On behalf of the Athol-Royalston Regional School Committee and the Central Office of the District, we would like to wish all of our teachers, staff and administrators the best of the Holiday Season.
You all certainly have earned it and deserve it. From our experience visiting the schools this fall, it is clear that there is a very strong effort going on in our District, to improve the quality of education to our students and their families. It is appreciated!
On another note, we would direct you to our District website to view pictures of the recent “New Athol Elementary School” Groundbreaking. That school is slated to open in September, 2016. At that ceremony, we unfortunately did not spend enough time thanking our teachers and the ATA, for their help in the vote at Town Hall and the election.
Without the help of the teachers, staff and the ATA, it would have been a much steeper uphill battle. You made a significant difference. Because ATA President, Keith Williams did not get a chance to get into a “groundbreaking picture,” we took care of that this morning, and you will see him on the website tomorrow as well. We apologize for that mix-up but please know that your support from the beginning of this project has been crucial to its success. I assure you that there will be many teachers involved in the ribbon cutting ceremony in September of 2016.
Be safe during the Holiday Break.
Tony Polito and the ARRSD School Committee
Please be aware school will be closed December 22, 2014 through January 5, 2015. Its been a great 2014, and we are really looking forward to a great 2015! Be safe and enjoy the Winter Holiday Season!
What a glorious morning it was here in Athol as the Athol-Royalston Regional School District held its groundbreaking for the new Athol Elementary School, on schedule to open in September of 2016–about 20 months from now. I am so proud of and thankful for such a wide variety of people for making this dream into a reality: Superintendent Anthony Polito; Karen McNiff and the members of the School Building Committee; School Committee Member Chet Hall; the ARRSD School Committee; the Athol Selectboard; Senator Brewer, Representative Andrews, and Representative Gobi; Kristin Riordon and the PTO, the PTG, and the School Councils; the Public Relations Committee; the architects; the Mass. School Building Authority; the ARRSD teachers, staff, administrators, and the Central Office Staff; and the parents, students and community members who worked to see the school passed, who supported the building of this school, and who came out to vote at the polls and at that historic town meeting! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I am overjoyed for our children—those in our schools now and those who will work and learn in its beautiful classrooms in the future.
The speeches and dignitaries present all were wonderful, but what made this occasion so truly special were the children–the children who smiled so happily, who sang so beautifully, and who carried with them all our hopes and dreams–in addition to their own, which they carry in their hearts and souls.
Photos and text courtesy of Mitch Grosky through the “Celebrating Schools in the Athol Royalston Regional School District” Facebook page. Click here for more photos and coverage of other ARRSD events!
Join us as we celebrate the beginning of a new era for our school district! We will be directly behind the ARMS building for the ground breaking and then inside the ARMS Media Center for refreshments!
Please plan to attend our Pleasant Street Winter concert at the Athol High School auditorium on December 10, 2014 beginning at 6:00 pm. All children will be performing with their classes! Children participating in the concert should be there at 5:45pm wearing black or white clothing. Students may also bring one winter item to wear (hat, gloves, mittens, scarves, etc) to wear for our finale.
The Athol-Royalston Regional School District serves over 1700 students in the North Quabbin region of Massachusetts. We are committed to providing a challenging educational experience that inspires students to acquire the knowledge and skills to become responsible citizens in the global community.
The Athol-Royalston Regional School District in partnership with the community provides a safe, innovative, and vibrant learning environment for all students. We foster academic excellence by implementing best practices, improving facilities, appreciating diversity, and requiring accountability. Our graduates are life-long learners and discerning users of technology who exercise social and civic responsibility and adapt to an ever-changing world.