Happenings At MMJSHS!

From the desk of Christopher Lowe, Principal

Community Newsletter : January 2023 Update

Welcome back from what we hope was a fantastic Holiday Break and the first week back at school! Our hallways were buzzing and filled with excitement as students and staff returned from a restful and relaxing holiday break and New Year's celebration!

Since our return last week, we have hit the ground running and are excited about what the new year will bring, finishing the first semester strong, and starting upcoming the new semester off successfully!

As we embark on the switching of semesters, please make sure to check in with your child's teachers and school counselor if you have any questions or concerns. As you will read below, the first semester officially ends on Friday, January 20. The second semester will begin on Monday, January 23.

We have lots of great activities underway already and more starting throughout the month. We cannot wait to see our students participating in all that is taking place! As always, we will be sure to update you via "all-call", social media, and the school website if we have additional information to share with you throughout the month.

We thank you for your continued partnership and support and are looking forward to what amazing opportunities 2023 will bring to our school community!


Chris Lowe

  • Student Spotlight
  • Campus Update
  • From the Public Library
  • Housekeeping/Reminders
  • Our Schedule for the Month
  • Previously Shared
  • Looking Ahead
  • Woolie Gear

Campus Update 🏢

Fitness Center Renovation Update

The renovation of our Fitness Center is turning out to be amazing! We returned from break with fresh paint on the walls and ceiling, a new floor with turf inlay, and a beautiful new window!

We cannot wait to continue to watch this project evolve over the next weeks! We will continue to keep you all updated on the progress!

Housekeeping/Reminders 💡

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HSSIEP (High School Senior Internship Education Project) Returns for Semester 2!!

We are thrilled to be partnering with MassHire for the third year by offering our Seniors the High School Senior Internship Education Project (HSSIEP).

HSSIEP provides work-based learning experiences in the field of education to highly motivated high school seniors in good academic standing, while supporting their school and community-based partners.

A special thank you to both the Shaw and Elmwood schools for hosting our interested seniors! If your child is interested in this opportunity, please have them reach out to their counselor as available space is limited!

Link to HSSIEP Information

Carpenters Union Pre-Apprenticeship Program Begins for our first cohort!

We are excited to announce that our first cohort of students that have completed our Shop Friday Series will begin their pre-apprenticeship program with the Carpenters Union starting in February.

Simultaneously, we will have our second cohort of students attending the Shop Friday series beginning in February. This will prepare the second cohort to begin the pre-apprenticeship program at the start of the next school year.

We will also be preparing tours for our Junior Woolies to expose them to the programming in case they are interested in pursuing carpentry as a profession post-graduation!

Words cannot express how excited we are about how the program has been shaping up! We will continue to share updates along the way!

iReady Reports to be sent home following the Winter Diagnostic Benchmark

We will be sharing out iReady reports with families of our Junior High students following the completion of the upcoming Winter benchmark sessions.

We hope to have those reports out before the end of January.

We are still in need of many families to complete their sign-off sheets for the year. Please help us out by completing these forms as soon as possible.

Academic Dates to Remember

TERM 2 (43 Instructional Days)

November 7th 2022 - January 20th 2023

Grades close for midterm: Friday, December 9, 2022

Progress Reports - ready for viewing Monday, December 19th

Term 2 ends: Friday, January 20, 2023

Report Cards - ready for viewing Monday, January 30th

📆 Our Schedule This Month

New Year's Day - No School for students: January 2

Professional Development Day for Staff - No School for students: January 3

Students Return to School: January 4 (Day 7 - Periods C,D,E,F,G)

Mama Mia Spring Play Rehearsals Begin - January 4 @ 2:00 pm in the Auditorium

February MCAS Biology Boot Camp: January 4 - January 31

Students taking the MCAS Biology Retest this upcoming February 1 and February 2 will continue participating in an MCAS Biology boot camp twice a week throughout the month of January in order to best prepare for their upcoming test. The identified students and their families have been notified.

The boot camp will focus on reading and test-taking strategies to best prepare them for the upcoming MCAS!

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. DeMaria or Mrs. Comeau.

Ski Club Begins (weather permitting): January 5

Students participating in this year's Ski Club will begin hitting the slopes on Thursday, January 5 (weather permitting).

If you have any questions please reach out to Ms. Joanna Morin for more information.

ACCESS Testing window opens: January 5 - February 9

Mrs. Keller and Mrs. Larocca will be facilitating our ACCESS testing during the testing window beginning on January 5 and ending on February 9th. Identified students and families have been informed about the upcoming testing.

Peer Ed Field Trip to Shaw: January 6 @ 9:15 am

Members of our Peer Ed group will be headed to Shaw on Friday, January 6 @ 9:15 to continue their work with the Shaw School Community. Students are expected to return back to school around 10:45.

iReady Math Benchmarking for Grades 7 and 8: January 10

We will be facilitating the 2nd of our Math iReady benchmarks for grades 7 and 8 on January 10. We will begin during the first period of the day.

School Committee Meeting: January 11 @ 7:00 pm

iReady Reading Benchmarking for Grades 7 and 8: January 12

We will be facilitating the 2nd of our Reading iReady benchmarks for grades 7 and 8 on January 12. We will begin during the first period of the day.

No School - Observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day: January 16

Worcester State University Dual Enrollment Sociology Class at Millbury High School begins on January 18 @ 3:00 in A106

Students who have enrolled in the Dual Enrollment/Early College Sociology Class through Worcester State University, which is hosted at MHS, will begin on January 18 @ 3:00 pm in A106.

Students who complete this course in good standing will receive 3 college credits.

If you have questions, please reach out to your child's school counselor.

Lions Club Speech Contest: January 19 @ 7:00 pm in the Media Center

Last Day of Semester 1/Term 2: January 20

The last day for Semester 1/Term 2 will be January 20. Any and all work for the first semester should be handed in prior to the date unless an extension was previously approved.

AP Lang and AP Lit Mock Exams: January 21 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Students currently taking AP Lang or AP Lit will be taking their mock exams on January 21 @ 8:00 am.

Students have been reminded by their classroom teacher and by our AP Coordinator, Mrs. Comeau. If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Comeau directly.

First Day of Semester 2/Term 3: January 23

Students will begin Semester 2 on Monday, January 23.

***The add/drop period for Semester 2 classes (only half-year courses. full-year courses are not eligible for add/drop as that window closed in September), ends on Friday, February 3, 2023. There will be no adjustments to schedules following that date.

School Committee Meeting: January 25 @ 7:00 pm

Student Leadership Team Meeting: January 27 @ 2:05 in the Media Center

Freshmen Fundraiser - Flowertines: January 30 - February 10

Looking Ahead 🗓

Add/Drop Period for Semester 2 closes on February 3

February MCAS Biology Retest Sessions 1 and 2: February 1 and 2

1/2 Day of School for Students - Professional Development: February 3

Dismissal will be at 11:00 am

Previously Shared

Interested in watching some Athletics contests? Please click the link below to view our Athletics Calendar.

Need some Woolie Gear? We have you covered.

Check out the link to our online store where you can get some great Woolie Gear. This store is open 24/7!

Be on the lookout for more gear that will be available during the year through fundraisers and extra-curriculars!

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