Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Somerville's snow emergency will end Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m. and schools will be open on Wednesday, Feb. 13. Residents have until 10 p.m. to move their cars from municipal lots.
Somerville is finally getting back to normal after the Blizzard of '13. The snow emergency will be lifted as of 8 p.m. on Tuesday, the city announced in an email, and Somerville Public Schools will be in session on Wednesday, Feb. 13. If you parked your car in a municipal lot due to the snow emergency, you have until 10 p.m. on Tuesday night to move your car so plows can clear snow from the lots. The city also reminds residents that while parking on the even side of the street will be allowed after the parking ban is lifted, the law requires at least 10 feet of passage for emergency vehicles. So take care on those side roads that might still be narrow due to snow banks on either side—you could get a ticket or towed without that 10 feet of…
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Clare Goldsmith, a volunteer, and Barbara Marder have been teaching children at the Kennedy School about the creative process.
Sunday, February 3
The following was sent by Somerville Public Schools: SPS Volunteer and Teacher in the Spotlight: Commitment to the Arts Somerville Public Schools celebrates Volunteer Clare Goldsmith and Visual Arts Instructor Barbara Marder. Ms. Goldsmith began volunteering with Somerville Public Schools in 2008 and has been joining Ms. Marder in her K-8 Kennedy School art room every Monday since then. Ms. Goldsmith returns every week because she enjoys "being part of the spontaneity and creativity, and seeing the different ways students can express themselves through art." A photographer, collector and painter, Clare has also been delighted with the historical perspective gained through Ms. Marder's arts classes, where projects are integrated …
Monday, November 26, 2012
McGourty has worked with special needs kids at the elementary school, according to an announcement from Somerville Public Schools.
Monday, November 26, 2012
The John F. Kennedy School is honoring Janet McGourty for her work as a volunteer at the schoo. She will be honored Monday at a PTA open house at 5:30. Here's the announcement from Somerville Public Schools: John F. Kennedy School Honors SPS Volunteer Janet McGourty The John F. Kennedy School will honor Volunteer Janet McGourty in gratitude for her years of service at the Kennedy PTA Open House on Monday, November 26 at 5:30pm. Longtime Somerville resident Janet McGourty has been volunteering for more than five years at the John F. Kennedy School. A former elementary school teacher with special needs education experience, Janet contacted the SPS Volunteer Program after discovering that she missed teaching and connecting with students…
Monday, October 15, 2012
The funded initiative works to streamline and strengthen early education.
Gov. Deval Patrick announced Friday that $1 million in grants will go toward coordinating partnerships between early learning and elementary education programs. Somerville is one of the five communities receiving part of the funds. The initiative, called “Pre-Kindergarten to Third Grade Alignment for Educational Success,” supports school districts and community-based early education and care providers in working together to streamline early education in Massachusetts in hopes of improving academic performance and closing achievement gaps. This initiative is part of the four-year Massachusetts Early Learning Plan, funded by a $50 million federal grant won the state won in December 2011. “Education is Massachusetts’ calling card around …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Ian Charles, who previously served as interim assistant principal at the Healey School, will replace Pat O'Connor as assistant principal of the Winter Hill Community School. O'Connor retired after 40 years with the school.
The Winter Hill Community School, which recently became an "innovation school," a designation that allows administrators and school leaders more flexibility in terms of setting school policy and the curriculum, is getting a new assistant principal. Chad Mazza, who was named the school's new principal this spring, has selected Ian Charles, who comes from the Arthur D. Healey School, for the role, according to an announcement from Somerville Public Schools. Charles replaces Pat O’Connor, who retired after 40 years with the school. Here's the announcement: Ian Charles Takes on Assistant Principal Position at Winter Hill School Charles joins new Principal Chad Mazza as Schools’ Top Administrators Somerville, MA – New Winter Hill Community …
Monday, July 2, 2012
The Innovation School model gives autonomy to school administrators to manage curriculum, staff and budgets.
The Somerville School Committee officially voted Wednesday to designate the Winter Hill Community School as an "Innovation School," according to an announcement from Somerville Public Schools. Innovation Schools were created by the Achievement Gap Act of 2010 and they give teachers and administrators more flexibility in managing curriculums, staffing, budgets and school policies. Somerville Schools Superintendent Tony Pierantozzi said the Winter Hill school will officially be an Innovation School when it opens the new school year this fall. At Innovation Schools, autonomy over the school's governance and curriculum is given to a board of directors, Pierantozzi said. This is distinct from the normal way of governing schools, where decisions…
Monday, April 2, 2012
Mazza comes to Somerville from the Holyoke public school system.
Monday, April 2, 2012
Editor's note: The following was provided by Somerville Public Schools: --------------------------------------- CHAD MAZZA NAMED PRINCIPAL AT THE WINTER HILL COMMUNITY SCHOOL Seasoned School Principal Takes Senior Leadership Position at Winter Hill Somerville, MA – Somerville Public Schools Superintendent, Tony Pierantozzi, announces that Chad Mazza will take the Principal position at the Winter Hill Community School. Mr. Mazza, who will be relocating to the Boston area, brings seven years of K-8 leadership experience to his new post and will join the Somerville Public Schools leadership team after serving as Principal for six years in the Holyoke Public Schools. He is currently completing his first year as the Principal of the Lt. Elm J…
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Also, more hires in the school district, the MBTA makes its big announcement and the sheriff rode into town.
MBTA announces upcoming fare increase, service changes On Wednesday, the MBTA announced a collection of fare increases, service changes and administrative changes designed to close a $161 million gap in its upcoming budget. There will be no service changes in Somerville as a result of this plan, but Somerville riders will pay more to ride the T. We asked riders what they thought of the plan. School hires Somerville Public Schools announced a series of important hires this week. John Oteri, currently an assistant principal at Somerville High School, was named headmaster of the school. He will take over when Tony Ciccariello steps down at the end of the school year. Jill Geiser will be principal of the Healey School. She comes from a school …
Friday, March 30, 2012
DePasquale has been with the Somerville schools since 2000.
Friday, March 30, 2012
It's been a big week for hiring in the Somerville Public Schools district. On Wednesday, the district announced the hiring or John Oteri as headmaster of Somerville High School and Jill Geiser as principal of the Healey School. Friday, the district announced it hired Margaret DePasquale as principal of the the Next Wave and Full Circle schools, which are alternative middle school and high schools for students with special needs. Below is the announcement from Somerville Public Schools: MARGARET DEPASQUALE NAMED PRINCIPAL OF NEXT WAVE / FULL CIRCLE Dedicated Leader/Educator Takes on Senior Position after 12 Years at Next Wave/Full Circle Somerville, MA – Somerville Public Schools (SPS) Superintendent, Tony Pierantozzi, announced last night …
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Geiser comes to Somerville from a middle school in Lawrence.
On Wednesday morning, Somerville Public Schools announced two major hires. John Oteri, currently an assistant pricinpal at Somerville High School, was named headmaster of that school. In addition, Jill S. Geiser was named principal of the Healey School. Below is the announcement from Somerville Public Schools regarding the hire of Geiser: JILL S. GEISER NAMED PRINCIPAL AT THE HEALEY SCHOOL Dynamic School Leader takes Healey School Senior Position Somerville, MA – Somerville Public Schools Superintendent, Tony Pierantozzi, announced last night that Jill S. Geiser will take the Principal position at the Arthur D. Healey School. Ms. Geiser takes the senior leadership position at the Healey School after serving three years as Principal of the…