The End of Term 1

We are now two months into our academic year, and the 2017-2018 school year is in full swing.  Routines have been established, classes are wrapping up Term 1, and fall sports are coming to an end.  Here is just a snapshot of some of the exciting things that have been happening around the school to build a greater sense of community.

At the close of summer we witnessed the devastating effects of hurricanes hitting our southern shores.  Our student leaders stepped up and worked together to support those affected.  Student Council organized the Powderpuff game and our juniors faced off against our seniors; the Class of 2018 Leaders worked at the Snack Shack.  All the proceeds from the ticket sales and the concession sales went to the American Red Cross.  Thank you to Ms. Buffam, Ms. Harvey, Ms. Saaristo, and out student leaders for a great fundraiser and a fun night!

Earlier in October we held our annual 9th grade parents’ night.  Counselors hosted parents of our 9th grade students in cla…

2017-2018 Back to School Night

A Red Sox playoff game, the Bruins season opener, and a Patriots Thursday night football game did not keep our community’s parents out of the classrooms during our 63rd Back to School Night, and it was awesome! I am always taken aback by the level of energy and enthusiasm in the building from parents, staff, and students. From my perspective it was a successful night for all involved. And the best part for me... the night is all in support of our students.
The focus for the night and this school year is rooted in our school’s driving question, “How can staff, students, and families support wellness and balance within a rich learning environment that provides opportunities for all students to experience success?” Larry Dorey, our Principal, said it best when he said, “As educators as well as parents and guardians we have a responsibility to support the growth and overall well-being of our children. We have a responsibility to provide an environment where each student has an opportunity …

2017-18 School Year is Underway!

Though we are only a few weeks into the 2017-2018 school year, a welcome back message to our school community seems a bit overdue as students and staff appear to be fully back in the swing of school and families seem settled in their autumn routines.

In recollecting the opening days of this school year, I was moved by the positive energy emanating from students and staff.  As students were smiling and laughing, hugging and reminiscing about summer experiences, I was struck by just how much opening day for students mirrored opening day for our faculty and staff just a week earlier. Watching people coming together, many of whom haven't seen each other for the two-month summer vacation, seemed to be a visual representation of Principal Dorey's theme for this school year: Celebrate and strengthen relationships and take care of one another.

Committed to taking care of our staff and students, a steering committee worked with community organizations to establish the AB Because You M…