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From the desk of Christopher Lowe, Principal

Community Newsletter : March 2023 Update

Good afternoon, Woolie families!

We hope that the February break treated you all well and that everyone is feeling refreshed and invigorated! Our return from the break has been off to a great start this week and we are looking to continue building upon that momentum this weekend as we move into some spirited athletic competitions! We hope to see you this Thursday and Friday supporting our boys and girls basketball teams as we host playoff basketball games!

March is an extremely busy month for us here at the junior-senior high school. We are in active preparations for all of our upcoming MCAS testing windows, parent conferences, a variety of co-curricular and athletic events, and all while scheduling for the next year and preparing for Graduation and our end-of-the-year activities.

As always, we continue to appreciate your continued support!


Chris Lowe

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

Student Spotlight 🙌

Worcester County Scholarship Association (WCSA) Scholar Award Recipient for The Class of 2023: Samantha Kelly

A special congratulations to Samantha Kelly on being named the Worcester County Superintendent Association Scholarship (WCSA) award recipient for the 2022-2023 school year.

Samantha will be recognized for her scholarly achievements at the Worcester County Superintendent Association’s Scholar Luncheon for being a recipient of the 2023 Worcester County Superintendents’ Association Scholar Award along with her peers from schools across Worcester County.

This event is a celebration to honor students that have continually showcased their tremendous intellect, work ethic, and dedication to learning throughout their academic journies.

We are so proud of Samantha and her many accomplishments and look forward to honoring her as she represents our school and her class at the upcoming event at Holy Cross Campus on March 7, 2023.

Project 351 Ambassador for the 2022-2023 School Year: Aidan Octavious

Project 351 seeks to develop the next generation of community-first service leaders through customized service learning, hands-on community-building, and values-based leadership training. Annually, Ambassadors from each of the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts are selected by hometown educators for their exemplary ethic of service and the values of kindness, compassion, humility, and gratitude.

The mission of Project 351 is to build a movement of youth-led service that transforms communities, elevates kindness, and advances opportunity by investing in the courage, compassion, and unlimited capabilities of eighth-grade unsung heroes and quiet leaders.

The vision of Project 351 is to continuously develop a generation of courageous, compassionate, and skilled leaders who unite in service to advance the values of community, the aspirations of opportunity, the tenets of civic responsibility, and the dignity and potential of every individual.

Aidan Octavius was chosen as this year's representative from Millbury Memorial Junior-Senior High School, as he exemplified the values of Project 351 on a daily basis both inside and outside of the classroom:

  • Kindness: The quality of being friendly, generous, considerate, and warm toward all others
  • Compassion: The instinct to care deeply about others through greater understanding of their life story and circumstances
  • Humility: The characteristic of being modest, especially when using one’s power for the good of the community
  • Gratitude: The quality of being thankful; demonstrating appreciation and kindness with joy

Aidan is pictured here as he presented to the School Committee on February 8 about a workshop that he attended with his Project 351 Ambassador peers!

We are so proud of Aidan and what he has and will accomplish in his ambassador role!

Valedictorian and Salutatorian

In next month's issue of the community newsletter, we will be announcing our Class of 2023's Valedictorian and Salutatorian.

These prestigious honors go to the students who are ranked number one and two in their graduating class.

Both students will have a role in speaking at the commencement ceremonies for their graduating class.

Campus Update 🏢

Did you know that MHS is applying for the Skills Capital Grant Program Funding this year?

As part of our Innovative Pathways implementation, MHS is playing for the second round of funding in the 2022-2203 school year where we could receive up to $150,000 dollars in funding for our innovative pathways programming. Our application for the Skills Capital Grant is due near the end of March and we are hard at work on the submission of the materials.

We will also be applying for funding next year as well in order to continue expanding our innovative pathways programming!

Below you will find information about the program.

The Skills Capital Grant Program will award grants for the purchase and installation of equipment and related improvements and renovations necessary for installation and use of such equipment to support vocational and technical training. This equipment will upgrade and expand career technical education and training programs that are aligned to regional economic and workforce development priorities for in-demand industries, provided that grant applications facilitate collaboration to provide students training pathways to career opportunities in high-skill, high-demand industry sectors, and include all of the following characteristics:

  • Be Demand-Driven: Meets a business-driven need, as documented in the funding application and verified in the funding review, award, and implementation
  • Leverages Partnerships: Builds connections between and among educational institutions (including middle/high schools, community colleges, and state colleges/universities), and between educational institutions, private sector businesses and non-profit organizations
  • Responds to Regional Plans: Responds to Workforce Skills Cabinet Regional Planning Blueprint and aligns to existing regional economic development, workforce development, and higher education plans to meet the business-driven need
  • Maximizes Increase in Skilled Workers: Leads to an increase in the number of skilled workers in a cost-effective way to meet business-driven hiring needs, and, to the greatest extent possible, focuses on improving the skills of students and/or individuals facing barriers to employment
  • Leverages Other Funding: Builds on other sources of local, state, federal and private funding to meet common goals
  • Builds on Proven Programs: Supports or expands a program that has shown proven results, or is based on a model that has shown proven results
  • Demonstrates Sustainability: Shows evidence of the ability to sustain a contribution to the workforce pipeline after grant funds have expired

Innovative Pathways

Our Innovative Pathways programming and implementation is coming together as we make preparations to implement in the fall of 2023! We are in the final stages of the application process with the State and hope to find out about being awarded our designation sometime in March.

As we know that people are excited to hear about all things Pathways, we wanted to share information out about the programming. In the upcoming days/weeks, we will be sure to have our Innovative Pathways Website go live with all of the necessary information related to the programming that we have been hard at work to implement for next year.

In addition to the website, we will have brochures and hard copies available in the guidance suite for students to take home in case you prefer a hard copy.

We are extremely excited to share out all of this information with you all as we are deeply proud of how we are providing opportunities for our students in thriving 21st-Century Industries!

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Innovative Pathways Website is live!

Curious to learn more about the innovative pathways offerings that we have for the 2023-2024 school year? Please check out the website link below!

iReady Website is live

Curious to learn more about iReady? Do you need more information to better understand how to interpret your child's reports? Please check out our informational website which will assist you with all things iReady!

Fitness Center Renovations

During the February break, we were fortunate to have the majority of our equipment delivered and installed in both the fitness center and the adjoining cardio room!

A special thank you to all of our custodial and maintenance crews who put in extra effort during the break to get the room situated and ready for our students and staff to return to a functioning space!

We are excited to see the next phase as the additional equipment, audio-visual, and signage arrive to complete the transformation!

We would again like to thank the town for supporting this amazing project! It is such an amazing transformation that will provide our school with so much opportunity!

Class of 2023 Graduation Information

Class of 2023 Save the Date Letter

Please find the Class of 2023 Graduation Informational Letter link here.

Class of 2023 Graduation Activities Informational Letter

Please find the Class of 2023 Graduation Activities Informational Letter link here.

Class of 2023 Upcoming Events and Timeline

Please find the link to the list and timeline of the upcoming events for the Class of 2023

Housekeeping/Reminders đź’ˇ

Virtual Parent Teacher Conference #2: March 9 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm via Google Meet

Sign-Ups for the event will be going live via a link to our website on Friday, March 3, 2023 at 5:30 pm.

I will be sending out an email with a link to the signups to your personal emails, as well as posting links on our website and social media.

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Upcoming Spring MCAS Testing Information

March 8 and 9: ELA MCAS Retest

March 10 and 13: ELA MCAS Retest Makeups

March 14 and 15: Math MCAS Retest

March 16 and 20: Math MCAS Retest Makeups

March 28 and 29: Grade 10 ELA MCAS

March 30 and 31: Grade 10 ELA MCAS Makeups

April 4 and 5: Grades 7 and 8 MCAS ELA

April 6 and 7: Grades 7 and 8 MCAS ELA Makeups

April 27 and 28: Grade 8 MCAS STE

May 1 and May 2: Grade 8 MCAS STE Makeups

May 16 and 17: Grade 10 MCAS Math

May 18 and 19: Grade 10 MCAS Math Makeup

May 22 and May 23: Grades 7 and 8 MCAS Math

May 24 and May 25: Grades 7 and 8 MCAS Math Makeups

June 6 and 7: Grade 9 Bio MCAS

June 8 and 9: Grade 9 Bio MCAS Make Ups

Academic Dates to Remember

TERM 3 (44 Instructional Days)

January 23rd 2023 - March 31st 2023

Grades close for midterm: Friday, February 17, 2022

Progress Reports - ready for viewing Monday, March 6th

Term 3 ends: Friday, March 31, 2023

Report Cards - ready for viewing Monday, April 10th

📆 Our Schedule This Month

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Class of 2023 Cap and Gown Photos: March 2 @ 7:40 in the Auditorium

Cap and Gown photos for the Class of 2023 will be taking place starting at 7:40 in the Auditorium. The Class of 2023 advisors, Mr. Johnson and Mrs. Morin, have been working with the senior class to coordinate the event with our school photographer, Penny Lynn.

Printable versions of the portrait forms are available on our school website homepage. Students can fill out the form and bring it with them on the day of the photos.

Carpenters Union Pre-Apprenticeship Training: March 3

Students participating in the carpenters union pre-apprenticeship program will be headed out this Friday morning for another session. They will be spending the day there for on-site training with an instructor from the union and will be back at the school around 1:40 pm.

Class of 2023 Meeting: March 3 @ 1:30 in the Auditorium

The Class Advisors have scheduled a meeting with the senior class to take place on March 3 @ 1:30 in the Auditorium.

Virtual AP Saturday Session Lang and Lit: March 4 @ 8:00

This Saturday, students in our AP Langauge and Literature classes will be participating in a Virtual Saturday session starting at 8:00. All links have been shared with the students in advance of Saturday.

Class of 2023 Fundraiser - Krispy Kreme: March 7 - 21

The Senior Class will be holding its second fundraiser of the year starting on March 7. They will again be selling Krispy Kreme donuts. If you are interested in purchasing donuts, please see a member of the senior class, their advisors, or a class officer.

Worcester County Superintendents Association Scholar Award Ceremony @ Holy Cross: March 7

SEPAC District Meeting: March 7 @ 6:30 pm in the Media Center

MASC Student Council Conference in Hyannis: March 8 - 10

We are excited to share that we are sending 13 of our student council students to the annual student council leadership conference taking place in Hyannis from March 8- 10.

The MASC Spring Conference is held annually to provide students with both motivational and educational experiences. The three-day, the two-night conference is held at the Resort and Conference Center at Hyannis and Cape Codder Hotel. These three days are full of events, motivational speeches, workshops, awards, and entertainment—and are a rewarding experience for any student leader. Attendees are trained in areas of leadership, allowed to network with students from across Massachusetts, and celebrated as student leaders for their achievements throughout the year.

MCAS ELA Retests Sessions 1 and 2: March 8 and 9

Students participating in the MCAS March Retests will be doing so on March 8 and 9. All students and families that are participating have been notified. Preparations for the testing have been made and the day will function as testing days usually do.

Term 3 Progress Reports Ready for Viewing Online: March 6

Parents/Guardians can view Term 3 progress reports online via access to the parent portal on Monday, March 6.

School Committee Meeting: March 8 at 7:00 pm

Virtual Parent Teacher Conference #2: March 9 @ 6:00 - 8:00 pm

MCAS ELA Restest Makeups: March 10 and March 13

Students who miss one of the two testing days will have the opportunity to make up these sessions on March 10 and March 13.

Meeting with Student Speakers for Class of 2023 Graduation Ceremony: March 10

The administration will be meeting with students who will be speaking at the Class of 2023 Graduation as part of their roles in the class.

The meeting will outline timelines for turning in their speeches and some additional key points.

Freshmen Class Meeting: March 13 @ 1:00 pm

The freshmen class advisors will be holding a freshmen class meeting on the afternoon of March 13 to kickoff their fundraising endeavors.

Freshmen Fundraiser - CherryDale Online Store: March 13 - 24

The freshmen class will be hosting an online store during the weeks of March 13 -24 as part of their fundraising efforts. This will be the second of their fundraisers for the 2022-2023 school year.

MCAS Math March Retests Sessions 1 and 2: March 15 and 16

Students participating in the MCAS March Retests will be doing so on March 15 and 16. All students and families that are participating have been notified. Preparations for the testing have been made and the day will function as testing days usually do.

Peer Ed Field Trip to Shaw: March 15

MCAS Math March Retests Makeups: March 16 and March 20

Students who miss one of the two testing days will have the opportunity to make up these sessions on March 16 and March 20.

Meet the Coaches Night (Spring): March 15 @ 6:30 pm in the Auditorium, Media Center, and the Gym

Mr. MacCreery will be hosting our Meet the Coaches Night for our upcoming spring season on March 15 @ 6:30 pm in the Auditorium, Media Center, and Gym. More information about the events of the evening will be shared out in the upcoming days so please be on the lookout!

Class of 2023 Scholarship Meeting: March 16 @ 8:40 in the Auditorium

The guidance department will be meeting with the Class of 2023 to discuss scholarships and the process for applying for them on the morning of March 16. Timelines for submissions, requirements, and a general Q & A will be discussed.

Small Ensemble Night in the Auditorium: March 16 @ 7:00 pm

The Millbury Band will be hosting a Small Ensemble evening on March 16 @ 7:00 pm in the Auditorium.

We hope to see everyone there for an amazing evening of celebrating our Woolie performers!

No School for Students - Professional Development Day: March 17

Students will have the day off as staff will be having a full day of professional development on March 17.

Millbury Connections Students attending Sutton Connections Conference: March 17

Nearly two dozen members of our Millbury Connections student leadership group will be attending the annual Sutton Connections conference with peers from all over the staff to discuss topics around student leadership, tolerance, equity, inclusivity, etc.

This all-day event is an amazing opportunity for students to network with peer leaders and foster a deeper sense of what leadership looks like in schools around the State in order to continue expanding their roles and opportunities within our building.

Best Buddies hosting a Spring Semi-Formal: March 17

New for this year, we have added a Spring Semi-Formal dance hosted by Best Buddies to be held on Friday, March 17 in the gymnasium. This dance is for Millbury High School students only, grades 9 - 12, and will run from 6:30 - 9:30.

Students will be allowed entrance to the dance between 6:30 and 7:00 pm. Anyone trying to enter after 7:00 pm will not be allowed admission.

Students must stay in attendance at the dance until at least 9:00 pm.

Start of Spring Sports: March 20

Spring Sports Season officially begins on March 20!

Junior Parent/Guardian Post Secondary Planning Night: March 21 @ 6:30 in the Media Center

We invite the parents/guardians of our Class of 2024 to join members of our guidance department for an evening of information about the planning process for entering into senior year. Our guidance staff will be there to answer any and all questions around the college application and scholarship process, as well as any questions around course selection, etc.

Carpenters Union Pre-Apprenticeship Program: March 24

Students participating in the carpenters union pre-apprenticeship program will be headed out this Friday morning for another session. They will be spending the day there for on-site training with an instructor from the union and will be back at the school around 1:40 pm.

Carpenters Union Shop Friday: March 24

Students participating in the Shop Friday series at the Carpenters Union will be headed to participate in their 2nd workshop on March 24. They will be returning to the school around 1:40.

Best Buddies Friendship Ball @ Algonquin Regional: March 24 @ 5:00 pm

Members of our Best Buddies Program will be attending the annual Friendship Ball at Algonquin Regional High School on March 24 @ 5:00 pm. We are so excited to be participating in this event again and cannot wait for a fantastic evening of fun!

AP Science Mock Exams: March 25 from 8:00 - 12:00 pm

We will be hosting our AP Science Mock Exams from 8:00 am - 12:00 -m on March 25 at the Junior Senior High School. Our AP Science teachers will be speaking with their students directly to coordinate the events of the morning.

Tech Week Rehearsals for Mamma Mia: March 27 - March 30

Grade 10 MCAS ELA Sessions 1 and 2: March 28 and 29

Students participating in the Grade 10 MCAS will be doing so on March 28 and 29. All 10th-grade students, as well as additional identified students and their families, will be notified prior to the testing window. Preparations for the testing have been made and the day will function as testing days usually do.

Grade 10 ELA MCAS Makeups: March 30 and 31

For any student that is absent on either of the primary days of testing, the State allows for additional makeup days in order to complete the testing. These makeup days will take place on March 30 and 31.

A Night to Belong Celebration: March 30 @ 6:00 pm at Elmwood

Join us for an evening of exploration as the Millbury Public Schools take the time to demonstrate how every child belongs within their school community. This is a fantastic opportunity to experience and interact with the tools that are used within the schools, from Preschool-Grade 12, and ask any questions you have regarding the programs in place for SEL, Diversity and Inclusion and Adaptive Learning.

1/2 Day of School - Professional Development Day: March 31

Students will be dismissed at 11:00 as teachers will have half a day of professional development on March 31.

Student Leadership Meeting: March 31 @ 2:00 pm in the Media Center

Our student leadership team will be meeting for their monthly planning meeting on March 31 @ 2:00 pm in the media center.

Millbury High SchoolTheater Presents: Mamma Mia!: March 31 - April 2

Please come and support our Millbury Theater Program as it puts on another amazing performance the weekend of March 31 - April 2! This is sure to be another sold-out event so buy your tickets ahead using the QR code in the accompanying image (which is also available on our website).

The times for the shows are as follows:

Friday, March 31: 7:00 pm

Saturday, April 1: 7:00 pm

Sunday, April 2: 2:00 pm

Looking Ahead đź—“

AP Exam Schedule

Starting May 1, 2023 students enrolled in an AP course will be taking the accompanying AP Exam. Please see the calendar below with additional information about the dates and times for the exam.

Mrs. Comeau, our AP Coordinator, will be sharing updated information about the upcoming testing window as we move closer towards May.

Student-Led Civics Projects

We are happy to announce that our Social Studies Department will be again actively working with our students in grades 8 and 10 to produce a series of student-led community-based projects that will align with the State's outline of expectations around the goals of the student-led civics projects. I have provided a visual below that outlines the goals of the projects.

In the upcoming weeks/months, grades 8 and 10 students will be meeting to discuss planning and logistics around many of the student-led projects. We will be sharing out more information as we begin the completion of the projects.

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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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