Amesbury Public Schools Update
From the Office of the Superintendent - April 15, 2022
Dear Amesbury Families,
Things are definitely picking up around the schools. There are more evening events celebrating the talented students in our schools. I am thoroughly enjoying the increasing connections between buildings as we recognize our students and showcase their abilities. One such example was the Evening of Arts held at Amesbury High School this past week. During this event, the middle and high school arts teachers planned a collaborative evening of visual and performing arts. From all accounts, this was a huge success! See some of the artwork later in this newsletter.
On Thursday, April 14th, I had the pleasure of touring the schools to deliver the coveted Excellence in Education Award letters. Receiving an Excellence in Education Award is particularly meaningful as it starts with a nomination from a colleague. All of the individuals recognized have been selected because they have gone above and beyond in the eyes of at least one of their peers (and likely many more)! The competition is intense! All of the recipients will attend a lunch buffet at Flatbreads on Monday, May 2nd. Congratulations to the following staff members:
AES: Sue Kimball, Pauline Fitzgerald, Karen Pratt, Rae Pritchett, Crystal Florent and Nicole Quadros.
CES: Lori Klucznik, Jennifer Hawrylciw, and Linda Lynch
AMS: Luke Alley and Cathy Mamakos
AHS: Sarah Luz
AIHS: Evan Melanson
Another huge thank you to AEFI and the Institution for Savings for their generous Staff Appreciation Breakfast! It was the perfect way to start the day!
Be sure to check out our Amesbury Public Schools Facebook page. We have added a new feature. Each week we will introduce a different member of our Central Office Staff so that you can get to know them a little bit better. This week's profile is Daniel Grayton, my Executive Assistant! I have included his profile in this newsletter, to make sure everyone knows him as he is critical to the workings at Central Office.
I sincerely hope that you all have a wonderful break! See everyone on Monday, April 25th when we hit the last leg of the 21-22 school year and all that entails!
AMS Production of Matilda Jr!
The Evening of Arts
PACT - Community Conversation
Nick Bazirgan, Calista Catarius, Kasey Kula, Alivia Drew, and PACT Youth Coordinator Meisha Acevedo.
Community Conversations Invite
National Honor Society Induction
Institution For Savings and AEFI - Staff Appreciation Breakfast
Who Stole the Cookies from the Cookie Jar????
Mrs. Kimball's First Grade Class
Dang! I felt so sad for taking their cookies that on Monday, I brought them back!
Thank goodness, Mrs. Kimball's class has so many fabulous math detectives! I bet there are amazing math detectives in other classrooms too! I challenge those students to showing me their "math stuff"!
The Thief Returns the Cookies with an Apology Letter!
Entry Plan Findings Report
Last Day of School!
Our last day of school is Wednesday, June 22nd. Here's why:
- Our last day of school without snow days was Friday, June 17th
- I called two snow days.
- Sunday, June 19th is the holiday, Juneteenth which must be observed on Monday, June 20.
So, there will be a three day weekend June 18, 19, and 20th which will be followed by two days of school: Tuesday, June 21st and Wednesday, June 22nd. June 22nd will be an early release day for the entire district with students being dismissed on an Early Release Schedule.
- CES and AES - released at 11:30 am
- AMS, AHS, and AIHS - released at 10:50 am
Hope this helps. As a reminder, students' first day back to school will be Tuesday, September 6th.
Central Office Profile
Daniel Grayton - Assistant to the Superintendent
Responsibilities: Staffing the Superintendent, serve as Secretary to the School Committee, and much more!
How to Contact: 978-388-0507, email@example.com, or just stop by!
On the Personal Side: I adopted a puppy during the pandemic from Sweet Paws Rescue, best decision ever!
Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Food: Always willing to try new things but you can't beat a good lasagna or a Hawaiian pizza (Yes, pineapple does belong on pizza!)
Favorite Movie: It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World.
Hobbies and how I entertain myself when I am not at work: Most nights in the spring and summer you can find me on a baseball diamond working as an umpire. Other than that, I am always planning trips to places that I have never been.
(And that is a circus peanut in my hand in case you are wondering - tried something new!)