Weekly Update

From the Desk of the Principal

March 12, 2021

Dear Masconomet Middle School Families,

As you know, Dr. Harvey outlined the return to full time, in-person learning in his Masconomet Reopening Update this week. The return date is set for April 26 for middle school, and as Dr. Harvey states, families “will have the option of choosing whether to send their children to school in-person, full-time, or to have their children attend school remotely. This decision will be binding for the rest of the school year.” We will distribute a survey to gather this information soon.

Upcoming Calendar Dates:

  • March 18- Second trimester ends
  • March 19- Third trimester begins

Food Drive Recap

The MS Student Council concluded its annual Food Drive last week after encouraging students to participate in unique ways during this unprecedented year. Between online, in-school and direct to pantry donations, the middle school was able to collect over 1,600 food items that were delivered to local families in need and to each of our local food pantries. The MS Student Council is humbled by the incredible support to this program by our students and staff and looks forward to doing additional outreach programs as the school year progresses. Please click here for a video of the drive.

Book Buddy Visit

English teacher Mr. Kelsen’s Creative Media class visited Cole School in Boxford for a Book Buddy program, and he was “immensely proud of the way our students represented Masco in the classrooms - they were outstanding role models for the elementary students. Masco readers were polite, engaging, read with prosody, and led thoughtful Q&A sessions on the writing process.” Please see a couple of pictures, below, from the event.

High School Environmental Club

The Masconomet Environmental Club is hosting a tree planting event in partnership with a nonprofit organization, Tree Plenish, on April 24th, 2021. The goal of the event is to offset Masconomet’s paper usage during the 2018-2019 school year (the last normal school year). These trees are $5 and you can choose for a small group of volunteers to come plant the trees in your yard for you, or you can opt to pick up the saplings at Masco on the event day.

A big thank you to Lillooet Farms in Boxford, True View Financial in Middleton, Zumi’s Cafe in Ipswich, Sol Bean Cafe in Middleton, and the Essex County Co-Op in Topsfield for their generous donations to make this event possible.

By using the link below, you can choose between Red Maples, Eastern Redbuds, and River Birch trees. Thank you in advance for your support!


Have a good weekend,

Phil McManus


Philip B. McManus, Ed.D.