Schools equipping students with Chromebooks for at home study

Huge effort underway

By Josh Resnek

At home instruction under the management of the School Department and its staff of teachers, administrators and assistants is now underway to augment the closure of classroom instruction which began March 12 with real time video and audio instruction on the computer.

This effort is now underway with a free supply of Chromebook laptops now being distributed to parents of students for their use.

Free distribution of the laptops began Tuesday at the Encore site and was very well received by a steady stream of parents who picked up the computers in a drive through staffed by School Department employees and volunteers.

An estimated 7,000 Everett public school students are presently at home.

It is not known yet how such instruction will impact on state education department requirements for students to be deemed to have finished a school year.

At this moment, with the coronavirus spreading rapidly and the city, state and nation in lock down, the school department has been rushing to set-up virtual teaching for Everett students by their teachers to fill the void caused by the closure of the schools.

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EVERETT, MA, RESIDENTS NAMED TO DEAN’S LIST AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY

Four Everett residents have recently been named to the Dean’s List at Boston University for the Fall semester. Students recognized for this honor include: Selena B. Hernandez, Camila Morare, Alisa Pham, Tiago Souza. Each school and college at Boston University has their own criterion for the Dean’s List, but students generally must attain a 3.5 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale), or be in the top 30 percent of their class, as well as a full course load as a full time student. Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. Consisting of 16 schools and colleges, BU offers students more than 250 programs of study in

science and engineering, social science and humanities, health science, the arts, and other professional disciplines, along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes integral to the University’s research and teaching mission.

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BOSTON UNIVERSITY GRADUATES EVERETT, MA, RESIDENTS

Boston University awarded academic degrees to 2,286 students in January 2020. Receiving degrees were Yiting Zhang, Master of Science in Financial Management; Melisha Pimentel, Master of Science in Criminal Justice; Sarah L. Gagnon, Performance Diploma in Instrumental Music in Brass Performance; Zhengzhen Huang, Master of Science in Financial Management; Li N. Tian, Master of Public Health in Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Kathryn J. Hodgkins, Master of Education in Curriculum and Teaching. Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. Consisting of 16 schools and colleges, BU offers students more than 250 programs of study in science and engineering, social science and humanities, health science, the arts, and other professional disciplines, along with a number of multi- disciplinary centers and institutes integral to the University’s research and teaching mission.

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Looking at Education

In the end it was all about change for the sake of change

By Josh Resnek

Last Thursday night, the Superintendent Choice Committee decided to take a chance with new leadership and younger leadership for its choice of school superintendent.

The consensus seemed to be that nearly everyone having a say in this process sought the kind of superintendent who had no ties to the city or its school administration or its politics or society.

There were some loud cries of unfair from those longtime employees who had applied for the position but were not granted interviews.

In the end, all those not interviewed graciously accepted the choice of Priya Tahiliani as the next superintendent.

Teachers by and large are believed to have latched on to her candidacy from the very start, according to school administration insiders.

“She was the choice right from the git go,” said an administrator.

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Sacrificing for Your Kids

There are hundreds of Everett young people heading back to college this week.

Everyone participating in the college experience understands how expensive the experience is.

There are hundreds of parents, grandparents, friends and the kids themselves, trying to come up with enormous amounts of money to pay the schools the huge fees necessary to gain entrance to residence halls and classes.

Parents, grandparents and students are emptying their checking accounts and their savings accounts to pay extraordinary tuitions.

They are also taking loans, enormous loans, to pay for their college educations.

The amounts are mind boggling – and they are real and they must be paid back.

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