Friday, May 10, 2013
College acceptance letters are in — tell Patch where you're headed next!
Calling all Arlington seniors and senior parents: What's next for you after graduation? Whether you're headed to college or starting a new job, tell us your plans in the comments below. You can upload a picture here too.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The magazine's 2013 rankings came out Monday.
On mobile? You can see the interactive map here. Newsweek has ranked the high schools nationally, but the criteria they used leaves Arlington High School off of the list. Arlington did rank in the top nationally by U.S. News, coming in at #564 nationwide and #25 in the state. For its rankings, Newsweek sent out a survey to more than 5,000 high schools in the U.S., with about 2,500 schools responding in 2013. You can see the details about the ranking, and every other ranked high school by clicking on the markers in the interactive map above. The survey scores were then weighted and calculated using several criteria including on-time graduation and college acceptance rates. In addition, instead of averaging the number of courses offered, …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Kristin DeFrancisco take on new role on July 1.
Arlington Public Schools officials announced this week that Kristin DeFrancisco has accepted the position of principal of Hardy Elementary School. She will officially assume her responsibilities on July 1. “We are very pleased to welcome Ms. DeFrancisco into a new role in Arlington," said Dr. Kathleen Bodie, Superintendent of Schools. "Kristin brings to her new leadership position her experience as a teacher in the Elementary Level, as well as active involvement in District-wide Committees. Through her years of teaching and active committee work, she brings a deep understanding of the mission of the Arlington Public Schools and the wonderful teaching and learning taking place in our schools." DeFrancisco has worked in the Arlington …
In honor of National Teacher Day, we ask you to share your stories of gratitude, and let us know who the best teacher in town 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. By the way, teachers, bring your teacher ID to any Chipotle and the meal's on them. The details are on the restaurant's Facebook page. Today, in honor of this day, we ask you to share your stories about your favorite teacher. Or, we ask that you shine the light on a remarkable teacher in town. Did an educator change your life? Say something to you, or teach you something that would forever influence you? Who do you think is the best teacher in town, and why? …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Hirshberg recently answered some questions for Patch about his career -- and about what seem to be the biggest problems in his field today.
David Hirshberg, of Watertown, retired Sunday after 33 years of service as CEO of the Germaine Lawrence treatment campus for troubled girls. Hired in 1979 to save the struggling St. Anne’s School in Arlington, Hirshberg dedicated his career to turning the school into the premier residential treatment center for troubled girls in New England. Hirshberg answered some questions for Patch about his career in helping troubled girls — and about what seem to be the biggest problems today. Patch: What first led you to start a center to help troubled girls? I was hired in 1979 to lead St. Anne's School, a private boarding school for teenage girls. Many of the girls at the school had behavioral issues and troubled families. The school was …
Friday, April 26, 2013
Ted Dever is planning to file a grievance against the school district, according to Boston.com.
After months of turmoil, Arlington High Athletic Director Ted Dever was fired by the school district in late March, his attorney recently told Boston.com. Dever’s attorney, Rick Grundy, said he was planning to file a grievance against the district on behalf of his client, according to the report. District administrators would not comment on the personnel matter but said Dever was taken off the payroll March 22, the report states. Dever had been on paid administrative leave since last August, when it was announced he was the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation. That investigation is still ongoing, Arlington Police Capt. Richard Flynn told Boston.com. No details have been released on the nature of the investigation. In November, …
The new program was unveiled at Thursday's School Committee meeting.
Arlington Superintendent Kathleen Bodie announced Thursday that the district will have an after-school Spanish immersion program for students in kindergarten and first grade starting next school year. Bodie unveiled the news at Thursday’s School Committee meeting. She said she’ll have more information, such as how to sign-up, in the coming weeks. The program will be housed at Bracket Elementary School but will be open to K-1 students district wide. It should be able to accommodate about 20 students in two classrooms in its first year, she said. “Depending how it goes, we might look to expand it to other grade levels,” Bodie said. The Brackett was chosen as its location because it’s had a waiting list for after-school programs, she said. It…
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The group sang 'Your Smiling Face' Wednesday at Town Meeting.
For more on Wednesday's Town Meeting, see: Town Meeting Replaces Seasonal Leaf-Blower Ban with 'Compromise' Town Meeting Defeats Proposed Bottled-Water Ban
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Medford superintendent discusses Krystle Campbell after prayer vigil Wednesday.
Medford Schools Superintendent Roy Belson said that despite the school vacation week, he's had conversations with those in the schools who remember Krystle Campbell. The 29-year-old Medford native who died in the Monday bombings at the Boston Marathon was a 2001 graduate of Medford High School. "They remember her as a vibrant, energetic young woman," said Belson after Wednesday's prayer vigil at Grace Episcopal Church in Medford. "I always think of the kids, as a school committee member, as my kids," said Medford School Committee member Paulette Van der Kloot. "This is just such a loss for us." The MHS girls softball team has paid tribute to Campbell by wearing black arm bands and dedicating the rest of their season to her. On Tuesday, …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Players wearing black arm bands, hold moment of silence before Wednesday morning game against Somerville.
The Medford High School girls softball team will wear black arm bands and dedicate the rest of their season to the memory of 2001 MHS graduate Krystle Campbell, who was killed in Monday's bombings at the Boston Marathon. The Lady Mustangs held a moment of silence just before their Wednesday morning game against Somerville at Tufts Park, with players on each side locking arms along the baselines. MHS coach Jack Dempsey said he did not know or coach Campbell when she was a student, but from what he's heard, "she was an incredible kid," calling her loss "horrific." In addition, Dempsey said Dave McGillivray, the race director for the Boston Marathon, is a close friend of his and also an MHS graduate. "I can't imagine what he's going through …