201 Wendell Rd.
New Salem, MA 01355
978.544.6926 (voice)
978.544.2253 (fax)

Kelley Sullivan

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Swift River School

Be Safe. Be Kind. Be Responsible.


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MISSION: Swift River School is a safe, compassionate and academically rich learning community
where all students develop and apply knowledge, creativity and social skills.



April 9, 11, 16, 18, Parent Teacher Conferences
April 11 and 18, 1:10 Early Dismissal Fridays
Thursday, April 17, Author and American Sign
Language teacher visit - Jan Caswell
May 31, We're on TRACK 5K/10K






Watch the play, based on the book I Survived: Hurricane Katrina, 2005, performed by students in grades 4, 5, and 6.



Watch the children in grades 5 and 6 perform Mother Earth, a music video by Mr. Hines





Check out the Swift River School Library

Massachusetts Children’s Book Award 2014
Master List for 2013-2014

Auxier, J. Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes
Beha, E. Tango: The Tale of an Island Dog
Beil, M. The Red Blazer Girls: The Vanishing Violin
Bowen, F. Perfect Game
Christopher, M. World Cup
Clements, A. We the Children (Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School)
Cohagan, C. The Lost Children
Cronin, D. The Trouble with Chickens: A J.J. Tully Mystery
Curtis, C. P. The Mighty Miss Malone
Dionne, E. The Total Tragedy of a Girl Named Hamlet
Draper, S. Out of My Mind
Flores-Galbis, E. 90 Miles to Havana
Frazier, S. The Other Half of My Heart
Hiaasen, C. Chomp
Jacobson, J. Small as an Elephant
Lai, T. Inside Out and Back Again
Lupica, M. Hero
McMann, L. The Unwanteds
Pennypacker, S. Summer of the Gypsy Moths
Pinkwater, D. The Yggyssey: How Iggy Wondered What Happened to All the Ghosts, Found Out Where They Went, and Went There
Riordan, R. The Lost Hero (Heroes of Olympus, Book 1)
Simon, C. Emma on Thin Icing (Cupcake Diaries)
Spinelli, J. Jake and Lily
Tarshis, L. I Survived: Hurricane Katrina, 2005
Vernon, U. Dragon Breath #1



Swift River School's Mission and Vision

Swift River School is a safe, compassionate and academically rich learning community where all students develop and apply knowledge, creativity and social skills.

Swift River is known by the community as “our school”. We are a small, rural school where we greet, welcome and support all.  Our community is inspired by enthusiasm for learning, creativity and social connections.

The student curriculum, both academic and social, is differentiated so that each learner is engaged in rich and meaningful work.  Student achievement and sense of efficacy increase throughout the years.

Students and staff are introduced to the school’s social curriculum that provides rules and guidelines for engaging in collaborative problem solving and conflict resolution.  These strategies are reinforced during directed activities and workshops, and then applied as situations arise naturally throughout the day.

Staff members are empowered to collaborate. They think together, share practices and critically analyze the life of the school and the achievement of the students. Professional knowledge is applied regularly and creatively and shared in a collegial environment during scheduled professional development time.

Swift River School offers a variety of workshops for families. Topics include academic and social curricula. The workshops develop a common language empowering all to be supportive contributors to the learning team.

The Swift River School community members - students, staff, families and townspeople - work together to promote learning for all.


Reviewed by School Committee
December 2006 and January 2007 Meetings





Prohibition on Harrassment, Sexual Harassment, Hazing and Bullying



Our Early Childhood Program is NAEYC Accredited





Swift River Recycles - Do You?

Cell Phone, Laptop, Gold & Silver Jewelry Recycling Fundraiser

The New Salem/Wendell School District assures that all programs, activities and employment opportunities are offered without regard to race, color, gender, age, creed, religion, national or ethnic origin, economic status, homelessness, sexual orientation and physical or mental disability.


Principal: : Kelley Sullivan
Swift River School
201 Wendell Rd.
New Salem, MA 01355
978.544.6926 (voice)
978.544.2253 (fax)

Web Site: Christine