Principal's Office

Message from the Principal  Amy Pasquarello    978 281 9830

About East Gloucester Elementary School

The East Gloucester Elementary School is a neighborhood school located in Gloucester, Massachusetts.  We educate approximately 260 students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade. There are two classrooms at each grade level.  Teachers in grades 1-5 departmentalize or platoon the math and literacy curriculum, where one teacher will teach all students at the grade level the ELA curriculum and the other teacher teaches the math curriculum. 

The mission of Gloucester Schools is for all our students to be successful, engaged, life-long learners.  We believe that all students can achieve excellence through effective teaching that is driven by clarity of purpose and student engagement.  As educators, our goal is to offer a well-rounded curriculum with high quality instruction that will give our students the skills they need for the 21st century. 

The general education curriculum includes The Responsive Classroom® and Second Step® curricula, which gives students strategies for decision-making, conflict resolution, and taking responsibility for their actions.  These social skills are life long tools that will benefits students for years to come.

The English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum is Reading Street®, which is a comprehensive, research based language arts program that includes whole group and small group instruction.  This program incorporates literature, phonics instruction, and writing.  Teachers use current assessments to differentiate the curriculum to meet the needs of all learners.

We are in our second year of implementation of the new math program, Math In Focus®. This program emphasizes problem solving and critical thinking skills, with an emphasis on developing mathematical concepts and fostering the ability to apply the concepts in real-world situations.   The lessons progress from the concrete to the pictorial to the abstract.  The focus is on helping students develop a positive attitude about math, to have the confidence to persevere, and to monitor their own mathematical thinking.

The social studies curriculum stresses the importance of community, the historical, cultural, and natural environment of Gloucester, and how East Gloucester belongs to the greater community.  The science curriculum is a hands-on, engaging approach to investigation and discovery of the world around us. The Maritime Museum partners with teachers to enhance the science curriculum.

Music, art, and physical education classes are also offered and students are able to showcase their talents through art presentations and musical performances. The fifth graders perform a play each year and students in grade four and five can participate in the district's elementary band program. 

The Cape Ann YMCA offers an after school program at our school from 2:30-6:00 every day. Students participate in crafts, physical activities, and are able to socialize with peers. 

The East Gloucester Elementary School supports parent participation in many ways.  The Site-Based Council is responsible for developing a focused, responsive, and accountable school improvement plan. We have a very active parent organization and parents are encouraged to become involved in the PTO.  The activities planned by the PTO include enrichment programs that support the curriculum and family fun activities that allow families to socialize together.  East Gloucester School is committed to increasing community participation.