June 11, 2017

Worcester Sun, June 11-17: Mariano in praise of teachers, Children’s Smile Coalition, a troubled Worcester school in transition + much more

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Mariano: In praise of our teachers

Ray Mariano

“We all have memories of teachers who have made a positive difference in our lives. But, in so many ways, teaching has changed. … When I was a student, teachers were generally treated with respect. Over the last several years, we have seen and heard about many of our teachers who were knocked to the ground, some literally knocked unconscious, by disruptive students.”

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Mary Ellen Wessell, Children’s Smile Coalition executive director, with Liam Fitzgerald, better known as the “fist bump kid,” at the 2016 Young Heroes Night.

Children’s Smile Coalition turning poverty upside down, one kid at a time |  Mary Ellen Wessell saw opportunity in a simple question, teamed up with a few trusted board members and created Santa’s Big League, CSC’s first initiative, to give gifts and bring cheer to teenage children who fell through the cracks. Children’s Smile Coalition has only grown from there — and more is on the way. Find out about all the good deeds done by the all-volunteer effort and what Wessell and company have planned next.

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Elm Park Community School will have a new principal this fall. But will Ellen Kelley be able to change the school’s fortunes?

Superintendent, union hope leadership change adds up to progress at Elm Park Community School |  Joany Santa, principal at the pre-K-6 school on North Ashland Street since 2013, was reassigned to Vernon Hill School for the 2017-2018 school year, while Ellen Kelley will move from Roosevelt Elementary School to Elm Park, going from one of the district’s top schools to its most underperforming one. And the state is watching.

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Evian and Brooklyn, here at Nine Dot Gallery, will be learning about the business of growing up this summer.

A Mother’s Journey [Part 46]: The business of growing up |  “The summers are usually filled with trips to Barnes & Noble and weekly reading logs, and while that is a great way to help the fight against the summer achievement gap, it doesn’t do a lot for my daughters, Brooklyn and Evian, as people. They have worked hard this year and I want them to enjoy their summer, but my biggest fear is that they lose the momentum they have gained with their work ethics.”

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World leaders gathered in late 2015 to draft what became the Paris Climate Agreement.

Sina-cism: Adieu, Paris accord, you meant so little |  “The first sign that this agreement isn’t worth bothering about is the fact that 195 of the world’s 197 sovereign nations agreed to it. If the leaders of North Korea can set aside their paranoia long enough to ink the document, what value can it possibly have?”

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Sponsors of the House and Senate “Safe Communities Act” bills, Rep. Juana Matias of Lawrence and Sen. Jamie Eldridge of Acton, testify at the start of the June 9 Public Safety Committee hearing.

On Beacon Hill: With potential $1B storm on radar, foggy fiscal forecast looms |  House Speaker Robert DeLeo said last week he doesn’t know how the the governor has been controlling spending, but hasn’t heard any complaints from advocates either. And Senate President Stanley Rosenberg said he’s confident the governor will share his strategy when he’s ready. Meantime, stay tuned. Plus, Warren, McGovern, Markey, Moore and a cellphone ban.

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Florida State University (Seminoles) — and its mascot Chief Osceola and Renegade — and the NFL’s Washington Redskins are among the most prominent examples of Native American mascots. In Massachusetts, an effort is advancing to ban them at high schools statewide.

Editorial: Massachusetts should drop the mascot distraction |  There’s a bill afoot that would ban school mascots invoking a Native American theme. That would be a misstep in a state whose mission is clear: preserving and improving its role as a leader on the educational issues that matter.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 170]: Worcester school initiative in the spin cycle |  This one seemed cut-and-dried: In an effort to curb absenteeism and boost kids’ spirits, washers and dryers will be made available to city students at four more schools, following a trial run at Sullivan Middle School this year. Plus, UMass Medical has stepped up to help finance the plan. Everybody wins, right? Well, haters gonna hate. And keyboard cowboys across the interwebs found myriad reasons to pick apart the laudable endeavor. Hitch separates the dark from the light to get to the bottom of this.

Worcester Weekly: Lombardi Trophy, Stand Down for vets + more, June 11-17 |  The most fun you’ll have with a calendar of events all week. And you just might learn something, too. Here are some of the best things to do, places to go — and reasons why — over the next few days.

Inbox [June 11]: News and notes from Coalition Against Bias and Hate, Anna Maria,  American Antiquarian Society, Worcester Public Schools, You Inc., and SmartAsset |  Have news you or your group would like to share? Let us know by emailing it to info@worcester.ma. Be sure to include a link to the full release on your site or Facebook page so we can include it and send Sun members your way.

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