TMHS Principal's Newsletter

February 2020

From the Principal's Desk - Kristen S. Vogel

I recently came across this article on the importance of teaching and modeling compassion for teens and young adults while scrolling through twitter one evening. Unfortunately, compassion is not something that our young people experience often enough. For young people social media platforms are where much of their interactions occur. Many feel the pressure to present themselves on social media in a certain way to gain acceptance and "likes". And, for many, their worth is determined by how many likes for comments they get on their posts. This creates a significant amount of pressure for teens and young adults. According to the Pew Research Center in July of 2019, 7 in 10 teens reported anxiety and depression as a major problem among people their age. Experts cite social and academic pressures as among the reasons for the high level of anxiety and depression among teens. The center also reported that 61% of teens surveyed felt a lot of pressure to get good grades and 30% reported a lot of pressure to look good and fit in socially. And how they look and present on social media is a big part of this pressure. Being a teenager is really hard these days. Therefore, compassion is essential for us to practice and model for our teens. It is really easy to pass judgement and make mean comments toward other people on social media. We see it happen every day with our students. And we see the effects this pressure has on our young people. I believe that if we practice more compassion and kindness, we can contribute to decreasing the pressures our young people are experiencing. We have student groups who practice compassion and kindness because they recognize its power. In fact, our SADD club is organizing a "Dude, be kind!" week for the spring. And our Student Council practice mobile gratitude where they send messages of appreciation and recognition to faculty and students in the building. I hope that you will read this article and reflect on the power of compassion and kindness. Our young people need us to do this.


https://grownandflown.com/stop-judging-other-kids/

AP Psychology students are working on concept maps as a review activity for the unit test.

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Mandatory Social Host Night for Parents and Guardians of Junior Students

As a reminder to all TMHS Junior parents and guardians, all juniors planning on attending the junior prom must attend, with a parent or guardian, the mandatory Social Host Night on Wednesday, February 26 at 7:00pm at TMHS. Juniors will not be allowed to purchase a ticket to the prom unless they attend with a parent/guardian.


Please direct questions to class advisors, Connor Bourgoin, cbourgoin@tewksbury.k12.ma.us or Lindsey Bowden, lbowden@tewksbury.k12.ma.us.

MCAS Reminder

Just a reminder that all 10th graders will be taking the ELA MCAS on March 24 and 25. This is a requirement for a high school diploma in Massachusetts. There are no excused absences or make ups. Please make sure students are in school on time for both days. Testing begins promptly at 7:30am.

Victoria Schille Named MIAA Student-Athlete of the Month!

Tori Schille was named Student Athlete of the Month for January! Tori was nominated by her Coach Sarah Oteri! Tori is a well deserved recipient of this award and it is a tremendous honor! The MIAA gives two of these awards each month for the entire state. Below is the press release from the MIAA on Tori's recognition.


http://miaa.net/gen/miaa_generated_bin/documents/basic_module/January_2020_Release__Tori_Schille_Tewksbury.pdf

Parent-Teacher Conference Night

Parent-Teacher Conferences take place on Thursday evening, March 26 from 6-8:00pm. We will once again use online sign up for conference times. We will send an email and post the directions for signing up on our website sometime in March.

Aspen Parent Portal and Report Cards

We have piloted the parent portal in Aspen and have had great success! If you would like to sign up to have access to the parent portal, click on this link:


Last year we went to electronic report cards. You will receive an email directly from Aspen when your student's report card is viewable in Aspen. Please be sure that this email is not going to spam: Aspen-sysadmin@myfollett.com.

Information from Our School Nurses

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National Honor Society Induction

The National Honor Society Induction Ceremony will take place on Tuesday evening, March 31 at 7:00pm in the Dr. Christine L. McGrath Performing Arts Center at Tewksbury Memorial High School with a reception for NHS students, family, and faculty members afterwards. The snow date is Wednesday, April 1, 2020.


Below is the link to the National Honor Society website that was created by members.


https://sites.google.com/view/tmhs-nhs/home?authuser=0

Calendar of Events

February

26 Social Hosting Night 7:00pm


March

2 MCAS Retests

4-6 MCAS Retests

6 Progress Reports Available

9 Balfour Class Ring Family Night 5-7:00pm

10-11 Balfour Class Ring Display in Cafeteria during lunch

13 Half Day - Teacher's Workshop

14 SAT's

17 Advisory Meets

19 Hats Off Luncheon

24-25 MCAS ELA

26 Parent / Teacher Conferences 6-8:00pm

30 School Council Meeting 3:15pm

31 NHS Induction 7:00pm