Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The School Committee has authorized local officials to obtain a professional safety assessment of the entire district as a first step to establish a guide for any needed security upgrades.
Peabody students, parents and school employees may be seeing some changes in security measures at the city’s schools in the future in light of the mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school in December. Superintendent Joe Mastrocola asked the School Committee Tuesday night to support obtaining an expert safety assessment of all the city's public schools and current safety and crisis protocols. He said the assessment could serve as a guide and help school and city officials better plan for any future improvements. Mastrocola said safety within the city's schools is a "primary goal" for the district, along with teaching and learning. The committee did discuss the issue in executive session earlier that evening, but did not comment …
Saturday, December 22, 2012
The 1,450 students of Higgins Middle School and their teachers walked together for 27 minutes in memory of the 26 students and teachers who died last Friday as well as the mother of the shooter.
The 1,450 students of Higgins Middle School and their teachers walked together for 27 minutes Friday morning in memory of the 26 students and teachers who died on Dec. 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School as well as the mother of the shooter, who was killed at her home. Higgins Principal Todd Bucey said more than $3,000 was raised Friday morning, which will be donated to the Connecticut PTSA Sandy Hook Fund. Students and staff who participated in the walk were invited to wear green and white (Sandy Hook's colors) and offer a $1 donation (or more) or donate a card or snowflake. Many walkers also paused to sign cards, expressing their condolences, that will be sent along to Connecticut as well.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
This hardworking crew made more than 600 green and white ribbons Monday morning to hand out to students as a way to support the Sandy Hook community.
Sandi Drover from the Healthy Peabody Collaborative tells Peabody Patch that coalition staff and Peabody High students spent some time Monday morning on a special community service project. The group made green and white ribbons as a show of support and solidarity for the Sandy Hook community. Drover said that more than 600 ribbons were then handed out to students during school dismissal. Students, staff and faculty were also encouraged by the Peabody PTC to wear green and white clothing for the day. "I heard back from the Newtown, Conn. Recreation Director via the Peabody Recreation Director, Jen Davis," Drover said. "Jen has been in contact with her and she told her what we were doing yesterday with the green and white ribbons and she …
Sunday, December 16, 2012
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…