Creating Connections - May 13, 2016

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

May 13, 2016 - Volume 1, Issue 19

Superintendent's Message

On March 11th, I shared with you my monthly experiences with the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council. Yesterday, we held our last meeting for the school year and we celebrated, among other things, our seniors who are graduating in a few weeks and transitioning to higher education to colleges that include Boston College, Worcester State University, Quinsigamond Community College, UMass Amherst, Westfield State University, Emmanuel College, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Dartmouth College, Endicott College and Bucknell University.

Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council

The Class of 2016 continues to be accepted at multiple colleges and universities with great scholarship packages for their choosing. I will post, on a later date, the colleges and universities acceptance list for this year.

My sincere thank you to all members of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council, including each high school advisor who coordinates the agenda with Mr. Berthiaume each month.

Celebrations and Updates

WPS Art Festival: Meet the Artists Gala

Gala collage

On Tuesday evening, more than a thousand people visited the Worcester Public Library for the Worcester Public Schools Art Festival event, “Meet the Artists Gala”.  Students and families enjoyed viewing the artwork, interacting with AP Art History student ambassadors and WPS art teachers, listening to musical performances from Burncoat Music Magnet, making art in the art making space and refreshments.  The Arts Festival features more than 800 pieces of 2D and 3D artwork from every school and across the grades throughout the Worcester Public Schools. The Festival exhibit is on display at the Worcester Public Library, Salem Square until May 31st.

Stand For The Silent Day Photos

Stand For The Silent Day was a Worcester Public Schools anti-bullying kick-off event that was held on Friday, April 29th. All Worcester Public Schools participated with some schools having special events that were photographed. View photo albums by school and more information.

Students Recognized by Writing Standards in Action Project

Student writters

Congratulations to Worcester Public Schools students Ellie Shearer and Jordan Golinski for being recognized by the “Writing Standards in Action Project” sponsored by the DESE Office of Literacy and Humanities. Ellie is a third grade student at Flagg Street School and Jordan Golinski is a second grade student at Lake View School. Ellie’s narrative writing piece titled ”Skiing” and Jordan’s narrative writing piece titled “ From the Heart” will be posted on the Massachusetts Department of  Elementary and Secondary Education’s website for their exemplary writing. Again, congratulations to Ellie and Jordan for your outstanding writing samples and know that the Worcester Public School family is so very proud of the both of you.

First Place for WEMS Student at Science Fair

At the Worcester Regional Science Fair, Worcester East Middle student Elvin Kadi earned one of the 13 First Place – Broadcom Master Medals. Elvin was the only public Worcester middle school student to earn a First Place Medal. Other WPS middle school students earned Second Place Medals. As a result, Elvin has earned a spot to compete at the Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair on June 4th. Congratulations to all WPS students who did such a terrific job.

UPCS Featured in Edutopia

University Park Campus School received great recognition as the school was featured on the Edutopia website. The organization reached out to the school to feature them in their “Schools That Work” segment.  Edutopia is a major part of the George Lucas Educational Foundation, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to improving the k-12 learning process through innovative, replicable, and evidence-based programs and practices that prepare students to thrive in their studies, careers, and adult lives. The production crew created these informative and inspiring videos.

District Business

Worcester Public Schools Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Budget

The FY17 Annual Budget booklet has been release today and can be viewed online.

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Upcoming Week's Events

WEMS Art at the Sprinkler Factory

Nine Worcester East Middle School students are participating in an exhibition called “Various Artists Various Media 2016” at the Sprinkler Factory at 38 Harlow Street. The opening reception will take place on Saturday, May 14th from 1-4pm. For more information visit The Sprinkler Factory website.

Burncoat Dance Department Presents: Seussical A Dance Version

The Burncoat Dance Department will present Sueussical A Dance Version on Wednesday, May 18th at The Hanover Theatre For Performing Arts at 7pm. For tickets head to or call 877-571-7469.

Forest Grove Middle School Presents: The Wizard of Oz

Forest Grove Middle School will present The Wizard of Oz on May 19th and 20th.  Doors open at 6:30pm and tickets are $5.00.