The City of Worcester is launching a pilot after school program on February 1
It’s called Recreation Worcester.
Recreation Worcester is a free community program that, for now, will be held at five sites across Worcester:
Chandler Elementary School (Wednesday & Thursday),
Claremont/Woodland Academy (Tuesday & Thursday)
Goddard School (Wednesday & Saturday)
Quinsigamond Elementary (Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday)
and Worcester East Middle (Tuesday & Thursday).
Many of you are active community organizers and participants within the City and have the capacity and ability to help us grow this program!
Programming is offered to all Worcester Public School students ages 7 and up.
Younger students (7-13) will attend programming from 2:30-5:00 and older students (14+) will attend programming from 5:00-7:30 (times may vary depending on the site- our latest start time is 3:00 and our latest end time is 8:00).
Dinner will be provided by the WPS.
In addition to the partnership between the City of Worcester, the Worcester Public Schools, and local colleges and universities Recreation Worcester is backed by several sponsors and partners across the city.
The Recreation Worcester team is not only looking for youth to register for the program, but also, for college students and older youth who are interested in volunteering and gaining experience as a youth worker.
Recreation Worcester is unique to Worcester and has a strong foundation in past programs that have proven to be successful.
From the Worcester for Bernie Sanders (for President) crew!
Democratic Presidential Debate tonight (Sun) at 9 pm
The last debate before the Iowa Caucuses!
The debate is being held in South Carolina and hosted by NBC and YouTube. Don’t miss it! Make sure your family friends and neighbors don’t miss it!
Debate Watching Party tonight
8 pm – 12 pm
… at the Sahara Restaurant, 143 Highland St. (at West St.)
Come join We Want Bernie Worcester and a jolly crowd of Bernie supporters to cheer on our guy! Bring a friend!
Phone Banking Every Day, 7 days a week from 10 am to 9 pm
from our new Worcester Campaign Office at 256 Park Ave.
This is critical work. We have only 6 1/2 weeks left until the Massachusetts Primary, and we need to reach and identify hundreds of thousands of Bernie voters in that time, so we can get them out to the polls! People, once they get going, seem to be having a good time making these calls! Please consider signing up for a regular weekly shift, or come in once to get trained up and get your feet wet!
Call Lisa Mosczynski at 508-341-4876to discuss this and set up a time!
Ward, Town and Precinct Captains needed to lead the door to door work, talking to our neighbors, getting their commitments to vote for Bernie on March 1.
The canvassing in Mass starts very soon.
Can you step up to lead a team in your town or neighborhood?
We still need the loan of computers and phones. Contact Chris Horton or Lisa with your offer.
Grand Opening/Open House at the Worcester Bernie Campaign Office
The Open House yesterday was a great success. Peak attendance, despite a raw morning, was over 60, with a total of 85 sign-ins, including many new volunteers!
See photos at https://www.facebook.com/bostonforbernie/photos/a.1141249135916047.1073741835.976503942390568/1141249459249348/?type=3&theater
From Peter Reilly’s blog in Forbes – Capitalist Tool (!):
Paul Feeney. the campaign’s Massachusetts State Director, led off. He told us that his organizing experience came from the labor movement, which accounts for him calling us brothers and sisters. I see from his linked-in profile that he was a legislative director for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers before signing on with the campaign. He told us that Bernie’s campaign was a departure from traditional transactional politics. He went through the litany of goals finishing with universal single payer health care, which got a rousing cheer. The bus from the nurses union parked out front might have helped with that.
Next up was Mary Keefe, a Worcester State Rrep. She said that Bernie was somebody that you might not agree with on everything, but you could trust him. She reminisced about being able to go to the Mass College of Arts for $250 per semester. Back in the day, you could tell your mechanic father and stay at home mom that you wanted to be an artist and they would tell you that was great, work hard in the summer to earn your tuition. There is this odd thing that stories like that sometimes make me think that Bernie is actually the most conservative candidate.
Lisa Mosczynski, the Regional Field Director, was up next. She said she was going to be very demanding of people bugging them to go out canvassing and work the phone banks. She said, quoting Ed Markey, that “We don’t agonize. We organize”.
The 2016 Mayor’s Civics Academy is now accepting nominations for participants.
The Academy provides young Worcester leaders a unique opportunity to learn about Worcester history and demographics, government, politics and elections, and innovation and entrepreneurship.
This series will feature prominent speakers from across the state.
This year’s Academy hopes to bring in more young leaders from groups who have not traditionally had access to government leaders.
Mayor Joseph Petty said: “This was a program that was started under former Mayor Joe O’Brien. The City Manager and I saw that there was a need to start these sessions again. This academy will be focused on how communities make their voices heard in our city. We need to focus on our young leaders and give them the tools to make a difference in our city.”
The Academy will take place on four Mondays in February, from 6-8 PM, at the Worcester Historical Museum, the American Antiquarian Society, the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and UMass Medical School, respectively.
Leaders of community-based organizations are asked to nominate their young leaders (between the ages of 18 and 35) for acceptance into the 2016 Mayor’s Civic Academy.
We do ask that nominees be from Worcester.
Young leaders from underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Please send a brief letter of nomination to Mayor@worcesterma.gov introducing yourself, your organization, and the name of the person you are nominating from your organization.
Nominations will be received until January 27, 2016.
As we approach the midpoint of the school year, it is gratifying to look back on the progress we have made. However, much is yet to be accomplished and challenges remain. I am asking for your help in meeting these challenges with a renewed sense of purpose. I truly believe that the commitment and perseverance of the staff of the Worcester Public Schools is second to none. By working together, we will continue to provide high quality, effective instruction for every student every day.
This week, while visiting McGrath Elementary School and Midland Street School, I witnessed the commitment, dedication, and perseverance of our teachers providing small group instruction, facilitating whole-classroom lessons, organizing students in centers, and providing the “high quality teaching and learning” we all strive for. A big shout out to Mr. Gribbons and his grade 6 students who were working diligently on illustrative vocabulary.
Celebrations and Updates
On Monday, January 4, members of the Worcester School Committee and Worcester City Council were sworn in at an inauguration event held at the Hanover Theatre for Performing Arts. Mayor Joseph M. Petty said he will call for an enhanced health program for Worcester Public School students to keep them active, safe, and productive. Members of the School Committee are Dianna L. Biancheria, Donna M. Colorio, Jack L. Foley, Molly O. McCullough, John F. Monfredo and Brian A. O’Connell. The mayor also serves as chairman of the School Committee. The committee unanimously elected Mr. O’Connell as its vice chairman.
Mass Insight Education’s Partners in Excellence Award
Three South High Community School Advanced Placement Teachers are among this year’s winners of Mass Insight Education’s Partners in Excellence Award. Mass Insight recognized South High teachers Erin Morrissey Hendricks, Mary Sebring and Tara Vaidya with the award for their work helping more students take AP courses at the high school. In total, 54 teachers around the state won the award this year. Winners will be honored at Mass Insight’s Partners in Excellence Award Celebration on April 5 in Boston.
West Tatnuck Books for Argentina
For the past year, the Intermediate Life Skills students in Nicole Scavone’s classroom at West Tatnuck School have engaged in a collaboration with the students of the Worcester Public Schools Transition Program and a group of student volunteers from the College of the Holy Cross. Together, the group created books that are both written in Spanish, and also in Spanish Braille, and that are also tactile and interactive. These books were designed for children in Argentina, who are both deaf and blind.
On December 17, 2015, the group members had the opportunity to host Marcela Zamponi, Headmaster of the Fatima Institute for Special Education in Buenos Aires, Argentina. At that time, the group presented her with the first two books they authored for her students.
Congratulations to all involved in this innovative and exciting program which expands our “Worcester Reads 20” initiative beyond our city to those children in need.
Worcester County Superintendent Association Scholars Award
On Tuesday, January 5, I had the honor of joining our high school principals at the Worcester County Superintendent Association Scholars Luncheon, which took place at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The luncheon honors selected high school seniors from Worcester County for their academic, social, and civic achievements.
I am pleased to congratulate Worcester’s recipients:
Burncoat High: Laurana Nyman; Claremont Academy: Jaqueline Alvarez; Doherty High: Aubrey Leary and Madeleine Lerner; North High: Allen Quang and Rachel Dao; South High: Kenneth Adusei and Dominik Danko; University Park Campus: Sibgha Javaid; and Worcester Technical: Abeeku Bondzie and Tauny Tambolleo.
I am pleased to announce that the Posse Foundation has chosen six Worcester high school students as recipients of full four-year tuition scholarships. These scholarships are awarded to students who have not only succeeded academically but have also demonstrated leadership and are committed to building community and celebrating diversity with their schools.
Worcester’s Posse Scholars are:
Burncoat High: Alswell Tulasi – Denison University; Madeline McKenney-Lydick – Denison University; Doherty High: Tavian Vassar – Bucknell University; Dmone Walker – Centre College; South High: Ngoc Ngo – Hamilton College; and Worcester Technical: Esmely Munoz – Hamilton College.
Worcester Public Schools Featured in Education Week
Education Week, a national newspaper covering K – 12 education has published an article highlighting Worcester Public Schools’ successful efforts in turning around its chronically underperforming schools. The article entitled In School Turnaround Efforts, Massachusetts Enlists Districts features the good work of our staff at Union Hill, Chandler Elementary, Burncoat Elementary and Elm Park Schools in addition to district staff in improving student achievement.
Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA)
2015 Statement of Interest (SOI) Letter
The MSBA informed the City Manager that Doherty High School, Burncoat High School and Worcester East Middle School 2015 SOIs will not be invited into the MSBA’s Eligibility Period.
Did You Know…
Did you know that:
� Over 90 languages are spoken in the Worcester Public Schools?
� Worcester has the highest percentage (35%) of English Language Learners (ELL) in the state?
� Our ELLs graduate at a significant higher rate than the state? Four year graduation cohort: WPS 75.8% – MA 63.9%
Upcoming Week’s Events
School Health and Wellness Ambassador Program
Healthy students equal better learners. That is why we would like to identify one or more parent, staff, nurse, and students from each of the WPS middle and high schools to be part of a school health ambassador team. Each team will work to promote wellness within their school. The next meeting will be held Tuesday, January 19th at 3pm at Doherty High. For more information or to join, please contact Carol Manning at 508-799-3075
Be there, if you care about our kids!
JOIN US FOR A COMMUNITY BRIEFING TO DISCUSS THE FUTURE OF PUBLIC EDUCATION IN WORCESTER
Considerations for the Next Superintendent of Schools in Worcester
Wednesday, January 13
MCPHS University, Fuller Conference Center
25 Foster St., Worcester
The Worcester Education Collaborative (WEC) and Worcester Regional Research Bureau are pleased to announce the upcoming release of their first joint report, The Urgency of Excellence: Considerations for the Next Superintendent of Schools in Worcester, Massachusetts.
The report will be released at a community briefing and panel discussion on Wednesday, January 13, co-hosted by WEC and The Research Bureau, together with Clark University’s Adam Institute for Urban Teaching and School Practice, Greater Worcester Community Foundation, and United Way of Central Massachusetts.
The report and the panel will focus on the opportunities facing the Worcester Public Schools as they prepare for new leadership. Public education is critical to the success of the modern city.
As the Worcester School Committee begins its 2016-2017 term with the challenge of appointing a new superintendent, the report and panel will review the critical needs of urban education and offer insights into best practices for moving forward.
Hardin Coleman, Dean, Boston University School of Education and Vice-Chair, Boston School Committee
Michael Contompasis, Executive Chairman, MA & Senior Field Consultant at The School Turnaround Group at Mass Insight; Former Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools
George H. Edwards, Director, Commission on Public Education, New England Association of Schools & Colleges
George W. Tetler III, Partner, Bowditch & Dewey, LLP
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