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Tabor Academy to change class schedule because of virus
MARION — Tabor Academy may temporarily alter its academic schedule and physically alter buildings and movement patterns around campus as coronavirus prevention measures when students return. The school has been communicating with students every two...
Sippican Woman’s Club names 2020 scholarship winners
The Sippican Woman’s Club will award 18 scholarships this year. The club’s hard work throughout the year and the success of its House Tour meant it was able to give almost 20 awards (totaling $10,000) based on scholarship, service to the community,...
Families receive free, farm-fresh food each week
Russell W. “Russ” Holt, 58
Stephen R. Manchester, 62
Restaurants resume indoor dining at a distance
Mattapoisett teen beats deathly lung illness
Todd Joseph Shockro, 42
To the Editor: Thanks and update from Tri-Town Against Racism
Shining Tides Beach reopens
Mattapoisett resident named a commonwealth heroine
Marion driver brought to Tobey Hospital after truck collides with pole
Tri-Town schools respond to state reopening suggestions
Principals and superintendents at Old Rochester Regional School District and Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical School District don’t entirely know what school is going to look like next year — after all, the state only released its initial...
Old Colony cancels prom, releases modified graduation format
ROCHESTER — Old Colony Regional Vocational High School has given the first glimpse as to what an in-person graduation will look like in the coronavirus era, in a letter that went out to students and families on June 26. The school will cancel its...
Old Rochester Regional honors its undergraduates
Old Rochester Regional teachers and administrators chose the following undergraduate students for awards.
PRESIDENTIAL SERVICE AWARDS
Bronze (100-174 hours):
Katelyn Bellemare Carly Drew Kathleen Dunn Lauryn Lent Amaya...
Tabor administration, students confront schools’s racism issue
On the new Instagram account @blackattabor , a former black Tabor Academy student writes, “On my first day of Latin class my freshman year, a white student turned to me without introducing himself or asking my name and said to me: 'You know slavery...
ORRHS holds first graduation parade
Fire engines blared and car horns screamed through the lovely summer night; seniors from Old Rochester Regional High School hung out of windows, stood up through sunroofs and waved to Tri-Town residents as three graduation parades wound their way...
Tabor Academy begins search for new head of school
MARION — Tabor Academy Head of School John Quirk will not return to the school after a leave of absence this semester, Trustees announced in a letter to community members. Quirk was arrested for driving under the influence, speeding and negligent...
Students, teachers say goodbye at Old Colony book return
ROCHESTER — The school bells still rang inside the building, but the students of Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School weren’t inside. Instead, they said brief goodbyes as they returned books to teachers and administrators on the...
Joint School Committee addresses racism in schools
It’s been a year since Barbara Sullivan met with the Old Rochester Regional Joint School Committee about racism in district schools. Returning to the committee on Monday night with other members of Tri-Town Against Racism, her message was simple:...
Old Rochester Regional invites community to graduation parade
On the evening of June 19, Tri-Town families will be able to watch the Old Rochester Regional Class of 2020 Parade go by. There will be three town parades that will merge into one parade around the high school campus. The Rochester parade will begin...
School committee pays tribute to retiring administrator
Joint Old Rochester Regional School Committee members honored Dr. Douglas White, the district’s retiring superintendent, on June 11. School Committee member Shannon Finning acknowledged that it “feels a little anticlimactic not to be together to...
School committee members bring up anti-racism suggestions
On June 11, Old Rochester Regional Joint School Committee members made suggestions to district administrators on how to combat racism and prepared for another meeting on the topic scheduled for June 15. Committee member Shannon Finning said she...
Rochester School Committee talks remedying racism
ROCHESTER — The Old Rochester Regional School District will start a curriculum review and action plan to address issues of racism and cultural sensitivity, its Superintendent Dr. Douglas White said at a June 2 school committee meeting. Although the...
Rochester School Committee honors retiring superintendent with book
ROCHESTER — School Committee members presented retiring Superintendent Dr. Douglas White with the book “Swimmy,” on June 2. The book will be added to the Rochester Memorial School library with a dedication in his honor. White finished up his...
Old Rochester Regional High School names top 10 graduating seniors
Principal of Old Rochester Regional High School has named the top ten graduates of the Class of 2020: Mary Clare Butler Emma Rose Gabriel Ian Antonio Gomes McCann Alexa Lyn McLeod Alexandra Corinne Moniz Natalie Elizabeth Nilson Danielle Deveau...
Old Rochester Regional names two Students of the Month
Old Rochester Regional has honored two Students of the Month: Zoe Kelley and Will Gauvin. Kelley is the Student of the Month for May. She is from Marion. Gauvin is the Student of the Month for April. He is from Mattapoisett. The Elks of Wareham and...
Marion has new write-in candidate for ORR School Committee
To the Editor: I have written my name in as a school board member for ORR because I would like to know the rest of the story!!! I would like to know more about what we are teaching and how we are teaching the ones who will soon be taking over our...
Sippican School honors departing community members
MARION — In keeping with a district tradition, the School Committee, school administrators and the Marion Teachers Association presented retiring teachers, administrators and school committee members with books which will be added to Sippican School...
Marion, Tabor Academy in talks on reopening school in the fall
MARION — Public Health Nurse Kathy Downey has started talking with Julie Przybyszewski, director of Tabor Academy’s heath services about how to reopen campus in the late August or September. Downey said at a June 2 Board of Health meeting the school...
Cuddly donkeys cheer up Sippican School students
MARION — She may need a boat to get home, but Sippican School instrumental teacher Hannah Moore can still use her two donkeys, Nancy and Peggy, to cheer up students from afar on Ram Island in Sippican Harbor. While the building is closed through the...
Rochester Council on Aging honors graduates with video
ROCHESTER — High school seniors in Rochester won’t be able to celebrate their graduation in June, so the seniors of the town’s Council on Aging released a video that pays tribute to the class. Different members of the council’s board of directors...
Sippican School searching for new assistant principal
MARION — Sippican School is searching for a new Assistant Principal, as Kyle Letendre, who started in the role this year, will return to Old Hammondtown school at the end of the year. Sippican School principal Marla Sirois brought the transition up...
ORR turns textbook return into a chance to connect
The act of returning textbooks and picking up yearbooks is a simple one, but staff at Old Rochester Regional High School turned it into a chance to connect with seniors they haven’t been able to see in class. “We miss seniors so much. This is a way...
Press box at ORR high school now fully funded
At a May 27 Old Rochester Regional School Committee meeting, Superintendent Doug White said a project to reinstall a press box at the high school is now fully funded. The project has been funded by the Old Rochester Regional Athletic Booster Club...
ORR outlines more details on senior events.
Old Rochester Regional High School Principal Michael Devoll revealed to the ORR School Committee more details on senior events at a May 27 meeting. Devoll said he had tried to make unprecedented decisions “grounded what is right for our students and...
Auditor recommends changes to ORR district financial practices
A financial auditor called the Old Rochester Regional School District “a poor district” and said it has to work out deficit, credit and long-term financial management issues. Tony Roselli, of Roselli Clark and Associates found a $149,701 deficit...
Old Colony to hold July graduation ceremony
ROCHESTER — Though they may not be able to celebrate their graduation as they normally would in early June, seniors at Old Colony will be honored the next month during their senior week, ending with graduation on July 19. On July 13, seniors will...
Old Rochester Regional finalizes superintendent contract
Michael Nelson will be the next superintendent of schools for the Old Rochester Regional School District after the Joint School Committee voted May 18 to approve his $172,000 contract. The district made an offer to Nelson on March 5 after...
New Kindergarten process disrupted by pandemic
MARION — Doreen Lopes, the Old Rochester Regional Early Childhood Coordinator, worked with teachers to try to think of everything in designing a new transition program to Kindergarten earlier this year. Everything except for a pandemic. The new...
Book fairies, virtual spirit week cheer up students at Sippican School
MARION — Though a pandemic is keeping teachers and students at Sippican School physically apart, administrators are working hard to give back to students and the Marion community, and to keep students and teachers connected through optional Zoom...
ORR considers certification for early childhood program
MARION — School Committee members got some updates on the district’s youngest learners at a May 20 meeting, including a move toward certification for the high school pre-school program. Assistant Superintendent Michael Nelson is working the...
Old Colony vocational teachers shift gears for online learning
At Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School, the mechanic shop is closed, the pulses of light in the welding shop can’t be seen, and patrons aren’t waiting for a haircut. But that doesn’t mean students aren’t learning the trades that...
Tabor Academy to celebrate seniors virtually
Although the campus is closed, Tabor Academy will congratulate its 134 seniors from 15 states and 11 countries around the world in an online virtual gathering on May 29 at 10 a.m. Students will join with Tabor faculty, friends, and families for this...
Tabor Academy inducts 26 seniors to Cum Laude Society
Tabor Academy will induct 26 members of the class of 2020 into the Tabor chapter of the Cum Laude Society. “These students have worked incredibly hard in a challenging program to achieve consistently at this level,” said Eileen Marceau, Associate...
Health provider gives small boost to ORR meals program
The Old Rochester Regional School District has received $500 from the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation mini-grant program for its coronavirus meals program. Mary Ellen Conlon, an employee of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care nominated the school for...
Elementary schools spread knowledge, allow connections through screens
With each announcement that reopening school would be pushed back even further, Old Hammondtown School sixth grade social studies and nonfiction literature teacher Sara Jacobsen said she experienced “waves of grief” at the thought of losing time...
Elks select Student of the Month for March
Old Rochester Regional High School senior Brianna Lynch of Mattapoisett has been named the Elks’ Student of the Month for March by the school’s staff. The Elks of Wareham and New Bedford Lodge No. 1548 sponsors the Elks Student of the Month and...
[Photos]: High schools show seniors signs of support
All three Tri-Town high schools have taken signs of support quite literally when it comes to their seniors, providing them with lawn signs to build class pride even when students can’t be in class. Mattapoisett business Village Signs made and...
Showing appreciation for teachers
MARION — Though teachers may not be in the classroom the Volunteers at Sippican Elementary, the school’s non-profit and Parent Teacher Organization, made sure that they still felt the love, virtually, for Teacher Appreciation Week. The volunteer...
Rochester Memorial School works to take virtual learning from good to great
ROCHESTER — Old Rocheste Regional School District Superintendent Doug White told the Rochester School Committee that the school had around 30% of the content for the year left to cover, now that the state has focused on covering new content again...
Schools to start teaching new material again
MATTAPOISETT — After weeks of online review, students can now start learning new content again, Old Rochester Regional administrators said. When the state first started remote learning, educators and parents alike expressed frustration at the lack...
School committee discusses racist TikTok incident
MATTAPOISETT — When Old Rochester Regional High School student Jendell Teixiera found a racist TikTok video by a fellow student, she said on Facebook that racism in the school has not changed. At their next meeting, Mattapoisett School Committee...
Mattapoisett 2021 school budget approved
MATTAPOISETT — In a May 4 video meeting, the Mattapoisett School Committee approved the 2021 fiscal year school budget of $7,357,475, an increase of 2.39% from last year. Contract adjustments for staff, special needs programs and custodial services...
ORR seniors talk missing end of the school year
For the Old Rochester Class of 2020, there will be no prom this month, no final theatrical performance, no last athletic triumphs, no spring walk with cap and gown and diploma. In the words of Class Treasurer Emma Gabriel: no sense of closure. In a...
Old Colony to move to new schedule, hold July prom, graduation
ROCHESTER — Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School will move into an alternating vocational and academic schedule for online classes starting May 4, and plans to hold prom and graduation for seniors in July, if it is safe to do so then...
Rochester, ORR change plan for elementary school solar project
ROCHESTER — If a solar array goes up at Rochester Memorial School it won’t be on the roof, that much is clear. Last August, the town began looking at the possibility of putting solar panels on the roof at Rochester Memorial School. Selectman Woody...
ORR announces schedule for senior events
Old Rochester Regional High School’s prom and Graduation have been moved to August, and some other senior events will be held only online. The administrative team has delayed announcing senior plans for weeks as it tried to figure out ways to give...
Old Rochester Regional High School releases term 3 Honor Roll
The Old Rochester Regional High School Term 3 honor roll list is as follows: Allen, Jaelyn Shea 10 High Honors Andrade, Isaiah Michael 11 High Honors Baltz, William Keaton 10 High Honors Brezinski, Camden Frederick 12 High Honors Cavanaugh-Fauteux,...
ORR ranks in top third of Massachusetts high schools
The US News & World Report ranked Old Rochester Regional High School at number 105 of 345 schools in the state, putting ORR in the top third of all schools in the state. High schools are ranked based on college readiness, graduation rate,...
Distance learning to continue until summer
It’s official — students and teachers won’t be returning to school buildings this year, making a reality what many teachers and administrators had suspected for weeks now. On April 21 Governor Charlie Baker ordered all public and private schools to...
Old Rochester Regional receives grant for meals program
The Eos Foundation awarded a $6,425 grant to the Old Rochester Regional School District to continue its meals program while students learn remotely. Through the program, breakfast and lunch are available to children and students ages 0 to 21 at the...
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