We hope everyone enjoyed the vacation! As we look to ease back on our mask mandates come February 28th, we understand that there are going to be some growing pains and not everyone is 100% comfortable with our moving to a mask optional environment. After everyone’s physical safety, our biggest concern is how we are going to continue to support those in our community who feel more comfortable wearing masks versus the likely majority who will be unmasked.
In the end, the most important piece to consider is that everyone is welcomed and supported to either wear a mask or not wear a mask. Those who are unvaccinated are encouraged to continue to wear masks, but clearly not all students and staff wearing a mask are unvaccinated. Many of us will continue to wear masks as a show of solidarity with those who choose to continue to wear masks, so they will not feel strange or singled-out. This is certainly not a staff or student requirement and is a matter of choice.
Please read below for specific information on our plan moving forward after February 28th:
- We are moving to a “mask optional” environment, not a “mask free environment.” We realize that there may anxiety or concerns about this transition. As a community we hope to move forward in a way that is compassionate towards others and respectful of the choices families and individuals make regarding masks. Our school nurses, psychologists and counselors are available to answer any questions and concerns that arise, and we know that our building principals will be communicating more information on this as we move forward.
- We will continue to monitor our COVID case numbers and update our dashboard to provide this information to the community. As we monitor and assess our community health data, there may be situations going forward which warrant notification and follow up and may require masks for a certain class or school in response to an increase in cases. These decisions will be made collaboratively with our public health team and communicated by the superintendent.
- It is still recommended that unvaccinated individuals wear masks, per DESE/DPH. This includes the majority of our R.I.S.E. students. In terms of R.I.S.E., given that the majority of our students have not yet had access to vaccines, we will continue to notify families of classroom cases and provide students with access to a “modified” test and stay program.
- Masks are still required on buses (per federal guidelines) and in health offices/medical waiting rooms.
- Individuals who are considered close contacts or who have tested positive must follow the isolation and quarantine guidance which includes wearing a mask in public for 5 more days after they leave isolation or quarantine on day 5 (per DESE/DPH).
Please feel free to reach out to either Ms. Giuliana or me if you have any questions or concerns. Hope you are all enjoying the week! See you soon for the “fun” March stretch!
MCAS Schedule for 3/22 & 3/23
BAND & CHORUS NEWS
In Chorus --Liam Synnott--was chosen as a participant in the All-Nationals Choral Ensemble, a 240-voice choir whose members were selected from each of the 50 states.
Two of our band members—Wes Lewin and Ethan Norton—and three of our chorus members—Charlie Lloyd, Liam Synnott, and Julia Mullen—were selected to participate in the MMEA All-State Festival. They will be performing in Symphony Hall with some of the top high school musicians in the state.
Two of our band members—Wes Lewin and Ethan Norton—and three of our chorus members—Charlie Lloyd, Liam Synnott, and Julia Mullen—were selected to participate in the Senior District Music Festival. They will be performing at Galvin Middle School in Wakefield with some of the top high school musicians in the Northeastern District.
Aiden Kelly was selected to participate in the Junior Districts Music Festival. Congratulations, Aiden!
Murder on the Orient Express
Freshmen Progressive Dinner Fundraiser
SAVE THE DATE!!!
Where: RMHS Cafeteria
When: Friday, May 6, 2022 @ 6:30 PM
Cost: $35.00 per person
Tickets: Available in March keep an eye out for your invitation in the mail!
This March, the Class of 2025 is hosting a Progressive Dinner for parents of freshmen to meet and get to know one another. This is really the only event that the entire class will be invited to, so we encourage everyone to attend. All the profits raised from this fundraiser will be used, along with the profits of future fundraising events, to defer the cost of various activities that will take place in the upcoming years such as Junior and Senior proms, class trips, and graduation events.
So what is a Progressive Dinner anyways? It is a social event at which the different courses of a meal are eaten at different tables. The evening will begin by allowing you time to catch up with some old friends and neighbors. Next, you will be invited to sit at a table where you will enjoy a salad and great conversation. From there, you will "progress" to another table with new guests for your main course, followed by a dessert at your final table. The catch is that seating for salad and dinner will be assigned, while dessert is open seating.
We are also looking for donations for the live and silent auctions, namely big-ticket items. Some ideas are tickets to events, sports memorabilia, scratch tickets or services (tutoring, landscaping, spa services…). No item is too small as it can combined with other donations. You could collaborate with other people and make a gift basket or donate a big-ticket item. If you would like to donate an auction item, you can reach out to Chrissy Clawson, the class advisor at email@example.com.
SENOR RYAN'S SPANISH 3 CLASS DONATES to Cans for Cats and Canine's Club
Ms. Lynn's B block biology students transformed into chromosomes and performed the Meiosis Square Dance.
AUDITIONS AND INTERVIEWS FOR FANTASTIC MR. FOX
AUDITIONS AND INTERVIEWS FOR
FANTASTIC MR. FOX
By Rhold Dahl
Adapted for the stage by David Wood
Directed by Natalie Cunha
Audition Dates: March 1st 3:15-6:00 (DLR)
Callback Date (if needed): March 2nd at 3:15
Tech Interviews: Thursday March 3rd
(sign up for a time on google classroom)
For more information-please see picture flyer
READING PUBLIC LIBRARY Looking for Teens
Congratulations Coach Paul Morrissey who recently won his 200th boys basketball win at RMHS making it his 280th career win!
Congratulations to the following Reading wrestlers…
In the Division 2 State Tournament
Jayden D’Ambrosio took 2nd place
Thomas O’Brien took 5th place
In the All State Tournament
Jayden D’Ambrosio took 3rd place
Thomas O’Brien took 7th place
GYMNASTICS~Middlesex League Champs
Avery Abate & Sophia Isbell
Both Avery & Sophia qualified for states. Sophia placing 3rd in the State and Avery placed 10th on beam. Congratulations girls!!
Your Middlesex League Champs!
2022 Senior Gymnast of the Year!
As a reminder it is Tournament Time!!!
Please come and support your school and remember to cheer positively for the Rockets. All school rules are in effect at all RMHS athletic events.
Wednesday March 2
Boys Basketball will host Concord Carlisle at 6:30 pm in the Field house
Friday March 4
Girls Basketball will be at Needham at 5 pm
Saturday March 5
Gymnastics will compete at 2 pm at Algonquin High in the State Championships
Boys Hockey v Arch Bishop Williams at 6 pm at Burbank Ice Arena
Girls Hockey will be at Nauset at 7 pm
Wrestling will be compete in Rhode Island in the New England Tournament