Category Archives: Carol’s Corner

School Committee Public Hearing on the FY 20 Budget Rescheduled

Due to the expected storm tomorrow evening that is projected to escalate in the early evening and throughout the night tomorrow Tuesday, February 12, 2019 , the School Committee meeting and the Public Hearing on the FY 20 Budget  has been postponed and rescheduled until Tuesday, February 26, 2019.  The Public Hearing will be held at 6:00 PM in the 3rd floor meeting room at the Town Hall and the regular School Committee meeting will begin at 6:30 PM.  Anyone from the public who would like to review the proposed budget can do so by visiting the school district’s website www.gssapp.org 

GMHS Does Seussical Proud!

What a special treat it was to watch  our GMHS students perform the musical Seussical this weekend! I had the pleasure to attend the performance on opening night this year and enjoyed every minute of the show! It was so well done with all the actors playing  their parts with skill and enthusiasm which kept the audience entertained from start to finish! I can’t say enough about how impressed I am every year with these  musicals but this year kudos go out to our amazing Director Kerry Donovan Lee, Producer Ally Viera, Musical Director Kaitlin Donovan, Orchestra Director Eric Blackman and everyone else who worked on sets, costumes, choreography and management of the crew who take a script and turned it into a masterpiece! I think they talented professionals are brilliant!

Also amazing is the talent of our students and the dedication of the crew. Their commitment and hard work was amazing and ,as a result, they totally and believably transported the audience into the magical world of Dr. Seuss! The sheer number of students who were in the play was so impressive ,especially for a small school,  and every actor whether they played a lead character or were a member of the Company , did an outstanding job. Everyone is to be commended and I am so proud of all of them!

The arts program at GMHS, including the fine and visual arts, band , chorus and theater/drama are a source of great pride for the school, the district and the entire community of Georgetown! We are so fortunate to offer our students opportunities to be part of productions like Seussical and other musical events/performances as well as to take courses as part of their school day that develop and extend their appreciation for the arts, allow them to express their creativity, develop their brains and allow them to take risks! I would match our programs and the work of our teachers with any other school!

I hope you had the chance to see Seussical this weekend and I hope that  thoroughly entertained.  I hope you also left feeling proud  as proud as I did that we have such talented and dedicated students and staff here in Georgetown! It was an amazing production and I already can’t wait to see what they have in store for next year.  I want to personally thank EVERYONE who was part of making Seussical The Musical happen. 😊👍

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Dr. Tanner Gets A Kidney and New Lease On Life

About a year ago I let members of our school community know that former Penn Brook  Principal Dr. Donna Tanner was suffering from kidney disease and was seeking a living donor match to save her life and avoid dialysis as a last resort. Well I am so happy to share the news that Dr. Tanner found a match and received her new kidney on February 1, 2019! She recently posted the following announcement on her Facebook page and I thought you may enjoy reading the heartwarming story of how she found her donor. You just never know and we can not be more thrilled for Donna that she has a successful end to her search. Now she can concentrate on getting back to doing the things she loves with a new lease on life!

On her Facebook page, Donna wrote: “I have wonderful news to share – last week I was given the most precious gift of life from a very special friend and Lincoln Sudbury Teacher. I received a live kidney donation from a friend from many many years ago. I actually had the pleasure of coaching Kathleen when she was the captain of the college basketball team that I coached. After college, she entered the teaching profession. It was our mutual love for teaching, coaching and doing a job that makes you happy every day that kept us in close contact over the years.

When she told me she wanted to be tested and donate a kidney I was blown away. Kathleen is a Mathematics Teacher at Lincoln Sudbury who has impacted so many lives. Over the years we remained connected through our love of teaching, golf, and bucket list travel vacations. Just last year we won a two day North Conway Country Club Invitational team golf tournament together. Maybe it was a sign…

When Kathleen heard the news about my challenges she never hesitated… and if you know “K.T.” that is just who she is. She is one of the most giving, courageous and generous individuals I know. Words cannot express my gratitude for the precious gift she has given me.

K.T. saved my life! We are both home recuperating now. Every morning I am reminded of the true blessing I have been given thanks to my living donor. She unselfishly gave me the gift of life.

I wanted to share the news with all the people who supported me through this difficult and challenging experience with positive thoughts, ongoing conversations, trips to the doctor and touching encouragement along the way. It meant a lot and helped me along my journey.

Words have been hard to find but I do believe that when you are lucky as I am to have a beautiful friend like K.T. you work extra hard to live up to her example. A special thank you to the staff at Lincoln Sudbury High School who have supported K.T. through this process and Thank you K.T. ! I will be forever inspired by your sacrifice. ”

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Congratulations Hunter Lane On 1000 Points!

[Tonight senior basketball player Hunter Lane joined an elite group of athletes who have scored 1000 points in their high school career in Georgetown. This is only the 7th time in the school’s history that this feat  has been accomplished and Hunter’s name will proudly be added to the banner that hangs in the gym for all to see now and in the future.  I think the most remarkable thing about Hunter is that he is not only a talented basketball player but he is one of the most hard-working, team oriented and humble players on the team. He is a role model for commitment to the sport, dedication to teamwork, unselfish play and sportsmanship. As a result, he has earned the respect of the coaches, players, parents  and anyone else who has had the privilege of watching him play. I thought it was interesting but not surprising that as Hunter was approaching achieving this milestone, his play did not change. He did not change his game and continued to be the player who is focused on the success of his team first  and not on himself. We all knew Hunter would achieve this goal at some point in the season but he did it in the same humble and unselfish way he has played throughout his successful high school career and he is not done yet. Hunter and his team have three games remaining and I am sure he will add to his total point count before his name is proudly displayed on that prestigious banner in the gym.  I want to personally congratulate Hunter and his family on achieving this milestone. It is clearly reserved for special players who make Georgetown proud and Hunter Lane deserves to be recognized in this elite group of seven 1000 point scorers. He is a fun player to watch and a fine young man and I know he will be successful in whatever he decides to do in his life beyond high school.  Way to go Hunter! We are so very proud of you!

Special Education Department Wants Your Help

Recently, the district contracted with an outside consulting firm Walker Partnerships to conduct a comprehensive audit of our special education programs. We are a mission driven organization which means we try our best to operate our programs and services based on data, information and student needs and in a way that is consistent with our collective vision and mission for excellence in our schools. As a matter of practice, we periodically bring in an outside organization like Walker to conduct interviews with parents, teachers and students, visit classrooms  and programs and review policies and procedures. The information gleened from this review will let us know how consistent we are with the federal law, the degree to which our programs meet high quality standards, whether our programs meet the needs  of our students and the  level of satisfaction that our parents have about our programs.
During their recent visit to the district, the consultant from Walker Partnerships met with a small group of parents at the end of the school day. Our Director of Student Services Jack Tiano requested a time for parents to to meet with the consultant  beyond the school day but that did not work into the  contracted hours. While we appreciate the input provided by this small group of parents, we realize that hearing the voices of other special education parents is  also important. With this in mind, I have included a link to a brief survey ( no more than 10 minutes) that special education parents can fill out to help us in our program evaluation. You and your child are our customers and we want to be sure we hear your voice in this important process. We need to hear feedback on what is going well and what we can improve  upon. Please complete this survey as soon as possible but before school closes for the holiday break on Friday, December 21, 2018. Thank you in advance for your help and assistance!

All Sports Boosters Makes a Revival! Need Your Help!

Our schools are so fortunate in Georgetown we have so much support from groups in town that support our children!  No matter what we need to supplement the budget, there is always someone or some people who step up to help us make it happen. I can not tell you how much we appreciate all of these efforts because they all enhance the education for our students.

I am very excited to announce that a group of parents has stepped forward to help us revive the Georgetown All Sports Boosters.  Dating back before my time here, I have been told there was an active Sports Booster Organization that supported all sports but over the years as sports became more expensive, budgets were limited and equipment and uniforms needed to be upgraded, specific sports began raising money for the things they needed and so less money went to support the overall sports program.  User fees increased, fundraising efforts for each sport began to explode and the – Sports Boosters group dwindled as a result. If it weren’t for people like Ken Woodbury and others who kept it going for as long as they could, it would not have lasted as long as it did!

The mission of the Sports Boosters is help  promote a positive image of GMHS sports and to support the athletic teams that represent GMHS.  The Sports Boosters used to support purchasing  jackets and pins as well as provided  equipment and supplies beyond what the athletic budget could provide. Many of these purchases have stopped since the All Sports Boosters dissolved and now it is up to individual teams to raise their own funds.

Most school districts have a Sports Booster Organization to varying degrees and, since Georgetown as a community has a lot of Royal Pride for our sports, we would like to revive our program here at the school. At a School Committee meeting last spring, I made a plea to see if any person or group would like to help us get one started again and the next day I heard from parent Shannon Dow who took up the call.   Anyone who knows Shannon knows that she  is a go-getter who loves to work with people and gets things done which are the perfect qualities in the person we need to lead this effort but she can’t do it alone!  Shannon is interesting seeing who else would like to join her and I hope she hears from many of you!  As she says,”  All degrees of interest is welcome – suggestions, board members, volunteers etc. No experience necessary.”  In this busy world with schedules being crazy, I know it is hard to make time for one more thing but I also know many hands make lighter work.  Even if you don’t have much time, anything you can do will be greatly appreciated.  While this group will help raise funds, more importantly, it is a group who will help us build Royal’s pride, promote excellence in our athletes, teams and programs, ensure high quality facilities and help to make overall improvements to our  athletic program.  We need many people to be successful so please let Shannon know you are ready and willing to help!

I hope every team will be represented in the new and improved Boosters even if you are involved with an individual sport.   Please check it out by contacting Shannon Dow at shannon.dow@comcast.net to learn more.   Please feel free to pass this along to others you think might be interested.

Thank you and Go Royals!