Thanks to all involved in today’s lovely and meaningful graduation ceremonies. Mayor Romeo Theken shook hands with each and every student; I have not seen that with a middle school before. President of BankGloucester, Patrick Thorpe, helped with the presentation of certificates. The student speakers and the O’Maley chorus were awesome. Allison Cousins played a pivotal role in the lives of these 8th grade students through all three middle school years. Now she’ll begin again with the incoming 6th grade class. Thanks to all the 6th, 7th and 8th grade O’Maley educators! Double congratulations to Principal Debra Lucey who is retiring and to her family who welcomed a new baby grandson just before the event.
Another great event in Gloucester, Mass. tomorrow: Dr. Jung Lin Lee to present and discuss “Women in STEM” April 26 O’Maley Innovation Middle School
Please join us…
WHAT: O’Maley Innovation Middle School – O’Maley Academy Drama Club’s Production of Shrek The Musical Jr. “Beauty is in the eye of the ogre in Shrek The Musical JR., based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film and fantastic Broadway musical. Music by Jeanine Tesori. Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire. based on DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig.”
WHEN: The double cast production will be performing 6 public shows over the first 2 weekends in March:
(Cast X) Friday, March 2, 2018 – 7:00 P.M.
(Cast Y) Saturday, March 3, 2018 – 7:00 P.M.
(Cast X) Sunday, March 4, 2018 – 1:00 P.M.
(Cast Y) Friday, March 9, 2018 – 7:00 P.M.
(Cast X) Saturday, March 10, 2018 – 7:00 P.M.
(Cast Y) Sunday, March 11, 2018 – 1:00 P.M.
WHERE: O’Maley Auditorium, 32 Cherry Street, Gloucester, MA
WHO: Our production showcases 65 sixth, seventh, & eighth grade students in the cast & crew!
WHY: Besides being incredibly fun, musical theater helps young people develop many of the skills necessary for success in today’s world: Self-Confidence, Literacy, Communication, Imagination, Empathy, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Self-Discipline, Community Awareness, Public Speaking, and Teamwork.
Drama Club Co-Directors: Sharon Crowley, Joanne Horne, Lauren Horne, & Leslie Sellers
Costume Designer: Linda Stockman and Choreographer: TS Burnham
*O’Maley Drama Club is part of O’Maley Academy, a free, afterschool grant-funded program administered by: Site Coordinator Allison Cousins and Family Coordinator Mary White
You can’t visit downtown without feeling the impact of Gloucester’s generous local businesses and restauranteurs. 10% of Jalapenos business on Monday night November 6th will be donated to the Gloucester O’Maley Innovation Middle School afterschool program, O’Maley Acadmey. Jalapenos has a longstanding committment to community fundraising nights.
Come hang out or take out! Jalapenos is located at 86 Main Street Gloucester, MA (978) 283-8228 Jalapenos menu
O’Maley Academy works with many community partners, like Backyard Growers (Love this sweet new corner of happy on Main near their HQ!)
Local businesses step up for local schools and organizations! Save the dates
In case you’re wondering what’s happening at Market Basket on October 28th 8:30-3pm:
The BAKE SALE at Market Basket is a fundraiser for O’Maley 8th graders annual special trip to Washington, DC. “This important fundraiser is to provide financial assistance to
those who need it most for the trip.” Items can be dropped off at O’Maley on October 27th or at Market Basket at 8:30 on October 28th. Contact Allison Cousins for more details or if you’d like to help out on Saturday, October 28th email Allison firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations and sponsors for the popular calendar raffle are also underway. Here’s a link to last year’s calendar if you’re interested in participating. You’ll recognize those generous sponsors!
In case you’re wondering what’s happening with GHS soccer raffle tickets:
Soccer players are raising money for the soccer banquet, gifts for senior players, and the soccer program. Raffle tickets are $10 each and each packet has 10 tickets. The prizes are listed on the tickets and are for sale through October 29. Winners will be announced at the fall banquet (date/time TBD)
JV2 has a soccer game at O’Maley today at 4pm. Varsity has a big game — Here’s their record “going into tomorrow night’s match vs Salem. Big game!!!!”
In case you’re wondering what’s happening at Jalapeno’s on November 6th:
Save the date for Jalapeno’s Night fundraiser for O’Maley Academy on November
6th. Dine in or take out at Jalapeno’s and a portion of their proceeds goes to O’Maley Academy!
The traditional end of summer ‘welcome back’ notice for parents from the Gloucester Public Schools Superintendent has great news for the whole community! I’ve noted funding sources, like Applied Materials, when they were listed, and will add in any that were missed!
- Back to School / Open House dates
- JOHN BARRY, KURT LICHTENWALD, DAVID SCHNEIDER – amazing teachers’ program receives #1 state and national engineering awards and recognition
- BACH IS BACK Gregg Bach has returned to GPS, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment
- JODIE GRENNODIE new Principal at Beeman
- GHS – FULL ROOF REPLACEMENT great details about the construction project and an earlier update from July
- DEADLINE INFO for BUS PASS applications and FREE/REDUCED LUNCH applications
- GHS ERIC LEIGH AND DAVID ENOS write and secure $109,154 biotechnology grant
- GHS $499,000 WORTH NEW FAB LAB AND EQUIPMENT – Grant awarded for a brand new Fabrication Lab/Maker space and state of the art, industry level equipment for advanced manufacturing and pre-engineering program in Career and Voc
- O’MALEY ACADEMY aka after school offerings, directed by the amazing counselor Allison Cousins, have been extended and funded for a 4th year as the program deemed exemplary ($140,250 grant )
- O’MALEY new BioLab space thanks to Applied Materials and MA Life Sciences Foundation
- O’MALEY band and chorus music room to be souped up acoustically thanks to $136,980 from Gloucester Education Foundation
- ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS – BUILDING BLOCKS exciting new elementary science program
- ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS new teacher collaboration opportunities
I had a great time at O’Maley this week, presenting to 6th graders for “Gloucester Day”. For the past couple of years, I’ve spoken with classes about the HarborWalk because they study it at some point during the academic year. 6th graders are great and all (they were fantastic), but these O’Maley teachers make it seem effortless. Me? I bought cookies from Cafe Sicilia and Virgilios to hand out! This year I ran into Tom Balf for Maritime Gloucester on the way in, heard the teachers delight in seeing their former student, David Brooks for the Hive, back as a mentor, coach and leader. I caught some of Rick Doucette’s presentation because I heard the exclamations over YMCA summer camp and the 24 sleepless hours in a rocking chair fundraiser. Allison Cousins was heading into a class with Little Charlie Goes To Gloucester, a children’s picture book about poet Charles Olson by filmmaker Henri Ferrini and illustrated by Stefan Mallette. (It was also mentioned as it’s one of the links on the Olson marker for the HarborWalk and you can see it with other Cape Ann Reads published books.) This year, Gloucester day fell on National Teacher Appreciation Day. Every day could be National Teacher Appreciation Day. Here’s the report from 6th grade social studies teacher, Jessica Haskell and her O’Maley colleagues:
On Tuesday, May 3rd, 6th grade students at O’Maley Innovation Middle School participated in “Gloucester Day” as part of an introduction to their end-of-the-year service projects. Citizens who are active members of the Gloucester community volunteered their time and expertise to come in and teach students about organizations that work to make our community a better place. Students were also introduced to ways in which they can personally get involved in these efforts through exploring and discovering their hometown, volunteering, participating in summer camps, and coming up with their own ideas. Community mentors who attended were Catherine Ryan (HarborWalk), Rick Doucette (YMCA, Awesome Gloucester), Meghan Stratton (Backyard Growers), David Brooks (The HIVE), Tom Balf (Maritime Gloucester), Beth Klinefelter (The Open Door), and Allison Cousins (O’Maley Guidance).
Thanks for sending these photos and looking forward to hearing about the students’ projects!
Get better soon, Mr. Davis.