2015 Friends & Flip-Flops Summer Soirée

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Friends of the Marblehead Public Schools (FMPS) is thrilled to announce that Alexander and Nora Falk have graciously offered their waterfront home on Atlantic Avenue as the site of this yearʼs Summer Soiree “Friends and Flip-Flops”. Breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean are yours to enjoy. This is the perfect setting to spend an evening with friends while supporting the Friends of the Marblehead Public Schools.

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FMPS is a volunteer organization that provides privately backed funding in the arts, sciences and math for our students and professional development for our teachers. Through your previous generosity, FMPS has awarded over $1,300,000 in grants over the past twenty-four years to enrich curriculum of our public schools. The Summer Soiree is our primary fundraiser. Please consider supporting FMPS by becoming a Best Friend, Benefactor, Patron or Sponsor. All sponsors receive two tickets to the Soiree. In addition, if the enclosed card is returned by April 30th, your names will be noted in the Soiree invitation, and in the program available at the event. Invitations will be mailed to the public in early May offering tickets at $75 per person.

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Save the date and join us for a casual evening with friends in support of FMPS.
Thank you in advance for your generosity.
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FMPS Grants in Action: MHS Laser Cutter

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Thanks to a Friends of the Marblehead Schools (FMPS) grant, students in Catherine Landergan’s Industrial Technology courses at Marblehead High School can go from product concept to design to completion. The department’s new laser cutter–funded by a 2014 grant–works with a CAD (computer-aided design) file to engrave and etch metal or cut materials like acrylic and wood. Landergan’s architecture class is using the laser cutter to create home models, and the students in her 3D Design and Manufacturing class are creating and selling MHS-branded items like key chains and phone cases. “The goal of that course is to create a business that turns a profit,” explains Landergan. “It gives students the opportunity to design and create custom products, and to give them real world experience.”

IMG_5543“I was really excited when I found out we were getting the laser cutter, and I’ve learned a lot,” says MHS junior Harrison Caufield, displaying an etched phone case. Caulfield uses the laser cutter in his 3-D Computer Aided Design and Independent Study classes, and he’s planning to study mechanical engineering in college.

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“Many of my courses wouldn’t exist without FMPS grants,” says Landergan. “Students blossom in here, and they do independent study projects and work after school because they enjoy it so much. I’m really grateful for FMPS and their grants.”

Visit Wit & Whimsy to buy some of the fabulous products created by the Unified ARTS classes. All proceeds go directly to funding the arts program.

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Update: Check out MHTV next week!

wifihighUpdate: tune in to MHTV next week to learn about one of the great grants funded by FMPS! ‘Headliner, MHTV’s weekly news program, will feature a story about the new IPad cart in the MHS library. The iPad cart–which has 10 iPads and a companion Macbook Pro–is available to students and teachers, and it was one of 22 grants awarded by FMPS in 2014. FMPS also awarded a $50,000 grant last year to create a Wi-Fi network at MHS. ‘Headliner is broadcast daily at noon, 6:30pm, and most nights at 9pm, and the segment will run from February 27-March 5. MHTV is channel 8 on Comcast and channel 28 on Verizon.