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Catalog Number 2002.282.69
Object Name Book, Record
Scope & Content Minutes for the meetings of the South Danvers School Committee from 1855-1869.

Included in the minutes are information regarding the operation of the schools, the length of school days and school year, as well as details of the knowledge needed to apply to the high school. Until 1863, the high school, like the grammar schools, met in two sessions. In the morning from 9 to 12 and again in the afternoon from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. On Wednesday and Saturday, the school day was just from 9 until 12.

School was in session for 44 to 45 weeks a year (about 220 days). This changed for the high school in 1863 when they decided to have one session, five hours long.

The course of study for the three year high school was outlined, as well as the approved books to be used in both the grammar and high school. Rules and regulations for all the schools were included in the minutes, as well as the texts approved for the teachers to use as well as the lists of the names of the students passing the oral examination for entrance into the high school were included.

In 1858, it was decided that the names of the schools would be changed from district numbers to distinctive names.
School District One became the Wallis School.
School District Two became the Center School.
School District Three became the Bowditch School.
School District Four became the Rockville School.
School District Five became the Locust-Dale School
School District Six became the Felton School
School District Seven became the West School
School District Eight became the Lake School.
In 1859 the Lake School's name was change to the Suntaug School.

Also recorded in the minutes were tables of just how many children in each school district actually attended school, as well as the criteria for children to be allowed to go. Vaccination was required and by 1860 children younger than five were barred from attending.
Expulsions from both grammar school and the high school were recorded in the minutes.

Occasionally students who could not finish the course of studies, due to illness, were still allowed to receive the Peabody Medal. This was based on the conduct and effort of the student. A note regarding John L. Waterman in 1862 leaving school before completion to join the army was noteworthy, as he, too, received the Peabody Medal because of his action. This was the same for Charles L. Manning and Alphonsus P. Rhodes.

Salaries for the teachers were included in the minutes.

In 1866, a revised Rules and Regulations for the School Department were adopted.

The schools were divided into Primary, Grammar, Mixed and High School.

These stated that the day for primary and grammar schools was 8:45 to 11:45 am. and 2 to 5 p.m., except from December to March when the afternoon recess was eliminated to allow a 4 p.m. dismissal. On Wednesday and Saturdays, only the morning session met. Specific texts were used and promotion was allowed when a certain number of lessons were learned. Grammar school was divided into seven levels, each progressive level accomplishing more until they were allowed to apply to the High School.

There was only one session for high school from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. This was adjusted to 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. from November to April.

Access Conditions Restricted to use in Sutton Room or Research Room.
Physical characteristics One handwritten bound volume
Creator South Danvers School Department
Title South Danvers School Committee Minutes, 1855-1869
Level of description Item
Copyrights All copyrights belong to the Peabody Institute Library, Peabody, MA
Collection Local History Resource Center
Subjects Peabody (Mass.)
Peabody (Mass.)--History
Peabody (Mass.)--Schools
Peabody (Mass.)--Schools--Adminstration
Peabody (Mass.)--Schools--History
Peabody (Mass.)--Schools--Information--History
Parent ObjectID 2014.67.6