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Schools Step Up Security, Wear Green and White for Sandy Hook Victims

As show of support for victims, their families and entire community of Newtown, Conn., Peabody residents are asked to wear the school colors of Sandy Hook Elementary (green and white) Monday. Meanwhile, security and safety measures will be increased.

As school resumes on Monday, the citywide parent-teacher organization, Peabody PTC, is asking all students, parents, faculty, staff and the community at-large to wear green and white for the day.

Green and white are the school colors at Sandy Hook Elementary. The local PTO group says it is trying to coordinate a show of support for the bucolic Connecticut town that has now suffered such tragedy.

In related news, the Peabody schools will be joining many other districts in Massachusetts and elsewhere this coming week by stepping up security and safety measures.

Superintendent Joe Mastrocola, in a message released through the district's Connect Ed system Sunday, said there will be an increased police presence around the city's schools for the coming week.

"Monday and next week will be difficult for many parents and staff; however, we want to ensure you we will continue to take safety measures and protocols that are necessary," Mastrocola said.

"I want to assure you that we are working with our administrators to provide information for teachers to prepare them for the opening of school. The administrative team is meeting on Monday to continue [to] review the various school crisis plans and other matters concerning security in our schools," he said.

Mastrocola said vigilance will remain high. At the same time, he also assures parents that proper procedures are already in place to keep students and staff safe -- this is more of an extra precaution.

"We share the feelings of shock and sadness being felt around the country upon hearing the news of the horrific incident in Newtown, Conn.," he said. "This event is especially troubling to those of us who have [the] responsibility for keeping children safe. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been touched by this tragedy."

"Monday and next week will be difficult for many students, parents and staff, however, now is the time we all need to pull together as a community," he said.

Mastrocola said that starting Monday and lasting throughout the week, school counseling staff at all schools will be available to assist and comfort students.

marie December 16, 2012 at 11:30 PM
the colors are actually blue and gold
John Castelluccio (Editor) December 16, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Hi Marie, I know the discussion was going back and forth online between those two color schemes, apparently because of some confusion with the color scheme at the high school there. Are you connected with the school system at all? There are reliable sources online for the green and white scheme.
marie December 17, 2012 at 12:17 AM
a friend who lives in the area informed me of the correct colors
rosalinda Rodriguez December 17, 2012 at 01:00 AM
What are the color
I'm not telling you my name December 17, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Its green and white...duh
John Castelluccio (Editor) December 17, 2012 at 01:29 AM
Huh...interesting. According to information published on the school's website in reference to the school Spirit Day, the colors are green and white and the mascot is an eagle. I believe the school colors at Newtown High School are blue and gold. Also, several people who identified themselves as part of the Sandy Hook School on this thread here said the same thing: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20121214210227AAZIyZf.
lbot December 17, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Green and white, and the Mascot is a dolphin------http://newtown.sandyhook.schooldesk.net/
lbot December 17, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Let me try that again, here is the link--- http://newtown.sandyhook.schooldesk.net/
lbot December 17, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Here is a link that people are confusing the colors with...........the high school is blue and yellow....... http://newtown.nhs.schooldesk.net/
Jan Franklin December 17, 2012 at 02:24 AM
I'm from Illinois and wondering if there is a way to purchase and support green and white ribbons with small angels and helmet decals for vehicles, as I'm sure there are a lot of people in this area who would support Sandy Hook. Please let me know or email me at ilmedic364a6@yahoo.com
Meg December 17, 2012 at 05:48 PM
High school colors are different from Elementary School colors- that's where the confusion is.
John Garcia Sr. January 08, 2013 at 03:58 PM
What shade of Green???????????????

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