Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The School Committee was told Tuesday night that the search for a permanent superintendent needs to begin as soon as possible.
A consultant told the School Committee that the search for a full-time superintendent should have begun at the beginning of the fall. “If we are going to get the prime candidates, now is the time to do that,” said Senior Consultant William Garr of Future Management Systems, Inc. The committee heard from three different consultant companies Tuesday night as they begin the search for a full-time replacement for former Superintendent Anthony Pope. A presentation was made by three companies, but Garr highlighted the need to begin as soon as possible. “The further we wait and the further we go in the process the smaller the pile gets and the smaller the group gets," said Garr. He suggested that October should serve for organization and position…
Monday, October 8, 2012
Results from the Department Public Health reveal that Marlborough has more overweight students than the state average.
According to results of a Body Mass Index screening conducted during the 2010-2011 school year by the Department of Public Health, Marlborough is among the towns with the highest number of obese and overweight students. Nearly one-third of Massachusetts students in grades 1, 4, 7 and 10 are overweight or obese, revealed the findings, as reported in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette. The Marlborough school district ranked at 42.4 percent, taking second place for the highest percentage in the region behind Pathfinder Regional Technical School at 48.8 percent. The two schools join Leicester and Ware as others with high percentages above the state average of 32.4 percent. Assabet Valley Vocational School fared only slightly better, with 37.4 …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Marlborough School District continues to lag behind in its MCAS numbers even with new system.
New classifications do not change the MCAS numbers which show Marlborough schools behind the state averages. Massachusetts’ waiver of certain No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requirements has changed the way schools are evaluated. The NCLB goal of 100 percent proficiency has been replaced with a new goal of reducing proficiency gaps by half by 2017. These new measures do away with the Adequate Yearly Progress measures and breaks things down to a scale of 1 to 5 for schools, with 1 indicating the highest performing schools and 5 indicating schools at the lowest possible levels. Marlborough's scores have been tallied for all the grades in the district. The schools have also been rated. All schools received a 2 except for Marlborough High School …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
The results are out.
From the Massachusetts Department of Education website: (Listed per grade, per subject, is the percent of Marlborough students who scored proficient or higher, as well as the percentage of students statewide who scored the same.) Grade 3 Reading: 55/61 Math: 46/61 Grade 4 English Language Arts: 53/57 Math: 48/51 Grade 5 English Language Arts: 60/61 Math: 51/57 Science & Tech/Engineering: 54/52 Grade 6 English Language Arts: 65/66 Math: 46/60 Grade 7 English Language Arts: 67/71 Math: 39/51 Grade 8 English Language Arts: 78/81 Math: 45/52 Science & Tech/Engineering: 31/43 Grade 10 English Language Arts: 82/88 Math: 78/78 Science & Tech/Engineering: 63/69
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Massachusetts Secretary of Education Paul Reville visited the STEM Early College High School program earlier today.
The Massachusetts Secretary of Education Paul Reville asked questions of students and teachers as he observed the STEM Early College High School program earlier today. "This is one of the most important concepts in our Race to the Top efforts state wide and Marlborough High School has a distinguished reputation for working in these areas and we thought this would be a good place to see the early college high school program," said the secretary. The program that focuses on integrated teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics is in its second year. There are currently 389 students at the middle and high school enrolled in the program. Reville praised the efforts at the school while on the tour. Full coverage of the …
Thursday, September 13, 2012
From school housing to Applefest this weekend; we have what you need to know right here.
1. As the School Committee discusses different possible venues for expansion, the Hildreth School was brought up. This location was not seen as viable by some members as it can hold only 204 students. The school also currently houses the Phoenix alternative high school, a post-graduate program for special education and another special education program called ACT. 2. A number of developments are currently being discussed in the city. There is a proposed 40B as well as a proposed zoning change that would allow mixed use on over 100 acres of industrial land. 3. The district is saying they have responded to 80 percent of bus route complaints by parents. They are still advising parents to contact High School Assistant Principal Dan Riley at …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Share your photos of the first day of school.
The first day of school in Marlborough was met with a flurry of caffinated parents and caravans of yellow buses. We were on the ground this morning snapping photos. The following is a collection of what we captured.We saw a number of parents out there capturing photos of the first day of school as well. Do you have photos you would like to share? Click the "upload" button and post your images on Patch.