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Principal's Update - Friday, May 5th 2023

Dear Shawsheen Students, Parents/Guardians, and Colleagues, 

Last week, Shawsheen students earned 30 medals at the SkillsUSA Massachusetts State conference! 8 students earned gold medals, 15 students earned silver medals, and 7 students earned bronze. We are so proud of these students! Please join me in congratulating them - Go Rams!!

Health Knowledge Bowl - A Kylee Bevis 12
Health Knowledge Bowl - B  Tayla Reinhard 12
Health Knowledge Bowl - C  Addison Dunham 11
Health Knowledge Bowl - D  Kylie Plowman 10
HVAC-R Cole Kelley 11
Masonry Jake Amoroso 11
Plumbing Nicholas Gerasimov 11
Action Skills Joseph Arkalis 11
CNC Turning Specialist Jonathan Vlamis 12
Collision Damage Appraisal  Roy Plewa 10
Health Knowledge Bowl - A  Nicole Hatch 11
Health Knowledge Bowl - B  Kylie McLaughlin 10
Health Knowledge Bowl - C  Geena Medeiros 11
Health Knowledge Bowl - D  Olivia Maxwell 11
Masonry Autumn Halas 10
Medical Terminology Corrine Foley 10
Mobile Robotics T1 Nicholas Leite 11
Mobile Robotics T1 John DiPietropolo 11
Welding Sculpture Anthony Ascolillo 12
Entrepreneurship Emma Skelton 12
Entrepreneurship Raeanna Dallaire-Boogaard 12
Entrepreneurship Paige Rivera 12
Entrepreneurship Reighan Blaikie 12
Architectural Drafting Methun Thayaaparan 11
Graphic Communications Mackenzie Ware 11
Masonry Xander Kiddy 12
Medical Math Jasmine Johansen 11
Medical Terminology Nishtha Lamsal 10
Technical Drafting Layne Miller 11
Employment Skills Appl Haley Schaufus 11


Guest Speaker for Seniors on Monday, May 8

The following message was originally shared by our Academic Director, Danica Johnston:

On Monday, May 8, 2023, all seniors will attend a guest speaker presentation given by Paulette Buchheim, the daughter of German Jewish Holocaust survivors. Paulette’s father’s family left Germany in 1939 and escaped to Bolivia. Her mother’s family was sent to a Ghetto in Riga Latvia and eventually was sent to Stutthof Concentration Camp. 

Everyone whose family has survived the Holocaust has a unique story. Paulette has recently been to Germany where she shared her family’s story with high school students from her grandmother’s hometown.  We are honored to have her speak at Shawsheen and look forward to hearing her story.


Mental Health Screening & Naviance Activities - 9th Grade Students - May 8-10

The following message is from the Guidance Department:

This is a friendly reminder for 9th grade students to bring in their laptops on the following days for the online mental health screening and Naviance activities:

Monday, May 8th- Students in the following shops:

  • Auto Collision & Repair
  • Automotive
  • Business Technology/Marketing
  • Cosmetology
  • Culinary Arts/ Hospitality Management
  • Dental Assisting
  • Drafting
  • Graphic Arts
  • Health Assisting

Tuesday, May 9th- Students in the following shops:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • DVC
  • Electricity
  • Electronics/Engineering
  • HVAC
  • ISSN/P&W
  • Metal Fab
  • Plumbing

Wednesday, May 10th -Students in the following shops:

  • Carpentry
  • Masonry
  • Medical Assisting


Reminder: Shawsheen Drama Club Invites You to Bye, Bye, Birdie on May 11 & 12

The Shawsheen Tech Drama Club will be presenting Bye, Bye, Birdie on May 11th and 12th at 6:30pm in the school auditorium. Tickets go on sale May 1st and will also be available at the door. Tickets are $15.00 for adults and $10.00 for students. 


 Senior Signup for the All Night Grad Party - May 23-24

Seniors can sign up for the All Night Grad party during lunches on May 23-24, 2023. This FREE event, hosted by the Shawsheen PAC at Shawsheen, will begin at 10pm on Thursday, June 1, 2023 and end at 5:30am on Friday, June 2, 2023. We encourage seniors (and soon-to-be graduates) to attend.


Shawsheen Students Take Seal of Biliteracy Exam

For the first time in the school's history, Shawsheen offered the Global & Massachusetts Seal of Biliteracy test to 25 multilingual learners in 9 languages. This voluntary certification celebrates the diverse language skills of our students and provides accolades to those who demonstrate proficiency. We are so proud of our talented students - Go Rams!



Great Success for Shawsheen Masonry Students in the Annual MTTA Masonry & Patio Competition

We are so proud of the success of our Masonry students for their performance in the annual Massachusetts Trowel Trades Association (MTTA) Masonry & Patio Competition! Results:

  • Grade 10:
    • First place: Megan Steeves
    • Second place: Autumn Halas
  • Grade 11:
    • First place: Jake Amoroso
    • Second place: Kaitlyn Spoto
  • Grade 12:
    • First place: Xander Kiddy
  • Patio Contest (team contest):
    • Third place: Madeline Long, Amaya Maxi, and Isabel Correia


NHS/NTHS Students Support Local Non-Profit

The following message is from Shawsheen's NHS/NTHS faculty advisor, Mr. Rob McIsaac:

Juniors and seniors in National Honor Society (NHS) and National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) made toiletry donations throughout April on behalf of HELPIS. HELPIS is a non-profit organization out of Burlington with a mission of providing goods and services to those in need. Through generous student donations, over 425 products were collected and disseminated on Wednesday to HELPIS’ founder, Joyce Deliyiannis. Joyce was blown away at the generosity and kindness of Shawsheen’s students. A special thanks to Shawsheen’s NHS/NTHS President Michaela Vittum for coordinating the “Dignity Drive” and creating the relationship between Shawsheen and HELPIS.”

Juniors  seniors


Shawsheen Students at the State House

Earlier this week, Shawsheen students in the Culinary Arts/Hospitality Management program prepared and served grilled cilantro-lime chicken street tacos with mango cole slaw to legislators at the state house for the Day on the Hill. Thank you to the instructors and students for representing Shawsheen and showcasing the talents of our students! Pictured below at the State House, from left to right: Mr. Joe Williams, C. J. Bucher (grade 12), Tigran Chekmeyan (grade 12), Nora Martin (grade 10), Nathan Horne (grade 10), and Mr. Brian Considine.  



"The Courage to Remember" Exhibit

In honor of Genocide Awareness Month, Shawsheen Valley Technical School displayed “The Courage to Remember” exhibit, a loan from McQuade Library at Merrimack College. The exhibit was originally developed by the Simon Wiesenthal Center and was donated to Merrimack College by the Perlitsh family. The exhibit is a 40-panel visual narrative that tells the story of the Holocaust. You can view the photos below and click on the following link to learn more about this exciting opportunity. Shawsheen Press Release - "The Courage to Remember" ExhibitThank you to the Shawsheen staff who worked to make this possible for our school community: Sara Belson, Katia Arida, Cam Hendley, Stacy LaBella, Dave Marone, Kerry O’Brien, Rob McIsaac, Christy McKee, and Peter Udstuen.

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Jessica Cook




Quick Links:


  • Friday, May 5: Senior Prom
  • Wednesday, May 10: Half-Day - 10:43am Dismissal for Students    
  • Wednesday, May 10: School Council Meeting at 2:30pm
  • Thursday, May 11 - Friday, May 12: The Shawsheen Drama Club Presents "Bye Bye Birdie"
  • Friday, May 12: Q4 Midterm
  • Tuesday, May 16: Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)  
  • Tuesday, May 16 - Wednesday, May 17: Mathematics MCAS
  • Friday, May 19: Junior Prom
  • Tuesday, May 23 - Wednesday, May 24: Sign up for All Night Grad Party during lunches
  • Friday, May 26: Senior Sign Out (return school laptops & pickup caps & gowns)
  • Friday, May 26: Last Day to Purchase Yearbooks
  • Wednesday, May 31: Graduation Rehearsal & Senior Class Outing
  • Thursday, June 1: Graduation
  • Friday, June 2: Graduation Rain Date
  • Friday, June 2: Half-Day - 10:43am Dismissal for Students    
  • Tuesday, June 6 - Wednesday, June 7: Science MCAS
  • Wednesday, June 21: Half-Day - 10:43am Dismissal for Students    
  • Wednesday, June 21: Last Day of School