Tewksbury's student exodus

Tewksbury's student exodus

There are 30 comments on the Lowell Sun story from Oct 12, 2008, titled Tewksbury's student exodus. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

They are already facing a structural budget deficit and now an economic crisis of national proportions.

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ZanG

Herndon, VA

#21 Oct 16, 2008
Come on???
Your statement looks very much like that of someone employed by the school system and I highly doubt you attended Harvard or there would be many fewer spelling and grammatical errors in your post. Do I need point them out or do you think you can find them Mr./Ms. Ivy Leaguer?
I call - LIAR!
Why does that look like a school employee? Is it his knowledge of recent students' achievements? Is it the fact that he knows the recent condition of the school? Is it that he is not at all specific regarding graduation year? Is it that he graduated from Harvard, posts from Chelmsford, yet still refers to Tewksbury as "We"?
No, the weak grammar is the giveaway. I wonder if thatís the same administrator that used to chide us when we continued on to Austin Prep?
North of Rt 3

Dracut, MA

#22 Oct 16, 2008
I attended TMHS and thought that the teachers and staff are far superior then any of the local private school staff could be. TMHS has many grads going on to Harvard, Williams, Smith etc... The problem in Tewksbury is all the old fuddy duddy's that live in all the condos they built there that do not want to support the schools. They need ambulance and police in town not schools!! Many of us would love to move back to town with our children if the residents in town started to vote and welcome new families instead of strip malls, and more family members on the police department. Without good schools your property values will decline, your property taxes will increase, and then they will cut your precious emergency services.
Correction

Boston, MA

#23 Oct 16, 2008
North of Rt 3 wrote:
I attended TMHS and thought that the teachers and staff are far superior then any of the local private school staff could be. TMHS has many grads going on to Harvard, Williams, Smith etc... The problem in Tewksbury is all the old fuddy duddy's that live in all the condos they built there that do not want to support the schools. They need ambulance and police in town not schools!! Many of us would love to move back to town with our children if the residents in town started to vote and welcome new families instead of strip malls, and more family members on the police department. Without good schools your property values will decline, your property taxes will increase, and then they will cut your precious emergency services.
It should be "than" in the first sentence. You should know that based on the tutelage of that far superior teachers and staff.
Thom

Chelsea, MA

#24 Oct 17, 2008
Tewksbury Parent wrote:
Let me just say if Tewksbury cuts ties with Shawsheen Tech I will put my house on the market and pull my child out of this town, I don't think I will be the only parent to do it either. The market maybe in tough position right now but if it means taking a loss on my home so my child gets a good education then I will. I am sorry but I will not allow my child to go to Tewksbury High, I am sure that it is a fine school but it isn't one that my child is going to. When the decision makers of this town finally decide to put the money into the schools that are needed instead of into the pensions then maybe my opinion will change but until that time.....
I grew up in Tewksbury, but when I was 14 my parents decided to get me the hell out so we moved. The school system is flawed from the teachers they hire to the administrators who run the show. The Tewksbury school system has been drowning for some time and it sounds like nothings going to change. Although I was originaly angry, I can say now as an adult that I am very thankful to my parents for moving me and providing me the opportunity to succeed. I was proud to graduate from a MA public high school system that takes pride in it's performance and staff and puts the students first. Schools and communities should be proactive in hard times rather than pointing fingers. I am now a college graduate and serve the commonwealth myself. I think that local officials should be both embarrassed and accountable for the continual failures to secure not only the future of the schools but the future of the community their community as well. What a mess!
Sad

Lowell, MA

#25 Oct 19, 2008
"That far superior teachers and staff."

Really? Instead of teachers, try faculty. Or try "those" for that. You're so wrong, it's great.

Who knew that perfect grammar usage on an inconsequential forum would be such an indicator of a truly successful secondary education.

Considering that everyone who agrees with you has used absolutely atrocious grammar, it seems like you are quite the hypocrite.

Here are those dates you requested:
2008- Kristen Judge accepted ED to University of Pennslyvania.
2008- Julie MacDonald accepted to Vassar College.
2008- Shawn Bryan accepted to Boston College.
2008- Other acceptances include Smith, George Washington, Emerson, BU...
2007- Valedictorian accepted to Cornell.
2007- Ben Judge accepted to MIT.
2006- Amanda Levesque accepted to MIT.
2006- Valedictorian accepted to NYU.
2001- Tim Martin accepted to Harvard.
Other Acceptances (can't remember the date) Yale, Williams, Holy Cross, Princeton, Stanford...

I'm actually a student, that's right, a student! And I have best friends who go to Central, Austin Prep, and Phillips! If you apply yourself at TMHS, you'll succeed. The educational quality is superb, difficult, and challenging, at least for those in honors, AP, and certain Level 1 classes.

However, the building SUCKS. It's gross- at lunch on rainy days, there's buckets on tables to catch the sludge that falls from the ceiling. One day, when I wasn't paying attention, I saw at a table with a towel on it for catching sludge, and I stupidly put my agenda on the towel, only for it to be consumed by the disgusting green gunk.

EW!!!!!!! And lunch is now $2.40! The portions are smaller, and the food leaves much to be desired. Fees are $60/$75 for clubs, and $150 for sports! So, if you're President of Junior Classical League, Secretary of Tolerance Core, Treasurer of NHS, and varsity cross-country/tracker star, you'll end up paying $625! And that's because certain clubs are $60 while others are $75. That's ridiculous!!! Not to mention SAT/ACT fees, insurance, gas, food, clothing... it just gets so expensive. And for some reason soda machines aren't open till the afternoon, but we have 2 ice cream machines that you can food out of at any time? Really, TMHS?

Basically, the educational quality at TMHS is great. Its just everything else that needs to be improved.
Tewksbury Citizen

Cambridge, MA

#26 Oct 19, 2008
Might I add....
Valedictorian 2005 accepted to Brown.
Salutatorian 2005 accepted to Yale.
Tech Mom

Boston, MA

#27 Oct 21, 2008
Hangem High wrote:
The people of Tewksbury elected O'Neil, I hope they are happy with his position on the Tech. Why would he talk about building a new school? Tewksbury cannot afford a hew high school, never mind the cost of a vocational school. The building costs would be double. Why we vote these people in, I will never understand it. The Tech works, Teksbury HS doesn't work, so lets break the Tech. Also, if Tewksbury HS offered a descent academic education, the Tech wouldn't have to. It is just filling a community need.
O'Neill was APPINTED by the School Committee and Board of Selectmen....NOT VOTED IN...Just wait till April
Dracut

Gaithersburg, MD

#28 Oct 21, 2008
Lip stick on a pig comes to mind. Letís build a new school that is what everyone always says. A school with a pool and a #1 track and a huge football field you all know those are the important things that give the kids an education. Fix the problems on the inside. That is where the issues are. Sure a new fancy school with all the trimmings would be nice. But Tewksbury is not Newton and it never will be.

I graduated from Tewksbury in 1977. We were the last triple session class to go through Tewksbury school system and if you think that it is tough now you should have been their then. Triple session were 10th grade went to school from noon till 5:00. 11th grade went from 9:00 to 3:00 and seniors went from 7:00 till noon. But you know we have a lot of very successful people who graduated from Tewksbury.
LMAO

Acton, MA

#29 Oct 21, 2008
Yes a student who applies him/herself can and will get a good education out of TMHS. But the majority will not. A new school, higher paid teachers and a higher per pupil spending ratio will not change that fact. If the system works so well than why is everyone trying to get out?

And please do not expect to see an override pass -the town has once again "found" money for the schools and the elementary classroom sizes are at an all time low. Maybe they should have put some of those teachers at the higher grades... Tewksbury has proven over and over again that it cannot manage money.

If our school committee truly cares about THE KIDS in this town than they will NOT touch the Tech. Any kid who is lucky enough to get an education - regardless of how "good" it is should be considered lucky enough. But there will always be those that are luckier. Be happy for them.
Welcome to the Club

Peabody, MA

#30 Oct 22, 2008
Sad wrote:
"That far superior teachers and staff."
Really? Instead of teachers, try faculty. Or try "those" for that. You're so wrong, it's great.
Who knew that perfect grammar usage on an inconsequential forum would be such an indicator of a truly successful secondary education.
Considering that everyone who agrees with you has used absolutely atrocious grammar, it seems like you are quite the hypocrite.
Here are those dates you requested:
2008- Kristen Judge accepted ED to University of Pennslyvania.
2008- Julie MacDonald accepted to Vassar College.
2008- Shawn Bryan accepted to Boston College.
2008- Other acceptances include Smith, George Washington, Emerson, BU...
2007- Valedictorian accepted to Cornell.
2007- Ben Judge accepted to MIT.
2006- Amanda Levesque accepted to MIT.
2006- Valedictorian accepted to NYU.
2001- Tim Martin accepted to Harvard.
Other Acceptances (can't remember the date) Yale, Williams, Holy Cross, Princeton, Stanford...
I'm actually a student, that's right, a student! And I have best friends who go to Central, Austin Prep, and Phillips! If you apply yourself at TMHS, you'll succeed. The educational quality is superb, difficult, and challenging, at least for those in honors, AP, and certain Level 1 classes.
However, the building SUCKS. It's gross- at lunch on rainy days, there's buckets on tables to catch the sludge that falls from the ceiling. One day, when I wasn't paying attention, I saw at a table with a towel on it for catching sludge, and I stupidly put my agenda on the towel, only for it to be consumed by the disgusting green gunk.
EW!!!!!!! And lunch is now $2.40! The portions are smaller, and the food leaves much to be desired. Fees are $60/$75 for clubs, and $150 for sports! So, if you're President of Junior Classical League, Secretary of Tolerance Core, Treasurer of NHS, and varsity cross-country/tracker star, you'll end up paying $625! And that's because certain clubs are $60 while others are $75. That's ridiculous!!! Not to mention SAT/ACT fees, insurance, gas, food, clothing... it just gets so expensive. And for some reason soda machines aren't open till the afternoon, but we have 2 ice cream machines that you can food out of at any time? Really, TMHS?
Basically, the educational quality at TMHS is great. Its just everything else that needs to be improved.
Too many grammatical errors in your post to count. Why don't you try again and see if you can get it right the next time.

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