Above: Starting next week – no matter how sunny it is, be sure to turn on your headlights when you switch on your wipers. (Photo posted to Flickr by basheertome)
Southborough Police issued a warning on Facebook this week. It’s a reminder to obey a new state law that goes into effect on April 7th.
I missed the news when the law was passed. But a quick check reassures this is no April Fools Day joke.
Effective this coming Tuesday, drivers must turn on headlights when using their windshield wipers.
(I already have trouble getting my husband to turn on his wipers when it drizzles. Here’s one more reason for him to dig his heels in!)
The bill was signed by former Governor Deval Patrick in January. The amendment requires:
headlights and taillights shall be turned on by the vehicle operator at all other times when, due to insufficient light or unfavorable atmospheric conditions, visibility is reduced such that persons or vehicles on the roadway are not clearly discernible at a distance of 500 feet or when the vehicle’s windshield wipers are needed
Remembering the new rule could be a challenge for those of us who have come to rely on our cars’ light sensors to activate headlights.
(Does hoping against sunshowers make me anti-rainbows?)
You can take a look at the full adopted bill language here. (Interestingly, there’s a section regulating the lighting of hayrides. Turns out, that’s a carryover from the earlier law being amended.)
Here is the latest round of videos from local media and the schools.
Algonquin students created the first video below as part of a school project and academic competition. You can read more about their project and accomplishments in the Community Advocate.
To fit these in, I made the windows small. But you can click on the full screen icon [ ] in bottom right corner to expand.
As part of their DECA competition, students created this video. Now posted to YouTube with caption: “Algonquin Regional High School, A little something to show one of the best schools in Massachusetts,”
Northborough/Southborough Special Education Parent Advisory Council is holding two programs this month to help parents and guardians of special education students.
Today’s monthly coffee will feature a guest speaker to help you get organized. Later this month, an update on changes to special education laws, will help you understand your rights.
Both events take place at the Northborough Library, 34 Main Street. (Parking is available in the lot off of Patty Lane.) Click flyers to enlarge:
“Coffee and Connect”
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Special Topic this month: The Special Organizer (Jennifer Bolduc) will engage us in a discussion about how organized files can change your special education life.
She will join us as an informal speaker with hand out materials, and topic discussion.
[Sorry for the beyond short notice! My system played an April Fools Day joke and didn't post the already last minute story earlier this morning. At least this was in Monday's list of events for the week.]
Above: Camp Resolute’s Cub Scout camp has been expanded to include girls this summer. That’s good timing, since Ashland and Bolton Girl Scout camps are closed to “rest”. (Images: left from camp video; right contributed)
Are you looking for a summer day camp that provides one solution for your family? One that practices the core values of developing character, citizenship, and fitness? The Adventure Day Camp (ADC) at Camp Resolute in Bolton has what you need for your sons and daughters who are entering 2nd through 5th grade in the fall of 2015. Set on Little Pond, the ADC has been providing quality day camp for over 45 years. Owned and operated by the Knox Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America, ADC provides six, 1 week programs in July and August. Sign up for one or sign up for all, your choice. Each week has a different theme and special entertainment.
Earlier this month, I posted a story about a proposed pilot at Algonquin. If approved, the high school would start the day with a transitional time. Since then, the organizers of a movement to start school later have been inundated with questions.
Algonquin School Start Time organizer Mary Hamaker tells me that many parents have misperceptions about what has been happening. She asked me to help clear those up.
At the March Regional School Committee meeting, Superintendent Christine Johnson floated a proposal to help students ease into the day. The schedule would begin with a Flexible Learning Block. The bus schedule would remain the same.
That proposal came out of the district’s study group. It was not proposed by the Algonquin School Start Time or Start School Later movements.
Below is ASST’s timeline for how their efforts to shift the schools schedule started and where it stands.
It includes information about the reasons for the movement and links to FAQs and supporting data. It also includes some of their concerns about the proposed pilot:
Later School Start Time for Algonquin: How Did We Get to this Point?
The issue whether to move school start times in the Northborough/Southborough Regional School District has touched off lots of discussion, particularly since the Superintendent proposed a pilot “Flexible Learning Block” at the March 18, 2015 Regional School Committee Meeting. There is misinformation about what has happened to date, however. This article provides a chronology of events regarding the efforts to move start time later in this school district.
December 2013 APTO Meeting: The APTO authorized research into the effects of start time on adolescent health with a request that a report be provided at the February 2014 meeting.
February – April 2014: APTO Start Time Study Group gathered information from stakeholders, including the Algonquin athletic director (and athletic directors at schools that already moved start time later), the bus company providing transportation services to the school district, and the Northborough/Southborough community (including parents, teachers, administrators and students) via an online survey. The link to the community survey was publicized via all of the school district PTO organizations in both towns. The results of the community survey were posted on the Algonquin Start Time website and shared with Principal Mead. There were 332 respondents to the survey with the response rate by town approximately equal. Eighty-two percent of respondents indicated that they want Algonquin start time pushed later. Meanwhile, HOSA conducted a sleep survey with the help of the Algonquin Statistics Department that included approximately 50% of the Algonquin student body. The results are posted on the Algonquin Start Time website. The study showed that only 16% of Algonquin students get 8 or more hours of sleep per night (recommended sleep for adolescents is 8 to 10 hours per night), that 53% use stimulant beverages to stay awake in class “often” or “very often”, and that 46% of students who drive are driving drowsy “often” or “very often”. Drowsy driving teens have a high accident rate. [click to keep reading…]
[The following information is provided by My Southborough sponsor Montessori Children's House.] If you’re thinking about preschool options for next year and want to learn more about a Montessori approach, consider attending an open house at Southborough’s Montessori Children’s House. There’s one this Friday and another at the end of April.