2019 Highlights

A collection of just SOME of the great things that have happened over the past 12 months
 
NAMM DESIGNATION
The Everett Public Schools received a Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Now in its 20th year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, Everett answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music programs, Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.
 
SUMMER ENRICHMENT/MUSIC
In July, Everett High saxophone players Isabella Perez, Isabella Mendes, Jose Martinez, Adam Noguera Sabir, Rocco Navarette Ortiz, Ryan Medieros, and Davi Rangel completed a rigorous, week-long class with renowned musician Ken Radnofsky at the New England Conservatory (NEC). The program culminated in a fantastic recital on Saturday, July 13, which gave the EHS students the chance to showcase what they learned. The program was part of the NEC Summer Institute, which is coordinated by Everett High alumni Michael Raymond (1997). Everett Chamber Ensemble Director Cassandra McDonald coordinated the partnership with the NEC and contacted Mr. Radnofsky to work with the Everett students.
 
TALENT FOR TANGLEWOOD
Saxophonist Melissa Cine was selected to study at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute, a highly-selective summer music program that awards scholarships to talented students from across the country.
 
ALL-STAR ARTWORK
Everett High School artist Lizzy Bautista’s artwork, “Eddie’s Duality” was selected as a winner in a nation-wide high school arts competition sponsored by the Members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The Artistic Discovery Contest recognizes artistic talent from every Congressional district in the nation. Bautista’s work was chosen by the 7th District of Massachusetts, which is represented by Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley. In July, Bautista visited D.C. to meet Congresswoman Pressley and to see her work displayed at the Capitol.
 
KEY PERFORMANCES
In 2019, nine Everett High School artists received Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Since 1923, the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards have recognized the vision, ingenuity, and talent of our nation’s youth, and provided opportunities for creative teens to be celebrated. This year over 12,000 submissions were received by the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University and the Boston Globe Foundation. Students across the state produced artwork in 17 categories including Photography, Mixed Media, Video Game Design, Painting and more. Winners of Gold Key, Silver Key Awards and Honorable Mentions were chosen based on their demonstration of originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal voice or vision.
Everett High’s winners
Silver Key
Gillian Avelar Grade 11- Annette LeRay Painting “Seven Sorrows”
Vicki Do Grade 12- Katherine McKie Photography “Fixed”
Gabriel Machado Grade 12- Annette LeRay, Drawing and Illustration “Gallett’s Inspiration”
Honorable Mentions
Gillian Avelar Grade 11- Annette LeRay Drawing and Illustration “Riley and the Rising Sun”
Lizzy Bautista Grade 10- Annette LeRay Drawing and Illustration “Eddies Duality”
Alex Brown Grade 12- Katherine McKie Digital Art “Self-Portrait”
Kunchock Khabnay Grade 12- Katherine McKie Photography “Junior”
Oscar Mira Vela Grade 12- Katherine McKie Photography “Central Park”
Camila Morare Grade 12- Katherine McKie Photography “Park Bench”
 
CENTER STAGE
The Everett High School Theatre Company had its best-ever showing in The Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild Festival Competition, reaching the semifinals and earning several company and individual honors along the way. For the competition, EHS performed the play, “With Two Wings,” written by Anne Negri. A sentimental and heartfelt coming of age story about Lyf (Marck- Hens Jules ‘20) and his parents (Naeela Bond ‘19, Raul Vargas ‘19) desire to shelter him from the dangers of life. In the end his new friend Meta (Jhalyshka Feliciano ‘20) teaches him how to fly and ultimately how to experience the joys life has to offer. Members of the Theatre Company were awarded prestigious All Star Company awards at the competition, including: Excellence in acting for Marck-Hens Jules (‘20), and Jhalyshka Feliciano (‘20); Excellence in Costume Design; Excellence in Scenic Design; and Stage Managers Award to Arianna Ventura (’20). The Theatre Company was selected to advance to the Semi Final round of the competition where they again performed with great energy and a love for the theatre.
 
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Thanks to a partnership with the Museum of Science and the dedication of EPS teachers, approximately 60 elementary-aged students participated in a Summer Enrichment program at the Keverian School aimed at boosting interest and proficiency in STEM. “Our partnership with the Museum of Science has allowed our teachers to acquire the knowledge they need to effectively teach STEM in the elementary classroom,” said Science Director Ann Ritchie. “Thanks to the efforts of Senator Sal DiDomenico, Everett students are being exposed to STEM at an early age.” Engineering is Elementary (EiE) is an award-winning program of the Museum of Science. The research-based, hands-on engineering curricula introduce learners to the engineering design process and create a generation of problem solvers. This past May, 21 Everett teachers received the training needed to roll out the curricula during the five-week program at the Keverian. The fun, flexible, and highly engaging coursework is designed to integrate with the science already being taught in Everett classrooms, while helping students develop essential understandings about engineering and the work that engineers do. Students discover how creativity and collaboration power effective engineering solutions.
 
RESILIENT CODERS
Through a partnership with the MassHire Metro North Workforce Board (MNWB) and Resilient Coders, 20 Everett High School (EHS) students are participating in a fast-paced, high-visibility computer coding boot camp. Students in the 10-week Resilient Coders program get paid to attend the weekly six hours of instruction, which includes web design, mobile app creation, and game development. Students learn and apply a variety of programming languages currently used by industry leaders, including JavaScript, Android Studio, and HTML. They will develop a portfolio of work that may help them secure a job in computer, information technology or related fields. “Resilient Coders is an on-ramp to the tech economy,” says founder David Delmar. EHS student Rothsaida Sylvaince agrees, saying, “This opportunity has been critical in my formation as an adult. It has prepared me for my future since the skills we learn will apply to any career I choose.”
 
TEN80 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
Everett High School (EHS) students were among the more than 400 students comprising more than 48 teams from across the United States and China who exhibited their STEM innovation skills at the 12th annual Ten80 National STEM League (NSL) Finals in College Station, Texas. STEM Club Advisor Anna Seiders and teacher Claudy St. Juste led the EHS contingent to the Lone Star State in June, thanks to the AMAZING support of Everett Bank, which fully funded the four-day trip.
The following students represented EHS:
Seniors Eva Charbonnier, Joshua Powers, Natalie Huynh, and Gabriel Simao; juniors Melisa Demaku, Lyanne Murphy, Chloe Lewis, Isaac Lenescat, Christian Simeon, Evan Dupuis, and Amhed Alananzeh; and sophomore Gustavo Aguiar. They were part of two competitive teams — the Crimson Bolt, a team that races a remote-control car, and Ethan’s Rover. Both teams did very well in the multifaceted competition. 
 
PLTW CHALLENGE
Three George Keverian School students were named winners in a computer science Online Industry Challenge in association with Project Lead The Way (PLTW), Mass STEM Hub, and the One8 Foundation. Alexis Martinez was crowned the Overall Challenge Winner, Alexandra Vogel was named an Innovation Winner, and Samantha Trinh was named a Presentation Winner as part of the challenge, which is one of the many ways in which the district is engaging students in STEM areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. In the PLTW Computer Science for Innovators and Makers (CSIM) class, middle school students learn about programming both hardware and software, and how to combine them to create interactive systems. After learning to program a micro:bit, students apply that knowledge to create an LED blinking sign to share an message of their design to an audience of their choosing.
 
THINKING INSIDE THE BOX
In April, Everett High students in Alisa Rachubo’s Introduction to Engineering Design course received blue ribbons for their entries in a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Online Industry Challenge.   Teams of students competed against other PLTW schools to create engineering design plans to manufacture a box of given specifications. Massachusetts-based industry partners Abbott-Action, Inc. and Seaboard Box Folding Co. served as judges and provided feedback to all participants.
TEAM AAAJ earned an Innovation Award:  Allan Falaise, Ashley Tejada, Jairo Torres, Adrian Nunez-Gonzalez TEAM BUILD-A-BOX earned a Presentation Award: Alyssa Hurley, Allison Vaquerano, Jonathan Figueroa Moreno, Deiby Ochoa, and Maxivenson Sandaire.
TEAM GERMAN BOXERS earned a Presentation Award: Landon Le, Dante Freitas, Ashley Jose, and Benjamin Pezo.
 
ENGINEERING SUCCESS
In June, a group of Lafayette School students this week participated in Mass STEM Hub’s second annual Design Showcase for Project Lead The Way students. The initiative was organized in partnership with Boston Children’s Hospital at Merck Research Labs in Boston. Representing the Lafayette School were: Stephany De Souza, Thalia Patino Molano, Maria-Helena Mihoc, Tiana Allen, Cheyann Palmariello, and Suzanne Maharjan.  The students were chosen to attend the Showcase based on their hard work and achievements in their PTW Design and Modeling unit, in which they learned the engineering design process, critical measurement and mathematical modeling skills, computer-aided design skills, and about cerebral palsy. The culminating project challenged students to design, test, and fabricate an adaptive toy for a child with cerebral palsy.
 
DIGIGIRLZ DAY
In May, Everett High School Science teacher Rupi Kaur and six students attended Digigirlz at Microsoft Burlington. During the event, students interacted with Microsoft employees to gain exposure to careers in business and technology and to get an inside look at what it's like to work at Microsoft. This exciting event provides girls with career planning assistance, information about technology, business, and cybersecurity roles, thought-provoking exercises, interesting Microsoft product demonstrations, and an Hour of Code certification. By participating in the Microsoft DigiGirlz Day, young women can find out about the variety of opportunities available in the local high-tech industry and can explore future career paths.
 
A MAJOR DONATION FROM EXELON
In September, Exelon Generation donated eight robotics kits, totaling $12,800, to Everett High School. The purchase greatly improves the ratio of kits-to-students and will facilitate better student learning and experience in robotics and engineering classes. “These robotics kits will allow our students to go from groups of five to groups of two for their projects,” said math and engineering teacher Anna Seiders. “This will have a profound impact on their learning experiences. We cannot thank Exelon Generation enough for their continued support.”
 
CITY PARTNERSHIPS
A group of 12 Everett Public Schools (EPS) students helped transform a neglected piece of land into an environmentally friendly and aesthetically pleasing entry point to the Northern Strand Community Trail. The Jon Norton Community Rain Garden was officially introduced to the community in the autum of 2019. The effort, which began last spring and was overseen by Resident Artist Carolyn Lewenberg, is a successful combination of science, art, and community planning. The rain garden is located at the end of Wyllis Avenue, near the Madeline English School. It catches, soaks, and filters storm water before it makes its way into the Malden River, removing pollutants, reducing flood risks, and recharging groundwater in the process. Decorative features include cloud benches, a bright floral mural, decorative signs, and careful landscaping. “We turned a persistent puddle into a rain garden with murals, cloud benches, and plants that attract bees, butterflies and birds,” Lewenberg said. “It’s a climate-resilience project that ties in with the City's larger efforts to restore ecology and public access to the landscape, which had been degraded by industry.” The Northern Strand Community Tail is a 10-mile bicycle path and walking trail that connects Everett, Malden, Revere, and Saugus, along the former Saugus Branch Railroad of the Boston & Maine Railroad.
 
PARLIN POETRY
A Parlin School sixth grader has been awarded with a prestigious 2019 Curiosity Award as part of the Cambridge Science Festival, the first-of-its-kind celebration showcasing the leading edge in science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM).  Henrique Pinto, a student in Katelyn Crossley’s class, was one of only 120 winners out of close to 4,000 entries in this year’s challenge, which asks students to “write an essay or poem, draw a picture, or take a photograph about your curiosity and tell us how it prompted you to explore your world.” Henrique chose words to express himself, penning this poem:
 
What came before the universe?
What is out there?
Who is out there?
Where did we all come from?
Where do we all go?
 
The Universe is grand
It is something we refer to as a far away land
But a question I have is what came before this grand land Was it the wacky Aliens of outer space or was it some creatures who created this place,
But either way I must go on about who discovered This land we all live on. Maybe some creatures who evolved To dinosaurs or maybe something that's out of this universe.
It could be some creatures that went extinct or some crazy intergalactico
Creature that once lived in outer space. These are my theories of who came
Before this place. Outer Space
 
POWERS HONORED
In April, Joshua Powers was presented with a scholarship named in honor of the late, great George Keverian as part of the Commonwealth’s commemoration of the 104th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Powers, the fifth-ranked student in the Class of 2019 and the president of the Student Council and the EHS chapter of the National Honor Society, was recognized during a sensational program inside the House of Representatives Chamber. Everett business owner and civic leader Alfred Lattanzi presented a $5,000 Honorable Speaker George Keverian Public Service Scholarship to Powers after delivering an eloquent address about Speaker Keverian and his long and distinguished career as a public servant.
 
INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE
Educators from the city of Maoming, in the Guangdong Province of China, visited the Everett Public Schools (EPS) in January as part of a mutually beneficial exchange showcasing the multiple facets of the district’s students, curriculum, and programs. The delegation toured the Webster School and the Webster School Extension and Everett High School (EHS) during a productive two-day visit to the city. This marked the second consecutive year that educators from Maoming visited Everett during an extensive professional development journey to the United States.
 
THE PLACE TO BEE
In January, the Whittier School hosted the district’s annual Geography Bee for seventh and eighth graders. Sponsored by the Everett Kiwanis Club, the competition featured two students from each of the city’s five elementary schools. After all of the questions were asked and answered, Sumner Whittier School seventh grader Victoria Macao and Lafayette School eighth grader Johnny Pham were crowned the winners in their respective grades. They each received trophies courtesy of the Kiwanis Club. Also competing in the Geography Bee were Joshua Alsaindor (7) and Ralph Pierre (8) from the Madeline English School, Allison Pacas (7) and Edwin Sorto Rosales (8) from the George Keverian School, Pedro Araugo (7) from the Lafayette School, Christopher Portillo (7) and Caio Henrique Araujo (8) from the Parlin School, Alex Miranda (8) from the Whittier School.
 
CROSSLEY HONORED
In July, Parlin School science teacher Katelyn Crossley was recognized as a STEM Teacher MVP by iRobot and the Boston Red Sox. With her husband, Steve, and their children, Declan and Macie, by her side, Mrs. Crossley was honored before the Red Sox-Blue Jays game on Tuesday, July 16 at Fenway Park. What makes the STEM Teacher MVP honor extra special is that the nominations are submitted by students. As stated on the certificate presented to Mrs. Crossley: “Your students chose you as an outstanding STEM teacher. Your creativity, skill, caring and enthusiasm are an example of all! We hope you continue to inspire your students to enter and explore the STEM fields.”
 
A CREDIT TO OUR GUIDANCE DEPARTMENT
In July, Everett High School (EHS) announced that it will offer Dual Enrollment classes with Salem State College. EHS students can now take Psychology 101 at Everett High School through Salem State College. Students that complete the class will receive three (3) College Credits and five (5) High School Credits.
 
EXPERT ADVICE
In April, Dr. Barbara Gortych from the Middlesex Partnership for Youth gave an important and very useful presentation to the district-wide Guidance Department staff entitled, Helping Traumatized Children.  Dr. Gortych covered a lot of ground with the counselors, from advice on how to help students and colleagues who are suffering from emotional trauma, to providing reference materials, to suggesting books to read with the children. Dr. Gortych, who has experience working with communities throughout Greater Boston, closed her workshop complimenting the Everett Public Schools for all of the positive experiences that are provided to the students by the School Committee, administration, and staff.