Category Archives: Education

Know Someone Interested in an Engineering Career at Sea? Check out This Opportunity.

While I may not be an expert, I know enough about the Merchant Marines (and standard college tuition rates), to know that this is a pretty incredible opportunity…and an even better deal.  Think hard about whether or not you may know someone who should take advantage of this….before this ship sails.  This program is currently being offered to help find qualified marine engineers as a shortage of such individuals is becoming evident.

To summarize…this program, created by American Maritime Officers and the Seafarers International Union …is offering free training and tuition, room and board, travel expenses, medical insurance, an on-shore stipend, wages for time at sea, and more to qualified candidates to prepare them for a seafaring career.  In just about 30 months, upon successful completion of the program and its phases, graduates will finish, qualified by the United States Coast Guard, and ready to sit for the Third Assistant Engineer exam.  Upon passing the exam, a pretty sweet salary, a career at sea, and the opportunity to travel around the world, will be theirs.

Take a look at their brochure for much more information….and then share with someone who may be interested.

Also find more information at the link below…including an application

The application deadline for the class beginning in January of 2017 is August 8th, 2016.

The Academy at Penguin Hall

This looks to be a fantastic new option for High School aged girls.

The Academy at Penguin Hall, in Wenham, is scheduled to open its doors in the fall for its very first class of students.  Be there from the beginning.

Read All About Penguin Hall HERE and call to schedule a tour.

The Academy at Penguin Hall’s Mission is to educate, enlighten and empower young women to live and to lead exemplary lives.

The Academy at Penguin Hall is an independent, college preparatory secondary school for young women, rooted in the Catholic tradition of education which is committed to developing the whole person; intellectually, spiritually, socially, physically and creatively.


Gloucester High School, in partnership with Arbella Insurance, will be hosting a safe driving event- DISTRACTOLOGY.

For the week of March 21-25, Gloucester High School, in partnership with Arbella Insurance, will be hosting a safe driving event, DISTRACTOLOGY.  Teens will get a firsthand experience of how distractions interfere with their ability to react on the road, see hidden hazards and avoid accidents while safely behind the wheel of a driving simulator. It’s real. It’s useful. And it’s memorable. We have availability for students from the Cape Ann area to participate during after school hours.  We would love for you to come join us and see how important our students are to us!


Co-Authors of Fitz Henry Lane – Family and Friends


Sarah Dunlap and Stephanie Buck co-authors of a book about Fitz Henry Lane.   The book can be purchased at the Gloucester Archive department, where Sarah volunteers, and also at the Cape Ann Museum where Stephanie works.

Also available at Amazon (Fitz Lane) 


Many thanks to both Sarah and Stephanie for all their help in my own research project.


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Join Sister Felicia in her kitchen with friends and family as they have a blast while showing you how to make limoncello at home. She has 2 recipes for you in this video, the classic and the creamy styles of limoncello!

(click the little gear at the bottom right for full HD video)

Better to Give Than Receive

So proud of my students last week! They decided that it would be better to give than receive. They opted to skip the annual gingerbread house making for themselves and instead baked like crazy in class and at home. We then made a list of recipients and delivered holiday treats from Beverly to Ipswich to people whom our school is thankful for. We wish we could have made 100 more stops.

Please take a minute to watch  how amazing they are!

Welcoming 2016 is a great time to “Honor a Teacher” in the Gloucester Public Schools

Welcoming 2016 is a great time toHonor a Teacher” in the Gloucester Public Schools


A year ago, the Gloucester Education Foundation (GEF) introduced the “Honor a Teacher” Program to recognize your child’s teachers, middle school house or teaching teams, school, and any staff member(s) whether it is a cafeteria worker, custodian, or guidance counselor. More than 80 awards, totaling $3,000, have been raised by this Honor a Teacher Program and donated to GEF, a 501(C)(3). The Gloucester Education Foundation drives innovation, encourages creativity, and expands student opportunities in the Gloucester Public Schools. This recognition program provides an opportunity for parents, grandparents and community members to honor individuals and teams in the school community who have meaningfully impacted your child’s education.

Students, grandparents/community members and parents can hit the link, and click on “Honor a Teacher” and complete the prompts to process a secure debit/credit card payment or donation via Pay Pal. No amount is too small and tax deductible donations remain confidential.

There is a spot on the form to include an optional short message to a special teacher, staff member or team/house that is included in the body of the acknowledgement letter. Your recipient receives a letter acknowledging a student or family gift.

The Gloucester Education Foundation is grateful to have so many dedicated faculty and staff members in the Gloucester Public Schools and this “Honor a Teacher” Program is one special way to say thanks during the 2015 holiday season and the upcoming New Year.

Young Artists

I don’t usually do this, but I couldn’t resist!  How gorgeous are these drawings done by some of the Middle School students at the school where I teach?  Their art, based upon local art images, capture some lovely waterfront scenes.

Check out Harborlight-Stoneridge Montessori School


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Beyond Measure initial screening

Hi Joey!

Waldorf School at Moraine Farm is one of approximately 20 educational institutions in the country offering this initial screening of Beyond Measure: Rescuing an Overscheduled, Overtested, Underestimated Generation from the director of critically acclaimed Race to Nowhere, Vicki Abeles. The screening is FREE Thursday, October 22 @ 7pm.

All are welcome to witness a positive picture of what’s possible in American education when communities decide they’re ready for change.  I was on a conference call with Vicki yesterday and I think she hit it out of the park again.  Time Magazine is currently working on a feature piece of this movie.  Interviews with internationally-known leaders in education, child development, creativity, motivation and academic equity are supported by real life examples of what’s working for schools all over the country. Change can be driven from the ground up.  This important movie shows us how.

Waldorf School at Moraine Farm, 701 Cabot St. (Rt 97), Beverly, MA (near the N. Beverly shopping plaza, off of exit 20A)

If you would share this with your readers it may be of some real benefit.





Gloucester U After-school Program “ Tuesday Talks” kick-off on September 22 with Jim Unis

Gloucester U After-school Program

“ Tuesday Talks” kick-off on September 22 with Jim Unis image

GHS 2002, Fishermen Tight End and Defensive End, All American, BC Eagles

Please join us to hear our first speaker, Jim Unis, who will be inducted into Gloucester High School Hall of Fame on September 20, 2015

“Never has Gloucester football seen a physical freak of nature like Jim Unis. The 6-foot-5-inch, 225-pound defensive end and tight end wreaked havoc on Northeastern Conference opponents from his freshman year in 1998 to his senior year in 2001.“  Gloucester Times, September 2, 2011

Jim was a Boston College football superstar and clearly headed to the NFL. Then the unexpected happened…Come learn about his incredible story.

September 22nd in the High School Library

Event starts at 2:15 for refreshments

Jim Unis will speak at 2:45 in the High School Lecture Hall followed by a Q and A

Tuesday Talks is an exciting line-up of guest speakers on career/life skills through Gloucester U, the high school after school program

REGISTER ONLINE at or contact Samantha Whitney or Caitlin Kreitman

O’Maley PTO, Gloucester Gardeners Club and Gloucester DPW Team Up To Beautify The O’Maley entrance

Debra Lucey and Christine Leveille forward-

Thanks to the O’Maley PTO for the beautiful benches, Gloucester Gardening Club for the planters and flowers and DPW for the cleanup and removal of cement lights.  The O’Maley entrance looks great!






Who:     All O’Maley Innovation School students

What:    A casual, drop-in gathering for Summer Reading

When:   Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Where:  O’Maley Innovation Middle School Library

Why:     Get it done and Celebrate!   Whether you want some help, a check-in on what you’ve done, or book talk with other kids, come on in and get it done!  Pizza, popcorn, packets and book talk.

Hosted by O’Maley ELA teachers 6-8

To help us plan, please call school to leave your name by Monday, 08/10/15:  978 281 9850

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It’s much harder to write a good review than a bad one

Inge Berge

It’s not that hard to write review panning a concert or an album.  You’ve probably read many such reviews.  It’s much more difficult to write a glowing piece that doesn’t sound corny or like a puff piece.  Below is one of the best examples of a rave review that I’ve ever read. It is at once intelligent, witty, entertaining, straight to the point and completely devoid of obscure references and highfalutin language reviewers all to often use in an attempt to show off their intellect.  It’s written by local singer/songwriter/composer/lighting designer Inge Berge, who is actually smart, so he doesn’t need to try and convince anybody.  Check it out:

Fans of exquisite music: Pay attention to Ruby Rose Fox. Her headlining at The Cabot tonight, courtesy of Peter Van Ness and GimmeLive is easily among the top 3 shows I’ve seen all year (and I see way too many shows.) This show was pure magic. Sublime. Genius.

Her songwriting is smart, heartfelt, genre-bending, profound and just plain gorgeous. Her musicianship is impeccable. Her stage presence is mysterious, deep, eclectic and sexy as all get-out. The backup singers blend like butter yet cut like a razor. The band is road-tight and stadium-confident. The material is presented with rock balls, sensual vulnerability and analytic intelligence. A show chemically cleansed of clichés and standard showbiz cheese.

I count myself among the lucky few who got to experience this evening of not-yet-world-famous MA-grown music before it turns into something more industry-processed. (Hopefully not.)

Unfortunately, what I find of Ruby Rose Fox’s music currently online does not quite do justice to the show I saw tonight. But I understand there’s a full length CD in the works. I’m first in line to purchase.

Sound Temple Music and Healing Arts at Floating Lotus in Gloucester on Friday (7/24)

Come meditate, move and be in a sacred, healing musical space with Sound Temple.

Friday, July 24
Sound Temple with Christine Tulis and Kem Stone

Special Guests
Stan Strickland, Jon Holland and Lisa Bouchie

Floating Lotus
169 Main Street, Gloucester
7:30 pm
$20 suggested
at the door

June 1, 2015 GHS Senior Moose Lodge #1471 and Women of the Moose Chapter#896 Youth Awareness Speaker Award’s Ceremony

The annual G.H.S./MOOSE Youth Awareness Program recently awarded scholarships to this year’s senior speakers.  The program, now in its seventh year, features GHS student leaders, developing and facilitating mentoring skits, at Gloucester’s five elementary schools.  The speaker’s unique themes are aimed at advising their youthful peers in proper responses on topics including Positivity, Recycling, Making Good Decisions, Being Yourself, Importance of Reading, and Goal Setting.


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Left to right Linda O’Maley, Junior Grad of Moose Chapter #896 and Jason Psalidas, Governor of Moose Lodge #1471, Val Gilman, Skit Coach, GHS Principal Erik Anderson, GHS Youth Awareness Liaison Don Riley, and far right is GHS Youth Awareness Advisor, Rory Gentile
Sitting left to right in the GHS main lobby are GHS senior $200.00 scholarship winners Tess Benson, Tess Destino (who was also awarded $3,000 for her national presentation this month in Orlando, Florida and a $500.00 district award),  Kelly Hurd, (also awarded $500.00 scholarship for her speeches to Gloucester Elementary School K-4th graders) and Jaqi McCarthy, $200.00 scholarship winner. GHS Senior $200.00 scholarship recipients in back row include Everest Crawford, left, and Bart Margiotta, right.
Left to right front row…  Linda O’Maley, Junior Grad of Moose Chapter #896 and Program Liaison; $3,000 national, and $500 District, scholarship winner Tess Destino;  $500.00, District scholarship winner Kelly Hurd;  and Rory Gentile, GHS Teacher/Youth Awareness Advisor.
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Left to right back row… Valerie Gilman, Skit Coach, Don Riley Youth Awareness Liaison, and Jason Psalidas, Governor of Moose Lodge #1471

Gloucester High School Selected for MassBioEd BioTeach Program

The Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation (MassBioEd) has selected Gloucester High School (GHS) as one of 10 schools awarded a BioTeach program grant in the 2015-2016 school year.

GHS was also awarded a BioTeach grant in 2009 and was recognized with MassBioEd’s prestigious Joshua Boger Innovative School of the Year Award in 2013 for inspiring students to explore life sciences careers through progressive biotechnology education and exemplary science career programming.  

Through this year’s BioTeach grant, MassBioEd will provide GHS with professional development and mentoring for teachers; updated, inquiry-based biotechnology curricula; access to student career exploration experiences; and up to $12,000 for materials and equipment for school labs.

“We are honored at Gloucester High School to have MassBioEd’s support through equipment and training and look forward to providing exciting, inquiry-based lab exercises,” said Eric Leigh, Biology Teacher and BioTeach Coordinator at GHS.

“Gloucester High School is honored and enthusiastic about being awarded a BioTeach grant, said Robert Gallinelli, Dean of Students at GHS. “This grant will assist us in inspiring our students to pursue careers and educational opportunities in life sciences and biotechnology. Our teachers are eager to enrich our student’s lab experience with modern equipment and training.”

Funding for this year’s BioTeach cohort comes from a $139,999 grant awarded through the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) STEM Equipment and Supplies Grant Program.

“We are thrilled to bring our BioTeach program into additional schools for the 2015-2016 school year,” said Lance Hartford, Executive Director of MassBioEd. “By providing Massachusetts students with lab experiences in high schools across the state, we hope to inspire students to pursue educational opportunities and careers in the life sciences and biotechnology industry.”

“Investing in training the next generation of life sciences workers is a critical part of the Center’s mission,” said Susan Windham-Bannister, Ph.D., President & CEO of the MLSC. “We want to create an interest in STEM careers among students all across the state, and at all levels. The Center’s investments in equipment and supplies for training at high schools, both directly and through our partnership with the MassBioEd Foundation, are increasing interest in STEM among all of our students – regardless of socio-demographics or zip code.”

The 10 schools for the 2015-2016 cohort are:

•  Avon Middle-High School, Avon

•  Claremont Academy, Worcester

•  Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School, South Yarmouth

•  Gloucester High School, Gloucester

•  Lee Middle and High School, Lee

•  Palmer High School, Palmer

•  Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School, Northampton

•  South High Community School, Worcester

•  Springfield High School of Science and Technology, Springfield

•  Weymouth High School, Weymouth

With the addition of these schools, the BioTeach program, recognized by the Massachusetts State STEM Council as a premier @Scale initiative, now reaches 204 schools in the Commonwealth. Learn more about the MassBioEd Foundation and BioTeach at

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