SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE: Reflections as another year nears its end

Superintendent John Buckey
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Good people of Marblehead Public Schools:

“The best thing about the past is it shows you what not to bring into your future.”

I came across this quote — without attribution, unfortunately — as I was beginning to think about the close of another academic year nearly upon us.

With a month left until graduation, I find myself beginning to reflect on the year, what we have achieved and what goals and priorities we need to consider for next year.

I am sure our soon-to-be graduates are also beginning to look back on their MPS journey. I doubt many seniors feel they are the same person they were at MVMS or Village.

That is not to suggest they don’t have fond memories from their experiences there, but they have grown, matured and evolved.

Looking back at our past experiences, successes and challenges allow us to learn, change and grow. We garner insightful lessons from the past. Reflection helps us to evaluate what’s really important. As difficult as some past situations may have been, they can be tools of wisdom in navigating future decisions. The past should always be seen as something to guide us to a brighter and better future.

Friends Soiree

Mark your calendars! The Friends of Marblehead Public Schools Summer Soiree is back!

On Saturday, June 17, join us to raise a glass and celebrate the innovative and inspiring grants we have funded for our schools this year. These grants and the enriching opportunities they bring to all our students are made possible only because of the overwhelming generosity of you, our Marblehead community.

So come kick off the summer with us. Head to our website to purchase tickets, and we will see you on Saturday, June 17 at 6:30 in the evening for what is sure to be a great time had by all!

Annual spring Marblehead High School art exhibit

The exhibit will run at Abbot Hall, May 22 through June 2. There will be an opening reception on Tuesday, May 24 from 4:30 to 7:30.

Click here for more information.

Enjoy the student artwork, food, drinks and live music performed by MHS students!

Community forum, May 16

Next Tuesday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m., Dr. Nicholas Covino, president of William James College, will present to our families and the community on the mental health challenges facing all of us post-COVID.

His program, “Understanding the Student Mental Health Crisis: Causes, Impact and Solutions,” will include both prevention and intervention approaches.

Please see the attached flier for more information.

There will be an open forum to end the presentation where participants can ask questions. Please plan to attend this powerful presentation.   

Weekend fun

As I end the Update and we conclude Teacher Appreciation Week 2023, I will share an excerpt from a message sent to district educators this week: “Even on good days, teaching is a challenging job, and since the pandemic each year seems in some ways to be more challenging than any of us could have anticipated…. [we] also know that you rely on and appreciate your fellow teachers for support, ideas, resources, a kind word, a shoulder to cry on, and for just being there! Find one of those teacher friends and take a selfie and send it to me with a fun teacher appreciation caption! The first four who email me the photo will receive a special Teacher Appreciation gift from me (both of you will get a gift)!”

And the winners are….

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