Principal's Office

Message from the Principal

August 2017

Dear O’Maley Parents and Students,

A warm welcome back to our seventh and eighth graders and an enthusiastic welcome to our incoming sixth graders!

As I enter my eighth year as the Principal of the O’Maley Innovation Middle School, I am truly impressed with our accomplishments.  This year we start off the school year with two impressive designations.

The first is the renewal of our Innovation Status. This five year plan is a commitment to our belief that learning should be student centered, experiential and connected to the skills that will create students that are college and career ready. The renewal was a yearlong process and thank you to all involved in making this happen.

Our next accomplishment is the award of funding from the federal 21st Century Learning Grant to O’Maley Academy, our after school program and it’s recognition as an Exemplary Program!  This distinction provides the funds for the next three years to continue our outstanding after school program for no cost to families.  I am truly proud and wish to thank Allison Cousins and her staff for this incredible accomplishment.

Also new this year, a brand new band and chorus room!  This initiative was generously funded by the Gloucester Education Foundation and will bring a state of the art learning center to help us expand our music program.

O’Maley is also continuing initiatives started last year.  We continue our three-year goal to change our library into a Learning Commons.  PBIS and SAILS, continue to be a major part in our school culture, focusing on positive behaviors.  The 1:1 Chrome book initiative continues for all grade eight students, homeroom sets for grade seven and new this year, the expansion of homeroom sets for grade six.  These computers are a valuable tool for research and collaboration as well as for learning the technical skills necessary for a smooth transition to high school and beyond. 

As school begins, you will be receiving communication concerning O’Maley Academy sports and club options.  I hope that you decide to take part in these varied offerings for there is truly something for everyone.

Enjoy the rest of your summer and I look forward to seeing you all on August 29th at 7:35 am!


Debra Lucey

Debra Lucey