This Week at MHS

Here's what is happening the week of January 11th-15th!

Dear MHS Parents and Students,

We want to thank everyone for a great first week back at school!


This week we are on a staggered schedule again, where students are expected to be in school - either digitally or in person - depending on where their last name falls in the alphabet. Please see the daily schedule below to determine which days your student needs to attend in person. Monday, January 11th, will be a DIGITAL DAY for all students.


This Thursday is our Digital Open House for MHS. Please log on to Canvas with your student to view the Teacher Open House Videos. We look forward to sharing information about your student's course work this semester.


For any student who was unable to take the State EOC for their assigned course, or complete all sections prior to Winter Break, the teacher final exam will count for the entire 25% of the student grade. We will not be holding make-up testing sessions for the State EOC exams. We believe it is better to start the year with a focus on only this semester's courses.


As we join back together after this break, we remind everyone that all students are expected to wear a face covering when social distancing cannot occur. We appreciate your support in caring for the health and well being of our school community.

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Rising Sophomore Parent Meeting - January 14th - 6:30pm at MHS

MHS will be hosting a parent meeting for all rising 10th grade students on January 14th starting at 6:30pm. For this presentation, we request that only one parent per household attend to ensure appropriate distancing. A digital presentation will be available on January 14th as well for any families who may be unable to attend in person. We will be dividing into three groups by last name - A-G, H-N, and O-Z. During this presentation our school counselors will provide information to support student registration later in January.


Parents should report to a location based on the first letter of the last name of their student:


Student Last names A-G : Report to the GYM

Student Last names H-N : Report to the Cafeteria

Student Last names L-Z : Report to the Auditorium

Clarifying Required Quarantine Times

As you know, the CDC and Tennessee Department of Health have recently made changes to quarantine time frames. Our Health Department has clarified the policies and procedures we are expected to follow. Here are the details you need to know for next semester:



  1. Close contact quarantine is now only 10 days, not 14.
  2. The 10 day quarantine requirement can be shortened with the following stipulations:
  • A student must receive a negative result from a PCR test, not a rapid test.
  • The test must be taken on Day 6 of the quarantine time frame or later.
  • The negative test allows a student to return to school on Day 8 of the quarantine time. Basically, a negative test will allow a student back two days sooner, depending on the length of time it takes to receive the test results.
  • Documentation of the negative test results will be required to re-enter school early and should be provided to the school nurse before a student attends classes.



We know that asking a student to quarantine impacts extracurricular obligations, work obligations, and family plans. Thank you for your continued support as we follow the TDOH guidelines this upcoming semester.

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Athletic Events Attendance Update

TSSAA has issued new guidelines for attendance at indoor sports based on the Governor's Executive Order #70, which remains in effect through January 19, 2021. Because of the significant increase in the incidence of COVID-19 infections in Tennessee, additional restrictions on who may attend interscholastic athletic practices and contests will be in place.


Unfortunately, large scale attendance by spectators and students must be curtailed. Doing so means that bands, pep bands, cheerleaders, and dance teams may not attend athletic contests while these restrictions remain in place.


In accordance with the new Executive Order, the only attendees permitted at practices or games, in addition to the student-athletes on the team, are:

1. Players’ parents or guardians and immediate household members;
2. First Responders;
3. Coaching and team personnel;
4. School, game, and facility administrators;
5. Athletics officials; and
6. Media and athletic scouting personnel attending the event in their professional capacity.


Social distancing between persons from different households is required.


While the Executive Order does not mandate the use of masks, the Governor has encouraged masks, and the TSSAA COVID-19 Sports Regulations provision regarding the use of masks remains.

Monday, January 11th - DIGITAL DAY - A and B Day - Please see Special Schedule here!

All students will attend school "digitally" today. Please follow information provided by the teacher and the CANVAS page to complete work for today.


8:20 Warning Bell

8:25-9:55 First Period

  • 8:25 – 9:10 A – Day
  • 9:10 – 9:55 B – Day

10:00-11:30 Second Period

  • 10:00 – 10:45 A – Day
  • 10:45 – 11:30 B – Day

11:35-1:50 Third Period, Survey, and Lunch

  • 11:35 – 12:05 Lunch for all students and classes
  • 12:05 – 12:30 Survey
  • 12:30 – 1:10 A – Day
  • 1:10 – 1:50 B – Day

1:55-3:25 Fourth Period

  • 1:55 – 2:40 A – Day
  • 2:40 – 3:25 B – Day

Tuesday, January 12th - A DAY

  • traditional students with last names A-K are in school
  • traditional students with last names L-Z are engaged in digital lessons at home
  • all digital students engaged in digital lessons at home
  • hybrid students report for their class or engage digitally


Basketball at Farragut

Wednesday, January 13th - A DAY

  • traditional students with last names L-Z are in school
  • traditional students with last names A-K are engaged in digital lessons at home
  • all digital students engaged in digital lessons at home
  • hybrid students report for their class or engage digitally

Thursday, January 14th - B DAY

  • traditional students with last names A-K are in school
  • traditional students with last names L-Z are engaged in digital lessons at home
  • all digital students engaged in digital lessons at home
  • hybrid students report for their class or engage digitally


Digital Open House for MHS - please log on to Canvas and view the teacher Open House videos

6:30pm Rising Sophomore Parent Meeting at MHS

Basketball at Alcoa

Friday, January 15th - B DAY

  • traditional students with last names L-Z are in school
  • traditional students with last names A-K are engaged in digital lessons at home
  • all digital students engaged in digital lessons at home
  • hybrid students report for their class or engage digitally


Basketball vs Lenior City

Senior Parents!

All Senior Parents will receive an invoice for senior fees in January, 2021 that will include the price for caps and gowns, Fire and Ice, and the senior banquet. This fee will be $80.


Important Dates for Seniors this Semester are listed below. Although no one can predict the status of the pandemic for May, we are currently planning to continue the traditions that seniors have experienced in past years.


Friday, May 7

  • Exam day 1

Monday, May 10

  • Exam day 2

Tuesday, May 11

  • Last day for Seniors. Laptops collected today.
  • Senior assembly
  • Fire and Ice

Wednesday, May 12

  • No school for seniors
  • Senior banquet

Thursday, May 13

  • Grad practice/Cap and gown distribution
  • Baccalaureate

Friday, May 14

  • Practice at 8:30am
  • Graduation at 7:30pm

BELL SCHEDULE THIS WEEK FOR TUESDAY through FRIDAY:

8:25-9:50 First Period


9:50-10:05 Break


10:05-11:30 Second Period


11:35-1:45 Third Period and Lunch


A LUNCH

Lunch 11:30-12:00

Class 12:05-1:45

B LUNCH

Class 11:35-12:05

Lunch 12:05-12:35

Class 12:35-1:45

C LUNCH

Class 11:35-12:40

Lunch 12:40-1:10

Class 1:10-1:45

D LUNCH

Class 11:35-1:15

Lunch 1:15-1:45



1:50-3:20 Fourth Period

To remain eligible for the TN Promise scholarship, current seniors must complete the FAFSA form by February 1, 2021. This Wednesday and Thursday, January 13 and 14, seniors will be given the opportunity to complete the student portion of the FAFSA with a financial aid professional while at school. This session will keep them temporarily eligible for the TN Promise Scholarship, but the parent's portion will still need to be completed at a later date. To be ready for this meeting, students should apply for an FSA ID on the FAFSA website.


If you would like to meet with a financial aid professional for FAFSA help, Ms. Erika Adams will be taking virtual appointments on Wednesday, January 13 from 5-7 and in person appointments on Thursday, January 14 from 4:30-7 at MHS. Please contact her directly for an appointment at erika.adams@tn.gov. If you would prefer to complete the FAFSA with your child, please visit fafsa.ed.gov to start the process.



Spring semester means scholarship season! If you are the parent of a senior and are in search of scholarship dollars, please encourage your child to check the Scholarships page in the MHS School Counseling 20-21 Canvas page. Several local scholarships have due dates in January, February, and March. The January scholarship newsletter will arrive in student inboxes early next week.


Upcoming scholarships of interest with January and early February due dates include: JFK Profiles in Courage Essay Contest (1/15/21), NAACP Freedom Fund Scholarship Essay Contest for minority students in Blount Co (1/30/21), and the Jackie Robinson Foundation Scholarship (2/1/21). Check Canvas for more details and opportunities.


Registration information for the 2021-22 school year will be presented to current sophomores and juniors on 1/28/21 in homeroom. Instructional videos will be uploaded to the MHS School Counseling page for digital learners and for parents to review. Counselors will begin holding registration meetings for all students in the month of February.