Creating Connections - April 1, 2016

A weekly message from Interim Superintendent Dr. Marco C. Rodrigues

April 1, 2016- Volume 1, Issue 14

Superintendent's Message

Excitement was in the air this morning as the newest elementary school-based library opened at Burncoat Preparatory School. The opening was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony as part of the "One City, One Library" initiative, a private-public partnership focused on improving literacy skills city-wide. The branch includes all new books, iPads, computers, electronic literacy stations, a Smartboard, and plenty of comfortable seating. Public hours will begin today at 4 p.m. During the school year, the branch will be open to the public Tuesday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Additional hours will be added during the summer months. A special thank you to the Worcester Public Library, the City of Worcester, and community leader Patty Eppinger for their continued support in moving this initiative forward. Happy Reading!

library opened at Burncoat Prep

Celebrations and Updates

Hamlet at the Hanover

Thanks to the generosity of WEDF and the Alden Trust, all Worcester Public Schools Grade 12 students were able to enjoy a performance of Shakespeare’s Hamlet at the Hanover Theatre. A special thanks to the Holy Cross Drama Club for their professional production of this classic work.

Congratulations to Worcester Technical High School

The success of Worcester Technical High School was recently highlighted in an article appearing in the Seattle Times titled “Massachusetts is a lot like us, so why are its schools so much better?” Several programs, including veterinary, culinary arts, and collision repair were featured in the article, which emphasized the high level of student engagement and solid preparation of every student to be college or career ready.

Did you know...

Did you know that:

  • There are public branch libraries in four Worcester elementary schools:  Burncoat Preparatory; Goddard School of Science and Technology; Roosevelt; and Tatnuck Magnet?
  • The “One City, One Library” initiative has provided a wealth of resources to the schools, including technology, new materials, and professional librarians?
  • Libby and Lilly, the Worcester Public Library’s mobile expresses, make regular visits to all Worcester elementary schools?

Upcoming Week's Events

Funds for Fitness and Beyond

Worcester Public Schools Transition Program will be holding a fundraiser on April 2, 2016 at the Knights of Columbus Hall on 44 Circuit Avenue from 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Proceeds from the event will allow the Transition Program to continue to support memberships at local YMCA branches and community learning experiences for the young adults in the Transition Program. Tickets purchased before April 2, 2016 are $15 or will be available at the door for $20. The price for students is $5.

Worcester Youth Orchestra

The Worcester Youth Orchestra is proud to present “The 1st Annual Four Orchestras Festival” featuring the talents of over 250 students from central and western Massachusetts on Sunday, April 3, 2016 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The concert will feature the Worcester Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Worcester Youth Philharmonic and include guests the Burncoat High School Symphony Orchestra, the Shrewsbury High School Chamber Orchestra and the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra. Tickets are $20. Purchase them here.

Burncoat High School Quadrivium Chorus

The highly-acclaimed Burncoat High Quadrivium chorus will perform at the Journey Community Church, 25 Belmont Street, on Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. The performance will feature music they will be performing when they head south to perform in the 2016 Disney Sing Choral Festival.