Thursday, August 15, 2019

Back to School Letter 8.15.19


August 2019

Dear Swampscott Families,

On behalf of the Swampscott Public Schools, I would like to welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year. A special welcome to those students and families who are joining us for the first time. The beginning of school is rapidly approaching and there is much to do as both you and the district prepare for the opening of school.

The first day of school for students in Pre-K and grades 1-12 will be on Tuesday, August 27th. Individual screenings will take place by appointment for our incoming Kindergarten students from Tuesday, August 27th through Thursday, August 29th. There is NO SCHOOL on Friday, August 30th, and Monday, September 2nd in honor of the Labor Day holiday. The first day for Kindergarten students is on Tuesday, September 3rd. The school year calendar can be printed from our website along with a year-long calendar of events that is easily accessible for each of the schools. The calendar feature also allows filtering for those of you with students in more than one school: Calendar Link to SPS Website

Shortly after school begins, Curriculum Nights will be held at each of the schools for parents and guardians to meet teachers and learn about the curriculum expectations. Please mark your calendar as the dates and times of these events are as follows:

Clarke Elementary - Thursday, September 12th at 6:00 pm

Hadley Elementary - Thursday, September 5th at 6:00 pm 
Stanley Elementary - Thursday, September 5th 6:00 pm 
Middle School - Grades 5 Tuesday, September 17th 6:00 pm 
Middle School - Grades 6 Wednesday, September 18th 6:00 pm 
Middle School - Grades 7 & 8 Thursday, September 19th 6:00 pm 
High School - Thursday, September 26th at 6:00 pm

Believe it or not, the summer months are a very busy time for the school district, with countless facility and maintenance projects underway as we anticipate the arrival of the students and faculty.  We are especially pleased to report that this summer all three elementary schools have had swipe card systems installed in their buildings for staff only. In addition, we are so fortunate to have been awarded $54,884.70 in state funding from the Safer Schools and Communities “Local Equipment and Technology” grant competition. These funds will allow us to continue this work at the high school and to upgrade the current system at the middle school during the school year. 

Finally, the School Building Committee would like your help in determining an energy use goal for the new elementary school we are working to build in Swampscott. We would appreciate you taking the time to visit the School Building Committee website ( to participate in the survey. Your voice is an invaluable part of this process. 

I look forward to welcoming our students to the new school year very soon!

Warm Regards,