Hope you are staying warm. As for us, we are sending psychic energy to Punxsutawney Phil to ask him to predict an early spring.
But there is nothing more warming than gathering with former school classmates and faculty to catch up and swap stories. That opportunity presents itself on Friday night, February 5th at Salem High. Come at 6:00PM for our second annual Winter Alumni Social. Just follow the signs on the way inside from either the front or side entrances. Then, stay for either the Boys Varsity Basketball game at 7:00PM against next-door neighbor, Peabody or attend the acclaimed performance of “Sweeney Todd” by the Salem High Drama Club at 7:30PM. What a night! Some classes are making plans to meet later at local establishments.
The Alumni Association is also working on other events over the next several months. Stayed tuned to the website.
In November/December, the Alumni Association had a presence at the Thanksgiving Day Football game making website information and Alumni car window decals available. We also distributed hot chocolate, cider and candy canes to the great crowd awaiting Santa’s arrival from the roof of the Hawthorne Hotel. See Pictures below.
Of course, Alumni Events happen only through the planning and effort of our Events Planning Committee (Kristin Mielcarz, Melanie McKinnon, Melissa Perroni & Jessica Manning) in coordination with the school administration support of Dave Angeramo and Andy Wulf.
Our Membership Committee (Mike Cahill and Brian Taubeneck) is just starting up and has begun to contact Class Agents with the intention of gathering contact information for as many Alumni as we can. Currently we have well over 700 names and addresses, spanning classes 1948 through 2009, and the list grows by the day. You can help by forwarding the website address to classmates http://www.salemmassalumni.org/ishs/ with a request to sign on as members.
Speaking of the website, Joel McNamee and Ben Arlander of the Technology Committee are doing a great job of building it and a database. This is such a great means of communication and collection of member information, which will be hugely useful in the future to reunion committees. Finally, Payal (Patel) Cudia is getting our Communication Committee up and running.
All committees would welcome participation large or small.
You never know where Alumni lives will intersect like this report in the local press:
“Former Salem resident (and Alumnus and former SHS teacher) Scott Strainge - now the Humanities Curriculum Coordinator at Timberlane Regional High School located in Plaistow, NH - and his class are filming a documentary regarding the politics and people involved in the same-sex marriage debate in Massachusetts and around the nation. Rep. John Keenan D-Salem, Mass (and Alumnus) met recently with the class and was interviewed by students. Rep. Keenan will appear in the documentary, which is due to be finished some time later this year.”
Also in the Press:
Collins Middle School students have been working on the Mass Audubon Society’s acclaimed Salt Marsh Science Project since 2003. This report on their activities was included in an article on the Project Leader, Liz Duff being the recipient of a “Visionary Award” from the Gulf of Maine Institute.
Fifteen Salem High students were competitively selected to participate in the Mass. Music Educators Association Northeastern District Senior Festival.
Congratulations to all.
Just as a heads-up, the next month brings such events as:
The All City 4th Grade Winter Concert is on February 10th at Salem High.
“Bye Bye Birdie” is performed by the Collins Middle School Drama Club on March 3rd to 5th in the CMS Auditorium.
See the full school calendar at:
We are hoping to see you all on the 5th for the Winter Social. Think Spring !
Alumni at Santa's Arrival on the Common