TEWKSBURY — The School Committee met last Wednesday to recognize several high-achieving students and major accomplishments in the district.
The committee first recognized the 2019 Tewksbury Public School retirees.
“We’ll be honoring… their long-term service to students of Tewksbury,” said superintendent Chris Malone.
The committee honored Deb Buehler, Robyn Hakala, Anna Gaudette, Eileen Weiss, Elaine Walsh, Laurie Angelo, Karen Gillotte, Janice LaRoque, and Elaine Speros.
The committee then recognized the Wynn Middle School’s second place win at the Greater Lowell Regional Knowledge Bowl: Johnny Baker, Albert Bosworth, Morgan Crowley, Jayden Donaher, Mason Haines, Anirudhh Harlalka, Peter Impink, Jasmine Johansen, Sarah Johansen, Owen Kinnon, Kimsan Nguyen, Harshit Pal, David Penney, and Olivia Ward, under the direction of Tim Olevsky.
The committee also recognized the Wynn math team’s second place finish in the Intermediate Math League. Its members include Johnny Baker, Cian Dawson, Jayden Donaher, Edward Doyle, Anirudhh Harlalka, Hannah Kwartler, Renuka Late, Dakota Malizia, Jessica Marquis, Darya Mehrabani, Pouriya Mehrabani, Kimsan Nguyen, Harshit Pal, Christian Quieroga, Katerina Schille, Methun Thayaaparan, George Zackular, Randy Zackular, and advisors Dan Shao and Amanda Webb.
The committee acknowledged Emily Carriere, William Eskenas, Megan Haley, and Will Skaaland, who laid a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery during the Wynn Middle School Washington D.C. trip.
“Through an essay contest, [these students] wrote about why it is important to honor those who gave their lives for this country,” said Wynn principal John Weir.
Finally, the committee acknowledged the Wynn Middle School Drama Club’s gold medal win at the 2019 Massachusetts Educational Theater Guild Middle School Festival for their play titled “An Absolutely True Story (As Told By a Bunch of Lying Liars).” The cast and crew include Braden Aylward, Cade Barron, Brooke Bunyan, Emily Carriere, Darren Castiglione, Giana Ciampa, Aslin Davis, Justin Darrigo, Jack Descouteaux, Sarah Downing, Daniel Franklin, Lindsey Frontain, Marisa Gomes, Ethan Hines, Lindsey Holbrook, Jared Krueger, Victoria Lavargna, Maximus Mattuchio, Natalie Mattuchio, Ryan Murphy, Alexander Nagibi, Anthony Nagibi, Kayleigh Nagle, Kimsan Nguyen, Sheila Parma, Emma Pelland, Katrina Raymond, Anthony Russo, Matthew Stadtman, Zachary Sullivan, Grace Wade, and Emily Zadig, along with advisors Jon DiPrima and Amanda Berube.
The committee heard a presentation about 2019-2020 student handbooks at the Ryan School, Wynn Middle School, and TMHS from principals Judi McInnes, John Weir, Andy Long, Kristen Vogel, and Eileen Osborne. Language in all three handbooks has been updated to be more inclusive and to reflect current issues, including policy on smartwatches as devices. Furthermore, new clauses have been added regarding civil rights and gender equity. The committee approved and accepted the handbooks.
The committee approved a May 2020 trip to Quebec and Montreal for the TMHS International Club, as well as an April 2020 trip to New York City for the TMHS Fine and Performing Arts Department.
The committee accepted a donation of $500 to the Dewing Elementary School from the Exxon-Mobil Educational Alliance Program through John Sergeant, manager of Tewksbury Mobil, for the purchase of new math and science equipment.
The veteran members of the committee — Dennis Francis, Keith Sullivan, and Jamie Cutelis — who have worked with Malone through the 2018-2019 school year presented the annual superintendent’s evaluation. Through a series of management and leadership standard indicators, Malone was rated as meeting or exceeding the committee’s expectations, and received an overall evaluation of “proficient.”
Parent Maureen Castiglione came before the committee during the resident comment section on behalf of the Special Education Parents Advisory Committee (SEPAC) to raise concerns over a lack of response from AlphaBest, the company recently hired to run summer and extended day programming, regarding special education students’ needs. The committee took the comments under advisement.
Assistant superintendent Brenda Regan noted that summer reading information and supply lists are available on the school department website. Regan also mentioned a service learning project at the Wynn in which students on team 5B worked with Town Manager Richard Montuori to ensure that each Wynn student will receive a reusable, washable water bottle, with the eventual goal of having a bottle refilling station at the school.
The next meeting is scheduled for July 24, 2019.