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#ChooseGloucester video series: Meet Gloucester High student Lizzie Luster

First in a series of video profiles about why students and their families choose the Gloucester public schools. Read the introductory post about the #ChooseGloucester series here.  

Lizzie Luster was diagnosed with a learning disability in elementary school. Her mom, Ann Marie, says school is not easy for her. But through her own hard work and help from teachers at Gloucester High School, Lizzie is now taking honors and Advanced Placement courses in preparation for college.

“Her teachers pushed her to be better, to go beyond what she thought was possible,” says her mom. “They’ve allowed her to see the type of student she can be.”

Watch Lizzie’s story:

 

Introducing a New Good Morning Gloucester Video Series: #ChooseGloucester

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We’ve all heard them. The insults about Gloucester and the people who live here. The lame slights, the outdated stereotypes, the pregnancy pact – seriously we’re still doing that? I remember the soccer game where an 8-year-old boy on our team forgot to take off his watch before playing. The other coach joked about making sure our players took off their guns and knives, too. “This is Gloucester, after all,” he grinned. Another time, a group of parents from the opposing team yelled at us to “Go back to your stinkin’ fish city.”

Of course it seems like it’s always people from other towns that are the most down on Gloucester. The ones who’ve never had a picnic dinner on a blanket at Niles Beach with the kids paddling around on kayaks as the sun sets orange and pink across the Harbor over downtown. Who’ve never walked Main Street at a block party where it takes you an hour to go from Floating Lotus to Toodeloo’s because everyone you know is doing the face painting and giant chess set and “It’s great to see you how are the kids?” Who’ve never gone to a preschool Christmas concert at the Gloucester Fraternity Club where you have to get there 90 minutes early to get a seat because every 3-year-old has four grandparents, three aunts, two cousins and a bunch of neighbors who’ve come to see them mangle “Jingle Bells.”

It seems like it’s always the people who don’t know Gloucester who have the worst impression. I’ve noticed the same thing about the Gloucester public schools, too. As a parent of three kids, I know that our schools, like any school district, can get better. But I also see in our own kids and their friends the little moments of learning and wonder happening in the Gloucester public schools every day. Like the boy at the Math Olympiad ceremony, a Plum Cove Elementary School 5th grader, who did extra math problems all year and worked hard and slowly got better and better and by year’s end ended up scoring in the top 2 percent of all students statewide and there he was, accepting his award at the ceremony last week bashful but smiling as the parents’ applause and cheers rained down. Or our own East Gloucester Elementary School 4th grader, who learned to love music at school this year and at last week’s school-wide concert sang on her own from the stage in front of an auditorium-full of people and it didn’t matter that every note wasn’t perfect because she was brave and fearless and strong and her parents couldn’t have been more proud.

The people who don’t know the Gloucester public schools don’t know about these little moments. How could they? That’s why, over the next four Monday mornings, Good Morning Gloucester will feature a series of videos – one per week – telling the story of a student in the Gloucester public schools in their own words and those of their parents, too. The series was created along with two other Gloucester parents – John Sarrouf and Andrew Luman – in the hopes of sharing stories of why families choose the Gloucester public schools and what they love about their experience.

So stay tuned – the #ChooseGloucester video series debuts here on Good Morning Gloucester next Monday morning, June 18.

(photo of students above – credit to Gloucester Education Foundation).

When a field trip is a field trip! Mass Audubon and O’Maley Middle School

Gloucester public schools have stellar community partners and locales

Mass Audubon Eastern Point Wildlife Sanctuary

 

Two+ centuries of naturalists in Gloucester is quite a legacy. Here’s a partial list from Robbins to Cramer and Smith to Smith–there have been notable champions most every decade.

  • Mason Walton (Hermit of Gloucester)
  • Alpheus Hyatt, principal founder of world famous Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole– from 1880-1886 the school was on Goose Cove and later off Lobster Cove
  • BH VanVleck  (wrote book with David Starr)- instructor at Annisquam seaside laboratory 
  • Samuel Sawyer land conservation
  • Alfred G. Mayor (Hyatt’s son in law) marine zoologist- his studies on marine life led to 1905 book Sea Shore Life
  • Prince Mahidol of Thailand “Sanitary Survey of the City of Gloucester, Massachusetts 1921 by M. Songkla” in city archives- Includes brief history of Gloucester and description of public health activities
  • Roger Babson land conservation and watershed
  • Dr. Ralph Dexter, began his studies on marine life in 1933 (later Kent State) and chimney swifts
  • Ivy LeMon banded monarch butterflies to trace their migration wintering in Mexico
  • Sara Fraser Robbins curator of education ( the title of her classic book The Sea is All About Us was a nod to Gloucester summer resident TS Eliot’ Four Quartets)
  • Betty Smith
  • Dan Greenbaum
  • Sara Evans
  • Philip Weld, Jr
  • Jane Benotti
  • Deborah Cramer
  • Chris Leahy
  • Harriet Webster
  • Martin Ray
  • Kim Smith
  • Ian Kerr

organizations such as Gloucester Civic and Garden Club, Essex County Greenbelt, Mass Audubon, Ocean Alliance, Martime Gloucester, UMASS Marine Station…

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Gloucester Public School 10th Anniversary ARTS festival

Beautiful colorful banners on Dale Avenue announce GPS 10th anniversary annual ARTS festival, Saturday May 12th 11-4pm, at City Hall, Cape Ann Museum, and Sawyer Free Library! Sponsored by Gloucester Education Foundation; what a milestone!

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Gloucester High School students poised WBZ CBS Boston and GHS Gillnetter

Paul Burton National Walk Out Day report WBZ evening news from March 26, 2018

and links to GHS Gillnetter articles: March 15, 2018 and  March 26, 2018

GHS Gillnetter student newspaper is a must read and fully digitized-accessible

WBZ Gloucester High School students report on line

Cape Ann Museum Kids Calligraphy with Albina Papows!

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Learn calligraphy basics in a morning class with specialist Albina Papows. Inspired by the special exhibition Unfolding Histories: Cape Ann before 1900. Write your name, use calligraphy tools and leave with a sampler to take home. This family workshop is recommended for children 7 and up with an adult. Registration required. To register, please contact Education Coordinator Kirsten Vega at kirstenvega@capeannmuseum.org or (978) 283-0455 x16.

Read more at : http://www.capeannmuseum.org/events/cam-kids-second-saturday04-14-18/

 

O’Maley presents Shrek the Musical JR features double cast and 65 students!

Please join us…

Shrek at Gloucester O Maley 2018

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.

Sincerely,

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 

#GloucesterMA athletes: Countdown to Cheerleading Conference Championship at GHS Sunday

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GHS cheerleading athletes July 2017, Good Harbor Beach, Gloucester, MA-  Champions practice year round

Reminder & invitation From Principal Cook and GHS Athletic Director Julie Smith

“To the Gloucester Community:

We hope this finds you well and enjoying February vacation!

This is a special message to all residents of Gloucester and surrounding communities due to a special event happening at Gloucester High School this Sunday, February 25th at 4:30pm.

Gloucester’s State Champion Cheerleading team will compete AT HOME in the Cape Ann League/Northeastern Conference Championships.  This is a rare opportunity to see the amazing GHS Cheer athletes up close as they take on their League rivals.  Click this link to view the teams’ order of appearance on Sunday:  Order of Appearance.pdf

Doors open at 3:30pm.  Tickets are $5.00 for Students and Seniors, $7.00 for Adults.

See you there!

James Cook, GHS Principal and Julie Smith, Athletic Director

P.S.  Spring 2018 GHS and O’Maley Athletics Registration opens soon…stay tuned!”

#GoGloucester!

Reclaimed original Gloucester High School Floor (2)

Sports memorabilia and stories of former championships: original GHS floor repurposed and framed at high school, a legacy floor retired and immortalized, Gloucester, MA

Baby Grand from Mac Bell, open mic, and music classes – news from Sound Harbor

Check out the Chickering baby grand (pre 1900) piano Mac Bell gifted to Sound Harbor! Sound Harbor offers music lessons and special musical experiences:

  • Save the date for a casual open mic recital on March 4th from 1pm-4pm
  • Sound Harbor hands on baby/toddler music song and dance classes are held every Thursday and Friday at 10AM, $5 per family.

Sound Harbor music lessons headquarters is downtown Gloucester, Massachusetts, 45R Pleasant Street (within Browns Mall) 

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#AcornPress in action: Mary Rhinelander demonstrates printmaking at #GloucesterMA O’Maley Middle School, also

the upcoming weekly workshop at Cape Ann Museum that Mary Rhinelander will be teaching is SOLD OUT, again. Look for future offerings.

The very dedicated and talented O’Maley art teacher, Brett Dunton, shares some action shots of fine artist and master printmaker, Mary Rhinelander, guest teaching printmaking with the authentic Acorn press in one of the 8th Grade art classes at O’Maley Innovation Middle school. Note the foot.

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Fine artist Mary Rhinelander guest teaching linoleum block printing on historic Acorn press at O’Maley Innovation Middle School, with teacher Brett Dunton art class, Gloucester, MA February 2018

Historic portraits sometimes belie the physicality of the process

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Aino Natti (Isabel’s grandfather)

Wonder if the O’Maley students will try this energetic technique? photograph of Aino Clarke from the Cape Ann Musem Folly Cove collection  Read more

SUPER FUN KID ACTIVITIES AT CAPE ANN READS TODAY AT CITY HALL!

From noon to four this afternoon City Hall will be abuzz with a special celebration exhibiting the work of Cape Ann children’s book authors and illustrators. Each author has a table with their projects. Come meet and talk to the authors about their original stories. The illustrators have created art coloring sheets taken from the pages of the books to give to guests. The award ceremony, hosted by Mayor Sefatia, takes place at 1:30. This is a unique and new book fair created by Cape Ann’s four library directors, Deborah Kelsey (Gloucester), Deborah French (Essex), Sara Collins (Manchester), Cindy Grove (Rockport), and art director Catherine Ryan.

I am looking forward to seeing all the artists coloring sheets. My Monarch Butterfly project and documentary film Beauty on the Wing: Life Story of the Monarch Butterfly first incarnation was an illustrated book, then photo exhibit, and now film.

The illustration above is of a male and female Monarch mating. The Monarchs fly up into a tree and stay joined together, abdomen to abdomen, for about four hours. The blue butterflies are a cousin of the Monarchs, the Blue Tiger of India (Tirumala limniace), but you can color your butterflies anyway you see fit–I’d love to see a pair of rainbow Monarchs 🙂

Read more about the Cape Ann Reads celebration in a post by Catherine about Gail McCarthy’s Gloucester Times article here.

Deadline for the 2018 Bruce J Anderson Foundation funding opportunities

Don’t miss the Bruce J Anderson Foundation funding opportunity in the New Year! The foundation has helped many local organizations such as: Cape Ann Art Haven, City of Gloucester Committee for the Arts, Cape Ann Museum, Cape Ann YMCA, Rocky Neck, Cape Ann Reads, Cape Ann Symphony, Gloucester Stage, and many more.

From the Boston Foundation outreach by Carmen Savarino:

“We are pleased to announce the 2018 Request for Proposals for the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation, a supporting organization of the Boston Foundation.  The Bruce J. Anderson Foundation has been making grants on Cape Ann and the communities of Harvard, Ayer, Groton, Pepperell, Shirley and Townsend for over 30 years.  Please review the guidelines carefully and note that the application deadline is Monday, February 5, 2018. Please note that this year all applications will be submitted online.

Please find the application HERE

Grant decisions will be made in mid-June and announcements will be made at the end of June. This year we will be hosting an informational webinar session on Tuesday, January 9th. Those interested in attending can join us to hear about the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation’s grantmaking priorities and to answer any questions you may have.  More information will be sent out in the coming weeks on how to attend the call if interested. We hope you will consider taking advantage of the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation funding opportunity.  Questions regarding program eligibility can be directed to my attention at carmen.savarino@tbf.org or (617) 338-2676″

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Carmen Savarino (with scarf) leading informational session for the 2017 Request for Proposals for Bruce J Anderson Foundation

Carol Ackerman Boston Globe obituary

Lovely tribute to long term teacher and volunteer – Carol Ackerman (December 17, 1941 – October 31, 2017) Boston Globe obituary by Marvin Pave published Dec 3rd (following special memorial service held in the Shalin Liu Performance Center). Ackerman served on many boards in the community — Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free, the Gloucester UU, Rockport Music, and Wellspring.

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Obit in the Gloucester Daily Times

 

BREAKING #GloucesterMA: Passing the legacy– an historic Folly Cove Acorn printing press for the outstanding art department at O’Maley Middle School

Thanks to Mayor Romeo Theken, teacher Brett Dunton, Principal Lucey, and the extreme generosity of Manship Artists Residency & Studios (MARS) under the direction of Rebecca Reynolds, the O’Maley Innovation Middle School ramped up in a powerful fashion with an amazing and enviable addition to the art department:

a rare loan of a Folly Cove Acorn fine art printing press for the art room!

Acorn printing presses were used by Gloucester’s legendary Folly Cove guild of artisans, most notably Virginia Lee Burton, an internationally renowned artist, children’s picture book author-illustrator, dancer, teacher and Folly Cove co-founder. O’Maley students study Gloucester, printmaking, and the history of Folly Cove artists through a myriad of units in each grade and subject, often in partnership with Cape Ann Museum, local artists and other community partners. And now, to have this pedigree press, … Wow! Enjoy some photographs from Brett Dunton from the exciting installation day.

 

teachers Brett Dunton and Ashley Doke with 8th grade students admiring the newly installed famous Acorn press O’Maley Innovation Middle School, Gloucester MA

teachers Brett Dunton and Ashley Doke with 8th grade students admiring the newly installed famous Acorn press O'Maley Innovation Middle School, Gloucester MA

The O’Maley press is one of the last actual Folly Cove presses remaining on Cape Ann. It was owned and used by Elizabeth (Libby) Holoran and Isabel Natti, eventually taking up Holloran’s floor space in the Sarah Elizabeth Store which she opened in 1974. Superstar sculptor, Paul Manship, was Isabel Natti’s grandfather. Aino Natti, Natti’s uncle, was one of the Folly Cove co-founders and the original owner of this particular press. Acorn printing presses were fabricated and distributed by companies like the Adams Brothers in Boston circa 1830-1870. The name “Acorn” comes from the cut away which resembles the shape of an acorn; the presses are RARE and beautiful. One is on view at the Cape Ann Museum.

Mayor Romeo Theken was hopeful that MARS would consider the schools and Gloucester’s students when determing a most suitable location. Teacher Brett Dunton knows Natti and all about this famed press. He was thrilled to build a print room around it and get going. Natti had already given him some of her drying racks. This opportunity would not have happened without MARS working with donors to rescue the press and Mr. Dunton’s expertise and enthusiasm for taking it on. This has to be one of the nicest feel good full circle art stories coming home ever! I look forward to sharing some of the results from the inaugural student printmaking classes, original print editions from this stellar art room addition.

 

 

Boys soccer PLAYOFF GAME 7PM Nov 4th, Joe Kibango’s GHS Gillnetter Article: Diversity Breeds Success,

Excerpt from Diversity Breeds Success: New Perspectives For Boys Soccer Team

“The GHS boys soccer team is making a name for itself in the Northeastern South Conference, as Head Coach Armando Marnoto’s culturally diverse squad represents more than ten different countries.” – great opener by Joe Kibango

Columnist Joe Kibango knows what he’s writing about; he’s one of the team captains. Kibango, GHS soccer team player #3, was born in Tanzania. His wonderful article  includes profile interviews with some of the team players and Coach Marcos Trejo:

#5 Mohamad “Mo” Alsweidani
#10 Elijah Elliott
#13 Robert Mugabe (freshman!)
#17 Anthony Suazo
#8 Kevin De Oliveira
#30 Lasse Struppe
#23 Mario Santos

Read the complete article here: https://thegillnetter.com/5565/features/diversity-breeds-success-new-perspectives-for-boys-soccer-team/

Follow the 2017 MIAA Boys Soccer North Division 3 state bracket here

PLAYOFF GAME Come support the team this Saturday November 4th 7PM at Newell

Gillnetter Joe Kibango

O’Maley Fundraiser at Jalapenos Monday November 6th

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!)

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