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April 2, 2013

School technology committee seeks members

Rowley Town Notebook
Michelle Pelletier Marshall

---- — As part of a directive in Pine Grove School’s Improvement Plan, the school council is creating a technology committee. Two parents, preferably those with information technology backgrounds and knowledge, especially in relating to education, are sought to join the committee. It is expected the committee will meet twice before the end of this school year and up to four times during the 2013/14 school year.

Others included on the committee are: the school principal, the district coordinator of instructional technology, Pine Grove School’s instructional technology teacher, a school council member, two teacher representatives, the school’s library media specialist, and one special education teacher.

Interested candidates should email Pine Grove’s principal Christine Kneeland at by April 12.


The Rowley Public Library book club will meet on Thursday, April 4 at 6:30 p.m. The group will be discussing “The Sense of an Ending” by Julian Barnes.


All families in Rowley are invited to participate in the Read Across America effort happening at the Pine Grove School. A goal of reading 120,000 minutes has been set for the time period from March 25 to April 5. During this time, document the number of minutes read by children and adults alike, and turn them into the school on April 5.

If the community reaches it reading goal, Pine Grove Principal, a dedicated Yankees fan, has promised to wear a Red Sox jersey to school on opening day, April 8. Be a part of the fun and celebrate Read Across America, which is nationwide celebration of reading that coincides with the birthday of Dr Seuss, who is known for writing children’s books

For questions on the effort, contact Elizabeth Cominole, the school’s library media specialist, at or 978-948-2520.


The 11th Annual “Some Like It Hot” Chili Cook-off, which was held on March 9 at the Governor’s Academy, raised more than $2,400 to benefit the Rowley Public Library.

Volunteers contributed to every aspect of the event, including planning, ticket sales, judging, entertaining, score-keeping, baking, decorating and of course, cooking and serving chili. “I wish to extend a sincere thank you to our generous sponsors and to the many people who contributed their time, energy and talent to make the 11th annual event a success,” said Nancy Judge, president of the Friends of the Rowley Library, the group that hosts the yearly event.


Michelle Pelletier Marshall reports on the town of Rowley for The Daily News. She can be reached at