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Warmth, energy characterize Strickland’s work with robotics team

December 23rd, 2014

Team 1100 Advisor Dan Strickland (left) with Scott Karpuk and George Clarke at Rebound Rumble, the 2012 FIRST Robotics Competition game


Northborough – You’d be hard-pressed to get Dan Strickland to talk about himself for more than five consecutive seconds. As a full-time hardware test engineer for Hamilton Storage Technologies and team advisor for Team 1100, a FIRST Robotics Competition Team based at Algonquin Regional High School, the issue is not a lack of things to discuss. It’s just that Strickland would really rather tell you about a shy student who joined Team 1100 a few years ago who is doing phenomenal presentations now, or about a Team 1100 mentor who’s been working in engineering for 20 years, or about all the fantastic adult volunteers who give up their Friday nights to come to the Team 1100 meetings.

Shrewsbury MOVE students celebrate holiday tradition

December 23rd, 2014

The MOVE students pose with the gingerbread house they created as part of a collaboration with the Courtyard by Marriott in Marlborough. 

Shrewsbury – While one student cuts a shoebox into the shape of a tiny garage, another uses a hair dryer to melt down a pile of marshmallows into a snow hill. These are some of the activities that define the creation of the annual gingerbread holiday house at Shrewsbury High School (SHS), one of the highlights of each holiday season at the school and a symbol of SHS’s continuing commitment to fostering connections to the local community.

Hudson schools rank in top school districts across the state

December 13th, 2014

Hudson – The Hudson Public School District was listed in Niche’s 2015 Best School Districts in the Boston Metro Area in a recent study. In the same study, Hudson High School also ranked in the top 100 Best Public High Schools in the Boston Metro Area receiving an overall Niche grade of A-.

Students welcome four-legged friends at Melican Middle School

December 9th, 2014

Guidance Counselor Michelle Karb, her dog Molly, seventh-grader Megan Keller, Assistant Principal Michelle T. Karb, her dog Coco, and seventh-grader Olivia Lamy outside Robert E. Melican Middle School. (Photo/Nance Ebert)

Northborough – Most who attend middle school come with a backpack, stand on two legs and communicate in a language we easily understand. Coco and Molly, however, walk on four legs and have fur. They seem to be extremely popular among students, staff and parents. They are therapy dogs at the Robert E. Melican Middle School and they have had a positive impact among students and faculty.

Busy mom helps revitalize Northborough Education Foundation

December 9th, 2014

Fannie E. Proctor Elementary School representatives receive iPad grant from the Northborough Education Foundation: (l to r) NEF Treasurer Amy Staunton, Proctor School Principal Margaret Donohoe, NEF President Marile Borden, Sylvia Pabreza, reading specialist, and Mandy Sharpe, special education teacher. (Photo/submitted)

Northborough – There is a saying that goes something like this, “if one wants to get something done, look to a busy person for that person knows how, and will get the job done.” Such is the case with the revitalization of the Northborough Education Foundation (NEF), a nonprofit organization whose main goal is to fund teacher grants.

A History of Northborough Schools

December 9th, 2014

Students and teacher gathered outside the East School.

A History of Northborough Schools

Northborough’s school history began shortly after the town was incorporated in 1766. The town strongly believed in its duty to educate its citizens by providing public schools, starting with grammar schools and eventually opening a high school.

Marlborough High School students selected for festival

December 5th, 2014

Marlborough High School musicians (Photo/submitted)

Marlborough – Thirty-four Marlborough High School students have been selected for the 2014 Central District Senior Festival.  This festival represents 65 districts where students compete for a spot in the band, orchestra, chorus, or jazz ensemble.  Students who also received an all-state recommendation will also audition for the 2014-2015 All-State Festival. The MHS students chosen [...]

Algonquin music groups to spread holiday cheer

December 5th, 2014

Northborough/Southborough – On Thursday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m., Algonquin Regional High School will put on its annual Holiday Festival Concert. The show is a longstanding school tradition, set to include performances by the orchestra, mixed chorus, Camerata singers, concert choir and chamber choir.

A Floral hoedown

December 4th, 2014

Photo/Mary Pritchard

Shrewsbury – (l to r, back) Floral Street School students Lana Shafiq, Keith LoboPrabhu, Noah Csank, Florangel Rosso, Shivani Gupta, Arjun Shankar, and (front, l to r) Matthew Janecek and Ethan Oh are all smiles during the Floral Street School Hoedown held recently at the school. Students, faculty, and staff participate in the hoedown each year as a school-wide fall celebration. Students learn square dancing and other dances in physical education class in preparation for the hoedown.

Helen Lipkin, former Sherwood Middle School teacher in Shrewsbury

December 3rd, 2014

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Shrewsbury – Words used to describe and remember Helen Lipkin: kind, passionate, loving, charismatic and curious. Helen died in the tender care of her family at home in Shrewsbury on Tuesday, December 02, 2014 after a courageous struggle with inflammatory breast cancer. She was 52. Helen Stacey Levine was born March 11, 1962 in Queens, [...]

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