Playing them Off to Summer


It’s the last day of school at Rochester Memorial School, Friday, June 19, and the teachers and staff gathered at their usual spot behind RMS to send the students off to summer vacation to the rhythm of tom toms, trumpets, and tambourines. Arms flailed from open bus windows and children shouted their goodbyes to their […] Read more »

Mr. T! Mr. T! Mr. T!


Kevin Tavares, associate principal, lost a bet that the students could not collect more cans than he had earlier in the month. The kids needed to raise 481 to top Mr. T’s 480 — they collected over 1,200 instead! Now Mr. T is going to spend the whole night on the roof of Center School, […] Read more »

The Lorax & You


The Old Hammondtown School Drama Club hit the stage on Wednesday, June 10 to present its production of “The Lorax & You,” a play adapted by Tracy Gendreau Fiore based on the Dr. Seuss book The Lorax. The production was a lot of fun for both the cast of 42 and the audience, with plenty […] Read more »



It has been a spring season scented with lily of the valley, lilacs, and freshly mowed grass, while being colorized by red tulips, brilliant yellow daffodils, and deep purple columbine. It is the spring we dreamed of in January and February as our gardening hearts were in the deep freeze. You’d think that nothing could […] Read more »

3D Printer Arrives at ORR


If you walk into Tom Norris’ technology classroom at Old Rochester Regional High School these days, you’ll likely see a student or two hovered over an 8x8x8-inch gray cube lit from within making some random, non-rhythmic robotic noises. What you would see before you is the future of technology at ORR in the form of […] Read more »

Students Hope to Send Principal to the Roof


The night of June 18 could prove to be one heck of a night at Center School for the students and one brave staff member who put a good night’s sleep on the line to alleviate hunger in the community. The students at Center School and Old Hammondtown have been collecting canned goods for the […] Read more »

Medieval Tournament Not a Spectator Event


This past Sunday, June 7, a group of Renaissance and medieval history enthusiasts donned their gowns and shiny armor, and brought their bows and arrows, swords, and axes to a farm in Rochester for the 2015 Baronial Thrown Weapons and Archery Championship. The event, held by The Society for Creative Anachronism, was far from just […] Read more »

St. Gabriel’s Fundraising


On Thursday, May 28 the St. Gabriel’s students gathered at the Fairhaven Animal Shelter to present Animal Control Officer Kelly Massey with a check for $1,727, one-third of their total cash fundraising efforts. The students visited with the cats and dogs currently housed at the shelter, and learned about how their donation would help provide […] Read more »

Scientist/Children’s Book Author Visits OHS


Loree Griffin Burns knew when she was a young student that she loved science – and writing – and on June 1 she shared her passion for both of her life’s callings with sixth grade students at Old Hammondtown School, highlighting her book Tracking Trash: Flotsam, Jetsam, and the Science of Ocean Motion. The story […] Read more »

Chemistry of Tie Dye


The Marion Natural History Museum’s last afterschool program of this school year featured “Chemistry of Tie Dye” with Chemist Jessica Robidoux and coordinated by Dr. William (Toby) Dills of UMass Dartmouth’s Chemistry Department.  The Museum wishes to thank Ms. Robidoux, Dr. Dills, and all the many volunteers who showed up to help with the program. […] Read more »