Friday, September 16, 2016

Welcome Back

 I am pleased to report a very positive and smooth opening of the 2016-2017 school year. The students have met the expectations that I have set forth, and there is a positive air in the halls.

Please follow me on Twitter: @bigbluemurphy for important announcements and updates.
Please also check the main page of the high school website for day to day updates. 

Upcoming Events:

Wednesday September 21st-10th grade Heights and Weights in nurses office all day

Thursday September 22nd 6-8 PM 
 High School curriculum night
  • Please meet in the auditorium for a brief presentation at 6:00.
  • Please bring a copy of your student’s schedule to follow and meet the teachers.
    We will have copies of schedules available, but you can log into Aspen and take a photo of the schedule 
Monday September 26

 ADL students will miss the entire day as they complete their training. The first day of training is at SHS on Sunday, September 25, from 8:30-3:30 PM. We are currently still recruiting for the program. If your child in grade 10-11 is interested in joining the Anti-Defamation League program, please contact

Tuesday September 27th - Early dismissal at 12:30pm

Wednesday September 28th- 9th grade Scoliosis in nurses office all day

Guidance Updates:
The Guidance Department has been busy with the start of school! They hosted a Class of 2020 parent breakfast, a senior parent night and financial aid info session, and are meeting with the seniors today to discuss finalizing plans for after high school! For those parents who were unable to participate in the Senior Parent night on 9/14, there will be a complete set of handouts from the evening posted to the [ ]Guidance website.

Registration for the October 15th PSATs has begun- any interested 10th or 11th graders should bring $30 cash or check (payable to Swampscott High School) to Mrs. Brown in the Guidance office. The PSAT is GREAT practice for the SAT, which most juniors will take in March or May. Research has shown that students who take the PSAT in the fall have higher scores on the SATs than students who have not taken the PSAT. Other benefits to taking the exam can be [ ]found here through Collegeboard.

Our Guidance office was thrilled to receive over 15 applications for the NSCC Intro to Criminal Justice class that is slated to run this fall. Details to follow next week. Stay tuned!

All seniors must schedule a senior meeting with their counselor before winter break. For any student interested in applying EA or ED, that mandatory meeting must occur before 10/12. For other crucial golden nuggets from the Guidance office, please check the Guidance website, follow us on Twitter (@SHSGuidanceDpt), review the handouts, and check with the students. Many topics covered in the senior assemblies!!

Seniors should be paying close attention to their Naviance accounts and checking email regularly for important information, reminders, and events coming from the Guidance office. One important thing to pay attention to is a growing list of college visits posted in Naviance. Students can register online through Naviance for a college rep info session right here in our Guidance Office. Students must also see Mrs. Brown for a pass. Below is a list of the schools coming through the end of September.

Bentley University           
Hampshire College           
Framingham State University           
University of Richmond           
Curry College           
Emory University           
Vanderbilt University           
Saint Joseph's College-ME           
Johnson & Wales University (Providence)           
Saint Anselm College           
Roger Williams University           
Providence College           
Union College           
Stonehill College           
Iona College           
Tulane University           

Important Reminder:

Please be advised that when picking up or dropping students off please do not block the crosswalks on Essex Street. We have a had a few close calls recently and it is for  your student’s safety.

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