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Harvard-Bound Student Touts D-Y Education

May 9, 2010

photo by David Colantuono

There is an amazing article in The Register that I urge you to read. It is about DYRHS senior Shawn DeMartino. He recently won a full scholarship to Harvard!

Way to go, Shawn!

In the article Shawn has very high praise for DY High School saying that it “has all the resources that any student could want. The best teachers, guidance counselors, freshman mentoring. Just about anything you could want or need is available, and there’s plenty of help to connect the dots and plug into opportunities.”

Shawn is a real leader, serving in student government, and reaching out to middle school students via a video he’s made to let them know all about the opportunities at DYRHS.

He discusses academics and extra-curricular activities and groups available to students. Here’s a quote.

“‘There’s literally something for everyone, from marching band and sports to the Green Zone for ecologically minded students, all sorts of special-interest and community service clubs, drama, music groups.’ DeMartino says. ‘Each one has a teacher adviser, but they’re all student run, giving students a sense of leadership and responsibility.’”

Learn about “DY’s excellence” as Shawn puts it, in the full article online:

Harvard-Bound Student Touts D-Y Education

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We Need Your Help Getting Overrides Passed on Election Day

May 6, 2010

We need your help!

The overrides for the schools and for public safety passed at Town Meeting this week. This is great, but we can’t celebrate yet.

Now they must pass on Election Daynext Tues May 11th, 2010.

How to Help:
Click here to download the “ Support Yarmouth Schools & Safety” Flier

  • Please forward this to your personal network.
  • Please print and hand out this flier to at least 10 people you don’t regularly interact with such as neighbors, people you meet doing errands in town, other parents at sports events, etc. If you can do more, go for it! You could also ask local businesses if they would be willing to have the fliers at their front counter.

Copy of the flier:

Support Yarmouth Schools & Public Safety!

PLEASE

Vote YES on #2 and #4

On Election Day Tuesday, May 11th

Strong Public Safety + Strong Schools = Strong Community

  • Property values increase with a strong school system. Question #2 ensures maintaining our excellent school district.
  • Tourism can flourish when our public safety is strong. Question #4 ensures adequate funding for Yarmouth Police and Fire departments.
  • Strong tourism & increasing property values creates a prosperous future for Yarmouth.
  • Both overrides add approximately $50 each to a home assessed at $300,000.
  • Providing the best quality educational is the right thing to do for Yarmouth’s children. Most of us benefited from public education. It’s our turn to support it. Voting Yes on #2 is a vote for a strong future for Yarmouth and America.
  • No one wants to have to wait for emergency help. Our Public Safety departments are staffed too thin. Voting YES on #4 will greatly improve response to medical and life threatening emergencies.
  • Both overrides were recommended by Yarmouth Selectmen and Finance Committee at Town Meeting.

Please Support Yarmouth Schools & Public Safety!

Polls are open 07:00 am – 8:00 pm

This message is sponsored by the following groups:

  • “DY Schools are Great,”
  • “DY Support Our Schools,”
  • “Yarmouth Citizens for Community Cooperation”
  • “Yarmouth Citizens for Public Safety”

Please don’t take for granted that everyone knows how important this election is. Please reach out to everyone you can.

Yarmouth School Supporters stand united in supporting Yarmouth Police and Fire departments.

We are one community. United we stand strong. Divided we fall.

Thanks to everyone who helped develop this flier and to everyone who takes the time to pass this flier along!

Important: Your Vote is Needed Again Tues May 4th at Town Meeting

May 4, 2010

Good News and Important News

The Good News

The DY Schools budget was passed last night at Yarmouth Town Meeting along with an override to cover the shortfall in funding.

The Important News

Your presence at Town Meeting is still needed until the conclusion of Town Meeting. The reason is this: The override article and the DY School budget article could be called up for “reconsideration” at anytime. This means that last night’s good news could become tonight’s bad news if school supporters are not there to vote for it again if needed.

Call to Action

Please plan to attend again tonight if you can. (And Wednesday night as well if Town Meeting is not finished tonight.) This is the most important thing you can do for your child’s education and future. There is child care available if you don’t have a babysitter. This way both parents can vote.

The bonus of attending is that you will get to meet new Yarmouth neighbors, reconnect with old friends, and I guarantee you’ll learn something new. It’s actually very enjoyable!

Hope to see you again tonight!

Here is the report from the Cape Cod Times about last night’s meeting:

Yarmouth Option Tax, Override Get OK

YOUR Vote is Needed at Town Meeting Monday May 3rd!

May 2, 2010

Yarmouth Town Meeting is Monday May 3rd, 2010.

Where: Mattacheese Middle School

When: 6:30pm – Recommended to arrive around 6pm to avoid waiting in line.

Town Hall has reported that child care is available. I will double check on this on Monday.

Your vote is greatly needed!

If you care about the DY School District and ensuring the continuation of the great education and co-curricular activities, then please find a way to attend this meeting.

Two Very Important Things to Know

1. The override that the school district needs is required to pass at Town Meeting AND on Election Day. If we don’t show up to vote for this then many cuts will be made. Since the schools have made so many cuts already over the last several years, these cuts would be cuts into the quality of our children’s education.

2. It is important to stay until the end of the full Town Meeting. The reason for this is that items that have been passed earlier in the night can be brought back up for reconsideration with the potential to be voted on again and overturned. So please stay until the end of the meeting!

Information on Yarmouth’s Town Meeting

These two links will help you have a good understanding of what will be happening at tomorrow’s meeting.

Article outlining Yarmouth Town Meeting warrant articles.

Actual Town Meeting Warrant (pdf)

Town Meeting Information Video (how town meetings work)

Voting for DY School Committee

This website does not endorse individual candidates. With that being said, there is a vote for DY School Committee which will occur on May 11th (along with Selectmen candidates and the overrides). If you don’t already know the candidates, I urge you to read and learn all that you can before voting on May 11th. Look up all the articles in the Cape Cod Times and The Register and seek out information from people who you know have researched the candidates well. Here are a few articles both about and by the candidates as well as articles reporting on the DY School District to help you get started:

School Committee Candidates profiled in The Register.

Gerry Bastian opinion article.

John Henderson opinion piece.

D-Y officials crunch the numbers

Per-pupil expenditures are average in D-Y schools

Do the Homework

Academic outcomes at D-Y

Academic outcomes at D-Y- Part 2

Election Day Ballot Questions explanations.

Do Just One Thing

If you do just one thing for DY schools this year, attending Town Meeting would make the biggest positive impact. After that please vote on election day after fully researching all the candidates. I hope to see you all there!

“Candidates Night” Monday April 26th, 2010

April 26, 2010

At 7pm tonight at Yarmouth Town Hall there will be a “Candidates’Night” event. The public will have a chance to submit questions for the candidates in writing to be asked.

  • Selectmen candidates will be from 7-8:15pm.
  • School committee candidates will run from 8:15 until 9:00pm.

Come with your questions and bring a friend. Democracy works best when many people get involved!

Laurence C. MacArthur Praised

April 23, 2010

Theresa Rabosky has praised the Laurence C. MacArthur Elementary School in The Register.

In light of recent events I would like to take the time to thank the D-Y school system for making my son’s first year of school a positive experience.

As any parent knows, sending your child to school for the first time is a little frightening. The personnel at Laurence C. MacArthur Elementary School made the transition from preschool to “big boy” school easy, fun and, most of all, educational.

While voting this year, please think of the children, as they are our future. Thank you to the entire staff at LCM!

Full link:

D-Y school earns plaudits despite cuts

Way to go LCM! I couldn’t agree more!!!

Arts Educator of the Year: D-Y’s Dan Springer

April 23, 2010

On March 25, the Arts Foundation of Cape Cod honored Dan Springer as its Arts Educator of the Year. This is a huge honor! Congratulations to Mr. Springer!

Here is an excerpt:

At D-Y, Springer has taught advertising, painting, design, humanities, drama, writing, acting, drawing, printmaking and a college prep portfolio class. “I was first to teach a literature and film class here,“ Springer says. “I’ve tried to introduce innovative material that hadn’t been taught here before. I like to advise students about how they can take their creative abilities to a professional job, how to connect with the real world. If you include film, we have a significant number of students going on to careers in the visual and related arts.”

Read the full article about Mr. Springer in The Register:

D-Y’s Dan Springer: Arts Educator of the Year