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.

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


    Saturday, September 9, 2017

    September 11

    Principal's Update

    Monday is September 11. We will have a moment of silence at 8:46 am and a brief announcement. 

    Please follow the guidance blog. Important information for students will be showcased. The post this week discusses important information for seniors as they embark on the college process, and the schedule for college visits for students in grades 11-12.  Counseling Courier can be found at http://shsguidancedpt.blogspot.com/

    Have you checked out our new website yet? We update the site and calendar daily to keep you informed. The new website has a calendar that shows you all SHS events. If you click on filter, you can see  different schools events. This is helpful for parents with students in multiple buildings. In addition, if you click on resources, you will find helpful links for families and students.  If you have any questions at all, please let us know. 

    Important upcoming dates:
    • Tuesday, September 19, 2017 – Back-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. 
    • 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.
    • Underclassmen make up photos for students & staff in grades 9-11 are on Thursday, Oct. 12.     
     We will use email to provide periodic updates regarding events at the school and other general information. You can also follow the high school on Twitter @BigBlueMurphy and @SHSGuidanceDpt and/or follow the Superintendent @sps01907 for all the latest information. 

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

    The Golf Team played against Somerville at Tedesco on Thursday. They won 49.5 to 22.5.  Jake Goldman, Ryan Graciale, Max Pegnato, Steven Santanello, Aidan Graciale, Jack Poska, David Quill, and Nate Stern all brought in points towards this win. The next match is Tuesday, Sept 12 vs. Salem High School at Salem Municipal. 

    The Boys Soccer Team played their first scrimmage on Monday the 4th. Against Stoneham, they were able to come back from a 0-2 deficit and win 5 to 0 at the end of full time. 

    The Volleyball Team did very well this week winning their Home opening match against Malden High taking 3 straight sets and then winning their second match against Winthrop at Winthrop taking 3 straight sets again. In both matches they were down 20-24 in the second set, which meant one mistake would have given the opponent a 2nd set win that could of shifted the momentum to the other side but the team was able to refocus, regroup and get the job done!

    Activities Update: no information from class advisors or club advisors has been submitted yet for this week.

    Tuesday, September 5, 2017

    Welcome Back to Swampscott High School!

    Welcome Back to SHS

    September 5, 2017

     
    Dear Families of the Swampscott High School Community:

    Our first 3 day week was a whirlwind of activity- we had meetings with the entire school and with each class, and our students in grades 9-11 had their school photos taken. We said goodbye to longtime vice principal Frank Kowalski. We are welcoming our new Vice Principal within the next week or two, and will make that announcement as soon as we can.



     We extend a warm welcome to the incoming freshmen class of 2021. We believe this is going to be a wonderful year of learning.

    Update on forms: Forms can be found at www.swampscottps.org under the Resources tab. There is a section called “For Families” and the documents you need can be found under Back to School Paperwork. Please print all of the forms, complete and sign the forms as instructed and return them to the high school along with the Student Information Verification form.


    Important Dates:

    • Senior Photo Retakes are Friday, September 8. 
    • Blocksidge Field- Opening Day 12:30 PM (see flyer on the right)
    • Tuesday, September 19, 2017 – Back-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. 
    • Wednesday, September 26, 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.

    • Underclassmen make up photos for students & staff in grades 9-11 are on Thursday, Oct. 12


    We update our website weekly with important information and I publish the Big Blue Blog weekly. In addition, we will use email to provide periodic updates regarding events at the school and other general information. You can also follow the high school on Twitter @BigBlueMurphy and @SHSGuidanceDpt and/or follow the Superintendent @sps01907 for all the latest information.

    Activities & Sports: These updates are provided directly from coaches & advisors. At this time, no updates have been submitted, and we hope to have information coming soon. If you are a new coach or advisor, please email mackey@swampscott.k12.ma.us for the link to submit your updates.



    Friday, June 16, 2017

    Mid- June Update




    Principal's Update

    As we close in on the end of the school year, just a few things to update:

    Final Exams - Start next week and students are required to stay in class through 90 minutes of the exam period. After 90 minutes if they have finished they may leave.

    Uncleared accounts - students should clear all of their accounts with teachers before they leave for the summer. If a student does not clear themselves with the teachers we will be sending letters home over the summer stating what is owed to the school.

    Summer  Office Hours - Over the summer the office will be open normal business hours  (8-3PM), however please call in advance to ensure that someone is present if you need access to the school.

    Activities Update

    Congratulations to those students who performed during the POPS show this past Wednesday evening, I look forward to many performances from our students in the years to come.

    Sports Update


    Congratulations to our spring athletes. A successful season by all, and all the hard work showed during the games I attended. I look forward to seeing our athletes compete next year!





















    Friday, May 12, 2017

    Mid May Update



    Principal's Update

    Congratulations to Meredith Charney, William Cronin, Marina Dreeben, Nicole LeBlanc, Andrew McLaughlin, Ella Parker, Rebecca price, Shama Varghese, and Charlotte Westhoven for being recognized as top scholars by the North Shore Chamber of Commerce.


    Congratulations to the SHS dance team for a successful spring performance this week. A special congratulations to seniors Alexandra Berube, Emily Legere, Mia LoGiudice, and Izzy Stairman on their final performance. Best wishes ladies on the next steps in your life journey.

    Q4 Progress Reports will be live on Aspen May 19.


    Senior Calendar for the Class of 2017


    Math MCAS for Sophomores (grade 10) will happen May 16-17. All students in grade 10 should report to SHS by 7:50 AM. Students should bring a calculator and 2 pencils (#2!) to the test each day. It is important that students get a good night sleep the night before and eat a light healthy breakfast. Bring a snack and a water to the exam as it is approximately 2 hours.
    Students in grades 9, 11, and 12 should report to SHS at 10:25. We have seen many tardy students on the late start days. This should not be happening when we start school 2.5 hours later than normal. Please arrive on time.

    Final Exam Schedule for students in grades 9-10-11

    Sports Update


    Swampscott’s Girls Lacrosse is still on a roll. Led by the 22nd ranked defense statewide, the Big Blue is on track for its best season ever. Saturday the girls dominated Stoneham 15-7. A slow start at Tewksbury on Monday cleared up in the second half ending in a 10-5 victory. Goalie Abby Brum helped the Blue shut out Medford in the first half of Tuesday’s contest. The 14-5 Medford victory marks the team’s fourth consecutive win putting them at 7-1 to date. Friday the team will host #13 ranked Marblehead for what should be the biggest challenge of the season.          


    On Thursday May 4th the Swampscott Girls Track and Field Team beat Saugus 79-57 to remain undefeated at 5-0. The following were our top performers and scores. Maisie Vasquez 35'10" in the Shot Put, Maisie Vasquez 87'2" in the Discus, Rebecca Price 106'5" in the Javelin, Ella Parker 1:13 in the 400MLH and 2:39 in the 800M, Veronica Rizzo 14:20 in the 2Mile, Caroline Kinne 6:08 in the mile and 4 x 100M team of Catie Cullinane, Skye Bascon, Alex Gladstone and Ally Hartmann 53.1


    On Saturday May 6th the Swampscott Girls Track and Field team placed first in the Freshman / Sophomore Meet in Revere beating all 16 North East Conference Teams. The following were Swampscott's top performers Haley Bernhardt 4th place in the HJ 4'8" 3rd in the 400M 67.9, Ally Hartmann 400MLH 4th place 1:22.4, Isabel Denham 3rd place LJ 14'2.5", Meredith Zimmer 3rd place 100MH 18.5 and 3rd in javelin 76'6", Alex Papazoglou 1st place javelin 81'4", Catie Cullinane 2nd 100M 13.8, Skye Bascon 4th 200M 28.5, Marley Schmidt 6th 800M 2:48.4, Clara Harrington 6th 2Mile 13:50, 5th place 4x400M Haley Bernhardt,Isabel Denham, Gigi Dishman and Simone Nardizzi, 1st Place 4 x 100M Catie Cullinane, Skye Bascon, Olivia Matela and Ally Hartmann, 4th place 4 x 800M Clara Harrington, Leonie Flacke, Haley LaKind and Caroline Kinne - Our total points scored was 78


    Also on Saturday May 6th Ella Parker, Mackenize Creighton, Rebecca Price and Maisie Vasquez all competed in the Weston Twilight Meet at Regis College.
    Mackenzie Creighton finished 11th in discus 87'9" and 18th shot put 27'9" . Maisie Vasquez finished in 4th place in the shot put 33'2" - Rebecca Price placed 4th in the Javelin and her personal best throw of 107'3" - Ella Parker finished 12th in High Jump with 4'10" just missing 5'1"


    On Wednesday May 10th The girls will run against Lynn English at Home which will be Senior Day with hopes of continuing to remain undefeated.


    Boy's Tennis was awesome this week. Two solid wins, 1st, at home, vs. Winthrop, no easy walkover, the guys battled through to the end. 1st Doubles, Owen Madigan-Fried and Steve Santanello, are becoming a force in the conference. They finished quickly, setting a winning tone, 6-3, 6-2. Will Talebian, at 2nd Singles, did the same. Then the going slowed. 1st Singles began smoothly with a 6-3 1st set win, but then Sam began to cramp. 3rd Singles was a close loss 5-7; 3-6. 2nd Doubles knew they were in for a tough match. Back and forth, they finally lost the 1st set 5-7 and the overall match outcome was in jepoardy. Sam, meantime, was overtaken by cramps and lost his match 4-6; 5-7 in 3 sets. We were 2-2 in individual matches when Dan Johnson and Justin Ratner emerged from the 1st set loss, pulled the weight of the Team outcome onto their shoulders and found a way to win the next 2, 6-4; 7-5. Overall match victory to Swampscott, 3-2!
    We also traveled to Tufts University South Courts to meet Somerville. Our first match there, given the new Conference alignments, and Somerville was an unknown for us, since not much information re: their standings is available. I managed to find a link to their won-lost record where we discovered that they might be stronger than we thought. Turned out their record was 4 - 4, and that they had recently beaten Beverly, no easy task itself. We were concerned. Owen had been injured earlier in the week, and could not play. Steve moved to 3rd Singles and we adjusted the doubles pairs as best we could. Their 1st Singles is very strong. Sam did well, but could not overcome. 3-6; 2-6, and we quickly down. From there, though, the outcome began to brighten. Ben Ringler and Robbie Jensen stepped into 2nd Doubles, and their strong performance brought us back even, 6-2; 6-3. Dan and Justin had to move up to 1st Doubles, and their match began as an uncertain battle, but they took the first set to a tiebreak, and in the tiebreak, found their "mo", rolling thru to a 7-0 win, taking the 1st set, 7-6, and then cruising to a 6-2, 2nd set win. Steve was in another battle, having dropped the 1st set 4-6, but he was adjusting from Doubles to Singles, and taking the measure of his opponent. Once zeroed in, his mental toughness brought him from the potential loss to the win, 4-6; 6-3; 6-4. 3-2, overall to Swampscott, left us with the last individual match. Will, had to wait to play because there are only 4 available courts. He moved quickly thru the 1st set, 6-1; but had to battle thru the 2nd, finally winning it, 7-5. Excellent Team contribution by all. A commendable week of competition showing the developing strength and maturity of the guys. Now on to the Individual State Tournament this weekend at Methuen.



    Friday, May 5, 2017

    Cinco de Mayo

    What is happening at SHS in May

    AP exams are happening now which means we are not doing announcements each morning as the exams start at 8 and we try to minimize disruptions. Therefore, all the information you need can be found on this blog or our website

    Seniors have their final Usage test on May 11 and the students in grades 9-10-11 will have speeches for class officer elections.

    Q4 Progress Reports will be live on Aspen May 19.


    Senior Calendar for the Class of 2017


    Math MCAS for Sophomores (grade 10) will happen May 16-17. All students in grade 10 should report to SHS by 7:50 AM. Students in grades 9, 11, and 12 should report to SHS at 10:25. We have seen many tardy students on the late start days. This should not be happening when we start school 2.5 hours later than normal. Please arrive on time.



    Activities

    The Science Team finished the season in 10th place overall! We have worked hard this season to improve our ranking from the last few years. We thank our talented seniors and wish them luck in their future scientific endeavors. If you or a student you know would like to join the Science Team in the Fall of 2017, please get in touch with Ms. Camire camire@swampscott.k12.ma.us or see Isaac Dreeben or Aveen Forman.

    Sports

    The Girls Track Team had Division Relays - our girls team finished 13th overall.
    Girls Shot Put placed 4th with Maisie Vasquez, Mia Freddo, and Mackenzie Creighton.
    Total feet thrown 86'.75"
    Girls Javelin took 1st place with Rebecca Price, Meredith Zimmer, and Alex Papazoglou
    Total feet thrown 262'

    Boys track won (114) vs Saugus (17). Highlights of the meet were:
    Dymond Clarke - 1st place: 200m (23.7), Triple Jump (42'3") & High Jump (6')
    Aidan Pulaski - 1st place: 400H (63.9)
    Evan Lippman - 1st place: Mile (5:14)
    Joe Varghese - 1st place: 110H (17.1)
    Thomas McDevitt - 1st place: 800m (2:10)
    Jake Culliton - 1st place: Javelin (143'7")


    Swamp Baseball took 2 of 3 this week and finish the first half of the season with an 8-2 record. On Monday, Sr. David Peterson threw a complete game victory over Revere as the Big Blue won 14-2. Swampscott fell to Medford on Tuesday, but sophomore Ryan Graciale hit his first home run of the season. The boys bounced back on Wednesday and beat Everett 19-3. Luke Marshall got his 4th win of the season and AJ Venuti was 4-5 with 4 RBI's. Come cheer on Swamp Baseball as we host Georgetown at home on Saturday at 5:00.

    The Girl's Tennis Team improved their record this year to 6-2 with two 5-0 wins over Revere and Everett this week. For the second week in a row, Anna Cilley pulled out a big win against an experienced #1 singles player for Everett. She defeated her opponent 5-7, 6-1 and 10 - 4 in a super tie breaker.

    Girls lacrosse defeated Danvers Tuesday for the first time since 2008 and only the second time in program history by a score of 9-5. The team played it's best game to date in all phases highlighted by goalie Claire Powell with an amazing 16 saves! Truly a team effort, scoring was shared by 7 different players. The team's record is 4-1 with upcoming games at Medford and Stoneham on Friday and Saturday.

    Friday, April 28, 2017

    Spring: the busiest season at SHS



    We have a very busy 8 weeks ahead of us until the end of the year. AP exams, MCAS, final exams, senior week, the junior prom (TONIGHT!), the senior prom, the senior banquet, graduation, course selection for next year...so much is happening! Please stay in the loop by checking out our websites and reading the blog.

    Please do not forget to check out the Guidance Blog. They have included so much important information. http://shsguidancedpt.blogspot.com/

    Check out this link to view the Senior Calendar for the Class of 2017


    Math MCAS for Sophomores (grade 10) will happen May 16-17. All students in grade 10 should report to SHS by 7:50 AM. Students in grades 9, 11, and 12 should report to SHS at 10:25. We have seen many tardy students on the late start days. This should not be happening when we start school 2.5 hours later than normal. Please arrive on time.


    Activities & Events at SHS

    Swampscott Public Library's 13th Lee Golomb Cadiff Teen Poetry Contest, award recipients

    Honorable Mention:
    Olivia Kiely ("Tyler")
    Cenna Khatib ("Dear Sasha")
    Lori Kholomyansky ("Homebound")

    Third Place:
    Megan Mentuck ("The World")

    Second Place:
    Olivia Reiser ("A Beautiful Mess")

    First Place:
    Olivia Barton ("A Portrait of the Coffee Drinkers")

    Rising Star Award:
    Jewel Soares ("To Spark A Flame")

    STEM Family Night &
    SHS Science Fair Award Winning Projects

    Winning projects this year were:
    1st Place:  
    Cam Lau and Joe Varghese  with "Candy Chromatography"

    2nd Place tie:
    Kyle Lenihan and Harry Katz with "Microbacterial Effectiveness in Consuming Oil"
    Mia Guthrie with "Determining Which Over-the-Counter Painkiller Dissolves the Quickest"

    3rd Place:
    Sam Agresti  and Grace DiGrande with "Determination of water hardness from Calcium Chloride and Magnesium Chloride solutions using the addition of soap"

    These students have the opportunity to polish up their projects to enter in the MA Science and Engineering Fair next year.  

    GSA - Will be participating in Day Of Silence in school and the national No H8 campaign in Boston on May 26.

      SHS Spanish Exchange:
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     SHS Welcomed students From Spain Spanish families welcoming our students
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          Breakfast at the Instituto Alpajes SHS Students in Aranjuez

    This past September SHS hosted 18 Spanish students and 2 teachers from Aranjuez, Spain, welcoming them into our families, our school and our lives.  Over April break, 12 SHS students along with Mrs. Baralt and Mrs. Perez, went to Spain, where they were graciously welcomed by students from the Instituto Alpajes in Aranjuez.  They were formally welcomed by the state’s Secretary of Education at an elaborate breakfast, carried out by the culinary department in the school.  SHS students stayed with families, being immersed in the culture and language.   They attended classes, school events and were accompanied by the principal, teachers and students on excursions to Madrid, Toledo and Segovia.  They also traveled to Granada, and Sevilla.  What a great opportunity for our students!
    Sports Update

    Boys lacrosse has experienced a slow start to the season. 3 of the first 4 scheduled games have been postponed. We did play Marblehead last Saturday. Things started out well and after 1 quarter we were down 4-3, however we took far too many penalties beginning in the second period and Marblehead took advantage the rest of the way. Final 15-5 Headers.

    The girl's varsity tennis team had a tough loss to a very strong Marblehead team last week Monday and the match against Beverly was rained out on Wednesday. The girls tennis team won two matches this week. We defeated Salem and Lynn English with a 5 - 0 score in both matches. The match of the week was won by our #1 singles player Anna Cilley in a tough three set match against Lynn English. Her scores were 6-1, 1-6. 6-4.

    The Big Blue baseball team won 2 out of 3 this week to bring their overall record to 4-1. The team fell to Lynn Classical 7-2 at home on Monday, but bounced back with wins over Malden and Gloucester. Louis Olivieri led the way at Malden. The senior captain was on base 5 times and threw out a runner from behind the dish. Junior shortstop Spencer Perkins was 3-3 against Malden and was spectacular defensively all week. Senior captain David Peterson was lights out pitching at Gloucester on Thursday, while Olivieri and Sean Lahrizi led the way offensively. Last week we had a 3-1 win on Monday over Marblehead, and a 5-4 win over Beverly on Wednesday. Luke Marshall had a complete game 2 hitter in the home opener against our rivals. Freshmen Nick Reiser got the win on the road over Beverly.

    Softball finished the week 1-1, losing the opener to Marblehead 2-1 and bouncing back with a 13-1 victory over Beverly. Hannah Leahy led the offense going 4-4 at the plate with 2 doubles and a home run. Sydney Cresta and Sarah Ryan chipped in with a couple of hits a piece.

    Girls Lacrosse is off to a strong 3-0 start. First to fall from the Big Blue was North Reading 11-6 lead by Captain Ellie Wright who netted 5 goals, freshman Emerson Laundry opened her varsity career with a hat trick and Captain Claire Powell in net registering 9 saves. Salem fell next 8-4 when the SHS GLAX iced the game after taking a 5 goal lead in part thanks to a hat trick from Captain Maggie DiGrande. The team showed its balance versus Revere by dominating possession, passing well and spreading the work load. In the 14-6 victory, goals were scored by 9 different players. The team first attitude is going to take this program far!

    Boys Track
    Swampscott (99) vs Winthrop (37)
    Joe Varghese: 1st Place - 400H (64.0), 110H (17.3) & High Jump (5'8")
    Dymond Clarke: 1st place - 200m (23.1) & Triple Jump (38'6.5")
    Devin Denham: 1st place - 400m (55.7)
    Mac Midland: 1st place - Discus (122'2")
    Dominic Codispoti: 1st place - Javelin (131'2")
    Zack Palmer: 1st place - Long Jump (19'1")


    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 ...