Monday, October 2, 2017

Finally feeling like Fall

Principal's Update

Swampscott High School Week of Oct 2- Oct 6
  •  Monday, October 2nd- Senior Privilege begins. Senior privilege forms were distributed this week noting who is and who is not eligible (based on 11th-grade 4th quarter grades/attendance/discipline).  Any senior who is ineligible may reapply at the start of the second quarter.
    • Senior privilege is just that- a privilege, not a right. It may be taken away at any time for any school infraction or in some cases, the administration may say there is no senior privilege if there is an important assembly or event. 
    • Students that have a study hall first block may come to school at the end of the first block. They must check in with Mr. Polacco or they will be marked absent. It is important that they leave enough time to get to school, find parking, check in with Mr. Polacco, and then get to class, all by 9:20.
    • Students that have a last block study hall may leave school at 1:22. If they have second lunch that day, students may leave at 12:54. 
    • If there is a substitute teacher, students must be in class. This is not a study hall. 
    • Students that are late when they have first block free. 
  • As of  October 2, 2017, all student vehicles must have been registered in the main office, and must display parking pass from rear view mirror - any violators are subject to ticket and/or towing. Parking is available at Upper Jackson lot for students who have not registered their vehicle.
  • As of October 2, 2017 all students will be required to wear their lanyards and ID's. This is a security measure to keep students safe while here at school. Freshmen were given their ID's on Friday, September 29th, and all other grades were given their lanyards back earlier this year. Any student who does not have lanyard and ID showing (with the exception of science labs and gym class) are subject to school discipline as spelled out in the student handbook.
  • Retakes for photos for students in grades 9-11 are October 12. Flyers are in the main office and there are online payment options.
  • All parents should have access to Aspen, our grading, attendance and student information system. All progress reports and report cards will only be available via Aspen. If you do not know your parent account please email We ask that parents and students do not share accounts so teachers can have access to both parent and student emails.
  • Class of 2018 must have their senior yearbook photo selected by October 21st for it to be included in the yearbook. Please follow the instructions sent with your proofs to choose your photo. Any question email

Activities Update

First meeting of the Political Action Club Wednesday 10/4, at 2:35 in C213.

Blue Print Do you have an interest in writing for the school online newspaper? The first Blue Print meeting will be held Wednesday, September 27th in room C211. If you cannot make it, see Ms. Thomas for more information.

I AM THAT GIRL is teaming up with Coastsweep to clean up Fisherman's Beach on Saturday, October 7th at 9:30 a.m. You do not need to be a member to participate. Materials will be provided This event is open the community! Please join us. For more information, email Hope to see you there!

The SHS Innovators Club meets every Wednesday in Room C123 during 2nd lunch to socialize and sample appetizers prepared by the IVY Program. All students are welcome!

Exciting news from the SHS Drama Club! Just in time for our fall play, The Woman in White, the new Drama Club website is now LIVE. Click this link to check it out. The Woman in White opens Thursday, October 26. Don't miss it!  

Last week, Student Council raffled off a student parking spot in order to raise money for the Student Council Scholarship.

The SHS Math Team kicks off its season at Marblehead this Thursday, Oct. 5. The competition will pit the team against the best mathletes from Beverly, Salem, Lynn, St. John's Prep, and Marblehead.

The SHS Science Team will be heading to their first competition next Tuesday, October 9th! Anyone interested in joining is still very welcome and should see Ms. Camire for details! All are welcome!!

Sports Update (submitted by coaches- if your team is not below, the coach has not submitted information)

Cross Country:   The Swampscott boys team lost to Somerville. Big finishers were 
1st Oliver Daniels-Koch, 3rd Chris Figueiredo, 4th Pat Doucette, 5th Evan Lippmann, and 8th Will Fraser. Our record is now 1-1. 
The Girls also lost to Somerville but had top finishes for 2nd- Caroline Kinne, 3rd- Leonie Flacke, 4th- Elizabeth Green, 6th- Gigi Dishman, 7th- Haley LaKind. The girls are now 1-1

Both teams have a meet Tuesday, October 3rd vs Winthrop and Gloucester. Outside of the school bracket, the team competed in the Zombie 5k run this weekend in Salem Ma - Brendan Bradley came in 2nd overall. 

Golf: On Monday the Big Blue Golf team won its 4th match of the season against Peabody by a score of 52.5-19.5. Everyone either tied or won their match. Strong performances by Jake Goldman (6.5-2.5), Ryan Graciale (7-2), Steve Santanello (5-4), Aidan Graciale (7.5-1.5), David Quill (9-0), and Nate Stern (8.5-.5) helped secure the W. The team lost to Gloucester on Wednesday by a score of 31-41. The Graciale Brother's Ryan and Aidan had the lone wins beating their opponents 5-4 to help keep the match close. This loss puts our record at 4-2.

Field Hockey has been doing well so far this fall. Record as of today 4-1-2. Come from behind tie at Gloucester last Tuesday night. Thursday afternoon we beat Marblehead for the first time in 4 years 3-1. Sydney Cresta is leading the team in goals scored this season, Sarah Ryan and Mary Miles have been coming up big on defense this year, Goalkeeper Jillian Flanders has been averaging 5 saves a game.

Football The Big Blue Football team beat Salem 33-6 this past Thursday night to go 4-0 for the season. The defense led by Big Mac Midland on the d line and Russel Hopkins at defensive back kept the witches to only 6 pts. McIntire had a punt return and two receptions for three TD's. On to English home this Saturday at 2:30 

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