Friday, December 13, 2019

What a testament to Mr. Tulli High School Teacher

What a wonderful recognition of high school teacher, Mr. Steve Tulli.  This is also a testament to the lasting impact educators have on their students.  Congratulations, Mr. Tulli!  Well deserved.

Simon Stock is currently a Captain in the U.S. Army who has served four deployments (the second one to Afghanistan). This particular video was taken on November 11, 2019 in Kabul, Afghanistan as he was supporting the America's partner nations for Operations Freedom Sentinel and Resolute Support. The exact flag that is pictured in the frame was flown in honor of Captain Stock's high school teacher Mr. Steve Tulli who he had at, then, Ayer High School for technology/engineering, as well as an advisor to the Leadership Education Program established in fall 2004 in partnership with the Massachusetts Army National Guard. This past Veterans Day in 2019 marked the 21st annual program that Leadership Education students have participated in honoring and recognizing local veterans from Ayer and Shirley, as well as from across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Mr. Tulli is in his 23rd year in Ayer (29th year overall in teaching).

Captain Stock was a junior in high school when the Leadership Education Program when Mr. Tulli and Staff Sergeant Matthew Meadows first introduced the program at Ayer High School. He was one of the program's first student squad leaders, and was an active participant in many of their activities. Upon graduating from Ayer High School in 2006, Captain Stock enrolled in the ROTC Program at Norwich Academy, and graduated as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. The flag sent to Mr. Tulli from Captain Stock was sent from the 6th Battalion Special Forces on November 13th, shortly after it was packaged from being flown along with flags of other NATO countries on November 11th. It is signed by Command Sergeant Major Maurice Jackson (Senior Enlisted Leader) and Lieutenant General of the U.S. Army James E. Rainey (Senior Commanding Officer).

Pictures of the Week

Look at these engaged high school students in their Dollars and Sense class taught by Mrs. Dautel. Olivia Oestreicher was making a presentation to the class on an Initial Public Offering (IPO). Future stockbrokers?

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing all ASRSD families a wonderful Thanksgiving. May you enjoy a nice meal in the comfort of family and friends during this special holiday.

Monday, November 25, 2019

FIRST LEGO League Robotics

If you have not had a chance to attend a Robotics competition you are in for a treat!

Three Lura White and seven Page Hilltop FIRST LEGO League robotics teams will compete with teams across Massachusetts on Saturday, November 30 with matches running from 9 AM to 3 PM.  For the first time ever, the competition will take place at our Ayer Shirley Regional Middle School and is hosted by the Ayer Shirley Regional High School robotics team, Andromeda One.

This year's robot challenge, City Shaper, was powered by STAR WARS, a Force for Change.  For more information about the challenge, go to  School administration, parents and community members are invited to cheer on the teams.  The event is free and open to the public.  Good luck to all of our 4th and 5th grade robotics teams!

A special thank you to our FIRST LEGO League robotics team sponsors: Ayer Shirley Parent Teacher Organization, Ayer Shirley Education Foundation, Bemis Associates Inc. and BAE Systems.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Pictures of the Week

I had the opportunity to visit Ms. Powell's 2nd Grade class at LAW this week.  It was a writing lesson and I conferenced with many of the students.  Boy, they are such good writers! And, they know the writing process!  When asked by Ms. Powell if they had completed some of the important steps in writing, their answer was "Check!"

Thursday, November 21, 2019

The Bremer family from Ayer has grown by one. Kerry Bremer, Special Education Teacher for CASE Collaborative, and her family live in the town of Ayer. The family of five has become a family of six through kindness and love. Siblings Kristen and Jonathan are both graduates of Ayer Shirley Regional High School (ASRHS) where their younger sister, Kaitlyn is currently a Junior. The Bremer family runs the Unlimited Basketball and Baseball programs in Ayer for students with disabilities. Please read this heartwarming story and welcome their son Jake to our community.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Congratulations to the recipients of the John & Abigail Adams Scholarship! This merit-based scholarship provides a tuition waiver for up to eight semesters for education at any of the 29 UMass Universities, MA state universities, and MA community colleges.

To qualify a student must score in the Advanced category on one of the MCAS tests, ELA, math or STE; and score proficient or advanced on the remaining two. Students must also have a combined score on the MCAS assessments that ranks in the top 25% in their school district.

A big congrats to these awesome seniors:

Samantha Abrams
Julia Alo
Gustar Angulo
Dimitri Battle
Nasia Bykov-Newly
Devin Cannava
Abigail Clemence
Vanessa Delk
Bryce Denmark
Dejah Fleurancois
Clay Gensel
Jake Gerace
Christopher Govang
Nicholas Granger
Kristen Harder
Spencer Lee
Nicholas Lunardo
Dana Maloney
19. Anthony Mavilia
20. Ethan McFetridge
21. Tyler Meehan
22. Lucas Monteiro
23. Davis Preston
24. Deran Quinty
25. William Schilp
26. Shaunessy Straitiff
27. Minda Tiernan
28. Danielle Varner
29. Ariel Velasquez
30. Brooke Venkitachalam
31. Dylan Wade
32. Cassidy Wenstrom
33. Michael Woodland