Creating Connections - March 11, 2016

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

March 11, 2016 - Volume 1, Issue 11

Superintendent's Message

One enjoyable aspect of my job as Superintendent is to have the opportunity to meet monthly with the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council. Each high school is represented by five students and a staff advisor. We meet once a month from October through May and each High School graciously hosts our meetings. Prior to our meetings, school advisors submit students’ questions which range from academic opportunities to lunch menus. The agendas are rich and promote great discussions each time.

Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council

On Thursday, March 10th, the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council invited middle school students to participate in this monthly meeting held at South High Community School. Each middle school principal selected four eighth grade students to attend our meeting. After a hearty breakfast prepared by the South High students, I led the conversation by providing 10 questions to frame student group discussions which was then reported out by assigned group facilitators. While working in groups, the conversations were impressive by both the middle and high school students. For our middle school students, it was a great opportunity to learn from our high school students what to expect as they prepare to transition to grade 9 in the fall. A special thanks to the middle and high school advisors for assisting in making this month’s meeting a great experience for all participants.

Celebrations and Updates

Anthony Robles Inspires WTHS Students at Hanover Theatre

Anthony Robles

Students at Worcester Technical High School were given the opportunity to listen to Mr. Anthony Robles, three- time all-America wrestler at the Hanover Theatre Wednesday morning. Mr. Robles is a three-time all-American wrestler who won the 2010-11 NCAA individual wrestling championship in the 125-pound weight class despite being born with only one leg. A graduate of Arizona State University with a degree in Business Communication, he was also awarded the 2011 NCAA "Best Wrestler of the National Tournament Award".

Thank you, Anthony, for sharing your passion, empowerment, hope and encouragement with Worcester Technical High School students and faculty.

WPS Science and Engineering Fair

Science and Engineering Fair

The WPS Science and Engineering Fair took place at the Ecotarium on Thursday, March 10, 2016 culminating with a public display of the projects from 5:30-6:30pm.  Hundreds of students participated in the event exploring subjects ranging from music and mechanics, to sound waves and solar systems. A big thank you to Kathy Berube and Jeff Glick for co-coordinating this fabulous event! View the list of winners.

Visual Arts Magnet Show

Blue Artwork

Students from Worcester Arts Magnet School, Burncoat Middle School and Burncoat High School held an opening reception to celebrate their art show titled, Blue, on Thursday, March 10 from 5:30pm-6:30 pm on the first floor at City Hall. Students explored and conceptualized the color “blue” for their pieces. Some of the show’s highlights were works exploring feelings of empathy and sadness, affairs of the heart, and outer space.  The exhibition will remain open through March 29, 2016.

Burncoat High School Drama Club

The Burncoat Drama Club recently participated in the Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild competition placing 4th overall. In addition, students Ethan Brozovsky and Quinlan Fitzgerald, both freshmen in the program, won ALL STAR ACTING AWARDS at this annual competition on February 27th in Westford, MA.

Jose Rivera Gives Pep Talk to MCAS Students

On Tuesday, March 8, Jose Rivera, a world champion boxer, headlined a rally to prepare Worcester students for the MCAS exams. More than 500 Belmont Community School and Chandler Elementary Students enjoyed the presentation. Watch the story on Charter TV3.

Did you know...

Did you know that:

  • Nearly 600 individuals visited the WPS Science and Engineering Fair, including a number of teachers and administrators
  • 110 projects were submitted by students in grades 5 – 12
  • 23 schools took part in the event
  • Over 15 community partners were represented at the Fair

Upcoming Week's Events

Superintendent Search

The School Committee will convene a Special Meeting, Monday, March 14th at 6:15pm, in the City Council Chamber, to deliberate on the next Superintendent. Four candidates were interviewed by the School Committee on Monday, March 7th. The selection of the Superintendent will require a majority vote of the members of the Committee present and voting.

Anything Goes

The Doherty Memorial High School Music Department will perform Anything Goes as this year’s annual musical on Friday, March 11th and Saturday, March 12th in the auditorium at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $7.00 for students and $10.00 general admission.

Up the Down Staircase

The North High School Drama Club will present Up the Down Staircase on Thursday, March 17th and Friday, March 18th in the auditorium at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets are $5.00.