Special education brainstorming session

The School Department will host a special education brainstorming meeting on Wednesday, June 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the School Committee Room, located on the second floor of the School Administration Building at 36 Bartlet St.

The meeting will gather parents and guardians of special needs students and other interested individuals together with staff from the Student Services Department to discuss ways to move forward to address special education issues of mutual concern.

Rich Robison, executive director of the Federation for Children with Special Needs, will lead the discussion. 

“Our hope is to reach consensus on a few action items that parents and special education staff could work on jointly over the next few months,” Superintendent Marinel McGrath said in a message to the school community last week.

College Fair at Merrimack College

Merrimack College will host a college fair on Thursday, May 21, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Lawler Arena in the Merrimack College Athletics Complex in North Andover.

In addition to highlighting the opportunities that exist at Merrimack, the free fair will include representatives from more than 150 colleges and universities as well as information on financial aid resources. A full list of participating institutions can be found at www.merrimack.edu/neacac

Students and their families are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Lindsey Darling, director of visitor services at Merrimack’s Welcome Center, at welcomecenter@merrimack.edu or 978-837-5100.

Pike team wins state Forensic League title

The Pike School Speech and Debate Team wrapped up its Massachusetts Middle School Forensic League season at the championship tournament held at Milton Academy earlier this month. The team brought home five of the nine event championships.

Pike champions were Kenyon Pelletier of Andover, winner of the Oratorical Declamation event; Caroline Samoluk of Andover, winner of the Interpretation of Children’s Literature event; Vinay Metlapalli of Andover, winner of the Impromptu Speaking event; Jack Curtin of North Andover, winner of the Play Performance event; and Jennifer Mills of Wilmington, winner of the Demonstration event.

Thirteen members of the Pike School Speech Team will now prepare to compete at the 2015 National Junior Forensic League’s National Tournament, to be held in Dallas, Texas, in mid-June.

Bob Hutchings of Methuen, coach of the Pike School Speech Team, will take a team from the school to its 11th national tournament with the hope of claiming an eighth National Team of Excellence Award in the process. Hutchings has also coached more than a dozen individual national champions at the past seven tournaments.

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