Masco Memo #27

March 6, 2022

School Mission Statement

The Masconomet High School community believes that learning enables us all to achieve ambitious personal goals, develop fine minds, and build strong character. Therefore, we foster the acquisition of attitudes, skills, and knowledge necessary for life-long learners to think critically in order to participate in a global society.

Headlines and Highlights (TL;DR bullets)

  • Mark Your Calendar
  • Program of Studies Parent Night
  • At-Home Test Distribution
  • Teen Mental Health First Aid
  • Tri-Town Council
  • Student Activities and Clubs: Musical, Model UN, Student Council, Red Cross Club
  • Girls Gymnastics State Champions!
  • Check out all the news in this episode of The Morning Update and our school newspaper, The Chieftain Chronicle.

Mark Your Calendar

  • March 7, Delayed Opening 10 AM start
  • March 8, Teen Mental Health First Aid Parent Info-Session @5:30
  • March 10, Program of Studies Parent Program (virtual) @ 6:00 PM
  • March 14, Teen Mental Health First Aid Student Info-Session @5:30
  • March 15, Dr. Chris Willard, All-school Speaker
  • March 17, 18, Grease the Musical @7:00 PM (rescheduled)
  • March 19, Grease the Musical @ Noon (rescheduled)

DELAYED OPENING Monday

This is a friendly reminder that we have a delayed opening on Monday, March 7th with the school day beginning at 10 AM. Students should head out to their bus stop about 2.5 hours later than the normal time.

Program of Studies Parent Night

The High School Course Selection Night will take place virtually on Thursday, March 10 2022, from 6:00 – 7:00 PM. The link for the evening will be posted to our Program of Studies webpage closer to the event. During this presentation, Dr. Irene Duros will provide an overview of the course selection process and academic requirements needed to earn a Masconomet High School diploma. Further, you will hear directly from the Department Heads who will highlight the academic program within their respective areas of study. Following the overview portion of the program, there will be an opportunity for individuals to make their way to virtual classrooms where Department Heads and School Counselors will be available to answer area-focused questions. The high school Program of Studies webpage contains additional information regarding the course selection process and a final recording of the March 10th presentation will be posted to the website if you are unable to attend.

COVID-19 at Home Testing

Thank you to families who have signed up for the At-home Testing Program. Tests were sent home on Friday. If a student was absent during the distribution block, they can check in with their House Office to receive their test kit. When you use your test today, please use this link to report a positive COVID-19 result if you received your test through this program.


For anyone wanting to opt into the at-home testing program, you can still sign-up. If you want to learn more about the program you can follow this link to Dr. Harvey's Superintendent's blog.

Teen Mental Health First Aid

Ms. Jenn Ayers in conjunction with the TTC has been working on enhancing the Health Curriculum by introducing and emphasizing Teen Mental Health First Aid. This emphasis on Teen Mental Health First Aid will allow students to add strategies to their personal Mental Health toolbox. An important aspect of this work is to provide an info session for any parent, caregiver, and student who would like to learn more about this program.


Please join us for an Informational Session to Learn More:


March 8th from 5:30 - 6:00 pm: Adult Info-session for Parents, Caregivers, School Personnel and Interested Community Partners

March 14th from 5:30 - 6:00 pm: Youth Info-session for students

Sessions will both be virtual via Zoom with an opportunity for Q&A at the end:

https://salemstate.zoom.us/j/4478304577pwd=OVpaZXVua1pkR1FUSnV3V2loL1Zsdz09


Meeting ID: 447 830 4577/Passcode: 380715 and this will take place.


More information can be found on this program by following this link.

Tri-Town Council

Here is a link to the upcoming TTC events. TTC is delighted to sponsor the All-Nite Graduation Celebration following the ceremony on Friday, June 3, 2022.TTC has been offering this fun-filled, safe evening for 50+ years, and sadly we've missed the last two. A planning meeting for senior parents/caregivers was held on March 2nd virtually, and additional information will be forthcoming. This event can not happen without many, many volunteers, and every year the community has answered the call. As you can imagine, the logistics of providing different venues, transportation, food, entertainment, chaperones, and medical personnel for the majority of the graduating senior class is no small feat. But it is an endeavor we happily take on, in collaboration with Masconomet, to celebrate this amazing and resilient Class of 2022.

Student Activities and Clubs

March Musical: Grease

The musical was re-scheduled and will take place on March 17 and March 18 at 7:00 PM. A matinee (the final production) will be performed on March 19 at Noon. We hope everyone will join us for the first high school in-person theatrical production since March 2020.

Model UN

The Masconomet Model UN team participated in the BC High Model UN conference in Boston on Saturday. Senior Lily Fishman won the top award of Best Delegate in her committee.
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Student Council Joan Murphy Can Drive

This last Friday, members of Student Council were able to donate several hundred cans to Top Cupboard, a Tri-Town food pantry in Topsfield. Thank you to all students who donated.
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Red Cross Club, Invited Speaker, all are welcome!

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Athletics

Cue the duck boats....Girls Gymnastics State Champions!

I had the privilege of attending the MIAA Gymnastics State Champsionships on Saturday. The Masconomet Girls Gymnastics team took home the State Championship Title for the third year in a row winning with an impressive score of 149.325 points! Their First Place finish earns them a spot to the New England Championships on March 12th. Congratulations to the athletes, coaches, and parents!
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Boys Hockey

The Boys Hockey team will continue their run for the State title taking on Quincy on Monday, March 7, at 5:20 PM at the Haverhill Forum. Go Masco!

Girls Basketball

I want to extend a job well done to our Girls Basketball team who lost a tough game to the North Quincy team on Saturday. The end of a season is always difficult when it doesn't end exactly as you had hoped, but we are proud of you for giving it your all. Thank you as well to your coaches and parents for their ongoing commitment and dedication to our basketball program.

Athletic Tidbits

The athletic department will be sending out periodic Athletic Newsletters when we move into the spring season. This will allow us to highlight more fully the accomplishments of our student-athletes.



Our spring sports registration is now open! Visit our athletics web page for more information.