5 Things Dec. 14: A Glimpse of Norton's Past, Bingo and More

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1. A glimpse of Norton’s past
Henri A. Yelle Elementary School is in the process of replacing their sign. When the contractor was removing the old sign, an even older one was found underneath (pictured). The building was called Norton Elementary School, revealing a glimpse of Norton’s past. The new sign for Yelle will be complete by the end of this week.

2. Bingo
Bingo is held every Friday night at St. Mary's Church. Doors open at the Parish Center 4:30 p.m., bingo begins 6:30 p.m.   

3. Eleven performance
Eleven, a rock n roll band, will be performing at British Beer Company, 85 Providence Highway, Walpole. They will play hits from the 80s, 90s and beyond starting 10 p.m.

4. Massachusetts eighth graders perform among world leaders in math and science achievement
The Patrick-Murray Administration announced that Massachusetts students have once again scored among the top performing nations across the world in mathematics and science.  The 2011 Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) show that Massachusetts 8th graders made a 14-point gain in mathematics and an 11-point gain in science achievement since the last time the test was administered in 2007. Massachusetts students tied for second in science achievement, trailing only students from Singapore. In mathematics, Massachusetts 8th graders tied for fifth, trailing only the four highest performing Asian countries (Korea, Singapore, Chinese Taipei and Hong Kong SAR). When comparing results back to 1999, Massachusetts 8th graders have made the highest gains of any participating country or benchmarking entity in mathematics (+48, from an average scale score of 513 to 561) and second highest gains in science (+34, from 533 to 567). For additional information on TIMSS, go to the National Center for Education Statistics' website.

5. High near 52, low around 30
Today will be mostly sunny, with a high near 52. Calm wind will become southwest 5 to 8 mph in the morning. Tonight will be partly cloudy, with a low around 30.


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