The Big Blue Blast

The Official Newsletter of Swampscott High School

November 8, 2019

Good Morning,

On Monday, November 11 we celebrate veterans and the contributions they have made to our nation and community. As the son and brother of a veteran, I am aware of the sacrifices and challenges of service members and the families supporting them. Thank you for your service.

Quarter One grades post on Aspen X2 today. Please make sure to check your child's progress. Parent-teacher conferences are this Tuesday, November 12.

Congratulations to the following students who were awarded the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship:

Charlotte Andrews

Erik Bazarov

Abigail Benevento

Olivia Chavez

Georgia Cilley

Andrew Cronin

Ella Daniels-Koch

Ashley Engstrom

Gefen Finn

Kyle Fitzgerald

Leonie Flacke

Jamie Gaber

Oscar Hale

Harris Havlicek

Caleigh Hopkins

Graham Inzana

Hannah Kornerup

Margaret Krawitz

Nora Laplante

Morgan Lenihan

Anna Levenberg

Maxwell Lewis

Mackenna Lord

Tyler Marshall

Ian McRae

Jane Michigan

Alexa Mignone

Jack Miller

Amanda Murrizi

Lucy Naughton

Madeline O'Brien

Duncan Page

Alexa Papazoglou

Aidan Pulaski

Grace Rapisarda

Justin Ratner

Snow Reza

Anabella Seligson

Brooke Stout

Andrew Turcotte

Jared Wallen

Stephen Whipple

Riley Wurzel

Sarah Zanger


  • Prospective Student Open House: November 21

  • Powder Puff Game: November 23 10 AM Blocksidge Field

  • Pep Rally: November 27, 10:45 AM Noon Dismissal for all students

  • November 28: Thanksgiving

  • November 29: No school, Thanksgiving Break


NSCC On the Spot Admissions

Yesterday, 11/7, the counselors hosted an “on the spot” admissions event with NSCC. Approximately ten students applied and were accepted to NSCC pending graduation on June 7, 2020.

Salem State University “On the Spot Admissions”

The counselors have collaborated again with Salem State University to offer a similar on the spot admissions event, which will take place on 12/9/2019. If you are interested in Salem State and would like to submit an application and learn of the admissions decision “on the spot,” please see your school counselor for details!


Admissions reps from over 75 colleges are coming to SHS to see YOU. The list of scheduled visits is on Naviance and posted in the Guidance suite. This is an awesome opportunity for you to meet with admissions officers from schools you are interested in, get to know more about the school, programs, campus organizations, etc. Perhaps the most crucial element to these visits is that the admissions officers who come are usually the ones who read and make decisions on your application. So, this is your chance to make a strong first impression, have your questions answered, and engage with the admissions team!!! See Mrs. Brown for a pass. Visits will take place in the guidance office.

Upcoming College Visits

11/12/19 9:00 AM

Suffolk University

11/12/19 10:30 AM

New England Institute of Technology

11/13/19 9:00 AM

Fisher College

11/13/19 10:30 AM

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

11/14/19 9:00 AM

University of New Haven

11/15/19 9:00 AM

Wentworth Institute of Technology

11/15/19 10:30 AM

Regis College

Hands On Programming!

Looking for a school that offers more hands-on programs? Check out New England Institute of Technology, coming next week to SHS for an info session. They offer a multitude of programs that include associate, Bachelor’s and graduate programs. Consider a career in automotive, welding engineering, veterinary technology, health sciences, architecture, or interior name a few. Check here for a full list of their programs or head to their open house (11/17) for more info.

Click here for complete list of all college visits through the end of this month..

Students can register through Naviance, which is helpful because students get an automatic email reminder.


On Thursday, November 14, a research team from Harvard will be implementing a voluntary study with SHS students. Here is information from the study:

US schools are seeking to prepare students for the jobs of the future, where AI, machine learning, and automation will play a critical role. This project will be the first to examine whether recent interpretable machine learning models can be understood by young people. This work has several implications. There is an equity issue at stake: as more decisions about the lives of students are made by machines, it is important to explore whether these populations can understand (and once understood, trust, believe, question, and hold to account) those machine learning models. In addition, concepts of modeling, prediction, and machine learning models are now important in STEM and beyond, so studying whether young people can understand these concepts could help to inform curriculum development in the STEM pipeline - at what age can these machine learning concepts be taught and understood by students?


  • The survey is a puzzle that will help evaluate students' interaction with complex, AI models.

  • The students will be presented with several puzzle-like models and will be asked to make a decision based on the available information.

  • The survey will be completely anonymous.

  • It takes approximately 20 minutes to complete

  • It does not contain any sensitive questions.


The research team plans to share the survey results with Swampscott High School as it will have several insights around the students' interactions with complex AI models that will drive the jobs of the future and ideas for curriculum development. We will share any associations that we might find between student's interests/favorite subjects and their performance on the survey. We will provide our analysis from the research conducted on this subject on ways to help students be better prepared for the jobs of the future.


North Shore Medical Center is offering Yoga classes for teens. Please follow this link for more information

NSMC is also offering Teen Talk, This group supports teens with depression, anxiety, ADHD, self harming, eating disorders, etc. For more information, follow this link:

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