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There is an effort for a “REDOUT” in school for 10-year-old Bridgette Kaiser.
As long as there is school Friday in Tewksbury, have your children wear red in support of 10-year-old Bridgette Kaiser. There is an effort to make Friday a “REDOUT” to support Kaiser, the Tewksbury girl undergoing open heart surgery soon. Read her story here.
Due to funding approved at Town Meeting in October, the Tewksbury Public Schools has reinstated LATE BUSES at the Ryan School, Wynn Middle School and Tewksbury Memorial High School. It is the hope of the school department that this service will allow for increased participation in a multitude of clubs, activities and extra help, which greatly benefit students, both socially and educationally. The service started on last Tuesday, November 29.
“At the August administrator’s retreat, we developed a need list and on the top of the list was late buses for students. Late buses will help and allow students to enjoy after school programs as well as enrichment programs. My thanks to the Town Meeting, School Committee and the Town Manager for their extremely helpful support,” said Superintendent of School Chris Malone.
The School Department offers late buses on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from the Wynn Middle School and Tewksbury Memorial High School. Buses pick up at the Wynn at approximately 3:35, and then proceed to TMHS at 3:45. The buses then begin delivering students to the areas of their homes. Final drop off for students has been between 4:15 and 4:30, depending on the number of students and the location of their homes.
Late buses operate at the Ryan School on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Buses pick up students at the Ryan at approximately 3:45. Final drop off for students last week was between 4:20 and 4:30.
The School Department had originally planned for one bus to cover the entire town for the Wynn/TMHS run and for the Ryan School. However, due to higher than anticipated participation, and the location of students’ homes, students have been separated at the schools geographically into smaller groups of students living NORTH of the schools and students living SOUTH of the schools. Schools have had anywhere between 20-40 students register for this service on a daily basis.
School staff personnel and Tewksbury Transit have been instrumental in creating routes on a daily basis, to help deliver students home in the most efficient manner possible. Students must sign up for this service each day they plan to ride during the school day, by alerting a school secretary or administrator. Routes are then created based on student ridership.
Eventually, the hope is that a pattern of ridership evolves that will allow the School Department to create a general Late Bus Route (or Routes) that will be followed each day that the Late Buses operate.
“The School Department will continue to investigate the possibility of providing late bus service to the Prek-4 schools. Concerns were raised regarding the time of day that after school activities end at the elementary schools, which would mean that some of the department’s youngest students would be riding buses after dark in many cases. This created a safety and supervision concern that the School Department is trying to address,” said David Libby Tewksbury Public School Transportation Coordiantor.
Niche.com has released its 2017 report on Best School Districts in America, and Tewksbury Public Schools has made a significant jump forward in the rankings compared to 2016.
Niche gave Tewksbury an overall ranking of 121 in the state and the Tewksbury Public Schools received an Overall Niche Grade of B+. A marked improvement from 2016, where the Tewksbury Public Schools received a ranking of 171 and an overall Niche grade of B-.
The district was also ranked No. 92 in the Greater Boston Area, after not making the area’s list in 2016.
The report breaks down school districts based on statistics, student and parent reviews and expert insights. Ranking factors include state test scores, college readiness, graduation rates, SAT/ACT scores, teacher quality, student and parent reviews and more, according to Niche.
Here’s the breakdown:
- Academics: B+
- Teachers: B
- Clubs & Activities: A-
- Administration: B+
- Food: A
- Diversity: C
- College Readiness: B
- Health & Safety: A
- Sports: A-
- Resources & Facilities: B
The Tewksbury Public Schools were shown to be one of the most improved school districts in the area, according to a recent study by Trulia and Schooldigger.com.
According to the study, Tewksbury’s public schools were ranked 28th among school districts in the Cambridge-Newton-Framingham area in 2015. The ranking represents a jump of 12 ranking positions from 2011, in which the school district was ranked 36th.
Tewksbury Public Schools also saw a jump of 8 ranking positions from 2012 to 2015.
Only Melrose saw a more significant improvement in the rankings, having jumped 17 ranking positions between 2011 and 2015. The Cambridge-Newton-Framingham area consisted of communities largely in Middlesex and Essex counties.
The real estate information firm Trulia developed the rankings through school-level aggregated test score data based on standardized testing results on exams such as the MCAS and PARCC testing.
Districts with fewer than three schools were dropped from the rankings. To read more about the rankings, click here.
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