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What is Project Graduation Westborough?

Westborough High School Written by Webmaster   
Tuesday, 18 May 2010 09:00

Project Graduation Westborough is a chemical free night for graduating seniors of Westborough High School. It takes place at TEAMWORKS, and runs from 10pm to 5am the evening of graduation (June 5, 2010).

There are activities and food all night/morning long.  

Can you help?  The organizing committee is seeking parent volunteers who do not have a senior to help chaperone this event.  We are running two shifts for chaperones, 9:30pm - 1:30am and 1:30am - 5:00am. 

We especially need help for the second shift, but any help would be great.  It really is a fun night for the kids and it's their last night as a class together.  

For 2010, please contact either chair:
  • Amanda Morin: missamanda5@verizon.net
  • Wendy Kelley: wendyskelley@aol.com

Additional information about Project Graduation

From a letter to the editor in Westborough News about Project Graduation 2009:  "... 238 members of the Westborough High School Class of 2009 checked into Project Graduation for a night of fun, food, and camaraderie. They conquered the inflatable obstacle course, the bull ride and the defender dome, competed in the games of midnight madness, got tattooed (temporarily) and hypnotized, ate to their hearts content and enjoyed the company of their classmates..."  Read more here.

From Wikipedia: Project Graduation is a program offered by many high schools in the United States, in which organized, adult-supervised and alcohol-free activities are offered as part of a post-graduation party, in lieu of student-run events with alcohol or drugs. Events often last through the night and are held in hotels or community centers. Students are checked for illicit substances before entry and are carefully monitored

 

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Please Help with Project Graduation, esp. Chaperones

School Notices Written by Webmaster   
Tuesday, 18 May 2010 07:38
A message from WESTBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL
Good morning Westborough parents, I am sending this request on behalf of parents coordinating Project graduation..
.Dough Raiser at Uno May 21, The proceeds from this event will go to Project Graduation. Uno's will accept coupons( available in the main office of the high school) for lunch and dinner as well as for dining inside or take out orders.
2. Reminder to all senior parents to hand in the 5x7 copies of a baby and current picture of their senior, complete and hand in the Project Graduation Poster (poster board size), laminated (optional) to the WHS office by May 21. Any questions can be directed to Carolyn Vancini (cvancini@aol.com) or Susan Stoddard (relicsamongruins@yahoo.com)
3.Project Graduation Chaperone Request
ATTENTION JUNIOR PARENTS!! ATTENTION PARENTS OF ALL GRADES!!
Project Graduation is less than a month away and is in need of chaperones!!
Please consider volunteering for one of the several shifts available for this wonderful event.
Anyone needing information, and how to sign-up, please contact one of the chairpersons:
Wendy Kelley: wendyskelley@aol.com

A message from WESTBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL

Good morning Westborough parents, I am sending this request on behalf of parents coordinating Project graduation..

1. Dough Raiser at Uno May 21, The proceeds from this event will go to Project Graduation. Uno's will accept coupons( available in the main office of the high school) for lunch and dinner as well as for dining inside or take out orders.

2. Reminder to all senior parents to hand in the 5x7 copies of a baby and current picture of their senior, complete and hand in the Project Graduation Poster (poster board size), laminated (optional) to the WHS office by May 21. Any questions can be directed to Carolyn Vancini (cvancini@aol.com) or Susan Stoddard (relicsamongruins@yahoo.com)

3. Project Graduation Chaperone Request

ATTENTION JUNIOR PARENTS!! ATTENTION PARENTS OF ALL GRADES!!

Project Graduation is less than a month away [the night of June 5, 10pm - 5am] and is in need of chaperones!!
Please consider volunteering for one of the several shifts available for this wonderful event.
Anyone needing information, and how to sign-up, please contact one of the chairpersons:

Amanda Morin: missamanda5@verizon.net
Wendy Kelley: wendyskelley@aol.com

[A message from Westborough Public Schools, received at 8:33 am Tue May 18, 2010, with the subject "Project graduation".  Additional highlighting added. -- webmaster]

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School Committee Minutes 2010-04-28

School Committee Minutes Written by Webmaster   
Sunday, 16 May 2010 16:25

[The following minutes, posted 5/14/10 on the district site, were copied on 15-May-2010.  Minor differences in formatting do occur, please access the district site if you desire an official, formal copy -- webmaster]

WESTBOROUGH SCHOOL COMMITTEE

WESTBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS

MINUTES

Wednesday                                                                                                                                                          April 28, 2010

The Westborough School Committee meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m by Chairman, Karen Henderson.  Committee members present included Mr. Craig Harris, Mr. Stephen Doret and Mrs. Ilyse Levine-Kanji. Mr. Bruce Tretter arrived shortly after the opening of the meeting. Administrators present were Superintendent, Dr. Anne Towle, Assistant Superintendent, Mrs. Marianne O’Connor; Director of Finance and Administration, Mr. Daniel Hendricks; Student Representative, Afeefa Bhatti.

The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

MINUTES

Upon a motion by Mrs. Levine-Kanji, a second by Mr. Harris, the Committee voted 4-0 in favor of approving the minutes of April 12, 2010.

Upon a motion by Mrs. Levine-Kanji, seconded by Mr. Harris, the Committee voted 4-0 in favor of approving the minutes of April 14, 2010.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORTS AND HIGHLIGHTS

Dr. Towle wished to thank everyone for the many expressions of sympathy on the recent death of her father in law.

High School chemistry teacher, Tari Shea extended an invitation to school committee members to view the chemistry club mural being painted during club meetings.  Local artist, Kevin Coffey, is mentoring the students.  Funds were received from making silly putty and a grant from the American Chemical Society.

From a group of 120 competing schools, the eighth grade math team ranked first regionally and sixth overall in the New England Mathematics Leagues national math contest.  The seventh grade team ranked first in the region and sixth in New England.  The students will be recognized at the next meeting as well as students from the Mill Pond School math team.

Mr. Tretter arrived at the meeting.

High School students, Anthony Liu and Sukmin Moon, are National Merit Scholarhip Finalists.  Erin Silva is a finalist in the National Achievement Scholarship Program for Academically Talented Black Students.

Mrs. O’Connor summarized her recent trip to China with 29 other administrators under a Freedom Foundation grant.  The Assistant Superintendent announced Rick Hebert has been named Central Massachusetts Cross Country Coach.  The High School Quest program is underway and five students are interning at the Mill Pond School.  Colleen Debish is the program advisor.  Several members of the Westborough faculty attended a Mid-Wach workshop that focused on research papers, curriculum and direction.

Mrs. O’Connor met with the staffs of grades 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.  Curriculum mapping has been completed.  The Fine Arts department announced the First Annual Pops Concert will be held April 29. There will be two performances, at 6:00 and 8:00 p.m.

Mr. Hendricks reported representatives from the Massachusetts Building Authority will be visiting all the district schools April 29 and May 3, to assess building needs of the future.  The survey of the property along O’Neil Drive has been completed and markers are being put in place.  There is some erosion under the stairway.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Afeefa reported the junior class attended a College Fair in Boston April 27and today a Multi Cultural Buffet was held at the High School.  The Pop Concert will be held April 29, Student Council elections will take place April 30, On May 1 SAT exams are scheduled, College acceptances are due, and Student Council Film Festival will be held.

School Committee Meeting                                                                                                                                                        2.

April 14, 2010

The Spring Carnival will be held May 2 and the Junior Prom is May 8.  Afeefa will be attending Mass College of Pharmacy next year.

Mr. Tretter announced Earth Day was a success.  Twenty seven sites were cleaned up by over 110 people.

Mrs. Levine-Kanji noted the Legislature has started debate on the Budget and has finalized the Anti Bullying Bill. The House, Senate, and Governor have to sign it.

Mr. Doret extended thanks to the high school staff for cleaning up the hillside property and upper driveway.

Mrs. Henderson noted the Spring Festival takes place this weekend.  There is a fishing derby Saturday and activities at the high school, including a dog show and 5k race.

REPORTS

Gail McBride and Pam Tabb, co presidents of the Friends of Facing History Foundation gave an overview of the foundation’s goals and objectives.  The “Facing History and Ourselves” course is a senior course taught by Gregory Gallagher, and is in its second year at the high school.  It was started thirty years ago in Brookline, MA. and is now taught internationally.   The Foundation provides teacher funding, course resources, and scholarships.

Several former and current students related the impact the course has had on their lives.  They strongly supported offering the course earlier in the high school years, stating it would make the high school experience much more pleasant for many students.  They all felt it has made an impact on their lives in terms of tolerance and respect.

TOWN MEETING WARRANT ARTICLES

Dr. Towle reviewed the agenda of the Finance Committee meeting April 29.  Town Budgets and Warrant Articles will be discussed.  The school department budget is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. and it’s Warrant Article at 7:35 p.m.   She reported that through the Superintendents Association, Dr. Towle has been informed the Chapter 70 funding will be reduced by a number not to exceed 4% and the Circuit Breaker funding may be increased 1.4%. This does not take into consideration the reductions made last year to the Circuit Breaker that were propped up by the Federal Stimulus funds. The Ways and Means Committee has recommended no new taxes and no elimination of tax exemptions.  The structural budget gap of the state is $3.2 billion dollars.  The Committee did not freeze salaries of private special education schools.  It appears Westborough’s Chapter 70 funding will be $4,183,588.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION FOR TOWN MEETING

Mr. Hendricks presented the brochure for distribution at the upcoming Town Meeting.  One section details comparisons with neighboring districts.  It was pointed out, however, that transportation costs were not included, and some business managers record line items differently, resulting in some sizeable differences.  The bottom line of expenditures is a better indication of the comparison.

Mrs. Henderson was pleased the district put its emphasis on instructional leadership and classroom and specialist teachers.  The Committee discussed its presentation for Town Meeting and what information should be available in anticipation of questions.

MOTION

The Committee signed bills.  Upon a motion by Mr. Tretter and a second by Mrs. Levine-Kanji the Committee voted 5-0 to adjourn at 7:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted

Ilyse Levine-Kanji

Secretary

These minutes are as recorded by the secretary to the school committee and do not become an official part of the record until so noted in a subsequent record.

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School Committee Minutes 2010-04-14

School Committee Minutes Written by Webmaster   
Sunday, 16 May 2010 16:20

[The following Westborough School Committee meeting minutes, posted 5/14/10 on the district site, were copied on 16-May-2010.  Minor differences in formatting do occur, please access the district site if you desire an official, formal copy -- webmaster]

WESTBOROUGH SCHOOL COMMITTEE

WESTBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS

MINUTES

Wednesday                                                                                                                                            April 14, 2010

The Westborough School Committee meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Chairman, Karen Henderson.  Committee members present included Mr. Bruce Tretter, Mr. Craig Harris, Mr. Stephen Doret and Mrs. Ilyse Levine-Kanji. Administrators present included Director of Finance and Administration, Mr. Daniel Hendricks and Principal, Pattie Berkey.

The meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

MINUTES

Upon a motion by Mr. Tretter, seconded by Mrs. Levine-Kanji, the Committee voted 5-0 in favor of approving the minutes of April 7, 2010.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

Afeefa reported those seniors scheduled to start the High School Quest program are finishing their final exams.  Report cards for the third quarter are due out April 16, and spring break is next week.  The Darfur Club is hosting an ice cream social April 15 in the lobby.  Simran Bimrah, a member of the Speech and Debate Club, placed third at States in the group debate and received the top novice award for her first year.

Mr. Tretter announced the Land Trust will be sponsoring its 12th Annual Clean Up Day April 24.  Meeting places include Bellows Road and Westmeadow Plaza at 6:30 a.m. and Lake Chauncy at 9:00 a.m.  New Hope Chapel and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will be providing refreshments and trash bags.

Mrs. Levine-Kanji reminded the community Town Meeting occurs May 15 at 1:00 p.m.  The Mill Pond School is among the finalists under consideration for the National School of Character Award.  Site visits have occurred.  Congratulations to the Principal and entire staff and students for the pride in their school.

Mrs. Henderson reported the Committee met with the Finance Committee on April 12 and presented its proposed budget and Warrant Article.

REPORTS

BUDGET RECOMMENDATIONS

Mr. Hendricks reported the proposed FY11 budget presented to the Finance Committee has a 2.62% increase over last year.  It contains three positions deemed necessary for next year and a level service program.  Credit should be given to the Unions for helping the district get through difficult times with the state funding.  The House Ways and Means Committee today released its budget which indicates a 4% reduction to the state funding. That budget is $400 million dollars less than the Governor’s recommended budget.

Mr. Hendricks will prepare a draft of an informational book for Town Meeting with a detailed explanation of the Expense budget.  Expenses are up $710,717 (9.63%) due to the reductions in state and federal aid. IDEA-ARRA has been reduced by $406,252, the Federal Stimulus funding reduced by $99,127 and the Circuit Breaker by $31,256.   The entire budget is up $866,807 (2.62%).  Salaries/Wages are up 0.50%.

Mrs. Henderson stated credit should be given to the administration, principals, staff and students for making the necessary reductions in all areas of the budget.   At some point, these reductions year after year will start taking its toll on the school programs.  Union negotiations have kept the district from the deficit it had last year.  This has had a very positive effect on the bottom line.  Health insurance costs have been controlled and decreased.

Mrs. Henderson requested the Out of District student numbers.

School Committee Meeting                                                                                                                                           2.

April 14, 2010

Mr. Hendricks pointed out another unknown is the Title I funding.  It may become more competitive according to the President.  Mr. Hendricks detailed the payment receipts of the state and federal monies.

Mr. Doret added the Committee has tried to reduce the impact reductions have on the students.  Dealing with the shortfall of the state and the required state mandates, the Committee is limited as to how far it can go and still support a quality education for the children.

Mr. Hendricks reported the Revolving Accounts are on target.  These include the athletic gate receipts, school lunch, activity fees, summer school tuition and student activity accounts.  He noted some outside groups are not using the school facilities due to the increase in user fees.

MOTION

Mr. Tretter made a motion to ratify the Secretaries contract.  Mr. Doret seconded the motion and the Committee voted 5-0 in favor of the motion.

Brigitte Casemyr, member of the Finance Committee, stated that based on a 5% decrease in state funding, the town is a little over $200,000 with a level service budget, from reaching the 2-1/2% levy level.  That includes the use of $1 million dollars of free cash.

The School Committee will meet April 28 and May 5.

RECOGNITION OF STUDENT

Mr. Tretter recognized and congratulated David McCauley for being selected by the Quinn Conference to receive the 2010 Boston Bruins/MIAA Sportsmanship Award.  David was captain of the Varsity Hockey team this year.  The award is given annually by the Boston Bruins to one individual who best shows sportsmanship in ice hockey.  The award was presented at the Bruins game April 1.

At 7:00 p.m. the Committee took a short recess.  At 7:10 p.m. the meeting resumed.

PUBLIC BUDGET HEARING

MOTION

At 7:10 p.m. Mr. Tretter made a motion to open the Public Budget Hearing.  Mr. Doret seconded the motion and the Committee voted 5-0 in favor of the motion.

Mr. Hendricks reported an FY11 Budget of $39,282,335.  This figure includes restoring three positions, for an increase of 2.62%.  Mr. Doret added the Salaries/Wages are $31,190,761 and Expenses $8,091.574.  No member of the public came forward to speak on the matter of the budget.

At 7:12 p.m. upon a motion by Mr. Tretter, seconded by Mr. Doret, the Committee voted 5-0 to close the public budget hearing.

MOTION

Mr. Tretter made a motion to approve the FY11 Budget figure of $39,282,335.  Mr. Harris seconded the motion and the Committee voted 5-0 in favor of the motion.

MOTION

At 7:15 p.m. Mr. Tretter made a motion to enter Executive Session under Chapter 30, Section 21 for the purpose of discussing negotiations.  Mr. Harris seconded the motion and the Committee voted 5-0 in favor by roll call vote.

School Committee Meeting                                                                                                                                           3.

April 14, 2010

The Committee returned to Open Session at 7:20 p.m., and signed bills.  Upon a motion by Mr. Tretter and a second by Mrs. Levine-Kanji the Committee voted 5-0 to adjourn at 7:21 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted

Ilyse Levine-Kanji

Secretary

These minutes are as recorded by the secretary to the school committee and do not become an official part of the record until so noted in a subsequent record.

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School Committee Minutes 2010-04-12

School Committee Minutes Written by Webmaster   
Saturday, 15 May 2010 21:14

[The following minutes, posted 5/14/10 on the district site, were copied on 15-May-2010.  Minor differences in formatting do occur, please access the district site if you desire an official, formal copy -- webmaster]

WESTBOROUGH SCHOOL COMMITTEE

WESTBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS

MINUTES

Monday                                                                                                                                                              April 12, 2010

The Westborough School Committee meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Chairman, Karen Henderson.  Committee members present included Mr. Bruce Tretter, Mr. Craig Harris, Mr. Stephen Doret and Mrs. Ilyse Levine-Kanji. Director of Finance and Administration, Mr. Daniel Hendricks.

The School Committee is meeting for the purpose of discussing its budget presentation to the Finance Committee at 7:10 p.m., April 12.

Mrs. Henderson reviewed the budget figures from 2009-10 and particularly emphasized the reductions taken after Town Meeting due to the reduced state and federal aid.  The enrollment figures show a decrease of sixty for next year, and staff transfers are being made to meet the needs of the system.  Student enrollment always increases over the summer.

The Salaries/Wages shows an increase of 0.50%; Expenses increase $710,717, or 9.63%; however, the total 2011 proposed budget of $39,282,335 is a 2.26% increase over 2010.  Salaries increase $156,090; SPED Tuition, $730,512; Transportation, $38,056; Utilities reduced ($69,130); Supplies, ($39,556).  The budget includes a SPED Growth Factor amount of $100,000.  It is predicted the IDEA – AARA funds will be reduced ($406,252), and the Federal Stimulus reduced ($99,127).  It is estimated the Circuit Breaker funds will reduce by ($31,256).  The budget has increased 2% each year since 2008-09.

It is due to the Union contract settlements that this year’s proposed budget is level funded.  This allows the district to provide the same quality of education to the students without deprivation.  There is some concern about the numbers in the fourth grade ELL program.  The ELL program now has 300 participants from 18 countries, speaking over 30 languages.  The Salary budget includes funding for three positions that are anticipated.

An Article has been placed on the Warrant requesting $175,000 for an owner’s project manager for the Gibbons School project.  The Massachusetts School Building Authority award is contingent upon having this position funded.  The MSBA will be visiting the Gibbons School to review and accept or reject the project.  It is estimated the repairs will be in the neighborhood of $5-6 million dollars with the state contributing in the neighborhood of 50% of the costs.

The School Committee has not formally adopted the 2011 budget at this time.  It is awaiting figures from the state.  Mr. Doret suggested if reductions have to be made, the Committee should then look toward the fee structure and transportation costs.

MOTION

Upon a motion by Mr. Tretter and a second by Mr. Doret, the Committee voted 5-0 to adjourn at 7:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted

Ilyse Levine-Kanji

Secretary

These minutes are as recorded by the secretary to the school committee and do not become an official part of the record until so noted in a subsequent record.

 


 

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