Masco Memo #38

May 22, 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
  • Covid Reminders
  • Senior Internship Fair
  • Senior Week Events
  • Junior Parking Restrictions
  • Memorial Day all-school assembly
  • Jazz Concert
  • EMT Accolades
  • Final Exam Prep, PAC chats with Dr. C.
  • Morning Update
  • Marching Band Practice
  • Tri-Town Council
  • June Semester Exam Schedule and Conflicts
  • Athletics: NEC Scholars; Girls and Women's in Sports Day; Gymnastic Team Recognition

Mark Your Calendar

  • May 24, Credit for Life Fair
  • May 26, Senior Internship Fair
  • May 27, Memorial Day Assembly
  • May 31, Graduation Practice 8 AM - Noon
  • May 31, Baccalaureate, 6:30 PM
  • June 1, Graduation Practice 8 AM - Noon
  • June 2, Senior Awards 10:00 AM - Noon
  • June 3, Graduation Practice 8 AM - Noon
  • June 3, Graduation 6:00 PM
  • June 7 and June 8, Science MCAS
  • June 17, Final exams begin
  • June 20, No School Juneteenth observed
  • June 23, Final exams end
  • June 23, Last day of school, 10:30 AM dismissal

Mindfulness Minute

Instead of texting someone today, give them a call. Be thoughtful with what you say. It feels a lot different hearing someone's voice than receiving a text. What was it like to call instead of text? (Be Mindful Card Deck)

COVID Reminders

With the uptick in the COVID positivity rate within Essex count and the community, I want to take this opportunity to remind you to please keep your student home if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms. COVID symptoms include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.

A quick reminder that the biweekly at-home test kits will be distributed this week. If you were absent or did not receive your test kit when they were last distributed, please stop by the Main Office. We continue our participation in the symptomatic testing program that allows us to test students who develop symptoms during the school day. When a student isn't feeling and has COVID-like symptoms the health office can have them access the testing program as long as consent has been given by a parent, guardian, or caregiver. If you haven’t signed up for the program, feel free to use this link to complete the necessary consent forms.

Senior Internship Fair

Many of our seniors are exploring career opportunities and interests as part of our Senior Internship program. The Senior Internship Fair will be held on May 26, 2022 from 9:30 AM - Noon in the field house. All are invited to attend.

CLASS OF 2022 -- Senior Week Events!

I have been fielding a few questions regarding the Senior Week events and I am including some information here but a more detailed email was sent to senior families on Friday (click here) but a few changes have been made to ensure the information is consistent and accurate.

Graduation Practice will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8 AM - Noon. There is no practice on Thursday since the Senior Awards Ceremony will take place at 10:00 AM.

Baccalaureate will take place on Tuesday night at 6:30 PM in the Auditorium and is an optional event. Students and families will be treated to a night of celebration that includes student speeches and performances. There is a limit of two guests per family. We ask students to dress in business casual attire. PLEASE NOTE THE TIME, an email that went home had the wrong start time.

Senior Awards Day will take place on Thursday morning at 10 AM under the tent in the stadium. Students will wear their gowns to this event where we will celebrate their academic and athletic accomplishments. The Masconomet Regional Scholarship Foundation recipients will be announced at this event as well. Although we strongly encourage all students to attend, this is considered an optional event. We ask that graduates and families car pool to this event when possible to help with parking concerns. Students will wear their graduation gown for this event. There will be a livestream of this event on Boxford Public Cable and the Masconomet Regional School District You Tube Channel. Link to follow.

Graduation will take place on Friday evening at 6 PM under the tent in the stadium. We will celebrate the accomplishment of the Class of 2022. This is a required event and students will wear their caps, gowns, and cords to this event. Students are required to arrive at school at 5:00 PM. Students will wear their full graduation regalia (cap/gown/cords). There will be a livestream of this event on Boxford Public Cable and the Masconomet Regional School District You Tube Channel. Link to follow.

Junior Parking Restrictions this Week

This is a reminder that all Juniors with a parking pass can not park at school on Tuesday, May 24th or Thursday, May 26th due to activities taking place at the high school. When parking passes were issued, student drivers were informed of the parking restrictions related to the end-of-year activities.

There will be no parking for Juniors the week of May 31- June 3 as well and I appreciate your help in ensuring there is parking available for our seniors and campus visitors as we celebrate their accomplishments.

Memorial Day Assembly

The annual Student Council Memorial Day all-school assembly will take place on Friday, May 27th at 1:30 PM in the Field House. This assembly focuses on the importance of remembrance and will include a local veteran as our speaker. Local veterans are also invited to attend and the student council will be hosting a lunch for them.

Jazz Concert

The Spring Jazz Concert was held on Wednesday night in the auditorium. This was our last official concert of the year. Congratulations to all the seniors who performed in their last concert as a Masconomet student.
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EMT Accolades

Ada Yu and Katherine Love, students in our Masconomet EMT Program passed the psychomotor (practical) component of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians test. Katherine and Ada will be sitting for the written portion of the NREMT exam and when successfully completed will result in their National EMT certification.Congratulations to Ada and Katherine!

Final Exam Prep, PAC chats with Dr. C.

One benefit of meeting students in small groups is their willingness to share exactly what's on their mind. The topic that has come up the most is the uneasiness students are feeling with final exams on the horizon. At this point, because of the pandemic, no one in the building has prepared for and completed a final exam. Thus, over the next few weeks, I will be including some exam preparation materials and study tips to supplement the work teachers are doing to prepare students for this task.

My first suggestion, start planning now. At this point, the general format of the exam is likely known, for example, a project, paper, or more traditional exam. Thus, start asking your teachers what the final exam will look like and you can begin filling out this chart in preparation. Once you know the "What" you can then start to plan for the "How." If you already have this information, start planning the "How." I want to thank my former colleagues for access to these helpful materials. Keep a look out for more to come.

Also, if you want to share what is on your mind with me, just Sign Up Here. There are few opportunities left.

Morning Update and the Chieftain Chronicle

Please check out our school newspaper, The Chieftain Chronicle, each week for news, editorials, reviews and more! New articles are posted every Friday. Check out all the news in this episode by checking out The Morning Update here.

Marching Band Practice

I love when I walk outside the building and get to see our Marching Band practicing. Here is a little of what they are working on.

Tri-Town Council Updates

Is your teen looking for summer volunteer opportunities to earn community service hours? Become a Horizons Teen Assistant or a Camp Invention Leadership Intern! Lots of different classes to choose from. Parents/caregivers -- there's still time to register to chaperone the All Night Grad party on Friday, June 3rd -- there are a few 7:30 - 11PM Masco slots available. It's a great night to celebrate the Class of 2022 and pay it forward! SENIORS --- if you haven't yet registered for the All Night Grad Party, there is still time to register. More info about all these participation/volunteer opportunities HERE and in link below.

Final Exam Conflict Exams

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.


Northeastern Conference (NEC) Scholar Athletes

The NEC student athlete Honors banquet was held on Sunday, May 15th at the Ferncroft Country Club. Mr. Daileanes and I had the privilege of recognizing Ian Darling and Sarah McVey as the Masconomet Regional High School Scholar Athletes.
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MIAA Girls and Women in Sports Day

The MIAA hosted the Girls and Women in Sports Day at Faneuil Hall on Friday, May 20, 2022. Cecily Paglierani (Field hockey, Indoor track, Track and Field) and Lily Conway (Field Hockey, Lacrosse) travelled to Boston with Ms. Elizabeth Beauregard and were lucky enough to hear from the keynote speaker Kathy Delaney-Smith. Kathy Delaney-Smith recently retired as the Harvard Women's basketball coach and she spoke to her action when Title IX was first passed 50 years ago. The 50th Anniversary of Title IX provided an amazing backdrop for this event.
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Gymnastics Team Goes to Fenway

The State Championship Gymnastics Team was invited to Fenway Park this week to celebrate their State title. The team was recognized during the Pre-game ceremony. Congratulations to our State Champions!
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MIAA Power Rankings

You can find Masconomet's rankings in Division 2 Baseball, Softball, Boys and Girls Lacrosse, and Boys and Girls Tennis below.

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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