Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Is he singing in the rain?
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Who lets a little rain get them down? Certainly not Brett Robinson! The adorable four-year-old was ready for his first day of school with a big smile on his face. Thanks to mom, Patty, for sending us this great photo! Do you have a picture you'd like to share with us for Photo of the Day? Remember, all POTD come from readers, so without you, we have no photos! Text them to 781-502-8325 or e-mail email@example.com. We will publish your photos as soon as we can!
Thursday, September 6, 2012
State primary held on first day of public schools.
Today is a big day for the city—children will start the school year at Woburn's 11 public schools and voters will cast ballots in the state primary election. "We look forward to welcoming back all of our students [today]," said Superintendent Mark Donovan. "This summer has been an especially busy one, but we will be ready to launch into the new year with some new and exciting things happening in our schools." In addition to the first day, parents and residents over 18 years old will be voting in the state primary city-wide. City Clerk William Campbell said that polls, including those inside schools, will be open between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. "We urge you to be extra cautious at arrival and dismissal time at our school sites," said Supt. …
You know you've already uploaded your kids' first day of school photo to Facebook. Now upload it to Woburn Patch!
We've all been there: the first day of school. And if your parents owned any sort of picture-taking device, there is likely evidence of said first day lying around your home somewhere (or perhaps in a place of honor on Mom's living room wall). With Woburn students heading back to school today, we thought it would be fun to take a closer look at that special milestone. The pictures are already all over Facebook: kids on the first day of school—whether its preschool, kindergarten, elementary school or even college. Now let's put them on Patch. Simply click the "Upload Photos and Videos" button at the top of the image gallery above and upload photos of you and/or your kids to the gallery. Put the year it was taken in the caption, or make us…
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
As we prepare for school to start on Thursday, Woburn Patch looks at the public schools' prescription drug policy.
As students prepare to go back to school this week in Woburn, we offer parents a lesson on what to do with their children's medication. Although officials would prefer that medication be given to children outside of school hours, the city adheres to the state Department of Public Health policy for instances when medication must be dispensed during school, said Public Schools' lead nurse Marcia Skeffington. Here's what you need to know: One last important note, Woburn school nurses and teachers are not responsible for applying sunscreen, insect repellant or other topical products. Those are for parents to apply before school. For more information on heading back to school in Woburn, including calendars and bus routes, check out Woburn …
Sunday, September 2, 2012
Need bus routes? Summer reading lists? Calendars? We got 'em on Woburn Patch here!
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Routes, and request-a-change form, for the upcoming school year.
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Thursday, August 30, 2012
With the first day of school a week away, Woburn Patch wants to make sure you have everything you need to know about heading back. Here are the bus routes for the public schools for the 2012-13 school year. Not happy with your bus stop? We've also attached the bus stop change request. Just click the PDFs above!
School's almost back in session, but were you aware of these state laws about school buses?
Nobody's as good as six-year-old Meggie Norton when it comes to knowing all the "Rules of the Bus," but here are a few Massachusetts' state laws about school buses you might not have known... #1. Everyone knows to stop when a school bus is loading and unloading passengers, but what you may not know is that if you don’t stop, you could get a ticket of up to $250. That fine can go up to $2,000 and a suspended license of up to a year for subsequent offenses. (MGL 90-14) #2. Oh, speaking of stopping behind a stopped bus, even fire trucks, police cars and ambulances with their sirens on have to stop until the passengers have been loaded or unloaded. (MGL 89-7B) #3. Tell your kids to sit down, because bus drivers can be fined up to $500…
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Five things principals, educators, PTO members, parents and students need to know.
The school year is approaching, and Woburn Patch will be there to cover all the big news for all of the city's schools. But we can’t do it without your help. To make sure you get the most out of Woburn Patch this school year, we invite you to get active in the news-gathering process. There are five things you can do to make sure your school and its students get all the coverage they deserve from Patch: You can also become a blogger and share your personal experience as a teacher, student, parent or school volunteer directly with Woburn Patch readers on a regular basis. Just click the link and start writing!
New national study indicates that drug and alcohol use during the school day is a bigger problem than previously thought.
According to a new study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, roughly 17 percent of American high school students engage in smoking, drinking or doing drugs during the school day. The study also said that approximately 86 percent of students indicated that they knew of classmates who abused drugs or alcohol during the school day. This was the 17th such study conducted by the NCASA. The group interviewed more than 1,000 students ages 12-17, according to an article appearing on Huffington Post. The complete study can be found here. Perhaps more disturbing aspects to the survey included roughly 50 percent of the students indicating there was a place on campus where students regularly went to do drugs or drink alcohol. …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
School will have "head teacher," not principal.
With the Goodyear School's principalship vacant, school officials have opted to go with a "head teacher" for the upcoming school year. Mr. Ken Kessaris will be the head teacher, said Superintendent Mark Donovan in an online statement. According to Supt. Donovan, Mr. Kessaris is currently completing a School Administration program and will be eligible to be certified as an elementary principal in the fall. "He is well respected by his colleagues," said the superintendent. "As head teacher, Mr. Kessaris will be the main point of contact for parents, and he’ll be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the school," said Supt. Donovan. Both the superintendent and Assistant Superintendent Gary Reese are expected to have higher profiles …