Category Archives: Education

Save the date! Ward 1 follow-up Elementary School meeting Monday 9/26 6:30pm at EGS

from Councilor Memhard:


Update: Ray Lamont article “Consensus Sought On School Consolidation” in the Gloucester Daily Times

 GMG post on 9/14/16 school consolidation meeting with links to Cape Ann TV and plan 

Gloucester schools consolidation


Mern Sibley speaking to the Gloucester School Committee Sept 14, 2016 about elementary schools merging

If you missed it, you’re in luck. Busy night of democracy was captured by Dave from Cape Ann TV- direct link if the video isn’t showing below.

The Chair of the School Committee, Johnathan Pope, opened with a power point presentation that went for the first 49 minutes. Questions from the floor began immediately after Pope’s background talk. First question up at minute 50–no surprise –concerned a clarification about the cost of West Parish, quickly followed by Mern Sibley’s remarks at minute 51 which received a large applause as did others throughout the evening. Some residents came prepared to speak. Some were spontaneous. The path to the mike was steady and fascinating. A few residents had more than one take like parent Kylie Mione  who is also by profession a teacher at Veterans.

Here’s a link to the Elementary School Plan Proposal August 2016


Councilor Ward 1 Scott Memhard Facebook page has several posts about the school proposal.

The audience numbered less than 100 and included Councilors Memhard, Lundberg, Cox and Ciolino.



Chair Johnathan Pope, School Committee, 9/14/16

The Captain Nelson Amero Wheel project

Information provided by Jeff Amero:

The wheel is being shipped from Florida (cousin Chuck Amero) and will be rebuild by Captain Thomas Ellis over the winter and its new home will be at 20 Fort Square on the Captain Nelson Deck

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Captain Nelson Amero and the F/V Doris F. Amero

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Captain Nelson Amero  Roof Top Deck at 20 Fort Square


Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board Listings For 5/20/16


Cape Ann Community

Welcome To Cape Ann Community Bulletin Board

Joey C

A place where non-profit Cape Ann organizations can post press releases directly and then those press releases will be reposted to . This is not an advertising space for businesses, fitness or wellness organizations, or music listings.

The web address will be

To have your community organization news posted here, contact Joey C who will grant access for you to post directly.

Gloucester Biotech Academy Open House – May 26th, 4-7pm

May 19, 2016 ~ Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute

GBA Open House May 26 flyer

Gloucester Biotechnology Academy
55 Blackburn Center, Gloucester
GBA front door sign
Thursday,  May 26, 2016
4:00pm – 7:00pm
  • All are welcome!
  • Tour the Academy
  • Meet the staff
  • Ask questions and find out more about our exciting program
  • Refreshments will be served
  • Applications for class beginning September 2016 still being accepted
  • For information please email:

GBA Building sign GBA teaching lab

For more information, please visit our website:  Gloucester Biotechnology Academy

“Awesome Stuff Sale” Benefitting EPDS

May 18, 2016 ~ epdsfrontdesk

DONATIONS WANTED for our huge rummage sale!

We welcome donations of all kinds that are clean and in good condition (no broken items please) Items can be easily dropped off at the school or items can be picked up. Contact us at 978.239.6800 or email us at to schedule a time for drop offs and pick ups between now and June 16th. We appreciate the support! Please feel free to pass this event around! Hope to see you there on Saturday, June 18th! Thanks! 

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May 20, 2016 ~ generousgardener1


O’Maley Innovation Middle School, 32 Cherry Street, Gloucester, MA Saturday, May 21st from 8am –noon

Plant Donations Accepted — Friday, May 20th, from 5pm-7pm at O’Maley School by main door.

  • Veggie Seedlings, hydroponic basic and Lettuce plants grown by 6thgraders at O’Maley
  • Strawberry plants
  • Hardy Gloucester Grown Perennials

Arrive early on Saturday for great bargains – $2.00 seedlings $2.00-$7.00 perennial plants! Help Gloucester Education Foundation and beautify your gardens. If you have a garden, please think about what perennials you have that may need to be divided and donate plants to our cause. Plant identification is helpful but not required.
All usable gardening items, plants, trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials, herbs and vegetable donations are welcome or contact Since all of the proceeds benefit GEF, you will get a tax deduction for whatever we earn from your plants.
Please contact Susan Kelly or 978-282-3306 if you have any questions 

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

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