The Big Blue Blast

November 15, 2019


Four educators will conduct an on-site Collaborative Conference visit with Swampscott High School on November 18 and 19, 2019. The Collaborative Conference visit will be conducted under the direction of the Commission on Public Schools of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. The Collaborative Conference visiting team will be chaired by Alyson Geary.

Ms. Geary has had extensive experience in the Association’s Accreditation process.

The purpose of this Collaborative Conference is to review and determine from an outside professional viewpoint the extent to which the school is aligned to the Standards for Accreditation and identify priority areas for growth and improvement. As part of the Conference, the team will meet with school constituents, review the school’s recently completed Self-Reflection, visit a number of classes, and examine examples of student work submitted by the school. During the comprehensive Self-Reflection, the faculty attempted to identify the school's strengths and determined those areas in which changes would be beneficial.

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges is a voluntary membership organization of more than 2,000 public schools, colleges and universities, independent schools, and vocational, technical, and career institutions. Of these, over 725 schools have been accredited through the Association's Commission on Public Schools. The Commission works with individual public schools to improve the quality of education through a continuous process of Accreditation and ongoing monitoring.

Important Upcoming Dates

  • 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


We are pleased to announce the 6th annual “Stretch Award” Thanksgiving community food drive, hosted by Swampscott High School students and the Interact Club. In the spirit of the “Stretch Award”, we are collecting canned goods and non-perishable items for the local Swampscott Food Bank. We encourage each family in our community to donate, as every single can counts and will make a difference and have a positive impact.

The "Stretch Award" pays tribute to the memory of Joe "Stretch" Balliro, a local community pharmacist and volunteer girls' basketball coach. He represented the best in community giving, fair play, and sportsmanship.

Once again, we have received a list of high-priority items from the Swampscott Food Bank, and have divided the list by class:







canned tuna

canned meat

(chicken, ham)


canned beans


canned fruit




non-perishable milk

pasta sauce

canned vegetables (tomatoes, corn, peas)

peanut butter


toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, deodorant, shampoo)



paper goods

(toilet paper, paper towels, tissues)

paper goods

(toilet paper, paper towels, tissues)

Students: please return food donations to your English class through

Tuesday, November 26th.

All remaining food donations can be left in the SHS main lobby

before 9:30am on Wednesday, November 27th, 2019.

Thank you for your help and support; together we win!