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Statement concerning an incident at the September 18th football game.

On Friday night September 18, 2021, there was a physical altercation during the football game between Georgetown and Roxbury Prep Charter High School that involved players from both teams and several coaches.  The cause of this altercation is under investigation. The Georgetown Police assisted in dispersing the crowds when the end of the game was canceled. Allegations of the use of racially charged language are also being investigated. I want to clearly state that the Georgetown Public Schools will not tolerate racism in any form and is working with the Georgetown Police Department to investigate this allegation. The district has reached out to the administration at Roxbury Prep Charter High School in an attempt to gather facts and resolve the issues.  There are clearly strong emotions and many different versions of what happened at this game that is swirling around on social media. I ask for calm and patience as we investigate this situation and arrive at a resolution that considers all of the facts and is satisfactory to all parties involved.

PUBLIC NOTICE of APPLICATION TO CONTROL MOSQUITOES at GMHS, Penn Brook & Perley fields on 9/21 from 7:15 p.m. to 12 a.m.

The Northeast Massachusetts Mosquito Control and Wetlands Management District is conducting an application to control adult mosquitoes at Perley School, Penn Brook School and the High School fields Georgetown MA in the evening between the hours of _7:15 PM and _12:00 AM on__9-21-21. In case of inclement weather, the Back up date of application would be the__9-22-21_. The areas to be treated are  _all of the playing fields at each school.


Click here for the letter from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts STATE RECLAMATION AND MOSQUITO CONTROL BOARD.

International Travel During COVID-19 info provided by the CDC.

Click here for the info.

COVID UPDATE – June 17, 2021

COVID 19 FINAL COVID Update June 17, 2021

Greetings Georgetown Friends! This is the FINAL COVID update for the 2020-2021 school year and hopefully ever! WE MADE IT! This crazy and unprecedented school year is in the books and I cannot thank you enough for everything you did to make this a year run as smoothly as possible. On the positive side, we learned a lot about what is important and just how strong we can be as a community when we have to be. I am in awe of what we all did this year! Despite some obvious challenges, we were able to continue educating our students through a global pandemic and be “in person” learning (in some version) for almost the entire school year. This is a significant accomplishment of which we can all be very proud.

The maintenance and a custodial team, under the direction of Director of Buildings and Grounds Mike Anderson did an outstanding job of keeping our schools clean, safe and sanitized. They went above and beyond the call of duty at every turn and they were a large part of why we did not have COVID spread in our schools! THANK YOU!

Our administrators were committed 110% to doing whatever was necessary for our staff and students to be able to provide the best education possible given some very trying conditions. They led by example, with compassion and understanding and always kept the faith that we were going to get through this together. Talk about leading under pressure but they were tenacious and never lost sight of what is most important, the academic and social emotional needs of everyone! THANK YOU!

Our teachers, professional and support staff at every school really rose to the occasion especially given the fact that they had to do many things they had never done before in ways that were new to them. They accomplished amazing things with and for their students given the changing guidelines, the escalating panic over the pandemic and the challenges posed by remote and hybrid learning. They came to work every day, whether remote or in person, ready to teach their students and help families navigate this unprecedented new landscape. I cannot be more proud of each and every one of our staff members and I am grateful to have the chance to work with every them! THANK YOU!

I am also grateful to all of the families who stuck with us. While we may not have always agreed, we stuck together! I want to say that we recognize and appreciate the challenges our families had to face that went beyond just supporting our students through remote and hybrid learning for the last 16 months. Our hats are off to you for the way you navigated COVID in your personal and professional lives while supporting our schools and we owe you a big debt of gratitude. THANK YOU!

Most signs indicate that COVID 19 is behind us and I am happy that were are able to end the school year with a greater sense of normalcy. In the fall, we can look forward to our schools operating like pre COVID times and I know we will all be happy to see that! I hope you have a fantastic summer as we really deserve it after the year we have had. Enjoy!

1. Celebrating Success
Wasn’t it nice to be able to enjoy the end of the year celebrations, many of which we were able to do in person? I applaud the schools for figuring out ways to share students’ accomplishments and growth with families, virtually and/or in person, and appreciate all of the people who took the time to enjoy and appreciate the hard work of our students. Graduation for the Class of 2021 was really spectacular and a fitting tribute to a class who was impacted by the pandemic in a significant way. While it was hot outside, the ceremony was special and the parade that followed will be remembered by everyone for years to come! Sincere congratulations to the seniors on a job well done and best wishes to all of them as they move on to the next chapter! The best is yet to come for them!

The moving on ceremonies for the 6th and 8th grades was also held outside on the school grounds in front of friends and families who were there to wish them well. The weather cooperated for us and everyone was so happy to be there to celebrate this important occasion! I would like to thank everyone who made these milestones so special and memorable for these students.

The Celebration of Growth presentations at Penn Brook and the awards ceremonies at the MHS all showcased student learning and you could see the pride in the students’ faces as they saw their hard work appreciated. Also congratulations to all of the students at Penn Brook who participated on the annual Spelling Bee and to the winners. Believe it or not, the 4th graders went over 70 rounds before a winner was crowned. It was really something to see!

I also want to share with you some special end of the year virtual examples of the talents of our Music and Art teachers and their amazingly talented students. I am so proud to share the following links with you. Enjoy!


GMS Chorus and Chorale: A Million Dreams

Irish Blessings:


MHS Spring Art Show:


2. Bus Registration Process
Transportation Coordinator Barry Belanger would like to remind people who qualify for bus transportation to complete their registrations as soon as possible. This information will be used to create bus routes and to fill the seats on the buses for the fall. Buses will run at full capacity but we cannot exceed the legal limit so in order to avoid being on a waiting list, we must have your completed form as soon as possible. Mr. Belanger works limited hours in the summer, so please make this a priority. If you have questions he can be reached at

3. Student Vaccines
There is currently no requirement for students to be vaccinated in order to attend school and we do not expect this to change for the fall. While we respect that it is a personal choice for families, we encourage students to be vaccinated if it becomes available. The Commissioner of Education has said that there will be no mask wearing or social distancing requirements in the fall unless something changes with the virus over the summer but we want to keep students safe while we return to normal. FYI- We had hoped to have a vaccination site in the schools within the last couple of weeks but could not work out the logistics. I am sorry about that as it might have made the process easier.

4. Thanks To Our Amazing Medical Team
We were very fortunate this year to have the advice and medical expertise of a team of medical advisors from our community who volunteered many hours to help us through the pandemic. A big thank you goes out to our school physician Dr. William Medwid, nurse practitioners and parents Shane Murray and Jennifer Pollard and nurses Debra Cook, Mary Beth Doherty ( PB Nurse) , Kathy Hatch ( PB Nurse) and Heather Shupenko (MHS Nurse. All of these wonderful professionals were so generous with their time, always available to answer questions and there to assist us in making decisions as needed. We could not have made it through this year as confidently and safely as we did without their help. We are truly grateful to all of you!

5. Welcome Jeff Carovillano as New MHS Principal
Beginning July 1, 2021, Mr. Jeffrey Carovillano will assume the role as the next Principal at the Georgetown Middle High School. Jeff will be coming to us after more than 13 years in the Ipswich Public Schools as their Assistant Principal. Jeff was the unanimous choice of the 22 member Search Committee who conducted multiple interviews and site visits to GMHS and Ipswich. We are confident that he will be a “hands on”, collaborative leader who believes in high expectations for all and building a culture of acceptance, respect and inclusion. He has a reputation of being a strong advocate for students, a supportive and assessable colleague for staff and a great resource for families. We are all looking forward to working with Jeff and he is excited to be coming to Georgetown. We will be planning opportunities to meet him in the near future.

6. Summary of Mask Wearing Guidance from the Commissioner Riley as of 6/16/2021
” Masks must be worn by students and staff indoors until the end of this school year only
” Summer programs- Not required
” Fall 2021- No Masks

7. Budget Update
I am pleased to let you know that the FY 22 budget that we presented to the Finance and Advisory Board is being included in the town budget that will be voted on at the Town Meeting on Monday, June 21st at 7:00 PM. There are no recommended cuts from our request so hopefully the town will approve it as presented. Fingers Crossed!
I know I am probably forgetting something but I will close by wishing our retirees Donna Donohoe, Fee Bongiorni, Mary Lyons, Terri Leeman and Anne Maciel a long, happy and healthy retirement and wishing all of you a summer filled with fun, family and beautiful memories! Thank you again for everything and I will see you in the fall!


COVID 19 Update – May 21, 2021

Hello Georgetown friends and colleagues and Happy Friday!

I hope this update finds you healthy and well as we begin to see more signs of normalcy returning to our world. While this is a welcome sight for sure, we are working hard to keep our schools safe and special for our students for the next four weeks. We have every expectation that when school begins in the fall, we will return to “normal” as we know it but some modifications will remain in place until the end of this year. I continue to appreciate your patience, understanding and partnership as we wind down a school year for the ages and get ready for a relaxing and much needed summer break! We are looking forward to celebrating the end of the year with our students, particularly the members of the Class of 2021, who will graduate on a Saturday, June 5th at 10:00 in the morning outside on the beautiful Perley field weather permitting. The rain date is scheduled for Sunday, June 6th at the same time outside if the weather cooperates.  In the case of rain, regretfully the ceremony will be moved into the GMHS auditorium and will be live streamed for family and friends to view. We will still have to operate according to the Governor’s guidance for events held inside so please pray to the weather Gods for spectacular weather on June 5th. 


  1. Changes to State Guidance 

Mask wearing:   Effective this week, the Governor’s office released guidance that is effective this week.  Students will no longer be required to wear masks outside at recess, on school grounds and while playing sports. The requirement for social distancing has also been lifted. Close contacts will not be identified and students will not be required to quarantine if there is a positive COVID case.  This guidance was unexpected; however both the Governor and the Commissioner of Education cite scientific evidence that supports this action.  After much discussion in the district, we decided to implement the guidance but will continue to monitor the situation.  We will use common sense and ensure that all other safety protocols remain in effect while inside of the schools and buildings.   I apologize for not sending a note out earlier this week giving parents a heads up but I was waiting for some additional information that did not come as early as expected. That is completely on me and not the schools and I am sorry for any angst this might have caused anyone.  


Masks will continue to be required for everyone inside of the building and we will continue with our no visitor’s policy in the school buildings through the end of the year.  For activities that will be held in the tents, visitors may be allowed but look for updates and opportunities to come through the communications put out by the schools. 


Shared Equipment- the Governor has also removed the restrictions on shared use of equipment and supplies however, we will continue to ensure that our sanitizing protocols are still in place every day. 


Spectators at outside sporting events do not have to wear masks or face coverings effective immediately. After May 29, face covering and/or masks are not required on school grounds. We still encourage some social distancing 


 End of the Year Celebrations

You will be receiving specific information from your school Principals about special events that are planned. I have included a brief summary below for your reference.


Penn Brook 

– Celebration of Growth- Week of June 7th, each grade is scheduling separately

– Moving on Ceremony Grade 6 on 6/17 @ 10:00 am (outside either in the tent or on the field)

– Spelling Bee – Grade 3 Monday 6/7, Grade 4 Tuesday 6/8 and 5th Grade Wednesday 6/9.  Times TBD

– Grade 6 Field Trip- 6/4



–  Middle School Awards- 6/11 1:30 p.m.

– Underclassmen Awards – 6/10 at 9:00 am

The students who are receiving awards will be presented with their awards in the auditorium. Families will be able to view these ceremonies via live stream.

– Eighth Grade Moving On Ceremony – 6/17 at 1:30 pm in the auditorium 


Class of 2021 Activities 


– Senior Prom – May 25th

This year the prom will take place at an outside venue at the Meadow at Red Ridge Farm. We are excited to announce that we will be having our traditional Grand March on the front steps of the MHS at 5:15 PM. The public is invited to come and enjoy seeing the students all dressed up in their finest prom attire! 

– Senior Awards Ceremony – 6/3 Students will be recognized for their academic accomplishments and scholarships will be presented. The students and faculty will gather in the auditorium and the ceremony will be live streamed and recorded for family and friends to watch and enjoy.

– Graduation – Saturday 6/5, rain date 6/6 scheduled on the Perley field at 10:00 AM. Thanks to the removal of restrictions by Governor Baker, the set up for the ceremony will be consistent with what has been done in the past.  There are no limits to the number of people who may attend. We will have 1100 chairs set up.  Graduates and family and friends are not required to have tickets, wear a mask (unless they are not vaccinated) or have reserved seating. We are very excited about this and the timing is perfect!  Now just pray for great weather because the indoor option is not great. 

-Post Graduation Parade

Back by popular demand, the tradition that was started last year will continue for the Class of 2021. We have worked with the Police Department to formulate a route around town (which is available on the Principal’s Blog at GMHS) where the community can line the streets and cheer on our recent GMHS alumni.  We hope the community will come out they did last year as I know that meant a lot to the students and their families. The parade will assemble and cue up at the PB School at 11:45 AM and leave at 12:00 PM led by a police escort. We encourage parade participants to decorate their cars and make this a festive and fun way to send out students off with a bang!


Summer Programs 

We will be offering the following in person summer programs 

Penn Brook Adventure Camp 

We are excited to be able to offer this program again this summer.

We know it has been a challenging year without before and after school care programs and our students are looking forward to some summer fun with friends.  If you are interested in learning more, contact Program Director Elizabeth Carroll at


Special Education Programs

We are running our programs for special education students that have summer services on their educational plan. We are delighted that this year we can offer these services in person. 


Early Literacy Reading 

We are applying for grant funds to offer a two week program to provide additional literacy support and instruction to students who have been receiving intervention services during the year. If grant funds are secured, the school will be contacting families who qualify to attend the program. More information will be forthcoming 


Honoring our Retiring Teachers

It is always with mixed emotions that we say goodbye to some of our wonderful teachers that are moving on into retirement. These teachers have provided a long and selfless commitment to educating our students for most of their adult life. They have been loving caregivers, talented educators, and amazing role models and “special teachers” who will be remembered for the way they have touched the lives of so many young people over the years. Each teacher is special and unique in their own way but they are all are going to leave big shoes to fill and a legacy that will last for years to come in the hearts and minds of everyone who had the privilege to work and learn from them. I know you join me in wishing the following special people a long, healthy and happy retirement and offering them our sincere thanks for their years of service. They deserve the best because they have been the best! Congratulations to : 

Kindergarten teacher Fee Bongiorni 

Kindergarten teacher Donna Donahoe

MHS Business and Technology teacher Mary Lyon

MHS Science teacher Teresa Leeman 


My Deepest Thanks

I feel I must conclude this update by saying that our schools are so fortunate to have the backing of a community that comes together in support of our schools on behalf of our wonderful staff and students in both good and bad times.  I cannot say often enough that we can’t do what we do without this community. It sounds cliché but it really is true that it takes a village and I am glad that you are our village!  For all of the ways, big or small, that you have made this year a success despite the obstacles that came our way, we are so grateful!  To every parent, grandparent or trusted adult who helped our students navigate the unknown world of remote and hybrid learning, we sincerely appreciate it.  To the parents and businesses that have honored our seniors in so many ways to make the end to their educational career so special, you rock! I urge you all to check out the banners at Harry Murch Park featuring each of our seniors and to notice the lawn signs that sit in the yards of seniors thanks to the Royal Sports Boosters. To the PTA who celebrated our educators and staff with a delicious lunch on Teacher Appreciation, National Nurses and National Lunch Professionals Week and for the many events you continue to sponsor to support our schools. THANK YOU ALL FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART!


Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy this gorgeous pre summer weather! Take good care!



Video from Georgetown Middle School’s 2021 Incoming 7th Grade Parent Info Night