SUPERINTENDENT UPDATE: The most wonderful time of the year

Good people of Marblehead Public Schools:

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. No, it’s not the holidays, but the number of year-end events planned around the district would rival the hustle and bustle of that season.

From tournament play for various athletic teams to concerts, performances, ceremonies and PTO events, in addition to prom and graduation, there are unlimited options to see and celebrate firsthand the excellence of our students and staff.

This week, I enjoyed attending the Glover School Science Fair. One’s heart is never more warmed than when a first-grader, explaining her project, utters, “My hypothesis was…”

The depth and breadth of projects undertaken by our youngest learners was beyond impressive, second only to their ability to explain the scientific method.

Yesterday, Principal Matt Fox hosted the second annual Civics Fair at the middle school. What a testament to democracy in action as students lobbied for causes important to them. I heard students support later school start times, gun control, pesticide elimination, reducing plastics in our oceans and mental health days for students, just to name a few.

If the fair is any bellwether, we have some future lawyers, politicians and engaged citizens in the Class of 2027.

Steve Maraboli said, “What we instill in our children will be the foundation upon which they build their future.”

It was gratifying this week to see us instill an appreciation of civics and democracy and a love of curiosity and exploration.

I encourage everyone to engage with our schools and our students as we have myriad opportunities to celebrate their learning and achievement over the next couple weeks.

Pride Month

June is LGBTQ Pride Month, when we join in acknowledging the contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals, and advocate for civil rights and justice for LGBTQ people around the world.

We are proud that the MPS learning community includes many LGBTQ students, parents and staff, and look forward to celebrating them and learning more about the history of the LGBTQ community in the month ahead.

There will be a Pride flag-raising ceremony at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 3 on the front lawn at Abbot Hall (or inside in the event of inclement weather).

Town voting

Tuesday, June 20 is election day in Marblehead. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

There are several important things for voters to consider. Question 1 is the proposed override for the town and schools. And there are four candidates for two seats on the School Committee.

Remember to vote!

Superintendent Coffee June 15

I will be hosting a coffee on Thursday, June 15 at 8:30 a.m. in the Brown School cafeteria.

I hope families and community members will join me to discuss the 2022-23 school year in review. 

Friends Soiree

Mark your calendars! The Friends of Marblehead Public Schools Summer Soiree is back! On Saturday, June 17, join Friends to raise a glass and celebrate the innovative and inspiring grants they 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 our Marblehead community. So come kick off the summer with them. Head to their website to purchase tickets.

See you on Saturday, June 17 at 6:30 in the evening for what is sure to be a great time had by all!


Next Friday, June 9 is graduation at 6 p.m. on Piper Field. Come help us celebrate and honor the Class of 2023 as well as all of those who have supported them in reaching this milestone.

Superintendent John Buckey
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