Community partnerships at work
MPCU makes a generous donation to the Parlin School
In its latest show of support and dedication to the Everett Public Schools, the Everett branch of Members Plus Credit Union (MPCU) recently made a generous donation to the Albert N. Parlin School.
A group of MPCU executives, led by SVP & Chief Operating Officer Janis Caines, delivered 100 backpacks of varying styles filled with school supplies for Parlin administrators and teachers to distribute to students. MPCU organized the 2022 Backpack Drive over the summer as part of a community outreach project with significant help from Everett High School (EHS) summer interns Suzanne Maharjan, Luis Santana, Alyssa Parziale, Kaesta Sandy and Xiomara Perez Puerta.
“So many students in the communities we serve are in need and without the necessary school supplies,” stated MPCU President & CEO John Murphy. “We are happy we can once again help make their school year a better one.”
“The donation was amazing in its own right, but the fact that it was the culmination of an effort that included our students makes it all the more meaningful,” said Superintendent Priya Tahiliani. “Thanks again to MPCU for its dedication to our district.”
EHS students attend regional health forum
Eleven EHS students enrolled in the Health Science Pathway (HSP) were invited to attend a Multi-Chamber of Commerce Healthcare Forum at Anthony’s of Malden that featured a distinguished group of speakers and guests. Leaders from Cambridge Health Alliance, MelroseWakefield Healthcare, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, and the MGH Chelsea HealthCare Center discussed a variety of pressing topics, including access to care, community-based clinics and inter-agency collaboration.
HSP students are exposed to a multitude of aspects of the healthcare sector in a variety of methods. Through research-based projects, hands-on and skills-based activities, internships, classroom lectures, and field trips/guest speakers, the students acquire a strong grasp on what it takes to be successful in the allied health field. The 11 HPS seniors who attended the field trip are currently participating in coursework and experiences in several areas, including clinical care, athletic training, public health and medical interpretation.
Two EPS employees recognized by Latinos for Education
The organization Latinos for Education has named EPS employees Rixy Reyes-Oseguera and Lauren Ingoldsby as Educators of the Year, an honor that was recognized during the October 17 School Committee meeting. Ingoldsby is a first-year sixth-grade teacher at the Whittier School who previously served as an Endicott College Fellow at the Lafayette School. Reyes-Oseguera, a veteran EPS staff member, is an Administrative Assistant at EHS. Both excel in the areas of parent engagement and outreach.
“I was thrilled that Latinos for Education honored two of our team members,” said Superintendent Tahiliani. “Ms. Ingoldsby and Ms. Reyes-Oseguera are ideal representatives of the type of leaders Latinos for Education want to promote and support.”
Hope’s Room included in PTO conferences at EHS
EHS parents who attended the first teacher conferences of 2022-2023 had access to information that extends far beyond the classroom and grades. Hope’s Room, a mock child’s bedroom designed to show signs of substance abuse that might go unnoticed in daily life, was set up in the EHS Auditorium. It was open to parents, guardians and caregivers the night of October 13. Hope’s Room is usually set up outside in a trailer, but it was quickly moved inside due to the rainy weather that evening.
Hope’s Room was brought to EHS by Team Sharing Inc., a national organization of parents who have lost a child to Substance Use Disorder. Dozens of parents visited Hope’s Room, where they were given tips on what to look for at home. Spanish and Portuguese translators were on hand to help make the event as accessible as possible.
“I had the pleasure of meeting the advocates from Team Sharing Inc. when they brought Hope’s Room to City Hall earlier this year, and I very much wanted the opportunity to be extended to our EHS families,” said Superintendent Tahiliani. “Thanks to everyone at EHS who included this as part of our parent teacher conferences.”
Topsfield Fair – putting the Top in “Topsfield”
Congratulations to the students in Jennifer Cuthbert’s fifth-grade class at the Webster School for winning first-place honors in the Topsfield Fair’s Decorative Pumpkin Contest! The creative fifth graders designed their pumpkins around the theme of Fun Fair Food. Yes, all the delicious items pictured are actually pumpkins. Great job!
Whittier School student volunteers
Recently, an enterprising group of students volunteered to help assemble new chairs and white boards for Whittier School classrooms. They used directions, collaboration and communication to flawlessly complete the work. And they loved the learning experience!
Kiwanis Club Luncheon
The Everett and Malden Kiwanis Clubs held their annual joint luncheon for the senior football players and cheerleaders from Everett and Malden High Schools on Thursday, October 20 at Anthony’s. The event is held annually as part of one of the oldest and continuous high school football rivalries in the Commonwealth. Everett Director of Veterans Affairs Antoine Coleman delivered the keynote address and implored the student-athletes to play for their teammates.