Creating Connections - May 6, 2016

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

May 6, 2016 - Volume 1, Issue 18

Superintendent's Message

Happy Friday!!!

Considering how busy we were this week attending to the needs of our students, we are fortunate to have had so many notable celebrations to be proud of.  We started our work week celebrating our Principals who lead our schools, each and every day, in an outstanding way.  We also celebrated our teachers for all that they do on behalf of every child entrusted to them.  Today, we celebrate our school nurses whose “healing powers” make everyone feel better.

I had the privilege of overseeing the Nursing Department when I was the Manager of Special Education and Intervention Services for the district. Through that experience, I gained a distinct appreciation for what they do every day for both, students and staff.  Our nurses are caring and compassionate and they ensure that our students receive the care needed to engage in the classroom learning. Thank you for all you do!!

I was also fortunate to participate in the Annual Celebration of the United Way of Central Massachusetts to which I am a Board Member. United Way is an outstanding organization that provide opportunities for countless agencies in our community to provide services and supports to our families, students, and residents in general. This is all possible because of the incredible financial generosity of businesses, organizations, and individuals who contribute to the United Way fund. The Worcester Public School family is a proud supporter of United Way each year during the fund drive. Thank you for all of you who give back to our community.
Lastly, Happy Mother’s Day to our mothers, grandmothers, and great grandmothers for loving us, for caring for us, and above all... for keeping us all in line!!

Celebrations and Updates

Eco Carpentry Challenge 2016

Eco Carpentry Challenge 2016

The Alternative School entered the Furniture Trust’s Annual Signature event, The Eco Carpentry Challenge 2016, on 4/28/16 at District Hall in Boston. Businesses engage The Trust for a sustainable solution during renovation and relocation projects to prevent the accumulation of furniture in landfills by connecting reusable products with local schools and non-profits. Gently used furniture was delivered to the school and students were asked to be creative and use their carpentry skills to transform these materials into new, upcycled products. At the end of the night, our students were awarded Best in Class in Small Shop, a $2000.00 check and a first prize trophy.

59th Annual Arts Festival Opening Day

59th Annual Arts Festival Opening Day

To kick-off the 59th Annual Arts Festival, students from Quinsigamond Elementary School and North High School sang on the steps of City Hall and then proceeded along Franklin Street to the Worcester Public Library under the direction of Jon Short and Michael Thibodeau. Art will be on display at the library through May 31.

Outstanding Seniors in the Arts

Outstanding Seniors in the Arts

Worcester Public Schools' 2016 Class of Outstanding Seniors in the Arts were recognized today at a ceremony and luncheon in their honor at the Worcester Public Library. These students are selected not only for their hard work and mastery of artistic concepts but also their dedication to the development of the arts pathways at their schools. Congratulations to these students, their teachers and families. View list of winners.

Burncoat Prep Bicycle Safety and Helmets Distribution

Burncoat Prep Bicycle Safety and Helmets Distribution

Burncoat Street Preparatory School received a donation of 75 bicycle helmets from the organization Rickey Bates BMX Banned Together, Inc. This foundation was created in honor of Rickey Bates who died tragically in a car accident on his way home from a bicycle trade show. Rickey was a professional BMX rider and creator of BMX products and videos. The foundation was created to provide underprivileged youth with equipment and training and to promote bicycle safety. This donation was combined with their Grade 4 Bicycle Safety Program, where the helmets were distributed to students.

Did you know...

Did you know that:

  • Worcester Public Schools raised a total of $46,943 during the 2015-2016 Annual Giving Campaign? United Way received $41,670 while Community Health Charities received the remaining $5,273.

Upcoming Week's Events

TEDX Event

North High School will be hosting the TEDX Event on Saturday, May 7th, at 9:30 a.m. in the North High School Auditorium. Pre-registration is required.

City Wide Parent Advisory Council Meeting

The City Wide Parent Advisory Council Meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 11th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Library at Chandler Magnet School.

Burncoat High School Spring Concert

The Burncoat High School Spring Concert will take place on Thursday, May 12th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Burncoat Middle School Auditorium.