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Enrollment for North Central Charter Essential School

FITCHBURG — North Central Charter Essential School (NCCES) is now accepting applications for the 2006-2007 school year. Information sessions will be held on Sunday, Feb. 12, from 1 to 3 p.m., and Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Families interested in attending the school should plan on attending one of the sessions. The school’s directors, teachers, parents and students will talk about the school, provide a tour of the facility and answer questions. Currently 370 students from 25 towns across Central Massachusetts attend the combination middle and high school located at 1 Oak Hill Road in Fitchburg.

Applications for the upcoming school year are available at the school or on the school’s Web site at You may also call the school to receive an application and brochure by mail. Applications must be received at the school by 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 1 to be included in the March lottery for the 2006-2007 school year. If you want more information about the school, call (978) 345-2701.

Kindergarten registration

TOWNSEND — Kindergarten registration for the 2006-2007 school year will be held at Spaulding Memorial School on Wednesday, March 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Thursday, March 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children do not need to be present to be registered. All children who will be five-years-old by August 31 are eligible.

Parents should bring proof of residency and child’s birth certificate. Health requirements include the following, which must be completed and returned to the school nurse by June 1: a current physical, three doses of the hepatitits B vaccination, fives doses of DPT vaccination, four doses of the polio vaccination, two doses of MMR vaccine, one dose of varicella or a physician certified, reliable history of chicken pox disease, and a lead test. For more information, call (978) 597-0380.

Multiple intelligences presentation

FITCHBURG — Applewild School invites area educators and parents to hear Julie Viens speak about multiple intelligences at the Alumni Center for Performing Arts on Applewild’s lower school campus. She will present at 7 p.m. on Tuesday night, Feb. 21.

Viens is education manager for Wideworld Online Learning for Educators at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. She has also been collaborating with Howard Gardner on Project Zero since 1992. Project Zero seeks practical educational applications for the theory of multiple intelligences that Gardner first developed in 1983. Viens has also co-authored a practical “Teacher’s Toolkit,” for using multiple intelligences (MI) in the classroom.

For more information about the program or about the school, contact Judy Carr, acting director of admission, at (978) 342-6053, ext. 111. For directions to the presentation, visit

Kindergarten registration

HARVARD — Harvard kindergarten registration will be held from Monday, March 6 to Friday, March 10. Parents of eligible students will receive a mailing with a registration appointment as well as an explanation of the screening process and a list of upcoming events. If you do not receive a mailing by March 1, please contact the school at (978) 456-4144. Your child must be 5-years-old by Sept. 1, 2006 in order to be eligible for the kindergarten program. Kindergarten orientation night will be held on Wednesday, April 5, at 6 p.m. in the media center at HES.

Parent-to-parent social

GROTON — The Groton Dunstable Alliance for Youth’s Parent to Parent Network is hosting the second in a series of parent socials. After a successful social on Jan. 6, this social will be held on Friday, Feb. 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Groton Dunstable Middle School North Library. The socials are scheduled to coincide with seventh and eighth grade dances, but are open to all parents in our communities with children in pubic schools, private schools, charter schools or homeschooled.

The purpose of the parent social is to give parents the opportunity to discuss parent interests and challenges, socialize and meet other parents in our area. The socials do not have a formal agenda, but will be used as a catalyst for networking among parents. To learn more about the parent social or the Parent to Parent Network, contact Judy Robinson, GDAY coordinator, at (978) 448-6362, ext. 1132 or

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