INSIDE RMHS

DECEMBER EDITION

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

On behalf of all of us here at RMHS, we wish everyone a wonderful holiday and a safe, relaxing vacation. Be well and see you all in 2022!

HIGH FIVES

A MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL TRACEY

Kevin Tracey~Social Media
Meet the Staff ~ David Mosher, Fine & Performing Arts Chair

COVID-19 Related FAQs From the Director of Nursing

COVID-19 Related FAQs

December 17, 2021


What are the recent COVID-19 related trends in our schools?

This document shared at our 12/16 School Committee meeting outlines the week-by-week case counts in our schools, student/staff vaccination data, and in-school transmission counts.Here is the most recent COVID data


What if I am or my family are exposed to someone with COVID-19?

If you are fully vaccinated and asymptomatic, you do not need to quarantine. If you develop symptoms, especially fever, muscle aches, shortness of breath or loss of taste and smell, you should get a PCR test. If you are a close contact (have been within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes inside with an infectious individual) and are unvaccinated,you should quarantine per the DPH guidance.


What symptoms should I be looking for?

Here is a health screening with specific symptoms.


Where can I get a test?

Register here for Project Beacon, free COVID testing.


What is the travel guidance?

Here is CDC travel guidance. We respectfully ask that families consider the health and safety of all of our students and staff and follow the travel guidance put in place by the CDC.


Where can my child get a vaccine?

Here is a link to local vaccination site availability, or sign up for our next Reading Public Schools vaccination clinic here (January 7th at Coolidge).


How do I reach Reading Public Health?
Here is the link to Reading Public Health. You can reach a Public Health Nurse at #781-942-6653.

THE ORBIT

Have you read the The Orbit, lately? It has dozens of news stories from this school year, and it is always by, for, and about the students of RMHS. Bookmark the website and return often, as the page is frequently updated with fresh news, features, and commentary. If your child wants to get involved, have them see Mr. McSweeney in the English office for information about the next meeting. Here is the link: rmhsorbit.com

WINTER SPORTS BEGIN

Reading Memorial High School and the Middlesex League have started interscholastic events. Please follow state, local and MIAA guidelines that state everyone should wear an approved mask/face covering at all events. In addition, all school rules apply. Please cheer for the Rockets and not against our opponent. Some venues may have limited capacity so please check before arriving. Be positive and not critical of the opposition or the officials. We are looking forward to a positive winter athletic season. See red button at bottom of page for full calendar.

SPECIAL ELECTION~January 25th: No Parking along backside of FH Lot

There will be a special local election held at the RMHS fieldhouse on Tuesday, January 25th. While it is expected to be a very low turnout, we are reserving parking spaces alongside the back of the fieldhouse. These spaces will be well marked and we ask both students and staff to make sure they do not park in the identified spaces. We appreciate everyone’s support and flexibility.

The RMHS Choral & Band Department has had a busy semester!


  • Congratulations to Liam Synnott, who was accepted into the NAfME All-National Honor Mixed Choir.
  • Congratulations to Charles Lloyd, Julia Mullen and Liam Synnott, who were accepted into the MMEA Senior District Festival Mixed Choir. These students' audition scores also earned them the opportunity to audition for the MMEA All-State Festival and Concert.
  • Congratulations to Dave Mosher, our new Performing and Fine Arts Department Head and our amazing choral groups for a wonderful performance at Winterfest.
  • The RMHS Select Chorus performed on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, at the Festival of Trees.
  • The RMHS Chorus performed across town caroling for families.
  • Joe Mulligan and the band gave an amazing winter performance.
  • See some videos below of the chorus and band performances over the past month.
SELECT CHOIR~ CAROLING
WINTER BAND CONCERT
WINTER BAND CONCERT
CHOIR~FESTIVAL OF TREES

RMHS FINANCIAL LITERACY

Ms. Langill (Manager of Reading Cooperative Bank’s RMHS Branch) and students enrolled in her retail banking course recently visited all RMHS financial literacy classes to discuss key concepts related to banking.

Family Fun with Friends of Reading METCO!

Fifty caregivers, kids and teachers from Boston and Reading had a great afternoon at the METCO headquarters in Roxbury on December 4th . It was so good to connect and get to know each other with games, creative activities for kids, a walk through the history of the METCO program and lots of yummy food, including from the Dudley Café in Roxbury.

Huge thanks to the Reading Public Library and Tin Bucket (www.tinbucket.shop.com) for providing craft activities and the wonderful volunteers who donated time and food to make the event a success – Sherilla Lestrade, Theresa Wiggins, LaVonda Epps, NaTishia Mercado, Alyssa Scaparotti, Nathan Chesley, Naomi Brown-Jones, Allison Sillers, Vanessa Samways, Michelle Farrell, Jenny Oberg and Ilka Walkley. Look out for information about our next event – ice skating in Reading – in the New Year! If you’d like to join us, or learn more about what we do, email ilka@ilkawalkley.com.

GIRLS RISING DONATES TO FESTIVAL OF TREES

This club provides a supportive space for students to learn and discuss problems facing women around the world and to fundraise to help women without equal access to education. During the meetings members discuss feminist issues, host guest speakers, and plan community service events, such as a holiday drive for domestic abuse shelters.

GIRLS RISING DONATES TO FENIX HOUSE WOMENS SHELTER

Girl Rising members put together 15 gift bags and 3 boxes of donations for the Fenix House a women’s domestic shelter in Boston. Thank you to all who donated.

MS. DAILEY'S AP PHOTO

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SPENCER COLLYMORE~ FENCING

Pictured is Spencer with Coach Kornel from VIVO Fencing Club at the October North American Cup. This is a large event with fencers from all across the US and several different countries. Spencer came in 6th out of 224 competitors (top 8 medal). Spencer is currently #10 in the country for Cadet fencers (High School age). Recently he was chosen to represent the US in Grenoble France. The top 20 Cadet fencers are chosen to compete based on their ranking on the National Points list. Spencer’s team got a bye but was then defeated by another US team. Congratulations Spencer!

DECA FUNDRAISER for CHELSEA SOLDIERS HOME

Advisors: Mr. Dailey & Mrs. Clawson

Day & Time: Tuesdays at 8AM

Location: Room: 324


DECA is a career technical student organization that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.


FUNDRAISER: TILL 1/18 Collection box in Main Entrance of RMHS

Collecting for the Chelsea Soldiers Home

Shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant, Kleenex, razors, white t-shirts, sweatshirts

CARDS 4 KINDESS

Cards4Kindness recently completed a card drive for Reading Workers. Please join us every other Tuesday at 7:50 AM in room 341. Next meeting is January 3rd. Learn more about the club by joining Remind @rmhscard

SPANISH 1 & 2 DONATION DRIVE

Mrs. Wall would like to thank her Spanish 1 and Spanish 2 classes for their participation in her 2021 holiday season food drive! Her students contributed over 150 food items which will be donated to food pantries in Reading and in Boston. A special congratulations goes to E block, who donated over 80 items and won la colección de comida!

RMHS WRESTLING

BOYS BASKETBALL

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GIRLS BASKETBALL

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM SENIOR CLASS PRESIDENT CONNOR PATTERSON

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