Saturday, April 13, 2013
The school's annual Africa United Day was Thursday.
Thursday, in the Mill Pond School cafeteria, visitors tried food from Nigeria. And Liberia. And South Africa. Among other African nations. And served by students from the sixth-grade Firefly team, wearing costumes representing that country. The students also created displays of information about their country of focus, including maps, images of the national flag, and economic data. African dancers and drummers performed in the school auditorium during the afternoon. The proceeds from this annual Africa United Day benefitted "the Connect-Africa Foundation, which supports thousands of Ugandan children who have been orphaned due to AIDS," sixth-grade team leader Shannon Barca said in a recent e-mail. "More specifically, all money donated …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
Suzanne Kenny comes to Westborough from Natick, where she is the vice principal for grades six and seven at the Wilson Middle School.
A Natick middle school vice principal will become principal of Westborough’s Mill Pond School. Suzanne Kenny has signed her contract here and will start on July 15, Westborough School Superintendent Marianne O'Connor told the school committee Wednesday night. Kenny is the vice principal for grades six and seven at Natick's Wilson Middle School. She spent last Thursday at Mill Pond meeting with staff, parents and community members. Kenny was one of two finalists for the Mill Pond post. The Mill Pond School Principal Search Committee interviewed five candidates March 21. The committee narrowed the field to Kenny and Oxford Middle School Interim Principal Bennett Milliner. Kenny is certified in teaching, with experience in regular and special…
Saturday, April 6, 2013
Resident Bruce Tretter and his son Zachary performed the Dr. Seuss tale Friday.
Green eggs and ham were on the Mill Pond School menu Friday. In the auditorium, not the cafeteria. Resident Bruce Tretter and his son Zachary performed the Dr. Seuss tale on the stage while the screen behind them displayed the corresponding scenes from the book.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Suzanne Kenny, vice principal of Natick's Wilson Middle School, will visit Mill Pond on Thursday, April 4.
Natick’s middle school vice principal is the top candidate for principal of Westborough’s Mill Pond School. Wilson Middle School Vice Principal Suzanne Kenny will visit Mill Pond on Thursday, April 4, spending the day at the school meeting with “anyone that would like to meet her,” Westborough School Superintendent Marianne O’Connor told the Westborough School Committee on Wednesday night. The Mill Pond School Principal Search Committee interviewed five candidates March 21. The committee narrowed the field to Kenny and Oxford Middle School Interim Principal Bennett Milliner. The committee visited both schools Tuesday, O’Connor said. Kenny is certified in teaching, with experience in regular and special education, and has been an …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The interviews begin Tuesday.
Five Mill Pond School principal candidates will be interviewed, School Superintendent Marianne O'Connor says. The Mill Pond School Principal Search committee will start interviews Tuesday, O'Connor told the school committee Wednesday night. Principal Reene Hatherley will retire this summer, ending 34 years in education, including 30 as a teacher and administrator in the Westborough public schools. School officials have advertised for a new principal both in the district and elsewhere, based on faculty feedback. The advertisement on Boston.com seeks an "educational leader to inspire a culturally diverse grades 4, 5, 6 school of 850 students." Candidates should have "at least 5 years administrative experience" as well as "appropriate MA …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Mill Pond presented the learning disability awareness program recently.
David Cohen asked a group of Mill Pond School fourth-graders what they’re good at. “It could be video games. It could be music. It could be all these different things. You all are good at something,” the fourth grade school counselor said. “How many people have things they’re not so good at? My hand’s up.” The questions were part of “Understanding Many Ways to Learn,” Mill Pond’s annual learning disability awareness program. On Feb 4, Feb. 7 and Feb. 11, two fourth-grade classes met with Cohen, visited three learning stations focused on a different challenge, and then discussed their experiences. The learning stations, led by parent volunteers, were: mirror boxes, which presented hand-eye coordination challenges; auditory/visual …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Share your thoughts in the comments section.
Westborough School Superintendent Marianne O'Connor recently asked Mill Pond School faculty members what qualities they're looking for in a new principal. What advice would you give O'Connor? Which qualities are you looking for in the new administrator. Share your thoughts in the comments section.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
The job has been advertised in the district and elsewhere.
Westborough school officials have advertised for a Mill Pond School principal both in the district and elsewhere, Superintendent Marianne O'Connor said Wednesday night. O'Connor told the school committee that faculty feedback prompted her decision. She said she met with the faculty recently, and invited comments on the principal search both there and in writing. The advertisement on Boston.com seeks an "educational leader to inspire a culturally diverse grades 4, 5, 6 school of 850 students." Candidates should have "at least 5 years administrative experience" as well as "appropriate MA licensure," the ad notes. Principal Reene Hatherley will retire this summer, ending 34 years in education, including 30 as a teacher and administrator in …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Reene Hatherley has served the Westborough schools for 30 years.
Mill Pond School Principal Reene Hatherley will retire this summer. Hatherley announced her plans in a recent e-mail to Mill Pond parents. “Please know that I have truly been committed to my responsibilities as Mill Pond’s principal, and I will continue to give 100% of my effort and care to this important role until the end of the school year when I will pass on that responsibility to someone else,” Hatherley said. “After 34 years as an educator, 30 years in this district as a teacher and administrator, it is time for me to look to the future and devote more time to my family. It has been my honor to have the opportunity to work with so many wonderful children, families, and staff members.” Hatherley joins Westborough High School Principal…
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Mill Pond hosted the eight-week Build Our Kids’ Success pilot program.
Last Tuesday, before their day’s first bell, about 20 Mill Pond School students did a light jog, squats, burpees and dodgeball. In the school gym. On their own. Over 40 minutes. Mill Pond’s eight-week Build Our Kids’ Success pilot program wrapped up last Tuesday morning. The sessions feature five minutes each of drop off/free play and meeting/warmup time; 10 minutes each of running and a weekly skill; and five minutes each of a game, and cool down, BOKS bit and wrap up time, according to the program’s website. A version of this Reebok Foundation initiative started at Natick’s Memorial Elementary School in October 2009 by a parent who was inspired by “Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain,” by Dr. John Ratey, MD, of…