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Baker Adams Scholarship Info & Application. Application Deadline: Friday, April 30, 2021 by 4:00PM

Baker Adams Scholarship Application 2021, please use the link below.


1907 – 1997

The Adams family name has been a long time Georgetown family dating back to the early founders of the town. There are Adamses listed as volunteers in the Revolutionary Army in 1775. The Adamses were prominent businessmen in early Georgetown. As early as 1780, Captain Benjamin Adams (a distant relative) was tanning and currying leather at his home on the old Salem Road, now Central Street. Baker Adams’ grandfather, Cornelius G. Baker, along with H. E. Harriman, owned and operated a successful shoe company. The company was located on Elm Street and provided shoes for Essex County. The businessmen of Georgetown had a reputation of being the sharpest traders in northern Essex County.

Baker Adams was born on February 17, 1907, the only son of Clarence C. and Cornelia (Baker) Adams. They resided at 150 Elm Street in Georgetown. In addition to the shoe business, the family raised their own vegetables and maintained a variety of animals (chickens, hens, sheep and cats). The Adams family was very close knit, emphasizing a strong work ethic and service to the community. Education was a high priority in the Adams family. Cornelia served on the Georgetown School Committee from 1919 to 1927, which was prior to the suffrage movement.

As a child, Baker attended the Central School located in what is now Town Hall, and graduated in 1923 from the Perley Free (High) School. He continued his education at Tufts University, graduating in 1927, and entered Harvard Law School, graduating in 1931.

Baker Adams practiced law in Boston from 1932 until 1937, while living at home with his parents. He commuted by train to the city from Baldpate Station, located on Nelson Street, where his uncle was the stationmaster. (The Baldpate Station was demolished in 1942.) In 1939, Baker joined a law firm in Haverhill and maintained a private practice in Georgetown.

As did his ancestors, Baker Adams had a strong sense of honor and duty. He joined the United States Army in 1942, becoming one of the first graduates from the Judge Advocate General School at the University of Michigan in 1943. He served in the Judge General Department with the 10th Air Force for two years in the China-India-Burma theater.

Upon returning from the war, Baker rejoined the law firm in Haverhill and Georgetown. He lived once again at 150 Elm Street, caring for his mother until her death in the mid 1950’s. Baker Adams lived life to its fullest. He gladly exchanged his business attire for his flannel shirt and overalls at day’s end. He sought refuge in raising the family animals and maintaining the large vegetable garden. His frozen vegetables and canned fruits were well known among the residents in town.

Baker Adams was a well-respected attorney in the Georgetown/Haverhill area. He was meticulous and professional in everything he undertook. This was most evident in his attire, always wearing a dark suit and tie. It was well known throughout the area that he would handle your taxes for $5 and draft and execute wills for $25. Baker never missed a morning coffee break at ten o’clock at his favorite local establishment.

In addition to a robust law practice, Mr. Adams held many offices. He was Trustee and Executive Officer of Citizens Cooperative Bank in Haverhill, Officer of the Haverhill Cooperative Bank and Trustee of the Georgetown Savings Bank. Baker Adams’ community involvement grew throughout the years, as evidenced in the many Town offices he held:

    • Selectman
    • Trustee of the Georgetown Peabody Library
    • Finance Committee Member
    • Town Moderator for 25 years
    • Member in good standing of the Odd Fellows
    • Fifty year member of the Masonic Temple
    • Member of the Grange
    • Member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars

Baker Adams was a direct and plainspoken person, always advocating for the local person, never underestimating an individual’s ability or desires.

In 1972, Baker Adams retired from the law firm in Haverhill. He remained at 150 Elm Street, focusing his time on his animals and gardens (most memorably his collection of African violets), as well as his community involvement in Georgetown. In 1995, he suffered a stroke and died in 1997 at the age of 90.

As he did throughout his life, Baker Adams continued his legacy of community service by donating 12.5 acres of land to the Town of Georgetown to be added to the State Forest located off of East Street. Mr. Adams also donated a Trust Fund to the Georgetown School Committee, to be used for scholarships for local students. Baker Adams’ contribution to the Town of Georgetown began at the turn of the century and continues on into the millennium.

COVID Tracking matrix for Georgetown provided by the Mass. Dept. of Health

click here for the matrix

Pool testing program ends Friday, April 9, 2021.

The Georgetown School Committee voted on April 8, 2021 to discontinue the pooled testing effective April 9, 2021. The reason for this decision was that only 20% of the school population participated in the program despite many attempts to increase participation. Implementing the polled testing program is labor intensive for our nurses and when we conducted a cost benefit analysis with our medical team, the recommendation was made to suspend the program. However, if cases rise and there is concern about school spread, we will reconsider reinstating the program. Thank you to all who participated!

Registration Is Open For Georgetown’s Summer Camp And Reading Academy!

Please see the attached information regarding the Penn Brook Reading Academy and Penn Brook Pals Camp for the summer of 2021.

2021 PB Pals Camp Flyer

2021 PB Reading Academy Flyer (1)

Return to Full In Person Learning presentation made at the School Committee meeting on March 12, 2021.

Click here for the presentation made at the March 12, 2021 School Committee meeting.

COVID 19 Update March 12, 2021 – Dates for full return to school.

Hi everyone,

This was actually a great day until about 3:30 PM  when I received a panic phone call from the School Committee Chair.  Apparently, after my message went out she started to get emails and phone calls and the facebook page started chattering about what the dates would be.  I was very surprised when she  told me that the information was not correct because her motion was to bring Penn Brook and the Middle High School back on April 5 and the High School back on the 12th.
There were a couple of problems that help to explain what happened.
1. Originally it was our plan to do a transition at the Middle High School and up until the early afternoon yesterday that was our plan.  I sent a draft of the slides to the committee earlier in the day to make sure they felt I was covering what the community needed to hear.  In the meantime, I was speaking with Joe Pittella  during the day  discussing the concern he raised that staff wanted to come back according to the Commissioner’s guidelines. After discussing the pros and cons, Joe asked me to update the MOU with responses which I did.  That conversation was very positive and we agreed that Penn Brook would come back on April 5 and The MHS on April 12th.  I went in and thought I changed the slides but when the slides popped up at the meeting, it was not the slide I changed.  I spoke briefly with the Chair about the change but it was a quick conversation.
2. At the meeting when the slide came up and I realized it was the wrong slide I immediately said the slide was incorrect and that the recommendation was going to be as Joe and I agreed even though the Committee is really the only party that can agree to the working conditions of teachers as they negotiate the contract not me.  Joe is correct to think that he made an agreement that would be honored as did I.  To make matters worse, the slides that I included in my message today reflect the incorrect information.  I believe that is what caused the firestorm when my message said something else.
3. The School Committee Chair made the motion to bring elementary and Middle School back on April 5 and High School back on April 12th.  I must say I missed  this completely because I expected the vote to be what I said at the meeting.  When Barbie told me the vote was consistent with the recommendation, I realized that she was working off the wrong slide. It is the School Committee’s authority to decide the calendar  and ,despite any informal agreement between Joe and I ,without the approval of the Committee it is not final.
4. The Chair asked me to send out a clarification to the public to stop the panic  which I did  and I included the staff because I wanted you to know about this vote since the afternoon of the meeting, I told you what our recommendation was going to be.  I also immediately  texted Joe to give him a heads up.  We have had an ongoing dialogue about this and I said I wanted to write to you explaining what happened. I accept responsibility for most of this although none of it was intentional I can promise you that.  I want you all to know that Joe did his best to advocate for a timeline he thought was best and please give him credit for that. I am of course going to discuss this further with the Chair but I honestly think that since the information is out and the vote was unanimous, the vote will probably stand and I will be reminded that I do not have the authority to make arrangements with the union that are the authority of the Committee.
5.  I am truly sorry everyone and I hope this email will give some of the background of how we got to this place.  I am hoping we will all be able to accept the School Committee vote and maybe it will be a good thing to bring the youngest students in earlier, especially some of the 7th graders who have never been in the building. I know Joe and I discussed the benefits of a staggered opening but did not agree on the timeline.
I hope that you know this was just a colossal miscommunication  and it is no one’s  fault. I hope you understand and if you have any other questions or comments, please reach out to me. I would be happy to speak with any one.

Community Meeting Planned
Just as we did when we moved from fully remote to the hybrid, we will be holding a community meeting where people can ask questions and get information about our plans.

Date: Tuesday, March 23 – 6:30-7:30
If you have a question/s you would like addressed at this meeting, please complete the following Google Form:
Meeting ID: 986 1349 3529
Passcode: 785164


Pooled Testing
Each week we have seen a slight increase in the number of students and staff participating in the pooled testing program but the number is just over 10% of our total population. In order for the program to be effective at identifying asymptomatic COVID cases, we need a much higher percentage to keep it going after April 18.

I understand that there was a glitch with the registration process which has been addressed. We will be sending out a consent form to all families in case you are interested and have not yet participated. Please complete the consent by the Sunday night before the testing will happen so your child can participate in the week’s testing . You are eligible to join at any time as long as the program runs but the sooner the better so everyone can benefit from the program.

We are just completing our third week of testing. I am pleased to report that the results have come back without a positive pool for the last two weeks.


MHS Principal Search
Middle High School Principal Daniel Richards will be leaving the school at the end of this school year. I will be convening a committee and am seeking five parents to participate on the committee. If interested, please send me an email at before Friday, March 19 to express interest. I know you join me in thanking Mr. Richards and wishing him well.


Senior Activities
One of the things we are most excited about coming back to school full-time is that the seniors will be able to end the year with their classmates. They have missed out on many things this year with COVID but we are focused on finishing the year with wonderful memories that will last a life time. Shortly, the Commissioner will be releasing guidelines regarding proms and graduation but in the meantime we are working with the PTA and the Senior Celebration Committee to plan some fun surprises for our special seniors.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend and I am sorry to end your Friday afternoon with this unfortunate situation. I am truly sorry.  If you have any questions, please contact me at