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  • Cohaset MA Barbara Cataldo Named New Superintendent Named for The Cohasset School District

    Posted Under: Schools in Cohasset  |  March 18, 2011 4:51 AM  |  845 views  |  No comments

    The Cohasset School District Names a New Superintendent

    With much acclaim, the current superintendent in Milford, MA, Ms. Barbara Cataldo, has been named the new superintendent for the Cohasset School District.  Teachers and parents in the district could not be more thrilled.

    In a unaimous decision, members of the Cohasset School Committee voted to select her for the positon.  Being  tech savvy, with a collaborative approach to her position, and combined with her background in special education and strong interpersonal skills she earned the praise of the school committee.

    School committee member Jeanne Astino said, “I think she would be a breathe of fresh air in this district.”  

    Helene Lieb, School Committee chair, called Cataldo after the school committee had voted to officially offer her the position.  Ms. Cataldo very eagerly accepted the position.

    “Ms. Cataldo very excitedly accepted the position of superintendent of schools.  She is very excited to work with people of Cohasset and the school committee board,” Lieb said.  

    By way of background, Cataldo was the Town of Milford’s assistant superintendent since 2007.  In her own time, Ms. Cataldo is in the pursuit of her doctorate in educational leadership at Northeastern University.  She also has a background in special education since she has previously been the director of special education in the Arlington school system for two years (2005 to 2007) and special needs coordinator in Cambridge (2002 to 2005).

    Kudos must go to the Cohasset School Committee and all those who gave their time and effort to make sure that a complete and thorough search was made for the best candidate for the position.  Many people gave their time, input, and effort into this search.  We can now begin a new chapter for the Cohasset School System.

    About the author:

    The above Real Estate information about New Superintendent Named for The Cohasset School District was provided by Bill Tierney, a highly respected name in real estate who covers the South Shore real estate market for Virtual Homes Real Estate. Bill can be reached via email at William.Tierney@VirtualHomes.com or by phone at 617-653-1955. Bill has been a licensed real estate agent for over seven years.

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  • Principal Janet Sheehan to Resign from Cohasset's Osgood School

    Posted Under: Schools in Cohasset  |  March 17, 2011 7:04 PM  |  780 views  |  No comments

    Cohasset MA, Janet Sheehan to Resign as Principal of The Osgood School

    Janet Sheehan the revered prinicial of Cohasset’s Osgood School has handed in her resignation and informed the Cohasset School Committee that she will be leaving the district on July 1.  Milton MA has four elementary schools and Jane Sheehan has accepted a position as principal at one of the four.  This past Thursday, she announced her decision to the students and parents of the Osgood School, Cohasset’s Pre K through second grade school.

    Seeking New Opportunities

    For Sheehan, the opportunity to apply for the principal position at The Collicot Elementary School in Milton was an opportunity for challenge that she could not pass up.  She had anticipated finishing her career at Osgood, where she has been the principal for nearly ten years.  However, Sheehan served as the assistant principal at Collicot for several years prior to coming to The Osgood School in 2001.  She will take over the reigns from the retiring principal at a school that educates roughly 630 students.  Unlike Osgood, which serves pre-kindergarten through grade two, Collicot is a pre-K through grade 5. 

    The Cohasset School System loses a principal that was revered by many over the last decade.  She was a welcome face and personality that was the center of a great school.  Janet Sheehan always incorporated the teachers, parents, and students in the Cohasset community into all of her decisions regarding Osgood.  She surely leave with high praise from her constituency.

    Some of Principal Janet Sheehan’s accomplishments of the past ten years are (but not limited to):  The integrated pre-kindergarten program, the Primary Learning Center, the STEM lab, and the full day kindergarten class.  Sheehan did benefit from a lot of the technological components in the elementary classrooms that were made possible from the generosity and support of parent and community groups like the PSO and Cohasset Education Foundation. 

    Osgood was a special place with Janet Sheehan, we are thankful to have had her leadership.  We wish her every success in the Milton School System.  True to her love of The Osgood School, she will stay on board to help with the transition to her replacement.  Surely, those will be huge shoes to fill.

    Read more: Principal Janet Sheehan leaving Osgood – Cohasset, MA – Cohasset Marinerhttp://www.wickedlocal.com/cohasset/archive/x904838654/Osgood-Principal-Janet-Sheehan-leaving-Osgood#ixzz1GZrD0odd

    About the author: The above Real Estate information about Janet Sheehan’s Resignation was provided by Bill Tierney, a highly respected name in real estate who covers the South Shore real estate market for Virtual Homes Real Estate. Bill can be reached via email at William.Tierney@VirtualHomes.com or by phone at 617-653-1955. Bill has been a licensed real estate agent for over seven years.

    Thinking of selling your home or condo? I have a passion for Real Estate and would love to share my marketing expertise! I specialize in leveraging today’s technology, such as social media, to maximize your home’s exposure.
    For Massachusetts and Cohasset MA Homes for Sale and condos see Cohasset MA Real Estate For Sale.

    Want to have MLS access to beat other buyers to your dream home? Sign up with no obligation at my MLS Property Finder service.  I service the following towns on the South Shore: Cohasset, Hingham, Hull, Scituate, Marshfield, Norwell, Weymouth, Quincy, Duxbury, and Kingston.  Click here to view Bill Tierney’s Real Estate Profile.

  • Hingham School Committee to discuss the New Track at the High School

    Posted Under: Schools in Hingham  |  February 28, 2011 2:36 PM  |  680 views  |  No comments

    Hingham, MA – Long Range Planning Subcommittee of the School Committee to discuss the New Track at the High School

    One of the many things that has helped the Hingham Real Estate Market maintain its relative resilience, is the excellent school system in the Town of Hingham. Hingham’s Public Schools consistently get good marks from the various publications rating, or ranking, the local school systems.

    Hingham, similar to many other municipalities in The Commonwealth, is not without its economic challenges and budget issues. One item you will see get some attention is the school capital budget and it is certain to garner some discussion in the months leading up to Town Meeting.

    A particular item on the radar for a potential funding need is the inclusion of approximately $615,000 to reconstruct the high school running track as the first phase of the athletic facility improvement plan at that location.

    Supt. of Schools Dorothy Galo said recently that the Long Range Planning Subcommittee of the School Committee is exploring the possibility of a public-private partnership to pay for the project. Neighboring Cohasset recently installed a new track around its new Turf field which was largely funded via a private fundraising program. Local Hingam residents, parents, and other interested parties are invited to attend a LRP Subcommittee meeting scheduled for Feb. 15 at Town Hall at 7 p.m., when updated construction estimates will be presented, according to Galo.

    “Most of these improvements will not be able to be funded using public resources,” Galo said.

    Am important factor that  continues to weigh on the school budgest are the increasing enrollments  whichcontinue to be one of the biggest challenges facing the Hingham School district, but this is also the sign of a healthy school system. It also validates the argument that good schools assist in helping the home valuations is the towns with the best schools. If the enrollment is increasing, then home buyers with children must be flocking to Hingham. And this case has been seen given the recent strong performance of housing market in Hingham. Homes for sale in Hingham have received much interest as of late, as seen in the sales volume.


  • And it is down to three candidates to be the next Superintendent of the Cohasset Schooly System

    Posted Under: Schools in Cohasset, In My Neighborhood in Cohasset  |  February 28, 2011 2:31 PM  |  699 views  |  No comments

    The three finalists to be the next Superintendent of the Cohasset School System are announded by the Cohasset School Committee

    The Deer Hill School, serving grades 3-5.

    The Cohasset School Committee held a special meeting recently to announce the three finalists for the position of superintendent of the Cohasset School System.  One of the three finalists will repace Dr. Denise Walsh who is resigning from the position.

    One of the three finalists for the position of superintendent in Cohasset is James Kelleher, assistant superintendent of schools from neighboring Scituate.  The other two candidates are Barbara Cataldo, current assistant superintendent in Milford and Kimberly Shaver-Hood, superintendent of schools for Blackstone/Millville Regional School System.
    Kelleher seems to have peeked the most interest since he is applying from the neighboring Scituate.  In the Scituate school system, Kelleher has served as  the assistant superintendent of curriculum, instruction and staff development since 2002. Prior to his work in Scituate, he served as the director of secondary curriculum in Dover, N.H.  Kelleher holds a doctorate in educational administration from Boston College.

    One of these three candidates will get to pick up where Dr. Walsh left off as the Superintendent of The Cohasset School System.  This will pose to be challenging role given the economy and the state of Cohasset’s budget when balanced against the demands for excellence from the school system that Cohasset residents have come to expect.

  • Scituate MA - Budget Battle on the Horizon?

    Posted Under: General Area in Scituate, Schools in Scituate  |  February 28, 2011 2:25 PM  |  840 views  |  No comments

    Scituate, MA – Possible Override Battle Brewing?

    Scituate’s School committee held a meeting that could lead to the formation of a budget battle.  At the meeting, Scituate resident, Lisa Fenton stood up before the school committee and announced to a room of more than 60 people that she is forming an override committee.  Lisa Fenton, along with Lisa Rafferty and Maura Curran have began to collect contact information for people interested in volunteering for the committee to get an override passed.

    The Scituate School budget for fiscal year 2012 that starts this July 1st projects that it will have a $1.3 million deficit.  This deficit has the potential to eliminate school programs and 27.7 full time equivalent positions.

    Lisa Rafferty has worked on five overrides in the last 11 years, but believes that this like many of the overrides, is not just for the schools, but is really for all the town departments.  She feels passionate about the need for each override she has worked on in the past.  These are not something she looks forward to, but rather she knows that for an override to pass, the process needs to begin somewhere.  Hence, she takes action.

    Any override would need to get majority approval from selectmen before the proposed override went before Town Meeting.  Once the majority of selectmen have approved sending an override to Town Meeting, at that point, school committee members and the members of the override committee would work together to come up with two numbers to propose to residents — one budget with an override and one without.

    After an override is approved at Town Meeting, the residents of Scituate would then have to approve the override at the ballot box.

    Stay tuned on this one, it could get interesting.


  • South Shore Community Center Nursery School Registration Starts 1/3/2011

    Posted Under: General Area in Cohasset, Schools in Cohasset  |  December 21, 2010 8:59 AM  |  498 views  |  No comments

    The South Shore Community Center Nursery School applications for the 2011-2012 school year will be available on Tuesday, January 3rd at the Nursery School and the Community Center Offices. (Registration form may be down loaded below). All families on the South Shore are eligible to apply. The registration process is based on a lottery system. All applications are due back to the Nursery School Office by January 21st at 3PM. Included in the envelope should be a copy of the child's birth certificate and a $100 registration fee. Application envelopes should be clearly marked NURSERY SCHOOL REGISTRATION. The lottery will be drawn the week of February 1st and acceptance letters will be sent via mail the following week. Any child who does not get a placement in the program will have their registration fee returned.  

     

    The SSCC Nursery School offers three levels of programs to meet the needs of children age's three to five. The morning programs run from 9 to 11:30 AM. The afternoon programs run from 12:30 to 3 PM. There are many extended day options for children enrolled in our school including LUNCH BUNCH, COMPUTERS & LUNCH, ART & MOVEMENT, BALLET, GYMNASTICS & SPORTS. Our youngest program, The Nursery Program is for children who will be three years old by November 1st. The Pre-Kindergarten Program is for children who will be four by November 1st. We also offer a very special Enrichment Program for those children who have already had two years of school. This program is designed for older fours and fives whom are looking for a challenging year before they enter Kindergarten.

     

     

    The Nursery School Program’s goal is to provide a happy, safe environment where children will develop trust and have a positive “school” experience. The children will have the opportunity to recognize their own talents and abilities and they will be encouraged to approach new experiences with a spirit of enthusiasm and self-confidence. 

     

    We follow the Guidelines for Preschool Learning Experiences created by the Early Childhood Advisory Council to the Massachusetts Board of Education. It is based on the standards set up for the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.

     

    Our Nursery School has observation mirrors in each classroom so please feel free to stop in any time to see all of the wonderful things that occur in our program.  If you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment to meet the director, please call Ann Madden at 781-383-0036.

    The director can also be reached by e-mail at amadden@southshorecommunitycenter.com.

     

    The South Shore Community Center Nursery School is licensed by The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and is located at

    3 N. Main Street in Cohasset Village.

  • The next new Fashion Trend on Pond Street?

    Posted Under: Quality of Life in Cohasset, Schools in Cohasset, In My Neighborhood in Cohasset  |  December 20, 2010 7:34 PM  |  687 views  |  No comments

    Cohasset, often known for its strong performance on any number of athletic fields, or courts, also boats a thriving arts department at The Cohasset Middle-High School.  The arts are a part of the fabric that makes up both the life and the student body of the Cohasset School system.  Be it, music, drama, or the visual arts, it is all a part of the school system. It is not uncommon to see a lax star playing in the band. 

    Cohasset is fortunate to have the Cohasset Arts Boosters, an organization dedicated to supporting the arts education at the middle-high school.  The Cohasset Arts Boosters has be a force in keeping the arts in the school system and not letting the arts become a line item that gets budgeted into obscurity. 

    At the beginning of December, the Boosters embarked what could be the next cool fashion trend on Pond Street – guitar string bracelets, which, by the way, are a fund raising effort.  The colorful fashion statement, which are unisex, could be an a ideal last minute gift for those of us who have been know to put off our holiday shopping. 

    Sheila Toomey, an Arts Booster board member, saw the guitar string bracelets and thought they might make a good fundraiser for the organization.  A little online research later and the Arts Boosters had its newest mechanism for raising money. 

    Wear Your Music, a non-profit company, makes the bracelets specifically for charity fundraisers. All the bracelets are made from recycled and painted guitar strings.  They are available in a variety of colors to fit every taste: red, hot pink, sea foam green, black, gold and silver. 

    The fundraiser is a natural fit for the Arts Boosters because of its connection to arts. 

    “The fundraiser will run through Valentine’s Day.  A table will be set up at each of the upcoming middle school and high school arts-related events

    In recent years the Arts Boosters has helped to fund various programs, supplies and events.  Last year they funded teachers’ arts awards and senior arts award.  They provided support for the annual Jazz Night, funding the mailing of the Arts Magazine, successfully wrote and received two grants, purchased t-shirts for arts events and funded supplies for a music department holiday CD. 

    To purchase the guitar string bracelets, e-mail Diane Kennedy at devline@juno.com or Sally Sisson at salsisson@comcast.net. 

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