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March 5, 2024

Group of stude4nts and educators standing, posed photo, inside a library

Vision of the Graduate Recognition Award winners Alexander Angulo, Carolynn Avalos,
Adam Bousbaa, Bryan Castro, Keon Lee, Gabriel Morais, Thalia Patino Molano, Gabriela Rivera, Vaulande Sainte, Kenton Tran, and Danica Pham, are pictured with EHS teacher Theresa Venezia, EHS Principal Dennis Lynch, Superintendent William Hart, Health and Wellness Coordinator Julie Ann Whitson, and ELA Department Chair Ryan McGowan.
(Not pictured are recipients Anthony Masucci, and Makenzie Powers)
Vision, Mission, and Accomplishment
EHS Holds VOG Recognition Awards Ceremony
Everett High School hosted the second installment in its year-long Vision of the Graduate (VOG) Recognition Awards program, which directly connects to the efforts undertaken during the recently completed accreditation process. 

Thirteen (13) Everett High School (EHS) students received VOG Recognition Awards for Innovation during a ceremony inside the EHS Library on Thursday, February 29, 2024. They were nominated by one of their teachers for demonstrating “Curiosity, Creativity, Initiative, Resourcefulness, and Passion.”

February’s winners, and nominating teachers, are as follows:
Alexander Angulo (Nominating Teacher: Tim Callahan)
Carolynn Avalos (Therese Venezia)
Adam Bousbaa (Christine Fallon)
Bryan Castro (Jamie Shiv-Haffner)
Keon Lee (Rodney Landaverde)
Gabriel Morais (Andrea Kendrick)
Thalia Patino Molano (Candice Spencer)
Gabriela Rivera (Marc Canillas)
Vaulande Sainte (Hannah Walsh)
Kenton Tran (Malcolm Paradise)
Danica Pham (Siobhan Sullivan)
Anthony Masucci (Dr. Anna Seiders)
Makenzie Powers (Dr. Anna Seiders)

Throughout 2023, EHS participated in the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) accreditation process. While NEASC’s formal decision will be released and shared with the community later this year, the process has already yielded important results. Chief among them was the creation of the VOG, which states: 

Everett High School graduates will be: Resilient, Innovative, Self-Aware, Empowered, and Service-Minded.

To embed the VOG into the school’s culture, accreditation leaders — Health and Wellness Coordinator Julie Ann Whitson and English Language Arts Department Chair Ryan McGowan — established the awards program for students who exemplify the characteristics of the VOG. They launched the effort with January’s “Resiliency” award presentation, in which six students were recognized in Principal Dennis Lynch’s office. 

February’s celebration was moved to the EHS Library and was expanded to honor 13 students. Ms. Whitson introduced the students, and Mr. McGowan read the nominations written by their teachers. The nominating teachers wrote descriptions about the students, which were read by Mr. McGowan. The recipients received colorful certificates and Target gift cards. 

Also new this month: the teachers who nominated students were entered into a raffle for an EHS blanket. This month’s winner was Mark Canilas, who is pictured below with VOG Award Recipient Gabriela Rivera.

A teacher and a student standing inside a library, posed photo
Click HERE for more photos of the February VOG Awards Ceremony

Three varied examples of a student's artwork in different shaded and colors


Two examples of a student's artwork, in black and white, on a portrait, the other abstract

Free to Pursue her Passion!

EHS Senior Earns a Full Scholarship to the Pratt Institute
Congratulations to Everett High School (EHS) senior Na'Tayeja Robinson for earning a full merit-based scholarship to the Pratt Institute, one of the top art colleges in the nation. Pratt has a distinguished history that dates to 1887 and offers nearly 50 graduate and undergraduate degree programs in art, design, architecture, among many others. Congratulations to Na'Tayeja, as well as her AP Art Teacher, Briana Pierce and her Studio Art II teacher, Josephine Dougan. Pictured above are selections of Na'Tayeja’s artwork.
Young students holding certificates of achievement

Academic Achievement at the Webster

DESE Recognizes Students
Eleven (11) Webster School students earned Student Achievement Awards from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) for their exemplary results on the 2023 MCAS and MCAS-Alt assessments.

The Student Achievement program is part of DESE’s efforts to honor high-achieving, high-needs students from across the Commonwealth in an exciting and inclusive manner.

DESE presents the award winners with a packet including a certificate of excellence, tips to help families and caregivers support their child’s education at home, and a gift card. The program aims to create a vivid, tangible, inspiring, and memorable experience for the students who are recognized.

Congratulations to these students and their families!
Adults standing, high school students seated, posed photo, at a large table
Seated, from left: Members of the Student Advisory Council Benjamin Braga, Sal DiDomenico, Kelly St. Fort,
Emilia Maria-Babcock, and Trinity Chen. Standing, from left: Everett High Vice Principal James Murphy, School Committee Vice Chairperson Samantha Lambert, Student Council Advisor Carolyn MacWilliam, and Budget and Grants Director Chris Schweitzer.
Student Priorities are On the Money!
Budget and Grants Director Meets with the EHS Student Council
Members of the Student Advisory Council shared their priorities and ideas with the Everett Public Schools (EPS) Budget and Grants Director during a productive and inclusive part of the district’s ongoing budget process. 

The meeting was held on Wednesday, February 28, 2024, at Everett High School (EHS). Advisory Council members Emilia Maria-Babcock, Benjamin Braga, Trinity Chen, Sal DiDomenico, and Kelly St. Fort met with Budget and Grants Director Chris Schweitzer to share their ideas on how to maximize the fiscal year 25 (FY25) budget. Student Government Advisor and social studies teacher Carolyn MacWilliam, School Committee Vice Chairperson Samantha Lambert, and EHS Vice Principal James Murphy also attended the meeting.

“This is an important component of our broad outreach efforts to obtain feedback from as many stakeholders as possible while developing the district’s FY25 budget proposal,” Mr. Schweitzer said. “These students are peer leaders, and I value their opinions on what they view as the priorities of the student body.”

Interestingly and positively, the meeting revealed consistencies among the student’s priorities and what the EPS Budget Team has heard from school leaders and department heads. Commonalities include the need to address the district’s space constraints, make further technology enhancements, and, at EHS, create greater access to career pathways and internships.

Mr. Schweitzer said that the Budget Office is using the feedback from the stakeholder meetings to develop the FY25 budget, and to plan for further investments in upcoming years.
High school actors, in full costume, on stage, wide angle view

A Flair for the Dramatic!

EHS Theatre Co. Advances to METG Semifinals
The Everett High School (EHS) Theatre Company staged a memorable and acclaimed performance of “Augusta and Noble” during the preliminary round of this year’s Massachusetts Educational Theatre Guild (METG) Drama Festival. 
Not only did EHS advance to the METG semifinals, but the Theatre Co. also earned six All Star Company Awards following its performance in the preliminary round, which was held on Saturday, March 2, 2024, at Norwood High School. 

Gabriellie DeGouveia (role of Gabi), Gianna Rodriguez Sanchez (Dolores), and Anthony Santizo (Ricardo) won Excellence in Acting honors. In addition, EHS was recognized for Technical Excellence in Scenic Painting, Technical Excellence in Scenic Construction, and Technical Excellence in Design/Hand Stitched Embroidery (Isabella Vaz).


Eight schools participated in the Norwood preliminary, and Everett, Mansfield, Sharon, and Acton-Boxboro earned tickets to the semifinal round, which is set for Saturday, March 9, 2024, at Brockton High School. (EHS is slated to take the stage at 1:30 p.m.)

“Augusta and Noble,” written by Carlos Murillo, is the coming-of-age story of Gabi Castillo, who lives in the vibrant Latino community in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago. Gabi is a new student at Northside College Prep, where she is quickly exposed to new people and possibilities. Told in English peppered with Spanish, the play celebrates the rich history and resilience of the many migrants who call America home.

The EHS production of “Augusta and Noble” is helmed by a faculty-led production team composed of Artistic Director Evan DeMarzo, Scenic Director Briana Pierce, Costume Director Josephine Dougan, Theatrical Advisor Britt Mitchell, and Scenic Construction Advisor Eric Pierce.  

In addition to Saturday’s semifinal performance, the students will stage “Augusta and Noble” for the Everett Public Schools community on Thursday, March 7, 2024, at 7:30 p.m. in the EHS Center for the Performing Arts. The performance is free, although the company will accept donations.
Teachers reading to young students inside classrooms
Read Across America — and the Adams!
Teachers Visit their Colleagues’ Classrooms
The Adams School celebrated Read Across America Day by having the PreK-3 teachers read to the PreK-4 students, and vice versa. Thanks to teachers Mrs. Dattoli, Mrs. Rao-Santos, Ms. Antonelli, and Ms. Armata (PreK-4) and Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Goodrich, Mrs. Hachey, and Ms. Hardy (PreK-3) for their efforts, which proved to be a very big hit with the young students, who were excited to see familiar faces!