Spartan News

Week Ending 11/18/22

From the Principal

As we look ahead to Thanksgiving next week, it is important to take a moment and reflect on the amazing people we are so grateful are a part of our community.


We are so fortunate to have the support of amazing community partners who step up in so many ways, whether through sponsoring internships, joining for our Career Speaker Series (see below), supporting our Health Care pathway (see below), leading an after school Project Connection program or taking the time to serve on a committee to provide input to our work on behalf of students.


To the teachers, paraprofessionals, secretaries, custodians, bus drivers and food service staff, thank you for all you bring to your work and the support your provide our students for their success.


We appreciate all of our families and our students each and every day. For the partnership you bring to our work and for the community to allow us to forge. We are truly blessed.


Finally, we celebrate those that support students in their extracurricular endeavors. Our Fall season is wrapping up, our teams participated in championships and seniors are celebrating their final seasons at fall banquets. This would not be possible without the coaches giving so much of themselves. We celebrate our directors who have led our Shakespeare and Co ensemble to showcase the amazing talent in our student body and every advisor who goes above and beyond to enhance the student experience at Monument.


Berkshire Hills is a special place and I am so grateful for the opportunity to belong to such a supportive community!


As always, if you need assistance with anything, please contact me via email kristina.farina@bhrsd.org or phone (413-528-3346).

From the Superintendent

Dear BHRSD Families and Staff,

I hope you are doing well.


We are noticing an uptick in COVID-19 cases, flu, and RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus).
Please continue to monitor your children for potential symptoms and reach out to school nurses and/or your own health care providers for advice.

If a student doesn’t feel well, please keep them home and consider testing. We have masks available and encourage students and staff to use them.

Please notify the school immediately if your student tests positive. They should stay home for 5 days and wear a mask for 5 days upon their return. The school nurses will help on the timelines.


Hoping we can navigate this well together.


Peter Dillon, Superintendent
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Next week we will run

all 8 periods on both Monday and Tuesday.

Fall Festival FINAL Performance of Henry V

November 19 at 1:15 at Shakespeare and Co Playhouse

purchase tickets at shakespeare.org

(If you are unable to attend on the 19th - there will be FREE live streaming)

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COME MEET THE DIRECTOR FOR THE

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JOIN IN ROOM F15 - MONDAY 11/21 at 3:00

Join for a brief meeting to meet our new musical director, Dave Edson.

Stop by to hear more about when auditions will be held and more!

Check Out the Latest Edition of our Student Newspaper Through the Link Above

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MMRHS TALENT SHOW SIGN UP (don't worry about an audition clip)!!!!!

The MMRHS Class of 2024 is proud to announce that this year's MMRHS Talent Show will be held on Friday, December 9 at 7 PM in the auditorium!!! Do you have an amazing talent/act?! Now's the time to shine!!!! Stay solo or form a group and sign up online NOW at the link below. Ask a friend, ask a teacher, or maybe even ask your advisory group or team!!! But don't wait.....get your act together!!!


Click here to sign up for this year's AMAZING TALENT SHOW!!!!


If you have any questions, please see Ms. Cahill (B11) or Ms. Lorance (Office).

MMRHS Athletics

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Spartan Athletics Weekly Bulletin


Attention all MMRHS winter sports participants. The mandatory winter sports meeting for students and parents is scheduled for this coming Monday, November 21 at 5:00 in the HS cafeteria. All winter sports athletes are reminded that they must register teams through the MMRHS FamilyID site in order to be eligible to begin practicing.


Spartan Nation, did you know that the results to every MMRHS sporting event are just one click away! Go to Arbiter Live and click on the team you are interested in to see their complete schedule as well as results for every game played. For example, our JV football team just completed an undefeated season in league play with a 38-0 win over Pathfinder on Monday. Congratulations to our JV Football Spartans on a wonderful season!


Students, don’t forget your season pass you bought for the football season also gets you into all of the Spartan home basketball games. Student athletic season passes can still be purchased at Spartan student season passes.

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NEW THIS WINTER - Bowling Club

Please see Mr. Zigmand if you are interested in joining the newly formed Monument Mountain Bowling Club.


A big thank you to parent Tom Soules for getting this rolling and stepping up to volunteer!

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TOYS FOR TOTS.....TOY DRIVE!!!

There is a box in the entryway of the high school for toy donations for boys and girls, newborn-14 years of age in Berkshire County. Everything will be picked up by the Marine Corps League of Pittsfield on Tuesday, December 6th.


Please click here for more information.

Career Speaker Series

Thank you again to the over 30 community partners who participated in our Career Speaker Day. Every 10th grade student had the opportunity to engage with at least 8 different adults, each with a different story, message and perspective.


The feedback from our students, and faculty who were there, has been nothing but positive.


The powerful messages of investment, support and mentorship this opportunity provided our students was palpable.


Find out more and see some pictures on The Berkshire Workforce Board facebook page.

Tiered Focused Monitoring Review

During the week of December 5, 2022, the Department of Elementary and Secondary

Education’s Office of Public School Monitoring (PSM) will conduct a Tiered Focused

Monitoring Review of BHRSD. The Office of Public School Monitoring visits each district and

charter school every three years to monitor compliance with federal and state special education and civil rights regulations. Areas of review related to special education include student assessments, determination of eligibility, the Individualized Education Program (IEP) Team process, and IEP development and implementation. Areas of review related to civil rights include bullying, student discipline, physical restraint, and equal access to school programs for all students.


In addition to the onsite visit, parent outreach is an important part of the review process. The

review chairperson from the Office of Public School Monitoring will send all parents of students with disabilities an online survey that focuses on key areas of their child’s special education program. Survey results will contribute to the development of a report. During the onsite review, the Office of Public School Monitoring will interview the chairperson(s) of the district’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC). Other onsite activities may include interviews of district staff and administrators, reviews of student records, and onsite observations.


Parents and other individuals may call Alaena Podmore, Public School Monitoring Chairperson, at (781) 338-6706 to request a telephone interview. If an individual requires an accommodation, such as translation, to participate in an interview, the Department will make the necessary arrangements.


Within approximately 60 business days after the onsite visit, the review chairperson will provide the BHRSD with a report with information about areas in which the BHRSD meets or exceeds regulatory requirements and areas in which the BHRSD requires assistance to correct or improve practices. The public will be able to access the report at http://www.doe.mass.edu/psm/tfm/reports/.

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A reminder that breakfast and lunch are free for all Massachusetts students for this full year.


In addition, students can bring money to purchase additional lunches OR a la carte items.

Job Opportunities

MassHire Berkshire Career Center: Career Connections


Price Chopper Supermarkets is actively looking to fill part time jobs for students and have scholarship opportunities for students furthering their educational careers. Please contact Jennifer O'Malley, Staffing and Development Professional at JenniferOmalley@pricechopper.com.


McDonald's - hiring link

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Parent Videos

The power of ParentSquare:


This communication tool allows you to choose YOUR language of preference and YOUR mode of preference (email, text or via the ParentSquare app).


If you are NOT already signed up, please watch your email for an invite to do so.


For more information please watch the videos below.


Overview video for parents - English & Spanish

How to log in and set notification and language preferences - English & Spanish

Tour and how to use common features - English & Spanish

Handbooks

Monument Mountain has three handbooks that we would like families to read with their students. Students will be reviewing the procedure guide and student charter in their advisories throughout the school year.


School Handbook

The general school handbook contains all of the laws and policies that govern the school and allow us to hold an orderly school assembly. This is an important school document for you to read and understand.


Procedure Guide

The procedures guide is a listing of all of the daily procedures that allow us to safely proceed with our school day. This document is new and constantly evolving. As a result, you will see some sections that are incomplete. This is an important document for parents and students to read.


The Student Charter

The student charter is written by students and for students. The authors of the charter believe the document to be an articulation of how students want to exist in school and what needs to happen for a safe existence to be possible.

Any Questions?

Questions and Answers

Here is who to contact with certain types of questions:


  • If you haven't received the information packet from the school, call the main office at 413-528-3346 ext. 3100 or email our secretary at doreen.hughes@bhrsd.org.

  • If you have a question about a particular class please contact the teacher.

  • If you have a general question about your child’s schedule or about the school, please call or email our Guidance secretary, becky.campetti@bhrsd.org or contact your child’s guidance counselor directly.

  • If you have a question about PowerSchool login or use, call the guidance office at 413-528-3346 ext.5 or email our Guidance secretary at dede.norton@bhrsd.org.

  • If you have a question, about busses and transportation, call the main office or email our secretary at heather.Lorance@bhrsd.org.

  • If you have a question about sports or activities, contact our Activities Director, Karl Zigmand at karl.zigmand@bhrsd.org.

  • Not sure who to ask, just call the main office at 413-528-3346 ext. 3100 or email our school secretary, doreen.hughes@bhrsd.org

Monument Mountain Mission Statement

The mission of Monument Mountain Regional High School is to create opportunities that foster intellectual and personal growth and Challenge all to become courageous learners, engaged citizens, and individuals of integrity.