SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: North & West Rolls Out New Science Programs; Charles River Labs Donates First Aid Training Kits

WILMINGTON, MA — Below are FIVE things that happened at last week’s Wilmington School Committee:

#1) CPR & First Aid Training Kits Donated: The Wilmington School Committee unanimously approved a donation of four American Heart Association CPR & First Aid Training Kits — valued at a total of $3,000 — from the Wilmington-based Charles River Laboratories. Each kit includes 1 wheeled classroom carry bag; 10 mini inflatable manikins; 10 kneel mats; 10 individual carry bags; 5 training DVDs; 1 hand pump for manikin inflation; 2 mesh collection and storage bags; 10 replacement airways; 50 manikin wipes; 10 replacement face masks; 10 AED training simulators; 1 Facilitator Binder; and 1 Facilitator Guide. The kits will be used for physical and health education classes.

#2) North & West School Improvement Plans: Principals Christine McMenimen and Dennis Shaw presented their school improvement plans to the School Committee.

The North’s THREE goals include: (1) implement the new science program Pearson Elevate; (2) the school’s PBIS team will develop a system of data collection for PAWs Student Recognition System, cafeteria behavior, and minor & major behaviors; and (3) school and community relationships will be enhanced by strengthening relationships with all stakeholders.

The West’s THREE goals include: (1) implement the new science program, Pearson Elevate; (2) the school’s PBIS team will continue implement the program, focusing on the roll-out of lessons; and (3) continue to maintain, develop, and expose students to experiences that promote positive early adolescent growth.

School Committee Jay Samaha and his colleagues praised the goal alignment between the two schools.

#3) CARES Collects: Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand acknowledged the CARES program for organizing a drive during the month of October which collected 4,329 toiletries and personal care items for local shelters and safe houses. All CARES sites (K-Grade 6) participated. Organizers hoped to “start modeling for students the art of giving back to the community.” This year’s drive followed last year’s successful drive, which collected over 3,500 pairs of socks for homeless shelters.

#4) After-School Spanish Classes: Superintendent Brand shared an update on the Global Child Spanish classes taking place after school at the Boutwell, Wildwood, Shawsheen, and Woburn Street. 50 students are participating during the current 10-week fall semester. Global Child attempted to also offer classes at the North and West, but there wasn’t sufficient interest. The 10-week winter/spring semester will begin in February. Parents/guardians will receive information and applications via email this month.

#5) MJ Byrnes Recognized: The School Committee took a moment to recognize MJ Byrnes for being named to this year’s Massachusetts Association of School Committee’s “All-State School Committee.” Byrnes received her award at the Massachusetts Association of School Committee (MASC) Conference in Hyannis earlier this month. Superintendent Brand, Chairwoman Jennifer Bryson, and member David Ragsdale were on hand to celebrate with Byrnes. The only other Wilmington School Committee member to receive this recognition was the late Margaret “Peggy” Kane back in 2009.

Due to time constraints, the School Committee opted to hold off on discussing what they learned at the MASC Conference until its first December meeting.

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