Masco Memo #26

February 27, 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
  • Mask Optional
  • At-Home Test Distribution
  • All-School Speaker
  • Morning Update
  • Tri-Town Council
  • Scholastic Art and Writing Awards
  • Athletics

Mark Your Calendar

  • March 2, SATs Juniors Only (Registration is required and was completed in January.)
  • March 4, Freshman/Sophomore Semi-Formal
  • March 7, Delayed Opening 10 AM start
  • March 10, Program of Studies Parent Program (virtual) @ 6:00 PM
  • March 10, 11, Grease the Musical @7:00 PM
  • March 12, Grease the Musical @1:00 PM
  • March 15, Dr. Chris Willard, All-school Speaker

Mask Optional

Beginning tomorrow, masks are optional for the MRHS community per the announcement by Dr. Harvey on 2/17/2022 and on buses per his announcement earlier today. As we come together as a school community tomorrow, I want everyone to respect the decision of their classmates regarding their personal decision to wear or remove their masks. We have done a great job of supporting each other in efforts to keep one another safe and know that this compassion and understanding will continue.

COVID-19 at Home Testing

Thank you to families who have signed up for the At-home Testing Program. When you use your test today, please use this link to report a positive COVID-19 result if you received your test through this program.

For anyone wanting to opt into the at-home testing program, you can still sign-up. If you want to learn more about the program you can follow this link to Dr. Harvey's Superintendent's blog.

Dr. Christopher Willard

I am excited to announce that Dr. Christopher Willard will be speaking to our students on Tuesday, March 15th. He will be addressing the role mindfulness can play to alleviate stress and contribute to better overall mental health. The invitation to Dr. Willard was extended following the introduction of a mindfulness space in the library by the student council. The goal is to develop a better sense of what mindfulness is and the role it can play when it is an integral part of our wellbeing toolbox.

Morning Update and the Chieftain Chronicle

Check out all the news in this episode of The Morning Update and our school newspaper, The Chieftain Chronicle.

Tri-Town Council

TTC is pleased to collaborate with Northshore Education Consortium in offering "Youth Mental Health First Aid" on Tuesday, March 29th and Wednesday, March 30th from 9 am to 1:30 pm. This 9-hour training qualifies for 8 PDP's through Northshore Education Consortium and is generously funded by the Peter and Elizabeth Tower Foundation. All of us at TTC have participated in this training and speaking from experience, it is excellent. Strongly recommended for teachers, school staff, coaches, youth leaders, faith leaders, parents and grandparents. It will be held in person, at Trinity Church in Topsfield and is limited to 20 participants. Follow this link for more information and to read about other updates from TTC.

Scholastic Art and Writing Regional Awards

The Scholastic Art & Writing Regional Awards were recently announced and Masconomet High School received the third-largest number of awards of all public and private schools in Massachusetts. Our students received a total of 48 awards (14 Gold Keys, 12 Silver Keys, and 22 Honorable Mentions). All Massachusetts Gold Key Awards advance to the National Competition and results will be announced towards the end of March. Additionally, there will be an online exhibition of all Massachusetts Gold and Silver Key work available for viewing towards the middle of March. Congratulations to all of the talented and hard-working art students and their art teachers as well! Below are a few examples of 2022 Gold Key Award-winning artwork.

Big picture

Top row: Megan Brady, grade 9, “Fusion”, Olivia Vaz, grade 12, “Tradition”, Scott Hubbard, grade 11, “Chicago Bandsaw Box”

Bottom row: Jonathan MacQuarrie, grade 11, “Balloon Explosion”, Paige Panagos, grade 11, “A Stich in Time”


Sports in a Minute

Although students have been taking a break from their academic study, our athletic program was quite busy over the February Break. This is NOT a comprehensive list of all that was accomplished but just a few highlights that have crossed my desk or Twitter feed.

The girls' gymnastics team earned the North Sectionals title for the third year in a row! Congratulations to the coaches and members of the team.

Three of our winter teams have qualified for the MIAA Tournament and will have first-round play this week.

Boys' Basketball, @ Wakefield, Tuesday, 6:30 PM

Girls' Basketball, Home (v. Marblehead), Tuesday, 6:30 PM

Boys' Hockey, Home (Haverhill Valley Forum, v Hopkinton), Thursday, 6:05 PM

I look forward to sharing more end-of-season accomplishments in the weeks ahead.

Spring Sports Registration

Our spring sports registration is now open! Visit our athletics web page for more information.

MIAA Sportsmanship Language

This language is taken directly from the MIAA Sportsmanship Manual (p23).

Athletic events are always among the most popular activities for the participants and spectators, and these games provide learning experiences. Integrity, fairness, and respect are the principles of good sportsmanship, and these are lifetime values taught through athletics. With them, the spirit of competition thrives, fueled by honest rivalry, courteous relations, and graceful acceptance of the results.

As a member of our school, your sportsmanship goals should be structured around:

  1. Realizing that athletics are part of the educational experience, and the benefits of involvement go beyond the final score of a game.
  2. Participating in positive cheers that encourage our athletes; and discouraging any cheers that would redirect that focus—including those that taunt and intimidate opponents, their fans, and officials.
  3. Learning and understanding the rules of the game, and respecting the officials who administer them.
  4. Respecting opponents as fellow students and acknowledging their efforts.
  5. Developing a sense of dignity under all circumstances.

You are the spokesperson for your school when you attend an athletic event or any co-curricular event. Your actions are viewed by family and friends, opposing fans, the local community, and the media. Your display of good sportsmanship will demonstrate the most positive things about you and your school, and hopefully, remind us that sports are meant to be fun.