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Library encounters problems with computer bandwidth By Christopher Roberson


he Library Board of Trustees was recently notified that the library’s computer bandwidth has been struggling to keep up with the growing number of users. During the board’s Nov. 7 meeting, Director Holly Mercer said as many as 100 devices are connected to the library’s network every day. “We are having a lot of users; we noticed this last year,” she said. In response, Vice Chairman

Faith Honer-Coakley asked if there is anything the library could do independently to increase the bandwidth. Mercer said one option could be to utilize additional hotspots. “That might work,” she said. However, Member Russell Boekenkroeger said bandwidth should never have been an issue in the first place. “I think this is a real problem … If the state is involved in funding this, then there are people we can talk to about that,” he said.

In other news, Mercer said the Friends of the Lynnfield Library recently raised $3,106 during the Fall Used Book Sale, which exceeds last year’s total. She also said the library will be the first in the North of Boston Library Exchange (NOBLE) to have a customer counter. Mercer said the device has been ordered and is working with NOBLE and the Department of Public Works on the installation process. Chairman Robert Calamari Jr. called attention to the success

MCAS 2.0 propels Summer Street School to number one By Christopher Roberson

were released in mid-October by the State Department of Elor the third time since ementary and Secondary Ed1998, Summer Street Ele- ucation. Using SchoolDigger. mentary School received the com, Tremblay said, school ofhighest MCAS scores for that ficials learned that Summer grade level, surpassing the Street had snuck by Willard other 933 elementary schools Elementary School in Conin Massachusetts. cord by one-tenth of a point “ There can only be one to capture the number one number one in the state, I ranking. “The Department of could not be more proud,” said Elementary and Secondary Superintendent of Schools Education doesn’t send a letJane Tremblay, who was the ter saying ‘Congratulations, principal at Summer Street for you’re number one,’” she said. 10 years. “It is a tribute to how According to SchoolDigger. well the teachers are doing; com, 86 percent of Summer it’s a great place to be.” Street’s third grade students She said this year’s scores met the educational stanare a testament to how well dards in English Language the teachers uphold the Arts; throughout the district, state’s educational frame- 85 percent of students met work. “Our teachers are su- the standards. Both percenper-intentional in teaching tiles far exceeded the state’s the standards,” said Tremblay. score of 47 percent. In math, “It’s something that the Sum- 96 percent of third grade stumer Street teachers hold near dents met the standard comand dear.” pared to 92 percent of the stuTremblay said the Next Gen- dents across the district and eration30MCAS giv49AMpercent statewide. Fixed Mario G2.0 was 1 11/3/2017 11:21:07 en last spring and the results The fourth grade students


did almost as well as 78 percent met expectations in English Language Arts, which surpassed the district’s score by five percent and the state’s score by 30 percent. In math, 89 percent of Summer Street’s fourth grade students met the standards. By comparison, Lynnfield’s score was 84 percent and the state’s score was 49 percent. Tremblay said that although the new MCAS is about as long as the original assessment, it does require a “higher level of thinking.” She said that in addition to Summer Street, the faculty at Huckleberry Hill Elementary School and Lynnfield Middle School have provided students with MCAS preparation sessions for the past “12-13 years.” While preparation is important, Tremblay said, her teachers always keep the MCAS hype to a minimum. “We really try to take the pressure off of the kids,” she said.

of recent programming, such as Money and Finance, Two for the Show, and Genealogy. “These are hits; we have got to keep repeating these,” he said. In addition, Mercer said youth programming has increased by 28 percent and adult programming has climbed by 41 percent. “Those are awesome statis-

tics,” said Honer-Coakley. “We’re just going up and up and up.” Regarding the status of the library project, Mercer said members of the board would be meeting with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners to discuss the project’s grant application. The meeting will be on Nov. 14 in Northborough.

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