Millis High School

Weekly Newsletter

June 17, 2022

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MHS 2021-22 Calendar w/ Letter Days

Click here to access the MHS School Calendar for 2021-22

Upcoming Events

  • 6/17 ~ Final Day of School for 2021-22!

  • 6/20 - 8/30 ~ Summer Vacation

  • 8/31 ~ First Day of School 2022-23

Click for MHS Website and Socials

Click here to access the links to the MHS social media sites

~ This Week at MHS ~

Another Year in the Books!

Thank you to our staff, students, families, and community supporters for a fantastic 2021-22 school year. The month of June flew by, but we hope the summer slows down for everyone to relax, recharge, and enjoy time with friends and family. Have a safe and prosperous summer!

Farewell to Mrs. Divver, Hello to Mr. Carter!!

Since 2009, Mrs. Divver & Mr. Carter have been Co-Advisors to the Crimson Post. Over the years, we’ve changed the newspaper’s name (twice), the format (paper to online), added social media, participated in conferences for NESPA, brought home numerous awards for the paper and individual writers, and had the pleasure of working with great student writers and editors.


Next year will be Mr. Carter’s solo Newspaper Advisor year, and great things are planned, but not only for the paper! Mrs. Divver is retiring, after 20 years as the MS/HS Librarian, 5 years as the CFB Library Aide, 2 years as a sub and another 10 as a library volunteer and Mr. Carter will be moving into the library as the School Library teacher.


So it’s a big thank you to Mrs. Divver for the many many years of service to our staff and students, and a warm welcome to Mr Carter. Catch him in the library office or in the stacks! Good luck to all!

More Retirement Congratulations

In addition to Mrs. Divver, we want to take a moment to recognize the service and dedication of two more of our staff members who are retiring this year. Team chair/OT, Ms. Kalmbach, and OT/Skills Coach, Ms. Colwell, have dedicated years of service to the Millis Public Schools, and we wish them well as they begin this next chapter of their lives!

Final Grades

Final report cards for 2021-2022 will be mailed out next week. Students with obligations will also receive a list of the items they owe to the school.

Chromebook Turn In

Students have until June 24th to drop off their Chromebook and charger for the summer. Tech Services will use the summer to clean, repair and recharge Chromebooks that are turned in. Students will receive their Chromebook back in the fall.


Please note drop off hours are 8-2 up until June 24th.

Things you see in the lot on the last day

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MHS Students Receive Crystal Pillars

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences held the annual Regional Student Production Awards at The Fine Arts Theatre in Maynard, Massachusetts on June 14th. High school nominees and recipients enthusiastically accepted the crystal pillars in recognition of their outstanding work in the programming and craft categories. Congratulations to the Public Affairs Award nominee, Dulce Abreu and to the recipient of the Short Form Non-Fiction award, Daisy Lyons.

Featured Speaker ~ Daisy Lyons

On Sunday June 12, Daisy Lyons was a featured speaker at the Sharon Pride Day Celebration and Car Parade. She spoke about the importance of being proud of who you are. We applaud Daisy for her leadership and for being a great role model.

2021-2022 Look Back

If you want to look back on the year that was at MHS, all 2021-22 Archived Newsletters are available on the Millis High School website under the "Community" tab.


Archived Newsletters 2021-22

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Summer School Credit Recovery Information 2022

Failure of a course in the 55-59% range during the academic year may be made up with a grade of 70 or better in a (30) hour night or summer course during the summer immediately following failure.


Summer courses must be approved by Mr. Awdycki, Principal, prior to registration if credit is to be granted. Parents and students are responsible for finding suitable course offerings and all costs relating to summer school. To request approval, please complete the MHS 2022 Summer School Approval Form.


There are three options for summer school:


School Counseling Calendar

Click on this link to access the School Counseling Calendar

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Summer Reading

During the month of June, students entering grades 9-12 were asked to choose one book out of a group of nearly 30 staff selected works, and registered for their choice. Some books will have Google Classrooms created or other forms of communication for potential projects, assignments, resources, or opportunities. At a date to be determined during the second week of the 2022-23 school year, students will report to a classroom for their particular book. There, students will meet the teacher who read that book and will participate in—among other possibilities—a discussion and/or exam on the book. The grade on that assessment will be entered as a test grade in the student’s English class.


Students must obtain their own copy of the book and are encouraged to take ample notes. Books may be brought into school on Summer Reading Day, but it’s up to the teacher’s discretion whether or not to allow books or notes to be used during the assessment.

From the School Health Office

A reminder from the School Health Office

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health requires the following documents before a student enters school:


  • Grade 10 - an updated Physical exam is required.
  • Meningococcal requirements - 2 doses of MenACWY for entry to grades 11 and 12. Please note the second dose for MenACWY must be given on or after the 16th birthday. See link below for more information regarding school immunization requirements.
  • https://www.mass.gov/info-details/school-immunizations


Please contact Lynn Molinari with any questions at lmolinari@millisschools.org


Have a happy and healthy summer!

Bus Registration 2022-23

Bus registration for SY22-23 is open and posted on our district website. The link is .... https://www.millisps.org/information/transportation

Fall Sports 2022-23

Registration for fall sports is open. Please go to Family ID to register for the Fall 2022 season. Registration ends August 12th.
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Closing Out 2021-22 Athletics

  • Congratulations to all student-athletes on a successful 2021-22 school year.

  • Spring Season:

    • Softball - D5 Elite 8

    • Boys Volleyball - D2 Round of 16

    • Girls Tennis - D5 Round of 32

    • Baseball - D5 Round of 32

    • Track & Field - Fantastic season with several student-athletes qualifying for states

  • TVL Awards - Softball

    • MVP - Frankie Pizzarella, Jr

    • All-Star - Riley Caulfield

  • Registration for fall sports has started. Please go to Family ID to register for the Fall 2022 season. Registration ends August 12th.

  • Gut Camp registration is also open. Gut Camp starts Wednesday, July 6. See Family ID for details.https://t.co/Fp80hwRtl7

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June 10, 2022

Last Chance - Vision of a Graduate - We Need Your Input!

We’re seeking YOUR input on our school community-driven Vision of a Graduate. What values, knowledge, skills and work habits do our students need to thrive as learners, workers and leaders of the 21st Century?


The Vision of a Graduate is the first step in framing a new vision for our school system. It is a reimagined Core Values and Beliefs and a promise the school is making to all students. It is what Millis High School graduates need to know and are able to DO in order to succeed in college, career and life.


Please take this short survey to give your input and help positively impact the students in Millis. The results will help shape our strategic plan, which will guide our educational system for years to come!


The deadline to complete the survey is today, Friday, June 10. Thank you!


VISION OF A GRADUATE 2022 SURVEY

Final Exam Schedule

Below is the final exam schedule. Finals start on June 14 and end on June 17, which is also the last day of school for the 2021-22 school year. Please note - Students do not have to be present in school during a period in which they do not have a final exam. Students are welcome to come in to school when they do not have an exam to study in the library.


There will be a bus that leaves the school at 12:20pm on June 14, 15, and 16, to drop students off after exams if they would like to take it, or they can take their regular bus at 2:20pm on those days.


The cafeteria will be open following exams from 12:10-12:30pm for lunch and snacks on June 14, 15 and 16.


Friday, June 17, is an early release schedule, so buses will be ready at 10:55am, and there will be no lunch on this day.


June 14

Period 1 - 8-10:00

Period 2 - 10:10-12:10


June 15

Period 3 - 8-10:00

Period 4 - 10:10-12:10


June 16

Period 6 - 8-10:00

Period 7 - 10:10-12:10


June 17

Period 5 - 8-10:00

Makeups - 10:10-12:10

Student of the Month ~ May 2022!

Grade 9 Nominees: Riley Sullivan, Kelan Riggs

Winner: Riley Sullivan: "Riley is a ray of sunshine when she walks into the classroom. Always positive with her smile, her hello, and just her positive attitude. She is a hard worker and always puts forth her best effort. Her presence enhances the classroom atmosphere."


Grade 10 Nominees: Evan Pimental, Jackson Glynn, Troy Blanchette

Winner: Jackson Glynn: "Jackson is such a hardworking student. He is polite, always trying to do his best. Even with his recent absence from school, he stayed on top of his work and made sure to communicate with me about any work he could do while absent. He is a model student."


Grade 11 Nominees: Brian Zangari, Luke Bennett, Danny Pasquantonio, Brook Whelan

Winner: Brooke Whelan: "Brooke is a conscientious student who is a leader in class. She leads by example and helps classmates with their projects. She is always positive and extremely kind. I admire Brooke for her compassion, humor, and resilience."

Congratulations Crimson Post!

The Crimson Post has received acknowledgement from the New England Scholastic Press Association for their writing achievement. This year, they received the “Highest Award”. Thank you to the dedicated staff of the Crimson Post!

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Inspirational Rock Garden

Mrs Ames Grade 11 Advisory started a painted rock garden in the courtyard. Over the course of this year, the students painted inspirational rocks. The garden was “planted” in the courtyard of the school on June 7 with the hope of adding more and more rocks each year.


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Class Officers 2022-23 Announced!

Elections for the 2022-23 Student Council Leadership were held this week. Students in grades 9, 10 and 11 gave election speeches and then classes voted on their representatives for the 2022-23 school year. Congratulations to all of the students that ran for office and presented a speech!


STUCO Exec. Board:

Advisor: Ms. Ziemba

Co-Presidents: Jane Connors & Jackson Borst

Vice President: Alexander Maher

Secretary: Samuel Goncalves

Treasurer: Jack Burns


Class of 2023

Advisors: Mrs. Alan and Mrs. Cheney

President: Katherine LaDuke

Vice-President: Joe Bouret

Secretary: Jane Connors

Treasurer: Alexander Maher

Class Representatives:

Jack Burns, Jackson Borst, Mia Molinari, Samuel Goncalves, Olivia Sumner


Class of 2024

Advisors: Mr. Bigelow and Mr. Carter

President: Lucy Sisto

Vice President: Maria Govoni

Secretary: Sophia Cellitti

Treasurer: Olivia Mathews

Class Representatives:

Andrew Miller, Jennifer Scolponeti, Ryan Berube, Lindzey Murillo, Kyra Rice, Paige Zarnofsky


Class of 2025:

Advisors: Mrs. Hayden and Ms. McCarthy

Co-Presidents: Shealin Conroy & Olivia Fong

Vice President: Riley Sullivan

Secretary: Amelia Stapels

Treasurer: Logan Manning

Class Representatives:

Addison Loer, Henry Kiggen, Isabella Briones, Emma Powers

Class of 2023

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Class of 2024

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Class of 2025

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Meet The Crimson Post’s New Editor, Maddie Miga!

We are pleased to announce that junior Maddie Miga will be the Editor for the Crimson Post in 2022-23. Maddie has been on staff since freshman year, and has been the newspaper’s (and the library’s) ‘social media’ contact for the past two years. In addition to covering many of their feature articles, Maddie is also involved in Terpsichore, Chem Club, Leo’s, and Peer Leaders. Welcome and thank you!


Over the past year, freshmen Annie Rollag and Kaitlyn Richards have been staff writers extraordinaire. They meet challenges, deadlines, and articles with ease. The Newspaper is proud of their achievements and pleased to have them on staff.


The Crimson Post

Underclassmen Academic Awards

On Thursday, Students from the Class of 2023, 2024 and 2025 were presented with their year end Departmental Academic Awards, MIAA Awards, Students of the Month, Perfect Attendance and 11th Grade Book Awards. STEAM Scholars and Global Scholars Inductees were also recognized.
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MHS Clubs 2021-22 Schedule

Click this link to access club information and meeting schedule. Please note the schedule is being updated with more opportunities.

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Good Luck to Softball Tonight!

Best of luck to the battery of Riley Caulfield and TVL MVP Frankie Pizzarella, and the entire Mohawk softball team, as they take on Turners Falls in the round of 8 tonight at 6pm out in Western Mass!

Gut Camp 2022!

Registration is now open on familyid.com. Camp starts July 6. The cost is still $45. Last year we had 106 registrants. We have hired a new director for this summer's session, Bill Horan. Mr. Lagos will be working as Mr. Horan's assistant. Caregivers can go on familyid.com and get students registered. See you on July 6th.

Athletic Schedules 2021-22

Click here to access the MHS Athletic Schedules for 2021-22

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June 3, 2022

~ This Week at MHS ~

Memorial Day in Millis

For the Millis Memorial Day celebration, the MHS Band attended ceremonies, playing a number of traditional songs. The band included seniors Lucas Comiskey, Leith Jehu, Jonah Stapels, as well as alumna Dory Stefanowicz.


Under Mrs. Norton’s direction, they began the services with the Star Spangled Banner, and continued throughout the program with the Battle Hymn of the Republic and America the Beautiful. Dory also accompanied the taps.


Thank you all for making the day very special.

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Rising Seniors Breakfast

The Class of 2023 celebrated the graduation of the Class of '22 by keeping the Junior Breakfast tradition alive. Our "Rising Seniors" are ready to fill the big shoes left by our now MHS Alumni.

Shout Out to NHS Juniors!

A big thank you to our National Honor Society Juniors for getting graduation set up and organized. Your help was greatly appreciated.

VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!

It’s STUCO Election time!!! Elections for class officers and representatives will be held on Monday, June 6th. Nomination forms are available on each class’s Google Classroom page. Anyone can run! Please see Ms. Ziemba with any questions.


The Toss Up is In

Congratulations to Adrian Heredia, Dominic Diaz, and Jack Skerry! Their first documentary has been announced as an official selection for the Saul Zaentz High School Film Festival! Their short film competed against hundreds of entries from the United States and Canada. They are invited to attend the 3 day festival and workshops. Their film The Toss Up is about Nick Almeida.


The Saul Zaentz High School Film Festival is presented by the Johns Hopkins University Film and Media Studies Program and the Baltimore School for the Arts, with generous funding provided by the Saul Zaentz Charitable Foundation.


The Toss Up

MCAS Biology for Grade 9 Students - June 7 & 8

Freshmen will be taking the MCAS Biology exam on June 7 & 8. This exam is sponsored by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), and is part of the competency determination required for students to graduate from Millis High School. In sophomore year, students take MCAS exams in English Language Arts and Math. All MCAS exams are now computer based.


The MCAS Biology tests will begin promptly at 8am each day, and student classroom assignments will be posted throughout the building (they will also been emailed to the students). Students should come in with their ChromeBooks fully charged each day. Though students have the entire school day to complete testing, each day of testing typically takes 2-3 hours.


Parents/Guardians are asked to make sure their students get a good night's sleep before each exam day, have a good breakfast, and get to school on time each day. We are confident that our students are well-prepared to be successful on these important exams. Thanks to parents/guardians for their support in helping students clear this graduation hurdle. Good luck to our 9th grade students as they take their MCAS Biology Exams on June 7-8!

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Millis High School Class of 2022!!

Millis Memories Captures it All

Click on the Millis Memories Icon to watch...


CLASS DAY AWARDS

GRADUATION 2022

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more grad pics next week...

ALL THINGS GRADUATION

Click on the graduation cap to access the All Things Graduation doc.

Chloe Verrochi Senior Project

Chloe's Senior Project efforts raised $100 for the Art Department.
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The Mohawk Council Field Trip

The Mohawk Council recently took a field trip to Plimoth Patuxet. The purpose of the trip was for students to gain a better understanding and appreciation of indigenous people. Students participated in a workshop called "Wampum and Trans-Indigenous Trade Networks". In this workshop, students learned all about wampum, beads crafted by the Wampanoag and other Atlantic indigenous communities using quahog shells. Students examined how the beads were used as decorative and storytelling tools by the Wampanoag people and then used tools to create a piece of wampum to take home! The trip concluded with a tour of Plimoth Patuxet. A big thanks to M.E.R.I.T. for helping fund the trip!

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Athletics This Week

  • MIAA Tournament Time: Girls Tennis hosts Pioneer Valley @ Medway MS today at 4pm (6/3); Boys volleyball will travel to Burlington today @ 5:30pm (6/3); Baseball will host Nashoba Valley Tech today @ 4pm (6/3); Softball will travel to Pittsfield HS to face Taconic tomorrow at 3pm (6/4).
  • Millis Athletics Online Store is live until June 9th! Please use this link to purchase your sweatshirt, username and password on the ad below. Go Mohawks!!!


Millis Athletics Online Store

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Millis High School

Small School.. Big Family

The Millis Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, age, gender identity, religion, national origins, sexual orientation, disability or homelessness.

Attendance Line Contact Options

Options to Report Your Students Attendance

hsattendance@millisschools.org

or

508-376-7010 ~ extension 713*

or

508-376-7010 ~ press 1*

*PLEASE NOTE DISMISSALS CAN NOT BE CALLED IN. PARENT/GUARDIAN MUST SEND A NOTE/EMAIL OR COME IN TO THE BUILDING TO DIRECTLY SIGN THEIR STUDENT OUT.

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