Wednesday, August 29, 2012
With contractors lagging several weeks behind schedule, some students at the Bridge and Bowman elementary schools in Lexington began the year with classes held in the cafeteria and gymnasiums.
For some of the students at the Bridge and Bowman elementary schools in Lexington, the 2012-2013 school year has begun with classes in the cafeteria and mealtime in temporary structures outside their under-construction schools. According to Patrick Goddard, the town’s director of public facilities, renovation projects at the two elementary schools slipped behind schedule over the summer and contractors TLT Construction failed to turn over the renovated areas of the buildings on Aug. 17, as had been the plan. As a result, the schools will be utilizing non-traditional teaching spaces, such as the cafeterias and gymnasiums for classroom instruction for the next two or three weeks. “There has been a lot of effort on the part of the …
Sunday, May 6, 2012
For the fourth consecutive year, Bridge designs were chosen for honors in a statewide bookmark contest sponsored by the Massachusetts School Library Association (MSLA).
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Two Bridge Elementary School first-graders were honored at a ceremony at the State House in Boston on April 11 for their entries in a statewide bookmark contest sponsored by the Massachusetts School Library Association (MSLA). Madeline Kim and Medha Morparia submitted bookmark designs in the local contest held at Bridge School, sponsored by Lynnette Allen, school Library Teacher. The theme of the contest was ‘I’m Wild About My School Library.’ Nine local bookmark winners were submitted to the statewide contest. For the fourth consecutive year, Bridge designs were chosen for honors. Maddie and Medha’s designs were chosen by a panel of notable authors and illustrators as two of the three best designs submitted by all Kindergarten and 1st …
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Eco-Bridge student volunteers prep for an upcoming performance at an Earth Day-inspired assembly this Friday at Lexington's Bridge Elementary School.
The Eco-Bridge student volunteers at Lexington's Bridge Elementary School don't just recycle, reduce and reuse -- some of them even rap about recycling, reducing and reusing. Here's a sneak peek at students practicing for their performance at an Earth Day-inspired school assembly this Friday.
Environmental education is elementary at Bridge School in Lexington, where student volunteers lead lunchtime recycling, other environmental efforts.
At Bridge Elementary School, young students are getting excited about the kind of household chores that ordinarily send kids their age running in the opposite direction. In just a few short months, the Eco-Bridge PTA Committee has rallied more than 100 student volunteers to help with lunchtime recycling, classroom collections and other environmentally driven initiatives. With assistance from the parent volunteers and the supportive custodial staff, Bridge School students grades K-5 have been leading the recycling charge every day at lunchtime since October. After finishing their meals, a team of Eco-Volunteers assembles to assist classmates with their sorting of papers from plastics from liquids and so forth, instead of simply dumping a …
Friday, February 17, 2012
Vacation coming, a school project discussion and more today in Lexington.
1. Last Day before February Vacation: Today's the last day of classes before the Lexington Public Schools break for February Vacation. 2. Site Specifics: The Bridge and Bowman School site councils will hold a joint meeting at 7:45 a.m. this morning at the and the agenda includes a discussion of the upcoming renovations project. Both Pat Goddard, director of facilities, and Mark Barret, the RA and Project Manager, will be in attendance. 3. : Lexington Patch is looking for foodies, parents, poll watchers, politicos, hippies, harpers, fashionistas, business gurus, sports fans and anyone else who has something to say. If you're passionate and opining is your thing, we'd like you to consider blogging for Patch. Anyone may apply. 4. On This …
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
A pair of ballot questions seeking more than $60 million for elementary school building projects passed overwhelmingly during a special election held Tuesday, Jan. 24.
The preliminary results are in and they indicate resounding support for the debt exclusion questions seeking funding for repairs to the Bridge and Bowman elementary schools and rebuilding Estabrook Elementary. Lexington voters yesterday were asked to finance through debt exclusion overrides a pair of school building projects totalling about $60 million and the 27 percent or so who turned out solidly responded to the "Yes for Our Schools" rallying call of the campaign supporting the projects. Voter participation was significantly lower than expected, with turnout topping 30 percent in only percincts 2, 4 and 7. The polling places for those precincts were at the Bowman, Bridge and Estabrook schools, respectively. The first question, to fund…
Precinct wardens around Lexington report a slower-than-expected turnout well into today's special election seeking to finance through a debt exclusion projects to rebuild Estabrook Elementary and renovate the Bridge and Bowman schools.
With just minutes remaining before the polls close in Lexington, many around town are wondering whether the lower-than-expected voter turnout will bode well for the debt exclusion requests that went before the voters in today's special election. According to Town Clerk Donna Hooper, the expectation as of about 7 p.m., an hour before the polls close, was for about 30 percent voter participation and results to be posted online by 9p.m. tonight. At the Bridge and Bowman elementary schools, precincts 4 and 2 respectively, voter turnout ticked toward 25 percent during the early evening, a time many expected activity to pick up as people returned from work. But at Bridge, the handful of folks casting ballots at about 6:30 p.m. was the closest …
The questions, the pros, the cons and more about the Jan. 24 special election seeking to finance through debt exclusions a pair of school building projects that would rebuild or renovate three elementary schools.
1. The Rundown: Lexington voters today must decide on financing a pair of school building projects that would spend tens of millions of dollars to rebuild the Estabrook Elementary School and renovate the Bridge and Bowman schools. The approximately $40 million Estabrook project is the schematic design phase and following the MSBA fast-track for reconstruction and reimbursment following the discovery of elevated levels of PCBs at the school at the start of the 2010-2011 school year. The other question seeks $21 million-plus for a renovation project to "extend the useful life" of the Bridge and Bowman schools. (For the actual language of the ballot questions, check out the photos to your right.) Polls are open in Lexington on election day …
Saturday, January 14, 2012
Do you support plans to rebuild Estabrook Elementary and renovate the Bridge and Bowman schools? Take our poll or let us know in the comments section below.
On Tuesday, Jan. 24, the voters of Lexington will be asked to finance through a debt exclusion a pair of school building projects that would spend tens of millions of dollars to rebuild one elementary school and renovate two others. Two questions will be on the ballot. One seeks funding to rebuild Estabrook Elementary School, a project already an aggressive schedule as the town sticks to the Massachusetts School Building Authority’s timeline following the discovery and subsequent remediation of polychlorinated byphenyl (PCB) at the school last summer and fall. The project is currently in the schematic design phase and will likely result in a three-story school with an approximately $40 million price tag. The other will ask for $21 million-…
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
At Cary Memorial Library last Friday, a panel of four explained why the town is planning to rebuild Estabrook Elementary and renovate the Bridge and Bowman schools at a forum hosted by the League of Women Voters, which has endorsed both projects.
Saying she had two things on her mind: money and children, Selectwoman Deb Mauger explained why she, and the Board of Selectmen, voted to put debt exclusion requests to rebuild Estabrook Elementary and renovate the Bridge and Bowman elementary schools before the voters in a Jan. 24 special election. Maguer said that, while she’s a retiree thinking about things like taxes and credit card bills accrued over the holidays, she’s also a Lexington resident thinking about local children and their education. Mauger must have known her audience. She was speaking at the Lexington League of Women Voters’ First Friday Forum last week at Cary Memorial Library. The League, which has endorsed both debt exclusion requests, promoted the informational …