• Shawsheen Valley Technical High School

    Principal's Update

    Wednesday, August 12, 2020


    Dear Shawsheen Students and Parents/Guardians,


    I look forward to welcoming students back to school on September 14 when we begin our hybrid reopening plan that Superintendent-Director Dr. Bradford L. Jackson and I wrote to you about this past Friday. You can view that message at the following link: A message to parents/guardians regarding our fall reopening plans. We look forward to providing you with additional specifics regarding the reopening when we share our detailed plan document with you this Friday, August 14, 2020. Next week, we will host our first Parent Forum to present that plan and respond to questions you have about the reopening of school. Please read on for more information about that forum, as well as other timely updates, below.


    Parent Forum - Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 1:00pm (Session will be recorded for future viewing)

    We will host our first Parent Forum to present information on and answer your questions about the reopening of school this fall. The forum will begin at 1:00pm on Wednesday August 19, in a virtual format, and we will be recording the session and making it available to view online once the session has concluded. Please mark your calendars if you plan to attend. Specific information regarding how to access the session will be shared via email by the beginning of next week. We look forward to this opportunity to respond to your questions.


    Parent Surveys

    We have sent two parents surveys over the past week and kindly request that you respond to them at your earliest convenience if you have not done so already:


    Fall Technology Requests

    In his July 25 Reopening Update, Dr. Jackson informed families that on remote learning days, "students will be expected to be connected to their classroom teachers during the normal school-day hours, following their assigned schedules," that "[s]tudents should have an internet-connected computer available for their exclusive use during normal school-day hours and ultimately that "[f]amilies who are unable to provide that resource should email Shawsheen’s Director of Education Technology, Ms. Annamaria Schrimpf at aschrimpf@shawtech.org to arrange to borrow a computer to take home during their remote-learning days." If this applies to your child, please make sure you contact Ms. Schrimpf as soon as possible if you have not done so already. 


    9th Grade & Upper-Class Transfer Student Photographs: Monday, August 24 & Tuesday, August 25 from 9:00am - 12:00pm

    At the end of each summer we schedule freshman & upper-class transfer student photo days so that we can issue students with IDs on the first day of school and ensure we have their photos on file in our student information system before they enter the building. Photographs will be taken under a canopy on the patio outside of the cafeteria, in the rear of the building, from 9:00am 12:00pm on Monday, August 24 & Tuesday, August 25. We ask that you drive up to the photo area, have your child get out of the car to take the photo, and then exit the parking lot after your child's photo has been taken. Students must wear masks when they exit their vehicles and keep them on until seated for their photos. Students must put masks back on before exiting the photo area. Please enter the rear parking lot from the entrance on Alexander Road, near the Cosmetology shop. You will drive down the hill and then take a left into the large rear parking lot where cars will line up along the building. The parking lot will be marked with directions for where to go. If you have questions about freshman & upper-class transfer student photo days, please email my assistant, Ms. Diane Cedorchuk, at dcedorchuk@shawtech.orgA student may not attend either of the photo days if they are experiencing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive for COVID-19, have been exposed to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, have been instructed to quarantine due to suspected exposure to COVID-19, or have a fever above 100 degrees F.


    Photographs and Book Return Days for Students Entering Grades 10, 11 & 12: August 31 - September 2 from 9:00am - 2:00pm

    We are scheduling days before the start of the school year for students in grades 10, 11 & 12 to have their photos taken (so that we can issue student IDs with updated photos on the first day of school) and so that students can return the books and materials that were issued to them during the 2019-2020 school year. It is important for us to receive those materials from students before classes begin on September 14 so that books and materials will be available to re-distribute to students. We ask that students drive up to the photo area following the same process described above for freshmen, and that once their photos have been taken they report to the gymnasium to return their books and materials. The schedule is as follows:

    • 10th grade photos & book return = Monday, August 31 from 9:00am - 2:00pm
    • 11th grade photos & book return = Tuesday, September 1 from 9:00am - 2:00pm
    • 12th grade photos & book return = Wednesday, September 2 from 9:00am - 2:00pm

    Students must wear masks when they exit their vehicles and keep them on while in the gymnasium and until they return to their vehicles. Students will enter the gymnasium through the door on the right and then exit the gymnasium through the opposite set of doors (the entrance and exit will be marked). Upon entering the gymnasium, students must remain spaced apart, following the floor markings, and follow instructions provided by staff. If you have questions about photo/book return days, please email my assistant, Ms. Diane Cedorchuk, at dcedorchuk@shawtech.orgA student may not attend any of the photo/book return days if they are experiencing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive for COVID-19, have been exposed to someone with a confirmed case of COVID-19, have been instructed to quarantine due to suspected exposure to COVID-19, or have a fever above 100 degrees F.


    Emergency SAT Testing Date for Seniors - Registration Required by August 24th

    We have scheduled an emergency SAT testing date for seniors at Shawsheen on September 23, 2020. Yesterday, Mr. Matthew Baione, Director of Guidance & Health Services, sent details regarding the testing date along with registration information to Shawsheen seniors and their families. Interested seniors should reference that message if you haven't already and contact Mr. Baione at mbaione@shawtech.org with any questions. Registration materials are due by August 24.


    Updated Calendar and Freshman Orientation

    This year's freshman orientation will focus on getting students set-up with school email, Aspen, and Microsoft 365 accounts. The updated school calendar we shared with you on Friday lists Freshman Orientation on four of the Professional Days for staff, September 8 - 11, with the idea that we would bring students in for smaller chunks of time in smaller groups - as opposed to having the whole class report at once. We are finalizing plans to determine whether we can offer these technology orientation sessions while staff are participating in professional development or whether we will focus on the technology orientation when freshmen report to school the first three days we are open, September 14-16. We will communicate the final details for this during the Parent Forum next Wednesday if not sooner. For your reference, the updated school calendar can be found at the following link: 2020-2021 School Calendar


    Reopening Plans Webpage

    We have created a page on our website where all information and communications related to our fall reopening plans will be posted. Please use the following link to access that page: Shawsheen's 2020 Fall Reopening Information


    Welcome Jeffrey Albert!

    Please join me in welcoming our new Director of Support Services, Mr. Jeffrey Albert, to the Shawsheen Community! Mr. Albert has extensive experience working in both Special Education and Vocational Education and is excited to bring that expertise to serve our students at Shawsheen. 


    A Message to Students

    We miss you at Shawsheen, have been thinking about you, and are eager to get back into a routine with all of you. The past few months have been challening for all of us, but I especially sympathize with you for experiencing all of this during such a formative time in your lives. I continue to be impressed by the resilience, patience, flexibility, and maturity you have exhibited as we have navigated uncharted waters. This school year won't be normal, but we will enter into a new normal, and I assure you that the educators at Shawsheen have been and will continue to work together to deliver you with educational experiences that support you to follow the career paths you plan to pursue. Many of you have reached out to me with questions and concerns over the summer - and I have appreciated hearing from you. You often have viewpoints or concerns that haven't been captured in the conversations between parents and educators, and I truly value your perspectives. Please continue to reach out to me if something is on your mind. I encourage you to do your best to use the rest of the summer to re-charge. I look forward to seeing you when we return in the fall!



    Jessica Cook