Masco Memo #36

May 8, 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
  • Mindfulness Minute
  • Honor Roll
  • Teacher Appreciation
  • PAC Chats with Dr. C (Class of 2024)
  • Prom Reminders
  • Model UN
  • Art and Fashion
  • PBS Newshour
  • MASCO Gear, last chance for purchases!
  • Morning Update
  • June Semester Exam Schedule and Conflicts
  • Tri-Town Council
  • Athletics: Student Athlete Celebration, MIAA Power Rankings, and Schedule

Mark Your Calendar

  • May 9, Delayed Opening 10 AM start
  • May 12, Pops Recital
  • May 13, AP Exams End
  • May 13, Junior Prom
  • May 17 and May 18, MCAS Grade 10 Math
  • May 18, Jazz Concert
  • May 24, Credit for Life Fair
  • May 26, Senior Internship Fair

Mindfulness Minute

Be thoughtful when you are going to send an email, text, or post. Take a pause before you hit send. Read it and ask yourself, "Do I really want to say this?" (Selfcare, Be Mindful, Card Deck)

Delayed Opening Reminder

This is a reminder that the school day begins at 10 AM Monday Morning. You should head out to your bus stop about 2.5 hours later than normal. This is the last delayed opening of the school year.

Honor Roll

Although we are well into the Fourth Quarter, we want to pause and congratulate our students who have made the Honor Roll for the Third Quarter.

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Celebrations

We celebrated the dedication of our entire school community as part of Teacher Appreciation Week. Setting aside time to intentionally reflect and thank everyone in the building for the work they do is my favorite time of year. The Masconomet Education Foundation (MEF) and the Masconomet PAC contributed to our teacher luncheon on Monday and I would like to thank them for their generosity and their help in ensuring the luncheon was executed well. A few building pictures celebrating Masco Spirit Friday in our matching T-shirts are shown below.
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Class of 2024, PAC Chats with Dr. C!

An email was sent out to all students in the Class of 2024, inviting 10th graders to sign up with PAC Chats (thank you for the funding) with Dr. C! Pizza will be provided, but students are welcome to bring their own lunch or grab one from the cafeteria. I am curious to know, how things are going? What has been difficult? In general, what is on your mind?

To those of you who have signed up, thanks. For everyone else here’s the link:
Sign Up Here

Junior Prom Reminders

Any student attending prom must follow the school rule of participation in an afternoon activity; you must arrive at school on time and you may not leave before noon. Please remind your guests of this rule if they are not in the class of 2023. ALL dismissal notes and sign-outs will take place in the HOUSE D office. Please reach out to Ms. DiNardo ( for any questions or concerns.

Per school rules, you cannot arrive at prom after 7:00pm. If there are extenuating circumstances that will cause you to be late, you must notify Ms. Dinardo or Ms. Finnegan prior to the day of prom.

Model UN

Members of the Masco Model UN team participated in their final conference of the year on Saturday, April 30th. Nine Masco delegates traveled to Westwood High School to debate and collaborate with students from across New England about topics including gene editing, homelessness, and the 1959 Cuban Revolution. Junior Meghan Burr received the top award of Best Delegate for her outstanding leadership in committee. Congrats to all who participated, and especially to Seniors Ollie Waweru, Liv White, and Abby Peirce who rounded out the conference season with their last MUN experience of their high school careers.
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Art and Fashion

This project was part of the Fashion Design II - Independent Study class. Students were asked to make a garment by manipulating and repurposing old sports equipment. Faculty and staff donated the equipment and students worked to translate it into high fashion apparel.

The two students who worked on the garments were:

Black top made from soccer balls: Natalie Kalman (senior)

Woven Poncho top made from a volley ball net: Julia Graves (junior)

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PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs Selection!

We are excited to announce that Alexa D'Amato was selected to attend the PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs this summer. We are excited for Alexa and congratulate her on this amazing accomplishment. The official press release is below.

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PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs (SRL) has selected 27 up-and-coming storytellers from across the country for its annual summer academy, which will take place at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University in Phoenix from June 23-29 after two years of virtual bootcamps.

In its eighth year, the signature, award-winning academy is a highly-selective, intensive video journalism fellowship for high schoolers. All travel and accommodation costs are covered by the PBS NewsHour.

During the immersive fellowship, fellows will be coached and mentored by SRL youth media producers and work in teams to produce original video news reports. Fellows will learn from industry professionals and meet correspondents, producers and journalists from Arizona PBS, PBS NewsHour West and other local news organizations.

“The unique educational experience connects students to media professionals and teaches vital video journalism, production and communication skills,” says Leah Clapman, SRL founder and executive director of education for the PBS NewsHour.

Beyond video production, fellows engage in conversations about the future of journalism, public media and the most important issues of their generation—an integral part of SRL’s mission. The week will culminate in a showcase, where the cohort will present their work.


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Masco Morning Update

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.

June Semester Exam Schedule and Conflicts

The final exam schedule is now posted. With the final exam published, it has come to my attention that there may be family obligations in conflict with the published exam schedule. Any request to move an exam or take an exam late, needs to come through my office using this google form. No Semester exam will be administered prior to June 17, 2022, the official start of the exam period. However, I am willing to work with you if there is a conflict that can be resolved within the final exam schedule (June 17 - June 23). If we are unable to find a time during the exam period we can work to find a mutually agreeable time to complete the exam during the summer. The first two summer make-up dates will be Monday, June 27 and Tuesday, June 28 at 9:00 AM. Please know, any student who does not complete their exam before June 23, 2022 will likely have an incomplete until school resumes in August. I realize that some absences are unplanned, and if you miss an exam on a given day, you would work with your teacher directly to reschedule the exam in a make-up window OR plan to complete the exam over the summer.

Tri-Town Council Updates

Lots of opportunities for youth to engage! Participate in TTC's 2nd Youth Mental Health Focus group and earn a gift card while sharing your thoughts about youth mental health. Earn 40 community service hours this summer by being a CAMP INVENTION Leadership Intern!

Parents and Caregivers - this week we offer resources for helping your teen celebrate prom safely along with an opportunity to chaperone the first part of the ALL NIGHT GRAD PARTY at MASCO. More info HERE or in link below:


May Senior Celebration

We celebrated our student athletes who will continue to pursue their athletic passions beyond Masco. We enjoy bringing family and friends together to celebrate the accomplishments of our students.

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L-R: Danny Gangi (Endicott College football), Matthew Golini (Colby-Sawyer baseball), Cecily Paglierani (Roger Williams field hockey), Lily Conway (Colby College field hockey), Chris O'Grady (St. Anselm College golf), Ave Tello (Northeastern University field hockey), Ainsley Gruener (Mt. Holyoke field hockey) not pictured: Drew Howard (WPI football)

Power Rankings

Feel free to check out the current MIAA Power Rankings. Masconomet is a Division 2 team in these rankings.

A few highlights:

Boys Lacrosse #21

Girls Lacrosse #9

Girls Tennis #19

Softball #20

Athletic Schedules

Be sure to check out our website for a link to our schedule. Click on the Masco Logo to find the most up-to-date information.
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COVID Test Kits

COVID test kits went home on Wednesday. We did our best to try and get test kits out to students currently out on internship. If your student is currently out of the building for an internship or did not receive their test kit, you can arrange to pick up your test kit in the High School Main Office. Please call to arrange a time. If you would like us to send it home with a younger sibling, feel free to have your student contact the Main Office.