Happenings At MMJSHS!

From the desk of Christopher Lowe, Principal

Community Newsletter : December 2022 Update

Welcome to December!

November was a hugely successful month for us at MMJSHS! It saw our students engaged and involved in a plethora of activities that spanned content-specific disciplines, co-curricular activities, as well as personal and individual interests and endeavors. We saw success both inside and outside of the classroom, on and off the field, and couldn't be more proud of our students as they have settled into the school year over the last several months.

We want to make sure and continue the positive momentum as we close out what has been an amazing calendar year for us here at the Junior-Senior High School. In order to do so, we have a variety of activities taking place throughout the month. We hope to see you all at our upcoming events.

On a more personal note, I also wanted to take a moment to wish you all an amazing holiday season. I hope that it is filled with health, happiness, and opportunities to create lasting memories with your families!

As always, we 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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The 2022-2023 Unified Basketball Team

Some of you may be aware of our Unified Basketball program here at MHS and some of you may not. For this month's student spotlight, we wanted to take time and highlight the program as a whole and speak about this year's season. In addition to spotlighting the team, we asked members of our Unified Team to speak about how they got involved with the program, what was their favorite moment from the season, and what they were most proud of.

To provide you all with a bit of context about the Unified Basketball Team, this is a program that is in its second year of existence here at MHS and has seen tremendous growth in not only its number of participants but also its fan base and spectators! It is not uncommon to come to an event and see our stands full of spectators rooting on not only our Woolies but also our opposing teams.

Our Unified Team was coached by Jimmy Donnelly and Joe McNeil. The team participated in 9 games this season, two of which took place at the Special Olympics Jamboree which was hosted by Algonquin Regional High School this year. We are thrilled to have shared with the community that our Unified Basketball Team was the recipient of the Team Sportsmanship Award at this year's 2022 jamboree.

It is the mission of the program to promote social inclusion through shared sports training and competition experiences. In general, Unified Sports joins people with and without disabilities on the same team. It was inspired by a simple principle: training together and playing together is a quick path to friendship and understanding.

Members of our S.T.A.R program here at the junior-senior high school hosted a bake sale event for our annual game versus the Millbury Police Department and Millbury Fire Department. The event is the culmination of a larger classroom project that ties in relevant content-specific skills such as measuring, mathematics, and budgeting as well as life skills such as cooking, preparing foods, etc. Many members of our Unified Basketball Team, are also members of our S.T.A.R program. A special thank you to Ms. Jameson, Ms. Medeiros, and all of our ABA/RBT staffing for their continued support of the program!

After the success of our first year of Unified Basketball during the 2021-2022 season, as well as the success of our previous Unified Sports programming, we moved forward this past year and implemented Unified P.E. into our program of studies as a course offering for all students! As we move into the 2023-2024 school year, we will also be looking at implementing a Unified Art course, as well as a Unified Music course at the Junior-Senior High School in order to continue promoting opportunities for friendship, understanding, and inclusivity!

This is undoubtedly a program that brings us tremendous pride. We are thrilled to see the growth and involvement in the program and cannot wait to see how it continues to evolve over the upcoming years!

Thank you to all of our athletes, coaches, fans, and community supporters! Your dedication to supporting our program does not go unnoticed or unappreciated.

Below, you can find some testimonials from our players about their experiences from the past season.

Matt K. - Grade 12

What was your favorite moment(s) from this past season?

My favorite moment from this past season was beating the Millbury Police and Fire Department in a close game.

Why did you want to sign up for Unified?

I wanted to sign up for Unified Basketball so I could help student-athletes learn how to play basketball and experience what it's like to compete in sports.

What was the thing you were most proud of from this past season?

I was most proud of the fact that we went undefeated throughout the whole season, and especially beat teams like Shrewsbury and Algonquin.

Lili T. - Grade 10

What was your favorite moment(s) from this past season?

Going to different schools, and playing against them. And just the overall team effort.

Why did you want to sign up for Unified?

Because I wanted to play basketball and be on a team with people, but I wanted to try here first, instead of JV.

What was the thing you were most proud of from this past season?

Working as a team, and winning 9-0

Caidan F.- Grade 10

What was your favorite moment(s) from this past season?

My Favorite part was helping others and seeing them score and also having fun as a team.

Why did you want to sign up for Unified?

I signed up because I wanted to help others learn the game.

What was the thing you were most proud of from this past season?

I felt really proud when I helped my friends score baskets

Cameron H.- Grade 11

What was your favorite moment(s) from this past season?

My favorite moment of the season was the firefighters vs police game.

Why did you want to sign up for Unified?

I signed up because I wanted to play basketball with my friends and coaches

What was the thing you were most proud of from this past season?

I was proud of making the layups and scoring in the games.

Caylee W.- Grade 8

What was your favorite moment(s) from this past season?

My favorite part of the season was seeing how happy the players were when they won and even just going to games.

Why did you want to sign up for Unified?

I wanted to join unified basketball because in the past I have loved working with members of the team.

What was the thing you were most proud of from this past season?

The thing I'm most proud of is how much the players have grown.

Student Spotlight 🙌 (continued)

2022 John and Abigail Adams Recipients

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2022-2023 National Honor Society Inductees

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Congratulations to all of our Fall Season Athletes!

I just wanted to take a moment and celebrate all of the amazing moments that the Fall Season produced for our student-athletes, marching band members, the e-Sports team, and their families. It was a pleasure to be able to see our students with their respective teams participating at such high levels.

A special thank you to all of our coaches, assistants, community partners, and staff members who made these games such a success.

We are excited to see what the Winter Season holds!

Campus Update 🏢

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Thank You!

I would again like to take a moment and thank everyone who took the time to vote for our candidacy as a Gold Project finalist for Saint Gobain's Sustaining Futures, Raising Communities grant. We are over the moon as the realization that we won this award sets in! We are excited to showcase how the space transforms over the renovation process!

A special thank you to everyone at Saint Gobain, for providing such an amazing opportunity for schools across the three eligible states.

Housekeeping/Reminders 💡

From the Millbury Parents Club

The Millbury Parents Club invites you to join us at this year's Chain of Lights event in downtown Millbury this Sunday, December 4. We will be in the Children's Room at the Public Library and will have guest readers every half hour with stories for the kids, a giveaway for the children, swag items available for purchase (including some great stocking stuffers) and some incredible raffles available! Be sure to join us from 10:30-3:30.

Our organization continues to fund some exciting enrichment programs at the Millbury Public Schools. If you'd like to join us to hear more our next meeting will be on Tuesday, December 13th at the Millbury Jr/Sr High School. We will also be hosting a Meet 'n Greet that evening with some of the district leadership team and welcome you to attend! You can find more information on our Facebook page.

From the Guidance Department: Transcript Request Deadline for Class of 2023

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Academic Dates to Remember

TERM 2 (43 Instructional Days)

November 7th 2022 - January 20th 2023

Grades close for midterm: Friday, December 9, 2022

Progress Reports - ready for viewing Monday, December 19th

Term 2 ends: Friday, January 20, 2023

Report Cards - ready for viewing Monday, January 30th

📆 Our Schedule This Month

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Winter Sports Season is officially underway!!!

Please follow @WooliePride on Twitter for updates throughout the season. You can also reach out to our Athletic Director, Mr. Josh MacCreery at jmaccreery@millburyschools.org if you have any questions.
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National Guard in Collaboration with the Wellness Department Hosts GUARDFit Training: December 1 and 2 during Wellness Class

As part of the Enhanced School Programming of the National Guard, our Wellness Department has partnered with local representatives of the National Guard to provide students an opportunity to participate in the GUARDFit training program. Students will be participating in the programming on December 1 and 2 during Wellness classes!

Student Leadership Team Meeting: December 1 @ 2:05 in the Media Center

Members of the student leadership team will be meeting for our monthly meeting on December 1 @ 2:05 in the Media Center to discuss upcoming activities, opportunities, and matters about our school.

Carpenters Union Shop Friday: December 2

Our fourth and final installment of the Carpenters Union Shop Friday series is taking place on Friday, December 2.

Starting in January, we will be sending students out to the pre-apprenticeship program in collaboration with the Carpenters Union.

More information about the programming will be shared out in the upcoming days and weeks as we embark on this for the first time as a school and district!

Junior High Student Leadership Group hosts a Junior High Dance: December 2 in the cafeteria @ 6:00pm

Our first Junior High Semi-Formal Dance will take place on Friday, December 2, 2022 @ 6:00 pm in the gymnasium.

This event is for Millbury Junior-Senior High School 7th and 8th grade only students.

***Students must arrive at the event prior to 6:30 pm at the latest. Any student arriving after 6:30 pm will not be permitted entrance.

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Millbury Marching Band performing at Uxbridge First Night Event: December 3 from 3 - 6:00 pm

Members of our Marching Band will be performing at Uxbridge's First Night Event on December 3, 2022, from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.

Humanities Scholars Field Trip to Assumption College: December 7 @ 8:00 am

Members of the Humanities Scholars will be attending a workshop at Assumption College with peers from other area schools where they will collaborate together on a variety of topics and activities.

The group is expected to arrive back at the school around 1:30 pm.

Shifting Gears: The Blunt Truth About Marijuana and Driving Program during Wellness Classes: December 7 and 8

In collaboration with AAA, Millbury's S.A.D.D Chapter, and our Wellness Department, we will be hosting Shifting Gears: The Blunt Truth about Marijuana and Driving Program on December 7 and 8 during our Wellness classes.

Information for families in grades 9 - 12 has been emailed home. For any family wishing to opt their child out of the programming, please return a copy of the signed form (shared below) to Ms. Green by December 5, 2022.

Acapella Group Tryouts

The first-ever Millbury High School Acapella group will have auditions after school on December 7. Any interested student should see our Choral Director, Ms. Hammer.

We are so excited about bringing this group to our students and community!

Please spread the word.

School Committee Meeting: December 7 @ 7:00 pm

John and Abigail Adams Award Luncheon: December 8 @ 11:00 am in the Media Center

We will be hosting an awards luncheon and recognizing our student winners of the Abigail and Adams scholarship.

At the luncheon, our students will be presented with their distinction letters by members of our guidance department.

We would like to share a friendly reminder to SAVE these letters as they are a required part to collecting the award once students attend the respective college of their choosing.

Best Buddies Presents - "Woolies Got Talent" Talent Show: December 9 @ 6:30pm in the Auditorium

Our Best Buddies club will host the annual Woolies Got Talent Show on December 9th in the Auditorium. Students and Staff will showcase their skills and talents during the evening's festivities.
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Millbury UNICEF Holiday Bake Sale Fundraiser: December 12 @ 6:30 pm

Millbury's UNICEF Chapter will be hosting a holiday bake sale fundraiser at the Boy's Varsity Basketball Home Opener against the Leicester Wolverines.

Please make sure to support the club by purchasing some amazing baked goods! We hope to see you all at the event.

Toys for Tots Toy Drive Field Trip: December 14 @ 8:30 - 1:30pm

Mrs. Przygoda will be taking a group of our 8th-Grade Junior Woolies to the annual Toys-For-Tots toy Drive Field Trip on the morning of December 14. Students will work to organize and sort toys that have been donated through the Toy Drive.

We are excited to be continuing this annual tradition this year and will be sure to share some photos of our Woolies!

Holiday Concert: December 15 @ 7:00 pm in the Auditorium

School Committee Meeting: December 21 @ 7:00 pm

1/2 Day of School for students: December 22

Dismissal begins at 11:00 am.

Millbury Music Parents Association (MMPA) hosts Honor Roll Breakfast for Band and Chorus students: December 22 @ 7:40 am

The MMPA will be hosting its quarterly Honor Roll Breakfast for our band and chorus students on the morning of December 22.

On behalf of the school, we would like to thank them for recognizing the academic achievements of these students!

The Guidance Department Presents: Annual Alumni Panel Forum: December 22 @ 8:45 am

The guidance department is excited to be hosting our annual Alumni panel forum where previous Woolie Graduates come back and speak to members of our senior class about their experiences from the first half of their freshmen year at college.

It is a great opportunity for our prospective college-bound seniors to get the inside scoop on all things related to the college experience.

Winter Break: December 23 - December 30

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Looking Ahead 🗓

New Year's Day - No School for students: January 2

Professional Development Day for Staff - No School for students: January 3

Students return to school: January 4

Previously Shared

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.

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 to begin December 12

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!!

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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