Happenings At MMJSHS!

From the desk of Christopher Lowe, Principal

Community Newsletter : October 2022 Update

It's hard to believe that October is already upon us. We have been fortunate to have such a successful start to the school year with our students actively participating and engaging in all aspects of the Millbury Memorial Junior-High School experience!

We ask that you continue to urge your students to get involved in something of interest to them. We offer so many opportunities for students and our hope is that your student will find something that they gravitate towards. If they have a particular area of interest that maybe we don't have a club or activity for, please encourage them to come to see me and we can work to make that a reality!

We are looking forward to having conversations with our families at our upcoming Parent/Teacher conference which is the first of two for the school year. Please be on the lookout for information about the event which will be shared shortly with the community!

As always, thank you for your continued support and partnership!


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 🙌

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Congratulations to Vanessa Muturi

Millbury Memorial Junior-Senior High School is proud to congratulate the Class of 2023's very own, Vanessa Muturi, on her academic honors from the CollegeBoard's National Recognition Programs, which help students stand out during college admissions and connect them with universities nationwide helping them meaningfully connect to colleges and stand out during the admissions process. Colleges and scholarship programs identify students awarded National African American, Hispanic, Indigenous, and/or Rural/Small Town Recognition through College Board’s Student Search Service.

Students who may be eligible have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and have excelled on the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT10, or earned a score of 3 or higher on two or more AP Exams; and are African American or Black, Hispanic American or Latinx, Indigenous, and/or attend school in a rural area or small town.

Eligible students will be invited to apply during their sophomore or junior year and will be awarded at the beginning of the next school year. Students will receive their awards in time to include them on their college and scholarship applications.

“We want to honor the hard work of these students through the College Board National Recognition Programs. “We hope the award winners and their families celebrate this prestigious honor and it helps them plan for their big future.,” said Tarlin Ray, College Board senior vice president of BigFuture.

We are so proud of Vanessa and her efforts throughout her years as a student at Millbury Memorial Junior-Senior High School. We extend our deepest congratulations to her and her family on receiving this award!

Campus Update 🏢

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We need your HELP!!!

Have you heard? We are a Finalist for Saint Gobain's Sustaining Futures, Raising Communities Project in the Gold Category! This means that we are a finalist for a $50,000 grant to transform one of our classroom spaces. We have submitted a proposal to update one of our science labs with a focus on environmental science and sustainability.

Voting for the project starts on October 4 and goes through October 18. A winner from each of the 3 States (Massachusetts, Georgia, and Pennsylvania) will be announced on OCtober 19 after the voting window has concluded. Voting is unlimited so we ask that everyone tries to vote as often as they can.

We will be promoting the voting window throughout its duration so please be on the lookout for regular updates about the project!

Here is the voting LINK

Carpenters Union Shop Fridays are underway!

We are happy to share that we have continued our partnership with the local Carpenters Union during the 2022-2023. 12 of our students participated in the first of the four Shop Fridays at the end of September where the students participated in a workshop on Wood Framing.
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Innovative Pathways coming to Millbury Memorial Junior-Senior High School

Have you heard that we will be implementing two Innovative Pathways at Millbury Memorial Junior Senior High Schools during the 2023-2024 school year? We are in the application process with the State in order to bring a pathway in both Advanced Manufacturing and Information Systems (Computer Science) to our students next year.

We will be sharing more information with the community in the upcoming weeks and months to share what this will look like moving forward!

Please be on the lookout for more information. In the interim, you can read more about the Innovative Pathway Programs here.

Weight Room Renovations

I am happy to finally share that we are fortunate to be converting our weight room into an updated fitness center. We have been working with a variety of groups in order to make this a reality.

The current weight room will be receiving a makeover with updated equipment, flooring, a turf-inlay, updated audiovisual equipment, new windows, etc. The project went out to bid several weeks ago and we are happy to have a contract in place.

We are looking to have renovations begin around Christmas break.

A special thank you to everyone that is involved in the amazing opportunity for our school!!

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From the Public Library

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Housekeeping/Reminders 💡

We are still in need of many families to complete their sign-off sheets for the year. Please help us out by completing these forms as soon as possible.
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Update from Officer Gasco on our first Lockdown Drill

Please see the email that was sent by School Resource Officer, Keith Gasco, on September 29, 2022.

Hello Millbury Families,

This email is a follow-up to my automated call you received earlier today. Today we practiced a lockdown drill at (Elmwood, Shaw, Millbury Jr./Sr. High School). Specifically, this lockdown drill is done to practice what to do in the event of an emergency or threat to safety.

Again, this was just a drill and no actual threat or emergency occurred. I encourage you to talk with your children about today’s drill and the importance of the drills in relation to school safety. If you or your child has any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time at kgasco@millburyschools.org

What is a Lockdown Drill?

Lockdown drills are opportunities for students and staff to practice what to do if there is an active and immediate threat of violence in the school. In accordance with A.L.I.C.E. protocols, students and staff have various options for staying safe, including locking and barricading classroom doors, relocating to another part of the school or evacuating the school entirely. To enable everyone to remain safe, no one will be allowed to enter or leave the building until the drill is completed.

In the event of an actual emergency, it is critical that families keep the following in mind:

  • Please do not come to your child’s school campus. The area around your child’s school will be flooded with first responders from Millbury and surrounding towns, as well as the State Police. Your presence will make their jobs more difficult and potentially create problems for emergency vehicles trying to access or leave the site.
  • In the event of an actual emergency evacuation, the reunification spot for the Millbury Public School District is the Blackstone Valley Cinema De Lux 14, located at the The Shoppes at Blackstone Valley. This is where you should go to await the arrival of your children, in the event of an actual emergency.
  • Please avoid calling school offices. If there is an actual emergency, office staff will be actively engaged in A.L.I.C.E. protocols as well as maintaining communications with law enforcement officials. They will not be able to field additional phone calls.
  • Please do not immediately believe information posted on social media unless the post is from school or law enforcement officials. Correct and timely information will be disseminated through our automated system as soon as possible.
  • Please make sure that your contact information on record with the school is current so that you can be reached without delay in the event of an emergency.

Keeping our school safe and secure for all students and staff involves the participation of the entire school community, and we thank you for your help in keeping our school safe.

Thank you,

School Resource Officer

Keith Gasco

Automated Attendance Phone Calls Beginning October 11, 2022

Beginning Tuesday, October 11th, Millbury Jr./Sr. High School will be adjusting the way we notify parents/guardians about student absences.

Our current system requires our Attendance Clerk, Mrs. Kim Reumann, to make individual phone calls home for each student who is marked absent by their first block teacher each day. Next week, we will start sending automated messages to all parents/guardians of those students marked absent by 9 am.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the contact information we have on file, please contact Kim Reuman, our Attendance Clerk, at 508-865-5841 or email kreumnn@millburyschools.org.

Morning Attendance Calls/Emails - Please reach out to our attendance clerk, Mrs. Kim Reumann.

Just a friendly reminder that if your students are going to be dismissed or absent, please reach out directly to our attendance clerk, Mrs. Kim Reumann, who is located in our high school's main office. She can be reached directly at kreumann@millburyschools.org.

Academic Dates to Remember

TERM 1 (45 Instructional Days)

August 31st 2022 - November 4th 2022

Grades close for midterm - Friday, September 30, 2022

Progress Reports - ready for viewing Tuesday, October 11th

Term 1 ends: Friday, November 4th, 2022

Report Cards - ready for viewing Monday, November 14th

SAT Registration

Guidance has previously shared out information with our students about the upcoming SAT registration dates. The link to the registration website can be found here.
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📆 Our Schedule This Month

Clubs and Activities Fair: October 4 during E Block

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1/2 Day of School for Students: October 6

Students will be dismissed at 11:00 am on October 6. Staff will be participating in professional development for the remainder of the day.

No School for Students: October 7

Staff will be participating in a full-day of professional development.

Marching Band Competition at Shepherd Hill High School: October 8 @ 4:30 pm

No School for Students- Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples' Day: October 10

PSATs: October 12 starting at 7:40

Please see the email that was sent out by guidance director, Stephanie DeLucia, regarding the upcoming PSAT day for our students. This will be taking place on October 12.

September 26, 2022

Dear Parent/Guardians:

Millbury Memorial Junior-Senior High School will be hosting the PSAT/NMSQT for grade 10 and grade 11 students in the building on Wednesday, October 12, 2022. As typical, we will be offering the PSAT to all Grade 10 students at no cost to them or their families. Our students in 11th grade, who had the opportunity to test last year, but would like to test again this year, can choose to do so for the cost of $18.00. Juniors are encouraged to test as it gives them one more chance to take the test and become accustomed to the format, which is timed and unlike other standardized tests (MCAS) we administer. Their score could also make them eligible for the National Merit Scholarship Program, which is only open to 11th-grade students.

In order for juniors to register for the test, they must sign up in Guidance with Mrs. Sizer, our secretary. Please know that we only have a select number of tests for 11th-grade students. Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis and students will be considered fully registered when their fee is paid (cash or check). Registration closes for juniors on October 6, 2022, as we need to complete pre-administration testing in order to stay on our lunch schedule during our school day testing.

We will be pushing out information through our google classroom as well as emails and announcements during the school day and in classes. Students should make sure they are using their Millbury schools email account when joining the classroom (and filling out the registration form for grade 11 students).

Google Classroom codes are as follows:
Class of 2024: 6y44ts7 Class of 2025: r3susih

We ask that parents or students contact the Guidance office directly if they have questions. As always, thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

The Guidance Department

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Sophomore Class Hike (Wachusett Mountain): October 13

The Class of 2025 will be headed to Wachusett Mountain for a Sophomore Class Hike. They will be departing the school around 8:15 and returning at 1:45.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to the class advisors, Ms. Lauren Hinchey or Mr. Steve Economos.

Blackstone Valley Education Foundation (BVEF) Stem Career Workshop: October 13 from 8:15 to 1:30

In recognition of Massachusetts Manufacturing Month, Blackstone Valley Education Foundation (BVEF) would like to invite middle school students from Northbridge and Millbury to attend an event at Access TCA in Whitinsville.

Students will complete hands-on activities in small groups, take part in a Q&A with a panel of Saint-Gobain employees, have a tour of the company, and enjoy lunch with participating employees. This will be an excellent learning experience that will focus on the education and skills necessary for success within an array of STEM careers in today's workforce.

Junior High Student Leadership Team Presents: Hocus Pocus Family Movie Night: October 14 @ 6:00 pm in the Auditorium

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Marching Band Competition @ Norwood High School: October 16

Massachusetts STEM Week: October 17 - 21

Our Science Department is looking to celebrate Massachusetts STEM week with a variety of activities for our students that will be displayed both inside and outside of the classrooms!

The dates will run from October 17 - 20.

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Senior Class Fundraiser - Krispy Kreme: October 17 - 31

Our Senior Class will be holding their Krispy Kreme fundraiser starting on October 17 and ending on October 31.

If you are interested in ordering, please see one of the members of our Senior Class or reach out to the Senior Class advisors, Mrs. Sherrie Morin and Mr. Andrew Johnson.

Virtual Parent Teacher Conference #1: October 20 @ 6:00 pm

We will be using Google Meet for our first Parent/Teacher conference of the 2022-2023 school year. This is a change from previous years as we as a district have moved away from the Zoom platform.

As usual, we will be sharing links to join the virtual meetings the day prior to the event taking place.

Please be on the lookout for more information over the next two weeks.

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Summer Reading Incentive trip to the Elm Theater: October 21

Mrs. Flaherty and Mrs. Barbosa will be taking a group of our Summer Readers to view one of the Summer Reading titles at the Elm Theater as part of the incentive program that we had going for our summer reading programming.

The students will be watching the Blindside and enjoying some popcorn and refreshments during the showing!

Millbury Public Schools Worcester Railer Night: October 22 @ 7:05pm

Come watch the members of our Chorus perform God Bless America at the start of the Worcester Railers game as they graciously host a Millbury Public Schools night! The events kick off at 7:05. Please see the image below for more information.
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Marching Band Competition at Veteran's Stadium in Quincy: October 23 starting @ 12:00 pm

School Committee Meeting: October 26 @ 7:00 pm

AP Environmental Science Field Trip to the Quabbin Reservoir: October 27 @ 7:40 am (Rain Date October 28)

Our AP Environmental Science class will be headed to the Quabbin Reservoir to partake in field work and lab studies while on site. They will be departing Millbury High during the first period and will return prior to the conclusion of the school day.

Field trip forms will be shared out in class. Please be sure to have those forms into Mr. Bastien ASAP.

Student Leadership Monthly Meeting: October 27 @ 2:05 in the Media Center

The student leadership group will continue its monthly meetings on October 27 @ 2:05 in the Media Center.

Business Club field trip to Dean College's Careers in Sports and Entertainment at Gillette Stadium: October 28 @ 7:40 am

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Carpenters Union Shop Friday: October 28

A group of 12 of our students will be attending the second of four Shop Fridays in collaboration with the Carpenters Union.

At the previous September Shop Friday, our students learned the skills of Wood framing for flooring and wall construction.

Student Council presents Trunk or Treat at Elmwood St. School

We apologize as we are still finalizing our Trunk or Treat date for the 2022-2023 school year. Due to a scheduling conflict, we had to adjust our original date. We will be sharing out additional information with the community shortly but wanted to provide you with the two dates and times to serve as a placeholder. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Saturday, October 29 from 1:00 - 3:00 pm

Sunday, October 30 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Senior Class Trick-or-Treat: October 31

Our annual Senior Class Trick-or-Treat activity will be taking place last period on October 31.

Students are allowed to dress up for the last period event, but cannot wear masks that cover their faces entirely.

The Class Advisors, Mrs. Morin and Mr. Johnson, will be sharing more information with the class via Google Classroom.

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Freshmen Class Hooded Sweatshirt Fundraiser: October 31 - November 11

Our Class of 2026 Woolies will be holding their first fundraiser of the year starting on October 31. They will be selling hooded sweatshirts.

An informational flyer will be shared out during the month of October so please be on the lookout for more information!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Class of 2026 advisors, Mrs. Chloe Przygoda and/or Ms. Lindsey Briggs.

Looking Ahead 🗓

iReady Parent Night: November 9

Band and Chorus Fall Concert: November 10

Fall Play Performance: November 18 - 20

2022-2023 Spring Musical - Mamma Mia

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Previously Shared

Aspen (X2) Parent Portal Access

For families new to our school or families that have yet to sign up for our Parent Portal Access, please check out our portal website which provides necessary information around how to access and use the portal. We have provided narrated tutorial videos on how to use the feature. Please check the link out here.

If you are still having difficulties, please reach out to Ms. Dearborn, our guidance department administrative assistant, at jsizer@millburyschools.org for more assistance.

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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