The Big Blue Blast

The official newsletter of Swampscott High School

September 23, 2019

News and Announcements:


Please join us for Curriculum Night on September 26 at 6:00 PM. This night provides an opportunity for families to meet the SHS administration and counseling team along with your student's teachers. Please see the schedule below:


Swampscott High School

Curriculum Night-September 26, 2019



6:00 - 6:15 Parents pick up schedules in the atrium, brief welcome in the auditorium.


6:20 - 6:30 Period 1


6:35 – 6:45 Period 2


6:50 – 7:00 Period 3


7:05 - 7:15 Period 4


7:20 – 7:30 Period 5


7:35 – 7:45 Period 6


7:50– 8:00 Period 7


During free periods, parents are invited to the atrium. The school counselors, along with METCO and PTF will have tables set up to speak with parents. Please keep in mind that this evening is to provide an overview of your student's SHS experience. Should you need to meet with your student's teacher, please arrange a meeting at another time.



The World Language Department is running two trips during April vacation, 2020.

Our trip to France and Spain is from April16-25. This trip is open to all current students of French and Spanish, regardless of level. The registration deadline is October 1, 2019. Students should see Ms. Baralt or Ms. Albert for more information, or click on this link to see the itinerary and register: https://acis.com/tripsite-trip-overview/?p_year=2020&group=78433&program_code=BCZ


Our service trip to Puerto Rico is from April 18-26, 2020. On this trip, students will visit San Juan and El Yunque, while mainly focusing on rebuilding homes for families affected by Hurricane Maria. This trip is open to all current students of French and Spanish, regardless of level. The registration deadline is November 1, 2019. Students should see Ms. Gahm-Diaz for more information, or click on this link to find more information and to register: Puerto Rico Trip, April 2020.


In other news from the World Language Department, French Teacher Melissa Albert has been awarded the Teacher of the Year Award for Eastern Massachusetts by the American Association of Teachers of French. Well done Ms. Albert!


From the Guidance Department



This past week, counselors, administrators and faculty had breakfast with our new students and a large group of our new SHS Ambassador leaders. We have approximately 40 new students starting SHS this year who come to us from private schools, local charter schools, out of state, and out of the country. We are thrilled to add to our SHS community.

September 25th: SENIOR PARENT NIGHT with the Guidance Counselors 6pm-8pm (ish)

The guidance counselors would like to remind all parents/guardians of the upcoming post secondary planning event. The guidance counselors will focus mostly on the nuts and bolts of the application process. Click here for the SENIOR APPLICATION CHECKLIST.

As we discussed with the seniors, we are also in the process of scheduling info sessions with career oriented and technical schools, GAP year organizations, and have just recently scheduled our NSCC On the Spot Admissions event for 11/7/19 at 1130AM-1:30PM. Stay tuned for all updates!

Your friendly guidance counselors will also be at Curriculum Night on 9/26/19.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

PSAT Registration: Grades 10 and 11

Students may now register for the PSAT exam. The PSAT is good practice for students in grades 10 and 11. Student PSAT scores from junior year will automatically be included in the qualifying test for the National Merit Scholarship Program.

The PSAT will be given on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at 8:00 am at Swampscott High School.

The fee for the exam is $35.00 and payments are made online through UNIPAY.

To pay online: Go to the SHS district website, under the resources tab, select families, and pay fees online. You will be directed to the Unipay site, select Swampscott and click on Exams High School.

Please be sure to include the student's name, grade and PSAT in the memo. Students can pick up a PSAT Student Guide from Mrs. Brown in the guidance office or click here for the online version. The deadline to register is October 11th; we cannot guarantee a seat for students registering after the deadline as we will need to secure the appropriate number of proctors.

Test day details to follow!

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Principal Dennis Kohut @swampkohut


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Dean of Students Chris Norkun @cnorkunshs


Swampscott High School Guidance Department @SHSguidancedpt


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Superintendent Pamela Angelakis @sps01907

Thursday, Sep. 26th, 6-8pm

200 Essex Street

Swampscott, MA

Curriculum Night
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