Friday Flash January 3, 2020

It's Friday already!
Sizer School has a number of events coming up this month, starting with a Senior Project Product this coming Monday. Senior Grace Vartanian will be raising money at Monday evening's varsity boys' basketball game to provide scholarship assistance to Sizer seniors who may have spent time in the foster care system.
Next weekend, SiTA presents their first production of the year, The Last Time I Cried.  This is an original, student-written production that contains monologues, scenes, and even an original song.
On Monday the 13th, senior Emma McEvoy has organized a basketball tournament to benefit the Siegel Rare Neuroimmune Association as part of her senior product.  
Please see the Flash for more information on all these great events.  
Want to get involved in some other great events coming up, such as the Souper Bowl to benefit the Sizer Community food pantry?  Join us for an hour on Tuesday night at the January PTSO meeting.


Have a great weekend, and we'll see you all back here on Monday.

Sizer Senior Emma McEvoy to host Hoops for Hope on January 13

Sizer School Senior Emma McEvoy of Hubbardston is making her Senior Project personal.

And in so doing, hopes to spread awareness about a rare neuroimmune disease known as Transverse Myelitis at an event called Hoops for Hope on January 13 at Sizer School.

“When I first decided to do my senior project on Transverse Myelitis, my mom was my inspiration for my topic,” said Emma.

Emma’s mother Tammy McEvoy was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis over 10 years ago.Transverse Myelitis is caused by inflammation of the spinal cord, which causes neurological dysfunction. It can result in paralysis our weakness in the arms/legs, sensory symptoms such as numbness/tingling, pain and discomfort and bowel and bladder dysfunction. 

“My mom was diagnosed with TM in 2006 and was paralyzed from the T6 [vertebrate] down. She has been fighting her way back ever since,” said Emma. “It’s [been] really hard watching her fighting her battle every day with TM and it feels great to be able to do something to raise awareness and money, to support her and others fighting this disease.”

“My life came to a brutally abrupt and sharp stop when I was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis 13 years ago,” said Tammy. “I was paralyzed and told there was no cure, no treatment. I was so scared. I fought my way back from paralysis. Fought through intense pain and frustration. Fought with accepting my limitations and struggled to find peace with how my life had changed. Today, I have made an amazing recovery. Through this journey I have learned that it is possible to do what people and doctors say is impossible. It is important to never give up, to stay hopeful to know that we are capable of doing amazing things.”

On January 13, 2020 Emma will be hosting Hoops for Hope, at Sizer School, 500 Rindge Rd. in Fitchburg at 5 p.m. This event is a basketball charity event. The players are all volunteer, many of which are members of Sizer School’s girls and boys basketball team. Play will include two 20-minute halves with fun challenges during half time. The fundsraised during the event will go to the SRNA (Siegel Rare Neuroimmune Association).

The SRNA is a not-for-profit international organization that advocates for, supports and educates individuals and their family’s diagnosed with TM. The SRNA invests in scientific research, therapy development and training of clinician-scientists.

“We need to continue to raise awareness and funds for much needed research for every single person whose lives have been affected [by TM]... I am so proud of Emma's part in this. It fills my heart with love, pride and gratitude,” said Tammy.

“I am specifically focused on raising awareness and money for the newest human clinical trial for people affected by Transverse Myelitis. QCells are the first FDA approved cell therapy to promote, repair through myelin regeneration in Transverse Myelitis. This is the FIRST human clinical safety study to treat central nervous system disease,” said Emma.

For more information on the event, email If you cannot attend Hoops for Hope donations can be made to The Pauline H. Siegel Eclipse Fund. 


Photo Captions: 

In photo 1, from (l-r) Sizer Seniors Claire Petersen of Hubbardston and Emma McEvoy are joined by fellow seniors and Sizer basketball players Sebastian Rodriguez (Captain) of Ashby, Axel Sanchez of Fitchburg, Anna Pettirossi (Girls Varsity Basketball Captain) of Hubbardston and, Noah Colbert of Fitchburg. Both the girls and boys basketball teams have volunteered their time to help make this event possible.

In photo 2, (l-r), fellow Sizer Senior Sebastian Rodriguez, Captain of the Boys Basketball Team, Emma’s sister Ava McEvoy and Emma McEvoy at the MA Walk, Run and Roll in 2018.


In photo 3, (l-r), fellow Sizer Senior Sebastian Rodriguez, Captain of the Boys Basketball Team, Emma’s sister Ava McEvoy and Emma McEvoy at the MA Walk, Run and Roll in 2018.


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pic 3 McEvoy

SITA presents "The Last Time I Cried"


Over 30 students have been working since October on devising an original play about something we all do: cry!

They've written monologues, scenes, and even a song to create "The Last Time I Cried!"

It's a play in which we all come together and allow ourselves to just let go, because crying doesn't make us weak, it makes us human.

Performances are on January 10th and 11th, $5 general admission, and free for Sizer students and staff!

The Sizer Theater Arts presents "The Last Time I Cried", devised and written by students. Shows will be January 10 at 7 p.m. and January 11 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. For more information, visit us on Facebook @Sizer6 or @sizertheaterarts

Driver's Ed at Sizer starts January 14

Sizer School has teamed up with Townsend Auto School to bring you a comprehensive Massachusetts Driver’s Ed program.  Held at Sizer School, the class will meet after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 3:00-6:00pm, beginning Jan 14th!  The class will be held for a total of 10 class sessions (for a total of 30 classroom hours). 

The total cost for the program is $625.  You may pay all up front, or on an “as you go” basis.

The cost breakdown is as follows:

  • $60 for 30 hours of classroom instruction
  • $45 per hour of behind the wheel instruction (12 hours total)=$540
  • $25 for a Driver’s Ed certificate processing fee for the RMV

When the student has their permit, they may call Townsend Auto School @ 978-597-1347 to set up their behind the wheel hours.

Massachusetts requires a parent (or guardian) to attend a 2 hour parent class.  These are held monthly at Townsend Auto School, 256 Main St 2nd Floor in Townsend.  Please call the auto school to register for this class.  The cost of the parent class is included in the full program.

Other services such as road test packages are available at an additional cost.

For more information, email or visit

Sizer School Grad to Begin Peace Corps Service in Thailand


WASHINGTON – Jacob Milton, 26, of Gardner, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and will depart for Thailand on Jan. 8, 2020, to begin training as a Youth in Development Volunteer.

“A quote by Martin Luther King Jr. inspired me to give back to the world ‘Everyone has the power for greatness, not for fame, but greatness, because greatness is determined by service,’” said Milton of his desire to join the Peace Corps.

Milton is the son of Melissa and Mike Milton and grandson of Joyce and Thomas Flynn. He is a graduate of Sizer School in Fitchburg, and attended Elms College in Chicopee, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in social work. Throughout the past four years, Milton worked with male unaccompanied refugee minors, which he describes as “life-changing” and that “opened his mind much more than he knew possible.”

During the first three months of his service, Milton will live with a host family in Thailand to become fully immersed in the country’s language and culture. After acquiring the necessary skills to assist his community, Milton will be sworn into service and assigned to a community in Thailand, where he will live and work for two years with the local people.

“I want my legacy to be more than the materials I acquired throughout the Peace Corps or my lifetime. As Maya Angelou says, ‘Your legacy is every life you touch! It's every person who ever... felt something. Was moved to do something. Go back to school, leave an abusive marriage, stop hitting their kids, no longer remain silent, not be a victim. It's not one thing—it's everything!’ I believe the Peace Corps will give me the opportunity to create a lasting legacy that I can be proud of,” said Milton.

Milton will work in cooperation with the local people and partner organizations on sustainable, community-based development projects that improve the lives of people in Thailand and help Milton develop leadership, technical and cross-cultural skills that will give him a competitive edge when he returns home. Peace Corps Volunteers return from service as global citizens well-positioned for professional opportunities in today’s global job market.

Milton joins the 242 Massachusetts residents currently serving in the Peace Corps and more than 8,763 Massachusetts residents who have served in the Peace Corps since 1961. The Peace Corps currently has a high need for applicants to fill volunteer programs departing in 2020. Interested Americans can apply online by Jan. 1 for hundreds of available openings in 31 countries worldwide. Volunteers receive a living stipend, extensive language and technical training, and financial benefits including student loan deferment and graduate school fellowships after service. To learn more about how to get involved with Peace Corps and the benefits of service, connect with a recruiter online or register to attend an event.


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