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Madeline Falcone, a junior from Westford in Nashoba Valley Technical High School’s Hotel & Restaurant Management program, serves lunch to local homeless veterans and staff members of Disabled American Veterans recently at the school. Courtesy
Anna Bucciarelli April 20, 2014 at 07:59 am
What a wonderful thing to do. Praise for this couple. (Had lunch at The Elegant Chef for the firstRead More time this week and was very impressed with not only the food but the service.) It will be my go-to place whenever I feel like a lunch out. Nashoba Tech should be very proud ... a very special place, plenty of smiles from the adorable "staff".
Steven Sadowski April 20, 2014 at 09:18 am
So glad to see people giving from their hearts for causes that move them. This is true charity.
Clockwise from top left: Carlos Arredondo and Jeff Bauman, Chalrlie Day, Laverne Cox, Capt. Richard Phillips and Michael Bloomberg.
Robert Norwood April 12, 2014 at 08:14 am
You can bet Ayaan Hirsi Ali won't be speaking at any of these higher institutions of liberal leftRead More hypocrisy. Too bad Che Guevara and Hugo Chavez aren't available.
Bob April 12, 2014 at 06:31 pm
Robert - amazing isn't it? She is speaking out against women being mutilated and for getting themRead More educated and the left hates her! Flipping up side down country we now live in! PC gone haywire. Let's not offend the practitioners of the cult that kills thousands of their own people over religion and shoot a little girl in the face because she wants an education!
malcolm nichols April 14, 2014 at 07:49 am
Amherst College?
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Kathleen April 9, 2014 at 12:09 pm
Can't understand people on here advocating for their children to be 'friends' with their teachers onRead More FB...They are NOT friends, they are teachers, mentors and there are many other ways that they can mentor a child if they want to help them. How about the good ol' face to face discussion? Probably would do more to help a child that is in need of a little guidance better than FB. Also, many teachers today set up classroom blogs for day-to-day communication with their students, which is a great use of technology. Also, most of these kids shouldn't even be on FB since the rules of FB actually require that you be 18 to sign up. (though this is usually not enforced by FB or parents, me included). Once a student reaches 18 or 21 years of age and they are no longer students of their teacher(s), then fine if they want to be friends with their teacher(s). Just doesn't make sense to me that parents don't understand that their should be boundary lines while they are.
nedlam1968 April 9, 2014 at 06:48 pm
Unfortunately, we've become a society where too many do not understand boundaries. I don't thinkRead More it's appropriate for school staff to "friend" student's - there are "rules" that outline appropriate and inappropriate behaviors with students ... unfortunately, everyone thinks that what matters is being "buddies" with the kids ... too many professionals have forgotten how to be professional ...
Mrs. B April 10, 2014 at 12:09 am
Teachers friending students on Facebook is unprofessional. I would think a teacher would beRead More intelligent enough to know this without being told by authorities.
Miller Elementary School. Credit: Westford Public Schools
Michelle April 5, 2014 at 05:41 pm
Is she on paid leave until the end of the school year? That's at least 12 wks of paid time off.Read More I'm sure there's a good reason for her need for the leave, but if she's being paid for this leave, then where is the money coming from to pay Rose Vetere?
Hans Moleman April 5, 2014 at 06:23 pm
Probably the same "magic money tree" the town used to secretly dole out $25,000 to ChiefRead More Rochon I presume.
Andrea April 6, 2014 at 09:35 am
The bigger questions is: now we have two "interim" principals, Stony and Miller, that weRead More are paying and we can't seem to find "qualified candidates" for those positions. Why?
Kerry Clery is coming to Westford. Credit: Vimeo.com
Nick Caraway March 29, 2014 at 08:52 am
With Everett Olsen's retirement next year she is likely the next Superintendant of Westford's PublicRead More Schools.
Vincent DiRico March 29, 2014 at 04:02 pm
Oh joy another dope (NC) showing his true colors. Whap!
Nick Caraway March 29, 2014 at 04:15 pm
Well, smoke em if you got them I suppose. To each his own
Miller Elementary School website on March 26, 2014. Credit: Westford Public Schools
Sam March 30, 2014 at 08:14 pm
I'm sure your mom can. Call her up to your room.
Julie C. April 3, 2014 at 04:51 pm
Nick Caraway April 3, 2014 at 09:23 pm
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Martha Magee March 23, 2014 at 08:32 am
You New Englanders really need to learn how to chill. Except for Prometheus. Prometheus is alreadyRead More cool. I say ban all shoes altogether. Require humans to walk barefoot on the Earth in the sunshine for a minimum of 1 hr a day and reconnect to Mother Nature. The problem is not flipflops. In fact, flipflops are a step in the right direction. The real problem is materialism ~ the disconnect with Nature.
Merry Christmas March 23, 2014 at 04:42 pm
I wear flip flops. Their especially good when you go to court because the judge likes people whoRead More dress well
Dark star March 26, 2014 at 08:49 pm
Westford Public Schools. Credit: Patch
Sam March 24, 2014 at 01:53 pm
EW: Not sure if you are correct, but lets say you are. If you expect these town officials to doRead More anything about this you are sorely mistaken.
Wayne Bruce March 24, 2014 at 01:56 pm
East/West: I see where you're confused. Please re-read Olsen's actual statement (not the headlineRead More nor the synopsis in the first two grafs) and then look at the example in the statute given just above the section you quote. It specifically refers to the type of announcement the superintendent broadcast, which offers facts about last year's vote, some facts about this year's upcoming meeting, and then encourages residents to vote on the funding measure. Please note that it doesn't directly advocate a position but merely encourages residents to discuss and vote, an action well within the law. It's highly probable that the announcement was vetted through the Town Attorney (at the very least) but if you still have a beef with it, I would suggest you contact the state attorney general's office.
Westford Insider March 24, 2014 at 04:21 pm
In a town where last year the BOS tried a stunt backed by Bob Jefferies to infringe upon 2ndRead More Amendment rights when they knew the courts would toss any such by law burning through thousands in legal fees and police time, in a town where the BOS paid the former fire chief thousands of dollars above his required severance and refused to explain to the taxpayers who footed the bill why, in a town that denied teachers previously negotiated step raises....I am going out on a limb and saying even if the law was broken ain't nothing coming of it no how
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Steven Sadowski April 15, 2014 at 09:47 am
Joe: Actually, you are sort of correct. Public Education was founded by English settlers and itRead More did mostly focus on the Bible. So far so good. BUT, there were two schools of thought (pardon the pun) on public education: the English view that education had a responsibility to conform the individual to the collective (as you described) and the Dutch version which educated based upon individual needs. To this day, the Dutch have a workable and very successful voucher system where parents choose where to send their kids and competition creates efficiency and excellence. I believe they are #1 in the world? Outside of New York, the Dutch had very little influence in the New World and so we got stuck with the English view on public education which is that the individual must conform to the ideals of the collective. In the old days that was religion, but now, that is the state. I completely agree with your criticisms of NCLB. I don't know, maybe you're so indoctrinated in the two party system that any criticism of Obama automatically means the other person must be a republican, so whip out the Bush card? It would be nice to have a discussion that did not involve the same old tired finger pointing based upon political parties and just solve the problem, which is that testing as a means of determining quality of schools would not need to exist if school choice and competition allowed parents to support whichever school they felt gave their child the best educational outcomes. In lieu of such choices, we are stuck with these idiotic barometers that teachers hate and parents loathe.
Joe Beckmann April 15, 2014 at 11:30 am
While it's refreshing that you know about the colonial foundation, and your observations about theRead More Dutch system are interesting (actually it's the Finnish system with the highest scores, until, at least, the Chinese really get into it). But my view of public education is Horace Mann's (neither British nor Dutch, nor colonial). The justification for public funds for education is to create a public - a community with some common skills (largely interpersonal and career, less academic and data driven). That means that public schools are a public investment to assure all generations that the youngest can join a culture of success. This "magic" of school choice merely re-frames the segregation of pre-civil rights with a penumbra of "individual rights," a false kind of consumerism. In fact, there has always been "school choice," and private and parochial schools have always offered an option to those who either paid or took vows. For that matter, I personally think Secretary Duncan is one of the worst possible representatives of "educational change," and that testing, while a worthwhile means of documenting curricular impact, is an abysmal means to "evaluate students." Any 7 year old now knows that any standardized question is online via google, and dismisses the utility of putting such junk in their head. They're not all right, but...they're not all wrong either.
Steven Sadowski April 15, 2014 at 04:01 pm
Joe: It is a half truth that educational choice exists in this country. Property taxes are taken,Read More whether you send your kids to private school, or homeschool. You have zero choice to pay property taxes. If you don't, your home goes to land court and you lose your home. It is coercion. A regular family is stuck sending their kids to the town's public school because they can't afford to eat the taxes AND pay tuition. Instead, only the top earners can afford to pay the town "vig." and send their kids to a private school on top of that. The private schools then have to charge a higher tuition since they have to make budget through higher prices as opposed to higher numbers/volume. This in turn creates a viscous cycle of only the rich being able to attend private schools and further cements a caste system of elitism based on income. Furthermore, where one lives can determine where one ends up in life. A student, for example, on the Lawrence/Andover line could have an entirely different existence depending upon their zip code. I am luck we live in Westford, but I could have easily lived in Chelmsford. Same area, different schools. There should be a voucher system so that parents could send their kids wherever best fit their needs. I think your way f public education creates segregation, not the other way around, because the rich tony towns have their great schools and the poor towns are stuck, unless they can have a Charter school, but those are sometimes given by lottery. I agree that testing is not a good metric for evaluating students en masse. In the classroom to insure you know the material, yes, but as a blanket test to determine compliance or aptitude, no.
A snapshot of Westford school projected enrollment numbers. Credit: Westford Public Schools
Vincent DiRico March 10, 2014 at 08:49 pm
WI refuses to think, par for the course! ---> FFs asked for 9% over 3 years and got 3% over 4Read More years. Is it now clear where that rail is running einstein?
Westford Insider March 10, 2014 at 08:56 pm
FF asked for 9% knowing they wouldn't get it, they were offered 0 and got 3
Vincent DiRico March 10, 2014 at 08:59 pm
So to be clear: rail will deliver low single digits (aka no pot of gold). ENJOY!
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commonsense March 16, 2014 at 05:17 pm
Fred, Do you think the changes will make it less biased? If not, what do you recommend as anRead More alternative?
deb of see-attleboro March 16, 2014 at 05:24 pm
According to his Patch profile, he is chairman of the Foxborough Democratic Town Committee. NoRead More mention of teaching. Reading his comments, I hope I am wrong about that.
Kathleen March 17, 2014 at 10:17 am
Obviously Dennis hasn't been reading the local newspapers. Is he even remotely familiar with what isRead More currently going on in neighboring Salem MA with the Bentley school? There's an example for you. The school is a Level 4 under performing school that is in it's second year of a three year turnaround program with not much success. (Next step would be for the state to come in and take over the school). It's to the point where the Mayor now wants to contract with a private company to have them take over the day-to-day management of the school. Despite lengthening the school day, revamping the school schedule, seeking outside help and securing a $500,000 federal grant, MCAS scores have actually gone down (during the 'turnaround') under the current administration. To make matters worse, the school has been without a principal since December due to the current principal being out on an extended family medical leave. Seems to me that this is a perfect example of our public schools failing our children. Does the fact that the school has one of the highest percentages of poor & limited English speaking students make it OK with him to just sit around and let the school fail these kids? You only get ONE chance with a child's education. These kids deserve better!
Norman D. Day Elementary School is eliminating the use of polystyrene trays one day a week to help the environment. Credit: Tony Schinella
Chris Daley March 1, 2014 at 07:30 am
Well I guess if compostable trays will keep the poly out of the trash that's okay. I remember strongRead More brown trays as a kid in 1960s WA cafeteria-washed and stacked for reuse, which is different now-trays are hauled away for a compost pile? On the other hand I like things that are indestructible and last 1000 years! Cars? A phone? It's a trade off: no dishwashing labor but the trays get hauled away and it isn't really free.
Elizabeth Fletcher Glenn March 1, 2014 at 07:43 am
Surely reusable lunch trays in public settings have long been a 'given' - whether at the Library ofRead More Congress lunch rooms or cafeterias across America or wherever. Someone just wasn't thinking when (s)he proposed the school use 'throw-aways'. I suggest Norman E Day (and other schools as well if this applies!) return to using the re-usable trays of the past. What did Norman E Day DO with those trays when they changed over to foam? This shouldn't be a day at a time process! Five days per week with re-usable trays would be the most logical! Please expedite this change-over? We shouldn't be adding anything else to landfills in America! Thank you. Elizabeth Fletcher Glenn
Westford Insider March 1, 2014 at 12:41 pm
Principal Reagan is one of the most competent administrators the WPS has, good guy from what I hearRead More and well respected all around. I would like to see his name considered when Olsen retires next year as the new Superintendent
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Janine Patera March 3, 2014 at 06:21 pm
Sense I'm in the Midwest.
Iron Mike March 3, 2014 at 06:24 pm
Congrats Janine! You're NOT in MoonBat Mass-a-2- [can't write the rest here]. ;^)
Iron Mike March 3, 2014 at 06:52 pm
Common Core Informational Session! Wednesday March 12, 2014 – 6:45p.m. Watertown PublicRead More Library 123 Main Street, Watertown MA 02472
Tina Mqs February 27, 2014 at 02:11 pm
now *THATS* what we need to see here! thanks!
Brenda February 27, 2014 at 04:42 pm
Natick parents cared about the 2 school meetings this week, which Patch ignored and did not cover.Read More We do NOT care that Wilmington is getting a new high school! How about some school news that is actually happening in Natick?
Heizenburg February 27, 2014 at 05:54 pm
What's in Nebraska? You are!✈️
Boston College. Photo Credit: Boston College
Linda Kollett February 27, 2014 at 09:00 am
Why did you use BC when Williams is number 1 and of course in Massachusetts?
Laura February 27, 2014 at 09:41 am
Maura, you're right - it is now a picture of Gasson Hall. But the picture that was originally postedRead More with the article was St Ignatius Church. The editor, Liz Taurazi, changed it to an on-campus picture in response to my post. And Linda, I'm a big fan of BC (my husband worked there for many years and my son graduated from there), I'm also confused why they didn't choose a picture of Williams or one of the other top-four schools.....??
Maura Kenney February 27, 2014 at 09:46 am
Laura, good point!
Sunny February 26, 2014 at 05:43 pm
I don't want anymore 40B housing in Chelmsford on Littleton Rd. There are too apartment dwellingsRead More (one burnt down to ground even though the fire station was less than a mile away), condos, and trailer park (sorry that taxes as permanent housing). Now, Chelmsford Crossing (40B) is in the future. Who's going to live there? Not Chelmsford senior citizens on the waiting list or layoff Chelmsford citizens but outsiders? Problem families with troubled kids. Chelmsford should get assigned social worker. Note: Westford / Chelmsford town line is another 40B, Princeton Apartments.
Steven Sadowski February 27, 2014 at 08:09 am
Bob: I think this is a fair article that takes in both of our POV's:Read More http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/21/business/21admin.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
John f caruso February 27, 2014 at 11:33 am
Does this mean that if any kid feels like he is bullied he can get suspended and we pay them to goRead More to school even at home. Does this that the total of kids say 100 in a district the school get the monies for their education but if the kids drop out of this also who gets the monies. Sounds like unfounded and back door tax payers tax on the monies. Sounds like say a school in boston that is mismanaged by management could reap profits when and if the students rebel and don't go to school. This sounds great but seems just another way to tax the taxpayer after all the poor people do not have the monies to tax so it is another middle class sham.
Christine Francis. Courtesy
Nick Caraway February 25, 2014 at 05:17 am
In addition, Olsen has one foot out the door set to retire next year. Maybe Principal AntonellisRead More chance to join the big dance
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