Clarke School Supply Lists


Course Selection Begins at Swampscott High School

Course Selection Evening at SHS is March 29, 2018 in the auditorium. Grade 8 parents are invited from 6:30-7:15 PM and grade 9-11 parents are invited from 7:15-8:00 PM. All presentations will be available online on the SHS course selection page by Monday, April 2.

Please visit our course selection page on the high school website to learn about our course offerings for the 2018-2019 school year and our timeline.

Students who are moving to Swampscott or coming from private schools follow a different process that has placement testing as they are not coming from Swampscott Middle School.

The Addams Family: Swampscott High School Spring Musical April 5-7

Swampscott High School Drama Club is proud to present The Addams Family, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, April 5, 6, & 7 at 7 p.m. in the Swampscott High School Auditorium. Ticket info can be found by contacting 


ALICE Parent Presentation Monday, March 5, 6:30 PM at SHS

Parents are invited to view a presentation about the ALICE training that Swampscott High School and Swampscott Middle School students will be trained in during the month of March. The elementary schools will participate in a version of this training that has been prepared for students in the younger grades.

We encourage all parents to attend. While parents will not practice the drills, they will see the materials & presentation that the students will be seeing in the upper grades, and the basic premise of Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate.

The training will be held from 6:30-8:00 PM at Swampscott High School in the auditorium.

If you cannot attend, the materials will be posted on the district website next week. You can also look at the following links to materials prepared by Masconoment, Tewksbury, and Waltham.

Clarke Family Happenings Week of October 30th

Clarke Family Happenings


Thursday November 2nd  *  Early Release Day

   12:30 Lunches Served

* P/T Conference 1:00-4:00 PM

   Please see notice below

Tuesday November 7th * NO SCHOOL

   Professional Development

Wednesday November 8th  * Evening P/T Conferences

   5:00-8:00 PM

Friday November 10th  * NO SCHOOL

   Veteran’s Day Observed

Monday November 13th  * Kindergarten Author Visit
Tuesday November 14th  * Art Quest

   Schedule to Come Soon

Wednesday November 15th  * School Council Meeting


Thursday November 16th  * Art Quest

   Schedule to Come Soon

* Staff Meeting 2:30

Tuesday November 21st * Fall School Picture Retakes


Wednesday November 22nd * Early Release Day

   12:00 Noon Dismissal


Thursday & Friday November 23rd and 24th * NO SCHOOL

   Thanksgiving Holiday

Our next Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, November 2nd  from 1:00-4:00 and Wednesday, November 8th  from 5:00-8:00.  Please sign up for a time to meet with your child’s teacher. You can do this by following the steps below:

  1. Visit the Clarke Elementary School website at
  2. Click on the “Resources”tab at the top – This will have a drop-down menu.
  3. Click on “TeacherConference Sign-Up”
  4. Find your child’s teacher and click on that link.


Important Clarke Updates and Information

  • Ms. Hudson, our school nurse will continue to  administer  hearing and vision tests to all of our students. If you have any        concerns about your child’s hearing and vision please contact.  Ms. Hudson directly at (781) 596-8812.


  • If you know that your child will be absent please be sure to call our school absentee line directly at (781) 596-8812 and then press 1. Although we appreciate that many families email this information, it is not as timely as leaving information on our absentee line.  Safety is our first priority at the Clarke School. Having student absence information prior to 8:15 in the  morning will alleviate the need for us to make phone calls to families in order to find out if a student is safe or not.  We would appreciate you following this important communication protocol.


  • Community Flyers – We will no longer be emailing you Swampscott Community Flyers.  If you would like information on events happening in town or at schools please go to the Swampscott Public School’s District web site and click on the link “Resources”, “Community” the “Community Flyers and Information Link.”This is where you can view paperless flyers and be informed about the wonderful things happening in our town.


  • Welcome back to the Art Room where color, creativity, innovation and imagination are fostered and grow each year in our young artists.  Our Instagram account documents our inquiry, explorations, and Visual Art experiences in Kindergarten through Fourth Grade.  We invite you to follow us @theartroomclarke



Dear Friends of the Cuttle Family,

As some of you may know, the Cuttle family has been dealing with a great challenge since Bill was diagnosed with cancer in September.  Bill is a long time Swampscott Little League board member and has two kids in the program.  Bill will begin an intensive treatment plan beginning November 1, lasting through the holidays.

After talking to Bill and his wife Annette, there is an effort being organized by Keli Howe and Emily Dariotis to provide the Cuttle’s with a basket of gift cards to local restaurants/services/other.  This will ease their minds and take the burden of meal prep off, etc. their shoulders after a long day of treatment in Boston.  Some of their favorite local restaurants are Qdoba, Rizzos, 5 Guys, Captains, Paradiso, Cindy’s, Vesuvius and the Tides.  Any of your favorites would be appreciated as well (i.e. Whole Foods,  Stop and Shop, Market Basket, etc.)

Anyone who wishes to donate gift cards can give them to either Becky Groothuis (cards may be left in the mailbox at 7 Sampson Ave.) or Keli Howe, 51 Lexington Circle (nearby the Middle School) If preferred, gift card contributions can be sent in to school clearly labeled Cuttle Family Contributions.

If you would prefer to drop a meal off to the family – a Sign Up Genius has been created.

Here is the link –

Please let Keli know if you have any questions – 781-635-7663

In health,

Keli Howe & Emily Dariotis


Photos from Unity Day


During October’s Clarek Shark Huddle we encouraged everyone to come together and wear orange to send a message of support, hope and unity.  The motto of unity day was “Make it Orange and Make It End”.  Wearing orange on this day raised awareness for the importance of bullying prevention and also provides a visible sign to those impacted by bullying that people care. During October, the younger children have all listened to the book We’re All Wonders by R.J. Polacio and grades 3 and 4 have listened to the book Wonder by the same author.  The theme of the books is how a young boy born with facial birth defects gets bullied in school.  Thankfully, there are some classmates who stand up to the bullying to support the young boy.  Below are photos of students sharing some “Wonder” projects.

 Unity day    

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Clarke Family Happenings August 2017

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2017-2018 Kindergarten News

We would like to invite you to a Kindergarten Information Evening on Tuesday, June 6th at 6:30 PM at the Swampscott Middle School in the Little Theater. The evening will be an opportunity to hear about a typical day in your child’s kindergarten day including information regarding the curriculum and schedule. In addition, there will be a panel of specialists from the district in the areas of health, social emotional development, student services and kindergarten readiness to answer any questions.

The following are some updates to the registration process this year:

  • Kindergarten school assignment letters will be mailed on or before August 15thto allow for balanced class sizes in the district. Please note that siblings are placed at the same school unless there is an individual need for specialized district programming.
  • Kindergarten screening will occur during the first three days of school, Tuesday, August 29ththrough August 31st with the first FULL day of school Tuesday, September 5th.  Special Education laws require that all children be screened upon entrance into kindergarten.  The screening is a non-intensive scan of your child’s learning skills and abilities and lasts approximately 30 minutes.  The purpose of the screening is to identify any learning issues that may exist which may require further evaluation and/or special education services.

The screening addresses the following developmental areas:  social interaction, visual-motor/adaptive skills, language and cognition, and gross motor/body awareness.  The screening measures how your child learns, not how much he/she has learned.  Vision and Hearing screenings will occur during the first month of school.

Kindergarten teachers feel the screening is a critical opportunity for the teachers to get to know each child and to make balanced classes for the school year in areas of learning and social emotional development.  A balanced class will allow for a successful transition into kindergarten and an optimal learning environment for each child as they embark on their educational journey in the Swampscott Public Schools.

We look forward to meeting each and every one of Swampscott’s entering kindergarten class in the fall. We look forward to meeting parents at the Kindergarten Information Night June 6th at 6:30PM in the Little Teacher at the Swampscott Middle School.

In the meantime, if you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to call Martha Raymond, Director of Student Services.