Masco Memo #29

March 20, 2022

School Mission Statement

The Masconomet High School community believes that learning enables us all to achieve ambitious personal goals, develop fine minds, and build strong character. Therefore, we foster the acquisition of attitudes, skills, and knowledge necessary for life-long learners to think critically in order to participate in a global society.

Headlines and Highlights (TL;DR bullets)

  • Mark Your Calendar
  • Grease is a wrap!
  • Poetry Out Loud Winner
  • Art Awards
  • Dr. Christopher Willard, all-school speaker
  • Mindfulness Minute
  • Belonging Survey
  • Spain Travel
  • Class of 2023: Virtual College panel, Q4 Parking, Credit for Life
  • Class of 2025: Sweatshirt sale
  • Mid-morning Update
  • Student Council
  • NHS Trivia Night
  • Sights and Sound of Learning
  • Tri-Town Council

Mark Your Calendar

  • March 22, Virtual College Planning Night (Class of 2023) 6:30 PM
  • March 22 and 23, ELA MCAS (Grade 10)
  • March 22, Credit for Life and Prom Assembly (Grade 11)
  • April 1, Senior Prom
  • April 4, Delayed Opening 10 AM

Grease is a Wrap!

Congratulations to the students and adults who made our first production since 2020 a huge success. The time and effort involved in pulling off a show of this caliber are incredible and it showed. A special thank you to Mr. Brian Periera, Mr. Ocock, and Ms. Kilgallen for their help in making it a success. The exciting part of the production was the engagement of so many students including Aidan Venckus who took the lead as the PIT director. Feel free to check out the program to learn more about the production and participants. (photo credits to Greg West at https://weps.zenfolio.com/)
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Poetry Out Loud State Champ!

Ava Beringer competed against 40 other students from across the state of Massachusetts, in the State Semifinal round of the Poetry Out Loud competition on Saturday, March 12th. Ava earned a spot as one of nine students advancing to the Finals on Sunday, March 13th and she WON! She will now represent the state of Massachusetts in the National Semifinals on May 1 (details forthcoming). Three of the eighteen competitors from the Northeast and East Central region will advance to the National Finals round on June 5. Congratulations to Ava for bringing home the State Title!
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6th Congressional District HS Visual Art Competition

The Art Department is pleased to announce the Masconomet winning entries to the 2022 6th Congressional District High School Visual Art Competition.

James Gomatos, “Swinging”, Honorable Mention

Brooke Silvano, "What the World Needs Now", Best of School Award

Eva Jeppesen, “Old Soul”, Honorable Mention


An award ceremony recognizing the winners will be held on Saturday, March 19th at Montserrat’s Hardie Building, 23 Essex Street, Beverly. The gallery will be open at 10 am – 5 pm and the ceremony will begin at 3:30. The winning work and honorable mentions will be presented with a citation from Congressman Moulton and awarded varying levels of scholarship to Montserrat’s Summer Pre-College Program.

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Dr. Christopher Willard

Dr. Christopher Willard spoke to our students on Tuesday, March 15th, and shared some strategies for coping with stress and anxiety. He shared breathing techniques, acronyms with actions, and poses that allow us to be more present and help us focus. Following his presentation to both the middle school and high school, a group of student leaders met with Dr. Willard to think creatively to ensure that mindfulness practices are more present in our daily school life.
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Mindfulness Reminder

When you are feeling anxious or stressed, try the 7-11 breathing technique where you breathe in for 7-seconds and breathe out for 11 seconds. Repeat. Something as simple as focusing on your breathing can help you break the cycle of stress and worry.

Belonging Survey

As part of our school improvement plan and our commitment to social-emotional well-being, we want to get a better sense of student attitudes related to their sense of belonging here at Masco. A link will be sent directly to all students on Monday morning. The survey is brief and is meant to assess student attitudes related to attending school here at Masco. The survey was created in conjunction with the School Council and is an adaptation of a belonging survey from "Building a Culture of Hope."

A few example questions:

  • I feel like students respect me just the way I am.
  • I feel supported in my school and classrooms.

The survey is anonymous and voluntary.

Spain Travel

On March 17th, Spanish students attended a presentation by Juan Antonio Bardón and Jeff Wells from the Idiomas Carlos V school in Seville, Spain. The interactive presentation, led mostly in Spanish, included many highlights of life in Seville and information about summer program opportunities for travel and study in Spain.
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Class of 2023

On Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at 6:30 pm, The Masconomet School Counseling Department will host a virtual College Panel Night, which will include representation from several admission counselors from local colleges and universities. This virtual panel presentation will be a discussion regarding the college search and application process. Juniors are encouraged to attend with their parent/guardian. Please click here to join the virtual presentation.

PARKING!

Juniors who are interested in being considered for a parking permit after we return from April Vacation should submit a completed student parking application to the Security Office starting Monday March 21, 2022 thru Friday March 25, 2022 between the hours of 7:00am-7:30am, B lunch 12:52-1:27pm & 2:15pm-3:00pm. NOTE: All applications must be submitted and reviewed in person at the designated times. Do not drop off, mail or submit online. The junior parking application form can be found at HS Main Office, House D, Security Office, and here:https://www.masconomet.org/Page/142



Those selected will be notified by Friday, April 15, 2022. Juniors being awarded a student parking permit will be able to drive and park at school starting April 25, 2022, but will need to report to HOUSE D to pick up permits the week of April 25th.


IMPORTANT! Permits will only be issued to juniors who are in good standing. The following will result in parking being denied:

  • Unpaid student obligations. Must have zero balance prior to submitting a parking permit application.
  • Student cannot be on social probation.
  • Student parking record. If a student had excessive parking violations or parked on a no parking/blackout date prior to senior year.
  • No learner’s permits accepted. Student must have a valid MA driver’s license only. NOTE: Student may submit a signed permit by an RMV Official or temporary license showing successful completion of a road test, if the student has not received their actual license in the mail yet. Once the actual driver’s license is received, a copy must be submitted.
  • Incomplete application.

Junior Assembly

The Junior Class will have an assembly on Tuesday, March 22, that will address information related to the Prom. During this time, Juniors will learn about the upcoming Credit For Life Fair scheduled for Tuesday, May 24th here at Masco.


We will be introducing the Juniors to the program and passing out information on how to sign up. For more information about the Credit for Life Fair, you can visit this link.

Class of 2025

Sweatshirts are being sold to show your Class of 2025 pride. The sale ends on 3/25/2022 and flyers with more information are scattered throughout the building or you can access the link here.
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Masco Mid-Morning Update

Starting this week, the Mid-morning update is making its way to our classrooms twice per week! Check out all the news in this episode by checking out The Morning Update here.


Don't forget to read our school newspaper, The Chieftain Chronicle, as well.

Student Council (3v3) Basketball

The student council held its second 3 on 3 basketball game this week. There were 84 participants and the winners were the team of Ben Dillan, Josh Brann, and Zach Peterson.
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Sights and Sounds of Learning

Students in Ms. Brouillard's Honor's Algebra 1 class showcased their “Car Depreciation” projects where they had to apply their knowledge of exponential functions to the value of a new and used car over time. The student extended this to see how inflation impacted the value of a car over time, as well as determining loan rates.
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Tri-Town Council

With the senior prom coming up on April 1st, we offer prom safety tips for parents and caregivers along with a reminder that All Night Grad Party info and registration instructions will be in Class of 2022 families' home mailboxes this week. We are still looking for chaperones to help us celebrate the Class of 2022. Mental health continues to be a focus for us - with the adult youth mental health first aid training at the end of the month (still spots available - 8 PDP's given) and mental health focus groups for high school youth to share their thoughts and perspectives. We are looking forward to our April 7th program, Mindfulness in the Age of Digital Distraction open to all.


https://docs.google.com/document/d/14_Fj_9Tnl4s9AigR1kCzsM5R4GrFu8DA-owYizNR1Hk/edit?usp=sharing

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Click to register for the Teen Mental Health Focus Group