When one addresses Chelsea High graduate
Jocelyn Poste, they wouldn’t be incorrect to call her ‘Madame President,’ yet
they could also refer to her as the Salutatorian of the Class of 2019, or for
another angle, as the best female athlete of the year.
Or if none of those are of interest, she
could certainly be called a passionate community activist.
It’s hard to find one title to pin on Poste,
18, but that is what defines her time at Chelsea High.
This year, Poste was one of the handful of
students that fought hard to get the graduation exercises back outside at the
Stadium. And even in the face of adversity, they continued.
Poste said it was an experience that will
shape her after high school.
“I never really got involved with politics
until that happened,” she said. “There were plenty of people who said we
couldn’t do it. We kept at it and it worked. I talked with Damali Vidot
(Council President) about it and she said we had to come back and take her seat
when we’re older. I don’t know if I would get into politics, but I want to be a
voice for the people certainly.”
Poste began her career at the Silber ELC and
then went to the Kelly School and the Clark Avenue Middle School.
She will attend Union College as a Posse
Scholar, meaning she will have a full ride to the New York school as well as a
support network. She said she was not sure about going out of state to college
at first, but the Posse Scholarship was too good an opportunity to pass up.
There, she will focus on biology so she can
pursue her goal of being a dermatologist.
That dream stems from a video that was
popular in middle school that went viral. It was called Dr. Pimple Popper and
it was something she said pointed her in that direction.
She said she wanted to thank her parents,
Steven Poste and Angela Burgos, for supporting her through high school.
Lisandra Molina said her class is yet
another that should make an impression next year when they become seniors.
Molina, the junior class president, said
they have learned a lot from the Class of 2019.
“I feel I learned a lot from the senior
class, especially in NHS,” she said.
The class has already shown an acumen for
raising money, and has quite a bit saved to help with the prom and other
events. That has come through being a bit creative.
One thing they did was raise money by
cleaning the classrooms of teachers for the end of school, and selling Pupusas
to teachers to raise funds as well.
Certainly, she said, they will have a voice.
“We all have a
lot of personality,” she said. “If you put us all in a room, there is no quiet
person in there, especially when it comes to history. Our personalities don’t
clash. They complement one another.”
The Chelsea School
Committee is poised to offer a position to one of the three superintendent
finalists tonight, May 9, at a special meeting that is expected to conclude the
In formal terms, the
Committee can only offer the position to their favored candidate. That
candidate has to accept the offer, and then a contract has to be negotiated and
ratified before the matter is completely official.
The three candidates
•Anthony Parker, Weston
High School principal.
assistant superintendent of secondary schools in Boston Public Schools.
currently the assistant superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and
Assessment for the Somerville Public Schools.
The three candidates have
been through a whirlwind tour of the City over the last two weeks, engaging in
community forums and School Committee interviews.
The final interview will take place on Thursday evening, with the
Committee convening to make the decision afterward.
Isabella Blasi, playing a Cat In The Hat, peers from the Seussical Helicopter during the Kelly School’s performance of ‘Seussical’ last Friday night, April 26, in the auditorium. The annual spring show was a hit for students, family and faculty.
About one month after former School Committeeman Julio Hernandez – the vice chair of the Committee – suddenly resigned, citing a lack of interest in the Committee from other members, one member is firing back to say the School Committee is committed.
In his letter last month, Hernandez cited
financial reasons mostly for his resignation, but also indicated that many
members of the School Committee didn’t show up to meetings and didn’t have the
best interest of the kids at heart.
In a letter to the Record this week, member
Kelly Garcia said she disagreed with that summation and defended her record.
“I persevered and fought against every
obstacle that came my way, and I continue to serve on the committee and stand
right by my students both in my classroom as a Special Education teacher, as an
advocate for increased funding at the State House on Beacon Hill, and the
School Committee member representing District 7,” she wrote. “I never gave up
on the students of Chelsea because once again, and in Hernandez’s own words,
‘our students’ education is no JOKE.’
“I was appalled to read such negative
commentary by a former elected official,” she continued. “A person who has
chosen to break his commitment to the Chelsea School District and its students
should not be now using social media to undermine those who are left to choose
a replacement, while at the same time, having to choose a new Superintendent.”
The letter also indicated that she believed
it was Hernandez that failed the students of Chelsea, urging him to move on
“Hernandez is an aspiring professional, and
I ask that he leave this position with dignity and respect for himself and for
his former colleagues who continue to work hard attending the majority of the
meetings, asking thought-provoking questions, and searching for the next
superintendent,” she wrote.
Hernandez’s resignation came just before the
resignation of School Committee Chair Rich Maronski, who also voiced
frustrations with the fact that many members don’t attend meetings. He is
continuing to serve out through the end of the superintendent search.
The year 2019 marked the 8th annual Chelsea Empty Bowls fundraiser to help raise awareness to and funds for combatting food insecurity. Here, Julia McDermott, Yahaira Guzman, and Sylvester Valdez hold their recently purchased bowls during the event on Thursday, April 18, at the Williams School.
The REACH program teamed up with the Learning Communication and Functional Academics classes at Chelsea High School to create a beautiful Spring mural in the Chelsea High School cafeteria. Thank you to project leaders Gaby Solis, Sonybel Quiñones and Stephanie Rodriguez
Superintendent David DiBarri is pleased to
announce that the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) invited
Northeast Metro Tech to participate in a feasibility study for its new building
Northeast Metro is operating out of a more
than 50-year-old building that requires educational, capital and maintenance
The MSBA – a state agency that works with
communities to support educationally-appropriate, flexible, sustainable and
cost-effective public school facilities –= invited Northeast into the
feasibility study phase to explore potential solutions to identified problems.
During the feasibility study phase,
Northeast and the MSBA will determine a project manager and designer to conduct
a study of the current building. Once the study is completed, Northeast will
then apply to the MSBA’s building project reimbursement grant program.
thrilled to have been invited by the MSBA into the feasibility study phase for
our building project,” Superintendent DiBarri said. “Our hope is that
we will be able to construct a new building that will better meet the demands
of 21st Century learning.”
The Chelsea School Committee announced this
week the Superintendent Search Screening Committee (Screening Committee) has
forwarded the names of three finalists for the Superintendent of Schools
vacancy for consideration.
After the application deadline of March 15,
2019, eighteen applications were forwarded to the Screening Committee and on
March 25, after a thorough review of the written application materials, the
Screening Committee met and engaged in an extended discussion of each
candidate, ultimately reaching consensus to invite seven candidates in for an
interview. All candidates accepted the invitation and were interviewed during
the evenings of April 1, 2 and 3.
The 13 members of the Screening Committee
reached unanimous agreement and forwarded the following three educators for
consideration as the next superintendent of the Chelsea Public Schools (in last
name alphabetical order).
•Almudena (Almi) G. Abeyta
Dr. Almi Abeyta is currently the Assistant
Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for the Somerville
Public Schools. She was a kindergarten teacher in Albuquerque, New Mexico for
seven years and was the Principal of the Donald McKay K-8 School in East Boston
for four years prior to assuming a role as the Assistant Academic
Superintendent for Middle and K-8 schools in the Boston Public Schools for two
and a half years. Dr. Abeyta then served as the Deputy Superintendent for
Teaching and Learning in the Santa Fe New Mexico Public Schools for five years
and in July 2017 she began her role as the Assistant Superintendent of Schools
in Somerville. Dr. Abeyta has a Bachelor of Arts, Communication, and Journalism
from the University of New Mexico, two Master’s degrees from the Harvard
Graduate School of Education (HGSE) in School Leadership and Education Policy
and Management, and a Doctor of Education from HGSE in the Urban
•Ligia B. Noriega-Murphy
Ligia Noriega-Murphy is currently the
Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Schools in the Boston Public Schools. Ms.
Noriega-Murphy was a Spanish teacher for three years at the Donald McKay Middle
School in Boston. She then was a founding faculty member and chair of the world
languages department at the Boston Arts Academy for five years. In 2004 she
became the Headmaster at Excel High School in South Boston and served in in
that role for six years before becoming the Assistant Academic Superintendent
for High Schools. In 2012 she was an Assistant Superintendent on Assignment as
the Headmaster of The English High School in Boston, where she served for five
years. Ms. Noriega-Murphy has a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from UMass
Boston, a Master’s degree in Management from Cambridge College, and a
Certificate of Graduate Study in Education Leadership from UMass Boston.
•Anthony A. Parker
Anthony Parker is currently the Principal at
Weston High School, where he has served in that role for the past thirteen
years. After several years as a journalist, Mr. Parker was a high school
history teacher in the Newton Public Schools for 13 years (at Newton South and
Newton North High Schools). From 2000-2006 he served as a Housemaster at Newton
North High School, prior to his move to Weston. He also has been a
Massachusetts Education Policy Fellow at the Rennie Center for Education
Research and Policy in Boston. Mr. Parker has a Bachelor of Arts in
Sociology-Anthropology from Earlham College, a Master’s degree in Teaching and
Curriculum from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and has additional
graduate studies at Boston College.
The school community will have the
opportunity to meet these finalists when they visit Chelsea during the week of
April 29 and to attend the School Committee interviews with the finalists
during the week of May 6. The schedule of these district visits and School
Committee interviews will be communicated when it is finalized.
The Chelsea School Committee said they would
like to especially thank the members of the Screening Committee for their
dedication and commitment to this search process.
The Screening Committee met on five
different evenings to prepare, review,
interview, debate, deliberate and decide on
the finalists presented to the Chelsea School Committee. Each member played a
key role in ensuring that all individual members were listened to and their
perspective considered. Those members were Jeanette Velez, Priti Johari, Monica
Lamboy, Peter Pappavaselio, Margo DiBiasio, Anibal Santiago, Lisa Lineweaver,
Tom Ambrosino, Louise Campanella, Kathryn Anderson, Ilana Ascher, Angelica
Bachour, and Marisol Santiago.
Committee was assisted in this process by search consultants from the Edward J.
Collins, Jr. Center for Public Management at UMass Boston.
The Chelsea City Council and School
Committee held a joint meeting on Tuesday night, April 9, to get a quick step
forward on filling two vacancies on the School Committee.
Members Present included City Councilors Roy
Avellaneda, Damali Vidot, Bob Bishop, Luis Tejada, Enio Lopez, Judith Garcia,
and Yamir Rodriguez.
School Committee members present were Frank
DePatto, Rosemarie Carlisle, Jeannette Velez, Rich Maronski, Lucia Henriquez,
Ana Hernandez, Kelly Garcia, and Yessenia Alfaro.
Due to the recent resignations of School
Committee Chairman Richard Maronski and Vice Chairman Julio Hernandez,
the Chelsea City Council and Chelsea School Committee are
looking to fill their seats.
“This is a job that should be taken
seriously and hopefully we get someone that’s responsible and will show up,”
“It’s unfortunate that we have these two
sudden resignations, but I’m hopeful as it has allowed for significant dialogue
around expectations and the representation our families deserve,” said Council
President Damali Vidot. “I am looking forward to working with the School
Committee to fill the vacancies.”
Any residents of District 3 or District 5
that are interested in serving the remaining unexpired terms through December
2019, are asked to submit their resumes and letters of interest to City Council
and Chelsea School Committee at: LKoco@Chelseama.gov or mail to
City Council at 500 Broadway, Chelsea, MA 02150.
be registered voters in their respective districts and must be able to pass a
CORI. The Chelsea City Council and School Committee will be
accepting resumes until Friday April 26, and will conduct interviews on Monday
April 29. Anyone that lives in either District 3 or District 5 is
encouraged to apply. If you aren’t sure of your district, please
visit HYPERLINK “http://chelseama.gov” t “_blank”
chelseama.gov under the City Clerk’s department for a map or call the City
Clerks office at (617) 466-4050.