December Update

Celebrating the end of 2019 at Mountview

WRAPPING UP THE YEAR (AND DECADE!)

With just one page left in this year's calendar, Mountview students, faculty and staff have been busy - whether it be with academics, extra curricular activities, or giving back to the community!

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

This is the month when our singers and musicians shared talents with their parents and other family members. A lot of time in school and outside of school is spent honing the skills necessary to perform at a high level. I hope everyone had the opportunity to see the fruits of their labor at our concerts in early-December and I’m very certain that everyone was entertained. I would like to express my gratitude to Rich Day, Elizabeth Puleo, and Josh Sabourin for their work with students. I think it is evident that our kids are fortunate to have such a talented, caring, and fun music staff!


The Mountview Student Council, once again, sponsored the Senior Breakfast that took place for our senior citizens on Thursday morning, December 12th. This is a wonderful occasion with a breakfast prepared by our cafeteria staff, music provided by our middle school string orchestra, and short performances by our eighth grade chorus and wind ensemble. Great job everyone!


I am pleased to announce the Project 351 nominee for Holden and Mountview: Elizabeth Cain. Elizabeth will represent Mountview, and the town of Holden, as one of the nominees representing the 351 towns and cities of Massachusetts. She will attend a kick-off event in Boston on January 20 and then conduct a clothing drive, among other responsibilities, as our representative this spring. Congratulations to Elizabeth!


Lastly, from our faculty to all of our Mountview families, we wish everyone a most joyous and healthy holiday season.

3 on 3 Basketball Tournament

A great time was had by all over the two day period of Thursday, Nov. 21 & Friday, Nov. 22. Over 180 kids participated in the 3 on 3 basketball tournament, making up 45 teams. Mountview alumni (students presently at Wachusett) volunteered their time to referee over the two days. A huge thanks goes out to them, Mountview's PTA, Holden Youth Basketball League, the Physical Education Dept. and all who made the two days special for the kids!

MODEL UN CONFERENCE DUO BRINGS HOME BIG AWARD

Model UN attended the first conference of the year on Saturday, November 23, at Northeastern University. Thirty-one students worked hard to prepare for this conference by researching pressing global issues of the day. After a long day of debating and negotiating, resolutions were passed and a lot of fun was had by all! We are proud of Lilly and Luchik, our Best Delegate award winners!


The conference chairs had the following to say about Lilly and Luchik's performance at the conference: "Overall amazing delegates and amazing partners. They both served as amazing speakers, questioners, and leaders in the room. They were leaders in the room during unmoderated caucuses and engaged debaters during moderated caucuses. Lastly, they stood among many of the other delegates for their consideration of others. They encouraged and supported each other and the delegates around them and were a model of what good delegates and good people can be." Congratulations!

A WEEK OF SPIRIT AND GIVING

The week of December 9th was certainly a spirited one! In order to raise money and collect donations for those in need, the Student Council orchestrated a spirit week that involved crazy socks, pajamas and sports day, among other things! With all of the donations and financial donations we received, Student Council was able to create 40 backpacks with pj's, toys, puzzles, games, art supplies, socks and toiletries for kids of all ages in DCF, as well as some other local families. Thank you for your generosity and kindness, Mountview!
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UGLY SWEATER DAY WINNERS IN GRADES 6-8 PICTURED ABOVE! GREAT MOUNTVIEW & HOLIDAY SPIRIT!

WINTER CONCERTS

6th and 7th grade performed beautifully last week, with energy and enthusiasm getting everyone into the Holiday spirit.

We had Mr. Day guest perform with 7th grade chorus for "You're a Mean One Mr. Grinch" and then again for 8th grade "All I Want for Christmas is You". The concerts were rounded out by 8th graders, who performed this week.

THE MOUNTVIEW "SHOVEL BRIGADE" IS BACK!

The Shovel Brigade is a program of student volunteers who help senior citizens in town to shovel snow after storms. The program is run in coordination with Holden's Senior Center, which identifies the senior citizens who need assistance clearing their snow. Last year's program included 38 volunteer students, 5 parent leaders and 15 residences for which the group provided shoveling assistance. We are running the program again this year and need both student volunteers and parents to serve as parent leaders and volunteer their help with logistics as well as student safety. Students who are interested should complete a registration form which can be found in the main office, the cafeteria during lunch, and also at the bottom of the "Shovel Brigade" page of Ms. Lane's website. Completed forms should be turned in to the main office. Parents who are interested in being parent leaders should contact Marie Lane at marie_lane@wrsd.net. Let's help to teach Mountview's students the importance of community service and to make service to others a part of their lives!

UPCOMING DATES


  • Winter Break will run from Saturday, December 21 to Wednesday, January 1. School will resume on Thursday, January 2, 2020.


  • January’s Coffee & Chat is scheduled for January 17th at 9:00 AM. We will meet in the cafeteria.

Black Out Poetry

8th grade students expressed themselves artistically through some "found" poetry by discovering a poem from the words on a page and blacking out the rest.

STILL LOOKING TO T'AI CHI OR MEDITATE?

The T'ai Chi / Meditation classes have now been expanded to 3 mornings a week before school - Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Special thanks to Mrs. Flanders and the Mountview PTA for supporting this wonderful opportunity for all Mountview students! Looking for more info? Contact Mr. Champlin.

SIXTH GRADE SUMERIANS

When studying Mesopotamia, students translated their name into cuneiform and practiced writing on clay tablets like the Sumerians did!