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June 3, 2024

High school graduates, on a field, throwing their caps in the air
Everett High School Class of 2024
The Scientific Method
Everett High Announces new Anatomy and Physiology Curricula
After a lengthy and deliberative process, the Everett High School (EHS) Science Department has selected a new Anatomy and Physiology curriculum resource for the 2024-2025 school year.

Hoehn, Marieb Human Anatomy & Physiology (12th Edition) was selected by a Vetting and Selecting Team that met bi-weekly beginning in November of 2023 to make the most informed decision possible. According to EHS Science Department Chairperson Ryan Rowlinson, the work began with the creation of a mission and vision statement that aligns with district priorities and the values of the EHS community. The team then gathered and analyzed teacher and student feedback to help guide their work. 

Beginning in March, the team carefully reviewed the options to identify a curriculum that incorporates engaging and meaningful laboratory investigations that promote student-centered learning. Hoehn, Marieb Human Anatomy & Physiology offers standards-based units and lessons that engage students in real-world human body case studies and scenarios. It also includes a variety of integrated tools to support EHS’s diverse learner population.  

With the curriculum selected, the EHS Science Department is beginning the work of internalizing, adapting, and implementing the curriculum for the start of the upcoming school year. 

From the ELA Department: Read and Reacts

StudySync Selected After a Lengthy Vetting Process

A committee led by Department Chair Ryan McGowan and comprised of Everett High School teachers and two student representatives has unanimously selected a new high-quality curriculum for Grade 11 and 12 English Language Arts (ELA) classes and ELA Honors courses.  

StudySync by McGraw Hill was chosen after a year-long vetting process and will be rolled out in time for the 2024-2025 school year.

“In the end, StudySync’s robust common assessments as well as the strong and direct scaffolds for diverse learners were the deciding factors for the committee in the unanimous vote in favor,” said Mr. McGowan. “The team agreed that the features of StudySync were most in line with our department, school, and district goals to improve achievement for all students, especially English Learners and Students with Disabilities. The new curriculum does not impact Advanced Placement courses but will be used for all mainstream, small group, and Honors ELA 3 and ELA 4 courses.

This work was completed as part of a as part of a larger cycle of curriculum review overseen by Everett Public Schools (EPS) Director of Instruction Anne Auger. The ELA Vetting and Selecting Team convened in the summer of 2023 and commenced a data-driven review of the Savvas curriculum. After receiving input from different stakeholder groups and reviewing the curriculum itself, as well as third-party audits, the team recommended an overhaul of the Grades 11 (American Literature) and Grade 12 (World Literature) courses to increase students’ exposure to more high-interest texts with diverse perspectives for those two grade levels.  

Mr. McGowan worked alongside ELA teachers Michael Clifford, Stephenie Devino, Emily Gould, Sarah Simmons, and Christopher Wright to develop an updated Literacy Vision for the ELA Department. The vision focuses on the use of high-quality instructional materials to increase all students’ access to grade-level text and tasks. Additionally, the committee used the TNTP report, “The Opportunity Myth,” to help frame the instructional needs of students in diverse, urban communities. Finally, the team utilized guidance from the district’s GLEAM team, which recently selected the Amplify ELA curriculum for grades 6-8. 

When the review was complete, the Vetting Team selected two products as finalists: StudySync and Odell High School Literacy. The members did a deep dive into both products, including meeting with representatives from both platforms and consulting with curriculum leaders from comparable districts such as Salem and New Bedford. In addition, several ELA teachers piloted units with various parts of each curriculum. When it came time to pick a winner, StudySync was the clear choice. 

The next step in the process is training and setting pacing guidelines and curriculum expectations for next school year when students get their first exposure to everything StudySynch has to offer.
Group photo, students and teacher seated at a civics exhibit
At the Whittier School, from left: Guidance Counselor Melissa Disario, Assistant Principal Cara Fidalgo, eighth graders Keylin Vargas DeLeon, Marlin Salazar Lucero, and Naima Fleurima, Principal Michael McLucas, and eighth-grade Civics Teacher Lisa Norberg. Below, from left: Mr. McLucas, Ariane Duarte Passarela, Melissa Katherine De Oliveira, Giovanna Perin, Emily Isadora Vieira, Ms. Norberg, and Instructional Coach Marena McLaughlin.
Group photo, students and teacher seated at a civics exhibit
Civics in Action
EPS Eighth Graders Participate in Statewide Initiative
Working in teams, Keverian and Whittier school eighth graders participated in a statewide project to identify and address an issue or concern they believe calls for civic action. The effort is funded through a grant from the Department of Secondary and Elementary Education (DESE) to promote history and social sciences. Support was also provided by EdTechTeacher. The Keverian School students presented their projects on May 17, 2024, while the Whittier School held its fair on May 21, 2024. The Science Fair-style event gave students the chance to talk about their ideas and with classmates, teachers, and judges.

The following four teams were selected to participate in a regional showcase on June 3, 2024, at the DCU Center in Worcester: 

The STAR Group: Students Together Are Resilient
Giovanna Perin, Melissa De Oliveira, and Emelly Vieira Something's Rotten- Food Waste and CompostingMarlin Salazar Lucero, Naima Fluerima, and Keylin Vargas De Leon 

Hallway Classes Aren't Real Classes
Abigail Falkowski and Cecilia Da Silveira Accessing Tech for AllSolimar Barahona Salinas and Sebastian Arredondo

Other topics students explored included
  • Creating a student organization to help support new students to our school community
  • Creating more sports opportunities for youth
  • Housing and homelessnessTeen mental health
  • Cultural clubs for cultural equality
  • Gentrification
  • The LBGTQ+ community
Instructional Coach Marena MacLaughlin coordinated the effort, in collaboration with Tom Driscoll from EdTechTeacher. Whittier School teacher Lisa Norberg, Keverian School teacher Maggie Moran, and Curriculum Intern Gianna Martin also provided invaluable assistance in sharing this opportunity with eighth graders. 

Special thanks to Ms. Norberg, who secured a Donor’s Choose grant and received a new printer for her classroom. The printer proved to be a big asset to the students as they created and prepared materials for their displays.
Four-tile photo, track athletes holding medals
Above, from left: Sophomore Kayshaun Eveillard, Shane MacKenzie, senior captain Jalen Jones, and Senior Captain Darrynn Desrameaux.
Below, from left: Senior Kaesta Sandy; 4 x 100 Meter Relay team members Isabella Pimenta, Yelsa Garcia, and Zyelle Cannon-Mathias, and Kaesta Sandy; and Jalen Jones and Dawens Germain.

Three-tile photo, track athletes holding medals
Crimson Tide Track Races to New Levels
Team Wins 3 GBL Titles, Sets Three School Records
When he returned from the 2024 Greater Boston League (GBL) Outdoor Track Championships, Everett High School head coach Jehu Cimea had to sprint for the Crimson Tide record book — eraser in hand. 

In what was literally an historic day for the Everett High track team, three Crimson Tide track athletes set new school records at the GBL Championships, held on Monday, May 20, at Somerville’s Dilboy Stadium:

Sophomore Kayshaun Eveillard broke the 400-Meter record with a time of 51.31 — just eclipsing the previous mark of 51.34 held by Peter Duperier. (Earlier this year, Kayshaun set the school standard in the 200 with a time of 23.22, breaking another record held by Duperier.)

Senior captain Darrynn Desrameaux broke the shot-put record with a throw of 33’ 11”. The previous record was held by fellow teammate and captain, Layla Betancur-Cardona, who recorded a throw of 33' 2.5" earlier in the season.

Senior captain Shane MacKenzie broke Kenneth Bailey’s discuss record (133’) with a throw of 133’ 8”.

In addition, the Crimson Tide recorded for four first-place finishes at the GBL Championships:
• Desrameaux: Shot put and Discus
• Senior Kaesta Sandy: Javelin
• Senior captain Dawens Germain: High jump
A student holding a poster board thanking people and business for their donation to a prom fundraiser

The Prom King

DiDomenico Leads Fundraising Effort for the Class of ‘24
Congratulations to Everett High School (EHS) Senior Class President Salvatore DiDomenico for delivering on an ambitious promise to his classmates: Free prom tickets. DiDomenico, who is also the EHS student representative to the School Committee, led an incredibly successful fundraising effort that generated more than $50,000. He solicited corporations, local businesses, organizations, individuals, and elected officials to donate to the cause. The result was free prom tickets for every member of the Class of 2024. This year’s Senior Prom was held last month at the Danversport Yacht Club.

Above, DiDomenico holds a poster with the name of every individual and company that donated to the cause following the School Committee meeting held on Monday, May 20, 2024. 

Attorney Anthony Rossi

Capitol Waste
Eliot Family Resource Center
ML Strategies
Senator Sal DiDomenico


Davis Companies

Delta Dental
Everett Bank

Malden Transportation


Attorney Gerry D’Ambrosio
Berberian Family

Cataldo Ambulance

Terry Kennedy (Governors Council)

Lafuente Signs & Awning

Oliveira’s Restaurant
Radius Recycling
The Square Deli

V10 Development
Vogel ATM


School Committee Chairperson Jeanne Cristiano

City Councilor Stephanie Martins

Everett Supply and True Value Hardware

Rocco and Sons Funeral Home

Silverstein and O’Neil



Mayor Carlo DeMaria

State Representative Judith Garcia

State Representative Dan Ryan

City Council President Robert Van Campen

City Councilor Guerline Alcy Jabouin

City Councilor Anthony DiPierro

City Councilor John Hanlon

City Councilor Michael Marchese

City Councilor Katy Rogers

City Councilor Stephanie Smith

Attorney Roland Hughes

Boston Freightliner

Commonwealth Counsel LLP

Eagle Bank

Elm Street Market

Everett Firefighters Union 143

Everett Teachers Association

Ferry Street Realty Trust

Glendale Gas and Service

Law Office of Paul DeLory

Law Office of Joseph Cataldo

Main Street House of Pizza

Michael McLaughlin

Nana’s Pizza

Sabatino Mastrocola Insurance Agency

Sacro Companies

Teamwork Cleaning

Village Bar and Grille=


Student actors, on stage, during a performance

A Widening Stage

Keverian School Drama Club Holds Inaugural Production
The Keverian School Drama Club held its debut performance on Thursday, May 23, 2024, inside the Everett High School Center for the Performing Arts. Under the direction of teacher David Raposo, the students performed “James and the Giant Peach,” a delightfully offbeat adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic. Congratulations to the students, Keverian staff, PTO, and parents and families who made this such a memorable moment for the district’s growing theater program.

drawings of cartoon characters

Author Visits the Lafayette School

Costa Bates Leads Illustration Lesson for Third Graders

Author Janet Costa Bates visited the third-grade class at the Lafayette School on Thursday, May 23, 2024. Ms. Bates is an award-winning author of children’s stories and picture books and a popular guest at schools across Massachusetts. She delivered a presentation entitled, “Creating Characters” in which she helped the students use their creativity and imagination to create a character. As the photos above illustrate, the students enjoyed the presentation and working with Ms. Bates. Thanks to Everett Public Schools Library Coordinator Mary Puleo and Lafayette English Learners Coordinator Olivia Cifrino for organizing this opportunity for our young students.