Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Honor Roll for the second quarter at Swampscott High.
Tuesday, February 19
SWAMPSCOTT HIGH SCHOOL QUARTER TWO HONOR ROLL SENIORS HIGH HONORS Dennis Averin, Alexandra Aylward, Ryn Benson, Zachary Blonder, Patrick Burkett, Erin Cassidy, Phillip Cherner, Alexandra Cohen, Renee Cooper, Samuel Crimmins, Nancy Do, Chloe Dorgan, Jessica Fagundo, Elana Feldman, Rebecca Fine, Kristen Foaksman, Elizabeth Galvin, Bridget Genoversa-Wong, Julia Ginsburg, Anna Greene, Alison Grimes, Peter Hale, Mariah Hanson, Sionna Hopkins, Sandra Katsnelson, Andrew Keenan, Elizabeth Kirby, Korinna Krutikova, Lauren Legere, Caitlyn Ludke, Julieanne Marquis, Marissa McCormack, Shannon McGovern, Rosalie Moleti, Rachel Moran, Lauren Morse, Shagufta Naz, Gabrielle Rizzo, Sydney Rodenstein, Cymantha Rogers, Aristana Scourtas, Tiara Smith-…
The School Committee meets at 7 in Room B208 at the high school.
1) Town and School Meeting Watch: Tonight the Harbor and Waterfront Advisory Committee, 6:30, the Finance Committee, 7, and the Historical Commission, 7, are scheduled to meet at Town Hall. 2) Newsbit of the Day: Tonight the School Committee is scheduled to talk about and plan for the superintendent succession. The committee meets at 7 in Room B208 at Swampscpott High. 3) Swampscott Scholars: Cathryn Roberts was among the students from the University of Massachusetts Boston who made the Fall 2012 Dean's List: 4) Weather Watch: A slight chance of snow before 10 am, then a slight chance of rain and snow between 10 am and 11 am, then a chance of rain after 11 am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 46. South wind 10 to 14 mph, with gusts as …
Monday, February 18, 2013
In addition, the district plans to spend about $85,000 — based on an annual salary — for an interim superintendent
Superintendent Lynne Celli is scheduled to earn $85,000, or half her current $170,000 salary, in her new position as executive superintendent for special projects. The superintendent announced her new role at Wednesday's School Committee meeting. The superintendent said the change was initiated by the School Committee but she was amenable to it since it is consistent with her future plans. After the meeting, when asked why the change was taking place, both the superintendent and the chairman of the School Committee, Larry Beaupre, declined to say any more than what was presented in the superintendent's statement. The School Committee released a statement of its own on Thursday. You will find it at the bottom of this post. Also, you will …
Friday, February 15, 2013
Snowbound sidewalks force walkers into the road, many of them children on their way to and from school.
Hadley parents hope for help getting their kids safely to school when ice and snow stand in the way. And no doubt parents with children at other elementary schools share a similar hope. Melissa Defilippi, mom to a Hadley kindergartener, hopes help arrives in the form of a Town Meeting by-law requiring residents to clear sidewalks in front of their homes. Cleared sidewalks would give children a place to walk other than the side of the road. She is hopeful selectmen will propose the Town Meeting by-law. The head of the Department of Public Works, Gino Cresta, said sidewalk shoveling proposals have come before several Town Meetings in his 15 years as a meeting member. Each time it has been defeated, he said. Opponents say the by-law would …
The chairman said he took a hard look at the committee's and his job's demands and his family's needs and reconsidered his decision to run for re-election.
As of now it appears only two people have their eyes on serving on the Swampscott School Committee. Chiarman Larry Beaupre said in an email last night that he has reconsidered and will not run for re-election. "On January 9, I announced that I intended to seek another term on the Swampscott School Committee," he said. "Since then, I have had to take a hard look at the demands of my job, the needs of my family and demands involved in serving as Chair for the past year. As a result, I have decided not to seek another term at this time." The chairman went on to say, "It has been an honor and a privilege to have served on the Committee and to have worked with the talented and dedicated teachers and administrators that make Swampscott such …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The state's Court of Appeals ruled that a family must pay the town $12,000 because a child was living in Lynn while he was attending a Swampscott school.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Maddy and Felix were recognized as Students of the Month in December.
Swampscott Middle School seventh-graders Felix Luebken and Maddy Chambers have at least two things in common. One: They count math as their favorite subject. Two: They were awarded December Student of the Month plaques. Differences? Well, Maddy seems quieter than Felix. She likes challenges — figuring things out on her own. She likes dance. Especially jazz. She studies at Donna's Dance Studio in Lynn. And she has been going to Swampscott schools all along. Felix is very outgoing. He speaks Chinese, German and English. And humor. He likes to tell jokes. And he came to town from China — Shanghai — just this year. It was a big change. "It was harder to make friends," he said. There are differences in the how you connect with people, at …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Matt Malone was hired in Swampscott in July 2005 and served until August 2009.
Tuesday, January 15
Governor Deval Patrick today officially swore in Matthew H. Malone, Ph.D. as Secretary of the Executive Office of Education. “I am thrilled to welcome Secretary Malone to this critical role within our administration,” said Governor Patrick. “Matt brings a tremendous amount of passion to this work and knows, firsthand, the transformative power that education can have on a young person’s life. I look forward to partnering with him in our continued efforts to build a 21st century education system in Massachusetts that will prepare all of our students for success.” Prior to his appointment, Malone served as Superintendent of the Brockton Public Schools since 2009. He brings real-world experience managing the fourth largest school district…
Sunday, December 23, 2012
Sometimes it is the only way to get comfortable again.
When something happens so horrifically tragic like the Sandy Hook killings, no one knows what to do, but everyone wants to do something, blame someone and solve it quickly. That’s a normal reaction, but it’s too complicated. There is nothing simple that leads to a human being feeling the need to shoot out an elementary school. There is nothing simple about preventing it from happening again or even understanding it. There is no easy way to heal. There is no way to speed up the process and no amount of grief counseling that will make it like it was before. It will be a long and winding road. But, the conversations are important. We need to really picture the whole scene, to try to understand, to the best of our ability, how such things …
Friday, December 21, 2012
The list was made by a student at lunch in the cafeteria and brought to the principal's attention shortly after lunch ended.
A Middle School student was subject to discipline and may face additional action after he allegedly wrote names of students on a "hit list" in the school cafeteria Tuesday at lunch. Immediately after lunch, two students, independently, told the principal and a school guidance counselor about the list, said Middle School Principal Robert Murphy. The student who wrote the classmates' names was questioned by the principal in his office and the boy produced the list, the principal said. The principal notified the Swampscott school resource officer and the superintendent. Police responded to the school with a detective and officer to investigate, according to the police department's log. The principal also assembled his crisis team, including…