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 …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Superintendent makes decision on who will lead school in 2012-13.
When former Goodyear School principal Christopher Heath took a job on the north shore, he left a gaping hole in the elementary school leadership. After meetings with staff and parents, as well as the School Committee, Superintendent Mark Donovan revealed his plan for Goodyear online Tuesday. "The model I favor, "Plan C," will be the model that will be implemented," said Supt. Donovan on the Goodyear website. "A Head Teacher will be responsible for the day-to day management of the school. There will be two building assistants to support the Head Teacher." Assistant Superintendent Gary Reese and Supt. Donovan will "maintain a strong presence at the school to support the Head Teacher, parents, and the entire staff." During the year, school …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Former Goodyear School principal has taken job in Hamilton-Wenham.
With former Goodyear School principal Christopher Heath accepting a job in Hamilton-Wenham last month, Woburn school officials are left looking for someone to fill the spot before school begins in September. According to Superintendent Mark Donovan, officials are planning on setting up a meeting for parents and staff members next week. "We'll be discussing some options at that meeting," said the superintendent. "We'll also put some information online at some point."
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Who will be the principal when school starts in September?
Now that Christopher Heath has been named the principal at the Winthrop Elementary School in Hamilton-Wenham, the Goodyear School is without a leader. Superintendent of Schools Mark Donovan told Patch Wednesday that officials are meeting today to explore options. Supt. Donovan plans to meet with select teachers, Parent-Teacher Organization members and School Council representatives to discuss filling the vacancy. "We have several applications in response to various ads and postings," said the superintendent. Classes begin for Woburn Public Schools on Sept. 6.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Christopher Heath, currently an elementary school principal in Woburn, will be the next principal at Winthrop Elementary School in Hamilton, starting Aug. 20.
Christopher Heath has been named the next principal at Winthrop Elementary School. He will start on Aug. 20, according to a letter announcing Heath's hire on Tuesday from Superintendent Michael Harvey. “I believe that Chris’ experiences as the Principal of the Goodyear Elementary School in Woburn and as an Assistant Principal at the Joshua Eaton Elementary School in Reading have given him the practical experience in leading successful change that will allow him to be successful in leading the Winthrop Elementary School to new heights,” Harvey said in his letter. A complete copy of the letter is attached to this story as a PDF. Harvey did not say how much Heath will be paid. Woburn Patch has contacted Superintendent Mark Donovan for a …
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Parents, faculty and community members will meet the finalists next Tuesday, July 24.
An integrated media specialist at Winthrop Elementary School and a Woburn elementary school principal are the two finalists for a Hamilton-Wenham school principalship. Christopher Heath, currently principal at Goodyear Elementary School in Woburn and Amy Pasquarello, currently the Integrated Media Specialist at Winthrop, are the two finalists. Superintendent Michael Harvey said on Monday afternoon in an announcement to parents that the two finalists both “possess the right combination of education, experience and enthusiasm necessary for success in the position.” Heath and Pasquarello were selected as the two finalists last Wednesday, after the search committee interview seven semi-finalists. A total of 40 candidates applied for the job…
Friday, September 30, 2011
Join the School Committee for the formal open house of the new building Oct. 2.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
And teachers' contract reportedly near approval.
An open house for the community will be held at the new Goodyear Elementary School on Oct. 2, a Sunday, from noon to 2 p.m. The school opened to students on the first day of school. The School Committee scheduled the open house Tuesday night. An official ribbon-cutting with officials from the state School Building Authority will be held at a different time. They were not available on Oct. 2. The city authorized a budget of $26.5 million for the new school. The city paid roughly $11 million. The state covered about 54 percent of the allowable costs. The opening of school—including the new Goodyear—went smoothly this past Thursday and several school projects are also on track—even ahead of schedule, school Supt. Mark Donovan told the …
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Give school high marks Tuesday night.
They “oohed” and “ahhed” over the classrooms, the art room, media center and the lockers for fourth and fifth graders. The gym and cafeteria, too. They commented on the "new" smell of the place. At least 200 people visited the new Goodyear Elementary School Tuesday evening during an hour-long before-school-starts open house for Goodyear students and their families. They left the gym in groups of about 25, which grew larger as the hour waned. School staff led the tours. As a group entered one of the kindergarten classrooms, a group of boys older than kindergarten age “wow’d” over the cubbies for students inside the classroom. The art room “smells like crayons already,” one of the boys said. Climbing the stairs to the second floor, one mom …