Norton Teachers Association Newsletter Summer 2019

President's Message

Fund Our Future Rally

On May 16th we had almost 30 educators head up to Boston to call on the State House to pass the PROMISE and CHERISH Acts to increase funding for our schools. This was an inspirational experience as teachers from Pre Kindergarten through high school and beyond all spoke together in one voice for our students. There is still work to be done, but this was a huge step forward for us collectively. Personally, I felt so incredibly proud to have been sitting on a bus full of educators from Norton, past and present. Thank you to everyone who joined the over one thousand people on the Common on that day!

JCS Community Night

On May 22nd, JCS hosted our first NTA Community Night. The theme was “Dinner and a Show”. Amy Weber put together an amazing reader’s theatre performed by JCS students. Here is the link to the video if you would like to see! Chartwells provided pasta, salad, rolls, and a sundae bar. We had about 75 people join us for this fun night out. We had raffle prizes put together beautifully by Amy Weber and Sarah Adams which raised $300 for It Takes a Community. Over 25 JCS Staff helped throughout the night, including one classroom per grade level, special education classrooms, and specialist classrooms which were open for tours! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping organize a great night out for the community of Norton!

Happy Retirement

JCS- Maureen Allen and Pauline Kitchen

LGN- Nora Jestus

HAY- Cheryl Benz

NHS- Pat Penza and Jerilyn Tameo

The Faculty, staff and students of Norton High School wish Patricia Penza a happy retirement! Congratulations on a great career and a well-deserved retirement. May you enjoy this new chapter and all the time to accomplish what your heart desires. Bonne Retraite Madame Penza!

About Mrs. Patricia G. Penza

After graduating with a B.A. in French from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, Patricia G. Penza began her teaching career at Xaverian Brothers High School. She started a Master’s program in French at Boston College, but put that work on hold while she married, moved to Foxborough and had her first child. Several years later, Patricia completed her certification in both French and Spanish and received her M. A. in French from Rhode Island College and had her second child. In 1997, she left her position as Department Chair at Xaverian and came to Norton High School as a Department Chair and teacher of Spanish. Eventually, she switched from teaching entirely Spanish to teaching in French. Patricia has served as advisor to the French Honor Society, the Chess and Games Club, and was among the founding members of Norton High School’s Diversity Alliance. She is retiring after 39 years as a world language educator: 17 years at Xaverian and 22 years at Norton High School.

Write up and photo courtesy of Cristina Guillermo

Baby Shower

Baby Shower at LGN

Showering Becky and Tessa with love for their bundles of joy!

Baby Shower at HAY

Best wishes for Cat Winters and her new baby!

Noteworthy News

NMS Talent Show pictures courtesy of Kim Zajac

Our Olympians are ready! Good Luck on June 7th!


Nicole Nunes was the receipient of the Kathleen Roberts Humanitarian Award given by the Bristol County Education Association (BCEA). She was recognized for her leadership in SEL related programs and her work in starting a Unified sports program at Norton High School.

Paula Beisheim will be attending the National Education Association (NEA-RA) meeting in Houston, Texas as a state delegate from July 2 through July 8.

NMS' Margo Bridges was nominated as MassCUE's Featured Educator in June!

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