Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Debra Spinelli has been a Foxborough resident for 32 years and enters her second as Foxborough Superintendent of Schools with the intent of taking the district from “great to greater.”
Foxborough just feels right for Schools Superintendent Debra Spinelli. The town has been home for her and her family for 32 years. Her children have gone through the Foxborough school system and the district has employed her in various roles for a number of years. Despite that familiarity, Spinelli found herself in a role last year she never thought she’d be in at any point in her educational career – Superintendent of Schools. “I never thought I wanted to be a superintendent,” Spinelli said. “I think what happened was Foxborough. I just didn’t want to be a superintendent just to be a superintendent … it was never about a job or a title.” So what convinced her to pursue the position to replace Dr. Christopher Martes in 2011? “It was really…
Here's five things you need to know today in Foxborough: School is back in session, the Board of Selectmen meet and an update on Foxborough resident Christopher Knight's recovery after being struck by a truck last week.
Editor's note: Five Things You Need To Know Today is a Patch column that provides readers with essential, daily information at a glance. If you know of something happening in town that did not make our list, please add it in the comment section! 1. Chance of Showers and Thunderstorms Tuesday Today’s weather in Foxborough, according to the National Weather Service based in Taunton, calls for a chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 1 p.m. Patchy fog before 10 a.m. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 76. Southeast wind 5 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Tuesday night: …
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Take a trip down memory lane.
The kids are either back in the classroom already or are starting school soon. So we thought it would be fun to ask what your memorable first school days were. What about your first day of high school? First day of seventh grade? What made first school days memorable then? The smell of the air becoming crisp? Your new school clothes? Seeing all your friends and other kids you haven't seen? Meeting your new teachers and comparing class schedules with friends? And of course, what are some funny anecdotes you'd like to share? Discuss in the comments below.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Editor’s note: The following was submitted by Amy Berdos, Foxborough Assistant Superintendent of Schools.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
In the words of John Cotton Dana, “Who dares to teach must never cease to learn.” With the dwindling days of summer, many may think Foxborough teachers are just now preparing for their new students for the new school year. However, you may be surprised to learn that many of them were busy writing curriculum, working on curriculum projects or being students themselves over the summer break. Summer brings a time for a different pace, but also provides a time for professional learning each year. The “Teaching and Learning Highlight” at Monday night’s School Committee focused on teachers, their learning and the work they completed in order to welcome students back for the 2012-13 school year. Many of Foxborough’s teachers participated in …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Here's a look at what's new around the Foxborough School District in 2012-13.
As the calendar turns to the end of August – and summer – families will be spending the next 12 days readying their children for another school year in Foxborough. For some students, it will be their first day at their respective school while others – the seasoned veterans of Foxborough education – will be embarking on their final year in the district. No matter the experience, however, every student, teacher and administrator will notice changes throughout the district in 2012-13. “We have two new principals,” said Foxborough Schools Superintendent Debra Spinelli. “Diane Myers-Pachla at the high school, who is a [Foxborough School District] returnee. She was a social studies teacher at the high school, a department head at the high school…
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
With school starting in less than a month, a new crop of freshmen will begin their high school careers.
As the calendar flips to August, thoughts start to turn to the first day of the new school year. And when school resumes next month, a brand new crop of freshmen will begin the wild, four-year (in most cases) journey that is high school. So we pose the question: What advice would you offer to the incoming Class of 2016?
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Five things principals, educators, PTA members, parents and students need to know.
The school year is approaching, and Foxborough Patch will be there to cover all the big news for all of Foxborough's schools. But we can’t do it without your help. To make sure you get the most out of Patch this school year, we invite you to get active in the news-gathering process. There are five things you can do to make sure your school and its students get all the coverage they deserve from Patch: You can also become a blogger and share your school's news directly with Patch readers on a regular basis. To find out more about using Patch this school year, just e-mail Jeremie.Smith@patch.com.
Monday, August 6, 2012
Samantha Kramer, a staff writer for AccuWeather.com, says AccuWeather.com Long-Range meteorologists are projecting a weak to moderate El Niño by late summer, which could mean more snow this winter.
It's still summer, so why are we talking about snow already? Because August means back to school and students always want to hear about snow days? Well yes, but mostly because of a new report from AccuWeather.com that expects more snow this winter as a result of a weak to moderate El Niño. The presence of El Niño or La Niña - and their strength - is used to project how active the winter season is going to be, according to Samantha Kramer, a staff writer for AccuWeather.com. Kramer says the website's long-range meteorologists are projecting a weak to moderate El Niño by late in the summer. "For kids praying to hear school's out for a snow day, the weaker the El Niño, the better," Kramer writes. "Weak El Niños have brought snow-packed …
Friday, August 3, 2012
Do you remember your favorite lunch box? Today's kids have as many options as ever but nothing will take the place of the Partridge Family or Scooby-Doo.
Lunch boxes have changed in design and shape over the years, but the basic idea is the same. Along with space inside for a cold drink, sandwich and snack, the cover is devoted to a favorite cartoon, character, TV show or movie. That's why Justin Bieber and Darth Vader and Japanese cartoon characters are staring out at shoppers from the shelves of Target. Back in the '70s, the lunch boxes were aluminum. In the '80s, they gave way to plastic. Vintage lunch boxes now are highly collectible. They are displayed as collections in people's homes, and sometimes they get their own art gallery shows – yes, I've gone to one! Now we want to hear from you Foxborough! Do you remember a favorite lunch box? What was it? Have a picture handy? Share it with…
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Enter Tri-Town Chamber's contest and win back to school prizes!
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Thursday, August 2, 2012
The back to school ads have already started and we’re at the beginning of August so how can summer memories make back to school sweeter? The Tri-Town Chamber of Commerce has the answer, the First Annual Back to School Buy Local Contest. Between July 25 and Aug. 15, children between the ages of 8-15 are encouraged to submit a 100-200 word essay on their Favorite Summer Memory along with photo or drawing. Three finalists will be chosen to have their entry posted on the Tri-Town Chamber Blog where friends and family can vote for their favorite. The winner will be announced on Aug. 27 and awarded a Back to School Grand Prize totalling over $300 including a shopping spree at Mansfield Crossing. They will be invited with their parents to an …