Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Last Monday Town Meeting approved FY14 budget of $37,766,330.
With Town Meeting having come and gone and the Fiscal Year 2014 budgets ready to take over next month, Sharon Patch spoke with Sharon Public Schools Superintendent Timothy Farmer to talk about the upcoming $37,766,330 budget and its impact on the schools in town. Below is a Question and Answer feature between Sharon Patch and Farmer. Sharon Patch: What are some of the drivers of the Fiscal Year 2014 (FY14) budget? Timothy Farmer: Well, as it’s true with every year the first driver is student need. That’s anything from programs to class size. Our strategic plan for the District that was approved at the beginning of this school year drives some of our decision making around the budget because we are focuses on the differentiation of …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Summer reading assignment are given out to students grades 6-12. Find out what's on the list for this summer.
With the school year coming to a close next month, book stores and libraries will be stocking their shelves with the latest summer reading books. For Sharon Public Schools, students in Grades 6-12 are assigned carefully chosen books to read over the summer. The book titles and the number of books may vary depending on what level of English your student is in. Sharon English Language Arts Curriculum Coordinator David Heller said he hopes the books chosen this year are enjoyable for the students. “It’s usually each grade team that tries to figure out a book that will improve cultural literacy but also is maybe more of a pleasurable read for the summer,” Heller said. “That’s basically the main way and then we usually use books that sync with …
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Sondheim, who retired last year, died Monday, according to reports Tuesday morning.
Robert Sondheim, Sharon's former Athletic Director, died Monday, according to an announcement on the Sharon Public Schools website Tuesday morning. The cause of death was not immediately clear Tuesday. Sondheim retired in 2012 after more than a decade serving as Sharon's athletic director and as a swim coach. Sharon Patch columnist Paul Izzo weighed in on Sondheim's retirement, his contributions to the town and the search for who should fill his shoes. A roast was held in Sondheim's honor in September at Saphire Estate in Sharon, an event at which several figures, including former WBZ Channel 4 correspondent Ron Sanders and former New England Patriots quarterback Steve Grogan, spoke. Bill Martin took over for Sondheim as Athletic …
Friday, March 22, 2013
Sharon assistant superintendent Glenn Brand was among 50 who joined in the meeting of the Norfolk County School Safety Task Force last week.
Friday, March 22
Editor's Note: The following was submitted by Office of Norfolk District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey. Sharon assistant superintendent Glenn Brand was among those who attended a special meeting on school safety assessment held recently by Norfolk District Attorney Michael Morrissey. The program is one Morrissey is currently offering in every town in his district, and includes a comprehensive school safety assessment, providing improved planning and security in the event of a violent school incident. "This is very important work, and I want to make it as easy as possible for towns to have it done,” said Morrissey in a statement. Last week, Morrissey convened the first meeting of his new Norfolk County School Safety Task Force. The …
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Another winter storm has provided another day off for students.
Another snow day is in order for students in Sharon. The Sharon Public Schools announced Tuesday morning that school will be closed Tuesday, March 19, due to the winter weather. The Sharon School Committee is still scheduled to meet on Wednesday, March 20 at 7 p.m. on the second floor of Sharon Middle School. Have plans for the snow day? Let us know in the comments section below!
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Much like the rest of the state, Sharon officials are waiting and watching to see how the sequester issue unfolds.
With uncertainty as to whether $85 billion in federal sequestration spending cuts will be stopped by Congress before Friday, local officials in Sharon are keeping a close eye on the issue. Without action from Congress, the sequester would go into effect automatically on March 1, reducing spending by the state in a number of areas, including education, the environment, health, military and law enforcement, the White House said. The White House recently released a statement outlining the impacts the sequester would have state-by-state, including Massachusetts. According to reports, one area that could be impacted the most on a local level are the schools. Massachusetts would lose $13.9 million in education funding and another $13.9 million …
Monday, February 11, 2013
Check out recent photos of three schools in Sharon covered in snow from this weekend's blizzard.
Like several communities around the area, Sharon Public Schools cancelled classes for Monday, Feb. 11 as a result of the Blizzard of 2013 that struck over the weekend. School officials, meanwhile, posted several photos on the SPS website to give a view of how some of the schools were after the storm. The photos of the , Sharon Middle School and East Elementary show impressive amounts of snow in the area.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Area schools will be closed Monday as the clean up of the Blizzard of "13 continues.
Sharon Public Schools will be closed Monday. Southeastern Regional High School, Bishop Feehan, Xaverian Bros. High School and Norfolk Aggie will also be closed Monday.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
There will be no school in Sharon Monday because of Hurricane Sandy.
The Sharon Public Schools will be closed Monday because of Hurricane Sandy. Governor Deval Patrick asked that schools be closed in order to keep traffic off the roads during the storm. Foxborough Charter School, Southeastern Regional School, Norfolk Aggie, Xaverian and Bishop Feehan will also be closed Monday.
Monday, September 24, 2012
The spring 2012 MCAS scores were released last week.
The Massachusetts Department of Education recently released MCAS scores from spring 2012 that show Sharon students on the whole out-performing the state's numbers, according to results as posted on Boston.com. For English Language Arts, 87 percent of students in all grades tested achieved "proficient or higher", 37 percent achieved "advanced", 50 percent achieved "proficient" and 9 percent achieved "needs improvement", according to numbers from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website. For Math, 80 percent achieved "proficient or higher", 51 percent achieved "advanced", 29 percent achieved "proficient" and 14 percent achieved "needs improvement". And for Science and Technical Engineering, 78 percent achieved "proficient…