Back to School: 2022-2023

Special to the Leader Herald

The Everett Public Schools will open its doors to students for the first day of 2022-2023 on Wednesday, August 31st, as administrators and educators look forward to an academic calendar free from the restrictions, apprehension, and caution that have characterized much of the past two school years.

“Anticipation for the start of any school year is sky high,” said Superintendent of Schools Priya Tahiliani. “In our lead-up to next week, I sense renewed energy and enthusiasm among staff and families. We are looking forward to providing our students with a complete range of in-person, interactive, and engaging learning experiences, and extracurricular activities.” Students in kindergarten through Grade 9 will have a half day of school on August 31st. Everett High School (EHS) 9th graders will complete an orientation session with principal Dennis Lynch and EHS leaders, so there is no school for 10-12 graders on the 31st.

Thursday, September 1st will mark the first full day of school for students in kindergarten through Grade 12.

There is no school on Friday, September 2nd through Tuesday, September 6th due to the Labor Day holiday and the primary election on September 6th. All students, including those enrolled in the Pre-Kindergarten Program at the Adams and Webster Extension, will report to school on Wednesday, September 7th. At that point, the 2022-2023 School Year will be in full swing, at all grade levels.

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Statewide Honor For Tahiliani

Everett Superintendent Receives a M.A.S.S. President’s Award

Special to the Leader Herald

Joining with Superintendent Tahiliani on the occasion of receiving her award are from the left: Outgoing M.A.S.S. President Tim Piwowar, Superintendent Tahiliani, M.A.S.S. Director of Government Affairs Mary Bourque, M.A.S.S. Executive Director Tom
Scott, School Committee Chairwoman Jeanne Cristiano, and Deputy Superintendent Kim Tsai.

In a resounding display of respect and admiration from her colleagues throughout the Commonwealth, Everett Superintendent of Schools Priya Tahiliani has been honored with a 2022 President’s Award by the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (M.A.S.S.).

“It was a special occasion made all the more meaningful by the fact that I shared the moment with members of my Central Office team and School Committee Chairperson Jeanne Cristiano,” said Tahiliani, who received the award at the M.A.S.S. Spring Meeting in Marlborough. “People are taking note of the great work we are doing, and the example we are setting. It was incredibly satisfying to accept this honor on behalf of the Everett Public Schools.”

M.A.S.S. is the only statewide organization devoted to advocating and supporting superintendents and assistant superintendents. In addition to holding meetings, events, and seminars throughout the year, M.A.S.S. oversees a New Superintendent’s Induction Program. Tahiliani is completing the three-year program under the tutelage of former Chelsea Superintendent and current M.A.S.S. Director of Government Relations Mary Bourque.

During the awards ceremony, Tahiliani was introduced by M.A.S.S. President Tim Piwowar, superintendent of the Billerica Public Schools. He credited Tahiliani for confronting “ the hopes and fears of a school system and community aspiring to transform and be better on behalf of students and families while also facing those in the community who are of privilege and who fear and resist change.”

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Highlights from Around the District


Everett High School senior Betania Zelalem has received a National NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC). The award, powered by the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), recognizes 9th-12th grade women, genderqueer, or non-binary students for their computing-related achievements and interests, as part of an effort to encourage a diverse range of students to choose careers in technology.

Four hundred award recipients were selected from high schools across 43 states and all U.S. overseas military bases for their outstanding aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and plans for post-secondary education.

All recipients receive recognition and prizes; induction into the AiC Community of more than 22,000 women, gender- queer, or non-binary technologists; access to resources, scholarships, and internship opportunities; and more.

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Pioneer Charter School of Science honored by U.S. News and World Report as ‘Best High School’

Pioneer Charter School of Science I was recently honored by U.S. News and World Report in its annual distinguished ‘Best High Schools’ rankings. PCSS I ranked 17th in Massachusetts among 365 high schools and placed 15th out of high schools from the surrounding Boston Metro Area.

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