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BHS PTSO Minutes Meeting Date: April 13, 2017

In Attendance: Betty Taylor, Steve Galante, Andrea Connor, Maureen von Zweck, Marie Mallot, Paul Manzo, Mary Cleland, Robyn Sunderland, Paula Colahan, Michelle Newman, Paul Goodwin, Leslie Tenhope, Lauren Erwin

Minutes – No minutes were presented. March 9th minutes will be reviewed at the May 18, 2017 meeting.

President’s Report – Steve Galante opened the meeting by thanking Catherine Barrett and Mary Cleland for joining the 2017-2018 BHS PTSO Board. Catherine will be the Secretary, Mary has agreed to shadow for the treasurer position. Steve noted the Board does need still a Vice-President, and also he would welcome a co-President for our next year.

Principal’s Report – Betty Taylor reported on upcoming important dates for the senior class, as they are finishing their actual class work Thursday before April vacation, and then dispersing on their chosen 4 week internships(REACH). On Friday May 26, the students present their REACH exhibits in the Field House from 12-2pm. All are welcome.

Ms. Taylor also noted BHS librarian (and PTSO member) Barb Fecteau was named Massachusetts School Librarian of the Year.

Vice-President’s Report – It was noted Joanna Scott Murphy will be leading the Kick Off for the Direct Donation portion of our Annual Golf/Auction fundraiser, to be held Monday, September 25, 2017.

Treasurer’s Report – Andrea Connor reported our current checking account balance is $26,595.45. After accounting for the expected remaining expenses to be disbursed between now and the end of the school year, the PTSO expects to end with a balance of approximately $14,800.

Wishlist – Several items were addressed with a consensus taken that we would wait until our final meeting of the year to decide whether the Board can make further appropriations than the original wishlist.

Up All Night – It was noted that UAN is on schedule for hosting our annual UAN for the Class of 2017. The funds needed are still approximately $1300 short, and the committee is working to secure those needed monies.

City-Wide PTO – Paula Colahan thanked the high school for allowing City-Wide to host the recent forum on Understanding Your Child’s Social & Emotional Needs with Ryan Plosker.

Beverly Education Foundation – It was noted the Foundation received the largest amount of grant requests in its history at $30,000.

School Committee – Paul Manzo and Paul Goodwin both spoke about the status of the middle school building project, as well as the 2017-2018 school year budget, and the upcoming School Committee meeting to address the budget on April 26, 2017.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 pm.

Next meeting scheduled for Thursday, May 18, 2017

Submitted by Maureen von Zweck


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BHS PTSO Minutes Meeting Date: March 9, 2017

In Attendance: Betty Taylor, Steve Galante, Andrea Connor, Maureen von Zweck, Marie Mallott, Paula M Colahan, Lori Camara, Catherine Barrett, Jody King, Barb Fecteau, Amy Norton

Steve Galante called meeting to order at 7:00 pm.

Minutes- Minutes from January 12 were voted and approved.

President’s Report- Steve Galante opened the meeting by saying Catherine Barrett has agreed to be the secretary for the 2017-2018 school year. However, Steve said there are still several other positions which need to be filled, including the key Vice-president position; also, a shadow for the treasurer position is wanted. The committee agreed to continue to solicit parents for these roles.

Principal’s Report- Betty Taylor spoke to the issue brought up in the January meeting regarding the format of the “BHS Daily Bulletin”. Betty said the Daily Announcements format has been improved for easier reading. Betty then spoke to many awards BHS students have been awarded in the last month, as well as to several extra-curricular programs students have been involved with as well. Betty finished by mentioning an international student program Educatius, from which BHS has hosted many students over the last few years, and hoping more Beverly families will come forward to host this next year.


Vice-Presidents Report- The 2017 Golf Tournament and Auction date has been tentatively set for Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. A subcommittee is formed and planning this Fall event.


Treasurer’s Report- Andrea Connor reported our current checking account balance is $29,214.22. The Treasurer’s report has 2016-17 School Year Budgeted Funds as follows: Targeted Funds at $14,500, Wishlist Funds at $12,500 and Enrichment Funds at $2,500, for a total Budget in 2016-20107 of $29,500. As of the meeting date, $14,602.10 of the $29,500 budget is still to be spent.

WishList: It was voted and approved to spend $250 on a field trip for Sue Larochele’s class.

Up All Night- Amy Norton spoke the planning, organizing for this year’s UAN is well underway. She said UAN needs seniors to register to attend the event, senior parents to volunteer to sell tickets and help register on the night of the event, and then chaperones for the evening.

School Site Council- The City of Beverly’s MA DOE report card has been released, and we remain at a Level 2.

City-Wide PTO- City Wide is sponsoring a speaker Ryan Plosker Executive Director of the NE Academy on Thurs., 4/23.

School Committee Report- No report.

Beverly Education Foundation- Jody King said the parent/teacher grant requests are due by March 15th.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 pm.

Next meeting scheduled for April 13 at 7pm in the BHS library.

Submitted by Maureen von Zweck

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BHS PTSO Minutes Meeting Date: January 12, 2017

In Attendance: Steve Galante, Andrea Connor, Maureen von Zweck, Paul Manzo, Marie Mallott, Paula M Colahan, Lori Camara, Catherine Barrett, Kathy M Whitehair, Jody King, Lauren Erwin, Karolyn Golin, Barb Fecteau, Michelle Newman

Steve Galante called meeting to order at 7:00 pm.

Minutes- Minutes from November 10 were voted and approved, after edit request to note Paul Manzo not President of School Committee this term.

President’s Report- Steve Galante opened the meeting and spoke about several key PTSO Board positions which need to be filled for the 2017-2018 school year. The open positions include: Co-President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer (shadow). Sally Hunter has agreed to represent the high school as our city wide PTO representative. It was mentioned to post the openings in the daily homeward bound, and all of the meeting attendees were asked to consider and approach possible candidates. It was also mentioned the organization might need to address our by-laws with regards to officers’ lengths of terms.

Principal’s Report- No report presented as Betty Taylor was unable to attend.

Vice-Presidents Report- The 2017 Golf Tournament and Auction date has been tentatively set for Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. A subcommittee is formed and planning this Fall event.

Treasurer’s Report- Andrea Connor reported our current checking account balance is $31,973.63. The Treasurer’s report has 2016-17 School Year Budgeted Funds as follows: Targeted Funds at $14,500, Wishlist Funds at $12,500 and Enrichment Funds at $2,500, for a total Budget in 2016-20107 of $29,500. As of the meeting date, $18,293 of the $29,500 budget is still to be spent.

It was noted we received a $1,200 donation from the annual Mom Ball tournament, as did each school’s PTO. The donation was recognized as a large gift. Notes were sent to the 2 chairman of 2016 Momball, Peggy Kelley and Chris Boudreau, thanking them for the event’s generosity.

WishList: Thank yous for WishList support from teachers Ellen Comiskey of Foreign Language Dept, and Sue Richardson of English Dept were shared.

Up All Night- No report.

School Site Council- The City of Beverly’s MA DOE report card has been released, and we remain at a Level 2.

City-Wide PTO- City Wide is sponsoring a speaker Ryan Plosker Executive Director of the NE Academy on Tues. 3/21st.

School Committee Report- Paul Manzo, Ward 2 School Committee representative shared the Student Information portal, hoping to be launched for the 2017-18 school year, will include an on line grade book, and may also eliminate the need for emergency cards. Paul also said the new middle school is on schedule to open Sept, 2018, and that the technology the students will be using in grades 5-8 has not yet been determined.

Beverly Education Foundation- Jody King said $8,000 in grants have been awarded to the high school’s robotics program. Also the Foundation’s parent/teacher grants closes March 15th.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 pm.

Next meeting scheduled for March 9 at 7pm in the BHS library. Note: there is no meeting in February.

Submitted by Maureen von Zweck

BHS PTSO Minutes Meeting Date: October 13, 2016

In Attendance: Betty Taylor, Steve Galante, Maureen von Zweck, Barb Fecteau, Andrea Connor, Joanna Murphy Scott, Paul Manzo, Jody King, Marie Mallott, Paula M Colahan, Lori Camara, Catherine Barrett, Paul Goodwin, Lauren Erwin

Steve Galante called meeting to order at 7:00 pm.

Minutes- Minutes from Sept 8, 2016 were voted and approved.

President’s Report- Steve Galante opened the meeting. The group in attendance introduced themselves and their role either on the committee or at school/commuinty. It was noted our new school website calendar does not easily communicate events happening as the calendar is smaller than the previous site’s and it was recommended our Board try to find alternative methods to notify school parents of our meeting dates.

Principal’s Report- Betty Taylor reported BHS remained a Level 2 Education facility from the annual State of MA DOE Accountability report. She thanked all teachers, staff, students and parents in their efforts with this reporting. Betty also noted Student of the Month is a new program within the Freshman Academy.

Vice-Presidents Report- Joanna Murphy Scott reviewed the successes of the Golf Tournament and Auction held on Sept 26. Joanna talked about potential improvements/changes to the event. The Golf Tournament and Auction netted $22,050, a 10% increase from 2015. The new Direct Donation feature netted $4,089, bringing the total revenue from the 2 simultaneous fundraisers to $26,139, a 30% increase over the revenue raised in 2015.

Joanna believes there is much untapped potential in the Direct Donation Drive, potentially setting a goal of $10,000 for 2017. She noted the Golf Tournament was a success both financially and community building, however, the efforts for the event compared to the revenue raised needs to be evaluated. The Tournament Auction committee will be meeting to review strategies for the 2017 event.

Treasurer’s Report- Andrea Connor reported our current checking account balance is $40,281. The Treasurer’s report has 2016-17 School Year Budgeted Funds as follows: Targeted Funds at $14,500, Wishlist Funds at $12,500 and Enrichment Funds at $2,500, for a total Budget in 2016-20107 of $29,500.

WishList: The teachers’ WishList items were then reviewed, and were the main focus for the remainder of the meeting. We received 23 requests totaling $18,477. As we had more $$ requests than budget, the group chose to review, discuss and evaluate each item on its merit, determine how much money we allocated, and then decide what we would be able to fund. Items which were either tabled for more information, moved to a different category in the budget or partially declined for funding are listed (note: no item was completely not funded).

  • #4 Foreign Language ALS Studies – $700 requested. Funded 50%. $350.

  • #6 Business – DECA – $500. Funded from Targeted Funds Budget

  • #7 Music - $2,265 – tabled to discuss opportunity to partner with school budget to help fund

  • #8 Science - $1,250. Funded at 20%, $250. Only one IR camera funded.

  • #9 SPED - $1,800 – Funded at 55%, $1,000. Three SPED programs requested funds. Funded $1,000 to each.

  • #13 - Wellness Culinary – $1,163 – Funded at 50%. Purchased 2 Kitchen Aids. $581.50

  • #20 – English - $2,400 funded from Enrichment Budget.

  • #21 – Fine Arts - $1,500. Funded at 50%. $750.

Total voted and approved from Wish List was $9,831. It leaves a balance in the budget for items still to be reconsidered of $2,669.

Up All Night- No report.

School Site Council- No report.

City-Wide PTO- Paula Colahan shared a program on Screenagers to be held Oct 18th at 7pm in the BHS Auditorium, especially geared for middle and elementary school parents.

School Committee Report- Paul Manzo, Ward 2 School Committee representative and Board President, discussed his Curriculum Committee work, and noted 4 of the 5 Beverly Elementary Schools are Level 1 Education Facilities.

Beverly Education Foundation-No report.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:50pm.

Next meeting scheduled for January 12 at 7pm in the BHS library. Note: there is no meeting in December.

Submitted by Maureen von Zweck

BHS PTSO Minutes Meeting Date: May 12, 2016

In Attendance: Sean Gallagher, Steve Galante, Maureen von Zweck, Barb Fecteau, Andrea Connor, Jeanne Puopolo-Chan, Liz Gibbons, Paul Goodwin, Paul Manzo

Steve Galante called meeting to order at 7:05 pm.

Minutes- Minutes from April 14, 2016 were voted and approved.

President’s Report- Steve Galante opened the meeting. He presented the slate of officers accepting nominations for 2016-2017 school year. He also thanked Mercene Perry, out-going co-president, for her many years of service to our organization.

Principal’s Report- Sean Gallagher spoke of the current status of the interview processes for Vice Principal and Athletic Director vacancies. Sean said the search committees were interviewing 4 finalists for the Vice Principal, and 3 finalists for the AD ~ with announcements expected soon.


Sean shared that the Endicott Dual Enrollment classes held this spring at BHS were a success, with both the Sociology and Business class enrolling 20 students. The students received BHS and college credits for the course work.


Sean said the Senior Reach Internship Program, in its 2nd year, had 270 students participating. Sean said the program ends on May 20th, with the students’ exhibits to be held on May 27th.


Sean recognized students from Destination Imagination, National Merit Scholarship winners, 2016 BHS Class Valedictorian Drew Powers and the NEC Winter Sports All Stars.


Vice-Presidents Report- No Vice-President report but the Golf Tournament Auction committee has meeting scheduled for May 18th 7pm at 18 Sargent Ave. The Golf Tournament Auction event is scheduled for Monday, September 26, 2016 at BG&T.


Treasurer’s Report- Andrea Connor reported our current checkbook balance is $27,495.14. We have not dispersed approximately $5,600 from our Targeted Funds account, $2,700 from our Wishlist account and $2,400 from our Enrichment Funds. The treasurer’s report was voted and accepted.

WishList: Wishlist is final for the 2015-2016 year, with teachers who have outstanding requests having until summer to request funding.

Up All Night- Amy Norton, coordinator for BHS Class of 2016’s UAN event, said the event planning and fundraising is on schedule.

School Site Council- No report.

City-Wide PTO- No report.

School Committee Report – Paul Goodwin, Ward 5 School Committee representative, talked about the 2016-17 school department budget, including first time funding for Nature’s Classroom transportation. Paul Manzo, Ward 2 School Committee representative, updated the PTSO on the status of the middle school project, with the Sept 2017 expected date for students to enter.

Beverly Education Foundation- Beverly Education Foundation recently awarded its Parent Teacher Grants, with 3 to BHS community. Expected funds distribution date is June 15th.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:05pm.

Next meeting scheduled for Sept 8, 2016 at 7pm in the BHS library.

Submitted by Maureen von Zweck

BHS PTSO Minutes Meeting Date: April 14, 2016

In Attendance : Betty Taylor, Steve Galante, Amy Norton, Maureen von Zweck, Barb Fecteau, Andrea Connor, Karolyn Golin, Lori Camara, Jeanne Puopolo-Chan

Steve Galante called meeting to order at 7:05 pm.

Minutes- Minutes from March 10, 2016 were voted and approved.

President’s Report- Steve Galante opened the meeting. He outlined the slate of officers accepting nominations for 2016-2017 school year. He made note our by-laws indicate more turnover was required but as no new nominations have been offered, the officers accepting nominations will serve in their continued capacity.

Principal’s Report- Betty Taylor, sitting in for Sean Gallagher, spoke of several happenings and awards throughout the BHS community in the last month.

  • Sophomore student won most promising young performer from Independent Reviewers of New England

  • BHS students received 4 awards at New England/Boston chapter of National Academy of Television/Arts & Sciences ~ the entries into the chapter have grown exponentially in the last 3 years

  • National Honor Society Induction was held April 12th

  • Robotics Team performed well in New England Regionals

  • Junior student received gold medal in 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

  • DECA teams heading to Nationals next week

  • Spanish trip left yesterday

  • 45 students participated in Credit for Life, program on financial literacy, with the Institute for Savings


Vice-Presidents Report- No Vice-President at meeting, but Golf Tournament Auction committee held meeting prior to PTSO meeting. Joanna Murphy Scott chairing the event, and has several new members. The event is scheduled for Monday, September 26, 2016 at BG&T.


Treasurer’s Report- Andrea Connor reported our current checkbook balance is $28,588.70. We have not dispersed a little over $6,000 from our Targeted Funds account, $3,300 from our Wishlist account and $2,400 from our Enrichment Funds.

WishList: DECA approached us about additional funding over the allotment already approved and disbursed in this year’s budget. After a discussion on the merits of increasing funding for one particular group, especially due to the request’s late timing, it was voted to not approve additional funding for DECA.

Up All Night- Amy Norton, coordinator for BHS Class of 2016’s UAN event, said the event planning and fundraising is on schedule.

School Site Council- No report.

City-Wide PTO-The City-Wide PTO event, chaired by Beverly Police Chief John Lelacheur, held on Tuesday, April 5 was a great success with over 230 people attending. The topics the chief addressed included: Community Illegal Drug Use, Pedestrian Safety and Social Media. The event is being aired on BevCam.

School Committee Report – No report.

Beverly Education Foundation- Beverly Education Foundation is currently hosting its Honor A Teacher program.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:00pm.

Next meeting scheduled for May 14, 2016 at 7pm in the BHS library. Note: This will be the last meeting of our year.


Submitted by Maureen von Zweck

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