SLRHS Music Department Yard Sale and Craft Fair

May 24, 2013





A Craft Fair & Yard  Sale to benefit the Silver Lake Music Department will be held on Saturday, June 8th, 8:00 am – 1:00 pm in the SLRHS Main entrance parking lot. Click on the link SL Music Craft Fair for detailed information..


Spring weather is finally here …

May 19, 2013


As we enter the middle of May, the rest of the year will fly by. The Senior class has their last day of classes tomorrow and then head into final exams next week. The senior prom is also tomorrow evening. It will be held at the Fairmont Copley in Boston. Be sure to join us for the promenade Friday afternoon at 4:15 PM as we head to the buses for the trek to Boston.

Something old…something new …As most of you know, I am calling it a career here at SLRHS. The outpouring of well wishes has been overwhelming to me. I am a very fortunate man, i have never worked a day in my life! Even though some days have been more trying than others over the years, I have loved every minute. Silver Lake  is a remarkable high school and Silver LAke is a remarkable community. Thank you for your support over the years. Together we have built an amazing high school program. The Department of Education recently came out with rankings of high schools in Massachusetts based on graduation rate. Silver Lake came in number nine in the state! That is a great honor and is testament to the outstanding faculty, staff, student body and families in our district. You can check out the entire article by clicking on the link. Top 50 Bay State Schools.


In case you missed it … Our school was featured on WCVB Channel 5 Wake Up Call segment last week. We were chosen from hundreds of schools. Watch the video and see us advertise the junior and senior class fund-raiser for Laker Crunch.

Silver Lake Wake-Up Call


Congratulations to the Baseball Team and Softball Team for outstanding seasons. Both teams clinched the Patriot League Championship last week ! Can’t wait to throw out the first pitch in the playoffs.

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The SLRHS Chapter of Best Buddies recently held their annual field day on our athletic fields. Here is a picture of our members along with members of the Silver Lake Middle School partners. A great time was had by all. Games and food were abundant. I enjoyed playing catch and having a Fenway Frank with the students.

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This year’s prom and promenade were held in beautiful spring weather. Over 400 students enjoyed themselves at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel Ballroom in Boston. I do not know where these students get their energy. As soon as dinner was over, everyone danced the night away. I am very pleased with the way our students conduct themselves. They are great representatives of our school. Kingston, Halifax, and Plympton Police escorted the buses on to the high way and Sgt. Poytrikus and Officer Lanatra welcomed us back into the school at midnight. Thanks to all those community members who attended the promenade. This was my 36th prom and it was one of the best! Congratulations to Mackenzie Springer and Andrea Roche, Prom King and Queen 2013. Here are a few photos from the night …

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National Latin Exam

April 23, 2013

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The National Latin Exam is administered to over 150,000 students in all 50 states as well as in 12 foreign countries.  This test is an extremely challenging assessment of students’ knowledge of the Latin language, Roman history and Roman culture.   This year, Silver Lake students performed exceptionally well across the board.  Twenty nine Silver Lake students earned special recognition.

The following students won Cum Laude certificates:  Nicholas Bearne, Andrew Gibbons, Annika Larson, Sarah Cook and Kim Whitney

Emily Capasso, Evan Clancy, Gregory Donovan, Sarah Fontaine, Alteira Greene, Scott Guidoboni, Sean Hunt, Elicia Kelley, Garrett Lien, Owen McGrath, Max Milne, Jessica Morris and Jonathan Parker earned Magna Cum Laude certificates

The following students earned silver medals and Maxima Cum Laude certificates: Matt Asnes, Daniel Ferguson, Daniel Flaherty and Jennifer Riordan

The following students won gold medals and Summa Cum Laudecertificates:  Lindsey Alexanian, Jared Bowden, Alex Crone, Kyla Isakson, Kerrin Mulkern, Elizabeth Stanbrook and Max Travers.

The students listed above owe their success, in no small part, to all you have done as parents to encourage and support them in their academic endeavors.  In some ways, these awards honor not only my Latin scholars but also all of the efforts and sacrifices you have made for your sons and daughters.

Thank you for all you do for our students.

David McCarthy

It seems like a mighty long time …

April 17, 2013

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Back in 1974 as a senior in college, my genetics professor said to me …”Richard …never say never.” That thought has stuck with me all these many years. Of course, the statement itself is contradictory which makes it even more thought-provoking. Remember, it was the 70’s!  The events that took place in Boston last Monday at the Boston Marathon finish line are horrific, terrifying, and heart wrenching. It is unimaginable that something like this took place so close to home. Here at school, I take my genetics professor’s words to heart. We can’t let our guard down and say “It will never happen here”. As we all know, acts like this can happen anywhere…and it did. I want to reassure you, as much as possible, that we will continue to be vigilant here at school with all aspects of your child’s education, that clearly includes their safety. You have entrusted us with what is MOST PRECIOUS to all of us …our children. Here at SLRHS, we will not let our guard down. We will continue to review and amend our safety plans as necessary, we will continue to practice drills, and we will continue to treat the safety of our staff and students as paramount importance.


Parents of Seniors Graduation Information Sessions

As has been my practice for the last several years, I will hold two identical parent information sessions to go over the process of graduation. Our graduation committee, made up of students, parents, teachers, and administrators has been meeting since January to plan this important event. If you would like to attend a brief, 20 minute, presentation about graduation for the class of 2013, please plan to attend one of the following sessions. The session will essentially review the packet of materials mailed to you in early March. I’ll also be able to answer any questions that you may have.

Friday, May 3, 2013 at 7:30 AM in the Large Group Room
Monday,  May 6, 2013 at 7:00 PM in the Large Group Room

St. Patrick and the Celtics …

March 17, 2013


Special Education teacher, and Best Buddies adviser, Mary Gazzola, and para-professional Kerry Slowe took the Best Buddies celbrated St. Patrick’s Day bygoing to the Celtics game yesterday. Here they are pictured in the lobby of  the TD Garden. Thanks to Dunkin Donuts for providing tickets and to the SLRHS PTO for awarding a mini-grant of $250.00 to help defray transportation costs. Looks like they had a great time …and saw the Celtics beat the Bobcats 105 to 88 !


Some musings as I await Mr. Silver Lake 2013 to be crowned …

March 15, 2013
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The Silver Lake classes of 2013 and 2014 would like to announce that our very own LAKER CRUNCH CEREAL is now available for purchase!
Students have teamed up with Community Crunch fundraising company to produce a box of cereal featuring Silver Lake Regional High School and local business sponsors  The yummy cereal (similar to Multi-grain Cheerios) is selling for only $5 for a 14 oz box.
Pick up a box at the SLRHS kiosk or from Mrs. Napolitano, Mrs. Dillon,  or Mr. Correia TODAY!  The juniors and seniors thank you for your support!





Meghan Jones, a member of the Class of 2014,  has been published on the Photographers FORUM website. Click on the link above to view Meghan’s photo which place fourth in the nation!


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Mrs. Fornari, Ms. Gazzola, Mrs. Alexiades and Mrs. Slowe took our Conservation and Horticulture students and GOALS students to the recent New England Flower Show in Boston. From the looks of the smiles on their faces, the students had a very productive day.

No School Announcement, March 8, 2013

March 8, 2013



March 8, 2013

There is no school today for Silver Lake Regional High School, Silver Lake Regional Middle School, Kingston Public Schools, Halifax Public Schools, and Plympton Public Schools

Postponements …

March 7, 2013


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The following events are postponed for today and will be rescheduled:


Winter Sports Awards rescheduled for March 13


Night School Classes


Adult Education Classes


Laker Legend Volleyball Tournament


Football Weightlifting


Booster’s meetings


Please feel free to contact the school if you have any questions.

It’s been a while …

March 5, 2013

It seems like a mighty long time since I last posted to the blog. I apologize for slacking off. First, I am so moved by the plethora of well wishers and kind words that I have received from the community regarding my impending retirement. It makes me feel good that these past 31 years at SLRHS have created something positive.


Believe it or not, I have been meeting with parents and members of the senior class to plan our 2013 graduation ceremony. All Class of 2013 homes should have received a packet of information from me last week that outlines senior class activities leading up to graduation. In case you didn’t receive it in the mail, here is a link to the documents. Class of 2013 Information Packet.  Here is the link to the calendar of events for May 2013, Class of 2013 May Calendar.


The Course Selection process is in full swing at the high school. Guidance counselors have met in groups with all members of the classes of 2014, 2015, and 2016. Listed below are links to the presentations that your students took part in. If you have any questions, please be sure to contact the Guidance Office at 781-585-3844 extension 1022. Completed course selection sheets are due on March 8, 2013. It is important that these sheets reflect accurate course selections as the entire Master Schedule will be built based upon pupil course requests.

Grade 8 Course Selection Process

High School Course Selection Process


Term III Progress Reports will be disseminated this Friday March 8, 2013. All students will receive the progress report during the last block, period 7, on March 8. Please be sure to ask your student to see their progress report. There are no more formal, scheduled parent conference evenings for this year. If you have questions, it is best to contact your student’s teacher directly.

FYI …as of today, the Last Day of School is June 20, 2013

Hanging up my spikes …

February 7, 2013




I want to let you know that I have decided to retire as your principal at the end of the school year. Click on the link to read my retirement letter that was presented at last evening’s school committee meeting.  Retirement Letter






Hopefully you have heard that we have no school on Friday, February 8, 2013. We’ve also postponed all activities for this weekend. Check the twitter feed on the left side of the page for athletic schedule updates.

By the way, I am happy to see that I now have 383 followers of my Twitter account …@slrhsprincipal. Follow me and be the first to find out about school cancellations and other breaking news.