Student/Faculty Outreach:

The high school principals have been engaged in activities to ease the transition next year.

  • Student leaders from Pilgrim and Veterans have been meeting and planning activities for next year.

  • Mr. Chrabaszcz will be visiting Veterans to visit students who will be attending Toll Gate and Gorton to meet the 8th grade students.

  • Gorton grade 8 students went to a play at Pilgrim.

  • Student shadowing will begin at Toll Gate and Pilgrim in January/February. A survey will be sent out to gauge interest and create a plan for the shadowing to begin.

  • Mr. Habershaw went to Pilgrim’s PTO meeting in November and will be attending Pilgrim’s faculty meeting in January.

  • An orientation will be held at Pilgrim for current Veterans’ students and families after the holidays (January).  There will be a presentation in the auditorium followed by a tour by student leaders. In addition, an orientation will be held in June for incoming freshman.

Middle School Transition:

  • Junior high courses for next year have been updated and established. Please see this link for more information.

  • In early January, forums will be held for parents of current 6th and 7th grade students.  The forums will provide information on course descriptions and scheduling.

  • The following sports will be offered in the junior high schools next year: boys and girls cross country, boys and girls soccer, boys and girls basketball, co-ed wrestling, girls softball, boys baseball, boys and girls outdoor track.  551 students reported their interest in participating in middle school sports.

Facilities:

  • SMMA was approved as the architectural firm to work on facilities improvement projects which are underway.

  • Pilgrim replacing the domestic hot water system.
  • In the fall of 2016, Gorton Junior High will be re-purposed as the school department’s administration building.  Presently, the administrative departments are divided across the city.  This will accomplish the goal of increasing efficiency and communication amongst administrators.  Gorton will also provide meeting space for the School Committee and additional space to provide professional development. This move also puts critical buildings back in the hands of the city. The Greene Administration Building will be available to house alternative programs next year.