At 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, the School Committee will have a public hearing at the District Education Center, 17 Washington Street, on the School Committee 2015-16 Recommended Budget. Following the hearing, the Committee is scheduled to discuss feedback received, make any changes to the recommendation, and approve the budget to be forwarded to the city for consideration. For additional information about the budgeting process, visit the Budget/Finance page on this website.
|MHS Jazz Ensemble takes top state honor
Congratulations to the Marlborough High School Jazz Ensemble and Director Gary Piazza for earning a gold medal at the Division I State Festival held at Framingham High School on March 22! The MHS Jazz Ensemble’s recent gold medal rating at the Central District level allowed them to compete again with fellow gold medal-winning high school jazz bands from other districts throughout the state.
Special congratulations to the following MHS students who received a Recognition of Outstanding Musicianship special honor: trumpeter Connor Bailey, alto saxophonist Justin Bartlett, trombonist David Coughlin, and alto saxophonist Sarah Hanahan. Additionally, at the state competition, the judges present an award to one student who they deem most deserving of special recognition. Congratulations to Sarah Hanahan for receiving this year’s Division I Most Valuable Player!
|MPS Kindergarten Registration
If you need to register your child for Marlborough's full-day, tuition-free kindergarten program for the 2015-16 school year, it's not too late! Registration is ongoing - see our Kindergarten Registration webpage for more information.
|Citywide Art Show
Thank you to all of the staff, students and parents who participated in the March 19 Citywide Art Show at the Whitcomb School. Below are some highlights from the evening reception. Student work will be on display during Whitcomb school hours through April 1.
|The MCAS Shake-Off
Kudos to the Whitcomb staff, who put together this video to inspire Whitcomb students to take the MCAS tests seriously, then “shake off” the stress that comes from taking the MCAS and other standardized tests.
Check it out!
Thank you for a great season!
Marlborough Public Schools is seeking host families for our international high school students for the 2015-16 school year. To learn more about this global community experience, visit our International Programs webpage!
|Updated Food Services policy: The Marlborough School Committee on Jan. 13 passed a policy regarding the charging of food services (school lunches) and the managing of outstanding balances. Please click here to read about the policy and how it affects student food service accounts.|
|Thank you, Sunovion!
On January 29, Marlborough Public Schools gratefully accepted the delivery of almost 700 gently used iPads, cases and chargers from Marlborough-based Sunovion. The MPS business partner recently retired the devices, generously donating them to the school district once their replacements were in place. Most of the donated iPads will be used in classrooms grades K-2 for instructional purposes.
|MHS receives U.S. Department of State recognition
On Nov. 6, Marlborough High School was presented with a certificate of appreciation by the U.S. Department of State for its participation in the department’s international Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program. YES exchange student and junior Hala Rashini, who’s attending MHS this year from Beirut, Lebanon, was on hand for the presentation and to talk about her experiences at MHS.
Rashini is one of 43,000 applicants who applied to and 1,800 who were accepted into the State Department program for the 2014-15 school year. As a YES participant, Rashini is charged with sharing information about her culture with as many individuals and groups as possible, as well as learning about U.S. culture on behalf of her country.
Shown at the presentation are Blanca Ruebensaal, from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Office of Citizen Exchanges, AFS representative Jody Pongratz, Hala Rashini, and MHS Assistant Principal Robert Fitzgerald.
On Nov. 3, Whitcomb Middle School welcomed students and their chaperones from Akiruno, Japan for this year’s student exchange program. This marks the 20th year the two cities have exchanged students and shared cultures. Attendees at the Nov. 3 ceremony were treated to a special musical performance by the Akiruno students and chaperones and their Whitcomb hosts. Below is a slideshow with highlights of the ceremony.
|Accountability Update: On Oct. 15, MPS schools mailed out letters to parents/guardians regarding the 2014 MCAS scores, school accountability and performance, and initiatives that target areas for improvement. Also included with each letter grades K-8 was a Title 1 Compact for parents. To view your school’s DESE 2014 Report Card, Report Card Overview, principal’s letter and Title 1 compact, visit the district’s MCAS/PARCC/NCLB Report Cards/Accountability webpage.|
|84 MHS students receive John & Abigail Adams Scholarships: On Friday, Oct. 10, MHS Interim Principal Wendy Jack announced that 84 MHS seniors have been named John and Abigail Adams scholars. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts created this merit scholarship program to reward hard work and achievement by Massachusetts students, and to encourage students to go to college at one of the state’s top-notch, public, higher education institutions. The scholarship entitles each recipient to four years of free tuition at any University of Massachusetts campus, or at any state or community college. The choice is based on outstanding MCAS results. For the list of awardees, click here. Congratulations to all!|
|MA Secretary of Education attends STEM Award presentation: On September 18, PTC presented the STEM Early College High School program with its Academy Champion Award in honor of our long-standing relationship and our dedication to strengthening the STEM college- and career- readiness pipeline. In attendance was Massachusetts Secretary of Education Matthew Malone, a champion of STEM educational programs. To learn more and view a slideshow of the event, click here!|