Thursday, September 20, 2012
Author of new book on the college application essay, Sarah McGinty, will take questions from Wellesley Patch readers live this week.
Anyone with burning questions about college application essays, we will be take your questions about the college application essay tonight, Thursday, September 20 at 6 p.m. To get ready, throughout the week we have asked readers what they wished they knew about essay-writing, and what questions they have about application essays. Tonight, we will answer your questions. Tonight, Wellesley Patch will host a live chat with Sarah Myers McGinty, author of the "The College Application Essay and former member of the writing faculty at Harvard University, as well as a former admissions director at Sarah Lawrence College and principal of the McGinty Consulting Group. And on Sunday, Sept. 23 McGinty will be at the Brookline Booksmith at 4 p.m., …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
They're going back!
1. Welcome back from Labor Day weekend. Hope you're ready for school... 2. ...Which starts today. For more info, check the school's website. 3. There is a new food service vendor and policy beginning this year. 4. This is to go along with a new school superintendent and several other new members of faculty and staff. 5. The state primary election is this Thursday.
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Let's face it: The end of August is the end of the year.
1. We're still waiting on more information from the Wellesley Police Department on Friday's fatal hit and run crash. 2. Yesterday, police said they were on the lookout for three more witnesses in the incident. 3. A man was denied the right to apply to Wellesley College. That man sued the school, and the suit was thrown out in federal court. 4. The state primary election is Sept. 6. 5. And the kids are back in school Sept. 4.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
What are your Labor Day weekend plans?
1. The final "official" weekend of summer is upon us. Are you heading out of town? 2. School administrators and elected officials are already busy at work toward the new school year. They met last night to discuss a variety of issues, which will be reported today on Wellesley Patch. 3. Other committees are meeting throughout the week: The Fuller Brook Park Coordinating Committee will meet this morning at 7:30. 4. ...And the School Committee will continue its ongoing discussion on the food service policy Thursday morning. 5. So...where are you going for Labor Day weekend? Tell us in the comments.
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The School Committee will continue its discussion on the state of food service in the schools.
Last week, school officials said it might be time to let go of the remaining lunch debt. What will they say tonight? The School Committee will take up the issue at a meeting tonight at 7:30. Though the committee will likely not take action tonight, a change to the policy, which says students with a low enough balance may not be served a lunch, could change soon. The schools still have about $26,000 in lunch debt to collect, though last week Wellesley Public Schools business manager Judy Belliveau said the department is considering looking at the situation as a “business loss.”
Meetings resume in Wellesley.
1. With the school year around the corner, meetings in Wellesley have resumed. 2. The Board of Selectmen met last night... 3. And the School Committee will meet tonight. 4. The School Committee will discuss the school lunch policy going forward... 5. Here is what an ad hoc committee had to say about the policy last week.
Monday, August 27, 2012
School's almost back in session, but were you aware of these state laws on school buses?
Most Wellesley students know the "Rules of the Bus," but here are a few Massachusetts' state laws about school buses you might not have known. #1. Everyone knows to stop when a school bus is loading and unloading passengers, but what you may not know is that if you don’t stop, you could get a ticket of up to $250. That fine can go up to $2,000 and a suspended license of up to a year for subsequent offenses (MGL 90-14) #2. Oh, speaking of stopping behind a stopped bus, even fire trucks, police cars and ambulances with their sirens on have to stop until the passengers have been loaded or unloaded. (MGL 89-7B) #3. Tell your kids to sit down, because bus drivers can be fined up to $500 if they drive the bus when the kids aren’t sitting down…
Friday, August 24, 2012
Officials are considering looking at $24,000 of the total $26,000 as a “business loss,” but what would you do?
At a meeting yesterday, school officials talked about chalking the remaining “old” lunch debt – $24,000 – to a “business loss.” Out of context, $23,856 seems like a large chunk of change, however, School Business Manager Judy Belliveau said at a meeting yesterday that this amount actually reflects less than 2 percent of income the schools generate on the lunch program. The program earns about $1 million per year, according to Belliveau. (It's worth noting the schools incurred just over $2,000 in additional debt last year, but that should be recovered, according to officials). Further, Belliveau said the department has exhausted efforts to try to collect the money, which families question whether they even need to pay. Here’s a breakdown of…
School officials discussed ways to deal with about $24,000 worth of outstanding debt from unpaid school lunch bills at a meeting yesterday.
As school officials mull ways to recoup about $26,000 in lunch debt owed by Wellesley families, one such solution came to light at a meeting yesterday: chalk it up to a loss. At a Thursday afternoon meeting including principals, members of the School Committee, administrators and a representative from new food service vendor Whitsons, School Business Manager Judy Belliveau said the nearly $24,000 in debt incurred prior to the 2011-2012 school year could be looked at as a “business loss.” In total, 30 families are responsible for $23,856.75 in school lunch debt, which dates back to an undetermined time prior to the implementation of a new school lunch policy and school lunch service system at the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, …
Whitsons will deliver an outline of the new mySchoolBucks lunch pay system today.
The new school food vendor will outline the new school lunch pay system today. Matt Delaney, food service director for Whitsons Culinary Group, said at a meeting yesterday the new system, operated by mySchoolBucks.com, includes an option similar to that of a Massachusetts Turnpike Easy Pass, which replenishes automatically when the balance is low. "It's very easy to manage multiple accounts per one family," he said. "Much easier than it was last year." The system will be detailed in a letter to the school administration today, and then made public shortly thereafter, according to Delaney.