Weekly Update

From the Desk of the Principal

December 4, 2020


Dear Masconomet Middle School families,


Delayed Opening on Monday

Please keep in mind that Monday, December 7, is a delayed opening day. School begins at 10 am for all students due to teacher professional development. Please see the schedule below.


Trimester 2

Today marks the start of Trimester 2. Grades reset this trimester, so if students would like to improve their performance in a particular class, this is a natural break for students to make adjustments.


Parent Conferences

For parents who signed up, parent conferences will take place on Thursday, December 10, from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. via Blackboard Collaborate. You will sign in via your child’s credentials at your assigned time. Teachers will help to manage the appointments. Please reach out to your child’s school counselor if you have any questions.


Student Flu Shots

The school nurse would like to remind you to submit documentation confirming that your child has had the flu vaccine by Dec. 31st. This documentation can be emailed to glemire@masconomet.org, faxed to 978-887-3287, mailed to Middle School Nurse, 20 Endicott Rd., Boxford, 01921, or dropped off. For more details about this state mandate, see below:


  • State public health officials announced in August that the influenza immunization will be required for all children 6 months of age or older who are attending Massachusetts child care, pre-school, kindergarten, K-12, and colleges and universities. The new vaccine requirement is an important step to reduce flu-related illness and the overall impact of respiratory illness during the COVID-19 pandemic. The new vaccine requirement is an important step to reduce flu-related illness and the overall impact of respiratory illness during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students will be expected to have received a flu vaccine by December 31, 2020 for the 2020-2021 influenza season, unless either a medical or religious exemption is provided. Also exempted are K-12 students who are homeschooled and higher education students who are completely off-campus and engaged in remote learning only. This new flu immunization requirement to enter school in January is in addition to existing vaccine requirements for all those attending child care, preschool, K-12, and colleges and universities in Massachusetts. Elementary and secondary students in districts and schools that are using a remote education model are not exempt.



Standardized Testing in January

Since MCAS and the PSAT will be administered to high school juniors during the week of January 18, 2021 though January 26, and given our social distancing and space requirements, all other students in the District will be learning remotely beginning on Tuesday, January 19 and return to hybrid in-person learning on Wednesday January 27 in order to facilitate MCAS and PSAT testing for our 11th grade students.


Remote Learning Expectations

With many families electing to move their students into the full remote learning model right now, teachers have noticed an uptick in students not fully engaging in class. Some instances have included students using cell phones, gaming, or visiting unrelated websites. Please reiterate the following remote learning expectations at home:


  • Always be respectful to your teacher and classmates
  • During classes, cameras should be on to begin class and for attendance. Then, the use of cameras is teacher directed based on the particular lesson or activity.
  • Any avatars or images associated with a student online must be school appropriate and associated only with them. E.g. Posting a picture of a classmate as your avatar is unacceptable.
  • Non-offensive clothing and background are required. Students are responsible for all visuals they bring to the virtual classrooms as per the Student Handbook. The Handbook dress code remains in effect.
  • Cell phones should be turned off unless specifically directed to be used by a teacher for an educational purpose. E.g. Taking a picture related to a scientific observation and project creation or use of a learning app.
  • Students will be expected to use a Masconomet issued Chromebook or other personally owned tablet/computer/Chromebook for class.
  • Recordings of any kind of teachers and classmates are prohibited.
  • The homework policy as outlined in the Student Handbook remains in effect.



Switching Between Remote and Hybrid Learning

If families would like to move students back into the hybrid learning model from remote learning, and it was an elective choice as communicated through the school counseling office, you must contact the counseling office ahead of time. We have seen a great deal of fluidity as of late, and we need to accurately track student cohort placement.


Upcoming Calendar Dates


  • Monday, December 7- Delayed Opening- 10:00 am
  • Wednesday, December 9- Trimester 1 grades posted to PowerSchool
  • Thursday, December 10- Parent Conferences



Best regards,


Phil McManus

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Philip B. McManus, Ed.D.

Principal

Masconomet Middle School

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