SCHOOL COMMITTEE RACE QA Samaha Newhouse Fennelly Evaluate Superintendents First 9 Months

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Jesse Fennelly, Jay Samaha, and incumbent Jo Newhouse are running for the three seats up for grabs in this year’s School Committee race.Despite running unopposed, Wilmington Apple felt it was important for readers to get to know the candidates a bit more. Wilmington Apple is asking the candidates weekly questions leading up to the April 27 Town Election.This week’s question: Arguably the biggest responsibility of the School Committee is the hiring of the Superintendent. Dr. Glenn Brand was selected last February, hired last March, and officially began his tenure as Superintendent here in July. He is approaching the end of his first year with the district and will receive his first evaluation from the School Committee next month. What letter grade would you give Dr. Brand’s performance thus far? Why? Name one area he’s particularly impressed you in. Name one area you believe he can improve in.Below are the candidates’ responses, in their own words:Jesse FennellyAmong the many responsibilities of the school committee, one of the biggest and most impactful is the hiring of a superintendent. Wilmington was fortunate to have the steady leadership of Joanne Benton for many years, but recently, there has been a noticeable lack of continuity at the helm of the administration. I was present for the school committee interviews of the superintendent candidates, and was immediately impressed with Dr. Brand. I said last year, and will say again, the school committee made the right choice in hiring Dr. Brand to lead our school system.Up to this point, I would give Dr. Brand an A-. Something he has done particularly well, which I indicated in my campaign last year was an area I would like to see improved, is the communication from the administration. Dr. Brand has done an excellent job, in my opinion, of keeping parents and the community updated on what is happening with the schools and the district as a whole. He has also done well with involving the community in the decision making process. From multiple surveys that have been sent out, to community representation on search committees, to involvement in strategic planning, Dr. Brand has included the community at every turn, something I believe is vitally important to the continued success of our school district.On the flipside, I don’t believe there is necessarily an area that he is lacking in. That said, one of the main issues of the school district as a whole has been a lack of continuity in leadership. I would encourage Dr. Brand to continue building his leadership team with individuals who are not only dedicated to the education of our students and improvement of our schools, but are invested in the LONG TERM success of the Wilmington School District. My hope would be, as Dr. Brand continues to build his team and replace those leaving, that he does so with an eye towards continuity. That he hires individuals who are committed to Wilmington for the long term.I know Dr. Brand can’t force people to stay here. However, if he can build a strong team that stays together for the foreseeable future, I have no doubt that we can improve our schools, and he can improve his A- to an A or A+.To learn more or get in touch, visit http://www.facebook.com/JesseFennellyforWilmingtonSchoolCommittee.Jesse FennellyJo Newhouse (Incumbent)I am pleased with Dr. Brand’s work to date, but it is too soon to give him a letter grade.  He appropriately spent the better part of this past year familiarizing himself with the school department and the Wilmington community as part of his entry plan, addressing the Coordinated Program Review findings and working on a strategic plan for the district.    His entry plan was very comprehensive, and he has provided detailed findings regarding areas of strength within the district and areas needing improvement. I am excited to work with Dr. Brand to address all of our areas of concern, but I am particularly interested in supporting his efforts to improve instructional support interventions, social emotional learning across all student demographics, and consistent communication protocols and systems within the district.Jo NewhouseJay SamahaI agree that one of the biggest responsibilities of the School Committee is to evaluate the Superintendent. Over the past few years we have struggled with inconsistent leadership in Wilmington. I believe that the hiring of Dr. Glenn Brand was a move towards more consistent leadership at the highest administrative level.If I were to assign a letter grade to Dr. Brand it would be a solid “B+”. As a teacher I would assign this grade to a student who has a strong grasp of the important principles. This student would put forth a consistently strong effort and would be a benefit to the class as a whole. This student would also have areas were he/she could improve to get that grade up to an “A”.I am confident that Dr. Brand knows the ins and outs of the job of Superintendent. He is competent and this shows in his reports to the School Committee and in feedback from both parents and staff that work with him. He is conscientious and confident. He is also humble enough to admit when he does not know something but will work hard to get you the answer.One area where he has truly impressed me is his ability to lead. One great example of this is his work with the Strategic Planning Committee. He has shown great transparency with the process. I have spoken with people on this committee and they are energized and excited to do the work. This, I believe, demonstrates Dr. Brand’s ability to lead. Another area of commendation for Dr. Brand is his work with the Special Education Program Evaluation. He has acknowledged that this is not something that Wilmington is obligated to do. However, he believes that it will ultimately benefit our students so he is going forward with it. That, to me, is the type of leadership I am looking for in a Superintendent.One of the areas that I believe Dr. Brand could improve upon is his community outreach and communication. When the final three principal candidates came to visit the Middle School and hold a forum there were very few parents present. I have spoken with numerous middle school parents who had no idea the forums were happening. I’d like to know what Dr. Brand’s plan is going forward to engage parents and families.I am looking forward to working closely with Dr. Brand and his leadership team in order to build even better schools in Wilmington.Jay SamahaLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE NOTEBOOK: 5 Things That Happened At Recent School Committee MeetingIn “Education”A VOTER’S GUIDE To The Wilmington School Committee RaceIn “Government”VIDEO: School Committee Candidate Jay Samaha Discusses His Campaign With WCTVIn “Videos”last_img read more

Nation pays homage to 1952 language martyrs

first_imgCentral Shaheed Minar’Amar Ekushey’ or the immortal 21 (February), which marks the day of laying down lives for upholding the right to speak mother tongue, is being observed in Bangladesh and elsewhere today (Thursday).The National Martyrs’ Day has also been recognised as the International Mother Language Day by the UNESCO.The nation pays tributes to the martyrs of the 1952 historic language movement which eventually contributed to the birth of Bangladesh as a independent country.The theme of this year’s International Mother Language Day is “Indigenous languages matter for development, peace building and reconciliation”, reports UNB.Walking barefoot to Dhaka’s Central Shaheed Minar with wreaths and flowers singing ‘Amar bhaiyer rokte rangano Ekushey February’, people pay their respect to the heroes of the language movement who sacrificed their lives for achieving the recognition of Bangla as the state language of erstwhile Pakistan.President Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages on the occasion.In his message, the president said, “I extend my warm congratulations and sincere felicitations to all multilingual people of the world along with Bangla-speaking people.”The prime minister, in her message, said the greatest Ekushey is the symbol of grief, strength and glory in the life of every Bangali.”I pay my deep homage to the memories of the martyrs. I also pay my deep respect to the greatest Bangali of all time, father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman who had led the language movement and all other language veterans,” she said.On 21 February 1952, students and the common people in Dhaka took to the streets in protest against the then Pakistani government’s denial of Bangla as the national language and imposition of Urdu as the only official language of Pakistan.Salam, Barkat, Rafiq, Jabbar and a few other brave sons of the soil were killed in police firings on this day in 1952 when students came out in a procession from the Dhaka University campus breaching section 144 to press home their demand for the recognition of Bangla as a state language of then Pakistan.last_img read more

Still difficult to beat Nadal at French Open Federer

first_imgSwitzerland’s 17-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer on Monday said he still believed Rafael Nadal was the favourite to win the French Open next month despite the Spanish star’s troubled start to the clay court season.Federer, who took his sole French Open title in 2009, this week is refining his own clay court game at the Istanbul Open, the first ATP World Tour event to be held in Turkey and the first time that Federer has visited the country.But Nadal, who with the exception of Federer’s win has taken every French Open since 2005 to make nine in total, has shown a dip in form over the past weeks, failing to get past the third round at last week’s Barcelona Open. Federer said he believed that Nadal was still the man to beat on the red clay of Roland Garros, along with the in-form Serbian world number one Novak Djokovic.  Also Read – Khel Ratna for Deepa and Bajrang, Arjuna for Jadeja“At the French Open, Rafa for me is still the favourite alongside Djokovic who has been playing so well. Even though his (Nadal’s) form is not as good as in previous years, I still believe when the French Open rolls around he is going to be very difficult to beat,” he told a news conference in Istanbul.Federer, 33, is himself looking for his own form on the slower clay after a long hard court season, having lost in the third round to Gael Monfils at the Monte Carlo Masters this month. But he said the Istanbul event was ideal for his preparations. “It’s about getting used to the sliding, deciding how aggressive I want to play,” said the world number two.Federer, who so far has been unable to add to his sole French Open win in 2009 and won his last grand slam at Wimbledon in 2012, acknowledged that this year’s French Open “is clearly a big goal of mine.” “But to play well at the French Open I need confidence. I hope that I can pick that up in Istanbulm,” said the former Swiss world no. 1.last_img read more

Social media outcry after mother denied breastfeeding on mall floor

first_imgKolkata: Be it in any corner of the world, breastfeeding mothers, knowingly or unknowingly, face criticism for feeding their babies in public. As it continues to be a deeply held taboo in our society — the shamers also keep rising in large numbers.In a weird incident, a mother was asked by a staff of South City Mall to breastfeed her child inside the washroom instead out in the open. When the woman narrated the incident in detail on a social media channel, the admin of the South City Mall Facebook page replied to her post saying that breastfeeding is not allowed on the Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifefloor of the mall. Within sometime, the post went viral with several people sharing the thread and criticising the comment. However, the mall authority removed the comment. The incident occurred on last Tuesday when a woman was breastfeeding her baby on the floor of the mall. On noticing her breastfeeding, a security person allegedly asked her to go to a washroom and do the same as apparently it is not allowed at the mall premises for various reasons. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThough she asked about a place where she could go and feed her child as there was no designated place, the security person again asked her to move inside a washroom. Later, the woman took to Facebook to vent her anger. The mall authority was quick enough to reply saying an open place like their mall is not a place for breastfeeding which should be done at home. The comment read: “Please make sure you do your home chores at your home and not in the mall or at least plan it before hand…” It also said the mall authority cannot compromise the privacy of other people in public places. Though the mall authority claim that the privacy of other people in the mall was at risk, surprisingly, not a single person raised any objection on seeing the baby being breastfed. The admin, however, removed the comment and apologised. Outrage poured in from various corners of the society with people posting on their Facebook page. People reacted and condemned the mall authority on various other posts related to shopping products on their Facebook page. Many of them even feel the mall should be boycotted where a baby was denied to be breastfed. The chairperson of the state woman’s commission, Leena Ganguly condemned the statement made on behalf of the authority. She strongly reacted and said the woman’s commission is going take steps and will ensure that no such incidents take place in the state again. “We are concerned about the matter. The statement from the authority is not at all acceptable. If they had any such rule in place, they should have mentioned and displayed it. They did not because there is no such real restriction against it. We will inform the concerned department about it. This is human rights violation,” she added.last_img read more

Win up to 100000 Loyalty Rewards points with TravelBrands Booking Bingo

first_img Posted by Share Tags: TravelBrands Travelweek Group Tuesday, March 6, 2018 center_img Win up to 100,000 Loyalty Rewards points with TravelBrands’ Booking Bingo << Previous PostNext Post >> MISSISSAUGA — TravelBrands is inviting agents to play a game of Bingo for a chance to win Loyalty Rewards points.Beginning on March 5 and running until April 29, 2018, the promotional game includes ‘squares’ like air, car rentals, add-ons, cruise bookings, hotel bookings, TravelGenie bookings and more. When agents book a qualifying product on a square, they’ll receive a stamp and attempt to make a qualifying figure.“We launched Bingo as a way to connect with our trusted agents and have while doing so,” said Frank DeMarinis, President and CEO, TravelBrands. “Our Booking Bingo showcases the wide array of products and offerings TravelBrands has on its Access platform, while giving back to our agents as a gesture of gratitude for all of their hard work.”There are over 100 prizes to be claimed for agents who complete the qualifying figures. Prizing and figures are as follows:The first 100 participants to make and claim a vertical, horizontal or diagonal row will earn 5,000 Loyalty Rewards pointsThe first 30 participants to make and claim an ‘X’ will receive 10,000 Loyalty Rewards pointsThe first 30 participants to make and claim a ‘T’ will win 10,000 Loyalty Rewards pointsThe first 10 participants to make and claim all outside squares will earn 30,000 Loyalty Rewards pointsThe first 3 participants to make and claim a Full Card will win 100,000 Loyalty Rewards pointsMore news:  Sunwing to further boost Mazatlán service with new flights from OttawaTravel agents can access their electronic Bingo card in their Loyalty Rewards points’ account. Agents are responsible for determining what they need to book, following their progress, and claiming their prize. Stamps are made automatically and will be shown one day after booking. If a booking is cancelled, the stamp will be removed from the card.Since the number of winners per figure is limited, each claim submitted will be time-stamped to ensure fairness.The deadline for claiming a prize is May 7, 2018. Points will be credited to the winners’ accounts at the end of the Bingo game and no later than May 11, 2018.To make qualifying bookings and participate in Bingo, visit travelbrandsaccess.com.last_img read more

Metro News Notes Avoiding Fake News Forte In Seattle and More

first_imgHow Business Leaders Learn To Spot Global Trends And Avoid Fake News | ForbesForbes contributor Matt Symonds recently wrote about how business leaders, including business schools, need to be completely up-to-date in the ever-changing geopolitical landscape, which greatly affects them. Symonds writes of the recent Labour surge in the snap election in the UK, to last year’s Brexit vote and of course the election of President Donald Trump here in the U.S—three massive political events largely missed by the media class.“It’s not so much about teaching Geopolitics 101, but instead teaching students how to use this knowledge to understand and anticipate global trends, which can be tricky,” Dr. Robert Falkner, Academic Director of the TRIUM Executive Global MBA program, at the London School of Economics, told Symonds. And there’s nothing to say that more rash political uncertainty isn’t on the immediate horizon.Read more of Symonds story here …Seattle’s First Female MBA Conference Held by Forte Foundation | The DailyThe vaunted Forté Foundation made its way to Seattle for the very first time on June 16 and 17, filling the Westin Seattle with more than 600 established business leaders, entrepreneurs and more. Officially hosted by a little-known Seattle enterprise called Amazon, the event was established to build a foundation for helping women achieve more successful careers.“For college students, it’s all about being career ready,” said Mariska Morse, vice president of marketing and operations at Forte Foundation. “Sometimes in college, it’s like you don’t know what you don’t know. So, our job is to expose our audience with 80 thousand members of Forte to help them understand the different possibilities, [and] what are the career tracks out there.”Bringing women into more successful career levels, Morse notes, is not simply about getting them into the traditional business fields, but in some not-so-traditional ones as well. “Business is not only about banking,” she said.Read more about the recent Seattle Forte Foundation event here …Temple Experts: Why MBA Grads Need Much More Than Technical Skills | Philadelphia Business JournalWith the number of business student graduates generally increasing, experts are beginning to believe that young employees need more unconventional training. In a recent piece with the Philadelphia Business Journal, contributing writers Lonni Romirowsky Gajer and Dennis Paris note that, “Hiring managers have expressed satisfaction with the technical skills MBA graduates bring to the table, but many agree that recent graduates are not meeting expectations when it comes to key personal-effectiveness and workplace competencies. Communication, interpersonal-teaming skills, and critical thinking—often referred to as soft skills—are a few areas that recruiters and human resource executives find lacking in “new to workforce” (NTWF) employees.”Finding measured competence and oft-spoken soft skills are not easily identifiable, the two write, in the way that things like a GPA or GMAT scores may be. They then point to a joint effort with human resources, citing another recent Philadelphia Business Journal article from Charity Hughes, Ph.D., SPHR and President of Philadelphia’s Regional Chapter of the Society for Human Resources Management (Philly SHRM). She suggests, “clearly defined competency levels achieved with official graduate transcripts” as well as “a report-card system that enables employers to provide feedback to secondary and postsecondary schools on levels of competencies evidenced by new graduate employees.”Read more from Gajer and Paris and how Fox Temple is helping prepare graduates for the workforce here … Metro News & Notes: Avoiding Fake News, Forte In Seattle and More About the AuthorMatthew KormanMatthew Korman is the Managing Editor of MetroMBA. Since graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism and political science, Matthew has worked as a music industry writer and promoter, a data analyst, and with numerous academic institutions. His works have appeared in publications such as NPR and Sports Illustrated.View more posts by Matthew Korman Good morning and happy Friday!Here are a few stories you may have missed from the week that was … Last Updated Jun 23, 2017 by Matthew KormanFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DC RelatedIvey Professor Honored, and More – Toronto NewsProfessors from some of the Toronto metro’s finest business schools have littered (definitely not literally, in the case of environmental education pioneer Tima Bansal) news headlines this week. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights. Ivey Professor Tima Bansal Honored for Innovative Teaching – News@Ivey Tima Bansal, professor at Western…May 24, 2018In “Featured Home”Quacquarelli Symonds Ranks George Washington Online MBA Program 12th World-WideAccording to a press release on the school website, the George Washington University School of Business Online MBA program placed 12th in a recent ranking of the best “distance-learning programs” in the world. The list was crafted by QS Quacquarelli Symonds, a global provider of specialist higher education and career…March 3, 2016In “Featured Region”Johns Hopkins MBA Rankings: A Comprehensive OverviewThe Johns Hopkins name carries quite a bit of clout in the academic world. Known for being the premier research university of the Baltimore Metro and the first of its kind in the nation, Johns Hopkins University — commonly known as Hopkins or JHU — is made up of two…April 4, 2016In “Featured Home”last_img read more