Principal's Office

A Message from Principal Fusco

Veterans’ Memorial Elementary School

Home of the Eagles!


Matt Fusco, Principal

60 Prospect St. (Formerly St. Ann’s School) 

Gloucester, MA  01930

Phone 978-281-9820 / Fax 978-281-9717                                                                      

August 28, 2021

Dear Veterans’ Families:  

This letter is all about the arrival and dismissal procedures for the Veterans’ School’s new address on 60 Prospect St.  There is a lot of information in this letter so make sure that you read it carefully.  

The neighborhood around our new location has been very excited and welcoming to us as we have moved into our new place.  They are glad to see some new life and energy come into the area and are looking forward to seeing children in the neighborhood learning and using the park etc.  Believe me, if there are issues, it reflects poorly on all of us and I will be reaching out to the surrounding community from time to time, to see how things are going.  As a school community we need to do our best to be good neighbors by following these simple rules.  

Drive slowly and safely around the school and neighborhood.

  1. Don’t park in front of or in someone’s driveway even if you think you will be there for a short period of time.

  2. Don’t double park or live park in an area that you shouldn’t be in.  


  4. Have your child take the bus if they qualify

  5. Be patient and show grace to everyone

  6. While we never want students to be late, don’t panic and drive too fast if you are running late.  We will always forgive a tardy if there is a good reason.


There are two streets that are out in front of Veterans’.  The first is Prospect St. which runs on the “ramp” side of the school.  This street is fairly busy and does not allow for any parking.  The second is Pleasant St. which runs along the parking lot side of the school and has the Holy Cow Ice Cream Store and Yellow Sub.  Here is a map to the location.

In the morning, drop off will be along the left hand side of Pleasant St., we will have staff out on the sidewalk assisting students to get out of the cars so you can stay at the wheel. We will direct them on the best way to get into the building.  

Here are a few things to remember:

  1. Give your hugs and kisses to your kids before you leave your house in the morning!  

  2. Children must exit the car on the driver’s side (sidewalk side) of Pleasant St. 

  3. We will direct students to enter the parking lot area by the front part of the church

  4. There is no extended parking in this area, this is a dropoff and go area.  If you want to accompany your child onto the property, you must find a parking space on the surrounding streets and walk to the school.  

We are serving breakfast everyday starting at 8:20 up in the cafeteria.  Students entering the property between 8:00 and 8:40 MUST go into the school and up to the cafeteria so we can make sure they are supervised.  At 8:40, we will bring all the students out to the parking lot and line them up to come into the school and go to their classes.  For the first 3 days of school, we will not be serving breakfast as we need to make sure that all students know how to find their way around the school and we work out any issues with staffing and supervision.  We will be serving lunch on all days. Breakfast will begin on Sep 7, 2021.  


For dismissal, we insist that all Kindergarten and first grade students are released to a parent, guardian, older sibling or a pre-arranged with the school adult.  The same holds true for students that are taking the bus.  Safety is always our number one priority.  Here are some things to remember:

  1. At 3:00PM the teachers will bring out to the parking lot area any students that are not taking the bus to home, the YMCA or Pathways.  The teachers will make contact with the person picking up the student and will not release the student to anyone we are not familiar with. 

  2. If you believe that your child(ren) could walk home from school (grades 2-5) fill out the attached walkers form or send in a note to your child’s teacher stating that you give us permission to let them walk home.  

  3. If you are picking up your child from the school, find a place to park and walk over.  This will cut down on traffic and congestion.  You don’t have to park directly in front of the school on Pleasant St.  There are other areas nearby that are a short walk.  

  4. There is no parking on the right side of Pleasant St.  and do not park in the parking lot behind Savour Wines.  That is a condominium complex and not public parking. 


The buses are going to be parked at the corner of SMITH ST. which will be closed to other traffic during our arrival and dismissal times.  The buses will be met in the morning by Veterans’ Staff and the students will be escorted to the school.  We expect the buses to be arriving by 8:40 or so.  Students will have the option to get breakfast if they would like.  In the afternoon, students that are taking the buses will gather on the main floor of the school and walk out to the correct bus by an adult.  

I think that covers all of it.  Please remember that we have not seen arrival or dismissal in action at this location so let’s all show each other some patience and grace as we work out the kinks to any potential issues.  Give yourself some extra time for the arrival and dismissal of your child(ren)  until we get into a good groove.  You are the best group of parents in Gloucester and even though I am a little nervous about how all this will go, I know that we will all figure it out together.  

Mr. Fusco

PrincipalMatt Fusco, Principal



Dear Veterans’ Parents and Families,

I hope that all of you had a wonderful, quiet, Thanksgiving holiday.  Attendance today was pretty good!  I am so proud of all the families here at Veterans’ and your commitment to keeping us in school and learning.  Everyday, I am more and more convinced that having kids in school during this pandemic is the right thing to do and so important for our students academic and emotional health.  

If you have been watching the news lately, there is an expectation that there may be a surge in COVID 19 cases following the Thanksgiving holiday and the fact that we are all indoors now for the next several months.  Therefore, I think that this is a good time to go over a few reminders so that we are all on the same page when situations arise.  

Absences:  If your child is out of school for a non-Covid related situation, (appointment, family emergency, sprained ankle etc.) please contact the office at 978-281-9820.  You can leave a voicemail or speak directly to Ms. Davis, the school secretary.  I know that many of you have been using Class Dojo to communicate with your child’s teacher and that is great, but we would also like a phone call as well. 

If your child or someone in your household is experiencing COVID-like symptoms and you are keeping them home, it is very important that you contact the school and ask to speak with the nurse, Karen Huie RN, so that you can develop a plan to keep us informed and to assist you with any questions that you may have.  Nurse Huie is very knowledgeable in the identification and follow up of COVID cases and she can be of great assistance to you and your family.  The Gloucester Public Schools have translation services so we can call you back if you do not speak english very well with a live interpreter.  Remember these three important words:  Communicate, Communicate, Communicate!  We want and need to hear from you or a representative of your family.  

Here is the list of COVID 19 symptoms:  Please keep your child(ren) home if they are showing signs.  

  •  Fever (100.0° Fahrenheit or higher), chills, or shaking chills (CDC has lowered the temperature from 100.4 to 100.0) 

  •  Cough (not due to other known cause, such as chronic cough) 

  •  Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath 

  •  New loss of taste or smell 

  •  Sore throat 

  •  Headache, when in combination with other symptoms 

  •  Muscle aches or body aches 

  •  Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea 

  •  Fatigue, when in combination with other symptoms 

  •  Nasal congestion or runny nose (not due to other known causes, such as allergies) when in combination with other symptoms

The next couple of months are going to be stressful but, with your cooperation, I believe that we can stay in school and stay healthy.  Next stop, December 23rd!!

Thank you for your consideration.  

Matt Fusco,


Veterans’ Memorial School 

Veterans’ Memorial Elementary School

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Hello Veterans’ Families,

I hope that all of you are safe and healthy.  This has certainly been a tumultuous time for everyone so I want to start off by saying thank you to all of the students and families that have been working so hard to stay actively engaged with their teachers and their schoolwork.  All of us realize how difficult this has been for everyone so your efforts are appreciated.  Considering that we only have two weeks left, there are a few events planned that we hope will show our appreciation, love and caring for our whole school community.  Please do your best to make sure your child gets involved in these activities so that we can part for the summer still connected and looking forward to September.  

Last Day of School:  The last day of school is Wednesday, June 17th.  

Chromebooks:  The logistics of trying to have families return chromebooks and the need to  disinfect them  if we were to take them back would be an overload to our personnel and systems.  Therefore, any families that received a chromebook from the Gloucester Public Schools should keep them over the summer for use in the fall in case we return to some form of in-school/remote learning.  Keep the chromebook over the summer for use in the fall.  

Virtual Field Days/Olympics- Mrs. Hubeny, the Physical Education teacher has planned a virtual field day/olympics for all students and staff beginning on June 12th.  Each student will be on a team and they will be able to earn points over the course of June 12th, 15th  and 16th by doing certain physical and academic activities.  Much of this will be done over class dojo and through google classroom so make sure you are staying connected.  Mrs. Hubeny will be reaching out with more information in the coming days.  

Car parade ~ The Veterans’ school faculty and staff want to show our appreciation to all of our families by holding a car parade through our neighborhoods on June 12th we will be starting out from Vets around 10:00AM.  Make sure that you are outside your home so that we can wave to you and say hello (and goodbye).  We will be sending out the route over the next several days.  The car parade is for faculty and staff only.  

Virtual chorus concert ~ 1. This week students should still be practicing their concert repertoire (suggested or self selected song).

 2. Students should perform their song for their families this Friday 6/5.

 3. Families should record their children singing or playing their song and submit it on Monday 6/8 by email (preferably sharing via Google drive with sharing privileges) to Mrs. Nelson at

Take a family photo ~ We would like to see if we can get all Veterans’ Families to send us a photo of themselves wishing everyone a great summer.  You can send this to Mrs. Lambert at  She is going to put the photos into an awesome slideshow that we can share with you.  

Personal items ~ Because we left in such a hurry on March 13th, students left behind personal items in their desks and cubbies.  I am working on a plan for a contactless pickup for parents of these items and I will be letting you know how that will happen within the next few days.  

The Future!!  ~ All of us are wondering what school will look like in September.  We are currently waiting for the Department of Education to give us guidance on how to proceed.  The faculty and staff at Veterans’ are already working proactively to make sure that we are ready for whatever type of learning is recommended.  Honestly, it is pretty much all I think about right now!!  Therefore, over the summer, it is very important that you read all of your emails, listen to my phone calls and respond when we need you to respond so that you and your child are prepared for whatever comes our way in September.  Communication between the school and your home is going to be the key to our success.  

It’s amazing how much we have going on but I think it will be really important to be as involved as possible for your children.  We miss you and your kids so much!!  As always, I am available to answer any questions or concerns that you may have.  The faculty and staff stand ready to assist you as well.  Take care and stay safe.  

Thank you,

Matthew J. Fusco
Matt Fusco




April 16, 2020

Hello Veterans' Families,

Can you believe that we have been out of school for 5 weeks?  It is really unbelievable.  Over the last few weeks I have been so hard at work from my little office at home that I have actually been surprised at how fast the time has gone by.  Getting our remote learning set up took a monumental effort from all of the teachers and staff.  So far, I think that it is going fairly well and considering the learning curve for students, parents and teachers, it is pretty remarkable that so many students are accessing the work and getting it done.  I am proud of all of you!  

For the parents of students on IEP's, it is very important that you stay in contact with your child's teacher during the closure.  Your child's teacher is required by the State of Massachusetts to provide specialized services to your child.  This can only happen if you are available to help arrange for remote learning meetings and to answer emails etc.  We understand that there can be mitigating circumstances to keeping up with contact but the teachers are willing to work with anyone to provide accommodations that are necessary so that the learning can continue.  Not answering calls or emails makes it impossible for us to service your child.  

At this writing, I believe that we have been in contact with every child's family that goes to the Veterans' School.  Our contact will continue over the next several months.  We love to hear from you and we are hopeful that you are all safe and healthy.  Remember, if you or any member of your family is experiencing extenuating circumstances that would impact your child's ability to work remotely please reach out to the school!  We totally understand and can work with you to help in any way we can.  

Take care and stay safe.

Mr. Fusco

MARCH 18, 2020

Hello Veterans' Families,

The last several days have been tumultuous to say the least!  Due to the coronavirus, we are now out of school for the next 3 weeks with a possible return to school by April 6.  I have spoken to many parents and it is clear that this is a time of great stress for all of you.  Some have lost jobs and others are stuck in a place where they don't know if they will have a job to return to.  Those of you with jobs are now at home to watch your children.  I too, am at home writing this letter and it is a very uncertain time for all of us.  

Today, the elementary principal's in Gloucester sent out a virtual learning page that will help you to access sites and documents that will give you ideas to continue the learning of your child(ren) during this hiatus.  This could be a time of great self directed learning for your child without the pressures of the normal academic day.   I beg you not to let your child spend the majority of time on their video games  or phones/laptops.  Look at the fantastic resource our teachers have sent to you and use it with your kids.  

I will keep updating families as I find out more information.  In the meantime, you can follow me on Class Dojo or on instagram.  Our address on Instagram is

Take care,

Mr. Fusco

April 22, 2019,

Hello Veterans' Families,

It is hard to believe that we are through the April vacation.  From here on out, things go really quickly until summer!  I want to say just how proud I am of all the students in grades 3,4 and 5 for the hard work they did on the MCAS exams in english language arts.  They really took the tests seriously and did their very best.  Every year, we have a theme to help students approach these important exams.  This year it is, "Keep Calm and Believe In Yourself."  I think our kids have really done that so far.  

Testing for mathematics is going to begin the week of April 29th.  See the calendar for dates.

January 22, 2019

Happy New Year to all the Veterans' Families and students!! 

Things at Veterans' have been going great so far.  Our students continue to make amazing progress in their learning in reading, math, science and social studies.  

A reminder:  The MCAS time is almost upon us.   This means that we will be testing students in grades 3-5 from April 1st through the end of May.  Please do not take any vacations during that time except for the April break.  Our school is penalized if a student misses sections of the testing.  Parents will be getting a more specific schedule of test dates in February.  

Our next PTO meeting is going to be on February 25th at 6:oo PM in the library (childcare is provided).  At this meeting, Jonathan Pope is going to be giving an update on the progress of the proposed East Gloucester/Veterans' new school project.  

Mr. Fusco

September 5, 2018

Hello Veterans' Families, Students and Friends,

We just completed our first full day of school for the new school year 2018-2019!  We really had a great day and I am so excited about the possibilities for learning and fun that we are going to be capable of achieving this school year.  I think that the Veterans' School is one of the best schools ever!  I, however, may be a little bit biased and maybe you may not think we are the best, but you have to believe that we are pretty darn good.  Watching our teachers welcome back the students and seeing how happy most of the students were to return to school was incredible.  We also welcomed a whole bunch of new students this year and they have all settled in really well.  

As always, if you have questions or comments, please feel free to contact me at mfusco@gloucester or at 978-281-9820.  

April 9, 2017

Dear Veterans' Families, Students and Friends,

It may be a short week, but it is filled with lots of things going on.  

1.)  Grade 5 is going to be presenting it's "Wax Museum" tomorrow from 9:30-11:00AM.  Everyone is welcome!  Each fifth grader chose a famous person to portray as a wax figure.  The students have prepared speeches when you press a button.  This required a lot of work on the part of the fifth graders and their teachers.  The students will be spread throughout the building so you will be able to walk around and take it all in.  We did this last year and it was very cool.  I know you will enjoy it.  

2.)  Tomorrow, I am going to introduce to the students our plans to hold our first ever spelling bee for all students at the Veterans' School.  Even our kindergartners.  Students will be given a list of words to practice over the vacation.  The first spelling bees will be held in the classroom, then it will go to the grade and then to our final spelling bee which will be held on May 11th after school.  Keep an eye out for that list of spelling words to practice with over the vacation.  On Thursday we may watch the movie, Akeela and the Bee to get the kids excited.  

3.) On Wednesday of this week, the kindergartners in Ms. Thomas' class will be presenting to their parents the writing and research that they have done over the last several weeks.  We have some great writers down in K.  

4.)  Our students in grades 3 and 4 will be continuing to take the MCAS exams in English Language Arts on Tuesday (3) and Wednesday (4).  So far, our kids have been working really hard and giving it their all.  I am proud of all of them.  

Don't forget that there is no school this Friday in observance of Good Friday.  Next week we have our spring vacation and before you know it, it will be summer.  It always goes so fast after the April break.  I hope that all of you have a wonderful vacation.  Make sure you are checking my twitter site @principalfusco.  


Mr. Fusco

MARCH 27, 2017

Dear Veterans' families!  

We had a great time at the hot dog bingo on Friday night.  There were some great prizes and hot dogs and chips for all.  It was a blast.  Thanks to the PTO for their hardwork putting this together.  

This Thursday night, we will be having our academic celebration of reading with our Family Reading Night.  Children will be reading books to families and showing off all the skills that they have learned this year. Afterwards there will be book giveaways and refreshments.  Please come to this night and support your child's academic efforts.  

As you know by now, the MCAS exams (state testing) begin next week.  On Friday, we will have our annual MCAS pep rally for our third, fourth and fifth graders.  What we ask all the kids that are taking the tests to do is to give it their best effort, get to bed early the night before and have a healthy breakfast either at home or here at school.  We are hoping to get the kids psyched up to give their all.  I am confident that they have the skills to shine.  

Last week, I spoke at a conference of principals about the Veterans' faculty and staff and our co-teaching model.  This cutting edge model of instruction had many principals interested in what we are doing at Vets.  I was proud to present all the hard work our teachers have done to make co-teaching a success here at Vets.  It is a labor intensive style of teaching but it brings results.  

Lastly, I have been going outside for a few days a week to see the dismissal process.  Please, please, please do not park in the no parking area on Webster St. located directly in front of the school.  When you park there, even if it is live parking, you make it difficult for our buses to pull in and out of the driveway.  It is a safety issue for our children.  The construction crews are gone from the front of the building and upper Webster St. so parking should be a little better.  Don't forget that you can park at the Fraternity Club or the Masonic Hall on Eastern Ave. for pickup.  Hopefully, the weather will get nicer and walking will be more enjoyable.  

That's all for this week, I have posted some pictures on my twitter page of Hot Dog Bingo Night.  Please check it out @principalfusco.  Have a great week

Mr. Fusco


SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

Hello Veterans' Families,

I hope that all of you had a very nice weekend.  It really feels like fall doesn't it?  I am already halfway through a bag of candy corn, I probably should have eaten an apple instead.  

It was great seeing so many parents and guardians at our Meet theTeacher Night last week.  Your presence at these events is not lost on your children.  You have shown your children in a very real way that you value their education and that you know how their classroom operates and are interested in building a partnership with their classroom teacher.  

This week:

I hope that all of you have read the email from Dr. Safier with regards to the meeting on Monday night at East Gloucester School to discuss the possibility of a new building project that will combine both Veterans' Memorial and East Gloucester Elementary Schools into one new building.  As parents of students at Veterans', your input is very important to this process so we hope you will attend, especially parents of students of kindergarteners and younger.  The meeting begins at 6:30PM and is being held in the East Gloucester Elementary School auditorium.  

Also this week, individual picture day is going to happen this Tuesday, September 27th.  We do have some vouchers for picture packages if you are having difficulty affording these photos.  Please see either Claire or myself if you are interested.  

Also this week, last year's PARCC scores are being released to the public.  Parents of students in grades 4 and 5 will be receiving their scores over the next few weeks.  Because this is a new type of test, the scores cannot effect our current designation of a level 2 school.  This year, the PARCC test is not being given, rather, the State of Massachusetts is going to be giving the next generation MCAS exam.  These tests in math and english language arts are given every spring to the students in grades 3,4 and 5.  Grade 4 students across the state are going to be taking the MCAS exam on computers.  To that end, we are going to be purchasing a typing program for our students.  It  will start with our fourth graders and move down to grades 3 and 2 eventually so that we are training our students to be adept at keyboarding.  

Our students are continuing to work very hard during the day and are staying engaged in the classrooms.  Please make sure that your children are arriving on time to school (9:00).  Our new attendance policy is very stringent this year especially for students and parents that have over 6 absences or tardies within a trimester that are unexcused.  You will find all of this information in the student handbook that was sent to you last week. The student handbook is a very important read for parents.  Please fill out and send in the form that states you have read and understand the handbook as well as the acceptable use policy for the internet and computers at school.   

It is going to be a great week for our students to really dive into their learning.  All teachers have their scheduling done and their groups figured out.  The students understand the school and classroom rules so we are ready to go.  Go Red Sox, Go Pats.  


Have a great week,

Matt Fusco


“Give us wings, and we will soar!”

August 23, 2016


Dear Veterans’ Families,


I hope that all of you had a wonderful summer and that you are beginning to think about heading back to school, which for grades 1 through 5 will be in just two short weeks.  So much has gone on here at Veterans’ over the summer.  While you were out enjoying the beach, the faculty and staff were working very hard (and going to the beach!!). 


There are several new staff members that are joining the Veterans’ School family.  We are so excited about all of them as they represent the best candidates that were out there.  There were also changes to existing faculty/staff positions as well. 


Grade 5:  Special Education teacher Jane Brancaleone is moving from her grade 2 position to work with our 5th graders.

Grade 4: Kristie Lambert is now our grades k-2 interventionist.  She will be working with our kindergarten teachers and grade 1 in their literacy and will be working with grades 1 and 2 in mathematics also.  Amy Clayton is now going to be the regular education teacher at Grade 4 and we have hired Ms. Jessica Coons to be the special education teacher.

Grade 3:  Rachel Aldridge is the new special education teacher

Grade 2:  Rachael Phelan is our new special education teacher

Kindergarten:  We are excited to welcome two new Kindergarten teachers!!  Elizabeth Coughlan and Suzanne Thomas. 

Substantially Separate Classroom:  We are so excited to welcome Arlene Evans and her staff and students to our school.  They will be in Janet Allen’s old classroom which is a wonderful space for our students prek – kindergarten.

Physical Education:  Our beloved “Coach” has reluctantly accepted a new job in Southbridge MA.  This is very close to where he lives and will be an excellent opportunity for him.  Our new PE teacher is Ms. Kathryn Hubeny!  She comes to us with a wealth of experience in both the college setting and in Project Adventure.  She is eager to get working with our students!  


We have moved the title one offices out of the library and we are in the process of restoring the library to its former glory.  It is a beautiful space for students and teachers to work and read.  You will be impressed when you see it.


Our kindergarten classrooms are now going to be across the hall from each other! This will allow for greater collaboration and expand our opportunities for co-teaching. 


Our Annual Ice Cream Social is happening out on the back courtyard on August 25th beginning at 6:00PM.  DO NOT BUY A BACKPACK FOR YOUR CHILDREN!!!  We have had over 400 backpacks donated from Walgreens with school supplies in them.  We will be giving them out at the Ice Cream Social. 

 Well that’s all for now, I told you we were busy!!  I can’t wait to see all of you again, and to our new families, welcome! You are going to love it at Vets.  You are Eagles now!

 Eagles Rock!!

Mr. Fusco



January 12, 2016

Dear Veterans' Families, Guests and Friends!  

Happy New Year! We are still coming down from the excitement of our level 2 designation, but that doesn't mean that the work stops here at the Veterans' school.  We have a lot of really great things going on here.  

The classroom teachers and I have just finished up our winter round of data for literacy.  It was noticed that so many of our students are making above average or "Ambitious" gains in their ability to read words.  We are further along with our students this year than last year at this time and all the numbers are going up.  Make sure you tell your kids how proud we are of the work they are doing and make sure you keep reading to and with them every night.   

Last Monday, we unveiled something new to the students at our Monday Morning Meeting.  We are calling it "Portraits of Greatness".  These are people that against great odds and in the face of criticism went on to do amazing things.  We are hoping that our students can be inspired by these people.  The first person we are learning about is the African American choreographer, Alvin Ailey.  He was born in Texas during the depression, moved to Los Angeles where he was exposed to dance.  He ended up combining his Baptist upbringing with Modern Dance to create the groundbreaking choreography in his dance entitled "Revelations".  Which is still performed to this day.  He was really an amazing person.  

I am happy to say that we have installed two more Apple televisions in Grade 4 and Kindergarten.  This means that we only have two more classrooms to get this wonderful technology into.  Speaking of technology, we just purchased a new video camera for the school thanks to the generosity of a donation from Shaw's Supermarkets.  It is awesome and we are hoping to start our own Veterans' School channel.  

Coming soon from my office will be the PARCC schedule for parents of students in grades 3,4 and 5.  The testing will be occurring in the month of May.  Please review this schedule and make sure that your family is not going on any vacations or extended absences during this time.  I thank you in advance for your consideration.  

Also coming soon will be our new Title One Website.  Stay tuned.  

Have a great week.

Mr. Fusco

December 8, 2015

Dear Veterans’ School Families,


I have some very exciting news to share with all of you about our school.  Each year the State of Massachusetts sets an accountability rating on every school in the commonwealth based on our results for  standardized testing.  This standardized testing you may know as the PARCC or the MCAS tests.  I am extremely proud to say that the results from the PARCC exams that our students took last spring are in and we now have an accountability level of 2!!  This is thrilling news as it puts us in a category of sustained and improved growth as well as puts us on an equal level with the other schools in our district.  These results are a testament to the hard work and effort that the students are giving to their school work and to these tests.


Standardized tests are given in the spring of every school year to our students in grades 3,4 and 5.  The results are tabulated and each school is given an accountability level.  Since 2012, the Veterans’ School has received a level of 3 and prior to that, we were in corrective action as far back as 2006.  Level 3 put us in the lowest 25% of schools in Massachusetts and as a result reflected negatively on the school and the hardworking staff and students that learned here.  When I became principal of this school, it was my goal to reach LEVEL 2 status within 5 years.  To do it in only two years is astounding.


I want to recognize the efforts of the entire Veterans’ School faculty and staff who have gone through tremendous changes over the past several years with new curricula and the co-teaching model.  Anything that is asked of them they do and they do it well.  I am honored to be their principal. 


It is my firm belief that we can become a LEVEL 1 school because we have hard working students, dedicated faculty and staff and parents that are supporting their learning at home (reading, assisting with homework and creating structure) each and every day.  It is this combination that will help our students reach their full potential. 


Please feel free to share this news with EVERYONE!! 


Thank you,




Matt Fusco



Dear Veterans’ Parents and Guardians,



Veterans’ Memorial School


11 Webster St.

Gloucester, MA



“Give us wings, and we will soar!”




Matthew Fusco                                                                                                                                                                                     



October 28, 2015


Dear Parents and Guardians,


Can you believe that we have been in school for almost two months?  It’s hard to believe that in two more months it will be Christmas!  The school year really seems to fly by.  We have so much going on at Vets these days that I wanted to send out this letter to keep you updated on all that is going on!


This Friday is going to be the Veterans’ School annual Halloween parade.  The parade will start at 1:30PM.  We will walk through the hallways and then outside onto the courtyard in the back of the school.  It is here that you can get that all important “photo opportunity!!”  We ask that you send your child to school with their costume in a bag and not worn by the student.  Make sure that the costume is uncomplicated.  i.e. no makeup or accessories that your child can’t put on by themselves.  As you know, the Veterans’ School Halloween Hop is Friday night and that would be when your child can wear their full costume!!  We also stress that students should not be bringing any fake swords, guns or other weaponry to the school even if it is part of their costume.  We also ask that you refrain from any gory or overly scary masks.  We will confiscate any costume items that are inappropriate.  As always, this is a really great time to celebrate our school spirit and the kids have a great time. 


The Veterans’ School PTO is putting on our annual Halloween Hop from 6:00PM to 7:30PM this Friday night.  This is sure to be a great time.  Remember, this is not a “drop off” event.  All students must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  We hope to see you there. 


Our Everybody Reads At Home program is in full swing.  Those ERAH forms are due in to Ms. Delisle for the month of October on November 4th.  Those students and their families will be recognized at Monday Morning Meeting for their hard work and dedication to reading together as a family. 


For the parents of students in fourth and fifth grade, you may remember that your child took the PARCC exam last year in March and in May.  You are probably wondering what the results were.  We have not received the results for the Veterans’ School yet.  I believe that they should be coming in the month of November at some point but school districts around the State have not received them. 


Some important dates for everyone to remember:

October 30th  1:30PM  Halloween parade  (meet us out at the courtyard)

October 30th  6:00PM  Halloween Hop in the gymnasium

November 1st ~ Daylight savings time!  Turn your clocks back one hour

November 3rd ~ No School for all students   (Faculty and Staff development)

November 4th ~ ERAH (Everybody Reads At Home) forms are due in to Ms. Delisle

November 5th ~ 12:00PM Early Release for parent conferences

November 11th ~ No School for all students ~ Veteran’s Day!!

November 25th ~ 12:00PM Early Release for Thanksgiving Holiday

November 26th and 27th ~ No school Thanksgiving break.



There are so many great things going on here at the Vets!  The kids are working hard and I am so proud of all of them.  Keep it up!  We learn best when we struggle! 



Mr. Fusco


This year, the Veterans’ School faculty and staff have begun a school-wide behavior program.  So far we have seen wonderful results from this work and we are excited to be moving forward with the second part of our implementation of this plan.  

In order to provide faculty/staff with an appropriate consequence for students that either end the day on Orange or Red or they are found by Mr. Fusco to be in excessive violation of the recess and cafeteria rules, the Veterans’ school is going to be instituting a ½ hour detention.

When a student ends their day on Orange or Red,  or they have misbehaved at recess or in the cafeteria, they may be assigned a detention.  Once a detention is assigned, the parent or guardian will receive a phone call from the teacher or Mr. Fusco.  They will be given all the information about the infraction(s) that were committed by the student and a day will be chosen that is mutually agreeable for when the detention will be served.

Detention is going to be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays of every week (except for holidays and early release days) from 3:00-3:30PM.  The Committee felt that it was extremely important that either a parent or legal guardian picks up the student from the detention.  We believe that the detention will have more meaning and impact to the student and their parent(s) if they are picked up from detention by a parent or legal guardian. We understand that with working parents it can be difficult, but we will work with you to choose a day that is convenient for a parent or guardian pickup.  .  During the student’s time in detention, a faculty member will be working with the student on pre-determined, grade level appropriate assignments designed to help students reflect on their indiscretions and to create a plan of action so that this does not happen again.

It is important to note that children will not be given detention for incomplete homework or other academic issues.  Those are dealt with through our grading system and report cards.

Please speak with your child(ren) about this new policy.  We will be speaking with your child(ren) as well.  While it is only for a ½ hour, we believe that if we all take detention seriously, and that we show our children that detention is a serious consequence for inappropriate behavior, our students will take it seriously and it hopefully will be a good deterrent against poor behavior.  

Detention is set to begin next Tuesday, October 20th.

As always, if you have any questions, comments or concerns, please give me a call.

Thank you,

Matt Fusco


Veterans’ Memorial School


October 8, 2015

 Dear Families and Friends of the Veterans’ School,

Things have been going great here at Vets for the first full month of school.  Our new behavioral system has already shown signs of great progress and acceptance for our students.  Disciplinary referrals are down for this month.  Please remember to ask your child what color they are on when they come home from school.  

In the morning everybody starts on the color green which means:  Ready to learn.  From there they can go either up or down depending on their behavior.  Even if a student goes down the color chart, they can still have the opportunity to turn it around by the end of the day and end up on Green or even better.  The best part is that students will keep track of their own colors everyday and keep a chart of how they have been behaving.  Your interest in their color for the day is great motivation for them to behave their best.  The biggest thing is that behavior and discipline are all about learning and teaching.  Students everyday are learning how to get along with others, problem solve and show empathy.  These are all traits that everyone needs in order to be productive citizens in our society.  Here are the colors:  If your child ends the day on Green or above, you should be pleased.  

PINK ~”Fantastic”

PURPLE ~ “Great Choice”

BLUE ~ “Good Choice

GREEN ~ “Ready to Learn” (Where everyone starts..)

YELLOW ~ “Warning”

ORANGE ~ “Consequence”

RED ~ “Referral to the Principal’s office”

These colors are based on five classroom rules that all students should follow.  They are: 

Rule 1 ~ Follow directions quickly

Rule 2 ~ Raise your hand to speak

Rule 3 ~ Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat

Rule 4 ~ Make smart choices

Rule 5 ~ Make your dear teacher happy! 

Playground and recess fall under the responsibility of the principal.  Therefore any issues that occur out at recess and in the cafeteria are referred directly to me by our noon supervisors and paraprofessionals.  

I am reminded that word "discipline" is derived from the word "disciple" which means one that is taught. That is what discipline is, whether by a parent or teacher, they are teachable moments.  

By the end of this month, the Veterans' school will be instituting a 1/2 hour detention on Tuesdays and Thursdays as a consequence for students that end their day on orange or red.  Or if their behavior out at recess or in the cafeteria warrants a consequence.  You will be receiving information on that shortly.  

Our students are really behind the new code and they have bought into it.  We are very excited to have the same code going on in all of the classrooms at Veterans.  

Don't forget that Monday is a holiday.  Enjoy the day off and the beautiful fall weather.  

Take care,

Matt Fusco


We also have an incredible website that explains the new Math program that we are implementing this year.  It is called Math In Focus.  Make sure you check it out!

Math in Focus Web Page

 Thank you,


Matt Fusco