Creating Connections - February 12, 2016

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

February 12, 2016, Volume 1, Issue 8

Superintendent's Message

Happy Friday! It’s hard to believe that Winter Break is already here – the school year is flying by. Thankfully, we have been able to enjoy long stretches of uninterrupted learning time, courtesy of Mother Nature. At this time last year, it was virtually impossible to gain traction in the classroom because of the relentless barrage of snow and ice.

Please take time during the break to relax and recharge, as we head to the end of the school year. As always, I am grateful for all of your hard work, which makes our District so successful. I look forward to connecting with you again on February 26th.

Celebrations and Updates

A Look at North High Through the Eyes of a Student

In the February 4th issue of Worcester Magazine, North High student Kofi Nimo highlights the many positive happenings at his school. Read Kofi’s refreshing student perspective in his guest editorial "Your Turn: North High School More Than What Has Been Portrayed by News Media."

Meritorius Budget Award

For the third consecutive year, Worcester Public Schools is the recipient of the Meritorius Budget Award, presented by the Association of School Business Officials International. The award recognizes Worcester Public Schools for excellence in preparation and issuance of its budget for fiscal year 2015-2016.  Congratulations to Brian Allen and his team for their continued exemplary performance.

Donna Lombardi – Farm to School Leader

Director of School Nutrition Donna Lombardi was featured in the inaugural issue of Cafeteria Chronicles, a publication of the Unites States Department of Agriculture.  The magazine highlights outstanding school food directors and personnel throughout the Northeast.  Congratulations to Donna for being featured as one of our Commonwealth’s most innovative leaders in this area. View the article in the magazine.

Elm Park Community School Featured in Video

Working 4 Worcester, an organization composed of area college students and community members, recently constructed at playground at Elm Park Community School.  For a glimpse of this amazing initiative, tune in to:

Mandala Unveiling at Jacob Hiatt Magnet School

The Mandala Community Weaving Project was held this week at Jacob Hiatt Magnet School.  The finished Mandala was unveiled in the school’s Multi-Purpose Room from 2:30pm to 3:30pm on Thursday, February 11th.  Kudos to all on a job well-done.

Apple IPad Deployment at Union Hill School and Woodland Academy

This year, Union Hill School and Woodland Academy were the recipients of the National ConnectEd Apple Grant. Since September, teachers at these schools have received Apple laptops, IPads, and other technological devices. Both staffs have also received extensive professional development to support the launching of teacher devices.

This week, students at both schools received their own personal devices in order to begin their technological journey. The excitement and enthusiasm of both staff and students was palpable at these celebrations!

District Business

School Committee

At the School Committee meeting held on February 4, 2016 Miss Dianna Biancheria requested a list of the 83 administrative positions in the Worcester Public Schools. View list.

At the School Committee meeting held on February 4, 2016 Miss Biancheria requested an outline of enrollments in in Chapter 74 programs by schools and programs. View outline.

At the School Committee meeting held on February 4, 2016 Mr. Jack Foley requested October 1st student enrollment data for the years 2015-2016; 2005-2006; and 995-1996. View enrollment data.

Did you know...

Did you know that:

  • WPS is currently undergoing a $6 million fiber installation that will improve building to building speeds in most schools by 100 times.
  • By this summer, 27 of our schools will have current generation wireless technology in every classroom and public space. We plan on continuing this work next year with the installation of wireless at the remaining schools.
  • These network infrastructure upgrades will bring our schools to a level on par with (or even above!) universities and Fortune 500 companies, leaving us poised to leverage tomorrow’s technology today.

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