Friday, October 21, 2016

Principal's Update:

Managing Risks and Building Resilience- Parent Forum:Last Spring students in grades 6-11 participated in the Youth Risk Behavior Survey.  This tool is given to middle and high school students throughout the nation to look at the trends of high risk behaviors in our youth.  On Tuesday, November 1, 2016,  at 6 p.m., the Swampscott Schools Mental Health Task Force will be hosting a forum to discuss the outcomes of the survey given here last Spring.  What are our students telling us? What can the community do together to help prevent some of these issues?  This evening will be an opportunity for parents and community members to learn more about the challenges our youth are facing and how we can work together to help.  Please join us at Swampscott High School on November 1 at 6 p.m.  Parents of all Swampscott students are welcome. Your input can make a difference!  

Student volunteers needed - The Big Blue Crew (a youth volunteer group) is looking for students to help out at the Harvest Festival, which is being hosted by For the Love of Swampscott, on October 30th. The volunteers would work in the haunted house, and at the crafts and games tables. This is a great opportunity to earn community service hours. Please see Mr. Murphy in the main office for more information.

Guidance Updates:

If you don’t already follow your Guidance Department on Twitter, please do so. We regularly post resources, events, helpful information, tips, advice on our feed and truly want to get that information to students and families.@SHSGuidanceDpt

Coming soon: Guidance Blog! We will provide a link on this page so you can click directly to our blog for updates. 

The SHS Counselors have been extremely busy collaborating with students on their dreaded/beloved college essays.

We have read a couple of beautifully written essays that accomplish the objectives of this essential application component; students answer the prompt AND they successfully convey who they are to the college admissions committees. Nevertheless, the majority of essays we have read tend to miss the mark on one of those two goals. You want to engage the reader, tell a story about who you are, reveal something that is not covered elsewhere in the application, and do it well. Your counselors are not proofreaders, although we will point out glaring mistakes. We will help you determine if you have met the objectives of the essay...and if you haven’t, we will provide some pointers and direction.

Here is a link to some “essays that worked” from Johns Hopkins.

Other areas that you can focus on, the SUPPLEMENTS. Here are some tips on the “Why Us” supplement question  from a college consultant who we have partnered with in the past. They share some very useful tips. 

If you’ve done your research, you should have a compelling answer to this question. Answers that praise the architecture, the dorms, the weather, the location are all generally considered to be superficial. So are emotional pleas like “This is my dream college” or “I can picture myself at home here.” Here’s they really want to know (and sometimes we wish they’d just say):
  1. Why are you a match for us?
  2. How will you use what we offer?
  3. How well do you know our school?
Let’s break this down. Your selection of evidence for why the school should reflect the values and interests you bring to the table. When you’re writing about highlights of dorm living,  you risk implying that all you want to do is chill and enjoy the dining hall. If you’re going to talk about the campus culture, think about the unique programs such as a living learning community or student-run organization that would impact your overall experience at this school.
Really, you also want them to picture you as a student there. Think about how much more of an impact it would have when you go into length about a journalism program’s handling of the presidential debate, or a speaker you heard during your campus tour, or the research you hope to do through an acclaimed institute.
In trying to do this, students will often take the “list the course catalog” approach to show they’ve done research. This is a good step, but will be seen as brown-nosing if not done well.  If you’re mentioning classes or professors, you need to connect this to your own interests and goals. Don’t name drop- it’s annoying and they see through it.
The mission of the school often matters. For example, if Hobart and William’s mission is to “Lead Lives of Consequence” and Skidmore’s is “Creative Thought Matters” their programs and curriculum should reflect these missions. Figure out how their unique approach suits your style and your goals, and make this case clear for how you will be able to grow within and contribute to their school’s learning culture. Use direct evidence!
Finally, if you’re applying to a research university especially, do some research!  If you’re writing about curing cancer, you better show that you know something about it! Be direct about the types of problems you’d like to solve, or the issues you’d like to explore, and persuade them with a beyond-novice level of understanding.
Hopefully these suggestions will help you write a “Why Us” essay that’s both “of consequence,” and does “matter” within the context of your application. Story by Rachel Katzman, Admitster

Sports Update

Congratulations to the Golf Team as they are the NEC South Champions with wins this week over Danvers & Saugus.

Field Hockey

WON 5-0 vs. Revere
Goals scored by Sydney Faulkner, Michaela Freddo assist by Sydney Faulkner, Chrissy Rogers assisted by Mary Miles, Chrissy Rogers again assisted by Olivia Fillenworth, Maddie O'Brien assisted by Ashley Marston.

vs. Beverly
Goal scored by freshman Natalie Domeniconi in the first half off a scramble in front of the net.  Jillian Flanders had 5 saves in net.  Mary Miles, Sara Ryan, Caleigh Hopkins and Amelia Groothius had an excellent game on defense, along with our mid fielders Freddo, Cresta, and Kinne.


Week 6 The Blue started out slow in the 1st half vs the Patriots allowing 14 points in the first half. The Blue came out of the Locker room ready to play in the second half as they drove down the field and Frary hit Walsh for a 7 yard receiving td. Lahrizzi with the pat 14-7. Then Lahrizzi was instructed to kick it as hard as he can directly at the middle player in the front row on the kick off and it worked to perfection as Walsh recovered the onside kick. From there the Blue scored again after a beautiful drive eating time off the clock with Frary with a 6 yard run Lahrizzi with the kick 14-14. The Blues defense stopped them again and the offense scored again with only 3:45 on the clock in the 4th. The score came from Frary to Lahrizzi on 7 yard pass.Lahrizzi with the kick 21-14 Swampscott. Now it was overtime Revere won the toss and took the ball and scored and made the 2 pt conversion. Then it was the Blues try at it. Isiaha Bascon took the ball from the 10 with great blocking from the offensive line scored on a 10 yard run. The Blue failed on the 2 pt conversion and Revere won 29-27. The Big Blue football team is now 3-3 looking to go 4-3 vs Wintrop Friday night @ 7:00am in East Boston.

Re #2 Lopez 10 yd run 6-0
Re #81 PAT Haou 7-0
Re #2 Lopez 10 yd run 13-0
Re #81 PAT Haou 14-0
Swamp #13 Walsh 7 yd pass 14-6
Swamp #2 Larizzi PAT 14-7
Swamp #5 Frary 6 yd run 14-13
Swamp #2 Larizzi PAT 14-14
Swamp #2 Larizzi 7yd pass 20-14
Swamp #2 Larizzi PAT 21-14
Revere #2 Lopez 10 yd pass 21-20
Revere #81 PAT Haou 21-21
Revere #12 7 yd run 27-21
Revere #5 2 PT 29-21
Swamp #7 Bascon 10 yd run 29-27

Big Blue JV Win 2nd over Patriots
Swampscott HS JV squad travelled to Revere’s Della Russo Field to face the Patriots.
After a slow start, the Big Blue spotted Revere to a 12-0 lead. Midway thru the 1st quarter the defense, offense and kicking games began to click.
Troy Levine led the team with passes to Jordan Cox and Russ Hopkins. Levine rushed for a one yard score on a QB ISO.
Graham Inzanna quarterbacked the second half. Inzanna ran the ball for a one yard score and passed for the 2 point conversion to Manny Teshowa
Later Inzanna threw a 45 yard ball to J.O. Oriakhi advancing the team to the one yard line.  Jordan Cox ran the slot reverse for the TD running the score to 20-18 in favor of the Big Blue.
Anton Vasquez recovered a fumble in Revere territory and Inzanna converted with a scoring pass to Oriakhi. Inzanna completed the 2 point PAT on a pass to Arturo Vasquez.
Revere scored again to bring the score to 28-24. Patrick Sheehan pressured the Revere QB on the PAT play resulting in a stop.
On special teams our kicking game was solid with Oriakhi and Braden Howard.  Jake Culliton had a great KO return.
The defense was led by Tyler Marshall with 2 TFL’s, Liam Hamilton, Nick Reiser and Connor Lynch.
In a back and forth game the Big Blue held on for the win in front of an enthusiastic Swampscott crowd bringing their season record to 2-3.

Girls Soccer

Girls Soccer team beat classical 3 to 0. game was last Friday. Micala Agresti had all 3 goals
on sunday team lost to peabody 3 to 0. On tuesday night team beat danvers 1 to 0. Haley Bernhardt scored. team is 10-1-1


Swampscott played a match again the Conference leading Danvers at Danvers.
We lost the match 3-0.
The set scores were 12-25, 14-25 and 22-25.
Senior Outside Hitter Leanne Nisbet had 1 serving Ace and 4 kills, Senior Outside Hitter Caroline Phelan had 2 kills and senior Middle also contributed 2 kills.
Although the match was lost Junior Libero Katelyn O'Keefe played one of her best matches of the season with her defensive digs, along with her errant pass save, with a 2.0 serve reception. (3.0 being perfect)

Swampscott Volleyball played a match today at Home against the Saugus "Sachems".
Swampscott won the match 3-0.
The set scores were 25-22,25-22 and 25-13.
The team combine for only 8 kills tonight but balanced the offense off with a combined 23 Serving Aces.
Freshmen setter Cassidy Ryan served for 9 points 8 being Aces, Senior Serving  Specialist Maisie Vasquez also served for 9 points with 6 being Aces, junior Libero Katelyn O'Keefe had 5 Aces and Junior Outside Hitter Claudia Mazargolis didn't have any aces but served for 11 points.

Swampscott played a match at Winthrop. Swampscott lost 3-1.
Set scores were 20-25, 25-19, 21-25, and 15-25.
Although we lost the match it was played very well with a lot of long rallies that made it exciting for everyone to watch.
Senior Outside Hitter Leanne Nisbet had 1 serving Ace and 7 kills at the net.
Senior Serving Specialist Maisie Vasquez add 3 more Aces, Senior Middle Blocker Taylor McBurney help the effort with 3 kills and 3 blocks for kills and Junior Outside Hittter Claudia Mazargolis had an outstanding night with 1 Ace, 6 kills and went error free for the match.
Our record now is 7-8 we need to win 2 of the next 3 for a play off spot.
We go to Ipswich on Monday 10/24 where we will be looking to get one of those win

Boys Soccer

Dan Johnson scored two goals and Kevin Coffey notched five saves to lead the Swampscott (9-2-1) to the win. Max Carbone, Jack Dennehy and Adam Hause each scored a goal for the Big Blue. With the win, Swampscott clinches a spot in the state tournament.

Danvers 2 Swampscott 1 Goal scored by Dan Johnson

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