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To WHOM IT MAY CONCERN :- Sandwiched between two able men, I have performed during the past two years a part of the duties pertaining to the editorial management of the Teacher. My co-laborers have quietly slipped out of harness, and left me to perform all those duties. It is simply impossible for me to take up their work, and carry it on successfully. For “ I have neither the wit, words, nor worth” of the distinguished Principal of the Salem Normal School, nor the facility of acquiring information possessed by the Master of Franklin School, Boston. But I shall endeavor, as far as possible, to obtain for the Teacher such articles, and secure for it such intelligence, as will be useful and interesting to its readers. To this end, I ask the co-operation of teachers, and of all engaged in the work of education.
The contributing editors have promptly answered all demands made upon them, and will, I have no doubt, continue to do so. That, however, is not enough. The Teacher is the property and organ of the educators of Massachusetts. It is, or should be, the true representative of the educational sentiment of Massachusetts, and should indicate the direction of true progress. It has, therefore, the right to call upon all whose hearts are in educational work for active and
In its behalf, then, and in behalf of the cause to which it is devoted, I appeal to you for such assistance as will enable it to manifest more truly the educational life of our State, as will make it a more useful coadjutor in the school-room, a more inspiring leader in the army of progress.
It is not simply your names upon its subscription-list I ask, though that is something. I want you to help make the Massachusetts Teacher an impersonation of what is best in all Massachusetts teachers. Send, therefore to enrich its pages, your wisest thoughts, your happiest methods, your valuable experiences ; whatever helps you to rouse the sluggish, control the wayward, and reform the vicious; whatever you discover of the laws of moral and intellectual development, — not only the best you do, but the best you see.
Think for one moment what the Massachusetts Teacher would be, had it the warm interest and effective service of all who are engaged in educational work. Shall it be this? It is for you to say. I invite you; more, I entreat you, to take this matter into serious consideration. It concerns you more than it concerns me; but it concerns the welfare of the rising generation and the future of the race most of all.
A few earnest men and women have expressed their willingness to act as contributing editors of the Teacher for the present year. I wish to have the list greatly extended ; and, therefore, invite every live teacher in Massachusetts, every faithful laborer in the educational field, to consider himself or herself, a contributing editor of the Massachusetts Teacher. Send in your choicest gleanings, and every number shall be a sheaf of golden grain, an earnest of richer harvests.
REMOVAL. The EDUCATIONAL EXCHANGE, and office of the Massachusetts Teacher, is now Room 18, Selwyn's Building, 366 Washington street; where teachers and all interested in the cause of education will be cordially welcomed.
The room is pleasant and commodious, and affords superior accommodations. The whole building is a model of convenience and neatness. As soon as the necessary arrangements are completed, the meetings for the discussion of educational topics will be resumed ; to be attended, we trust, and participated in, by large numbers of ladies as well as of gentlemen.
The entrance from the street is through a broad arch-way. Upon reaching the wide folding-doors, turn either to the right or left, enter a narrower doorway, ascend two flights of stairs, walk the length of the passage-way, and Room 18 is before you.
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THE DEATH OF John D. MARSton, late master of the Franklin School, Somerville, which occurred suddenly November 4th, seems worthy of more than a mere record, in a Teachers' Journal. I send you the following, thinking that the readers of the Teacher, to whom he was so favorably known, will be glad to see some recognition of the esteem in which he was held.
Mr. Marston was a native of Parsonsfield, Me. He commenced teaching at the early age of sixteen in Ossipee, N. H., and subsequently taught in several towns in Maine, pursuing at the same time the study of medicine, the idea of practising which, he finally abandoned for the profession to which his life was devoted.
Seventeen years ago he came to East Lexington, and took charge of the Grammar School there, where he remained three years. He afterwards taught six years in Brighton and five in Arlington. In March 1868, he was elected to the mastership of the Franklin School, Somerville.
As a teacher, he was successful in the highest and broadest sense ; while the purity and excellence of his character were such as to secure more than an ordinary share of the confidence and esteem of those who knew him, and the warmest affection of such as enjoyed his friendship.
The cause of education has lost in him an able and judicious advocate, while our own profession is called to lament the untimely departure of one of its most conscientious, earnest and faithful workers.
At a meeting of the teachers of Somerville, held at the Prospect Hill schoolhouse, Monday, November 8, the following resolutions were unanimously adopted :
Whereas, God, in his providence, has removed from our number, by death, John D. Marston, principal of the Franklin School, therefore,
Resolved, That in the death of Mr. Marston we lament the loss of an associate who has left us a noble example of a faithful, earnest, and successful teacher.
Resolved, That the parents and pupils of the Franklin School district have met a severe loss in the death of one who devoted all his power to the good of his school.
Resolved, That the town has lost a Christian man and valued citizen.
Resolved, That we extend to the family and relatives of our late associate our heartfelt sympathy in this time of their bereavement.
Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be sent to his afflicted family.
INTELLIGENCE. Mrs. Anna C. SULLIVAN has been appointed Principal of the Training School to be established in Cambridge. Salary, $1,000.
Miss EMMA F. MUNROE has been appointed assistant in the same school. Salary, $800.
Mrs. ADELAIDE A. KEITH has been appointed assistant in the Shepard School ; Miss Anna W. ALEXANDER, in the Allston School; Miss Eva L. HOLBROOK, in the Putnam School ; and Mrs. HELEN J. WARD, teacher in the Harvard Primary, Cambridge.
Mr. NATHAN W. LITTLEFIELD has been elected sub-master of the High School, Charlestown. Mişs Josie F. CHASE has been elected teacher of Primary School No. 9, of the same city,
Miss LIZZIE C. Wood of the Hillside School, Jamaica Plain, has accepted the position of master's assistant in the Mather School, Boston (Dorchester).
Miss Josephine C. Austin, graduate of the Bridgewater Normal School, and Miss Sarah BLACKBURN have been appointed assistants in the Hillside School, Jamaica Plain.
Miss JENNIE LORD has been appointed master's assistant in the Mt. Vernon School, and Miss NELLIE MERRILL teacher in the Spring Street Primary, West Roxbury.
Mr. S. H. HASKELL, of Newtonville, a graduate of Bridgewater Normal School, has entered upon bis duties as usher in the Dwight School, Boston.
Mr. William B. Atwood, also a graduate of Bridgewater, has been elected sub-master of one of the Charlestown Grammar Schools..
Mr. N. S. KEAY, of the same school, succeeds Mr. Atwood at Milton Lower Mills.
Mr. William E. McDonald, of the East Abington High School, will take charge of the High School in Westport.
Rev. HENRY HAYMAN, B. D., a graduate of Oxford, will succeed Dr. Temple as head-master of Rugby School. Mr. Hayman is comparatively a young man. There were eight other candidates.
CAMBRIDGE. The school committee bave instructed the superintendent of schools to ascertain whether corporal punishment in any form, especially by shaking and pinching, has been practised in any of the schools since the adoption of the rule abolishing such punishment.
Newton. This town has appropriated forty thousand dollars to rebuild the school-bouse at Newton Centre, lately destroyed by an incendiary. About fifty thousand dollars have been subscribed by the citizens to start a Free Public Library
WALTHAM. The dedication of the new High and Grammar School Houses took place Saturday afternoon, December 4th, in the large hall of the latter building. This structure is situated on the corner of Lexington and School streets, is of wood, two stories high, surmounted by a Mansard roof, is ninetythree feet long and sixty-one feet in width. The first and second stories are beautifully finished in brown ash, and are divided into eight school-rooms, capable of accommodating four hundred pupils; the upper or attic story, which is fifteen feet high, is finished in a very superior manner, and will be used for an exbibition room, and also for town purposes. It will conveniently accommodate seven bundred persons. The workmanship of every description, inside and out, is of the best.
The High School is situated on School street, only a short distance from the
Grammar. The building is of the same general character as the other, although the inside trimmings are of a more elaborate description. This building will not be entirely finished for another week, although it was deemed appropriate to dedicate both at the same time. Each of these structures has been furnished with a first-class Chickering piano-forte.
The services of the dedication began shortly after two o'clock, Mr. J. R. Scott presiding. After the singing of a hymn by the scholars of both schools together, a prayer was offered by Rev. Thomas F. Fales. Introductory remarks were made by Mr. Daniel French, on behalf of the building committee, and brief addresses by the Rev. L. P. Frost, the Rev. Daniel E. Chapin, the Rev. E. E. Strong, Mr. Josiah Rutter, the Rev. Dr. Thomas Hill, and Mr. F. M. Stone. After the singing of another hymn by the scholars, David H. Mason, Esq., of Newlon, member of the Board of Education, made a long and interesting address, much of it being taken up with a retrospective view of past times, even going back to the primitive ages. Speaking of the present prosperity of Massachusetts, he said there were five thousand schools in the State, and eight thousand teachers; there are 270,000 children in process of education, and 30,000 graduating every year. About three millions had been appropriated during the year for schools and apparatus, and one and a half million besides had been spent by the city of Boston alone for the same purpose. After Mr. Mason had concluded, the ceremony of presenting the keys was performed, Isaac F. Scott, chairman of the building committee, in a few appropriate remarks delivering them to the Rev. Dr. Hill, who received them on behalf of the School Committee, and presented them to the principal of the Grammar School, Mr. William E. Sheldon. After receiving them, Mr. Sheldon delivered a very appropriate address to the company. He was followed by the Rev. James C. Parsons, principal of the High School. The exercises were then closed by the singing of an original hymn by the scholars. — Boston Daily Advertiser.
WORCESTER. — The regular monthly meeting of the Worcester Teachers' Association for December was held on Saturday afternoon, at the High School building, Mr. Geo. A. Adams. presiding.
About seventy-five teachers were present, all of whom manifested a lively interest in the object of the meeting, and especially in several matters presented by Mr. Marble, the superintendent.
Miss M. S. Fitch, of the Salem street Grammar school, illustrated her method of teaching drawing by a class of thirteen scholars, whose hands moved promptly and uniformly to the counting of their teacher, leaving lines upon the blackboard which evinced a good degree of skill, considering the limited time they have been in training. Teacher and class received a hearty vote of thanks.
The teaching of drawing in the Worcester schools was initiated last summer, when Miss Dyer, of Boston, a teacher highly accomplished in the art, visited the various schools and gave model lessons, and also gave special instruction to teachers on Wednesday afternoons.
The question in relation to the number of studies in the schools being too many was discussed with considerable interest by Mr. C. C. Foster of Lamartine street, followed by Messrs. Comins, Harrington and Marble. It was argued