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Middle School to Start National Junior Honor Society Chapter

We are very excited to announce that the Georgetown Middle School is beginning a chapter of the National Junior Honor Society. Just like its counterpart the National Honor Society ,which we offer in the Georgetown High School, the  National Junior Honor Society is a nationwide organization that recognizes excellence in middle school aged students. While report card grades are a factor in the selection of the students who are invited for induction into this society, it is not the only criterion that is considered. Students must complete and submit an application that is based on five key pillars ( qualities).  They have the opportunity to provide evidence of how they demonstrate these qualities in their school and community  in their application. A selection committee of faculty members  will review all applications, determine the students who meet the criterion and recommend them for induction into the chapter. Four of these five pillars (qualities) are consistent with National Honor Society including scholarship, leadership, character and service and the fifth quality of citizenship is added for the middle school level. This makes sense since middle school is a very social time where students are figuring out who they are and navigating a more complex social world. Being a good citizen and a good friend to others is particularly important at this age.

Starting a school chapter is actually something we have been talking about for a couple of years and I am beyond delighted that it is coming to fruition. We have many students who work very hard in school to get good grades, stand up for what is right, actively participate in making their school and community a better place and serve as a positive role model for their peers.  We recognize these qualities in our high school students and want to do so with our younger students as well.  Establishing a National Junior Honor Society  at GMS is one of the ways that we can send the message that we appreciate the positive choices students are making and we value their hard work and desire to succeed. We hope this will be an opportunity to which students will aspire and I look forward to seeing how the application process will play out.

Many thanks to teacher Patrick Corr who has stepped forward to be the Advisor of this new venture and Principal Dan Richards for approving and championing this new opportunity for students.  If any student would like more information about how to apply, they should see Mr. Corr and  applications will be available in the middle school office.  Usually the timeline for applications is in the late fall and the induction ceremony is in March but since we wanted to start a chapter this year, we are thinking that students might be selected before school ends but would be inducted at a ceremony in the fall.  Don’t hold me to that but more information will be coming out about this.

This will be the first time students experience putting together an application on their own and we know they will learn a lot in the process. We expect there will be a little angst on their part especially in this first year but the Mr. Corr and the school staff will get them through it. We encourage parents to allow their children to lead this process themselves with some gentle encouraging and minor assistance from parents as to what might be included if students are stuck but we want the applications to reflect the student’s work. We appreciate your help in getting this program off the ground and we hope this will be the first year of many for the National Junior Honor Society program at the Georgetown Middle School.

This week’s Principal’s SHOUT-OUT message to students expressing praise, admiration, support and confidence.

Congratulations to our Boston Globe Scholastic Art Award Winners!

Congratulations to seniors Julia Giangrande and Sabrina Culpepper for earning top awards in the
Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards Competition. Sabrina earned an Honorable Mention for her digital photography. Julia earned a Gold Key for her Victorian necklace, a Silver Key for a ring, a Silver Key for a painting, and two Honorable Mention awards; her portfolio of jewelry and a pencil drawing.



National Honor Society Induction – new class joins prestigious society.

It was a pleasure to attend the Georgetown National Honor Society Induction Ceremony on the evening of March 13, 2019. The ceremony was a wonderful celebration of the accomplishments of the juniors and seniors who have earned the distinction of admission into this prestigious society based on their scholarship, service, leadership and character.  As the members of the current NHS members welcomed the new members, they spoke about the four pillars of scholarship, service, leadership and character and their significance to selection into NHS before each new member signed their name into the ” book” that has been used for over fifty years by others on the occasion of their induction. It is truly a symbolic and traditional recognition ceremony that warms my heart every year. This group of students takes advantage of everything the school has to offer by taking the most rigorous course of study, participating in numerous clubs and activities, serving their community both inside and outside of the school and being leaders and role models for their peers by making decisions based on their strong sense of character and commitment to doing the right things. They are all deserving of this recognition and i join their teachers and families in welcoming and congratulating them into the 2019 Class of the National Honor Society!

One special feature of the ceremony every year is that the students select a faculty speaker. This year the speaker was Ms. Beth Felides from the math department .  Beth used her mother as an example of how she thinks about the four pillars in real life. Learning is a life long process and her stories illustrated how these pillars are important throughout our lives and how the new members would be called upon to live and use these pillars in whatever they choose to do or wherever life will take them after high school.  She challenged them to continue to be great people and congratulated them on this great accomplishment.

I am please and proud to announce the Class of 2019 Inductees into the National Honor Society.  Seniors: Carly Higgins, Jaclyn Simmons, Christopher Swensen  Juniors: Olivia Billington, Keilan Burmingham, Ryan Cacciola,Timothy Chianca,Ana Collins, Camden Cooper, James Doucette, Edward Fantasia, Helena LaCortiglia, Hannah LeBlanc, Alexa Lee, Jennifer Lerner, Paige Lichty, Christopher Lowell, Madison McClung, Lindsey Millman, Madison Molis, Annaliese Moore, Sam Mroz, Antonia Nakatsugawa, Colin Nally, Emerson Nicholas, Andrew Phillips, Caitlin Reale, Joshua Richards, Sophia Scola, Alaya Shah, Emma Sindoni, Brenna Slomsky, Melia Vega, Julia Walsh, Madison, Weishaar, Mia Wilslow, Francis Wood.

Special thanks to NHS Advisors Chris DiFranco and Kate Cataldo for their guidance and leadership with this process for so many years. I would be remiss if  I did not thank Mrs. Cataldo personally and publicly for the important role she has played at GMHS as a teacher, advisor and mentor to so many students during her time here at GMHS. She is planning to retire at the end of this school year and she will be missed greatly! I know you join me in wishing her a long, happy and healthy retirement.

Such a wonderful memory to be cherished always! Congrats to all!

Superintendent Carol Jacobs

Congratulations to our Principal Dan Richards

MHS Principal Dan Richards has received the Inaugural Award of the NASSP Advocacy Champion of the Year Award. Here is the information about the award and why Dan was selected for this prestigious national award. Please join us in congratulating Dan. It is always very special to be recognized by one’s peers  for an honor like this. Way to go Dan!


NASSP Policy & Advocacy Center

Announcing the NASSP Advocacy Champion of the Year

Tonight during the opening reception of the 2019 NASSP Advocacy Conference, Dan Richards, principal of Georgetown Middle High School in Georgetown, MA, was announced as the first-ever Advocacy Champion of the Year for his significant contributions to advancing the policy agenda of NASSP and advocating on behalf of all school leaders to strengthen America’s public schools and ensure the success of each student.


A long-standing member of both NASSP and the Massachusetts School Administrators’ Association (MSAA), Richards takes the time to work with individuals on their needs and build their confidence to be strong advocates for education. In his role as an NASSP state coordinator, he serves as the top volunteer advocate for principals in Massachusetts and mentors other state coordinators at NASSP’s Advocacy Conference, the National Principals Conference, and the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Summer Institute.

Because of his commitment to NASSP and MSAA, Massachusetts school leaders are one of the leading education policy voices on Beacon Hill in Boston and on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and Massachusetts is one of the top-performing states in the country for grassroots advocacy efforts supporting NASSP’s policy agenda.

Congratulations once again to Dan Richards for his unwavering commitment and tireless advocacy for better education across the nation!

Learn more about Principal Dan Richards and the NASSP Advocacy Champion of the Year award now! »

Thank you to everyone who donated to the MS Student Council Sock Drive. They will be given to The Emmaus House in Haverhill