WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington School Committee recently received its August personnel report, recapping the changes to the school system’s staff over the summer recess.“Even within the last 24 hours, we’re contending with very last minute resignations. I doubt we’re unique compared to other districts. There’s lot of volatility right now,” noted School Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand.Andrea Stern Armstrong, the district’s Director of Human Resources, told Committee members she is working diligently to get all positions filled as soon as possible. Her biggest priority is filling the six open educational assistant positions.In response to a question from School Committee member David Ragsdale, Armstrong believes there’s a variety of reasons why staff members are leaving the district, including salary, career advancement, family, and relocation. She noted many Educational Assistants are currently in school studying to become teachers. Once they graduate, they’ll pursue teacher positions and eventually resign as educational assistants.Below is a recap of changes documented by Armstrong. This information was provided on August 28, 2019, so many of the vacancies are likely now filled.Wilmington Middle School SPED Inclusion Teacher Jennifer Grandbois was hired to a new position.SPED Strides Program Teacher Hannah Laviolette resigned and was replaced by Lauren Kulakowski.Tech Ed/STEM Teacher Dennis Fitzgerald resigned and was replaced by Charles Ronchetti.SPED Inclusion Teacher Kristine Benning resigned and was replaced by Neil MacDonald.STEM Teacher Kevin Welch was transferred to the Shawsheen to become its 1-year Interim Assistant Principal. Welch was replaced by Edward Kaizer. Welch’s interim principalship ended with the hiring of Alexander Phillips.LPN/Ed Assistant Amanda Madigan resigned and was replaced by Carissa Carrier.SPED Teacher Susan Mann retired and was replaced by Justine Palermo.Reading Specialist Marianne Oshiro retired and was replaced by Kristen Romano.Reading Teacher Kristen Romano became a Reading Specialist at the Middle School. She was replaced by Amy Glavin.Math Strategies Teacher Bethany Lloyd resigned her position, which is still open.Woburn Street Elementary School Ed Assistant Erin Brugger resigned and was replaced by Kara Pereira.Principal Jeff Strasnick retired and was replaced by Suzanne Sullivan.Admin Assistant Justine Palermo transfered to the Middle School and was replaced by Karen O’Reilly.Admin Assistant Karen O’Reilly resigned her position, which is still open.Ed Assistant Conor Bailey resigned his position, which is still open.Shared Ed Assistant Taylor Perella resigned her position, which is still open.Ed Assistant Ryan MacIver resigned his position, which is still open.Assistant Frank Ferriero retired and was replaced by Shelia Burke.Boutwell Early Childhood CenterKindergarten Teacher Sharon Tildsley retired and was replaced by Arlene Poeck.District LevelSchool Psychologist Andrew Paschal resigned and was replaced by Jacqueline Dami.Physical Therapist Eileen Lee retired and was replaced by Kelly Ayers.Kenneth Lord became Director of Technology, which was previously unfilled.SPL Assistant Deryn Blaney resigned his position, which is still open.North Intermediate SchoolReading Specialist Nikki Sutton is taking a leave of absence and was replaced by Jennifer Rizzari.Ed Assistant Nicole McKenna resigned and was replaced by Joanne Vultaggio.Shawsheen Elementary SchoolSPED Teacher Ryan Cunningham resigned and was replaced by Mary Vardner.Ed Assistant for Pathways Eric Lozzi resigned his position, which is still open.Admin Assistant Karen O’Reilly was transferred and was replaced by Jennifer Sirois.Ed Assistant Joanne Vultaggio was transferred and replaced by Elizabeth Pellegrino.Ed Assistant Susan Pelletier was transferred and her position was not filled.Ed Assistant Mary Moran resigned and was replaced by Ashley Jones.Ed Assistant Meaghan Ashley resigned and was replaced by McKayla Hersom.Assistant Principal Erin Burke resigned and was replaced by Kevin Welch.Student Support ServicesAdmin Assistant Margaret Magee retired and was replaced by Lynn Neville & Kathy Fuller in a reshuffling. Neville and Fuller were replaced by Kristina Barbacano.Leanne Ebert became Coordinator of Special Education, a new position.West Intermediate SchoolGrade 4 Teacher Shelia Burke became Asst. Principal at the Woburn Street and was replaced by Renee Descheme.SPED Teacher Margaret Bolt resigned and her position remains open.School Psychologist Bethany Dionne and was replaced by Meghan St. Denis.Ed Assistant for Stepping Stones Avery Woodbury resigned and was replaced by Adrianna Kippenberger.Wilmington High SchoolStrides ABA Teacher Danielle France resigned and was replaced by Ashely Rokobauer.Athletics Director Tim Alberts resigned and was replaced by Ed Harrison.Physical Education & Health Teacher Lois Nardo retired and was replaced by Savannah Dupeyrat.Guidance Admin Assistant Vanessa French retired and was replaced by Sharon Eldered.Guidance Counselor Timothy McCarthy resigned and was replaced by Ashley LeBlanc.Math Teacher Caitlin Enright resigned and was replaced by Jessica Craft.Athletic Department Admin Assistant Cheryl Tavares resigned and was replaced by Heather Paonessa.Mollie Dickerson became the Guidance CTL. She had been serving in the position on an interim basis.Wildwood Early Childhood Center Ed Assistant Conor Bailey transfered from Wildwood to Woburn StreetEd Assistant Emily Weidlin resigned her position, which is still open.Kindergarten Teacher Marion Valeri retired and was replaced by Isabella Gallant. Like 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 email@example.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE To Discuss New School Year, New Administrators & New Goals At August 28 MeetingIn “Education”NEW ROLES FOR 3 FAMILIAR EDUCATORS: Shelia Burke, Leanne Ebert & Kevin Welch Named To Leadership PositionsIn “Education”Superintendent Brand Announces His TEN Goals For The 2019-2020 School YearIn “Education”
Tanvir Hasan SumonActor and director Tanvir Hasan Sumon has reportedly committed suicide in the city’s Uttara area, reports UNB.Police recovered the body from his sister’s house at Road-4 of Uttara Sector-4 on Friday noon.Ishtiaque Ahmed, husband of Tanvir’s sister, said the stage, TV and film actor went to visit their house along with family members from their Mirpur-10 residence.They went to sleep around 12:30am on Friday after having their dinner keeping the door of the room unlocked, he said.The domestic help found Tanvir hanging from a ceiling fan when she went to clean the room on Friday morning, Ishtiaque said, claiming that he had long been suffering from depression.Sub-inspector of Uttara east police station Abdur Rahim said they sent the body to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for autopsy. “The reason behind the death could be known after getting the autopsy report,” he said.Tanvir was a member of Dhaka Little Theatre and Natyakendra.Alongside acting in dramas, he used to do the act of direction.
Around 1979-1980, as the Reagan era was being ushered in, I remember the Baltimore Sun beginning a series on the paper’s front page on the rise of hate groups in America, complete with a photo of a burning cross and a hooded Klansman. I remember as a young Black boy, despite the protection and love my family provided, feeling really unsafe.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)To be clear, Black people, people of African ancestry in America, have never been safe in this country. From “Black Wall Street,” in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Bronzeville in Chicago, to the golden age of Pennsylvania Avenue in West Baltimore, no community, no matter how magnificently self-reliant has been impervious to structural racism. To be Black in America is to be generally imperiled in some measure, physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually.The specter of a Donald Trump presidency gives few of us in Black communities comfort that our plight shall be improved, and for good reason. In Trump’s America, new dangers seem to be revealed everyday (and I argue all Americans are imperiled for various reasons, whether they realize it or not).So, what now?I’ve been suggesting publicly (on First Edition) and privately for a while now, our battles may be waged more effectively in our cities and local principalities, as opposed to a national campaign of some sort. Especially given the seemingly intractable legislative gridlock and dysfunction in Washington (although that could magically loosen given a Republican House and Senate and the nation’s first Black president moving out of the White House). As well as the fact our challenges our legion and vary by region among other circumstances; housing, public safety, health, public school education, environmental justice, just to name a few.But, on even a basic level, is there a discernible Black agenda for Baltimore City? And when I say a Black agenda, I mean an agenda inclusive of people of color, the marginalized and the poor.Recently, outgoing Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake suggested in media interviews she is leaving Baltimore in better condition than she found it. I suspect many in the communities named previously would disagree.However, on Dec. 6, Catherine Pugh will be sworn in as the next mayor. Has she been presented with an agenda representative of and specifically crafted for the majority population in the city? If such a document exists and has been presented to the new mayor, I don’t know about it and nobody I know, knows about it. What I do know is, in Baltimore, if you don’t ask, you don’t eat and if you ask for too much you’ll probably get ignored.Here’s a suggestion; perhaps we should be focused on the pursuit of equal protection under the law and law enforcement reform (especially in wake of the devastating DOJ report outlining routine civil rights violations of Blacks in Baltimore).The process of completing and implementing the “consent decree,” between the city, the Baltimore Police Department and the DOJ has been delayed. Given we almost assuredly are going to be confronted with U.S. Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, that process should be expedited, not sat upon.We should initiate a “truth and reparation commission,” focused on justice for the myriad victims of the zero tolerance policing policy implemented (officially) from 1999 to 2007.We should also begin exploration of a path towards the rehabilitation and repair of the city’s egregiously broken bail bond system.Perhaps, this can serve as the beginning of a series of conversations between communities and the city’s public servants that will lead to action and policies to help protect and relieve some of Baltimore’s most vulnerable residents in fundamental and sustainable ways. It’s a start.Sean Yoes is a senior contributor for the AFRO and host and executive producer of AFRO First Edition, which airs Monday through Friday, 5-7 pm on WEAA 88.9.
Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences MIT wins Pentagon prize in social networking contest Findability of targets in the New York and New Jersey areas. Credit: A. Rutherford. Citation: Researchers root out the limits of social mobilization (2013, April 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-04-root-limits-social-mobilization.html The researchers built simulations using data from the DARPA Challenge, adding in both demographic and geographic data and the strategy used by the team that won. They found that one of the critical factors to success was a central leader who not only had many social ties to begin with, but also was skillful at getting the word out very quickly. They also found what they call “small world” connections to be important—it’s where a few core people who participate are scattered over large geographic areas. And finally, they note that finding the balloons also depended on the population density of the people looking for them and of course how much they stuck out in the area where they were “hidden.” Thus, sometimes, they found, there are certain conditions unique to the challenge that can mean the difference between success and failure. (Phys.org) —A team of international researchers working together to better understand how social mobilization works, has built a model using data obtained by the DARPA Network Challenge in 2009. In their paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, they say their results show that social mobilization only appears to be successful under optimum circumstances. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Limits of social mobilization, PNAS, Published online before print April 1, 2013, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1216338110AbstractThe Internet and social media have enabled the mobilization of large crowds to achieve time-critical feats, ranging from mapping crises in real time, to organizing mass rallies, to conducting search-and-rescue operations over large geographies. Despite significant success, selection bias may lead to inflated expectations of the efficacy of social mobilization for these tasks. What are the limits of social mobilization, and how reliable is it in operating at these limits? We build on recent results on the spatiotemporal structure of social and information networks to elucidate the constraints they pose on social mobilization. We use the DARPA Network Challenge as our working scenario, in which social media were used to locate 10 balloons across the United States. We conduct high-resolution simulations for referral-based crowdsourcing and obtain a statistical characterization of the population recruited, geography covered, and time to completion. Our results demonstrate that the outcome is plausible without the presence of mass media but lies at the limit of what time-critical social mobilization can achieve. Success relies critically on highly connected individuals willing to mobilize people in distant locations, overcoming the local trapping of diffusion in highly dense areas. However, even under these highly favorable conditions, the risk of unsuccessful search remains significant. These findings have implications for the design of better incentive schemes for social mobilization. They also call for caution in estimating the reliability of this capability. Explore further © 2013 Phys.org Social mobilization is a new phenomenon—it’s where people connected together through social media such as Facebook and Twitter all strive to achieve a goal of some sort. One recent example was millions of people switching their Facebook profile picture to display a white “=” over a red background in support of same-sex marriage as the U.S. Supreme court was grappling with the issue recently. Other examples are people using social media to overthrow a government or to help find missing children.But, because social mobilization is so new, relatively little is known about it, such as what conditions make for successful campaigns, and which don’t. To find out, the diverse group of researchers looked to the DARPA Network Challenge which was held in 2009. There 10 weather balloons were hidden in various locations in the continental United States and a reward of $40,000 was offered to whoever found them all first. The team that won, from MIT, used a very coordinated social mobilization effort and located all ten balloons in less than nine hours. Another similar effort called the “Tag Challenge” was run by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Embassy in Prague last year. That challenge was won by an International team of researchers also using social mobilization. In this new effort, the researchers created simulations that best describe the conditions that exist when social mobilization efforts get underway. Tying all three efforts together is computer scientist Manuel Cebrian now at the University of California—he was on the winning team for both challenges and is a member of this new effort as well. Map of Population Density (logarithmic scale, per km2) Across Mainland USA and Locations of Balloons in Red Balloon Challenge. (Lambert Azimuthal Equal Area Projection). Credit: (c) PNAS, 10.1073/pnas.1216338110
You decide what you watch. That is the funda behind Humour Me’s Improv Nights. Here audience is the king as artistes will improvise on the spot in order to entertain you. Their one-hour performance on Sunday saw an entertaining stand-up performance where they improvised on the spot, spontaneously without any pre-written script. The audience drove the theme of each segment of the show. Humour Me is a group of four performers and one host. The artistes performing at Improv Nights are Dhruv Sachdeva, Clifford Alfonso, Andrew Hoffland, Pranay Manchanda and Shantanu Anam. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Dhruv Sachdeva takes up the role of the host and is also the founder of Humour Me and has been in the entertainment world for the past 10 years. He started his acting career with the role of Scar in the musical Circle of Life which is an adaptation of the Broadway musical The Lion King’ Last year, Dhruv produced and acted in the production The Character of a Happy Life. And most recently, wrote, directed and acted in an original musical theatre production Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDinner for Pricks, under the Humour Me banner.So the audience gives them a situation or a scene to enact, and they perform it on the spot — with sound effects and even mimicry et al in place.‘We basically perform as per the demand of the audience which includes different dance forms like rap, conventional etc and various music genres too,’ said Dhruv.Clifford started years back with the musical production Noah’s Ark. Andrew Hoffland, oldest of all the performers, works as a teacher and has been singing and acting in various theatrical and musical productions. Pranay Manchanda has been an actor for over 15 years, and has worked in theatre.Shantanu Anam has worked as is an actor from the age of 16, and has acted and directed several theatre productions. ‘We are here to deliver happiness, not shoes. If we don’t stick in your mind, we consider we have have failed,’ said Dhruv. Fair enough!DETAILAt: Lure Switch, Lado Sarai when: 23 December
Kolkata: In a bid to ensure employability for its students after they pass out from the engineering colleges, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (MAKAUT) is introducing as many as 25 professional courses from this academic year.”We are constantly upgrading our existing curriculum according to the demands of the industry to ensure employability for the students. All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) has urged all universities across the country to frame its curriculum in a manner so that it keeps pace with the changing times and we are leaving no stones unturned. As many as 25 new courses are being introduced from this academic year,” Vice-Chancellor of MAKAUT, Salkat Maitra, said at a press conference in the city which was convened by Association of Professional Academic Institutions (APAI), Bengal, to announce the dates of three day pre-counseling fairs and seminars at Netaji Indoor Stadium from June 5 to 7. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt may be mentioned that MAKAUT presently has around 90 engineering colleges and 110 professional colleges across the state affiliated to it. “The new professional courses have been designed in consultation with the Chambers of Commerce based nationally as well as at the state level. The emerging technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI), Cyber Security and Blockchain will have huge employability potential in the days to come. Our students should be ready for this,” Maitra maintained. Real Estate Management, Data Science, Culinary Science are some of the courses that will be introduced. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedSatyam Roy Chowdhury, secretary, APAI, said the pre-counselling fair is aimed at motivating the students to remain in the state and pursue their higher education within the state. A number of private engineering and management colleges across the state will be present at the three-day fair.The three-day fair will also have a special lucky draw event in which 25 students per day will be awarded Rs 20,000 each. They will be handed over this amount as soon as they seek admission to the engineering or management institution under APAI.
Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will charge money from owners of private houses, bodies of housing complexes and authorities looking after government properties for not cleaning garbage from their premises.This was decided at a high-level meeting held in the office of Borough XI on Wednesday.Representatives of Boroughs X and XII also attended the meeting. Atin Ghosh, Mayor-in-Council (Health), KMC Commissioner, Director Generals of building, solid waste management also attended the meeting. The Councilors of the Wards under the Boroughs were also present. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA similar meeting will be held on September 22 in the office of Borough XIV. The senior officials of Boroughs XIII, XIV, XV and XVI will attend the meeting.The meetings are being held as a part of the drives against dengue.It was decided that the KMC will issue notices under Section 496A of the KMC Act to the owners who fail to clear garbage from their premises. The workers of the solid waste management department of the KMC will clear garbage from the premises and in the case of individual houses, the charges will be added to the property tax. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn case of government properties, the KMC will send the bill to the authorities looking after the buildings.In case the owners fail to pay the money, the KMC will file cases against them in the MunicipalCourt.In case of individual buildingswhere the civic authorities will fail to spot the owners or that are kept under lock and key for years together, the civic authorities in presence of local police will break open the lock and clean the premises. Senior KMC officials said that unless the individual house owners, authorities and bodies looking after the government buildings and housing complexes clean garbage from the premises, it is impossible for KMC to clean garbage from each and every premise which is the responsibility of the owners.They further added that to make the anti-dengue drive successful, cooperation from the owners of houses and authorities of institutional buildings is required.It may be mentioned that the civic authorities are engaging the Durga Puja committees to create awareness against dengue in their respective areas and the best Puja committee will be given cash award.”It is a collective drive and we seek cooperation from people representing all walks of life,” said Atin Ghosh, member, Mayor-in-Council (Health).