Happenings At MMJSHS!
From the desk of Christopher Lowe, Principal
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!
Student Spotlight 🙌
Worcester County Scholarship Association (WCSA) Scholar Award Recipient for The Class of 2023: Samantha Kelly
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
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?
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
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!
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 Save the Date Letter
Class of 2023 Graduation Activities Informational Letter
Class of 2023 Upcoming Events and Timeline
Virtual Parent Teacher Conference #2: March 9 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm via Google Meet
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.
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
📆 Our Schedule This Month
Class of 2023 Cap and Gown Photos: March 2 @ 7:40 in the Auditorium
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
Class of 2023 Meeting: March 3 @ 1:30 in the Auditorium
Virtual AP Saturday Session Lang and Lit: March 4 @ 8:00
Class of 2023 Fundraiser - Krispy Kreme: March 7 - 21
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
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.
Term 3 Progress Reports Ready for Viewing Online: March 6
School Committee Meeting: March 8 at 7:00 pm
Virtual Parent Teacher Conference #2: March 9 @ 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Meeting with Student Speakers for Class of 2023 Graduation Ceremony: March 10
The meeting will outline timelines for turning in their speeches and some additional key points.
Freshmen Class Meeting: March 13 @ 1:00 pm
Freshmen Fundraiser - CherryDale Online Store: March 13 - 24
MCAS Math March Retests Sessions 1 and 2: March 15 and 16
Peer Ed Field Trip to Shaw: March 15
Meet the Coaches Night (Spring): March 15 @ 6:30 pm in the Auditorium, Media Center, and the Gym
Class of 2023 Scholarship Meeting: March 16 @ 8:40 in the Auditorium
Small Ensemble Night in the Auditorium: March 16 @ 7:00 pm
We hope to see everyone there for an amazing evening of celebrating our Woolie performers!
No School for Students - Professional Development Day: March 17
Millbury Connections Students attending Sutton Connections Conference: March 17
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
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
Junior Parent/Guardian Post Secondary Planning Night: March 21 @ 6:30 in the Media Center
Carpenters Union Pre-Apprenticeship Program: March 24
Carpenters Union Shop Friday: March 24
Best Buddies Friendship Ball @ Algonquin Regional: March 24 @ 5:00 pm
AP Science Mock Exams: March 25 from 8:00 - 12:00 pm
Tech Week Rehearsals for Mamma Mia: March 27 - March 30
Grade 10 MCAS ELA Sessions 1 and 2: March 28 and 29
Grade 10 ELA MCAS Makeups: March 30 and 31
A Night to Belong Celebration: March 30 @ 6:00 pm at Elmwood
1/2 Day of School - Professional Development Day: March 31
Student Leadership Meeting: March 31 @ 2:00 pm in the Media Center
Millbury High SchoolTheater Presents: Mamma Mia!: March 31 - April 2
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 🗓
AP Exam Schedule
Mrs. Comeau, our AP Coordinator, will be sharing updated information about the upcoming testing window as we move closer towards May.
2023 AP Exam Dates
Student-Led Civics 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.
Interested in watching some Athletics contests? Please click the link below to view our Athletics Calendar.
Need some Woolie Gear? We have you covered.
Be on the lookout for more gear that will be available during the year through fundraisers and extra-curriculars!
Millbury Memorial Junior-Senior High School
The Millbury Public Schools ensures equal employment and educational opportunities for its employees and students and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex or sexual orientation, gender identity (M.G.L. c. 151B and 151C, Title VI, Title VII, and Title IX), or on the basis of disability (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973/ADA) or homelessness. In addition, the Millbury Public Schools does not discriminate against its employees on the basis of age (M.G.L. 151B/ADEA) on the basis of veteran's status, or genetic information.