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Longtime teacher reflects on Westborough’s past

August 11th, 2017

Westborough – For those of us living in Westborough in 2017, life is busy. It is hard to imagine that this town was once something other than the hurricane of activity that roars through the rotary each day, leaving us with the suspicion that time is cleverly finding a way to sneak by faster and faster. I often think about, maybe even wish for, the life I see in my grandparents grainy black and white high school pictures. My grandparents’ Westborough of the 1950s was far from perfect, especially for those cast to the fringes of society for any number of reasons. Despite this reality, have we jumped too far ahead of ourselves? Aren’t some of us stuck in a perpetual passing lane and running desperately low on fuel? Maybe, we have lost some common shared values that were, in part, responsible for the quality of life many of us live today.

To get some perspective, I searched for someone who has made a life in this town and invested energy into this community’s progress. It didn’t take long for my search to land on Charlotte Spinney, or Ms. Spinney, as she was known for the 41 years she taught at Westborough High School.

Mill Pond students complete project on Native American artifacts found in their own backyard

August 9th, 2017

Westborough – At the end of the school year, students at the Mill Pond School finished a months-long project on Native American artifacts found in their own community by introducing the “Vista Trails Launch” outside the school. The project started in December 2016 when Alan Leveillee, the lead archeologist from Public Archeology Laboratory and Sue […]

Arts added to STEM program at Whitcomb School

August 9th, 2017

Marlborough – For many years the Marlborough middle school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program provided an innovative pathway for more than 350 students in grades 6-8. Immersed in project-based learning and high-tech engineering content, the students have flourished and demonstrated success in the areas of creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and academic mastery.

Group identifies need for a later school start time for Northborough-Southborough teens

August 8th, 2017

Northborough/Southborough – The feasibility of implementing a later start time for middle and high school has been the topic of discussion in Northborough-Southborough since 2014. Start School Later-MA (SSL-MA) Chapter Leader Mary Hamaker and the Start School Later Northborough-Southborough, MA Chapter Leader Michelle Brownlee are optimistic that the discussion will continue this year and changes be made for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Marco Rodrigues focuses on relationships as new Hudson superintendent

August 7th, 2017

Hudson – Already laying out his plans for the Hudson Public Schools (HPS), Superintendent Marco Rodrigues is excited for students to return from summer vacation Wednesday, Aug. 30. That is because the relationships he wants to build with those students and their teachers lie at the core of his plans for HPS’ future.

Shrewsbury Woman’s Club awards scholarships

August 1st, 2017

Shrewsbury – The Shrewsbury Woman’s Club (SWC) recently awarded two local students, Arianna Kassos and Jake Mastrandrea, each a $1,000 scholarship. 

Gandolfo wins scholarship from Simon Youth Foundation

August 1st, 2017

Marlborough – Solomon Pond Mall recently presented Sakura Gandolfo, of Marlborough, with a Simon Youth Foundation Scholarship for exceptional work throughout her high school career.

Assabet team’s robot throws out first pitch at Bravehearts’ game

July 31st, 2017

Region – Students from the Robotics Team at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School were recently invited to Worcester Bravehearts baseball game at Holy Cross’ Fitton Field. The robot they built threw out the first pitch of the game.

HPS runs three-week Portuguese language learning camp

July 27th, 2017

Hudson – Thirty Hudson students spent the first three weeks of their summer this year learning Portuguese in an intensive foreign language immersion camp. The camp, which cost roughly $60,000 to run, was funded entirely by the National Security Agency (NSA).

Fundraiser to benefit pediatric cancer patient

July 19th, 2017

Region – A fundraiser will be held on Monday, July 24 at the Crystal Room, 49 Cedar St., Milford, to benefit Leah Davis. At only 5 years old, Leah, a resident of Hopkinton and a student at Miss Tanya’s Woodland School in Westborough, is battling a second round of medulloblastoma (pediatric brain cancer). The fundraiser, […]

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