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Shrewsbury students share family traditions

February 4th, 2015

Alex D’Antilio proudly displays an Ecuadorian plate from his grandparents.

Shrewsbury – One hundred-year-old citizenship papers, wedding photos of Italian great-great grandparents, children’s knickers from Germany and Swedish bread recipes! These were some of the items that could be seen at the recent Spring Street School Fourth Graders Family Traditions and Artifacts Museum.

District working towards goal of healthier, safer lunches for all

January 29th, 2015

Northborough – School lunches used to be a simple thing. Some students bought the lunch that the school cafeteria offered while others brought their own in from home. But with the advent of so many children developing allergies, which in some cases are actually life threatening, and others suffering from serious ailments such as celiac disease, school lunches have taken on a whole new dimension for school administrators.

Marlborough Public Schools closed Thursday

January 28th, 2015

Marlborough – In collaboration with city officials and Public Works and safety personnel, Marlborough Public School officials have decided to keep schools closed Thursday, Jan. 29 as a matter of student safety. “Although streets are relatively clear, sidewalks and bus stops require additional work due to the sheer amount of snow that must be cleared [...]

Shrewsbury students to compete on ‘High School Quiz Show’

January 21st, 2015

Shrewsbury High School Quiz Team members Grant Xu, David Du, Stephen Przybylek and Alex Todorov

Shrewsbury – A team of six Shrewsbury High School (SHS) students will test their knowledge when they compete on the sixth season of WGBH TV’s “High School Quiz Show” Jan. 31 in Boston.

Shrewsbury’s team is made up of senior co-captains David Du and Alex Todorov, senior Grant Xu, and juniors Mounith Madadi, Stephen Przybylek and Gokul Ajith.

St. Bernadette School to hold open houses

January 20th, 2015

Students at St. Bernadette School celebrate the school being named as 2014 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. 

Northborough – St. Bernadette School was recently named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education as an “Exemplary High Performing School”. Many factors were considered in the selection process but one pre-requisite was that the school’s standardized test scores be in the top 15 percent in the nation for the [...]

Berkshire Bank announces 2015 Scholarship Awards Program

January 20th, 2015

Berkshire Bank has announced it will honor 30 high school seniors in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut and Vermont through its annual Scholarship Awards Program.

Shrewsbury Robotics teaches engineering, life lessons

January 20th, 2015

Shrewsbury High School students Aayush Walia, Shreyas Patel, and Jack Connelly, make pies for the Shrewsbury Robotics fundraiser.
Photo/Melanie Petrucci

Shrewsbury – Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields are getting a boost through growing participation in robotics programs. In Shrewsbury, more than 1,000 students, elementary through high school, have been involved in Shrewsbury Robotics since it began over 15 years ago.

Affiliated with FIRST Robotics, an international organization, Shrewsbury Robotics’ mission is “to provide students in the Shrewsbury Public School system an opportunity to develop real world expertise in a fun, competitive atmosphere,” according to the website.

Shrewsbury introduces eighth-grade drama class and teacher

January 16th, 2015

Carolyn Jepsen 
Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.

Shrewsbury – A drama class taught by Jennifer Micarelli-Webb continues to be offered in the seventh-grade curriculum at Oak Middle School. Previously, there was a skip year before students could resume studying drama when they entered ninth grade. This school year, the district introduced an eighth-grade drama class instructed by Carolyn Jepsen, a new teacher with several years of experience at the town’s schools.

Hudson’s Farley School is ‘great fit’ for new principal

January 12th, 2015

Principal Melissa Provost

Photo/Ed Karvoski Jr.

Hudson – Melissa Provost of Leicester began as principal of Farley Elementary School last August, shortly before the teachers returned to work. Soon after, she greeted preschoolers through fourth graders back from their summer break.

“Although I started late, this was the smoothest transition I’ve ever had into a new job,” she said. “I knew right away that this place was a great fit for me.”

Grant purchases biotech equipment for Westborough High

January 9th, 2015

Westborough High School students pose with boxes of new biotech equipment.


Westborough – A science teacher for 17 years, Jo-Anne Purdy is in her second year instructing biology and oceanography in 10th and 12th grades at Westborough High School (WHS). Also, she and Dr. Natalie Kuldell occasionally co-teach other high school teachers how to instruct synthetic biology labs in a class offered at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Now, Purdy feels better equipped to educate her WHS science students.

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