Enrollment boom has elementary schools ‘running at capacity’...

Feb 14, 2020 by

Posted on: Friday, February 14, 2020 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — The enrollment spike at both elementary schools has reached a tipping point and a permanent solution needs to be identified in order to rectify the problem, the School Enrollment Capacity and Exploration Committee concluded during a Feb. 12 meeting. SECEC Chairman John Scenna recalled that the space committee was formed two years ago in the wake of increasing enrollment at the elementary schools. In order to gain a better understanding about the problem, the town hired the New England School Development Council (NESDEC) to conduct a demographic study. As part of the study, NESDEC consultant John Kennedy said the organization reviewed building permits, reviewed home and condominium sales, and interviewed local officials and realtors. He also said NESDEC examined birth rates and analyzed...

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A look at how local kids are doing...

Feb 12, 2020 by

Published February 12, 2020 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — Mental health, distracted driving and substance abuse are among several areas of concern that officials are looking to address in the town’s schools. Teaching and Learning Director Kevin Cyr told the School Committee on Feb. 4 that students in grades 7-12 took the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), which was funded by a $7,500 grant from Lahey Health, last October. He explained that the survey was last administered during the fall of 2017. Students were able to opt out of the confidential survey. Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator Peg Sallade said the school system and A Healthy Lynnfield used the data from the 2017 survey to develop programming for students and families as part of an effort to address several areas of concern. She said the...

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Charles Wainwright hits new heights with ‘Four Weeks and Counting’...

Feb 12, 2020 by

Published February 12, 2020 By DAN TOMASELLO LYNNFIELD — Lynnfield High School sophomore Charles Wainwright’s love of theater took him to new heights last weekend. Wainwright wrote the script for Lynnfield Middle School’s acclaimed musical “Four Weeks and Counting.” “The musical is about the rehearsal process for a performance of ‘Oliver!’ and the struggles to get the show ready in four weeks, hence the name,” said Wainwright. “It is filled with many notable Broadway songs, and a bunch of interesting characters.” Wainwright got involved with the project after learning that LMS was going to produce an original musical this year. “I had volunteered to help with the middle school musical after finding out that they were planning on writing an original show this year,” said Wainwright. “I thought it would be a good experience....

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Black and Gold goes 2-2 in Haverhill Tournament...

Feb 12, 2020 by

Published February 12, 2020 By DAN TOMASELLO HAVERHILL — The Lynnfield-North Reading co-op wrestling team went 2-3 last week, bringing LNR’s overall record to 16-15. The Black and Gold went 2-2 in the Haverhill Dual Meet Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 8. Twelve teams competed in the tournament. LNR began the tournament defeating Excel Charter 54-30. Junior Christian Real-Costa (113 lbs.) pinned his opponent at 3:14. Senior captain Timmy Leggett (132 lbs.) won his match by fall at 1:35. Senior captain Stuart Glover (138 lbs.) brought his counterpart to the ground at 1:13. Senior Cam Randazzo (145 lbs.) pinned his opponent at 1:41. Sophomore Ryan McCullough (160 lbs.) won his match by fall at 1:23. Senior Dan Ryan (170 lbs.) pinned his counterpart at 1:32. Senior Giovanni Colucciello (182 lbs.) brought his opponent to the...

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Pioneer swimmers impress at sectionals...

Feb 12, 2020 by

Published February 12, 2020 BOSTON — The Lynnfield girls’ swim team and the Lynnfield-Wakefield boys’ co-op swim team competed at states last weekend at MIT.  The girls’ team sent three relay teams on Saturday.  The 200 medley relay of Liz Sykes, Sara Ho, Julia Ho and Michelle Marder finished 21st with a time of 2:06.55.  The 200 freestyle relay got disqualified. The 400 freestyle relay finished 19th with a time of 4:12.82. That team included Sadhvi Sreeram, Caitlin Hooper, Michell Marder and Liz Sykes.  “The girls all swam really well, that last relay in particular,” said head coach Jeff Boyd. “Just about everyone on that relay swam their best time so that was way to end the season.” The boys also sent a relay team and had multiple individual competitors qualify for states. The...

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Boys celebrate senior night with 6-0 win over Saugus...

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Published February 12, 2020 By STEPHEN MARTELLUCCI PEABODY — Last Friday afternoon, the Lynnfield High hockey team lost to host Newburyport 5-2 at Graf Rink in a game that was closer than the final would indicate. The Clippers were able to get a split of the season series as the Pioneers fell to 10-6-2 overall and 5-4-2 in the Cape Ann League. “Our biggest problem has been our slow starts and we had no intensity in that first period,” admitted Pioneers head coach Jon Gardner, whose squad trailed 3-0 after the first period. Newburyport scored three times in a 4:11 span in that period with one of them coming on the power play. Sam Pifko got the locals on the scoreboard with 4:20 left in the second on a breakaway assisted by Nate Alves and...

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