Although we endured a tough winter and spring, it looks as though summer will provide us with a much needed reprieve from the cool weather. With the school year quickly coming to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to reflect upon the past year and also look to the future.
This was a transformational school year for the Wachusett Regional School District. At our high school, all ninth grade students received a Chromebook that they could use at school and at home. Over 500 Chromebooks were distributed before the first day of school and the response from students has been overwhelmingly positive. We also purchased another 700 Chromebooks that were distributed to our other schools, where for the first time, all students in grades 3-8 took the Next Generation MCAS online. Next year, we will continue to infuse more technology into the buildings, and will have another rollout out of Chromebooks for the incoming 9th grade students. Our budget this year also includes a Technology Integration Specialist who will assist teachers around the integration of technology into their classroom instruction.
Earlier this month, I had the chance to attend the Wachusett Regional High School graduation on June 7th at the DCU Center. Having the opportunity to congratulate the 484 graduates is always one the highlights of the year for me. In my remarks to the graduates, I noted the importance of being a good person, working hard, and being grateful to those who helped them get this far in their lives. I truly believe that there are simple ways for our children to make the world a better place, and I am confident that our school district prepares our students to be the next leaders of tomorrow. I want to congratulate all of our graduates this year and wish them luck as they embark upon the next chapter in their lives.
I would also like to honor those who have worked diligently to make our school district a wonderful place for kids. I wish the best of luck to all of our staff who are retiring:
Anne Busby, Chocksett Middle School
Julie Carter, Mayo Elementary School
Janet Foley, Mountview Middle School
Monica Gove, Davis Hill Elementary School
Sandra Hastings, Mayo Elementary School
Cynthia Houtchens, Dawson Elementary School
Christine Howell, Davis Hill Elementary School
Mary Kennedy, Dawson Elementary School
Steven Lapomardo, Paxton Center School
Maria Latino, Houghton Elementary School
Linda Matson, Thomas Prince School
Richard McGrath, WRHS
Mary Power, Thomas Prince School
Karen Prive, Glenwood Elementary School
Ronald Sciascia, Davis Hill Elementary School
Susan Torode, District-wide
Debra Vickstrom, Davis Hill Elementary School
As the 2017-2018 school year comes to a close and we look ahead to a new fiscal year beginning on July 1st, I want to again thank all who supported the District’s FY19 budget, which was approved at the five Annual Town Meetings in May. This is the first time in many years that all five towns have approved a budget, and for that we are all grateful. Passing a budget that supports the educational needs of our children is so very important and we must continue to work with one another to find the means for dedicating these funds to our schools.
Finally, I want to thank all of you for your support and dedication to the students of Wachusett Regional School District this past year. Without the support of our employees and the five communities, the schools in our district would be a very different place in which our educators work and our students learn. Have a great summer and enjoy your time relaxing with family and friends.
Darryll McCall, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools