MassArt Awards “Excellence in Art Education” to Teacher Rosanne Trolan In line with its mission to provide access to superior art education to the public, Mass Art honors distinguished art educators from Massachusetts who have shown a lifetime achievement in serving the public. These individuals are pioneers or innovators in their practice of helping their students develop artistic minds, all the while promoting equity in access to art education. This year’s award was given to Cotting Art Teacher Rosanne Trolan. Learn more about Cotting’s Art Program here. Learn more about the MassArt award here.
Family and friends of former Cotting teacher, Louise H. Marr, gathered on Saturday, May 15, to celebrate her life and dedicate The Louise H. Marr Auditorium and Performing Arts Center. For over 40 years, Louise joyfully met the needs of her students, greatly impacting their lives. In the words of William J. Carmichael, Cotting’s Superintendent from 1955-1984 and her supervisor during her tenure here, she was “a beacon of light in the art of teaching.” Her commitment to her life’s work is beautifully expressed in his remarks at the dedication. Read William J. Carmichael remarks here.
Cotting students gathered at the Double Tree hotel in Waltham on Friday, May 14, for a lovely evening of dinner and dancing.
Throughout the school year, Cotting students explore a variety of media and expressive techniques in art class, including ceramics, painting, pottery, print making, and sculpture. The annual Spring Arts Night on May 6 brought families together to see the results of the students’ hard work. Hosted by award-winning art teacher, Rosanne Trolan, Spring Arts Night featured the Cotting Chorus singing their hearts out, a jewelry display by the Vocational Workshop students, pots for sale to benefit Wings of Hope and examples of work done in Industrial Arts class.
On Sunday, May 2, Dr. Jane Goodall met with Cotting students and other Roots and Shoots student groups at a Leadership Summit to talk about ways they are trying to make the world a cleaner and safer place for humans and animals. This event was part of the Goodall Institute’s celebration of Gambe 50, honoring the 50 years since Dr. Goodall began working with chimpanzees in Gambe Park, Tanzania. Her study of the chimps led to her work toward saving their environment, and subsequently starting Roots and Shoots groups globally to create awareness of the need to save habitats everywhere.... Read More
Each spring the senior class takes a trip as part of their traditional end-of-year celebrations. Long anticipated, this trip to Disney World is a source of pride and lasting memories. Starting in September, the class sponsors fundraisers to help cover the cost. From their 5:30 a.m. meeting at Logan Airport early Sunday, May 2, to their return late Wednesday, May 5, the seniors and their chaperones had a wonderful time. They rode roller coasters, swam in the pool, met Disney characters, and enjoyed the warm weather. It goes without saying that they also laughed a lot! Many thanks to trip... Read More
Students Take to Connelly Field for the first Challenger Little League Game of the Season Saturday, May 1, dawned clear and bright, an auspicious beginning for Cotting’s inaugural Challenger Little League. A grand total of 54 students and their families gathered in two shifts for the games, which pitted the Baltimore Orioles vs. the Oakland A’s, and the St. Louis Cardinals vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers. The excitement was palpable as pitches were tossed, bases run, and runs scored. Amid lots of cheers, Sara F. hit the first home run of the Little League season, bringing home runners on all... Read More