Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Merger would take affect July 1, 2014.
A pre-K through grade 12 merger proposal for Acton and Boxborough has received the backing of the town's three school committees after month's of changes. In a May 2 joint meeting of the Acton-Boxborough Regional School Committee, the Acton Public School Committee and Boxborough School Committee that was taped on May 2 by ActonTV, all three agreed to the most recently changed plan and to present it to Special Town Meeting in both communities on June 3. The merger would go into affect on July 1, 2014, if it passes at Special Town Meeting, and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education support the plan. The plan will be a pass-fail option at Special Town Meeting. Both towns must approve it in order for it to take effect. Voters …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Teacher Ralph Arabian's class is creating boats in shop class, with plans to race them on May 15.
Acton-Boxborough teacher Ralph Arabian is close to completing a project with his students students. They are building boats in the school's wood shop and will race them across at Nara Park on May 15. The regatta will include numerous races, a tug-of-war and more.
Monday, May 6, 2013
Acting Assistant Secretary Michael Yudin stopped by the regional high school for a sustainability tour.
Acting Assistant Secretary Michael Yudin visited Acton-Boxborough Regional High School on May 2, paying tribute to the school districts as a 2013 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools District Sustainability Awardee. The Acton districts were saluted for their exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education, including civics, STEM and green career pathways. Yudin observed an Advanced Placement Environmental Science class at Acton-Boxborough, then took a tour of the school while accompanied by students from the Resource Force program and Recycling Club. Yudin concluded his visit with a discussion and reception in an outdoor classroom where he …
Monday, April 29, 2013
Roche Brothers will donate a percentage of your grocery bill to support Project Graduation.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Boys team also performed well.
The Bromfield Acton-Boxborough rowing teams competed in their inaugural spring regatta recently against Wayland Weston and Greater Lawrence crews on Lake Cochituate in Wayland, the Harvard Press reports. The girls varsity crew of cox Emily Erdos, Caroline Hart, Sylvia Sarnik, Molly Hart, Olivia Maclean, Tola Myczkowska, Kirsten Thiim, Elizabeth Wilkey, and Julia LeBlanc won their race on the 2,000-meter course. Bromfield Acton-Boxborough girls fours won by open water. The first varsity four with rowers Caroline Hart, Sylvia Sarnik, Molly Hart, and Olivia Maclean, had cox Emily Erdos at the helm, while gox Amanda Sundheimer led the lightweight four crew of Courtney Oka, Ki Jung Lee, Meghan Glade, and Panna Rasania. On the boys side, the …
Friday, April 26, 2013
Police say there was no threat after completing a search of the high school.
Acton-Boxborough Regional High School dismissed its students early today due to a bomb threat, the Boston Globe reports. Several threatening messages were found in one of the girls bathrooms, Acton Police Chief Francis Wilmayer told the Globe. After completing a search, the Acton PD determined there was no danger. Bomb-sniffing dogs were brought in to continue the search, Widmayer told the Globe.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Teen D.R.I.V.E. simulator allows student drivers to learn the driving hazards of being distracted and texting while behind the wheel.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
State title is the 13th in a row for Acton-Boxborough.
Acton-Boxborough Regional High School is known to be among the top schools in Massachusetts academically. And after competing in the 2013 Massachusetts Academic Decathlon, there's no doubt why. The Acton-Boxborough Academic Decathlon team claimed first place in the tournament, which was held at St. John’s High School, on March 2, winning the state championship for the 13th year in a row. The A-B team, co-coached by English teacher Andrew Crick, will now compete at the National Championship in Minneapolis in April. "There are a number of aspects that have contributed to the success of the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School's Academic Decathlon Team," Crick told Acton Patch. "Most importantly, many students in our school are interested in…
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Budget for Acton Public Schools will be $26,960,275; A-B $26,459,873.
Residents at Day 2 of Annual Town Meeting Tuesday night applauded after it was announced the budgets for both Acton Public Schools and Acton-Boxborough were approved. Acton Public Schools Committee Chair Kim McOsker presented Article 24 to voters, saying: "The budgets have gone through many revisions to allow level funding. Funding level services allows us to continue with long-range plans." The budget for Acton Public Schools, Article 25, will be $26,960,275. Outgoing A-B Chair Xuan Kong praised the school in its efforts both academically and athletically before voters OK'd a budget of $26,459,873. Other highlights from Tuesday night:
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Grant is worth $27K
State Repr. Cory Atkins recently announced the Acton-Boxborough Regional School District has received a grant of $27,650 from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. According to Atkins, the purpose of the grant is to provide funding to schools that are taking an initiative to encourage regional, collaborative and cooperative services. "The funds received are a one-time allotment," she said in a release. "These funds will be used to improve service delivery through innovative and cost-effective approaches, creation of operational efficiencies that might be shared with other districts, regional and collaborative planning, and other cooperative services." A total of $3,319,596 in grants was requested, however, the state …