Masco Memo #30

March 27, 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
  • Mindfulness Minute
  • Senior Prom Reminder
  • World Language Visits
  • Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
  • French Club
  • PAC Fundraiser
  • Sights and Sounds of Learning
  • Tri-Town Council

Mark Your Calendar

  • April 1, Senior Prom
  • April 4, Delayed Opening 10 AM
  • April 7, Band Concert 7 PM
  • April 11, Senior Internships begin
  • April 12, Choral Concert 7 PM
  • April 15, Early Dismissal 10:30 AM
  • April 18 - 22, April Recess
  • April 25, Classes Resume

Mindfulness Minute

Dr. WIllard spoke to "Short Awareness" moments. Awareness is the state of being conscious of something (Wikipedia). Practice being more aware of each moment this week, by taking a moment each day to notice one new thing in your surroundings.

Senior Prom Reminders

The Senior Prom will take place Friday at Danversport in Danvers from 6 - 10 PM. Students should plan to arrive between 6 -7 PM. This is a friendly reminder that any student planning to attend the prom must arrive at school on time and can not leave before noon. If you have a note for early dismissal on the day of the Prom, please bring this to the House D office.

World Language Elementary School Visits Begin

On Tuesday, March 22, a group of Masco world language students visited 6th graders at Proctor Elementary School in Topsfield to do a presentation on the Masconomet World Language department offerings. Middle school students included Holden Timulty, Lily Williams, Molly Regan, Astrid Everest, Charlotte Guido, Belle DiCarlo, and Ella Learmond-Criqui. High school students included Hannah McMillan, Reagan Boyd, Leo Scaramozza, and Elsa Mersha. The students, accompanied by teachers Eric Bonanno, Omar Gueye, Min Lu, and Department Chair Jeanne O'Hearn, taught 6th graders expressions in French, Spanish and Mandarin, led a trivia contest and answered questions. The 6th graders were excited to hear about the opportunities they will have for language study at Masco. Other presentations are scheduled for Spofford Pond in Boxford and Howe-Manning in Middleton. We hope that this is the beginning of a new tradition that will allow for future interaction between Masco and elementary school students.
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Scholastic Art & Writing National Awards

The Masconomet art department is proud to announce that Emaline King won a National Silver Medal this year for her colored pencil drawing, "Painted Goggles". Congratulations Emaline!

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French Club

The French Club hosted a virtual speaker this week. Masco alumna Jenna Careri (Class of 2014) gave a dynamic presentation about her experiences studying abroad and working as a journalist in Lyon, France. Ms. Careri showed students how knowing another language can impact their lives and future careers.
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Science Team

The Science Team continues dominating the North Shore Science League. They won the March meet by winning the Science in the News and Math in Biology events while also taking third place in a really challenging, entertaining, ping pong launching instant invention event. We are all feeling a little sad about the season-ending in a few weeks. This team loves science, the science team, and being around one another. Keep the good vibes coming!

On March 19th fifteen members of the science team competed in the all-day Massachusetts Science Olympiad. Team members wanted to participate, to have more science time after the last couple of years. We did not concentrate on preparing for the Olympiad with our focus on winning the league meet in March so we were incredibly happy to have placed 24th out of 65 teams. They had nine top twenty finishes out of 22 events with four of those being top 10!! Have you ever tried to make music with squashes? No? Well, we did! The team had so much fun and brought such positive energy, Ms. Fay is proud of all their efforts.
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Masconomet PAC Fundraiser

Parent Activities Committee (PAC) is currently hosting a Texas Roadhouse gift card fundraiser.

Please consider supporting PAC by purchasing a gift card today! PAC will receive 10% of all sales which go directly to teachers to enhance and add fun to their curriculum! Gift cards will be distributed by PAC after the fundraiser ends on April 24th. Thank you for supporting PAC!

To purchase your gift card or scan a QR code, go to this link.

Sights and Sounds of Learning

Masco Morning Update

Check out all the news in this episode by checking out The Morning Update here.

Don't forget to read our school newspaper, The Chieftain Chronicle, as well.

Spanish Classes

Spanish students worked on creating miniature towns to apply the town and city vocabulary they are learning in the current unit. Thank you to Mr. Quadros for sharing a student example below.

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World Religions

The World Religions and Philosophy class and Mr. Magner’s World Studies class visited the largest mosque in New England, the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center. Following the visit, Mr. Quinn led students on a historical walking tour through Boston.
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Tri-Town Council

Attention seniors and parents/caregivers of seniors! ALL NIGHT Grad party registration is open to all soon to be Class of 2022 graduates. Wondering what the all night grad party is all about? Hear first hand from 2 Masco grads Jack and Tessa on why it's not to be missed! Are you the parent/caregiver of a junior, sophomore, or freshman? Volunteer to chaperone on this very special night!

Is your teen looking for ways to engage or serve? Two upcoming opportunities to make their voices heard - participating in a Focus Group discussing teen mental health - what helps, what hinders, and what youth think COMMUNITY can do to support it AND a youth data party. More info is in the TTC announcements. Your teen can earn community service hours, share their thoughts and engage with others!

AND, not to be missed - Mindfulness in the Age of Digital Distraction. Adults and high school youth welcome to attend. What are the benefits of living in our digital world and how do we counter the harms of social media and digital platforms? What advocacy and leadership opportunities are there for youth to create a healthy and safe digital world? Join us to explore these questions along with mindfulness and some evidence-based strategies to increase brain health.