Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Wrentham school committee appointed former Norton interim superintendent Christopher Martes on Monday.
Norton interim superintendent Dr. Christopher Martes is continuing his work in Wrentham, moving from Norton after assisting the district in selecting Joseph Baeta as permanent superintendent. “You folks need to see if I’m a good fit,” he said. “I like interim work, I bring a set of skills and I’ve that I do like doing this work.” Martes, who served in Norton for the 2012-13 school year, said he’s looking forward to coming to a new town and a new situation. “I can take my skills and experience and come in and see things others may not see,” he said. “Wrentham is an interesting place. I started in elementary education, and that is intriguing to me to come back to it. This would be interesting and challenging for me to go back to my roots.” …
Nancy Gertner was the guest speaker at the Wheaton College 2013 graduation.
Former federal judge and attorney Nancy Gertner told the Wheaton College 2013 graduates to "take responsibiiity-do something rather than nothing-create your own patch" ssuday in 178th Commencement ceremony "Every generation seems to have had a defining moment. My parents' generation was shaped by World War II and the Great Depression. Our generation was clearly shaped by the Vietnam War and all the protest movements of the day. Sadly, this generation seems to be shaped, at least in part, by 9/11, and now the abomination that was the bombing of the Boston Marathon," said Gertner. "At a time of Internet disconnectedness, that bombing was a shared and horrifying moment. One reaction, perhaps the most understandable, is fear; how to create a…
Wheaton College will be present a lecture of "One Woman's War in China."
A presentation of "One Woman's War in China" will be giving Wednesday at 1 p.m., sponsored by Norton Institute for Continuing Education at the Wheaton College Science Center's Hindle Auditorium. It will look at the challenges and opportunities encountered by an American Red Cross Director during World War II. For information, go to the insitute's web site.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Saturday will be Wheaton College's 178th Commencement.
Wheaton College's 178th Commencement will be held Saturday, May 18, at 10 a.m. in the Dimple. Seating is virtually unmiled, but you should plan to arrive early for the best seating. The keynote speaker will be Nancy Gertner, former federal judge and attorney known for her championing of civil rights, civil liberties and the rights of women. Gertner will receive an honorary degree Two distinguished alumnae, Patricia Flaherty '83 and Diane Leshefsky Troderman '63, will also receive honorary degrees. Flaherty is senior project manager for Mission Hill Neighborhood Housing Services in Boston, and Troderman is a noted philanthropist in education and Jewish culture.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Former Patriots lineman on Bill Belichick: "He rarely smiles, but he does laugh."
Former Patriots lineman Matt Light was at Southeastern Regional in Easton Wednesday morning promoting his nonprofit, the Light Foundation. Light took time to mingle with some students and talk about the upcoming cornhole tournament at Gillette Stadium to support his foundation.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Students in the cabinet and collision repair department constructed cornhole boards that will be auctioned off for Matt Light's charity.
Students at Southeastern Regional High School were paid a visit by former New England Patriots lineman Matt Light Wednesday morning. Light mingled with students and autographed sets of cornhole boards constructed by the cabinet and collision repair departments. The boards, when completed, will be auctioned off at Light's charity cornhole tournament at Gillette Stadium June 1 to benefit the Light Foundation. "This foundation emphasizes character building and accountability, which is the same thing we do," said Southeastern Collision repair instructor Robert Morin. Morin said the students had been working on the cornhole boards for about two weeks and they were slated to be completed by the tournament on June 1. Superintendent Luis Lopes …
Friday, May 10, 2013
Norton Selectmen approve $93K for contingency funds for the high school.
The Norton Board of Selectmen voted 5-0 to approve an amendment to the capital improvement committee’s budget to give the current high school renovation project $93,171.74 in a contingency construction fund. The money, if approved at town meeting, would be appropriated from the capital improvement budget. “This money would be used for a contingency for any unforeseen expenses that could happen between now and December, when the project will hopefully be done,” said selectmen chair Robert Kimball. “It’s with the hope and desire the funds won’t have to be used, but if it has to be used it will be there.” Kimball said if not approved and the project runs into some problems, they would have to wait until October, at the fall town meeting, to …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
In honor of National Teacher Day, we ask you to share your stories of gratitude, and let us know who the best teacher in town is.
Tuesday, May 7, is National Teacher Day, according to the National Education Association. Teachers have long been among the most unsung heroes of our time, affecting and shaping the brains of countless individuals without truly getting acknowledged for their remarkable influence. By the way, teachers, bring your teacher ID to any Chipotle and the meal's on them. The details are on the restaurant's Facebook page. Today, in honor of this day, we ask you to share your stories about your favorite teacher. Or, we ask that you shine the light on a remarkable teacher in town. Did an educator change your life? Say something to you, or teach you something that would forever influence you? Who do you think is the best teacher in town, and why? …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
NMS students walk for the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombings.
About 700 Norton Middle School students lined up on Wednesday to help raise funds for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. The event asked for donations from whoever would give. “We accepted donations but nobody had to donate to participate,” principal Michael O’Rourke said. NMS teachers Christine Gonet and Jess Meier created the event. “Since it was a marathon we thought we’d do something together in the school that would give the kids the opportunity to really show their support and raise some money at the same time,” Meier said. She said they started talking about it in late April, and they were able to organize the whole school into the event. Meier said about 600 or 700 students participated, and they think they’ve raised …
Last minute article for the spring town meeting causing contention.
The Norton Board of Selectmen was wary in regards to a last-minute warrant article put forth by the school department. The article, which is asking to borrow $93,000, was put forth when a $600,000 feasibility study was approved for renovations to the high school in 2010. The $93,000, while not yet in the school department’s possession, was leftover after the study was done. The schools are asking to borrow that money as contingency funds, in the event of unforeseen problems. “This allows us to have the funds to do what needs to be done,” school committee chair Andrew Mackie said. But some selectmen disagreed. “In my opinion, the scope of the article, in the way it’s currently written, is not legal,” said selectmen vice chair Robert Kimball…