This is the last Bulletin of the 2017-2018 academic year. It is a bittersweet time of year. We are all looking forward to a change of pace with the start of summer and we reflect on the positive memories of the year as it ends. Hastings staff have been working double time to close out the current year and plan for the one ahead.
This is the time of year when we recognize staff who are leaving our school for the next chapters in their professional and personal lives. We thank and wish all the best to retiring educator Donese Sylvester who has taught at Hastings since 18 and touched hundreds of fourth and fifth graders. Our Behavior Specialist Laurie Foster is also retiring this month. We recognize teachers who have been at Hastings for many years or just one. Lucy Lewis leaves Lexington after 13 years of teaching and deeply impacting children in Kindergarten and second grade at multiple schools. Betsy Peterson has been our intrepid technology integration specialist at Hastings and other elementary schools for eight years. Alaina Peterson moves to another district. Nithya Subramanian will take on the position of math coach in Lexington, working in other schools next year. Assistants Nicole Halvatez, Katie Benenati, Robin DiPietro, Jenny Patrick, Mojan Peykazadi, Marzia Villa, and Johanna Saint Pierre all leave Hastings to pursue new opportunities.
Very big shoes will be left to fill in our main office as Mary Tripi retires in August. Mary has seen the school grow, shrink and grow again since it re-opened in 1995. Her commitment to the children of Hastings will be felt in our school office, even when she is gone.
The end of the year is also an important time to acknowledge and thank people. This Bulletin is compiled and distributed by a team including Audra Myerberg, Kim-Anh Nguyen, Nicola Rinaldi, Kate Criniti, and Amy Muzyka. Our PTO leaders Nicola Rinaldi and Kate Criniti have encouraged the home/school partnership throughout the year. School Site Council Co-chair Rachel Harrington supported the work of this valuable community group. All of our staff members bring their energy, enthusiasm and care for children to Hastings each and every day. The families who make up our community create a bond with their children’s teachers, enhancing the learning of everyone at our school…and our students who grow and gain confidence, competence and compassion: you are the soul of Hastings and we all applaud your learning this year.