances are partly supported by grants from the Melrose Messina Fund for the Arts and the Melrose Cultural Council. Organizers look forward to welcoming you and hope you will join them. Membership information may be obtained by contacting Rose Sena, at rosesena2@aol.com. Please join us for refreshments following the...

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Transcript’s Christmas fund tops $24,000 this week...

Dec 13, 2018 by

Published December 13, 2018 By MAUREEN DOHERTY  NORTH READING — What makes North Reading such a special place to call home? For starters, it’s the friends and neighbors who give their valuable time and resources to help their neighbors in need. Through their generous support of the Transcript’s Neighbor Helping Neighbor Fund they are ensuring that the volunteers at Christian Community Service (CCS) can assist town residents experiencing financial difficulty make ends meet in the coming year. Now in its 29th year, each Christmas season the Transcript’s campaign stands as the single largest fundraiser of the year directly benefiting CCS, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization run entirely by volunteers. In just the past week these friends and neighbors have donated another $5,802 to the Neighbor Helping Neighbor Fund, bringing the current total to $24,102. And...

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