Welcome Back from FMPS!

Welcome back from the Friends of the Marblehead Public Schools,
“FMPS.” We were thrilled by the goals we reached together as a
community last year—funding over $150,000 in grants to enhance and
enrich the education of our public school students. The year ended on
a high note when supporters of FMPS gathered at the home of Marty and
Bill Willis for the FMPS Summer Soiree and raised over $60,000.

We’re excited to see the grants that were funded for the 2014-15
school year come to fruition in the coming months, and we’ll be
sharing news about these innovative grants that will enhance
curriculum and support professional development. As a sneak peak,
take a look at the picture below that was just sent to us by grateful
Village School music teachers Kate Ferris and Julie Parsons. They’re
showing off new Wenger Student Chairs, made possible by an FMPS grant,
to be used by students in band and orchestra. These chairs–just the
right size for fourth through sixth graders–enable good posture,
which is critical to successful instrument playing.


As always, these grants that benefit all of our children were made
possible by your generous donations. As we announce the kick-off of
our Friends Fall Drive in a few weeks, we look forward to working
together to make the 2014-15 year even more successful. In the
meantime, visit us at www.friendsofmarblehead.org, and like us on www.facebook.com/FriendsMPS. Here’s to a great year!

A fabulous night with Friends to benefit Marblehead public schools

On Saturday evening the clouds parted, the sun sparkled on the water, and more than 200 community members gathered together at the stunning seaside home of Marty and Bill Willis to raise over $60,000 to fund grants to enhance and enrich the education of Marblehead public school students. The Friends and Flip Flops Summer Soiree was a fun night to celebrate the diverse and important grants of the 2013-14 school year and set the pace for another fantastic year to come. We are truly grateful to all of you who support the mission of the Friends of the Marblehead Public Schools, as are the principals, teachers and students throughout the district. Have a wonderful summer, and we look forward to working with you (and celebrating with you!) again next year.




Thank you so much to our hosts, sponsors and other special people for making the Friends and Flip Flops Summer Soiree possible….

Marty & Bill Willis
for generously opening their home to host the evening

For your generous financial support:
National Grand Bank
Marblehead Bank
Bishop Associates
Business & Tax Consulting

For your donations:
Kappy’s Liquors
All Marblehead
Marblehead Graphics
Marblehead Movers
Flores Mantilla
Seaview Sweets
Becky’s Gourmet

For performing at the event:
Marblehead Jazz Quartet
Drew Faria (drums)
Guillermo Goldschmied (bass)
Ben Thorne (tenor sax)
Paul Wilkens (keyboard)

Winners of the 2014 N. E. Voices competition

For creating our invitation:
Lindy Miller, artwork
Stephanie Scola, designer

For photographing the event:
Sophia Spungin

For serving at the event:
Abby Schalck
Keira Sullivan
Hana Lombardi
Jackie Blair
Molly Riviera
Lily Frontero
Cait Rocco
Hannah Walker
Ashley Bunnell

For sponsoring the event:

Kathy & Darren Beurer
Jenn & Andy Borggaard
Diane & Michael Christian
Carolyn & Phil Coughlin
Kim & Mark Girard
Sarah & Ian Hart
Kate & Jamie Kellogg
Lauren & Dave Kennedy
Lillie & Bart Lombardi
Lissa & C.J. Millett
Mercedes & Mike Piper
Helen & Byron Rizos
Janet & Frank Sweeney
Kathy & Ted Truscott
Laura & Michael Tyrrell

Mary & Tony Bongiorno
Heidi & Anson Clough
Sarah & Chris Jennings

Elena & Stephen Arthur
Jennifer & Peter Brennan
Barb & Dave Campbell
Ellyn & Ray Colwell
Debbie & David Donovan
Ann & Michael Fitzgerald
Marci & Chris Gallup
Joan C. Johnson
John Liptak
Robin & Mark Oderman
Fannie & Ralph Roberto
Lindsay & Tom Ryan
Krysia & Bill Shull
Mr. & Mrs. Edwin Smith
Meryl & Chris Thompson
Amy & David Weist

Michelle & Alan Abrams
Lisa & Chris Adam
Sarah & Alex Arnold
Molly & Tom Bushman
Melissa & Michael Campbell
Stacy & Rick Cohen
Kathryn & Dave Cronin
Patrice Fox & Dan Dilts
Kathy & Jim Doody
Rebecca & Larry Ehrhardt
Caryl & Greg Elder
Anne & Tom Erskine
Nancy & Dick Farrell
Laurie & Jeff Flowers
Brett McCarty & Tim Guyre
Mimi & Peter Hart
Pamela Milligan & Richard Henige
Beezee & Tom Honan
David Jackson
Maggie & Mike Jackson
Judy & Gene Jacobi
Catherine Quinn & Steve Kauffman
Jenni & Alex Leikikh
Linda & Scott Maude
Dawn & Lou Mayle
Ann & Stu McKay
Suzanne & Paul Mitchell
Barbara & Jeffrey Moore
Cathy & Matt Nash
Amye & W.F. Newhall
Christine Nuccio
Holly & Jerry O’Neill
Tracy & Marc Orloff
Kate & John Payne
Kelly Rigby
Marge & Rich Robb
Maura Dartley-Rocco & Todd Rocco
Paige & Hilary Rockett
Amy Drinker & Larry Rosenfeld
Stephanie & John Scola
Anne Seaver
Jane & Charlie Smith
Lydia & Rick Smyers
Andrea & Don Souter
Meredith & Jamie Tedford
Steve Thompson
Nancy & Charlie Thorne
Leanne & Alec Torrie

Marblehead student musicians and singers to entertain at Summer Soiree

The FMPS Friends and Flip Flops Summer Soiree will showcase the talents of local student singers and musicians from the FMPS Jazz Quartet and the Marblehead High School a cappella group, Luminescence.

Enjoy the amazing sounds of the FMPS Jazz Quartet at the FMPS Friends and Flip Flops Summer Soiree

Enjoy the amazing sounds of the FMPS Jazz Quartet at the FMPS Friends and Flip Flops Summer Soiree

The FMPS Jazz Quartet is comprised of Drew Faria (drums), Ben Thorne (tenor sax), and Paul Wilkens (keyboard), all members of the MHS class of 2015, joined by Guillermo Goldschmied (bass), who is graduating from Masconomet Regional High School and attending Berklee College of Music in the fall.

Drew and Ben began playing music together in the Village School Jazz Band, and continued playing jazz at Marblehead Veterans Middle School where they met Paul, an avid musician, composer, and recent second-place winner of Marblehead’s Got Talent. They now play for the Marblehead High School Jazz Band 2015.

Drew and Ben also perform along with Guillermo, in the North Shore Jazz Project All-Stars, a select group of high school musicians chosen from schools throughout the North Shore.  When not involved in separate projects, these four musicians play together in a large band called Multiple Guys With Noise Machines. This 15-plus person jam, funk and fusion band is excited to be playing in the Marblehead Festival of Arts at Crocker Park on July 5.

The a cappella group Luminescence was founded in 2005 (with a FMPS grant!) and has earned national acclaim for their recorded music and live competitions. Recently they were the winners of the 2014 N. E. Voices competition. This year’s group includes Perry Byrne, Lily Dolin, Emilie Flores, Olivia Foley, Nicole Frevold, Leah Goldenberg, Louisa Gould, Libby Jancsy, Annabelle Kearney, Annie Krivit, Mia Plympton, Alex Ostrowski Schilling, Olivia Perez, Julia Taliesin, and Abby Wheeler. lumi

‘Friends’ announce grants, plan fundraiser

The Friends of the Marblehead Public Schools is thrilled to announce nearly $100,000 of newly awarded grants for the 2014-2015 school year.

“Thanks to our donors, the students of Marblehead public schools will benefit from these diverse grants awarded to grades K-12 that will enhance learning,” said FMPS President Lillie Lombardi. “Coupled with the historic grant in January to create a Wi-Fi network at Marblehead High School, FMPS has donated $150,000 this year in grants to the Marblehead public schools.”

The FMPS “Friends and Flip Flops” Summer Soiree will be held this year on Saturday, June 14, 5:30 to 8 p.m. at 25 Spray Ave. Tickets are $75 a person for food, drinks, music and sweeping views of the ocean.

“FMPS would like to thank Marty and Bill Willis for hosting the event in their home, and we encourage people to attend or make a donation,” Lombardi said. “Every year we have worthy grant requests that we cannot fund. The strength of FMPS lies in the community continuing to give generously.” For more details on the Soiree and to purchase tickets, go to friendsofmarblehead.org.

Grants for 2014-2015

Getting Kids into Electronics
Electronic tools, testing equipment and practical electronics books will give meaningful, real-world, hands-on learning experiences and enhance STEM learning for Charter School students.

Marblehead History Alive
This project will supplement the existing third-grade Marblehead history curriculum and is designed to enhance understanding of the rich history of the community.

Hokki Stools
Hokki Stools provide a tool for elementary school teachers to help children maintain their own body control. Hokki Stools can help all students be less fidgety, particularly those students with sensory needs, ADHD and behavioral issues.

National Conference for Kindergarten Teachers
This grant allows two kindergarten teachers to attend the 2014 National Conference for Kindergarten Teachers. The teachers will bring back and share best practices with fellow teachers, thus benefiting all their students.

Third-Grade Artist-in-Residence Program
This grant provides funds for an artist-in-residence program for the 240 third-grade students district-wide. This proposal seeks to provide students the opportunity to engage in a hands-on activity with an expert in his field, Giles LaRoche. This grant will enhance the existing social-studies program by introducing a new way to study Marblehead architecture.

Native American Storytelling Presentation and Writers Workshop
This grant will fund a return visit for artist James Bruchac at Glover School for Native American storytelling in kindergarten and first grade and add a writing component to grades two and three.

Laser Cutter-Engraver
This grant funds the purchase of a state-of-the-art laser cutter that will bring new technology to the high school. It will introduce students to CAM (computer-aided manufacturing). It allows safe, efficient and precise cutting and engraving of materials for architectural models, art and science projects, and it could potentially be used in a student-run business engraving plaques and trophies.

Peer Mediation Program
This grant provides money for a program that will train Marblehead High School students in conflict resolution and allow them to mediate situations among their peers. The North Shore Community Mediation Center will provide the training and assist in the implementation of the program.

Artist Guest Speaker Series
This grant will bring four working artists to MHS, exposing the high school population to successful career artists who will demonstrate how the visual arts are present in diverse aspects of society and industry. Each artist will present at a general school assembly and then present several classroom workshops for smaller groups.

MHS Library iPad Cart
This grant will purchase an iPad cart, the companion Macbook Pro, and 10 iPads. The equipment will be managed by the MHS library to provide access to new technology to both teachers and students.

Smart Board E70 Interactive Flat Panel
A portable 72-inch Smart Board will be used in the MHS physical education classes to lend meaning to all learners and encourage connections between students’ personal health and the physical education curriculum.

Technology in Middle School Physical Education
The physical education teachers at MVMS will leverage iPads and applications to enhance classroom instruction on anatomy and physiology as well as CPR and first aid.

MVMS Literary Magazine
This grant funds seed money to publish and print a literary magazine created by MVMS students.

Closing the Gap
This grant will provide online software to close the gap in reading skills for students with learning disabilities, those that have gaps in English as a second language, and those with other special circumstances.

Graphic Novel Project
This second-year grant continues to provide funding for the panel of working graphic novelists to provide two presentations for the seventh grade.

World Language Week
World Language Week at MVMS is an annual celebration of world languages, diversity and cultures, and corresponds to the national week of celebration held by foreign language organizations across the country. This grant will enhance the current program by providing more enriching presentations and performances to help students gain a better appreciation for the increasingly global society in which we live.

Picture Books to Create Literary Devices
This grant will provide English teachers at MVMS with master texts and picture books to teach literary devices. Teachers at MVMS have reported great success using picture books for clarification of the figurative language students struggle most to understand.

Universal Design: Meeting Sensory Needs of Students
This grant will fund materials and equipment for use in program classrooms at MVMS. The requested materials will help to create a physically calming yet intellectually stimulating learning environment through the use of specific products designed for this purpose.

Special Educational Materials
This proposal is to fund the purchase of supplementary educational materials — Michelle Garcia’s Social Curriculum — for special-needs students.

Village School Keyboards
New keyboards for Village School music instruction that interface with the iPads granted in 2013 will facilitate assessments as well as allow more individualized instruction and feedback for students who are both ahead and behind the norm. Additionally, the new keyboards are touch-sensitive, responding more like an acoustic piano.

Seated for Success
Good posture is critical to successful instrument playing. It enhances airflow and breathing, as well as stamina. Right-sized chairs for fourth- through sixth-graders will increase focus on the music. Better playing in the classroom leads to greater success and encourages an upward spiral of practice and performance.

Fit Girls Run Club
Fit Girls Marblehead is a running program for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade girls that builds self-esteem and confidence. This grant will supplement the Fit Girls Run Club program by enhancing the curriculum, providing need-based scholarships and creating a road race to generate future funds.