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hold arts in the schools; and, third, to increase the efficiency of the instruction in this department."
Certainly such an association cannot fail to prove of large and growing value, as it also testifies to the efficient zeal of Miss Homans, who so long directed the school when it was in Boston, and through whom the Mary Hemenway trustees still continue to donate gifts to the Framingham Normal School.
In regard to the other work of the school, we have regretfully to record the resignation of Miss Susan J. Hart, who for eight years was its teacher of natural sciences. She was an instructor of exceptional ability, endowed with large and varied gifts of personal character, which were of great value in her intercourse with her pupils. Her place has been ably filled by Miss Anna M. Clark, a graduate of the University of Vermont, and who has taught successfully at the normal school, New Britain, Conn.
Greatly to our disappointment, Miss Harriet Lacey, teacher of drawing, has been compelled to resign, by reason of ill health. Her place has not yet been filled. Mr. Frederic W. Howe now devotes all his time to the work in chemistry. Mr. Prescott continues as teacher of bacteriology to the household arts department, and lectures to the whole school on kindred subjects. Mr. Archibald gives an increased number of hours to music, and a new instructor, Miss Anna F. Claflin, who has been teaching in Newton, Mass., has been engaged for the seventh grade of the practice school.
The work of the practice school has been rearranged, so that each member of the three divisions of the senior class has twelve weeks of observation and teaching in all the grades, from the kindergarten through the ninth grade. Knowing something of all grades, and having some time before beginning to teach in the practice school, she is neither hurried nor worried by what is before her.
The kindergarten has been reopened in one of the parlors of Crocker Hall, under the guidance of Miss Phebe M. Beard, who has been assistant principal of the kindergarten department at the New Britain Normal School. Such an arrangement of rooms, however, clearly indicates the need of more space. May Hall, never too large, has become entirely inadequate for the increased and increasing number of pupils. The gymnasium itself, except at such hours as the pupils are exercising there, has to be used for other classes of the school.
Miss Sarah E. Pratt, who for four years has been lady superintendent of the boarding houses and one of the teachers of Latin, and who for fifteen years previously had given all her time to teaching in the normal school, has resigned. She has given generously and faithfully of her ability, discretion and zeal to the exacting duties of her positions, and will be greatly missed. Her place has been filled by the appointment of Miss Wilkinson of Syracuse, who has been put in charge of the boarding houses.
Various improvements have been made in the buildings and on the grounds, at a comparatively trifling expense. A “ bicycle run,” leading into a once empty basement of Crocker Hall, has been so well built that it has become a pleasing architectural feature of the Hall.
The proper equipment of a lunch room is still a problem, owing to lack of space, but at least the pupils who come daily by train are provided at noon with hot chocolate or soup.
Best of all, golf links have been established, at a very trifling cost, on our own grounds and those of the adjoining estates of Mr. Harry D. Eastman, Mr. W. Frank Eastman and Mr. Charles C. Trowbridge. Since golf is “an art and an exact science,” it will take its part with household arts and the other departments of the school in producing strength of mind and body among the scholars.
Mention should be made of the valuable and expert assistance of Maurice Murphy and his brother in the repairs and mechanical equipments of the buildings, and in the many contrivances for lessening the cost of machinery and of utilizing the grounds.
It is impossible, however, for the school to bear its rightful share in the education of pupils as teachers unless some provision can be made for enlarged space. More class rooms for the practice school and for the kindergarten and increased dormitory facilities are essential for its growth and serviceableness.
The same difficulties may soon confront other schools, especially where the boarding halls cannot accommodate all who wish to live in them during their school course, and where such
schools are situated in towns in which it is extremely difficult to obtain board at the same rate as that furnished by the State.
As applicants who had passed the examinations for entrance to the Framingham Normal School were reluctantly compelled to give up coming to it because the halls were full and no further places could be found in the town than those already engaged by the pupils, it will be seen that this matter presses earnestly for solution upon the attention of the whole Board. Shall the State continue to erect buildings, or shall it as tenant take possession of houses additional to those it owns? For it cannot infringe upon the right of parent and child to select that normal school which they prefer, though the course of instruction may be the same in all.
Lectures have been given at the school by Hon. Frank A. Hill, on “ Forces in education ;” Mr. Charles Campbell, of the Royal Normal College for the Blind, England; Charles F. Whitney, on “Historical art decoration ;” Henry T. Bailey, on“ Beauty in common work;” Miss Sarah L. Arnold, on “School discipline;” Mr. H. W. Lull, on “ Educational seatwork;” Miss Emily Curtis, on “ Teaching music in primary schools;" Hon. Harrison Hume, on “ Memorial Day;" Rev. Abel Millard, Mrs. K. G. Wells and Mr. Joseph G. Edgerly, who gave the graduating address on " Everyday problems of school life.” The Glee Club), assisted by several artists, gave a concert, and gifts of Esquimaux curiosities have been received from Mr. Thomas Luce of New Bedford, and of a beautiful palm from Miss Marion Lewis of Framingham.
The statistics of the school are as follows:
1. Number of pupils admitted, September, 1898, 93. Number graduated, June, 1899, four years' course, 4; three years' course, 5; two years' course, 49; total, 58. Certificates were given to 4 for one year's special course. Whole number of pupils for the year 1898-99, 156.
2. Average age of those admitted, September, 1898, 20 years and 4 months.
3. Occupations of parents : merchants, 15; mechanics, 30; farmers, 10; professions, 3; agents, 13; manufacturers, 4; bookkeepers, 4; miscellaneous, 14 ; total, 93.
Residences of the 93 pupils admitted, September, 1898: Mas
sachusetts, - Middlesex County, 55; Worcester County, 5; Norfolk County, 11; Essex County, 1; Berkshire County, 1; Suffolk County, 3; Hampshire County, 2; Nantucket County, 1; Franklin County, 2; total, 81. Other States, - Connecticut, 3; New Hampshire, 3; Maine, 2; Maryland, 3; New York, 1; total 12. From Massachusetts, 81 ; from other States, 12; total, 93.
KATE GANNETT WELLS,
Board of Visitors.
STATE NORMAL SCHOOL, WESTFIELD.
CHARLES S. CHAPIN, PRINCIPAL.
CHARLES S. CHAPIN, A.M., principles of teaching, school economy and
school law; CHARLES B. WILSON, A.M., nature science; WILL S. MONROE, A.B., psychology, historical pedagogy and geography; Edith S. COPELAND, drawing; Edith L. CUMMINGS, manual training and gymnastics ; ADELINE A. Knight, history, literature and English ; MILDRED L. HUNTER, natural science and mathematics; STERRIE A. WEAVER,
supervisor of music. Training School: GEORGE S. WOODWARD, eighth and ninth grades ; JENNIE
E. STODDARD, sixth and seventh grades; E. ABBE CLARK, fourth and fifth grades; FLORENCE P. AXTELLE, second and third grades; EUNICE M. BEEBE, first and second grades; Emma L. HAMMOND, kindergarten.
CHANGES IN THE TEACHING FORCE. A. Louise Rogers, supervisor of music, and Jean R. Austin, teacher in charge of the eighth and ninth grades, resigned at the close of the school year in June, the superior claims of matrimony being the cause in both cases. Miss Rogers has been succeeded by Mr. Sterrie A. Weaver, supervisor of music in the public schools of Westfield. In addition to many years of successful experience in public school work, Mr. Weaver has enjoyed a thorough and varied training. He holds the diploma of the Leipsic Royal Conservatorium for the complete course in harmony, counterpoint and fugue, has been twice a student at the New England Conservatory of Music, has studied piano with Mr. N. HI. Allen of Hartford and Mr. S. A. Emery of Boston, and has studied voice with Signor Rotoli of Rome, Mr. W. H. Leib and Mr. Reinhold Hermann, conductor of the Handel and Haydn Society of Boston. Miss Austin's place has been taken by Mr. George S. Woodward, a graduate of