Saturday, March 23, 2013
One nearby school district thinks so.
Over in Ipswich, school officials have decided to fold the district's Middle School Honors Night into a wider school assembly this year, saying it made students who weren't honored feel left out, the Salem News reported this week. The Ipswich Middle School principal reportedly sent parents a letter explaining the decision, saying an exclusive honors night can be emotionally damaging and can impact a student's academic growth. "The honors night, which can be a great sense of pride for the recipients’ families, can also be devastating to a child who has worked extremely hard in a difficult class but who, despite growth, has not been able to maintain a high grade point average,” the principal's letter read, according to the Salem News. …
Thursday, March 21, 2013
The Tuesday, March 19 school closing delayed the last day of school for students.
As a result of the recent snow day on Tuesday, March 19, the last day of Waltham Public Schools for students is now Monday, June 24, according to the district's website.
Under a proposal, several students would move from the Whittemore school to the Fitzgerald school.
Waltham parents say they are concerned about a proposed School Committee plan that would shift some elementary students and staff to a different school. “We want to look at other options,” Northeast Elementary School PTO President Sandy LeBrun told the School Committee during its regular March 20 meeting at Waltham High School. “The buzz about redistricting has a lot of very concerned.” The proposed shift is part of the district’s effort to alleviate building space issues in the elementary schools caused by increasing enrollment. Under the plan, grades 1-4 of the Language-Based Resource Room Program would move from the Henry Whittemore Elementary School to the James Fitzgerald Elementary School, according to a memo from Waltham Public …
Officer allegedly swore at student according to campus paper.
Brandeis University Police are investigating a campus police officer for allegedly using inappropriate language with a student, according to The Justice, the campus student newspaper. A student, whom the paper only identified as "Brian" told the publication the officer asked him if whether he was "challenged" during a dispute over the student parking illegally. Brian was allegedly parked in a fire hydrant zone, but told the officer he had not realized it, according to the newspaper. The officer the told the student, "Are you [expletive] stupid? Are you challenged?” the paper reported. The officer attempted to reach the student by phone prior to the incident but Brian said he picked up his phone "the first time it was called," according …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Classes will not be held on Tuesday, March 19.
Due to inclement weather, Waltham Public Schools will be closed on Tuesday, March 19, according to the Waltham Police Twitter feed. Stay tuned to Waltham Patch for updates on the storm.
Monday, March 18, 2013
Stay tuned to Waltham Patch for updates on whether Waltham Public Schools will close on Tuesday, March 19.
With several inches of snow forecasted for Waltham for Tuesday, you are likely wondering whether Waltham will cancel public schools. Here is how the decision will be made, which we have based on prior Waltham Patch reporting. Waltham Public Schools Superintendent Susan Nicholson makes the final decision based upon consultation with Waltham Police Officer Ann Frassica, the district's safety officer, Consolidated Public Works Director Michael Chiasson and Mayor Jeannette McCarthy. The decision must be made by 5 a.m. to accomodate staff that live outside of Waltham. City officials focus on the condition of the sidewalks in their decision making process because many students in Waltham walk to school or to a bus stop. After the decision is …
Inclement weather has caused delays in testing.
According to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, MCAS English Language Arts tests have been postponed to Monday, March 25. The DESE made the announcement due to pending inclement weather. The tests were to be held on Tuesday, March 19. "We realize that this change may be disruptive for some schools, but for security reasons it is critical that all schools administer the ELA Composition on the same day. Even schools that are unaffected by the storm must wait until Monday, March 25, to administer the test," the DESE wrote on its website.
Friday, March 15, 2013
Watch the 2013 Waltham High School lip dub!
Ready to to bust a move? Or call 867-5309? Or dance the Macarena? If so, check out the Waltham High School 2013 Lip Dub. Hundreds of students gatehered on Thursday, March 13 to record its third annual lip dub, according to television broadcasting teacher Chris Hazel. "It was a great success. Students and faculty alike were raving about it after we finished. It's a great school spirit event that unifies the student body and promotes a sense of community. I am extremely proud of the students in the Television Broadcasting Program who worked tirelessly for months to plan the event. Most notably the even co-chairs seniors Elaina DeAngelis and John Nash. If not for their efforts we do not succeed in pulling this off," Hazel said in an email.
Friday, March 8, 2013
Some Waltham schools released students early today.
Waltham Mayor Jeannette McCarthy said she believes the Waltham Public Schools should have had a 2-hour delay on Friday, March 8 instead of opening the schools at their regular time. McCarthy spoke to Waltham Patch in the wake of Patch readers saying the district should not have held school. Classes began at their normal time, but most students were later released early. According to McCarthy, Consolidated Public Works Director Michael Chiasson requested the schools have a two-hour delay. Under that request, the building would open at 6 a.m. However, Waltham Public Schools Superintendent Susan Nicholson decided to open the buildings at their normal time, McCarthy said. “The superintendent has to make the decision by 5 a.m.,” McCarthy said…
The snowstorm is forcing some Waltham schools to release students early.
With snow continuing to fall on the city, some Waltham Public Schools will release students early today, according to the Superintendent's Office. Waltham High School will release students at 1:15 p.m. and all of the middle school students will be dismissed at 2 p.m. Those early dismissals are intended to get school buses to the elementary schools for their regular 3 p.m. pickup time, according to the superintendent's office. The elementary schools will not be releasing students early.