North Quabbin Briefs

  • Ed the Wizard and his Aerodynamic S.T.E.M. workshop will appear at Phillipston Memorial on Wednesday, Feb. 26. contributed photo

Published: 2/14/2020 9:44:23 PM
Modified: 2/14/2020 9:44:10 PM
Hatchet Hunt on Monday

ATHOL — The 98th annual George Washington Hatchet Hunt, hosted by the Athol Area YMCA and the Athol Fire Department, will be held Monday, Feb. 17, 9 a.m. at the Athol Community Elementary School.

The even is open to all children in preschool to age 15.

The school’s hunt area has prize tags hidden for the three winning hatchets as well as tags hidden throughout the area which correspond to more prizes.

Orange Community Band to perform

ORANGE — The Orange Community Band, under the direction of Stephanie Parker, is beginning preparations for the 2020 band season with an open reading session in the Senior Center of the Orange Armory Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 7 pm.

The band is open to musicians from grade eight and above, and includes high school and college students, parents, professionals, and retirees. The band has had members through their eighties and into the nineties, and sometimes elementary students have been admitted on the recommendation of their instructors. It is truly a community band. The band has been a well-known entity in the Orange area since the 1850s, and is one of the three oldest bands in the state.

Regular rehearsals for the 2020 Pops Concert, which will be held in the Armory Sunday, April 26, at 2 p.m., begin on Wednesday, March 18 and continue through April. Rehearsals begin at 7 p.m.

The summer season of outdoor concerts will begin June 26 on the bandstand in Butterfield Park. This year concerts will begin at 7 p.m. Rehearsals for the summer will begin June 10. Concerts will continue on Friday evenings through July 31.

Anyone wishing to appear as a sponsor or patron in the Pops program booklet and in publicity throughout the season is invited to contact Maureen Riendeau, band secretary, at 978-413-6867 or through email at

Ed the Wizard to perform

PHILLIPSTON — Ed the Wizard and his Aerodynamic S.T.E.M. workshop will appear at Phillipston Memorial on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

Students in grades two through five will build their own model airplanes while learning the basic properties of flight. They will then test their flying skills with length and accuracy of flight paths, controlled banks, turns, and performing various stunts. He will work with students in fourth and fifth grade 8:45-9:45 a.m. and second and third grade, 9:45-10:45 a.m.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Phillipston Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Office of Public School Monitoring to visit district

ATHOL — During the week of March 2, the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM) will conduct a Tiered Focused Monitoring Review of Athol-Royalston Regional School District.

The Office of Public School Monitoring visits each district and charter school every three years to monitor compliance with federal and state special education and civil rights regulations.

Areas of review related to special education include student assessments, determination of eligibility, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team process, and IEP development and implementation. Areas of review related to civil rights include bullying, student discipline, physical restraint, and equal access to school programs for all students.

In addition to the onsite visit, parent outreach is an important part of the review process. The review chairperson from the Office of Public School Monitoring will send all parents of students with disabilities an online survey that focuses on key areas of their child’s special education program. Survey results will contribute to the development of a report.

During the onsite review, the Office of Public School Monitoring will interview the chairperson(s) of the district’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC). Other onsite activities may include interviews of district staff and administrators, reviews of student records, and onsite observations.

Parents and other individuals may call Amy Krukonis, Public School Monitoring chairperson, at (413) 314-6702 to request a telephone interview. If an individual requires an accommodation, such as translation, to participate in an interview, the Department will make the necessary arrangements. Within approximately 60 business days after the onsite visit, the review chairperson will provide the district with a report with information about areas in which the district meets or exceeds regulatory requirements and areas in which the district requires assistance to correct or improve practices.

The public will be able to access the report at

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