Haverhill YMCA Extends Nomination Deadline for 12th Annual Educator of the Year Award

The nomination deadline has been extended for the Haverhill YMCA’s 12th Annual Educator of the Year Award. Regional Executive Director Tracy Fuller, a guest Wednesday on WHAV’s morning program, said, due to this year’s extraordinary circumstances, the nomination deadline has been extended to next Friday, Oct. 30. Fuller says nominations should include a paragraph, or more, about the candidate. “How has this teacher made a difference?

Marotta Says Assault on Haverhill Educator at Student Home Shows Need for In-Person Learning

A middle school staff member was injured Tuesday after a reported assault while visiting the home of a remote learning student. Haverhill school Superintendent Margaret Marotta told School Committee members by email yesterday the unidentified staffer from the Dr. Albert B. Consentino School was injured, received treatment and was cleared later in the afternoon to return to school. Marotta that the incident underscores the need for students to be in school. “This extremely concerning event highlights the need for our students to be in school where we are able to provide the necessary services and supports for our students. The staff at Consentino School are to be commended for their commitment to our students, their quick response in a crisis, and their close adherence to policies and procedures,” the superintendent wrote.

Haverhill’s In-Person Learning Continues as Officials Rethink the Role of COVID-19 Clusters

Despite Haverhill’s COVID-19 red zone ranking for the third straight week, in-person learning at Haverhill Public Schools will continue. Officials previously said a continuing high-risk code would be a trigger for shutting down in-person learning, but both state and city officials now say other factors—such as isolated clusters—are in play. Speaking at Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, Allison Heartquist, chief of staff to Mayor James J. Fiorentini read a statement from Assistant School Superintendent Michael Pfifferling saying schools will remain open. “There’s no spread within the schools. None of the cases with the students and the staff have been traced back to the schools.

State May Change Color Coding to Prevent Limited Outbreaks From Scarring Whole Communities

State public health officials are planning updates to the stoplight metric that measures community COVID-19 transmission risks that will incorporate examples where cases at colleges, nursing homes or jails may push an entire community into the red category and affect decisions about in-person learning. Word of the proposed change came Tuesday from state Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley

“We’ve seen how those places can skew a city’s or town’s data, and so we’re hoping that when the new metric comes out it will take that into account,” Riley told the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education during a meeting in Malden. In the area, Haverhill partially blames its high-risk red code on outbreaks at a nursing home and a church, while North Andover has asked the state to dial back its ranking caused by an outbreak at Merrimack College. Riley also said that most of the districts it contacted to question their decisions not to move ahead with in-person learning have since progressed to in-person learning or are planning for it. He mentioned two school districts, later determined to be East Longmeadow and Watertown, that will be audited.

Northern Essex Community College Names Rodriguez as Corporate and Community Education Director

Alex Rodriguez was recently named Northern Essex Community College’s new director of Corporate and Community Education. Rodriguez joined the college in September and is responsible for leading and driving education and training programs for corporate and community audiences. “Alex has the perfect combination of skills and experience,” says Allison Dolan-Wilson, Northern Essex’s vice president of institutional advancement. “He understands the academic environment and has worked very successfully with business and nonprofit partners to build workforce development training programs with results.”

A Texas native, Rodriguez, of Melrose, has been teaching strategy and marketing at local colleges, including Lesley University, UMass Boston, and Newbury College for the past seven years. He previously worked for the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, a Boston economic development organization founded by Harvard Business School Professor Michael Porter that focuses on driving economic growth within distressed urban communities.

Haverhill YMCA Taking Nominations for 12th Annual Educator of the Year

Nominations are now being accepted for the Haverhill YMCA’s 12th Annual Educator of the Year. With the theme, “Not all Superheroes Wear Capes!,” the program becomes a “virtual recognition event” this year, taking place via HC Media Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 5 p.m.

The Educator of the Year recognizes educators who have made a significant difference in the lives of children. This year’s recipient receives a citation from the city, the Educator of the Year award and 10, six-month, Haverhill YMCA Youth/Teen memberships. Nominees must be a current educator in Haverhill and have at least three years teaching experience.

Pentucket Regional School District Names Puteri as Remote Learning Principal

Emily Puteri has been named as principal of all remote learning students in the Pentucket Regional School District. Superintendent Justin Bartholomew said yesterday that Puteri’s new role takes effect Monday, Oct. 26, but she will transition into the role over the next week and stay in the post for as long as remote learning continues. Puteri, principal of the Dr. Elmer S. Bagnall Elementary School for the past four years and previously assistant principal at Pentucket Regional Middle School for three years, was chosen because of her experience working with students of all ages as well as her knowledge of technology in education. She will oversee all students attending virtual school, including students who selected the Florida Virtual School option; provide support to all educators involved in remote learning; and serve as a single point of contact for families of students in fully remote learning.

YMCA’s Summer Reading Program Delivers Big Results Despite Current Pandemic

Despite the health pandemic, Haverhill School Committee members learned last week, the YMCA’s summer reading program scored some of the best results in its history. Tracy Fuller, regional executive director of the Haverhill and Plaistow YMCAs talked about the challenges of putting on the program in the era of COVID-19. “Through many conversations of how can we do this safely, how can we launch this program. So, we offered the program this year at Haverhill High School and then we hired four additional teachers to go to our summer camps because, this year more than ever, kids needed summer camp this summer. So, we had a group of eight teachers total that helped support our students this summer,” she said.