• May 4 2018,  Peabody

    High school and middle school principals announce School Improvement Plans

     By Christopher Roberson   As the school year begins to wind down, Eric Buckley, principal of Peabody Veterans Memorial High School, and Todd Bucey, principal of Higgins Middle School, delivered their School Improvement Plans for next year. During his presentation to the School Committee on April 24, Buckley described the steps he and his colleagues have taken to pull the high school out of its Level 3 accountability status. Those measures included offering a freshman Algebra I honors class, hiring a fourth teacher for English Language Learning and joining the District and School Assistance Centers. Another initiative involved restructuring the MCAS testing schedule to keep the students taking the test…

  • March 30 2018,  Peabody

    Carroll and Center School principals share School Improvement Plans

    By Christopher Roberson   As they look ahead to the 2018-2019 school year, Tracy Smith, principal of Carroll Elementary School, and Jacqueline Orphanos, principal of Center Elementary School, on March 27 went before the School Committee to present their School Improvement Plans. During the committee’s March 27 meeting, Smith said that of the 623 students enrolled at Carroll, 44.5 percent of them come from families that are economically disadvantaged. For 16.7 percent, English is not their first language. Smith also said that since September 2017, her school has gained 61 students and lost 56 students. To accommodate Carroll’s high student population, Smith said, there are five classes for each grade…