Friday, September 30, 2016

Picture reatake day for grades 9/10/11 and staff will be on October 13th. Order forms are available in the main office.

Reminder that there is no school on Monday October 3rd and October 4th in observance of Rosh Hashanah, school will re-open on Wednesday October 5th.

A ribbon cutting for the new HARBOR/SWIFT program will take place on Wednesday October 5th at 6PM.

I am proud to announce that the Big Blue pride was loud and clear last week as we were the winner in the AMP 103.3 contest. More details to follow shortly.

On Friday October 7th, the Big Blue Football team will be taking on Salem High School at 7:00 PM under the lights at Blocksidge Field.  We have had lights donated by people/organizations in both communities and this game will raise money for cancer awareness.  Aside from some great football, at the game pink commemorative t shirts will be on sale for $10.00, and  fans will have the opportunity to buy a football shaped card to write in honor of someone and put on the Wall of Hope which will be displayed at the HS.  Shirts will also be on sale at the high school during lunch on Wednesday , Thursday and Friday (for HS students and staff) as well as after school - 2:30pm to 3:15pm (for HS students, staff and the community) on those days.  All money raised will be donated to the American Cancer Society.  Thank you all so much for your help and support for this great cause and Lets make Blocksidge Field a sea of pink!  GO BLUE!

Guidance updates:


Peabody Veterans Memorial High School 2016 College Fair - Thursday, October 6th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Over 140 representatives from Universities, Colleges, Business Schools, Nursing Schools, Vocational Schools, Armed Forces and Banking Institutions will be on hand to speak with interested students and parents/guardians.  More information can be found on the PVMHS website.
Canadian College Fair at Boston Marriott Newton - Tuesday October 18th from 6:00 om to 8:00 pm
Representatives for Canadian institutions will be present to answer questions about their colleges, tuitions, application process and more.  For more information and to RSVP contact:
NEACAC – New England Association of College Admission Counseling
NEACAC annually sponsors a minimum of sixteen College Fairs in New England, with participation by over 400 colleges from New England and throughout the United States. Students are encouraged to attend these fairs to gain the benefit of contact with professional staff members or trained alumni representatives from college admission offices. NEACAC also cooperates with NACAC in sponsoring four national college fairs in our region.

After school support:
Counselors have been running one-one college application support in the computer lab after school. If you are having trouble navigating any of the online tools such as Common App, Naviance, or want another set of eyes on your essay, please come see us! As always, you can make an appointment with your counselor, but this is just one more opportunity for you to connect. Still a few more dates left!

When: 230-3pm
Wednesday, September 21st
Thursday, September 29th
Wednesday, October 5th
Thursday, October 13th
Where: Computer lab C104
Who:  YOU (and your fabulous counselors)


Students can still register for this year’s PSAT exam. The PSAT is good practice for students in grade 10, and for students in Grade 11 it also serves as the qualifying test for National Merit Scholarship Program.
The PSAT will be given on Saturday, October 15 at 8 am, at Swampscott High School.
The number of tests that we have is limited, so students are encouraged to register with the guidance office early. The fee is $30, and can be paid by cash or check, made out to "Swampscott High School".  The deadline for registration is October 11th.

NO LATE REGISTRATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER THIS DATE, due to the enormous amount of preparation required to administer the test.

With the PSAT around the corner, I wanted to remind you about Kaplan’s free PSAT Prep
Live starting this Saturday, October 1st.  During this program, Kaplan's expert faculty will cover the most important PSAT content and tackle practice problems in 8 livestreaming, one-hour lessons - all completely
Free. For more details and to register, please visit

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This year, we have one semi-finalist in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program. Meredith Charney. CONGRATULATIONS MEREDITH!!!

Additionally, this year, we also have SEVEN students who were awarded the Commended distinction; these students placed among the top 5% of more than 1.6 million students who entered the competition. CONGRATULATIONS to ARTHUR KAUTZ, ELLA PARKER, JOSH SEGEDY, CHARLOTTE WESTHOVEN, JOSH YOUNG, NATHAN YOUNG.

Semifinalists in the 2017 National Merit® Scholarship Program (Evanston, Illinois) Today officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title. NMSC, a not-for-profi t organization that operates without government assistance, was established in 1955 specifically to conduct the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Scholarships are underwritten by NMSC with its own funds and by approximately 420 business organizations and higher education institutions that share NMSC’s goals of honoring the nation’s scholastic champions and encouraging the pursuit of academic excellence. -moreCaution: Using numbers of Semifinalists to compare high schools, educational systems, or states will result in erroneous conclusions. The National Merit® Scholarship Program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The program does not measure the quality or effectiveness of education within a school, system, or state. For more information about the competition, please visit NMSC’s website at NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP CORPORATION 1560 Sherman Avenue, Suite 200, Evanston, Illinois 60201-4897 (847) 866-5100 Contact: Eileen Artemakis or Matthew Budreau Phone: (847) 866-5100 Public Information E-mail: Website: Add one Semifi nalists in the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program Steps in the 2017 Competition About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. To become a Finalist, the Semifinalist and his or her high school must submit a detailed scholarship application, in which they provide information about the Semifinalists academic record, participation in school and community activities, demonstrated leadership abilities, employment, and honors and awards received. A Semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout high school, be endorsed and recommended by a high school official, write an essay, and earn SAT® scores that confirm the student’s earlier performance on the qualifying test. From the approximately 16,000 Semifinalists, about 15,000 are expected to advance to the Finalist level, and in February they will be notified of this designation. All National Merit Scholarship winners will be selected from this group of Finalists. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies, without regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, or religious preference. National Merit Scholarships Three types of National Merit Scholarships will be offered in the spring of 2017. Every Finalist will compete for one of 2,500 National Merit® $2500 Scholarships that will be awarded on a state-representational basis. About 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards will be provided by approximately 230 corporations and business organizations for Finalists who meet their specified criteria, such as children of the grantor’s employees or residents of communities where sponsor plants or offices are located. In addition, about 190 colleges and universities are expected to finance some 4,000 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for Finalists who will attend the sponsor institution. National Merit Scholarship winners of 2017 will be announced in four nationwide news releases beginning in April and concluding in July. These scholarship recipients will join more than 323,000 other distinguished young people who have earned the Merit Scholar title

Sports Updates:

Week 3 Swampscott @ Gloucester

Well it started out well in the 1st quarter Gloucester fumbled and we recovered on the first series, but missed the field goal.Then the Blue started moving the ball and Frary found Lahrizi in the end zone for 10yd td reception and with Lahrizi's kick it made it 7-0. Gloucester came back quickly and scored on a 31yd td run kick failed 7-6.The Blue drove down again and Lahrizi kicked a 32yd field goal to make it 10-6..and then it was all Gloucester 4 scores in a row in the 2nd and 3rd quarter to make it 32-10 before the Blue finally seen the end zone again in the 4th with a pass to Lucas Cote from Frary 9yd td reception. Final score 32-17. Well we are on to Saugus now. That one is in the rear view mirror. The Big Blue plays @ Saugus Friday the 30th @ 4:00pm in the afternoon.

Game Summary

1st Quarter

Sw Frary to AJ Venutti 10 yd td rec (Larizzi Kick) 7-0

GL Jermaine Edward31yd td run kcik failed 7-6

Sw Lahrizzi 32yd Field goal 10-6

2nd Quarter

GL Christian Sanfilippo 86 yd td run 2 pt conversion failed 12-10

GL Mark Smith 12yd Td run kick failed 18-10

GL Jermaine Edward 32yd Interception Kick good 25-10

3rd GL Jermaine Edward 2yd TD run kick good 32-10

4th Frary to Lucas Cote 9yd td reception Lahrizzi kick 32-17

Girls Soccer

Swampscott girls team beat Gloucester 2-0  last Thursday night. Haley Bernhardt and Micala Agresti each had a goal and an assist.

On Monday the girls tied Marblehead 0-0. Nikki Rosa had 7 saves in net.  Very exciting game . The team's record is 4-0-1


This week our Varsity Golf team went 4-0 and 3-0 in league play.  We had wins against Marblehead 44-28, Salem 47-25, Lynn Classical 42.5-29.5, and Gloucester 45-27.  Our 4 wins have propelled us into 1st place in the NEC South. Our #1 Andrew Dove, #2 Jake Goldman, #3 Adam Dishman, #4 Mike Johnson, #5 Ryan Graciale, #6 Dave Peterson, #7 Max Pegnato, and #8 Steve Santanello contributed to the wins for the Big Blue team. 


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