Thursday, March 16, 2017

The busy season is here!

Principal's Update

Activities Update  

I want to congratulate the 19 students inducted into the Swampscott High chapter of the National Honor Society this past Wednesday evening. Thank you to Ms. Comparato for putting together a very special evening and program.

Also, Lili Barba is moving on to the regional finals of the Club Richelieu French Speech Contest. She will compete tomorrow at 12:00 noon at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem, in the running against other regional winners from Boston, Lowell, Nashua, and Manchester NH.

Congratulations to all of our students who participated  in the state level  DECA competiton last weekend.

A special congratulations to our students who were selected to continue on at the national DECA competition this April in Anaheim, California! Haley Bernhardt, Aria Corkum, Hannah Leahy, Meridith Charney.  The award winners from last weekend in Boston: Top 10: Hannah Lahey, Taylor McBurney, Emma Sutherland, Rebecca Price

I would like to wish Robotics Team good luck to during their first FRC Robotics competition at Reading HS this coming weekend.  Our students have worked hard and smart over the past six weeks of the build season. See the information below!

 Come support the SHS Robotics Team - they are competing at the FIRST Robotics Competition at Reading High School on Saturday March 18 and Sunday March 19 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. both days. The is very action packet STEM event, full of robots, students from all over New England and vendors from the engineering world. FREE to attend! Come and cheer on SHS Current, team 4311.

The Busy Season is HERE!
 As we move into the busy part of the year, we will encounter many student meetings around MCAS, the course selection process, and scheduling. All of these updates can be found on our website. However, I wanted to highlight the course selection process below. It is important that parents are aware that teachers are currently recommending students for level placement for next year. We are having a meeting about this on March 29 at 7:15 for students and parents in grades 9, 10, and 11. The grade 8 parents will have a meeting at 6:30-7:15. 

Finally, next week is MCAS week. This means that students in grades 9, 11, and 12, will not start classes until 11:00 on Tuesday and Wednesday and 10:30 on Thursday. This allows us to provide a quiet and well staffed exam environment. It is important that we take these tests seriously as they are a graduation requirement. Grade 10 students will be kept in the testing rooms until 10 am, unless they are still testing. Students who have finished the MCAS are free from 10:00 AM until the start of school. We recommend they return to SHS for 10:45 if they get picked up by a parent or if they walk home. The cafeteria is open for students to relax and get work done. In addition, there are computers and quiet spaces available in guidance.

Course Selection Update

Upcoming MCAS dates - please see our website for dates and modified schedules for the upcoming MCAS tests

College Fair
Dear students and families,
It has just come to our attention that tonight, March 16th, there will be a career and college fair hosted by the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester-Essex and Essex Technical High Schools.
You are invited to attend the 3rd Annual Cape Ann Career & College Fair held in the Gloucester High School Field House from 5:30-7:30.  Attached, is a list of the colleges and academic programs that will be participating, along with an overview of the business sectors attending. This is a unique fair held in our area, it blends academic preparation with career exploration.  We hope that you will be able to attend!
The SHS School Counselors

Cape Ann Career College Fair 16 March 2017 LISTING.pdf
Cape Ann Career College Fair 16 Mar 2017 3.pdf

Sports Update

The Spring sports season begins on Monday March 20th (hard to believe given the current weather conditions). 

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