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Principal's Update - November 5th, 2021

Dear Shawsheen Students, Parents/Guardians, and Colleagues,

 

Today marks the end of the first quarter of the 2021-2022 school year. At this point in the year, freshmen have already explored 5 different vocational-technical programs, sophomores have started to strengthen foundational skills that will be essential for success in the fields they have chosen, juniors have been stepping up as role models for the freshmen who are exploring their shops, and seniors are preparing for the postsecondary paths that they will embark on when they graduate in June. We are so proud of the work students are doing and the growth they have been exhibiting. I encourage all students to keep it up as we head into the second quarter!

 

Congratulations to John and Abigail Adams Scholarship Recipients from the Class of 2022

Due to COVID, students in the Class of 2022 were not required to take the MCAS exams, but all were offered the opportunity to take the ELA and Mathematics MCAS exams last year in order to attempt to qualify for the John and Abigail Adams Scholarship. The John and Abigail Adams Scholarship is a merit-based program that provides a credit toward tuition for up to eight semesters of undergraduate education at a Massachusetts state college or university. We are excited to announce that 35 Shawsheen seniors have earned this honor as a result of their scores on the ELA and Mathematics MCAS exams - please join me in congratulating them!

Ryan

Alleca

Harry

Apgar

Amanda

Avery

Soren

Brown

Shane

Costello

Thomas

Dalton

Edward

Edgerly

Ryan

Fifield

Cadence

Fitzgerald

Andrew

Gattineri

Megan

Geyer

Mason

Glover

Connor

Halko

Darren

Hamilton

Vincent

Hussey Cerqueira

Hannah

Kinscheck

Toby

Lage

Victor

Lam

Russell

Macmillan

Kasey

McFadden

Gabriela

Ortiz

Angela

Palino

Zackery

Patterson

Connor

Pyles

Karissa

Rogato

Michael

Ryan

Lee

Singer

Andrew

Sockey

Jack

Sovie

Kevin

Stevens

Devin

Sweeney

Sangeeth

Thayaaparan

Joshua

Tompkins

Adrian

Trotta

Brian

Vitale

 

Attention Seniors: It's Time to Order Caps & Gowns for Graduation

Cap & gown packages (which include a cap, gown, tassel and stole) are now available to order through Jostens for $33. Orders must be placed by Friday, December 3, 2021. The following message is from Jostens:

Dear Seniors and Senior Families,

Congratulations Class of 2022, it's time to order your cap and gown unit for graduation!  Please play the link below for instructions on how to order online.  Please note the deadline: Friday December 3rd, 2021

Click HERE for a “How to Order” Video

Remember, your cap and gown and shop stole are CUSTOM articles of clothing.  All caps and gowns will be delivered to and distributed by the high school.

Late fees may apply if not ordered by this date.

Haven't ordered your class ring yet??  Use PROMO code SENIORGIFT40 for $40 off your ring!

Questions?  We are happy to help!  Give us a call at 508-248-9095.

 

Cheer on the Boys Soccer Team from Home!

The Varsity Boys Soccer Team will travel to Nantucket this Sunday to compete against the Nantucket Whalers in the playoffs at noon. Please join me in wishing them luck, and (for those of you who aren't able to catch the ferry to Nantucket) take advantage of the opportunity to cheer them on from home, by using the following link: SVTHS Boys Soccer vs. Nantucket @ noon on Sunday, November 7.

 

Follow-up: Student Behavior Concerns and Small-Group Presentations

In last week's update, I shared that we would be scheduling small group meetings with all members of the freshman class to deliver presentations clarifying our expectations for students. Based on feedback from those presentations, we have decided to schedule small-group meetings with all members of the sophomore class to deliver similar presentations that are slightly modified to address the needs of sophomores at this time. You can view the slides from the Freshman Presentation - Fall 2021 that was delivered to students by me, Ms. Angela Caira (freshman guidance counselor), and Ms. Tobin (Dean of Students) this week. The presentations to sophomores will be delivered by me, upper-class guidance counselors (Mr. Chapman, Mr. Harrison, Ms. Henry, Ms. McFadden, and Ms. Samaha), and Ms. Tobin this coming week.

 

Virtual Parent/Teacher Night: Thursday, November 18, 2021

The following message was sent to all parents/legal guardians of current Shawsheen students yesterday afternoon:

Parent/teacher conferences, scheduled for Thursday, November 18, 2021, will be held virtually again this year. Instructions and links to register for virtual parent/teacher conferences will be emailed to all parents/legal guardians on Monday, November 8, 2021, at 6:00pm. Appointments with teachers will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you are unable to secure a time slot with a teacher you would like to have a conference with, please email that teacher to set up a different time to meet or speak over the phone.

 

Quarter One Report Cards Will Be Available Next Week

Quarter one grades close today, Friday, November 5. Quarter one report cards will be published in the Aspen Family Portal by the end of the day on Friday, November 12, 2021. Parents/guardians and students will be notified via email once report cards are available to view in Aspen.

 

No School Thursday, November 11 & Friday, November 12

There will be no school for students on Thursday, November 11 & Friday, November 12. The entire building will be closed on Thursday, November 11 for Veteran's Day and only staff will report to the building on Friday, November 12 for a professional day. During the professional day, staff will engage in some of the following activities: professional development from a consultant for Schoology; professional development from a consultant for co-teachers; and collaboration in department meetings (on department-specific projects).

 

Reminder: Annual Shawsheen Tech Open House - Sunday, November 7 from 2:00pm - 4:00pm

We will open our doors at 2:00pm this Sunday to kick off our annual Open House for members of the community. Please encourage any students/families you know who are interested in learning more about Shawsheen to join us that afternoon.

 

Best,

Jessica Cook

(she/her/hers)

Principal

 

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Reminders:

  • Friday, November 5, 2021: 1st Quarter grades close
  • Thursday, November 11, 2021: NO SCHOOL - Veteran's Day Observed 
  • Friday, November 12, 2021: NO SCHOOL - Professional Day for Staff
  • Thursday, November 18, 2021: Parent/Teacher Night (Virtual)
  • Friday, December 3, 2021: Deadline for Senior Yearbook Photos - email to yearbook@shawtech.org and include your full name and shop in that email

 

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