MRHS Parent Newsletter
Volume 31, Issue 18
High Honors for Second Marking Period
Ava Aguiar, Kristina Aguilar, Evan Arce, Cate Barcome, Megan Beaudry, Nicholas Boudreau, Molly Brewer, Kayleigh Delamarter, Hallie Dones, Jackson Duquette, Eve Freitas, Owen Gasteyer, Taryn Grozio, Nghi Hua , Avery Izzo, Grace Johnson, Lily Kane, Emma Kennedy, Jared Laliberte, Audrey LaPre, Sydney Liquori, Ryan Lucarelle, James Ma , Christopher MacPhail, Samuel Manteria, Anabella Matos, Maeve McConnell, William Meeker, Samantha Moore, Collin Murphy, Madeline Murphy, Moira O'Brien, Molly Olsen, Alexa Patrakis, Alyssa Penna, Stephen Putnam, Cassidy Richard, Jada Rosario, Allyson Santos, Dominick Seymour, Alice Sleboda, Audrey Streeter, Nikolas Supczak, Jessica Thomas, Vivian Tranghese, Caleigh Wall.
Ayden Alves, Gabrielle Amato, Gianna Angelica, Justis Barbeau, Camryn Baroni, Ashleigh Barrett, Ava Barton, Erik Beckel, Cody Biermann, Christopher Cronin, Malyna Dansereau, Grace Debney, Shenel Fosuah-Asamoah, Isabella Gravanda, Connor Joyce, Ava Kavanagh, Evan Kennedy, Cameron Kolisko, Peter Kuselias, Mikhaila Latourelle, Olivia Long, Genevieve Matthews, Jason Ofcarcik, Anna O'Keefe, Hallie O'Toole, Isha Patel, Ella Perry, Haldimand Putnam, Claire Robinson, Joseph Sarno, Cally Seyler, Matthew Sherman, Quinn Suomala, Kevin Tessicini, Isabella Woodbury.
Mia Alexander, Julian Bixler, Ji Cao, Leah Cooney, Emily Corey, Maya Damiano, Julia DaSilva, Emma Delamarter, Ani Diefenderfer, Daniel Ducey, Kendall Garvey, Zoe George, Liam Gleason, Shea Harrison, Sydney Harrison, Madison Hastain, Morgan Hastain, Jacob Keller, Nicholas Lang, Ryan Lee , Jillian Long, Paulo Mendonca, Faith Pettengill, Hope Pettengill, Jaclin Robinson, Ava Sirois, Annabelle Stroganow, Ruby Sweetman, Margaret Szpakowski, Trijal Thakkar, Tyler Tranghese, Therran Trumbull, Anissa Velez, Kayla White.
Tanner Alves, Lauren Barry, Lauren Baskin, Nicholas Bernier, Francesca Bongiorni, Adam Bredvik, Julia Britton, Erin Camire, Nicola Carnevale, Grace Crochiere, Samantha Daniele, Victoria Dias, Theodore Dobosz, Natalie Falconer, Nicholas Ford, Nicholas Frangie, Christian Fuehr, Evan Garcia, Haley Granger, Taylor Hapgood, Tristan Hebert, Sofia Hickson, Colby Jacek, Benjamin Jalbert, Samantha Kularski, Maya Latour, Tatum Legere, Isabelle Lemire, Charmaine Liu, Julia Mastrio, Grant Maziarz, Griffin McQuade, Isabella Minchella, Siobhain Murphy, Jasmine Nieves, Gabriella Ofcarcik, Julia O'Keefe, Shelby Pace, Andrew Paquette, Logan Paradis, Janan Patel, Olivia Ranck, Mason Raschi, Annina Rettura, Katherine Rettura, Victoria Reyes, Jamison Rohan, Madison Roy, Savannah Russell, Sarah Sampson, Morgan Sanborn, Taylor Schirmer, Gabriella Stellato, Thomas Taylor, Sydney Tenczar, Alexandra Trombley, Samantha VanZandt, Tyler Walsh, Rylan Walting, Sydney Webb, Madeleine Wilson, Samantha Wise.
Honors for Second Marking Period
Gage Barkyoumb, Jake Barlow, Madelyn Bartolucci, Abbigail Beaudry, Sydney Beebe, Abigail Bessette, Timothy Boudreau, Samantha Burnett, Valerie Campsie, Giovanna Capuano, Kaelin Cerasuolo, Seth Chaffee, Aidan Colon, Eli Comeau, Zachary Conrad, Abigail Conselino, Aidan Cordis, Patrick Cowles, Sarah Crouser, John DaFonseca, Aiden Daniels, Jenna Danio, Giuseppe DeGuglielmo, Reighan Demers, Dominic Dos Santos, Norah Doyle, Anita Duquette, Ian Dzierwinski, Ella Edwards, Rose Eldridge, Olivia Elliott, Catriona Ferreira, Nicole Foley, Maya Galvan, Tyler Genovese, Brandon Gormley, Juliette Goulet, Cameron Gray, Franklin Graziano, Jeremiah Griffin, Cameron Hanks, Harrison Hill, Sean Holden, Kyler Ittner, Delaney Izzo, Patrick Jahn, Reese Jordan, Anya Khan, Ava Korzec, Isaiah Kozub, Miranda Lavoie, Lam Duy Anh Le, Morgan Leary, Emma Lemek, Jacob Lemire, Aidan Lewis, Justin Lewis, Brodie Martin, George Matta, Ryann Meunier, Charlotte Mirisis, David Noel Benjamin O'Brien, Andrew O'Toole, Joshua Parent, Dev Patel, Demetrios Patrakis, Christopher Paul, Dakotah Pavoni, Abigail Pronovost, Eva Przezdziecki, Lilliana Ramos, Zachary Ranck, Andrew Rice, Shea Rice, Gavin Rigney, Gabriella Rita, Alyssa Russell, Julian Smith, Pedro Soler, William St John, Emily Stark, Camden Tarantino, Alexander Tirabassi, Lauren Tomala, Cassandra Toth, Emma Tougas, Jack Trolio, Cameron Turer, Marena Valiton, Zavier Villanueva, Marissa Warren, Connor Wesloski, Jenna Westbrooks, Luke Whalen-Sylver, Jack Wietsma, Aleena Wilkinson, Matthew Wurszt.
Nico Alves, Katherine Annear, Emma Arendt, Jessica Baker, Lauren Beaudin, Madison Bigda, Patrick Boland, Sydney Bonsant, Catharine Brennan, Adrianna Britton, Mary Cable, Bianca Cardano, Sofia Carlson, Allison Clifford, Madison Coite, Paige Coite, Adriana Cosentini, Audriana Croteau, Anthia Daubon, Kyla Desmarais, Matthew DeVine, Jeremy Diehl, Riordan Donahue, Regan Donohue, Julia Downey, Cailyn Doyle, Kegan Druckenmiller, Luke Dunklee, Kailey Elmasian, Jacob Evans, Taylor Fahey, Jace Falcone, Isabelle Fergus, Nathan Figuerado, Mary Flynn, Francesca Fusco, Trevor Galenski, Madison Gallant, Taylor Garvey, Joseph Gentile, Kiana Gonzalez, Tyler Gragowski, Ella Greenwood, Madelynn Grono, Derek Grout, Justine Guyer, Justin Hanna, Sienna Hebert, Clare Heinold, Abigail Hotaling, Mary-Elizabeth Hrycay, Melanie Jalonen, James Jolicoeur, Jaidan Kertenis, Tyler King, Kate Kosiorek, Marlayna Labbe, Madison Laliberte, Willy Li, Isabel Lopes, Rachael Lowe, Gabriella Maynard, Trent Maziarz, Madison McGrath, Sean McMinn, Isabela Meeker, Madison Meunier, Amayah Monell, Gracen Moriarty, Taylor Morrison, Jacob Motyl, Veronica Nault, Jaclyn Nguyen, Linh Nguyen, Nha Nguyen, Adam Niemi, Michael Nordstrom, Cade Norris, Meghan O'Dell, Molly Oldread, Lela Osmani, Colin Ostrander, Emily Patrick, Steven Pollard, Collin Prendergast, Emma Pszeniczny, Ethan Quill, Anthony Rachele, Bridget Reilly, Kayla Rivera, Elyse Roberts, Ethan Robins, Devyn Rodrigues, Mia Scatolini, Samantha Siciliano, Olivia Skoczylas, Katie Slattery, Maisie Straut, Nikolai Stroganow, Kayden Stubbert, Emily-Jane Sullivan, Olivia Terzi, Kalie Thomas, Victoria Velazquez, Luke Wadzinski, Aubrey Welch, Bethany Whalen-Sylver, Kiel Williams, Megan Youmell, Michael Ziemba.
Talon Armitage, Brooke Baker, Ianos Balaur, Alexa Barber, Nyiah Barrows, Gabrielle Bartolomei, Madeline Belemjian, Cori Bessette, Emily Birtwell, Grace Caltabiano, Grace Cantalini, Kayleigh Carlin, Niya Carrasquillo, Kayla Catellier, Sarah Champagne, Jing Chen, John Chen, Justine Cheng, Daniel Cherkashin, Juliana Chiarella, Adrianna Clark, Morgan Cloutier, Cade Connor, Brendan Connors, Grace Coopee, Sara Coughlin, Emma Cowles, Nasayah Crenshaw, Carly DeGray, Angelo DeGuglielmo, Abigail Fernandes, Jaime Fisher, Hannah Fopp, Cabielyn Gagnon, Kassidy Gendreau, Cameron Gilrein, Maya Glenn, Kayla Gotta, Anthony Grasso, Lillian Grono, Gianna Guidi, Joseph Hackett, Hannah Harris, Emily Howard, Jacob Ice, Sandra Joseph, Leah Kagan, Caleb Kmon, Joelle Kovarik, Morgan Kowal, Jonah Kozub, Dominique LaBranche, Erin Lacross, Thomas Leary, Janiah Lee, Kaileigh Letourneau, Aelan Lisowski, Jillian Mackay, Nya Maldonado, Jaclyn Maller, John Manning, Mia Manteria, Jillian Mawaka, Robert McDonald, Shea McNaughton, George Menard, Dillon Moriarty, McKenzie Murphy, Evan Murray, Cassidy Mylonakis, Jack O'Toole, George Patrakis, Zachary Payne, Daniel Perez, Timothy Person, Jenna Petrie, Margaret Petruzzelli, Daniel Picard, Jack Pszeniczny, Chelsea Ramos, Sophia Ramos, Camden Rigney, Isaiah Roberson-Barron, Joseph Robinson, Katherine Russell, Samantha Santos, Scott Sasen, Athena Senchi, Simon Serra, Margaret Skorka, Lena Sotiropoulos, Amelia St John, Krystianna Strange, Dominic Terzi, Dylan Verdon, Georgia Webster, Timothy Whalen-Sylver, Katlyn Wolcott, Peter Wurszt, Adriana Yacovone, Olivia Yarrows, Joseph Zebian.
Andrew Aguilar, Carolynne Avery, Isabelle Bergeron, Ann Bianchi, Abbie Boilard, Samantha Borsari, Kasper Borucki, Van Brubach, Owen Bullen, Clark Butcher, Aidan Caban, Isabella Cardaropoli, Richie Chau, Ada Cheng, Thomas Cheng, Gavin Connors, Jayda Correa, Molly Cronin, Juliana D'Agostino, Sage DeCarolis, Haylee Dietz, Julia DiNoia, Sophia Dobosz, Briana Doran, Madison Drumm, Andrew Esteves, Amber Farnham, Iain Ferreira, Olivia Ferreira, Michael Finnegan, Olivia Foley, Lindsay Gagnon, Azik Gamidov, Landen Gore, Robert Gossman, Olivia Grout, Ethan Grycel, Zach Haislip-Hansberry, Lillian Hakala, Tavis Haluch, Hunter Hembdt, Mack Hicklen, Chapin Jeannotte, Jacqulyn Jolicoeur, Zeena Joseph, Alexandra Karpinski, Jack Kennedy, Sumer King, Filip Kumiega, Lea Kuselias, Isabelle Labbe, Mikayla Langlois, Nolah Lee, Jashauna Lewis, Chris Li, Wan Ho Lung, Courtney Lynn, Mariah Mahabir, Ryan Marquez, Kyla Miller, Stephen Mushenko, Preston Niccum, Sophia Noel, Andrew Norris, Abaigh O'Brien, Conor O'Brien, Emma O'Connor, Allison Pollard, Jacob Pronovost, Kasi Ray, Emma Robinson, John Robinson, Hannah Ross, Brian Rostowski, Rhiann Ryan, Madison Sanborn, Maximus Sepulveda, Katie Shea, Carly Sleboda, Caleigh Smith, Charlotte Stark, Maxiel Torres, Loel Tronsky, Patrick Wilkinson.
FROM THE FINE ARTS CENTER
FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE
FROM THE HISTORY/SOCIAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT
FROM THE COUNSELING CENTER
GUIDANCE, COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS
For the most current information from the Counseling Center we encourage parents and students to routinely check the Counseling Center tab at the MRHS home page.
Juniors who are planning to continue their education at a four-year college or university should plan to take the SAT Reasoning Test on May 2 or June 6. Sophomores and juniors, who need to take SAT Subject Tests in courses they are currently in, should take them in June upon completion of the course. The ACT will be given at Minnechaug on April 4. Be sure you meet the registration deadline! (Normally 30 days prior.) Direct links to the websites for registration can be found on Edline under the Counseling Center tab.
AP EXAMS will be administered May 4 – May 15. Registration forms will be available in the Counseling Center March 2. The cost is $94.00 per test. The AP seminar test cost is $142.00. The AP Capstone test cost is $142.00. The deadline to register is Thursday, March 12.
College Readiness Workshop for Juniors and Parents
All juniors will attend the College Workshop on March 10 during F block, 9:45 – 10:30 and will receive important information regarding the college search. Parents and juniors are also encouraged to attend the evening College Readiness Program on Tuesday, March 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the MRHS auditorium. A panel of college admissions representatives will be able to answer your questions.
STUDENT WITHDRAWAL PROCESS
A parent/guardian must come to the Counseling Center and fill out a Withdrawal Form the day before the student’s last day. The student, on their last day, will take the form to have each teacher provide their grade as of that date and return any text books. The student will also get signatures from the Librarian, Athletic Director, Student Activities Secretary, Cafeteria Bookkeeper and Main Office Secretary that all school debts has been paid. The completed form must be returned to Mrs. Lavoie, Guidance Secretary, in the Counseling Center at the end of the students last day. When all books and debts are paid and a Request for Records is received from the student’s new school the student’s cumulative file will be mailed to their new school.
Juniors interested in applying to a US Military Academy are highly encouraged to attend Academy Day hosted by Congressman Richard Neal. It will take place on Saturday, April 25, 2020, at Noon at the Springfield Museums, 21 Edward Street, Springfield Massachusetts. Registration forms are available in the Counseling Center.
For more information go to https://neal.house.gov/services/academy-nominate.
FINANCIAL AID PRESENTATION FOR SENIORS AND PARENTS BY THE MASSACHUSETTS EDUCATIONAL FINANCING AUTHORITY
“Paying the College Bill Seminar” Once you have received your acceptance letters, the next step is to choose a college and figure out how to pay for it. All college bound students and parents are encouraged to attend this seminar on Tuesday, April 7, 2020 at Longmeadow High School.
You can also visit www.mefacounselor.org to download MEFA College Financing eBook, access helpful tips, financial aid applications, calculators and worksheets. Utilize the “Ask the Expert” link on the website to email financial aid questions, and sign up to receive MEFA emails to help you stay on track throughout the senior year. It is also important to communicate with the financial aid office at the colleges you have been accepted to; they can answer specific question concerning your specific financial aid question. There is also a short video on the FAFSA on Edline, under the Counseling Center tab.
National College Fair at the Big E, Monday, April 6, 2020 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Juniors and Sophomores are encouraged to attend.
The 2020 Springfield National College Fair is free to high-school students, parents and anyone else interested in higher education. Students can meet one-on-one with admissions counselors at their booths to discuss entrance requirements, campus life, application deadlines and majors. Representatives will have brochures, catalogs and other literature to describe their institution. Students in all grades are encouraged to attend.
For additional information and to register go to:
Seniors applying for scholarships should frequently check the Naviance Scholarship List and in the Counseling Center for the most up to date information. Students in need of transcripts and letters of recommendation must request these materials from Mrs. Lavoie in the Counseling Center. Official transcripts are $2.00.
The New England Board of Higher Education’s (NEBHE) Tuition Break Program
NEBHE’s Tuition Break program enables New England residents to enroll at out-of-sate New England public colleges and universities at a discount. Students are eligible for the RSP Tuition Break when they enroll in an approved major that is not offered by the public colleges and universities in their home state. For more information check out the power-point presentation on Edline, under the Counseling Center, College Information tab, and/or go to: http://www.nebhe.org/programs-overview/rsp-tuition-break/overview/
Career Internships – Currently 61 seniors are taking the opportunity to gain real life experiences in healthcare, education, business, engineering and more. There are 108 juniors who have completed the application process and look forward to an internship during their senior year. Placements will occur in June when class schedules are completed.
Credit for Life – Country Bank will once again sponsor the Credit for Life Event for all seniors on Tuesday, March 31. Seniors will learn about the importance of budgeting, protecting their identity and all the other important elements of managing their money.
FROM THE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR
Important notes for winter & spring athletes and their parents:
Sports locks - On the last day of the winter season, you are to turn your sports lock into your coach, along with your home and away uniforms, and any other equipment issued by the Minnechaug athletic department. Your cooperation with this important task will be greatly appreciated. Any student-athlete who does not comply with this procedure within three days of the end of his/her respective season will be billed for all outstanding equipment.
TRYOUTS/PRACTICES FOR SPRING SPORTS BEGIN MONDAY, MARCH 16th!!
1. PHYSICALS: A current physical (within 13 months) must be on file PRIOR to trying out for any sport. If a student athlete's physical is to expire during a sports season, then he/she MUST provide the Nurse with an updated physical. That student athlete is ineligible until the new physical is on file. If a student wishes to check his/her physical status, he/she may do that at the nurse. THE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT CANNOT ACCEPT ANY PHYSICALS. ALL PHYSICALS MUST GO TO THE NURSE.
2. CONCUSSION BASELINE TEST: ALL Incoming Freshman, New Students to Minnechaug and any current student who has not taken an assessment will be required to take this assessment. You will be notified once you register should you need to take the test. Any student who played a sport last school year will NOT have to take this assessment as we already have baseline data on you. Please contact our office at 413-599-1831 if you have any questions.
3. Parent/guardian and the student-athlete must an online concussion courses in the past 12 months. The free course can be found at: http://nfhslearn.com/courses/38000 *A paper copy of signs and symptoms of concussions is available at the Athletic Office should you not be able to view any of the links. WE DO NOT NEED A COPY OF THE CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION. PLEASE KEEP FOR YOUR RECORDS.
4. User Fees are due at the time of registration by either paying via UNIPAY website (the registration process on familyid will take you directly to Unipay site) OR you can send your son/daughter in with a check. If you pay on UniPay, you will need their student ID number.
Social Media for Chaug Athletics!!!!
We are pleased to continue to use Instagram and Twitter for getting out important messages, achievements, big games, etc… This spring all of our volleyball games jv and varsity will be streamed live via YouTube. If you have relatives far away or if you just can’t get to a game, go to YouTube and search Minnechaug Athletics. Subscribe to the channel if you would like and view the games! This was tested in the winter season and was a hit!
Dear Parents/Guardians of Semester Two or Alternating Day Health/PE Students,
Your child is being asked to participate in the 2020 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) which is scheduled to take place March 30-April 8, 2020. (Note: This pertains only to students who are scheduled for Semester Two or Alternating Day Health/PE.)
Since 1995, the YRBS has been administered to HWRSD students in grades 7-12 to improve our school health education programs, and to identify areas of needed support services and available resources for our students and communities. The survey generates data that give us a broad understanding of youth risk factors (particularly related to substance abuse, behavioral health, and bullying/violence), and enables us to better understand and help educate our students and their families about emerging health issues and concerns. The YRBS also provides indicators that help evaluate progress being made in our various prevention efforts, including programs supported by our current Drug Free Communities and School Climate Transformations grants. Although the survey is based on the Massachusetts Youth Risk Behavior Survey, it is annually reviewed and customized to our local needs.
Format: The survey is multiple-choice and computer-based. It is administered in a supervised computer lab during the Health/PE block, and typically takes about 30 minutes to complete. There are no interviews, physical tests, or exams involved. Participation is voluntary and anonymous: no names or personal identifiers are used or reported. The survey asks about nicotine (including e-cigarettes/ vaping products), alcohol and other drug use activity and attitudes, behaviors associated with depression, intentional and unintentional injuries; and general health. For high school students, behaviors related to self-harm, suicide, sexual behavior and dating violence are included. To better align with the District’s school safety priorities, questions pertaining to internet safety, bullying and harassment, and emotional safety are included for all students, grades 7-12.
Survey Administration and Results: This year’s survey will be administered between March 30 – April 8, during Semester Two or Alternating Day Health/PE. Data on key measures are analyzed in the aggregate and compared to previous years’ results, and reported via community education programs throughout the year. Valid results depend on high participation rates among our students, but participation is totally voluntary.
Non-Participation: Interested parents/guardians are invited to review the 2020 survey in advance using the survey link on the HWRSD website that will be available on February 28, and are also strongly encouraged to use this as an opportunity to discuss these important topics with their students at home. If you do NOT want your child to participate in the survey, complete the non-participation form below and return this entire page to the Guidance Office by Friday, March 20, 20209. (You do not need to return the form to allow participation.)
If you have questions about survey administration at MRHS, please call Nicole Smith, Associate Principal, at 596-9011. For additional questions about the survey, contact John Derosia at 596-3884. Thank you for your cooperation.
2020 High School (Semester Two and Alternating Day Health/PE) YRBS Non-Participation Form
NOTE: You do not need to return the form in order to allow participation. IF YOU CHOOSE TO NOT ALLOW YOUR CHILD TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 2020 YRBS SURVEY, PLEASE SIGN AND RETURN THIS FORM TO THE GUIDANCE OFFICE BY FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2020.
I have read the above description of the 2020 MRHS Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) and have determined
that my child ______ __________________ , Grade ________, School MRHS, will not complete the 2020 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey.
Date ____________Signature ________________________Relationship to Child ____________