Tag Archives: Gloucester Public Schools

In the news: Congratulations Kurt Lichtenwald for leading Gloucester High School robotics and engineering program and students to another recognition–this one national! And those smart Monnells…

Well deserved. See wonderful story by Ray Lamont in today’s Gloucester Daily Times: GHS Engineering program wins national award, Photo by Mike Springer shows Kurt with students Austin Monnell and Conor Williamson.





It’s close to Kurt’s 20th anniversary at Gloucester High School. Here’s a throwback photo I took in February 2012 at East Gloucester Elementary. Kurt brought the high school students in to the elementary school to lead science and robotic stations for all the kids. He told me then about his approach:

“For too long; students who could memorize facts were considered highly intelligent. In my classes students must learn to apply the knowledge and prove that they learned the topics. This is a different kind of intelligence (kinesthetic – hands on intelligence)  that for so long has gone unappreciated and unrecognized.  Mixing the two types of intelligences (multi level) in a class just makes common sense and great products (student work).”-Kurt Lichtenwald



Local Veterans read picture book, Heroes in Our Neighborhood, aloud to elementary school classes this week


(photos Cape Ann Veterans Services)

This past week Cape Ann Veterans Services brought copies of the children’s picture book, Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhood, and super volunteer readers, into our local Kindergarten, first and second grades to read aloud in the classes. Copies of the book were gifted to the classroom libraries. Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhood ©2012 is by Valerie Pfundstein with illustrations by Aaron Anderson and foreword by John Vigiano Sr., a Marine Veteran and retired FDNY Captain, who honors his sons’ memories (both lost on 9/11) by volunteering his time and resources to Gold Star families and wounded heroes.

Volunteer readers at East Gloucester School: Members of the US Coast Guard Station, Gloucester, Navy/Veteran/Gloucester Police Department Officer Kevin Hicks and marine Corps Veteran Michael S. Grossi who read to his son’s class. 

Volunteer readers at West Parish: members of the the US Coast Guard Station  Gloucester; David Parisi Air Force Veteran who read to his daughter’s class; Marine Corps Veteran/State Trooper Tim Sova who read to his daughter’s clas; Coast Guard and Marine Veteran/deputy harbor master Chad Johnson; Vietnam War Marine Veteran Brian O’Connor; Army Veteran Anthony Trupiano who recently returned home; Ray Towns Army Veteran/commander of Gloucester Amvets; and Korean War Veteran Melvin Olson .

Volunteer readers at Plum Cove: Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans Services Francisco Urena, Marine Veteran; Trina Parisi-O’Donnell, Air Force Veteran whose son attends Plum Cove; Police Officer Brendan Chipperini and Vionette Vee Chipperini Army Veterans; Gloucester Sea Cadet Commander Robert Pallazolla Air Force Veteran; Police Officer Chris Frates Coast Guard Veteran; Richard J Cavanaugh, Army Veteran; and Devan Smith and Mike Pillelli of US Coast Guard Station, Gloucester





Adam Curcuru telling Pauline Bresnahan and Anita Coullard Dziedziek about the book last month.



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 

News from the proposed Downtown Gloucester Cultural District coordinating group

Catherine Ryan writes-

Dear Joey,

The November 13, 2012 CITY COUNCIL vote was UNANIMOUS to endorse the establishment of the proposed Downtown Gloucester Cultural District.

The DGCD coordinating group thanks the Councilors, our City Clerk, and the more than 30 partners and stakeholders who sent in letters of support and spoke at the hearing. Have a peek at a few: Cape Ann Museum , the Gloucester Public Schools , and Gorton’s.

Next steps: Send in the application and support materials and wait for word, guidance, and a visit from the Massachusetts Cultural Council!

Visit URL culturaldistrict.zapd.net or email dgcdinfo@gmail.com

50 Gloucester Residents Take to the Stage to Present “In Harm’s Way”, Speaking Out about Domestic Violence

More than 50 Gloucester residents, including top officials, community leaders, and more than 20 high school students, will present the drama In Harm’s Way, on Friday, May 8, 2009, at 7 p.m., at Gloucester High School. Now in its fifth production on the North Shore, the play is a powerful dramatization of stories drawn from victims of domestic abuse, teen dating violence, bullying and teasing.

The production is being made possible by the Gloucester Public Schools under a Safe and Supporting Learning Environments (SSLE) grant, awarded by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The grant’s purpose is to help create a climate at Gloucester High School where students feel safe and welcome, so they can learn and achieve to their highest potential.

Sponsored by HAWC, the domestic violence agency serving the North Shore, and written and directed by Nicki Richon-Schoel, In Harm’s Way has been widely recognized as an important tool in helping communities confront domestic violence. More than 2,000 people have attended previous productions in Lynn, Peabody, Ipswich and Gloucester, and In Harm’s Way has also been featured on community cable televison in several North Shore communities.

In Harm’s Way weaves together stories of survival and hope through drama, poetry, music and dance. The upcoming production will feature Loretta Peres the work of acclaimed slam poet Dr.Thema Bryant-Davis of Pepperdine University and a former NGO representative to the United Nations.

Others in the cast include Mayor Carolyn Kirk, State Senator Bruce Tarr, State Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante, Gloucester Police Lieutenant Joe Aiello, Cape Ann Savings Bank vice president Bob Gillis, North Shore United Way executive director Margo Casey, and rock-and-roll musician Willie Loco Alexander.

In Harm’s Way is best suited for adults and young people age 13 and over. Admission is a suggested donation of $10, or for students and seniors, a suggested donation of $2.

Gloucester High School is located on Leslie O. Johnson Road, off Centennial Avenue and Route 127 in Gloucester near the “Man at the Wheel” Fishermen’s Memorial.


Nicki Richon-Schoel

(978) 853-3340


Ann-Marie Jordan

Gloucester Public Schools

(978) 281-9816