Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Search committee unable to find three suitable finalists to replace retired Principal Charles Skidmore.
Arlington Public Schools officials are putting a hold on the search for a new principal at Arlington High School, the Boston Globe reported. The search has been underway since beloved Principal Charles Skidmore announced he would retire after seven years at the helm of the high school. Interim Principal Mary Villano has been the school's top administrator since the beginning of this academic year. Superintendent Kathleen Bodie said a search committe was unable to select three finalists for the job, according to the Globe. Villano has agreed to serve another year on the job and the search will recommence in during the 2012-13 academic year, the paper reported. Bodie told the Globe that quite a few candidates but the search committee could …
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
A farewell from the Arlington High School class of 2011.
Graduates thank their retiring principal Charles Skidmore for his contributions, support and friendship during his seven-year reign at AHS.
Beloved principal is described by many as a sincere and compassionate leader and role model for the school and community.
Principal Charles Skidmore addressed the overflowing auditorium Sunday from a podium, looking out at the 2011 Arlington High School graduates in a black cap and gown, a maroon and gray hood tapered over his shoulders. This was his seventh commencement speech for a graduating class at the high school. But this time the graduates weren’t the only ones about to start a new adventure outside the confines of the high school. After seven years at the helm of Arlington High School, Skidmore, 57, is retiring, and Assistant Principal Mary Villano will takeover for the 2011-2012 school year. Described by many as a sincere and compassionate leader and role model for the school and community, “Mr. Skidmore” was a principal who strived for personal …
Sunday, June 5, 2011
A look at a few upcoming events in Arlington this week.
This upcoming week is an important one in Arlington. On Tuesday, voters will decide on a nearly $6.5 million override proposed by the Board of Selectmen. Voting takes place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Town Hall. Here are a few other events happening around town this week: Principal Skidmore Retirement Party: On Friday, you're invited to a farewell party for Arlington High School Principal Charles Skidmore, who retires at the end of the school year. Drop by the lawn outside Arlington High on Friday, 6-8 p.m. for entertainment, refreshments and the chance to say goodbye to Mr. Skidmore before he leaves Arlington. Stop by or bring a lawn chair to linger and enjoy the evening. Open Mic at Jam 'n Java: This event meets meets Monday, 6:30-9 p.m. at…
Thursday, June 2, 2011
Arlington community members are selling an integral piece of retiring Principal Charles Skidmore's career to raise funds to rename the school's media center: his writings.
The party to celebrate retiring Arlington High School Principal Charles Skidmore rages on. This time, Arlington community members are selling an integral piece of Skidmore's career to raise funds to rename the school's media center: his writings. “Everyone who has had a child at AHS in the past seven years will remember the insightful, warm and witty 'updates' that each begin with a personal anecdote or observation and blend into letting the community know what's going on at the high school,” said Donna Eidson, who is spearheading the efforts, in an email. Eidson and her team put in book format a collection of Skidmore's famous emails to school parents. The book, which is more than 50 pages long, will cost $10 and funds will proceed to The…
Sunday, May 22, 2011
A look back at this week's news.
Town Meeting members on Wednesday defeated a proposal to sell Parmenter School for a minimum of $1.7 million. Officials at Arlington Public Schools are seeking legal advice on the feasibility of merging human resources departments with the town. And on Monday, Town Meeting members unanimously approved the $20 million project to rebuild Thompson Elementary School, a proposal years in the making that is scheduled to deliver Arlington a new school by fall 2013. Here are more of this week's essential news from Arlington Patch's coverage: SCHOOLS Arlington High School's media center will receive a new name next fall: The Charles Arlington Skidmore Learning Commons, a tribute to the high school's outgoing principal. SPORTS This week, Patch …
Friday, May 20, 2011
Space will be called the "Charles Arlington Skidmore Learning Commons."
Arlington High School's media center will receive a new name next fall: The Charles Arlington Skidmore Learning Commons, a tribute to the high school's outgoing principal. Principal Charles Skidmore—whose middle name is in fact "Arlington"—announced in January he would retire at the end of the academic year. The renaming of the media center honors the seven-year principal who has captured the respect and affection of most in the Arlington community. Donna Eidson, director of the Community Education Programs for Arlington Public Schools, said the idea came from thinking about what Skidmore has given the Arlington community during his years. "He’s really given this school heart," said Eidson, who is spearheading the renaming efforts. "We …