Wednesday, July 29, 2015

In the News: Dance and Art, Rooke joins Dean, Bemiss heads MESPA

The Franklin Art Center and Dean College Palladino School of Dance will be at the Franklin Sculpture Park on Saturday, Aug. 1 from 12-3 p.m. during the Franklin Cultural Festival, for a combination of art and dance in the park, 5 Main St., Franklin. 
Performances by the Palladino School of Dance will begin at 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. 
Join the dancers and musicians as they perform at the sculptures in the park. After their performance, children can join Franklin Art Center in a community sculpture project. Students will paint wooden fish that will be installed on a fence as a permanent piece at the Sculpture Park.

Dean College announced John Rooke as director of the Center for Business, Entertainment and Sport Management and distinguished executive faculty in the Schools of Business and the Arts. 
The Center was created by Dean College as an academic partnership with the Kraft Sports Group. It will provide opportunities for students to gain insight from KSG officials, including executives of the New England Patriots, New England Revolution and Patriot Place. 
“I’m thrilled to be a part of this initiative at Dean College,” said Rooke. “I am looking forward to working with the students to provide new educational experiences through our relationship with the Kraft Sports Group, including the Patriots and the Revolution. The students at Dean will be the real winners here. It’s a chance to learn from professionals in the sports and entertainment industries.”

Brian Bemiss, of Franklin, principal of the Huckleberry Hill School in Lynnfield, was named president of the Massachusetts Elementary School Principals’ Association Education Foundation. 
Bemiss worked in education for the past 20 years. He was a fifth-grade teacher in Melrose and Reading before taking on the role of principal in Lynnfield in 2009. Brian has been an active member of MESPA for the past seven years. 
MESPA provides professional development, advocacy and other support to elementary and middle school principals across the state. It was the first association in the country to develop an alternative program for principal certification and has offered both masters and doctoral programs in conjunction with local universities.

MESPA screen grab
MESPA screen grab

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