R. H. Conwell Community News 5/7/2021

Dear Community,

Happy Friday! What a rainy, windy and cold week. The R.H. Conwell faculty would like to thank everyone who helped celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week! Students shared beautiful cards, homemade gifts, and hand-picked flowers to show their appreciation for the teachers. I would like to thank the PTO for the delicious breakfast and cookies and also Rebecca Fritz, Rolling Clouds Soapery for the wonderful soaps and lip balm. We are so lucky to work in such a supportive community!

Annual Town Meeting: During the Annual Town Meeting, the school budget was passed. In addition to the school budget there was an article in the warrant to replace the cafeteria tables. I was asked to address why we needed new cafeteria tables and explained that they are approximately 50 years old and do not work properly and there is a risk of injury. A lot of research went into finding safe, well-made tables to replace the old ones. We will continue to look for funding to get new tables.

Faculty changes for next year: Chris Cleland, the fifth and sixth grade teacher will be leaving the district at the end of the year. We all wish him luck. A hiring committee consisting of faculty, one school committee member, and a parent has been formed to review qualified applicants and begin interviewing candidates in the coming weeks.

Graduation: The sixth graders will graduate in a ceremony held on June 11, 2021. We wish our five sixth grade graduates the best of luck as they move up to middle school!

School Committee Meeting: School Committee meets on May 13, 2021 @ 6:30 p.m..

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MCAS: Thursday, May 13, 20, 27 beginning at 9:00 a.m. Prof. Development:  May 28, 2021 – noon dismissal Last day of school: June 16, 2021 – noon dismissal

A Weekly Covid Update from the Nurse’s Office (5/7/2021)

Number of positive cases within the school community: 0
Overall health of the school community: HEALTHY

We are continuing to have great success with our health and safety protocols within our school community, and we continue to thank you all for your support in keeping our students safe and in person learning.

Message from Hilltown Family Center: Has your family explored hilltown StoryWalking yet? Beginning May 7, The Hilltown Family Center and The Appalachian Mountain Club invite families to a new StoryWalk of The Hike by Alison Farrell at Noble View Outdoor Center, in Russell. The Hike is a joyous, magical, and honest adventure about three intrepid young explorers as they quest to the top of a mountain, hiking through numerous wonderful sights.

Families are invited to come at any time (no registration required) during daylight hours to walk the trail and read the book at your leisure. Please proceed past the bottom gate to the upper parking lot where signage will direct you to the StoryWalk. This trail is not handicapped accessible or suitable for strollers. After a rain, the trail can be soggy. Waterproof footwear is recommended. Participants are to adhere to all posted AMC and Hilltown Family Center

Covid-19 protocols. This StoryWalk was generously funded by a Community Development Block Grant through the Town of Chester and in collaboration with the Hilltown Family Center and the volunteers and resources of the Appalachian Mountain Club. There is no charge to participants for this StoryWalk. For information about this event please contact Susan LeBarron, Hilltown Family Center Coordinator at 413-667-2203 ext. 311 or slebarron@hchcweb.org.

Have a wonderful weekend, and Happy Mother’s Day!
Gretchen

Worthington School District
147 Huntington Road
Worthington, MA 01098
413-238-5856
gmorsedobosz@hr-k12.org

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