Friday, November 4, 2016

Principal's Update  

Friday, November 4 - First Quarter grades close

Monday, November 7- Quarter 2 classes begin. Students should look at their schedule on Aspen if they have a quarter class such as health, a study hall, TV or media. Students will not be given another printed copy of their schedule until Semester 2 begins January 23,2017.

November 8 

  •  No school for students. Teachers will be in professional development workshops all day.
  •  Online sign up for parent conferences begins at 6PM
  • Please do not contact teachers before this date to ask for times

November 11 - No School in observance of Veteran's Day 

November 15 - Parent- teacher conferences - a special Big Blue Blog will go out on November 8th with the details of how to sign up for individual teacher conferences for November 15th. Teachers are always available for email or phone conversations if you can not make it on the 15th.


This past week at the METCO/Swampscott Pancake Social lots of families and students made connections over this breakfast for supper event. However, many of our METCO students are still looking for Host Families here in Swampscott to serve as their home away from home. If you are interested in opening your home to a student from Boston for any amount of time, please contact our METCO Director, Mr. Jason Greene at for more information and the application.

Last spring students in sixth through eleventh grades took part in a Youth Risk Behavior Survey as part of our Mental Health initiative.  On Tuesday evening, November 1st, a Parent Forum was held at the high school to review the results.  What followed was a great conversation between the parents in attendance and our staff.  It is critically important that parents be part of this dialogue. As a school district you are partners in the process of recognizing the challenges our children face and brainstorming solutions.  Mental Health Task Force tri-chairs: Mr. Craig Harris (High School Psychologist), Mrs. Sarah Kelley (High School Adjustment Counselor), and Mrs. Cathy Kalpin (Elementary Guidance Counselor), and myself have received lots of positive feedback around this event. Before posting the results of the YRBS survey on the district website, we be holding one more identical Parent Forum to hopefully share the results with an even larger audience.  Stay tuned for the date and time of this event.

For information on what is happening at the district level in Swampscott check out the Superintendent's Blog

Guidance Update  

Please check out the new Guidance Blog following the link below, all future Guidance News will be posted on this blog and not the Principal's Blog

The SHS Guidance Department Blog "Counselor Courier"

Sports Update 


Football fell to Triton in the First Round of the Division III MIAA Playoffs by a score of 22-10. Bascon had a touch down and Lahrizi kicked a field goal for the Big Blue. The team faces Pentucket in the consolation round Saturday at 2PM at Blocksidge Field.

Field Hockey
The Field Hockey Team was seeded 9th in the MIAA Division 2 Tournament but fell to a strong Weston Team 4-0. Big Blue goalie Jillian Flanders played well in the cage.

Girls Soccer

Girls Soccer captured the NEC South Title with a victory over Marblehhead 4-2. Big Blue goals were scored by The girls are seeded number 1 in the MIAA Division 3 Tournament and will take on the winner of Lynnfield and Stoneham on Sunday at 1PM at Upper Jackson Field.

Boys Soccer

The boys soccer team closed out its season with a solid 3-1 win over rival Marblehead on Monday afternoon at home on Senior Day. Goals were scored by Mike Coffey (2) and Jack Herlihy. The boys are seed 2nd in the Division 3 Tournament and will take on the winner of Bedford/Tewksbury


The Magicians swept Swampscott in straight sets on Monday, 25-15, 25-15, 25-16. With the win, Marblehead closes out the regular season with a 14-4 record. Taylor McBurney had a strong game for the Big Blue.


2016 Golf season came to an end yesterday falling a little short of the state qualifying score of 310. We finished tied for 5th and shot a 329 as a team which is a big improvement from last season. Andrew Dove shot a team low of 79 and just missed qualifying for the state tournament by 2 shots. Overall, I am proud of the way our team fought back from our unfortunate situation to win our last 8 matches to go 11-5 and finish 1st in the NEC South at 9-1. Most importantly we should be proud of how our student athletes represented Swampscott with their sportsmanship and manners on and off the course. The team is very excited to make a mark in Big Blue golf history and place our year up on the Big Blue NEC Golf banner.


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