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2020-2021 School Year Calendar
September 16th Start - 170 Days
English - Spanish
Reopening Our Schools Safely
Reopening Communications and More
Visit Our Reopening Page
Reopening Technical Support
School Issued Laptops, Connecting - More!
"Schoology" Parent Access Update - October 6, 2020

Your student's school will be reaching out to you by the end of next week with an access code for "Schoology". If you do not receive an access code by October 9th, reach out to your child's homeroom teacher. At the secondary level, you only need 1 access code and all courses will be loaded.

This account will allow you to see the work your child has submitted, discussions they have participated in, school updates, and also provides the ability to message staff at the school. Multiple children can be added to one parent account.

The following are videos (Part 1 and Part 2) showing how to set up your account and take advantage of all the "Schoology" features available to you.

LPS Parent Access Video - Part 1 - English
LPS Parent Access Video - Part 1 - Spanish

LPS Parent Access Video - Part 2 - English
LPS Parent Access Video - Part 2 - Spanish

Parents How To Register and View Your Child's Activity:
Download the Step by Step Instructions Here. (English and Spanish)

How To Set Up Your New Laptop - English Version
Cómo configurar su nueva computadora portátil - Versión en español
New "Schoology" How To Videos Have Been Posted!
Visit Our Technology Page Here!
New School Year Announcements

Dear Pickering  Families,

This year the Lynn Public Schools will begin the school year 2020-2021 remotely.  Remote learning means students will engage in their classes and complete assignments from a remote location, not in school.   Although we will be learning remotely, the attendance policy has not changed, and all students must “report” to their daily classes by logging onto their accounts and attending the conference classes.

This school year will look and feel very different but teaching and learning continue to be our foundation.  The Lynn Public Schools has adopted a learning management system called "Schoology".  A learning management system is an online application that allows educational courses to support learning anytime from anywhere.   Your child will be taught using the learning management system, "Schoology", Monday-Friday, throughout the school day and beyond.  "Schoology" can be accessed through a desktop, laptop, or through the web browser on an iPad or tablet. 

Please note, Students will not be able to access "Schoology" until after 9/16.

Students will access "Schoology" by logging onto:

student’s email address:
stu------@lynnschools.org (6 digit ID# follows stu)

If you do not know your child’s id#, please contact your building principal.

Beginning on September 16th, student courses will be loaded on their "Schoology" pages and they will have access to school updates. More information will follow, including videos detailing how to log in.

Students in grades 3-12 should have already received their district issued loaner laptops at this time. If you have not had this opportunity, please contact your building principal and they will provide dates, times, and locations for pickup.

In order to prepare your child for remote learning, we have designated 4 days of online orientation with your child’s teacher as well as 1 day for material/supply pickup at the school.

Starting September 23rd, the school day for Grades 6-8 begins with community check-in/ homeroom at 7:45 AM and A period at 8 AM. Students will participate in teaching and learning on Schoology using the following schedule:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Student synchronous
remote learning


Student synchronous
remote learning

7:45 – 8:00
Community check-in/ Homeroom

7:45 – 8:00
check-in/ Homeroom

7:45 – 8:00
check-in/ Homeroom

7:45 – 8:00
check-in/ Homeroom

7:45 – 8:00
check-in/ Homeroom

A period
8 - 9
A period
8 - 9
Cluster Meeting A period
8 - 9
A period
8 - 9
B period
9 - 10
B period
9 - 10
B period
9 - 10
B period
9 - 10
C period
10 - 11
C period
10 - 11
KIDS Cluster
Check In
C period
10 - 11
C period
10 - 11
D period
11 -12
D period
11 -12
KIDS Cluster
Check In
D period
11 -12
D period
11 -12
12 -12:30
E period
12:30 - 1:30
E period
12:30 - 1:30
Prep/Admin. E period
12:30 - 1:30
E period
12:30 - 1:30
1:30 - 2:3
1:30 - 2:3
1:30 - 2:3
1:30 - 2:3
The following are important contacts: (781) 477 - 7440
Principal Mr. Rittershaus - (781) 477 - 7440
Assistant Principal Ms. Fenn - (781) 477 - 7438
Guidance Counselor Mrs. Benecke - (781) 477 - 7440 ext: 1106
Guidance Counselor Mrs. Coffey - (781) 477 - 7440 ext: 1105
Nurse Mrs. Erelli - (781) 477 - 7440 ext: 1108
Social Worker Mr. Ridley - (781) 477 - 7440 ext: 1133
Technology Help Desk (781) 477 - 7342
Monday - Thursday: 7:45 AM - 3:45 PM
Friday: 7:45 AM - 12:45 PM
*Adjustments may need to be made as changes are occurring frequently. We will share more information as  it becomes available.  We thank you for your patience during this time.

Kevin Rittershaus
Pickering Middle School

Poetry Winners from Pickering Middle School 2019-2020
Young American Poetry Digest.


This is the National Poetry contest that students from Technology participated in this year by submitting a Haiku.

Of the 75 entries submitted, 51 students from Pickering Middle School have been selected to have the Haiku published. I have mailed the letter with the permission slip on the back of the letter to the parents. They should be arriving today, May 12 or by Friday. Please sign the permission slip and put it in the enclosed stamped envelope that has also been mailed to you.

It must then be mailed US mail and be postmarked by June 5.

Congratulations to the following students:
Calli Allaire
Andrielee Amely Carmenatty
Panagiota Avramidis
Omar Badjie
Jacob Beyea
Connor Bishop
Maliyah Bradley
Tianna Burton
Felipe Canton
Hannah Claffey
Davin Clement Jr.
Anthony DeMayo
Dylan DiFilippo
Chloe Donnovan
Elizabeth Dumas
Rosiley Encarnacion
Madison Flaherty
Ava Frallicciardi
Kyle Furlong
Arianis Garcia
Jackson Gatlin
Tasha Hickerson
Amanda Hughes

Tahmidul Islam
Jessica Jewkes
Kayana Jones

Caitlin Kelley
Leylani Kem
Meredith Kennedy
Anastayja Laramee
Alan Long
Daisy Lopez Lopez
Remmy Mai
Jacqueline Martinez Ramirez
Charlie Mendez Mendez
Adrianna Michel
Kendal O’Neill
Aneysha Ortiz
Jared Paone
Yiannis Parissis
Mia Pento
Jade Quero Mota
Noraiah Reyes-Perez
Naomy Rodriguez-Argueta
Valeria Sanchez
Aneyah Sims
Jennifer Solis Esteban
Jayden Thepbanthao
Rylee Thompson
Edwin Valenzuela Castro
Savannah Ward

Vaping Information and Resources

Dear Parents & Guardians,

The letter below is to inform you of issues surrounding “vaping”/ “juuling.” (using e-cigarettes). Lynn English High School would like to share information about vaping with our parents and guardians. Vaping is a serious concern for teens across the country. There are misconceptions that it is a “healthy” alternative to smoking when in fact it carries its own risks.

Please Download This Letter And Read About The Resources.
Feel free to contact us with any questions.

Thank you for partnering with us on this important topic of public interest.
We will continue to work to educate our students in all aspects of adolescent development.

Kevin Rittershaus



Welcome To The Pickering Middle School

Pickering Middle School is a positive learning community staffed by talented, dedicated, caring individuals. The faculty works collaboratively to offer our students every opportunity to learn and grow as individuals. We encourage students to reach their fullest potential through effort, hard work and determination.

Parent support plays an integral part in forming the culture at Pickering. We encourage parents to take an active role in their child’s education. This environment of cooperative support helps students develop academically and socially. Working together, we strive to ensure that each student will acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to become lifelong learners.

We encourage our students to always ‘Dream Big’ and ‘Work Hard’

Principal Ritterhas

Our middle school encompasses grades six through eight and focuses on the learning needs of early adolescents. We emphasize the acquisition of basic skills and application of these skills for academic success. Throughout our students’ three years at Pickering, we support them as they develop into life-long learners. Pickering Middle School utilizes the interdisciplinary team approach at each grade level.

The Pickering Middle School's start time is 7:45 AM and the school day ends at 2:30 PM. When the doors open at 7:45, students are expected to go to their homerooms. Students arriving after 8:00 AM are considered late and are to report to the office. If a student arrives late, he/she must have a note stating the reason for being late, otherwise, detention will be assigned.

At Pickering Middle School we are committed to providing all students with an equitable opportunity for optimal achievement in all academic areas, encouraging social responsibility and respect towards others, and helping students develop into lifelong learners.

To prepare students to think analytically and to apply their skills and knowledge to future learning and personal success.

Our History

Originally children from Wyoma Square used a chapel on Auburn Street as a school until seventy students moved to a newly built schoolhouse on Boston Street in the year 1770. Miss Nana Pickering was the first principal, and the school was named after her in 1884 when an addition was completed.

When educational studies developed the idea of a "Junior High" system, Pickering was the first to be built in the city. On December 6,1917, a cold Tuesday morning, Pickering opened, costing $236,000 to build and $58,000 to furnish (A fancy house can cost that much today and $8000 might furnish one room!). In 1927, a Columbia University group of educators recommended an addition to be built. After World War II, the addition, including the gym, the west wing, and the Sisson School next door were completed.

Home of the Pickering Tigers!

Pickering Middle School Information

Our School Information and Resource Links
Grades Offered 6 - 7 - 8
(781) 477-7440
Fax (781) 477-7202
Address - Map Link 70 Conomo Avenue, Lynn, MA 01904
School Day Monday - Friday 7:45 AM until 2:30 PM
Home Access Center WEBPAGE
Attendance The Pickering Middle School's start time is 7:45 AM and the school day ends at 2:30 PM. When the doors open at 7:45, students are expected to go to their homerooms. Students arriving after 8:00 AM are considered late and are to report to the office. If a student arrives late, he/she must have a note stating the reason for being late, otherwise, detention will be assigned.
Staff and Teacher List Current School Year
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Department of Education Profiles and Report Cards
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Last Website Update: October 6, 2020 12:13 PM
School Staff and Teacher List For 2018-2019

Our School Staff List
Our Phone (781) 477-7440
Our Fax (781) 477-7202
Principal Kevin Rittershaus
Assistant Principal
Maria Fenn
Clerk Dru Madruga
Clerk Donna Corson
Program Specialist
Deborah Morel
Math Coach Mary Archambault
Guidance Counselor
Claire McRobbie
Guidance Counselor Kristina Benecke
Guidance Counselor Dena Coffey
School Social Worker Matthew Ridley
School Nurse Robin Erelli
School Hall Monitor TBA
School Resource Officer Officer Hogan
Custodial Staff
Head Custodian Steve Malagrifa
Barbara Brown

Our School Teacher List
Angeliki Russell Grades Six, Seven and Eight
Elaine Appleton Grades Six and Seven
Jennifer McIntosh Grade Six
Christine Donovan Grade Six
Kerri Boudreault Grade Seven
Ashley Chalifour Grade Seven
Nancy Mades-Byrd Grade Eight
Kelley Lapierre Grade Eight
Karen Dulong All Grades
Foreign Language
Blass Mercedes Grade 7 Spanish
Persida Chez Grades 7 and 8 Spanish
Marilyn Klinker Grade 8 Spanish
Julie Laverdure All Grades
Elyse Diorio Grade Six
Stephen Maniatis Grade Six
Jennifer Alsen Grade Seven
Laura Pitman Grade Seven
Renee Philbrook Grade Eight
Maurice Twomey Grade Eight
Anthony Rozakis Grades Six, Seven and Eight
Physical Education
Deborah DeFilippo Grades Six, Seven and Eight
James Foley Grades Six, Seven and Eight
Bruce Johnson
Mary Blanchard
Christina Stanley
Catherine Griffin
Briana Cennami Grade Six
Sara Kuzmin Grade Six
Roy Rodriguez Grade Seven
Leanne Soden Grade Seven
Jill Joyce Grade Eight
Kristine Johnson Grade Eight
Social Studies
Greta Harvey Grade Six
Robert Upton Grade Six
Chris Meechin Grade Seven
John Johnston Grade Seven
Scott Levine Grade Eight
Colleen Simmons Grade Eight
Special Education
Brenda Cronin Grade Six Inclusion
Donna Debenedicits Grade Six Inclusion
Amy Sewyck Grade Seven Inclusion
Robert Reed Grade Seven Inclusion
Angela Desroches Grade Eight Inclusion
Courtney Tucker Grades Six, Seven and Eight
Kathleen Driscoll Grades Six, Seven and Eight
MaryBeth Gilchrist Grades Six, Seven and Eight
Tracie Lindsey COACh - PASE
Leta Walker Grades Six, Seven and Eight
TBA Grades Six, Seven and Eight
Teacher Aids
Mayra Garcia Classroom Aide
Laurie Jackiewicz Classroom Aide
June Waldron Classroom Aide
Natalie Morrison Technology Teacher
Scott Clark Technology and Engineering Teacher
Last Website Update: October 6, 2020 12:13 PM

Welcome To Pickering's Resource Page

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- What's Happening This Month At School - New Meals Plan Distribution
Book Icon Academics and Curriculum
- Curriculum Guides
- Student Handbooks
- Summer Reading Information
- Superintendent's District Handbook Letter (English and Spanish)
Basketball Icon Activities, Sports and Athletics
Blog Icon COVID-19 Information
Masks Help Stop The Spread Flyer
Arabic English
Haitian Creole Khmer
Portuguese Spanish
COVID-19 Fact Sheet - English COVID-19 Fact Sheet - Spanish
Running Icon Extra Curricular Activities
Drama Intramural Computer Club
Science Club School Newspaper Music Club
Arts/Craft Club Cheerleading TV Club
National Honor Society    
- Extra Curricular Activities Webpage
- Community Activities Webpage
Blog Icon School Google Calendar
- Select the "Agenda" tab for a complete list view of events.
Clipboard Icon LPS Policies, Codes and Forms
- Teaching About Alcohol, Tobacco, Drugs and Our Policy
- Common School Policies, Codes and Forms
Technology Icon Technology
- Home Access Center
School House Icon For Parents
- PTO Webpage
School Desk Icon For Students
- Honor Roll Webpage
Facebook Icon Social Media
- The LPS Facebook Page Has Our Art-Photo Postings, Announcements & More!
Dance Icon Special Projects and Presentation Archive
Last Website Update: October 6, 2020 12:13 PM
Welcome to the Pickering School Council Webpage
School Council Members and Meetings - School Year 2020 -2021
Name School or Community Position
New Members Soon!  
Past Meeting Dates and Agenda Past Meeting Minutes  
December 9, 2019    
* February 10, 2020    
* May 4, 2020    
* Tentative    
About School Councils
A school council is a representative, school building-based committee composed of the principal, parents, teachers, community members and, at the secondary level, students, required to be established by each school pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 71, Section 59C.

It is important to note the School Council plays an advisory role in assisting the building principal to organize and implement a School Improvement Plan which not only addresses the areas in which the school intends to comply with the requirements of the Educational Reform Act, but also how the school intends to meet those system-wide goals and policies adopted by the school committee. Membership will consist of the principal, teachers, parents, students and community members.

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