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End of summer Guidance Newsletter.

I hope that you all are enjoying a wonderful and relaxing summer!  A great deal of planning and preparation is taking place by the school administration and the guidance department in order to ensure a smooth school opening.  Schedules will be emailed to all students before the first day of school.  Please have your child use the new schedule on the first day and not use the draft they were given at the end of last year.

 

Here are some helpful ways for you and your child to start the year off right.

 

  • Get to know your child’s teachers and guidance counselor as soon as possible.  As a parent you know your child best and you should share that knowledge with teachers.  Are there areas in which your child needs special help?  Does he or she have a particular learning style that helps them best?   It may help to email your child’s teachers if you have any questions or concerns or if you need academic updates beyond what you see on the Portal.
  • Don’t hesitate to speak with your child’s teachers and guidance counselor about sensitive issues.  Remember what goes on at home can affect your child’s performance in the classroom.
  • Be familiar with what the school expects of your child, e.g., how much homework is usually assigned in each class on a nightly and/or weekly basis?  We often advise parents to ask teachers the amount and type of homework he or she usually assigns.  It’s a good way to monitor whether your child seems to be spending too little or too much time on homework.
  • Please don’t hesitate to contact the guidance office if you have any questions or concerns. We are here to help resolve problems and can help your child in a number of ways, as well as support your efforts.

 

Upcoming dates to keep in mind:

 

Tuesday, August 17th (10-11am) Covid-19 Vaccine Clinic in the GMHS Cafeteria.

 

Tuesday, August 24th (10am-1pm): There will be a freshman orientation for all incoming ninth graders.  The presentation will start in the auditorium and end with each student meeting his or her mentor for the year at the GYCC at the Perley school (pickup at 1pm at Perley).

 

Mid-September: Guidance counselors will be presenting college application information to all seniors in their English classes.

 

Late-September & Mid-October: Guidance counselors visit freshmen in their Creativity classes and then again in their English classes for guidance seminars.

 

Late September: There will be a senior college planning night for parents of seniors, more information will be sent home about the specific date and time.

 

Mid-October: PSAT exams will be taking place at the middle-high school, sign-up information will be forthcoming but all 10th and 11th graders are encouraged to take this test.

 

Enjoy the remainder of the summer and I wish everyone a successful 2021-2022 school year!

 

Sincerely,

 

Julia Robinson

Director of Guidance

 

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
https://youtu.be/-cCQI91fvoE

Irish Blessings:
https://youtu.be/KMvesFT-Tps

 

MHS Spring Art Show:
https://gmhsart.weebly.com/annual-art-show.html

 

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 belangerb@georgetown.k12.ma.us.

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!
Carol

 

BookSmart & English Summer Reading list for students entering grades 9-12.

To Students Entering Grades 9-12:

This year marks the third annual BookSmart: a book club-style one-day discussion of (mostly) modern literature. Students will choose and read ONE of the books on this list and participate in a book discussion about it in September (students taking honors or AP English will have other books to read in addition). While there is great value in the classics, we have chosen books for BookSmart that are more modern, diverse, and speak to different perspectives on the human condition.

Read the descriptions below carefully before choosing a book. Feel free to ask any English teacher questions about the books–we can help you choose.

  • Sign up via the Google Form by June 11.  (the form is located in the student’s English Schoology Class)
  • Those who do not choose a book will have one assigned to them by June 14.
  • Every student needs to read at least one book.
  • Please choose a book you have not previously read.
  • Please be aware that some of the texts may contain strong language or themes, butnone of it will be more than is appropriate for a high school level reader.
  • The public library and our library media center have been notified of this list as well, andthey plan to order additional copies whenever possible. **Please email any Englishteacher if hardship is preventing you from obtaining the text.
  • There will be a brief assessment worth half a quiz grade in your English classIn September, a member of the GMHS faculty/staff (not just English teachers!) will facilitate discussion and activities on students’ chosen books. We hope that this day will bring students together, build new connections, and get everyone thinking about how stories can play a role in the decisions we make and the lives we lead.Sincerely,
    The English Department

 

Click here for the Book Smart choices and more info.

 

In addition to BookSmart Day, students taking the following courses should read the following books over the summer and be prepared to discuss and write about them. It may read 2020-21 in the information linked below but the titles are still applicable.

Addendum to Summer Reading for Honors and AP Courses, 2021-2022

Kudos to Drama for their production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.

A big shout out to GMHS Drama who performed the play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” outdoors!  The cast and crew were phenomenal. Thank you for bringing such a wonderful play to life!

 

Georgetown High School 2021 Rankings-US World & News Report

Georgetown High School is ranked #1,863 in the National Rankings. Schools are ranked on their performance on state-required tests, graduation and how well they prepare students for college. Read more about how we rank the Best High Schools.

All Rankings

 

  • Scorecard

 

  • 38%     Took at Least One AP® Exam
  • 37%     Passed at Least One AP® Exam
  • 90%     Mathematics Proficiency
  • 88%     Reading Proficiency
  • 99%     Graduation Rate

Technology Training Links and info.

 G:Suite Forum Video

 

Schoology Forum Video

 

2020-21 iPad Academy Presentation

 

iPad Academy – G(Google)Suite

 

iPadAcademy-Parent/Schoology Training

 

iPadAcademy-Student/Schoology Training

 

iPadAcademy-Student/Notability Training (please be aware we are in the process of purchasing more licenses therefore, as of the moment some may not be able to download Notability from Self-Service-it will just “spin” when you attempt to download.)

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Schoology- Schoology is the GMHS learning management system (LMS). Schoology is where you can go to access announcements from teachers, assignments, and assessments. The tech team will be working with different groups of students over the next few weeks to train and coach them with Schoology.

 

Tech Tips and Common Tech Questions:

  1. Your Schoology username is your school email address.

  2. You can reset your own Schoology password at any time by going to www.Schoology.com and click the forgot password. Follow the instructions to reset it using your School email address.

  3. Your classes are preloaded for you in Schoology. You do not need any access codes to see them. If they are not, please reach out to Ms. Marchett or Mrs. Schwarzkopf to assist you.

  4. If you change your schedule for any reason, Schoology will reflect your schedule changes the next school day automatically.

  5. Schoology parent access is coming in the next week or so. Stay tuned for more information regarding parental access.

  6. The Zoom links for your classes will also be posted in your Schoology course page.

  7. Please see the training videos posted on the Principal’s Blog and the GMHS website for more information on Schoology, Portal, and Google.

  8. If downloading an app from self service and you get a pinwheel try again later. It means we are out of licenses for the app and need to reload. We are aware when this happens so you do not have to tell us.

  9. If you are bringing your own device from home and would like to purchase self service please go here to do so. Once you have paid for self service please email Mr. Swaim at swaimp@georgetown.k12.ma.us to arrange for the installation.

 

If you assistance with Schoology or other tech related concerns, please reach out to Ms. Marchetti at Marchettil@georgetown.k12.ma.us  or Mrs. Schwarzkopf at schwarzkopfs@georgetown.k12.ma.us

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StudentPlus and ParentPlus

ParentPlus and StudentPlus are GMHS’s online student information systems.  Student

schedules and grades are posted to your student’s private account.  Families who do not have internet access

should call the Main Office at (978) 352-5790 to make arrangements to pick up

student reports.  ParentPlus and StudentPlus Portal can be accessed

through the GMHS website at https://www.gssapp.org/GeorgetownPublicSchools/gmhs/  Select the “Schools” menu and then “Georgetown Middle/High School”, on the left hand side of the page under “Quick Links” is the

“Student/Parent Portal”.

If any student needs assistance with their school email or accessing the portal, please contact

see Mr. Swaim in the library  swaimp@georgetown.k12.ma.us

If any student or parent needs a password reset- please contact Alysha Morgan morgana@georgetown.k12.ma.us   or Laura Johnson @ johnsonl@georgetown.k12.ma.us