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Tempting taste buds internationally

February 7th, 2014

Eighth-graders Sherry Lin and Sue Lee serve South Korean scallion pie.

Southborough – Multicultural Week concluded Feb. 1 at Fay School with the annual Taste of Nations, an extensive international buffet dinner. Delicacies were prepared for guests by boarding students from around the world, faculty, staff and parents. Photos/ Ed Karvoski Jr.

Conference aims to introduce girls to math and science careers

February 7th, 2014

Northborough – On Saturday, March 15, middle school-aged girls are invited to attend the 8th Women in Science & Math Conference hosted by the Northboro Junior Woman’s Club (NJWC).

The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Algonquin Regional High School, 79 Bartlett Street, Northborough. It is free and open to all. The event encourages middle school-aged girls to explore careers in the fields of science and math, and builds connections with local women who have expertise and professional degrees in these fields.

Shrewsbury students raise funds for community service project

February 5th, 2014

Photo 2: (Bottom row, l to r) Patricia Busso, Erin Laverty, Alexa Deraney, Hannah Murray, Abigail Clermont (top row, l to r) Shane Smith, Alie Curran, Amber Fijol, Emily Taylor, Keisha Champagne, Kylee Smith, Erin Cossette, Laura Debiasio, Georgia Giedymin, Tom Bodden. (Photo/submitted)

Shrewsbury – While many students look forward to April vacation as a time to catch up on sleep and visit with friends, a group of 15 students from Shrewsbury High School (SHS) will be spending their vacation in the Dominican Republic participating in an eight-day community service project. They will be working with the organization Community Service Alliance through the tour company, Education First, which offers immersive educational travel.

Popped! goes the improv comedy at Hudson High

February 3rd, 2014

Andrew Hatch and Brian Matthews focus their attention differently across the stage.

Hudson – Many people fear the thought of performing onstage in front of a crowd of spectators. And even those who do accept the challenge are often afraid of forgetting their memorized lines. In contrast, there’s the improvisational comedy troupe known as Popped! consisting of students in grades eight through 12. They bravely took the stage unscripted Jan. 9, 10, and 11 in the Intel Mini Theatre at Hudson High School.

Hudson and Marlborough schools announce kindergarten registration for fall 2014

February 3rd, 2014

Hudson/Marlborough – Registration for kindergarten in Marlborough and Hudson for the 2014-15 school year will begin in February. All children living in Hudson or Marlborough who will be five years old on or before Aug. 31, 2014, are eligible to enter kindergarten in the fall of 2014. There are no exceptions regarding entrance age requirements. [...]

Hudson High School musicians accepted to All-State Music Festival

February 3rd, 2014

Six Hudson High School students were selected to participate in the upcoming music festival in Boston. (Photo/submitted)

Hudson – Hudson High School and music educators Jason P. Caron and Jeannette McLellan recently announced that six student musicians have been selected by audition to participate in the 2014 Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) annual Conference and Music Festival March 20-22 at the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center in Boston. The culminating concert performance [...]

St. Mary School celebrates Catholic Schools Week

February 3rd, 2014

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Shrewsbury – St. Mary School in Shrewsbury hosted its annual January Open House and Registration Event Jan. 26. This event marks the start of Catholic Schools Week throughout the United States.  This year’s theme, “Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service,” exemplifies the very essence of what Catholic schools provide for their students, families, and communities. [...]

Assabet Valley sophomores get a financial reality check

February 3rd, 2014

During the fourth annual Reality Check at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School, sophomore Winslow Kidder of Northborough takes two mandatory spins on the Wheel of Fortune, both of which landed on unlucky options: “Lost cell phone; pay $400” and “Unplanned pregnancy; pay $1,000.” (Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.)

Region – When the fourth annual Reality Check was held Jan. 23 at Assabet Valley Regional Technical High School (AVRTHS) in Marlborough, more sophomores learned how to balance a monthly budget. In previous years, the event was offered as a perk for sophomores in the State Scholar Program. This year’s inclusion of all sophomores was welcomed by Cindy Zomar, AVRTHS admissions and public relations coordinator.

Shrewsbury Education Foundation honors Tom Kennedy

February 1st, 2014

At the Shrewsbury Education Foundation’s (SEF) 21st annual awards dinner, Tom Kennedy receives the Community Service Award from SEF Co-President Melanie Petrucci. He also received a citation from state Sen. Michael Moore (D-Millbury) and state Rep. Matt Beaton (R-Shrewsbury). (Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.)

Shrewsbury – Although Tom Kennedy retired as human resources director of Shrewsbury Public Schools in June 2012, his contributions to the community have continued with no end in sight. He was honored with this year’s Community Service Award by the Shrewsbury Education Foundation (SEF) at its 21st annual awards dinner Jan. 25 at the Cyprian Keyes Golf Club in Boylston.

Armstrong School celebrates Chinese New Year

January 24th, 2014

Armstrong students follow along with a Mandarin version of "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes."

Westborough – The students at the Armstrong Elementary School were treated to the Diversity Council’s Chinese New Year Celebration during their school meeting Jan. 17. The morning began with the entire school assembled in the cafeteria for this educational program.

Third grade teacher Janet Hart is the chair of the Armstrong Diversity Council, which began in the spring of 2011. Assisted by John Mendes, the school’s principal, she helped to facilitate this cultural program, which is a way, she said, to help the children learn about and celebrate other cultures.

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