Gloucester Public School Arts Festival May 11th at Cape Ann Museum, Sawyer Free Library, City Hall Gloucester Education Foundation #GEF

Another sign of creative spring- the banners are up! Gloucester Public School 11th Annual citywide arts festival May 11, 2019 presented by Gloucester Education Foundation at Cape Ann Museum, City Hall, & Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Public Library  

Schedule of events here

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The entire O’Maley 8th grade will be seeing classmate Nate Oaks in To Kill A Mockingbird @GloucesterStage!

So cool! Thank you Gloucester Stage, Gloucester Public Schools and GEF

Congratulations, Nate, and Gabriel Magee, another Heidi Dallin Youth Acting Workshop (YAW) actor. Buy your tickets soon-  Gloucester Stage productions sell out and are not to be missed. Read more about Nate and the entire cast


Gloucester Stage

LIVE at City Hall: GEF Gloucester Arts Festival

Listen to sweet voices from Veterans school chorus, “Imagine”.


Gloucester High School chorus


More theater, bands and chorus coming up!

Kurt Lichtenwald and GHS robotics presented at 1pm. GHS has 11  engineering courses — teaching to the top! Showing us Propane furnaces, LADAR, magnetic Newton’s cradle (no sound), a hovercraft that can carry 60 pounds… Design. Build. Modify. (More than one kid behind me said “I can’t wait to go to high school.”) Displayed art by O’Maley Middle school artists throughout City Hall, Cape Ann Museum and Sawyer Free.








Woodwork display is amazing!



Promoting The Most Amazing Plant Sale To Benefit Gloucester Education Foundation

Susan Kelly submits-

Hi Joey,

Could you promote the plant sale this week?  It is Saturday May 18th from 9-3 at Stage Fort Park. 

It is amazing because

1. Plants are donated by Gloucester Gardeners, so they will do well in Gloucester

2. All proceeds go to Gloucester Education Foundation

3. Gardeners who donate plants will get a tax deduction letter for the dollar value from the sale of their plants

4. Beautiful gardens make people happy!


Gloucester Education Foundation Celebration From Terry Weber

Hi Joey,

On Friday night at the Cape Ann Museum, the Gloucester Education Foundation (GEF) held its annual celebration, noting its growth and progress over the past year. Over 100 people attended including teachers, donors, and city officials.

One exciting GEF initiative you’ll be hearing more about in coming weeks is the "Using Technology to Enhance Project-Based Learning" program which will allow students in the program to use iPads to document changes to Gloucester from 1900 to the present day. More details to come!

To see more pics of the celebration, click here

To learn more about the GEF and their mission, click here

Video Interview 2012 Plant Sale To Benefit GEF With Susan Kelly from

This plant sale is the no-brainer of all no-brainers for a multitude of reasons.  Check out the video to find out how many ways this provides a win.


From the brilliant mind of Susan Kelly check out


Distinguished Educator Christine L. McGrath Joins the Gloucester Education Foundation Board

Distinguished Educator Christine L. McGrath Joins the Gloucester Education Foundation Board
Gloucester resident contributes classroom and broader system expertise.

GLOUCESTER – Christine L. McGrath, recently retired Superintendent of the Tewksbury Public Schools and former Assistant Superintendent and Administrator of Special Education for the Gloucester Public Schools, was elected to the Gloucester Education Foundation (GEF) Board of Directors at its January meeting.
“The GEF Board is comprised of individuals dedicated to the improving education in the district.  All have community connections, talents, and skills that enhance our work.  We are excited that Chris has agreed to join us.  Her extensive knowledge of the Massachusetts educational system and experience as an educator at all levels are incredible resources on which we can draw,” said GEF President Ed Shoucair.
McGrath is currently serving as Director of Operations for the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (MASS).  She is also an adjunct professor for Fitchburg State College’s Superintendent’s Leadership Academy, a member of the Middlesex District Attorney’s Partnership for Youth Advisory Board, and of the Commission on American and International Schools Abroad for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges for which she conducts international school evaluations.
Known for her energy and enthusiasm, McGrath said of her election, “I am honored to become a member of the Gloucester Education Foundation Board and to support their important and successful efforts on behalf of our school system.  I am pleased to have the opportunity to once again “give back” to my community and my school system.”
Additional information about the Gloucester Education Foundation, including a full list of board members, can be found at their website <> .


Gloucester Public School Art Festival

Here are just a couple of the many beautiful pieces at The Gloucester Public School Art Festival going on Downtown.  Check out the gallery next to Local Colors and up and down Main Street in the shop windows.

Gloucester Public Schools Downtown Arts Festival Schedule Of Events For Saturday

Click The Picture and select “all sizes” to see the schedule more clearly and in full size.

Gloucester Public School Art Festival

Here is just one of an enormous amount of beautiful pieces Downtown Gloucester for the Gloucester Public Schools Art Festival going on.  Look for my video interview with Joe Rosa at 8:00AM from the gallery.