Last Thursday, November 17th, Superintendent of Schools John Doherty gave the Annual State of the Schools Address. In his remarks, Dr. Doherty recognized several students for overcoming challenges in their lives or who are making contributions to our community/society and the teachers who had an impact on their lives. For the full State of the Schools remarks can be found here. The following students and teachers were recognized:
· RMHS Senior Alisyn Bourque-Received one of the two Massachusetts Association for School Superintendent (M.A.S.S.) Superintendent’s Awards for Academic and Community Achievement. Alisyn said that the teachers who had the greatest impact on her educational journey were recently retired Birch Meadow teacher Rick Downes and RMHS Physics Teacher Nancy Najmi.
· RMHS Senior Anson Huang- Received one of the two Massachusetts Association for School Superintendent (M.A.S.S.) Superintendent’s Awards for Academic and Community Achievement. Anson said that the teachers who had the greatest impact on his educational journey were RMHS English Teacher Kate Crosby and RMHS Chemistry Teacher Frank Buono.
· Grade 3 Killam Student Ottavio was recognized for overcoming his challenges with cancer. Ottavio has been impacted by several Killam teachers including Nina Balfe and Karesa Encarnacao.
· The Birch Meadow K-2 Compass Program for students diagnosed with autism was recognized and the teacher who has had a significant impact on those students is Birch Meadow Teacher Patricia Piacentini.
· Nakeya and Victoria are Grade 9 students who attend RMHS through the METCO program and endure the challenges of coming to school each day from Boston. The teacher who has had an impact on their educational journey is Coolidge Physical Education Teacher Jennifer White.
· Ali is a RMHS Grade 12 Student who has dedicated his life to pursuing a career in public health after he lost his father to cancer in 2012. The teachers that have had a significant impact on his life include Coolidge ELA Teacher Erica LeBow and RMHS Spanish Teacher Giulio Binaghi.
· Laura is an RMHS Grade 12 Student who has recently published a book on the life of Sergeant Joshua Eaton as a part of her Girl Scout Gold Star Project. The teacher who advised her and supported her throughout this 18 month project was RMHS History Teacher Kara Gleason.
Congratulations to these students and teachers!