Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Amy Kehew came to Braintree from a college outside Pittsburgh and never left.
Amy Kehew takes her class through a series of vocabulary words. The Liberty Elementary School third graders listen carefully as she asks them what "agent" means. Like a spy, one boys says. Yes, but also like a sports agent. What about another definition, related to a story the children read recently? Kehew calls one student "Mr. Chemist" when he hits the right track. Yeast – "It's an agent in the dough," Kehew says. She tells them to break into groups of two or three and gives them 10 minutes to fashion sentences that incorporate the vocabulary and a list of categories – preparation, nutrition, traditions and flavors – into a question about how different cultures contribute to the foods we eat. They quickly form their own teams and scurry …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The Braintree School Committee approved the fiscal year 2014 budget Monday night.
Bill Gerety and his wife Maureen, like other parents of Liberty Elementary School fourth graders, are waiting anxiously to see how the Braintree Public Schools budget will evolve. In recent years, Braintree officials have approved annual expenditures in the spring, and by the end of summer additional funds – typically state education money – are made available, allowing the district to hire more teachers. If the same happens this year, one of the priorities identified by the school department is a Liberty teacher, which would enable the district to avoid collapsing four fourth grade classes into three fifth grade classes next year. The School Committee unanimously approved a $2 million increase to the department's budget for fiscal year …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Dr. Radiches at Liberty School announced last year that she would retire at the end of this academic year.
Wednesday, January 16
The Braintree Schools are looking for parent representatives to serve on the Search Committees to fill the following administrative vacancies: Assistant Principal – South Middle School Principal – Liberty Elementary School Committees composed of parents, teachers, and administrators will begin looking for replacements for these positions. Anyone interested in serving on one of these committees should call the Superintendent’s office at 781-380-0130, ext 100, by February 8, 2013.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Lt. Nick Francona, son of former Red Sox manager Terry Francona, spoke to Liberty students last week.
After months living in Afghanistan, many of them in a mud hut, Lt. Nick Francona and his fellow Marines were always glad to receive food and toiletries from friends and family in the United States. "It always made everyone smile when we got a package from back home," Francona told Liberty Elementary School students gathered in the gymnasium last week. Francona, who served as a Scout Sniper Platoon Commander, joined the students as part of their "Making a Difference" month the day before they left for Thanksgiving weekend. The event was put together by Hugs for Heroes, an all-volunteer organization based in Dover that supports the troops by sending care packages overseas. Liberty students prepared packages for soldiers this month as part of…
Friday, June 29, 2012
The School Committee on Thursday also heard about a proposed increase in lunch prices, but possible action was tabled until the next meeting.
Following approval by the Braintree School Committee of three bids on Thursday night, work will begin this summer renovating portions of Braintree High School, South Middle School and Liberty Elementary School. Bostonian Glass & Aluminum Company, Inc. also received a contract for incidental glass repairs throughout the system. The committee awarded Bello Painting Company, Inc. of Weymouth a $198,000 bid to clean, water-proof and paint the outside of Braintree High, as well as fix portions of the concrete exterior. The town budgeted $350,000 for the job and the school department will also pay Habeeb & Associates $30,000 for designer services. Business Manager Peter Kress said that with some of the extra money the department may decide to …
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Braintree Cooperative Bank is a community financial institution that offers a wide array of personal and commercial services.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Employees of the Braintree Cooperative Bank visited Liberty Elementary School second graders recently to introduce them to their Banky Bear reading program. This is Liberty School’s fourth year with the program. “We enjoy visiting the classrooms and seeing how excited the students are to participate in this program” Executive Secretary Maryellen Leahy said. “We believe this program will provide an exciting approach to reading,” Lisa Harrigan added. The bank employees brought along the Bank’s mascot Banky Bear to introduce to the children. Harrigan, Leahy, Charlene Luciano and Mike Marshall visited each second grade classroom and read a story to the children. The Legend of the Teddy Bear by Frank Murphy tells the story of how the Teddy bear…
Thursday, February 9, 2012
For students at Liberty School, learning math facts is a fun, family affair.
Three years ago, Betsy Cahill of Liberty School sat down with Dr. Bill Kendall and other elementary math specialists to discuss the recent revisions to the Mathematics Curriculum Frameworks. The revision overturned some previously held beliefs that children focus on the abstract nature of math. Instead, it called for a return to the need for students to have automaticity and mastery of math facts by the end of fifth grade. For many years, the surefire way of learning math facts was by pure memorization. One times one is one, two times ten is twenty, three times four, etc. Then came a time "when it was believed that children should learn math facts innately as opposed to by rote,” Liberty principal Dr. Joyce Radiches said in a recent …