Thursday, August 16, 2012
New documents indicate how Waltham Public Schools could improve.
Waltham Public Schools Superintendent Susan Nicholson needs to improve on her relationship with other city departments and the media, according to newly-released performance evaluation documents. Overall, Nicholson did well in her Aug. 7 evaluation, but the full evaluation gives deeper insight into her strengths and weaknesses. Nicholson did not receive any rating below a 2.4 on the individual items, and overall received a 3.16. The final evaluation is a composite of the School Committee members' individual evaluations. Below are additional details on her ratings on a scale of 1 -4, with 4 being the highest ranking. A 1 rating means “unsatisfactory” a 2 ratings means “needs improvement,” a 3 rating means “proficient,” and a 4 ratings …
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Sara Lane will meet the Waltham community today.
Parents and students will have the chance to meet the new Henry J.Whittmore Elementary School principal today at 4 p.m. From 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., Sara Lane will be holding a "meet the principal" event in the school's media center. Lane was recently named principal replacing former principal Deborah Butts.
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Waltham Schools' Parent Info Center will move to the old South junior High School.
The Waltham Public Schools' Parent Information Center will temporarily move to the former South junior High School on Moody Street, but City Councilors said they were annoyed with aspects of the move. The City Council, at its Monday, Aug. 6 meeting, approved moving the PIC from the Henry J. Whittemore Elementary School to the old South school only for the coming school year. The PIC is a central location in which parents can get answers to school-realted questions or seek school services. The move is intended to free up two classrooms at the Whittemore school as the building's enrollment has recently increased, according to Waltham Public Schools Superintendent Susan Nicholson. The Council also ordered the school department to formulate a…
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Presentation of the performance evaluation lacked some detail.
A year into her tenure, Waltham Schools Superintendent Susan Nicholson received a good evaluation from the Waltham School Committee on Tuesday. "It's above proficient," said Waltham School Committee Vice Chairwoman Susan Burstein on Nicholson's performance evaluation. Nicholson received good marks on both the regular goals and merit goals portions of the evaluation. The numbers below are averages computed from each members' individual evaluation, according to Burstein. GOALS (Scale of 1 to 4, with 4 as the highest) MERIT GOALS Burstein said Nicholson met all of her merit goals, but did not specify what they were. LACK OF DETAIL Presentation of the results lacked some detail. Burstein said she would not read the detailed results aloud …
Friday, August 3, 2012
Do you remember your favorite lunch box? Today's kids have as many options as ever but nothing will take the place of the Partridge Family or Scooby-Doo.
Lunch boxes have changed in design and shape over the years, but the basic idea is the same. Along with space inside for a cold drink, sandwich and snack, the cover is devoted to a favorite cartoon, character, TV show or movie. That's why Justin Bieber and Darth Vader and Japanese cartoon characters are staring out at shoppers from the shelves of Target. Back in the '70s, the lunch boxes were aluminum. In the '80s, they gave way to plastic. Vintage lunch boxes now are highly collectible. They are displayed as collections in people's homes, and sometimes they get their own art gallery shows. (Yes, I've gone to one.) Do you remember a favorite lunch box? What was it? Have a picture handy? Share it with Waltham Patch!
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
It's the last week of summer for students and time for our first back-to-school photo gallery where you can post shots of them heading to class.
It's the last week of summer for area students and that means it's time to get new school clothes, backpacks, classroom supplies and those lunchboxes. It's also a great time to start a new tradition and we here at Waltham Patch are asking you to help out by sending in your back-to-school photos as Waltham Public Schools return tomorrow, Aug. 31. Just take pictures of your students getting on the bus, dropping off their supplies, waving goodbye and so on and add them to the gallery. Make sure to let us know who is in the photo. Also, we're open to other back-to-school photo ideas and videos too. If you're a teacher who is already back at school waiting for students next week, send us a photo of your classroom before and after the next batch…