SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: 5 Things That Happened At Wednesday’s Meeting

WILMINGTON, MA — Here are FIVE things that happened at the Wilmington School Committee Meeting on Wednesday, April 12, 2017.

#1) The School Committee unanimously approved a $3,000 donation from the Wilmington Educational Foundation in the form of two $1,500 Joanne Benton Education Exploration Grant.  Grant recipients were WHS English Teacher John Lewis and Shawsheen Elementary Art Teacher Kathleen McNamara.  Both will be traveling to Spain this summer to pursue professional development opportunities.

#2) The School Committee unanimously approved a $500 donation from the General Electric Foundation through its GE STAR Award. Last year, then WHS senior Jessica Nussbaum received the GE STAR Award of $3,000 to help defray first-year higher education expenses. As part of the award, Nussbaum was able to nominate a teacher from Wilmington High to receive a $500 financial award to be used by the school. Nussbaum nominated WHS Social Studies Teacher Maura Tucker.

#3) The School Committee unanimously approved an out-of-state field trip for seven members of the Wilmington DECA Club to attend the DECA International Career Development Conference at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA on April 26, 2017 to April 30, 2017.

#4) The School Committee unanimously approved an out-of-state field trip for the WHS Strings students to visit Disney World in Orlando, FL from November 3, 2017 to November 6, 2017.  The students will have at least one public performance, organized by Disney Performing Arts Onstage, and take part in a ‘You’re Instrumental’ orchestral workshop.  Students will also visit Universal Studios on November 5.

#5) The School Committee unanimously approved an out-of-country field trip for up to 20 interested WHS students to visit Costa Rica and Nicaragua from April 11, 2018 to Friday, April 20, 2018.  Students will experience total immersion in the Spanish language and culture of both countries; first-hand experience with research in wildlife biology; and participation in humanitarian service learning projects. Students will visit Granada, Rincon De La Vieja, Instituto Asis, Arenal Volcano, and Atenas & the Central Valley.

PLUS: The School Committee presented a revised policy on administering prescription and non-prescription medications to students (Policy JLCD).  The School Committee is also presented a brand new policy on Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral To Treatment.  The policies can read HERE.  (Scroll to pages 19-24.)  The Committee will further discuss and vote at a subsequent meeting.

PLUS: Departing School Committee member Ginny Bonish was presented with flowers from her son Steve Bonish and a plaque from School Committee Chair Julie Broussard.

The Superintendent Search update will recapped on Monday.  Video of some of the student presentations will be shared in the coming days.

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