Monday, May 20, 2013
Find out what is on the middle school lunch menu.
Buying lunch for your middle schooler this week? A middle school lunch is $2.75. Here are the items on the menu: *The deli is also available daily with assorted meats. Students are released early on Friday, so lunch will not be served.
Friday, May 17, 2013
The project is in the building phase.
In March, residents voted to appropriate $15.5 million in additional funds for the school building project. The project is now in the building phase and making progress. The steel work is complete in the high school classroom building, School Committee Chairman Mel Webster said. "The cement slab floors have been poured on the second and third stories and are complete," he told Patch. Steel work is underway on several areas including the high school entrance and has just started on the main street area that will connect the two schools. There is currently a crane working on the construction of main street next to the Media Center. Soon the crane will move to the auditorium for additional work. The administrative offices are nearly …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
North Reading High School was ranked 58 in the state by Go Local.
North Reading High School was ranked 58 out of the 344 best high schools in the state by Go Local. NRHS was ranked based on enrollment; proficiency in language arts, math and science; SAT scores; student to teacher ratio; graduation rates; and spending per student. According to Go Local, NRHS spends $11,842 per student. The graduation rate is 95.2 percent and the student to teacher ratio is 11 to 2. Lynnfield High School was ranked just above North Reading and Nashoba Regional was just below. The number one school was Weston High School. The site noted that schools missing MCAS or SAT scores were not ranked.
Monday, May 13, 2013
The annual Performing Arts Variety Show will be at NRHS at 7 p.m.
North Reading High School students will take the stage this Friday, May 17 for the annual Performing Arts Variety Show. The theme this year is Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice, according to Director Allison Kane. "The theme encompasses music written by, produced by or sung by women such as Katy Perry, Carol King, Pink, and Christina Aguilera as well as musical theatre shows and big band music," Kane said. The show will feature students from all of the different performing groups at NRHS including: Introduction to Theatre, Advanced Technical Theatre, Chorus, Jass Band, Piano, Noteorious, and Masquers, Kane said. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased during all three lunches at NRHS or at the door the night of the show.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
In honor of National Teacher Day, we ask you to share your stories of gratitude, and let us know who the best teacher in North Reading is.
Tuesday, May 7, is National Teacher Day, according to the National Education Association. Teachers have long been among the most unsung heroes of our time, affecting and shaping the brains of countless individuals without truly getting acknowledged for their remarkable influence. By the way, teachers, bring your teacher ID to any Chipotle and the meal's on them. The details are on the restaurant's Facebook page. Today, in honor of this day, we ask you to share your stories about your favorite teacher. Or, we ask that you shine the light on a remarkable teacher in North Reading. Did an educator change your life? Say something to you, or teach you something that would forever influence you? Who do you think is the best teacher in town, and …
Language Arts Coordinator Garth McKinney says he was pleasantly surprised to receive a letter during April vacation awarding him the distinction.
It wasn't the letter he was expecting to receive in the mail. In fact, Garth McKinney said he read the letter twice before it sank in. McKinney, the Language Arts coordinator at Merrimack Middle School and North Reading resident, was talking about the letter he received over vacation indicating that he was named English Teacher of the Year by the New Hampshire Council of Teachers of English. McKinney said when the letter came over vacation announcing that he'd won, he was expecting it would more likely be the letter that said they went with the other finalist. McKinney was nominated for the award by MMS Principal Debbie Woelflein who said she couldn't be more excited that McKinney was named the winner. "We are so lucky to have him …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Harley Duffley, John Jennings IV, Annika Howe, and Abby E. Wall all worked together on the award winning project.
Four third-grade students from the Batchelder School won the K-3 category in the Toshiba/National Science Teachers Association ExploraVision Program, according to a boston.com article. Harley Duffley, John Jennings IV, Annika Howe, and Abby E. Wall, all nine-years-old, won with their SIGHT system project, according to the article. SIGHT stands for Safety, Interactive, Guided, Holographic, Technology and the project is a futuristic tool featuring holographic imaging and a map aimed to help firefighters and police officers save lives. Howe's father is a police officer, which served as inspiration for the project. “I love how we did it, and I love how this works for two [types of] people: firefighters and police officers,” she said in the …
Friday, April 26, 2013
Michael Connelly will replace Carl Nelson who is retiring on June 30.
Michael Connelly will be the school district's new director of finance and operations, according to School Committee Chairman Mel Webster. Carl Nelson, who currently holds the position, will retire on June 30. Three finalists, selected from 35 candidates, were interviewed by the search committee last week. They voted unanimously to hire Connelly, Webster said. Connelly has accepted the position and is in the contract negotiation stage of the hiring process. He is currently the director of finance and operations for the Lincoln-Sudbury Regional School District and is a Reading resident, Webster said. According to Superintendent Kathleen Willis, Connelly graduated from Babson College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The schools were ranked according to their student/teacher ratio, college readiness and math and English proficiency.
North Reading High School was recently ranked 29th in the state, according to the US News and World Report's list of the best public and private high schools. North Reading lands just below Millis High School and above Ashland High School. The schools were ranked according to their student/teacher ratio, college readiness and math and English proficiency. According to US News, NRHS has a a student/teacher ratio of 11:1, which is smaller than the state average. There are 708 students in the school and 63 teachers. On the college readiness scale, NRHS ranks higher than the state average, US News said. Ninety-two percent of students are proficient in math and 98 percent of students are proficient in English, according to US News. Both are …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Students are working together to preserve memories of the high school.
Ten North Reading High School students are working with NORCAM to produce a video that documents the current high school. Joshua Shear, Kyle Hastings, Jackson Hastings, Cameron Hastings, Corey Witts, Ben Shufro, Peter Audier, Walter Nitzche, Ryan Newhall and Rebekah Aran are working together on the project. According to Shear, Cameron Hastings thought of the idea to create the film. He wanted to capture the school before it's torn down. "The video will be composed largely of interviews talking about the current high school, what it is like, what is unique about it, as well as what we can look forward to with the new high school," Shear said. So far students, alumni and faculty have been interviewed. The students hope to conduct interviews …