Friday, March 23, 2018

6th Graders were beta testers for Google today! They got creative with Google Expeditions and their augmented reality program, bringing sea creatures, cells, and dinosaurs to their fingertips. Pictured above is Molly Grant. 

Important Upcoming Dates:

Course Selection Parent Night at SHS: Thursday, March 29th @ 6:30 

Good Friday: No school on Friday, March 30th

Early Release: Thursday, April 12th, 12:30 dismissal

Homework Free Weekend: Friday, April 13th

April Vacation: April 16th-April 20th

MCAS Dates:
April 2nd:  5th grade ELA 8:30-11:00
April 3rd:  5th grade ELA 8:30-11:00

April 4th:  6th grade ELA 8:30- 11:00
April 5th:  6th grade ELA 8:30-11:00

April 6th:  7th grade ELA 8:30-11:00
April 9th:  7th grade ELA 8:30-11:00

April 10th:  8th grade ELA 8:30-11:00
April 11th: 8th grade ELA 8:30-11:00

May 3rd:  5th grade Math 8:30-10:19
May 4th:  5th grade Math 8:30-10:19

May 7th:  6th grade Math 8:30-10:19
May 8th:  6th grade Math 8:30-10:19

May 10th:  8th grade Math 8:30-10:19
May 11th:  8th grade Math 8:30-10:19

May 14th:  7th grade Math 8:30-10:19
May 15th:  7th grade Math 8:30-10:19

May 17th:  5th grade Science 8:30-9:27
May 18th:  5th grade Science 8:30-9:27

May 22nd:  8th grade Science (2 sessions) 8:30-10:19

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Marching Towards Spring

8th graders working to solve the "Fish Mystery" in Science class.

Happy Friday to all of our Swampscott Middle School Families!

Report Cards are now available for your middle school student in Aspen. The official report card is available as a PDF. This contains teacher comments, absence/tardy information, and grades. The PDF can be found on the main screen after you log in, under Published Reports. We highly suggest downloading the PDF version of the Report Card to your computer in the event you may need to have a hard copy in the future.

The third and final marking period is well underway. Please see below for important upcoming dates.

Beach Day: On Friday, March 23rd, SMS will be having Beach Day for all students who would like to participate.  Students should feel free to wear bright colors, shorts, t-shirts, and flip-flops during school.  If your child would like to participate, please make sure he or she wears weather appropriate clothing to and from school.  Please remember that clothing still needs to be school appropriate and bathing suits are not allowed during Beach Day 

MCAS 2.0 Testing Window for SMS: April 2nd-May 25th

Homework Free Weekend: Friday, April 13th

April Vacation: April 16th-April 20th

School Security Update: 
Please read the letter below from Mr. Calichman regarding an upcoming school security training:

Dear Swampscott Families,

As you know, the safety and well being of our students is our top priority. Throughout the school year, all schools in the Swampscott system practice emergency response procedures in order to attain that goal. These drills include fire, lockdown, and evacuation drills. All drills performed have three specific objectives: to improve our ability to protect students, evaluate our emergency operations plan, and improve our response skills.

With that in mind, the middle school will perform a “lockdown with a barricade and evacuate” drill in the near future during an unannounced date and time.  Assistant Principal Sanborn and I have already met with all classes in order to help prepare them for this drill, and to answer any questions they may have.

Remember, the purpose of this drill is to educate our children regarding the best practices related to school safety, to empower them with this knowledge, and ultimately, to achieve the highest level of safety for both our students and our staff. Given that purpose, we strongly encourage all students to fully participate in this drill. However, if for any reason you do not wish to have your child participate in the school’s upcoming drill, please contact me at (781) 596-8820 or by email at by the end of the school day on Wednesday, March 21st in order to submit this request.

While it is highly unfortunate that these drills even have to happen, the reality is that we need to prepare for any events that have the potential to compromise the safety of our students and staff.
Ms. Sanborn and I meet with Detective Cheever weekly to make sure that we are doing everything in our power to keep our kids safe.  All of our students have taken our review sessions and drills incredibly seriously. Beyond that, our student leadership has shown tremendous skill and courage while talking about the issue of school safety, as evidenced by their thoughtful planning of our school-wide event that took place on March 14th. I am so proud of all of our kids, and I’m reminded daily about the monumental task we all share in keeping them safe, happy, and educated.

Should you need any further information regarding this school safety training, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Jason Calichman
Swampscott Middle School

Friday, February 9, 2018

Feeling the Love

Two 6th grade students smiling despite their injuries
Still Smiling in Slings!

Winter Spirit Week 2018 

Monday, February 12th: Blue and White Day with hats
Tuesday, February 13th: Twinning Day 
After school on 13th, 2:30-3:30Library Advisory Board Bake Sale 
Wednesday, February 14th: Red and Pink Day  (Early Release Day)

Thursday, February 15th: Favorite Sports Team Day with hats

Friday, February 16th: PJ Day (Full Day of School)

Upcoming Dates:
February 13th - Calvin Terrell Presentation for 7th & 8th Graders (Night Presentation open to all members of the Swampscott Community at SHS from 7-9) 
February 14th - 12:30 Dismissal 
February: 17th - Homework Free Weekend
February 19th-23rd - School Vacation Week 
March 7th: Term 2 grades close
March 15th: Term 2 report cards available online

Friday, February 2, 2018

Flourishing in February

Flourishing in February

Pictured here are two 8th grade students working on a vocabulary assignment.Pictured here are two 8th Graders working hard on their English assignment.
Eighth Graders, Xaviah Bascon and Aiden Craig, working hard on their studies this Friday morning.   

Good Afternoon Swampscott Families, 

Together, we have made it to February! Our students displayed great respect at the Winter Dance last Friday and we were filled with great pride after the compliments DJ Alvin handed out regarding our students' behavior.  Mid-term grades for the second trimester were made public on Monday and, if have not done so already, please look on Aspen to view them.  It is always a good idea to take time to reflect with your children on their academic progress and have them set goals on how they would like to finish the trimester. 

We are two weeks away from February vacation. We are optimistic that our students will continue to keep a positive attitude and put forth their best efforts.  Pictured below are our Big Blue Pride Winners for the month of January!

Upcoming Dates: 

February Vacation: February 19-23rd
Homework Free Weekend: February 17th
Term 2 Grades Posted Online: March 15th

Pictured here are the Big Blue Pride Winners for the month of January.

5th Grade Winners: 
Charles Torres
Effie Cobbett (not pictured)
Thomas Le
Olivia Barletta
Nathaniel Mayes

6th Grade Winners: 
Andrew Tierney (not pictured)
Erin Wood

7th Grade Winners: 
Andrew Lagerquist
Ian Stadlander

8th Grade Winners: 
Olivia Passalaqua
Neirit Mahabub
Xaviah Bascon

Let's Go Pats!!!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Upcoming News and Events at Swampscott Middle School

Winter Dance for 7th & 8th Graders on January 26th 7-9Two 8th Graders Playing Medic in Gym Class

It has been an exciting 2018 here at Swampscott Middle School.  We are almost half-way through the second trimester and a lot is happening.  Winter sports are underway, the Math Team has exploded out of the gate, students are up to the challenges in the classrooms and have been treating each other with the respect they deserve.  As always, we appreciate your continued support.  Below is a list of upcoming events:
  • January 15th - No School~Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • January 22nd - Parent Information Session on Budget - High School Auditorium
  • January 22nd - Mid-term grades close 
  • January 25th - Early Release, 12:30 Dismissal
  • January 26th - 7th and 8th-grade dance from 7pm-9pm in cafeteria
  • January 29th - Progress Reports posted online
If you have not done so already, I encourage all of you to read the letter below about vaping.

Update on vaping:  Unfortunately, we have been informed that there are multiple students at our middle school who are currently vaping.  Because of the serious nature and risks associated with this matter, we felt it was crucial to distribute the following revised informational letter to all parents.

Dear SMS Parents,
We are reaching out in order to raise awareness and strengthen our community’s prevention efforts pertaining to the concerning matter of adolescent “vaping” or “juuling” (using e-cigarettes).

We thought it would be helpful if you had information about vaping and juuling so that you can be better prepared to discuss the issue with your child, and intervene when necessary.   
• Electronic cigarettes/vape pens/juul vaporizers/vaping bracelets allow the user to inhale, or vape, a mist, which usually contains nicotine or THC/cannabidiol (the active ingredients in marijuana). The process is smoke-free, and there is little to no odor; only a slight mist is exhaled. As a result, it can be very hard to detect. These pens/vaporizers are marketed as “ stealth” devices.
•These devices are promoted as being a healthy alternative to smoking. Although some harmful chemicals found in traditional cigarettes have been removed, these devices still deliver the addictive and/or habit-forming chemicals in tobacco products and marijuana.
• A vaping device looks very much like a pen or a bracelet, and a juul vaporizer looks like a USB device. Please keep in mind that there is no need for a USB at Swampscott Middle School because we use Google Drive.
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Vaping/juuling is a serious and pressing concern for adolescents, not only in Swampscott but throughout the country.  These devices deliver addictive chemicals and often serve as an initial introduction to substance use.
Thank you very much for your vigilance and commitment to our adolescents’ safety and well-being. Together, as a community, we can work together to address this significant health concern.  
If you have any questions or concerns related to this issue, please feel free to contact your child’s school administrator or counselor.
Jason Calichman, M.Ed
Swampscott Middle School

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Friday, December 22, 2017

Holiday Break

Our Presenter, Rob Surette, of Amazing Hero Art & Principal Calichman

We want to wish all of our Swampscott Families a holiday season filled with peace, joy, and happiness. 

Rob Surette of Amazing Hero Art: 
We are incredibly grateful to the PTO for giving our 6th and 7th Graders an assembly to remember! They had the opportunity to watch Rob Surette paint incredible portraits and share his amazing life story.  If you are interested in seeing more of his inspirational work visit:

Upcoming Dates of 2018: 
  • Return from break on Tuesday, January 2nd
  • Midterm Grades Close on Thursday, January 18th
  • Progress Reports will be Available Online on Thursday, January 25th

Big Blue Pride Winners for December: 
5A: Noelle Diehl
5B: Costa Shub
5C: Kira Garipova 
5D: Nathaniel Maher
6A: Victoria Quagrello
6B: Jake Collins
7A: Alenka Swanda
7B: Olivia Foss
8A: Colin Masucci 
8B: Maddie Diehl
Specialists: Grace Reiter 

*Please note that Colin Masucci and Jake Collins are not pictured above.  

Friday, December 8, 2017

Tis' the Season

Our 5th Graders Making Gingerbread Houses
                                  Our 5th graders making gingerbread houses.

Upcoming Events:

Parent Conferences:

Dec 12th from 1-4 - 12:30 Dismissal
Dec 14th from 1-4 and 6-8 - 12:30 Dismissal

Vacation Begins: 
Dec 22nd - 1/2 day ending at 12:00.  Lunch will NOT be served.  See you on January 2nd.

Spread Good Cheer
At Swampscott Middle School, we are constantly reminding our students the importance of kindness.  During the month of December, we would love to have our students extend one act of kindness each day.  

Winter Drive
The SMS Winter Clothing and Winter Gear Drive Has Started! SMS is once again holding its Cradles to Crayons Drive. We are collecting new and gently used:
  • kids' seasonal clothing such as long sleeve shirts, sweatshirts, pants, and jeans
  • winter coats and jackets
  • gear such as snow pants, boots, hats, mittens, and gloves. 
Sizes newborn to teen are greatly appreciated. Donations will be collected from 12/1 through 12/20 in our lobby. Questions? Please contact Erica Vanderhoof at

6th Graders were beta testers for Google today! They got creative with Google Expeditions and their augmented reality program, bringing s...