School Chief: Millbury Students ExcelIing In AP Courses

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School Superintendent Susan Hitchcock (file photo) reported that Millbury students were doing well in AP courses during the meeting on Wednesday night. Photo Credit: Steve Balestrieri

MILLBURY, Mass. — Millbury High School's top students are flourishing in their Advanced Placement courses.

That news was delivered to the School Committee on Wednesday night by Superintendent of Schools Susan Hitchcock .

Millbury has 49 students in the AP program, according to Hitchcock, with the majority scoring in the high 4-5 range during recent exams, and a handful scoring in the 3 range, Hitchcock said. Colleges look for mostly 4-5 scores, but will accept 3's in some instances.

Committee member Leslie Vigneau said she was amazed at how many students were in the AP programs, given Millbury High's small size.

Hitchcock also spoke about AP class sizes. A few, she said, are 10 students or fewer. She said the district is in the process of developing more classes, some of which can be taken at the high school and others that may be taken on-line.

One of the AP classes the district is having trouble filling, Hitchcock said, is special education, but she hopes to develop more interest in it next year.

In other business, the committee was given a presentation by Director of Food Services Mary Leslie on the new national and state nutritional regulations. Sponsored by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), the school system is encouraging and helping students to make healthier eating and physical activity choices.

Leslie talked about some of the changes in the menu that promote healthier eating. Replacing high-fructose corn syrup with sugar, serving baked potatoes and baked sweet potatoes, replacing regular lettuce with spinach and romaine, preparing different kinds of salads such as black bean salad, turkey tacos and home-made pizza with fresh ingredients were just some of the examples she cited.

She invited the committee to visit the school during lunch, especially on pizza day. Leslie also said they are monitoring food waste and student participation in the lunch program. Committee member Bill Borowski asked Leslie if it would be possible to get feedback from students in the future as to what they liked, disliked and would like to see in the program.

The next scheduled meeting is Dec. 12 at 7 p.m.

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