Ready for Fall at Applewild
The upcoming school year at Applewild School will include some additions in personnel and a brand-new satellite campus at Devens. The 58th school year begins on Tuesday, September 2 on both the main campus at 120 Prospect Street in Fitchburg and at the new facility at 27 Jackson Road in Devens. Jennifer Arno Wing of Gardner has been appointed Director of Admission and Financial Aid. She reports there are limited spaces for students in K-8 and applications will still be considered. In addition to financial aid, the school offers AppleCore Scholarships to qualified candidates. Skip Ciccarelli of Royalston has accepted the position of woodworking instructor. Emily Tansey of Fitchburg will teach Upper School science and Briana Riposa of Fitchburg will be the science intern. Joining the existing preschool staff on the main campus are three teachers at the new Devens preschool facility: Melissa Rossi of Fitchburg, Brenda O’Neill of Leominster and Carolyn Flagg of Gardner. Sherri Ebner of New Ipswich will direct the preschool program at Devens as well as the Child Development Center at Applewild on the main campus. Molly Kalter of Leominster will be Extended Day Coordinator on the Fitchburg campus and a 4th grade aide. Allison Rainville of Lunenburg will be the consultant for the English Language Learning/International Program. The finishing touches are being put on the new Applewild at Devens facility. The center is in the same building as the Devens branch of Mount Wachusett Community College. The dual-purpose facility houses a preschool for ages 2.9 to 5, and a transportation hub for students attending the K-8 school in Fitchburg. The new, modern preschool and pre-Kindergarten overlooking a nature-based playground will offer a curriculum-based program including enriched literacy, science and math, yoga, music and movement, nature exploration and gardening. The facility will be an additional bus stop for students being transported to the main campus. At drop-off after school, K-8 students will be able to stay for homework help and activities for later pick-up. The after-school program will continue on the main campus also. The school is proud of its well-kept buildings and grounds. Preschoolers at the Fitchburg campus will see a new playground in their “tree garden.” The harvest from the campus garden will be enjoyed by all in the Stone Family Dining Hall. In the first week of school, the sixth grade will head to Chewonki Camp in Wiscasset, Maine, the seventh grade to the White Mountains, and the eighth grade to Washington DC for their orientation trips. More information on the programs of Applewild School are at www.applewild.org, or by calling 978-342-6053 x110 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.