Thursday, February 7, 2013
With the gymnasium scheduled to be demolished over February vacation, the Wilmington Athletic Alumni and Friends are planning an event for Tuesday.
The Wilmington girls basketball team will officially be the last high school team to hit the hardwood inside Lawrence Cushing Memorial Gymasium. But the Lady Wildcats won't be the last players to hit the floor. On Tuesday, the Wildcat Athletic Alumni and Friends will host a fundraiser to support the purchase of new banners for the gymnasium that will be built when the current gym is demolished over February vacation. Wakefield visits town for the final game ever at the gym at 7 p.m., and at following the tilt, scheduled for around 9 p.m., Wildcat supporters can pay $10 apiece to play on the court one last time. Teams of six are invited to play in six minute scrimmages that night, with all proceeds going towards the purchase of the banners…
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Students were recognized for their academic work in a variety of courses in the month of January.
The first month of 2013 is in the books, and several students got the year started off right. According to the blog of Wilmington High School assistant principal Christopher Phillips, the school recently recognized a group of students for their excellence in a variety of academic areas. Below is the list of Wilmington High School students of the month for January, according to Phillips' blog. English/ Language Arts Amanda Boyle Visual Arts Olivia Walsh Business Jennifer Holloran Foreign Language Stephanie Santini Family and Consumer Science Drew Foley Physical Education Dan Lee Health Education Caroline Robarge Social Studies Lauren Amazeen Science and Technology Luciano DiMambro Math Lauren Amazeen Guidance Assistant Confrey Bagayao and …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
According to the blog for Wilmington High School principal Eric Tracy, a pair of students have been recognized for awards.
It's been an exciting few days for a pair of Wilmington High School students. According to the blog for principal Eric Tracy, two WHS students have been recognized over recent days for their academic achievement. Over the weekend, the Boston Globe announced its Scholastic Art and Writing Awards winners, two of which came from Wilmington. Rachel Alatalo will receive a Gold Key during Awards Day in Boston on Sunday, March 3, for her science fiction/fantasy story titled "Gravity," and will also receive a Gold Key for her humor story called "Introducing the Apple." In addition, Michelle Barnes was named an honorable mention selection for "Grandpa, Where I'm From," a poem she submitted to the contest. But the recognition didn't stop there for …
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Teams can register for a March Spelling Bee by February 28.
It's not difficult to spell WEF. But the words at the group's first annual spelling bee are likely to be a little more difficult. Wilmington Educational Foundation members are planning the event in place of their annual Vendor Fair. The spelling bee will take place on Thursday, March 14, at the Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks Club. Registration will begin at 6 p.m. and the event starts at 7 p.m. Teams of three will spell through several preliminary rounds, which the group calls "swarms." According to WEF, the winner of each round will then compete in the championship swarm where a winner will be named. Alleviating the pressure of the standard spelling bee format, there will be no solo spelling. Teams will huddle up and decide on their response. …
Monday, January 28, 2013
Gabriela Karnesky, Jessi Ding, and Justin Healey were selected as Wilmington's winners of the annual contest.
Monday, January 28
Editor's Note: The following information was provided by Reading Municipal Light Department. Reading Municipal Light Department (RMLD) recently honored 14 elementary school students from the four towns in its service territory for their prize-winning entries in the Annual RMLD T-shirt Contest. RMLD General Manager Vin Cameron and the members of both the RMLD Board of Light Commission and Citizens’ Advisory Board recognized the students at a ceremony at the RMLD in Reading. A first, second and third place winner from each town and two honorable mentions from the Town of Reading were selected in the annual contest that encourages third and fourth graders to be careful around electricity and to become more energy conscious and aware of their …
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Superintendent of Schools Joanne Benton detailed her budget to the School Committee on Wednesday, a figure that has decreased since her initial presentation.
Superintendent of Schools Joanne Benton updated School Committee members on her proposed budget, a figure that has decreased since she originally presented it several weeks ago. Benton is requesting a budget of $33,628,350, which is a potential increase of $1,058,520. That total would be a 3.25 percent increase over last year’s budget of $33,628,350. During her initial budget presentation in December, Benton proposed a 4.61 percent increase. When voters approved last year’s budget, it was a 3.50 percent spike over Fiscal Year 2012. “Continuing to support 21st century learning initiatives throughout the district must continue to be a priority with the FY14 budget,” Benton wrote during her presentation to the School Committee on Wednesday …
Seventeen-year-old Joe Murphy will be remembered during a service at Nichols Funeral Home from 3-6 p.m.
Services are scheduled Thursday for Joseph "Murph" Murphy, the Wilmington High School senior who died unexpectedly on Monday. According to Murphy’s obituary on the Nichols Funeral Home website, visiting hours are scheduled for Thursday from 3-6 p.m., immediately followed by a celebration of Joe’s life at 6 p.m. During Wednesday night’s School Committee meeting, board members held a moment of silence in Murphy’s honor. Superintendent of Schools Joanne Benton said flags at the school will be flown at half staff on Thursday. Benton read remarks from several teachers who recalled what Murphy, 17, was like inside the hallways of Wilmington High School. “I will remember Joe as a bright, good natured, friendly young man,” said one teacher. “I …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Demolition is slated to take place at the high school over February vacation. So what will gym classes consist of for student?
The Wilmington High School gymnasium will be coming down over February vacation. So what exactly will students do with no gym to run around in? That is one of the first questions many residents have, and for the answer we turn to the blog of WHS principal Eric Tracy. He provides some information in a blog post from Wednesday. Tracy said that for at least the next two years, Physical Education and health teachers will have to get creative, utilizing outdoor space when the weather allows and larger indoor rooms when it's raining, snowing or cold. Health class will be taught during the first half of this semester while the P.E. portion will come second half in an effort to take advantage of warmer weather. According to Tracy's blog, outdoor …
Finances for Fiscal Year 2014 are among the agenda items for the evening.
The School Committee gets back to work on Wednesday night, holding a meeting at 7 p.m. inside the Wilmington High School library. First on the agenda is a host of administrative tasks, including approving minutes and considering items withdrawn from consensus. Next up is the student representative report before members get to old business. It's in that section that the 2013-14 high school program of studies will be discussed for a second straight meeting, along with the Fiscal Year 2014 budget. New business includes a financial report, first reading of the policy on physically restraining students and a first reading on the policy of gifts to and solicitions by staff. In addition, a revised 2013-14 school calendar will be discussed. …
Students had the chance to act out American history thanks to the Freedom Trail Foundation and Massachusetts Teachers Association.
Students learn about history on a regular basis. But earlier this month, Shawsheen Elementary students had the chance to act it out. The Freedom Trail Foundation and Massachusetts Teachers Association combined to bring history to life at the school. Freedom Trail Players acted out American Revolution history with the help of the students, who had the opportunity to dress in costume in front of their fellow classmates. Participants were able to read portions of important documents and declarations, and react to historic events along with the professionals.