Monday, November 6, 2017

Veteran's Day Week Update


Principal's Update

This week there is no school on Tuesday, November 7th for staff professional development and Friday, November 10th in observance of Veteran's Day.

We want to congratulate Mr. Lenny Polacco on being selected as an Outstanding Educator's Award from the University of Chicago. He was nominated by a freshman at the University for being someone that had influenced them, challenged them, or helped them along their path of intellectual growth. We always say that a Swampscott High education starts as you enter the doors here, and Lenny has proven us correct. Please take an opportunity to congratulate Lenny on this outstanding achievement!


November 14 is Parent Teacher Conference Day at SHS. Students will be dismissed at 12:30 and conference times are between 1:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00. Please check out the page on our website (click on this link) that will tell you if a teacher is using Sign Up Genius or would like to schedule via email. We have limited spots. Unlike the elementary level, teachers at SHS have over 100 students each. Therefore, we kindly encourage parents to only schedule a conference if you need to meet to discuss student issues. If your child is doing well, please leave that spot for another parent. If you need more than 10 minutes, please try to connect with the teacher via email and schedule another meeting, possibly in conjunction with the guidance counselors.


We were excited last week as Mr. Crocker's AP Physics 1 class demonstrated their trebuchet projects. See the videos below as they demonstrated their projects. great job everyone!

Students in physics class testing their trebuchets

Students in physics class testing their trebuchets

Students in physics class testing their trebuchets



Sports Update:

Girls Soccer

At the 2nd minute mark: Haley Bernhardt assisted by Sydney Clark
At the 24th. minute mark: Haley Bernhardt assisted by Allison Tribendis

An excellent game was had by Kayla Kornitsky on defense who, throughout the game, made key stops and tackles.

At midfield, Grace DiGrande and Sydney Clark showed great presence.  Their commitment to winning high balls made a difference in the middle.

The night belonged to Haley Bernhardt as she proved to be unstoppable for the visiting team.  Throughout the game, her runs and ball handling ability created discomfort in the back line of Weston.

Next up the Big Blue is a trip to the north semifinals at Manning Field in Lynn on Wednesday, November 8th.  The opponent will come from the winner of Stoneham and Austin Prep.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Pre Halloween Updates


Principal's Update
  • November 2 is our evening for prospective students. This is geared towards families that are investigating private school options or currently attend a private school but are interested in transferring to Swampscott High School next fall. In the spring we have an evening for parents of grade 8 students that are attending SHS.
flyer for prospective student for open house Nov 2, 2017
  • Friday, October 13th- November 17th, the National Honor Society will be collecting donations for the Grant family of Swampscott. Please consider a donation of any amount to help the family. We will have ribbons available to wear to help support the fight against Esophageal Cancer
  • The SHS robotics team, the Currents, are preparing for their new season! This year brings in plenty of new members, and if you are interested in joining or helping out talk to Ben Ringler or email Mr. Crocker at crocker@swampscott.k12.ma.us. Competitions take place in February, but we will be having challenged and meetings on Wednesdays throughout the year!
Sports Update:

Girls Cross Country shut-out Salem 15-50 to move to 4-2 overall and 4-1 in the NEC South. Rounding out the top 5 spots were Caroline Kinne, Clara Harrington, Leonie Flacke, Elizabeth Green and Gigi Dishman. They race this weekend at Franklin Park and close out the regular season on Tuesday vs Medford at Medford.

Boys Country Team defeated Salem 23.5-35.5 to move too 5-1 overall and 5-0 in the NEC South. Rounding out the top 5 spots were Pat Doucette, Evan Lippman, Will Fraser, Will Fuller and Reece Klusza. The boys will compete Saturday at Franklin Park and on Tuesday vs Medford at Medford closing out the regular season. If they win Tuesday the boys will secure the NEC South Title.

Volleyball had a very good week playing 3 matches and winning them all.
Monday we faced off against Somerville at Somerville in a tough match that started out with us losing the first two sets. Never giving up the Team rallied back to win the next 3 sets to take the match 3-2. We then faced Saugus at Home on Wednesday and had total control, winning 3 quick sets. Then Thursday night another home game against Lynn Classical where again the Team took total control of the match and won 3-0 again improving our Record to 8-6.

Girls' Soccer played on Tuesday, October 17: Swampscott 2 at Peabody 3
Haley Bernhardt had a great game and one that kept the defense from Peabody in check.  A great game was also had from Sydney Clark in the middle of the field where her big presence denied the quick midfield line from Peabody to get too comfortable.
On Thursday, October 19: Swampscott 7 at Somerville. Haley Bernhardt had a fantastic game.  Her performance got her to the top of the NEC scoring table.  Also with an excellent show was defender Kayla Kornitsky who managed to make key stops to help goalkeeper Fiona Herring pick up another shutout.  At midfield, Grace DiGrande displayed great hustle and decision making that allowed for Bernhardt to be set up nicely for scoring opportunities.

Boys Soccer had a very busy week with four games. Able to pull off a win against  Saugus, Big Blue added a win to their season. With three close games to close out the week, our boys were unlucky against Revere, Medford, and North Andover. We kick off the new week against Beverly at home on the 23rd.

Big Blue Football defeated Saugus 40-19 this Saturday afternoon. Great effort from all. Outstanding efforts from the offensive and Defensive line play. The offensive line allowed Frary to throw for 370 yds. in 3 quarters and the Defensive line allowed only 7 points before we changed them out. This Saturday starts a new season and the playoffs. Saturday at our place @ noon vs. Watertown.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Dance Friday, Senior Photo info, Gmail, and more!



Principal's Update


  • Class of 2018 must have their senior yearbook photo selected by October 21st for it to be included in the yearbook. Please follow the instructions sent with your proofs to choose your photo. Any question email comparato@swampscott.k12.ma.us
  • Halloween Dance - Oct 20 from 6:30-9:30. Tickets are $10 and will go on sale October 10th through October 20th during 1st and 2nd lunch. Tickets will be sold at the door. Costumes must be school appropriate and no masks! Please pick up your students at 9:30 PM on the night of the dance.
  • Friday, October 13th- November 17th, the National Honor Society will be collecting donations for the Grant family of Swampscott. Please consider a donation of any amount to help the family. We will have ribbons available to wear to help support the fight against Esophageal Cancer
  • This Thursday all Swampscott High School students will have an assembly about the Responsible Use Agreement and Gmail in preparation for the turning on of Gmail in grades 9-12. The email will only be used internally between staff & students during our first year. We hope that by turning this on we can allow students and staff easier ways to communicate with each other and for staff to send out relevant announcements to students. 
  • The SHS robotics team, the Currents, are preparing for their new season! This year brings in plenty of new members, and if you are interested in joining or helping out talk to Ben Ringler or email Mr. Crocker at crocker@swampscott.k12.ma.us. Competitions take place in February, but we will be having challenged and meetings on Wednesdays throughout the year!

Athletics

Last year, the SHS Ski Team had a very successful first season. The girl's team will have varsity status this year! The boys missed qualifying by one race and will continue to compete as a junior varsity team with hopes to reach varsity status for next year. We are excited to welcome new members to the team! Please contact beccasobrien@gmail.com or semarston67@gmail.com if you (or your child) is interested. 

  • No ski racing experience is necessary, although general skiing ability is required. 
  • The season runs for approximately 8 weeks, starting after Thanksgiving until mid-February., with the possibility of a state championship race in late February. 
  • For the month of December, dry land and weight training will be held at the high school. 
  • On snow training and racing begins in January. 
  • All practices and races will be held at Bradford Mountain. Bus transportation will be provided. 
  • Weekly commitment is 2 days per week, with 2 optional training days available. 
  • No weekend practices or races. 
  • Experienced ski race coach. 
  • Athletes will need to provide their own skis and ski equipment. 
  • Storage space will be available at the high school for the athlete's ski equipment 

Big Blue Football
team beat Revere Friday night 27-0. The team welcomed back Andy Rosa that was a big help on defense in the shutout. The offensive line opened some big holes to get the running game going. Well on to Saugus this week home this Saturday at noon. 

Girls' Soccer
played a couple of games this past week:
On Saturday at Hoosac Valley Regional the score was 2-2
Sarah Tribendis had a tremendous game at holding midfield while Sydney Clark was solid as an offensive midfielder. As an outside midfielder, Alison Tribendis showed great stamina while making offensive runs and recovery runs. On Monday at Beverly, the score was a 0-3 loss. The midfield line played an excellent game. The players were disciplined and executed team defense remarkably. That line included Sydney Clark, Grace DiGrande, Kendra Fitzgerald, Alison Tribendis, Sarah Tribendis, and Jackie Frisoli.

Big Blue Golf
played Salem and lost 35.5 - 36.5. Playing well in defeat was Ryan Graciale (4.5-4.5), Steve Santanello (8-1), and Aidan Graciale (6.5-2.5). On Thursday we played a very tough Gloucester team and lost 26.5 - 45.5. Playing well for the Big Blue was Max Pegnato (5-4), Jack Poska (4.5-4.5), and Nate Stern (4.5-4.5). This brings our record to 5-9.

Swampscott girls XC took a hard battle loss to Danvers 36-20 to move to 3-2 overall and 3-1 in the NEC South. Top 5 finishers were 3rd Clara Harrington, 6th Leonie Flacke, 7th Gigi Dishman, 10th Elizabeth Green and 12th Rita LaPlante.

Swampscott boys Cross Country took home the win vs Danvers 27-30 to improve to 4-1 overall and 4-0 in the NEC South. Top 5 finishers were 1st Oliver Daniels-Koch, 3rd Patrick Doucette, 6th Chris Figiueredo,8th Evan Lippman and 9th Will Fraser. 

Swampscott Volleyball played a match at Home tonight against Danvers High.
Swampscott lost the match 1-3. Although losing against a tough Danvers team, Swampscott played a good solid and exciting match. Some stats from the match Junior Middle Alexa Winter had 9 Kills and 5 Blocks, Sophomore Setter Cassidy Ryan had 4 Kills and 1 Service Ace and Sophomore Outside Hitter Annika Laudemann contributed with 5 Kills. Our record now is 5-6. We go to Somerville on Monday to try and break our 4 games losing Streak.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Columbus Day Weekend

Principal's Update

  • A reminder School is closed on Monday, October 9th. The school will reopen at the usual time on Tuesday the 10th.
  • Retakes for photos for students in grades 9-11 are Thursday, October 12. Flyers are in the main office and there are online payment options.
  • Progress Reports are available on Aspen today at 3:00 PM.
  • All parents should have access to Aspen, our grading, attendance and student information system. All progress reports and report cards will only be available via Aspen. If you do not know your parent account please email techsupporths@swampscott.k12.ma.us. We ask that parents and students do not share accounts so teachers can have access to both parent and student emails.
  • Class of 2018 must have their senior yearbook photo selected by October 21st for it to be included in the yearbook. Please follow the instructions sent with your proofs to choose your photo. Any question email comparato@swampscott.k12.ma.us
Activities Update

Halloween Dance - Oct 20 from 6:30-9:30. Tickets are $10 and will go on sale October 10th through October 20th during 1st and 2nd lunch. Tickets will be sold at the door. Costumes must be school appropriate and no masks! Please pick up your students at 9:30. 

I AM THAT GIRL is teaming up with Coastsweep to clean up Fisherman's Beach on Saturday, October 7th at 9:30 a.m. You do not need to be a member to participate. Materials will be provided This event is open the community! Please join us. For more information, email thomas@swampscott.k12.ma.us. Hope to see you there!

The SHS Science Team will be heading to their first competition next Tuesday, October 9th! Anyone interested in joining is still very welcome and should see Ms. Camire for details! All are welcome!!

Starting Friday, October 13th the National Honor Society will be collecting donations for the Grant family of Swampscott. Abby Grant is fighting inoperable Esophageal Cancer and the donations will be used to offset the mounting medical costs that the family is incurring for her care. Both children are graduates of SHS (Ben - 2014 and Aliza - 2016). We will collect money at both lunches every Friday from the 13th until November 17th. Please consider a donation of any amount to help the family. We will have ribbons available to wear to help support the fight against Esophageal Cancer.

Sports Update (submitted by coaches- if your team is not below, the coach has not submitted information)

Cross Country:   The Swampscott boys and girls teams beat Winthrop and Gloucester this week in the 2.7mile race. (reminder lowest score wins)
Boys Winthrop 49 Swampscott 19 - 1st Oliver Daniels-Koch set Winthrop Course record 13:27, 3rd Patrick Doucette, 4th Evan Lippman, 5th Will Fraser, 6th Chris Figueiredo. Swampscott 16 Gloucester 53 with 1st Oliver Daniels-koch, 2nd Patrick Doucette, 3rd Evan Lippman, 4th Will Fraser, 6th Chris Figueiredo.
Girls Gloucester 30 Swampscott 25 - 3rd Caroline Kinne, 4th Leonie Flacke, 5th Clara Harrington, 6th Elizabeth Green, and 7th Gigi Dishman. Winthrop 38 Swampscott 20 - 2nd Caroline Kinne, 3rd Leonie Flacke , 4th Clara Harrington, 5th Elizabeth Green and 6th Gigi Dishman.
Both teams are 3-1

Golf:  On Tuesday we played Marblehead at Tedesco CC. We lost a heartbreaker by 1 point (35.5-36.5). The players who won their matches for the Big Blue were #2 Ryan Graciale 7.5-1.5, #3 Max Pegnato 6.5-2.5, and #4 Steve Santanello 6-3. This brings our record to 4-4. We play Danvers tomorrow at Tedesco CC.

On Wednesday we put up a good fight against the undefeated NEC North Danvers at Tedesco losing by a score of 31.5 - 40.5. Everyone contributed points for the Big Blue, but helping to keep the score closer was Senior Steve Santanello and Senior Anthony Moschella both winning their matches by a score of 5.5 - 3.5.

On Thursday we had a decisive win over Medford by a score of 49-23. Winning for SHS was Jake Goldman 6.5-2.5, Ryan Graciale 7.5-1.5, Max Pegnato 6.5-2.5, Steve Santanello 8.5-.5, Jack Poska 5.5-3.5, and Aidan Graciale 6.5-2.5. This brings our record to 5-5.


Boys Soccer started off the week with a loss to Beverly with the score of 3-1. Closing the week the boys were able to beat Marblehead with a score of 1-0. Both big blue goals were scored by Dan Johnson this week. 

Girls Soccer: 
Girls' Soccer. O wins, 1 loss.
Julianna Rhoads and Kayla Kornitsky made excellent defensive plays throughout the game against Marblehead. Their tenacious defensive stand made it difficult for the Magicians to get a clear shot in goal. Their level of concentration, anticipation, and hard-nosed defensive stand kept Marblehead to scoring only one goal and such came off of a corner kick. Also brilliant for the Big Blue was Sydney Clark who worked very hard as a defensive midfielder.


Monday, October 2, 2017

Finally feeling like Fall

Principal's Update

Swampscott High School Week of Oct 2- Oct 6
  •  Monday, October 2nd- Senior Privilege begins. Senior privilege forms were distributed this week noting who is and who is not eligible (based on 11th-grade 4th quarter grades/attendance/discipline).  Any senior who is ineligible may reapply at the start of the second quarter.
    • Senior privilege is just that- a privilege, not a right. It may be taken away at any time for any school infraction or in some cases, the administration may say there is no senior privilege if there is an important assembly or event. 
    • Students that have a study hall first block may come to school at the end of the first block. They must check in with Mr. Polacco or they will be marked absent. It is important that they leave enough time to get to school, find parking, check in with Mr. Polacco, and then get to class, all by 9:20.
    • Students that have a last block study hall may leave school at 1:22. If they have second lunch that day, students may leave at 12:54. 
    • If there is a substitute teacher, students must be in class. This is not a study hall. 
    • Students that are late when they have first block free. 
  • As of  October 2, 2017, all student vehicles must have been registered in the main office, and must display parking pass from rear view mirror - any violators are subject to ticket and/or towing. Parking is available at Upper Jackson lot for students who have not registered their vehicle.
  • As of October 2, 2017 all students will be required to wear their lanyards and ID's. This is a security measure to keep students safe while here at school. Freshmen were given their ID's on Friday, September 29th, and all other grades were given their lanyards back earlier this year. Any student who does not have lanyard and ID showing (with the exception of science labs and gym class) are subject to school discipline as spelled out in the student handbook.
  • Retakes for photos for students in grades 9-11 are October 12. Flyers are in the main office and there are online payment options.
  • All parents should have access to Aspen, our grading, attendance and student information system. All progress reports and report cards will only be available via Aspen. If you do not know your parent account please email techsupporths@swampscott.k12.ma.us. We ask that parents and students do not share accounts so teachers can have access to both parent and student emails.
  • Class of 2018 must have their senior yearbook photo selected by October 21st for it to be included in the yearbook. Please follow the instructions sent with your proofs to choose your photo. Any question email comparato@swampscott.k12.ma.us

Activities Update

First meeting of the Political Action Club Wednesday 10/4, at 2:35 in C213.

Blue Print Do you have an interest in writing for the school online newspaper? The first Blue Print meeting will be held Wednesday, September 27th in room C211. If you cannot make it, see Ms. Thomas for more information.

I AM THAT GIRL is teaming up with Coastsweep to clean up Fisherman's Beach on Saturday, October 7th at 9:30 a.m. You do not need to be a member to participate. Materials will be provided This event is open the community! Please join us. For more information, email thomas@swampscott.k12.ma.us. Hope to see you there!

The SHS Innovators Club meets every Wednesday in Room C123 during 2nd lunch to socialize and sample appetizers prepared by the IVY Program. All students are welcome!

Exciting news from the SHS Drama Club! Just in time for our fall play, The Woman in White, the new Drama Club website is now LIVE. Click this link to check it out. The Woman in White opens Thursday, October 26. Don't miss it!  

Last week, Student Council raffled off a student parking spot in order to raise money for the Student Council Scholarship.

The SHS Math Team kicks off its season at Marblehead this Thursday, Oct. 5. The competition will pit the team against the best mathletes from Beverly, Salem, Lynn, St. John's Prep, and Marblehead.

The SHS Science Team will be heading to their first competition next Tuesday, October 9th! Anyone interested in joining is still very welcome and should see Ms. Camire for details! All are welcome!!

Sports Update (submitted by coaches- if your team is not below, the coach has not submitted information)

Cross Country:   The Swampscott boys team lost to Somerville. Big finishers were 
1st Oliver Daniels-Koch, 3rd Chris Figueiredo, 4th Pat Doucette, 5th Evan Lippmann, and 8th Will Fraser. Our record is now 1-1. 
The Girls also lost to Somerville but had top finishes for 2nd- Caroline Kinne, 3rd- Leonie Flacke, 4th- Elizabeth Green, 6th- Gigi Dishman, 7th- Haley LaKind. The girls are now 1-1

Both teams have a meet Tuesday, October 3rd vs Winthrop and Gloucester. Outside of the school bracket, the team competed in the Zombie 5k run this weekend in Salem Ma - Brendan Bradley came in 2nd overall. 

Golf: On Monday the Big Blue Golf team won its 4th match of the season against Peabody by a score of 52.5-19.5. Everyone either tied or won their match. Strong performances by Jake Goldman (6.5-2.5), Ryan Graciale (7-2), Steve Santanello (5-4), Aidan Graciale (7.5-1.5), David Quill (9-0), and Nate Stern (8.5-.5) helped secure the W. The team lost to Gloucester on Wednesday by a score of 31-41. The Graciale Brother's Ryan and Aidan had the lone wins beating their opponents 5-4 to help keep the match close. This loss puts our record at 4-2.

Field Hockey has been doing well so far this fall. Record as of today 4-1-2. Come from behind tie at Gloucester last Tuesday night. Thursday afternoon we beat Marblehead for the first time in 4 years 3-1. Sydney Cresta is leading the team in goals scored this season, Sarah Ryan and Mary Miles have been coming up big on defense this year, Goalkeeper Jillian Flanders has been averaging 5 saves a game.


Football The Big Blue Football team beat Salem 33-6 this past Thursday night to go 4-0 for the season. The defense led by Big Mac Midland on the d line and Russel Hopkins at defensive back kept the witches to only 6 pts. McIntire had a punt return and two receptions for three TD's. On to English home this Saturday at 2:30 



Monday, September 25, 2017

The last week of September

Principal's Update


Have you checked out our new website? Click here to watch a short video on how to subscribe to the any of the Swampscott Public School calendars. 


  • Wednesday, September 27, 2017 – Senior parents are invited to a financial aid information night to prepare for college. This will be held in the SHS Auditorium with Guidance Counselors from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 
  • We will start senior privilege next Monday October 2nd. Senior privilege forms are being distributed this week noting who is and who is not eligible (based on 11th grade 4th quarter grades/attendance/discipline).  Any senior who is ineligible may reapply at the start of the second quarter.
  • Starting October 2, 2017 all student vehicles must have been registered in the main office, and must display parking pass from rear view mirror - any violators are subject to ticket and/or towing. Parking is available at Upper Jackson lot for students who have not registered their vehicle. 
Sports Update (submitted by coaches- if your team is not below, the coach has not submitted information)

Golf : 
Our Big Blue Golf team put together a great 9 holes of golf to beat Medford HS at Unicorn Golf Course yesterday. Strong performances by Junior Jake Goldman, Junior Ryan Graciale, Junior Max Pegnato, Senior Steve Santanello, Senior Jack Poska, and Freshman Aidan Graciale helped out team to a 45.5 - 26.5 victory. This brings our record to 3-1 on the season.

Boys Varsity Soccer Boys Varsity soccer had a busy week with 3 games. Losing to both Marlblehead and Peabody, the boys are looking to have a strong game against a strong Somerville side. 


Big Blue Football Big Blue Football Team defeated Winthrop 48-6. Strong showing from all the big guys on offensive and defensive lines. Scores from Frary, Bascon, Oriakhi, Augustin, Codispoti, Andre. Frisoli with the kicks. Interceptions from Codispoti and Vasquez. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Our New Assistant Principal & Week of Sept 18

What's Happening This Week at SHS?


New Assistant Principal: Please join us in welcoming Mr. Dennis Kohut to the administrative team here at SHS! Mr. Murphy & Mrs. Knowles are excited to start working with Mr. Kohut and all the valuable skills he brings with him. He will be hard to replace in the classroom, and as we transition him into his new role he will continue teaching his classes until a suitable replacement is found.

Mural at Hadley made of shells


Have you checked out our new website? Click here to watch a short video on how to subscribe to the any of the Swampscott Public School calendars. 
    Important upcoming dates:
    • Tuesday, September 19, 2017Back-to-School Curriculum Night from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. We will begin with a brief introductory program in the auditorium and then parents will have the opportunity to follow their student’s class schedules to meet all teachers and learn about classroom expectations for students. We will provide more information on this as the school year begins. 
    • Thursday & Friday September 20-21- NO SCHOOL-ROSH HASHANAH
    • Wednesday, September 27, 2017 – Senior parents are invited to a financial aid information night to prepare for college. This will be held in the SHS Auditorium with Guidance Counselors from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. 
    Sports Update (submitted by coaches- if your team is not below, the coach has not submitted information)

    The Golf Team  On Tuesday, 9/13/17 the Varsity Golf team defeated Salem 41-31 at Olde Salem Greens. Everyone contributed points for the victory, but it was big wins by Junior Jake Goldman 6-3, Senior Steve Santanello 6-3, Senior Jack Poska 7-2, and Freshman Aidan Graciale 6-3 that helped secure the W. This win brings our record to 2-0. The Boy's of Blue Golf team took a tough loss from Beverly on Thursday losing by a score of 27.5 - 44.5. Our lone win came from our #2 Ryan Graciale, 5-4. We look to bounce back on Monday vs Medford. 


    The Volleyball Team-Volleyball struggled this week with a 1-3 Loss to an always solid Peabody High team. Junior Middle Blocker Alexa Winter had y good game in the effort having 7 kills and 4 Blocks and Senior Outside Hitter Claudia Mazariegos also help out in the effort with 4 Service Aces and 2 Kills.


    Boys Varsity soccer had a busy week with 3 games. Losing to both Marblehead and Peabody,the boys are looking to have a strong game against a strong Somerville side. 

    Big Blue Football 43-0 over Greater Lawrence tech. Colin Frary threw for 15 of 26 for 207 yds. Threw for 5 touchdowns. Bascon picked a ball on defense and ran it in on defense for a TD. Our defense also played great with a great showing from our special teams as well. Also our JV played Monday with strong play from all and an interception for a TD from freshmen Thomas Frisoli. Both teams are 1-0


    Veteran's Day Week Update

    Principal's Update This week there is no school on Tuesday, November 7th for staff professional development and Friday, November 10...