Friday, March 3, 2017

Principal's Update

Congratulations to the 2017 Dancing with the Staff winning team of Emily Legere and Mr. Kowalski

Tonight's Semi Formal dance is from 6:30- 9:30 - Please arrange for rides to arrive at 9:15 to ensure timely student pick up 


Chief Ronald J. Madigan and members of the Swampscott Police Department along with members of the Swampscott Overdose Response Team, Swampscott Public Schools, Essex County District Attorney’s Office; and, other community members invite you to attend the showing of a short film If Only which will be shown at the Swampscott High School, 200 Essex Street, Swampscott, MA, on March 9, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

The film is being presented by the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation and was produced by the Executive Director, James Wahlberg. The film was created to increase awareness of youth prescription drug abuse and opioid addiction. The movie is intended to encourage a productive dialogue about this epidemic that has been plaguing our society and to end the stigma associated with it.

The film will be followed by an interactive discussion about drug use and addiction featuring a panel of local experts, persons in recovery, a licensed physician, and family members who have lost a loved one. The discussion will also provide information on where to find a detox or inpatient facility and where people can turn to for help before or afterwards. Questions will also be taken from the audience and treatment providers and programs will also be on hand to provide information and handouts.

Swampscott Police Chief, Ronald Madigan has reported that in Swampscott, there have been 42 overdoses from January l, 2015 to December 31, 2016. He said there has been a 19 percent increase in overdoses from 2015 to 2016 with 17 overdoses in 2015 to 25 overdoses in 2016. Swampscott has had 8 fatal overdoses during calendar year 2016 which results in a 25 percent increase in fatal overdoses over the past year.

Chief Madigan said that his department started an Overdose Response Team in 2016 which consists of himself along with Detective Rose Cheever; Officer Brendan Reen; Superintendent of Schools Pamela Angelakis; Board of Health Director Jeffrey Vaughn; Middle School Nurse Marianne Hartmann; Lynch Van Otterloo YMCA Executive Director, Gerald MacKillop; Selectman Naomi Dreeben; Interim Town Administrator and DPW Director Gino Cresta;  Dr. Jeffrey Gold; Chief Kevin Breen of the Swampscott Fire Department; Deputy Chief, James Potts of the Swampscott Fire Department; Director of Operations for Atlantic Ambulance (Cataldo Ambulance) Dan Hoffenberg; Harm Reduction Specialist from Healthy Streets Outreach Program Mary Wheeler; and, Parent Peer Support Specialist, Catherine See.

Chief Madigan said, “We would like to start a conversation to help break the stigma associated with drug use and addiction”. He said, “This is a Swampscott problem and it is happening here and we are not immune to it.”

Swampscott Police Officer Brendan Reen and Detective Cheever along with Mary Wheeler, a Harm Reduction Specialist from Health Streets in Lynn, have been going to residences after an overdose conducting “door knocks” as they call them to follow up with the families afterwards. “It is not an easy phone call to make when a loved one needs help. We are trying to make that easier for people”, said Chief Madigan.

 Sports Update

Congratulations to all of our winter athletes on a successful season, and congratulations to all the athletes named to all star and all conference teams!!!!

Boys Hockey

Our Boys Hockey team opens up tournament play this Sunday at 7:20 at the Chelmsford Forum in North Billerica versus Lowell High School
Girls Hockey

Before the February break the team traveled to Medford. Forward Syd Cresta scored in the first period with the assist going to defenseman Caroline Kinne.  Cresta had an assist in the second period and finished the scoring off with another goal in the third period to pick up the 4-0 win.
The co-op beat Leominster 9-3 on February 18th, Cresta had 2 goals and 3 assists to notch her 100th career point. Kinne had an unassisted, short handed goal in the second period.
The following morning, the team beat Wakefield 8-0.  Kinne and Cresta both had 2 assists.  Sarah Ryan saved 14 shots.
The last game of the season the co-op lost to Winthrop 6-4. Kinne had one goal and Cresta had 2, but the team could not put together a win or a tie and missed the playoffs by one point.

Girls Indoor Track & Field

All State Track Meet Sunday Feb 26th.
Michelle Connor placed 3rd in the high jump and will compete this Saturday March 4th in the New England Meet. Michelle will also be traveling to New York on March 9th to compete in the 2017 New Balance Indoor Nationals. High Jump will take place Friday March 9th at 2:00pm .

Boys Indoor Track and Field

Isaiah Bascon represented the Big Blue at Sunday’s (2/26) MIAA All State Championships as the 13rd seed in the high jump.
Joe Varghese and Jack Leahy competed in the MSTCA Boys Pentathlon this past Tuesday (2/28) officially wrapping up the 2016-2017 winter season.

Activities Update

Driver Education Course

Our 5th class of the 2016-2017 school year will be another Weekends-Only course!
This class will take place on 3/25, 3/26, 4/1, 4/2, and 4/8
The class runs from 8:30am to 3:30pm, with 2 - 15 minute breaks and 30 minutes for lunch
The parent night for this course will also be on February 28th, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in B129

Please make sure they are a MINIMUM of 15 and 9 months exactly.

**We will not be sending out a reminder about the start of the course once a student is enrolled in this class. Please mark it on your calendar**

**As of now, we are not planning on having one-week courses over April vacation.**

Support SHS PTF: Volunteer at Big Blue Bargains!

We only need to staff the store twice a month (2  hours) in order to receive our share of proceeds from the sales at the BIg Blue Bargains store. Lately, it’s been very difficult to recruit volunteers on behalf of the SHS. Please consider to help.. Volunteers are needed this Saturday (March 4) from 9 to 11am and 11am to 1pm. See full schedule or sign up here


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