Millis High School

Weekly Newsletter

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Upcoming Events

  • 9/21 ~ HS Open House - 6:30pm
  • 9/26 ~ Boosters Run Back to School - 9am
  • 9/29 ~ Early Release - 10:55am
  • 10/8 + 10/11 ~ No School for Students

September 17, 2021

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OPEN HOUSE ~ TUESDAY ~ SEPT. 21 ~ 6:30PM

This year's Millis High School Open House will be September 21, from 6:30-8:30pm. Due to COVID restrictions and social distancing, we are asking that only one parent or guardian per student attend the Open House. As per district policy, masks must be worn inside the school building.


We will meet in the Auditorium at 6:30 and then you will proceed to follow your student's schedule from periods 1-7. You will have the opportunity to meet your student's teachers, find out about course curriculum, learn about classroom expectations, and get a glimpse into the day of your student.


Please note, this is not a time for individual conferences, but should you want to set up a meeting with a teacher to discuss your student, you will have the opportunity to do so at this evening. Your student should bring home a filled in schedule of their classes for you to follow for the evening. A blank schedule is available here. We look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday!

Family Zone Cyber Safety

We are excited to announce our partnership with Family Zone to provide our school

communities cyber safety education. Family Zone, a leading education technology company,

has a team of cyber safety and tech experts that work together to enable families to navigate

the internet in a safer way. This partnership provides our district with tools, resources, and

expert advice on all the latest cyber safety topics. As members of the Millis Schools learning

community, you have access to this platform https://millisps.cybersafetyhub.com/ where you can receive educational materials that will assist you in managing cyber safety for your family.

It's College Application Time

The school counselors have started visiting senior English classes for senior seminars. During senior seminars, the counselors walk students through the college application process. The school counselors also hosted a Senior Parent College Planning Night on Thursday, September 16. Thanks to all that came out, and for those of you that couldn't make it, a recording of the evening will be available next week. Best of luck to our seniors as they begin to make their plans for life after Millis High School!

KyleCares and The Jed Foundation Partner to Enroll Three Massachusetts High Schools in Program to Support Student Mental Health

The announcement comes during Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. The partnership will collaborate in recruiting and enrolling additional high schools in Massachusetts and Rhode Island to improve mental health and prevent suicide among students.


NEW YORK, Sept 14, 2021 — KyleCares Foundation and The Jed Foundation (JED) today announced enrolling three high schools in Massachusetts as part of the JED High School Program to improve mental health and prevent suicide among teens. As students are getting back to school and observing Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, JED will begin working with Millis High School, North Attleboro High School, and Attleboro High School to develop long-term strategies surrounding student mental health. The program will also provide schools with funding and resources to strengthen their behavioral health system and is dedicated to helping schools evaluate and build out their students’ mental health, substance misuse, and suicide prevention programming and systems.


As students are returning to in-person schooling and are faced with uncertainty amid the surging Delta variant, research reports that one in four youth globally are experiencing clinically elevated depression symptoms, while one in five youth are experiencing clinically elevated anxiety symptoms. Mental health programs supported and provided by KyleCares and JED are needed now more than ever. The three schools join Medway High School, another JED High School located in Massachusetts.


“The power of The Jed Foundation and KyleCares together has made an immediate impression on Millis High School,” said Millis Public School Superintendent Robert Mullaney. “KyleCares has consistently and effectively assisted Millis High School as we address suicide prevention and the mental health and wellness of our students, and we are excited to begin our work with JED High School to help us support our students as they navigate the many social and emotional challenges they face every day.”


“KyleCares aims to connect schools with valuable mental health resources, facilitate conversation around long-term strategies, and fund mental health and suicide prevention programs,” said KyleCares President and Co-founder Jim Johnson. “Our partnership with JED allows us to confidently lead every conversation by first recommending JED’s evidence-based approach as a critical, impactful roadmap for high schools to follow.”


“We are excited to partner with KyleCares to help high schools better support the mental health of students in the Massachusetts area as they return to school,” said JED CEO John MacPhee. “Having a local partner on the ground like KyleCares will allow us to protect more youth in the Massachusetts and Rhode Island area.”


About KyleCares Foundation
KyleCares is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting open and honest communication about the mental health challenges experienced by teens and young adults in today’s society. The foundation aims to eliminate student self-harm and suicide by creating school environments where students and their caregivers have the confidence and support to seek help without shame or hesitation. For more information about KyleCares, please visit kylecaresinc.org.

Happy Constitution Day!

Today, we celebrated Constitution Day at MHS, ushering in the 234th anniversary of the US Constitution. Thanks to Ms. Ziemba and a group of helpful 9th graders, our staff was outfitted with pins showcasing an Article, an Amendment, a Principle, or another key term associated with our Constitution. There were some great conversations and questions being asked around the building as students learned a little bit more about the founding principles of our country and government.
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.

Terpsichore ~ Nutcracker Registration

Terpsichore, the Millis MS/HS Dance Club, is pleased to be accepting registrations for this year's production of The Nutcracker, taking place the weekend of December 3 - 5, 2021. We have roles for students prek - Grade 12. We also have roles for students of all levels of experience from none to advanced. The registration, this year, will be via a Google form to facilitate the process. Rehearsals will begin for younger students October 4, and for MS/HS as soon as next week. If you have questions please contact Stephanie Copice at scopice@millisschools.org with the subject line "Nutcracker". Registrations Link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeGJqpB_NSEgq6-xeXQcCuvsgjIv2cAySKvm1lV89dMWjp8Fw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Common Ground

Last year, Common Ground members and advisor Danielle Mannion attended the monthly regional GSA meetings sponsored by the Dept. of Education. This summer, MHS Sophomore, Daisy Lyons, was accepted to be a delegate at a three day summit at UMass Amherst. The summit included workshops about intersectionality and inclusivity of BIPOC Queer people, as well as, policy team workshops. Teams include health, research, advocacy and outreach, policy and education. The Summit is sponsored by the MA Commission on LGBTQ Youth and DESE. Daisy was accepted to be a part of the State GSA Leadership Council, which is run by the Safe Schools Program. She is one of 10 students from each of the 5 regions of Massachusetts. Congratulations to Daisy for being an outstanding leader!

Mohawk Council

This past Wednesday, September 15th, during I day lunch, the Mohawk Council met for the first time this year. There was a great turnout, and the group looks forward to welcoming even more students when meetings will be available for both lunches. During the meeting, the group discussed the purpose of the Mohawk Council and brainstormed some fun future ideas for the organization. With all of our students back in person, there is a lot of motivation to fundraise and produce meaningful projects to expand our horizons beyond the walls of Millis High School.

Junior Firefighters Club

~ Outside Club Opportunity

First meeting of the Millis Junior Firefighters Club is Wednesday, September 22nd at 7pm at the Millis Fire Station. Contact Lt. Scotland at 508-328-7830 with any questions.

The Sports Page

  • Boys varsity soccer is off to a 4-0 start with wins against Norton, Dover-Sherborn, Bellingham and Medway.

  • Girls varsity soccer earned their first victory of the 2021 campaign, 5-1 over Bellingham. Senior co-captain Devon Gatz found the back of the net twice.

  • Varsity football opened the season with a 14-6 win over Tri-County. Jack Halloran was nominated for the Metrowest Daily Sports Week 1 Player of the Week. Millis travels to Randolph this Friday night. 7pm Kickoff.

  • Varsity golf and cross country have been hanging tough in their matches and meets working towards the next victory.


Click here for all athletic schedules or download the Arbiter Sports App.

Spotlight on Girls Soccer 2021

Our girls soccer team showing some team spirit prior to one of their contests!
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Athletic Schedules 2021-22

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

MIAA Student Ambassadors

Congratulations to (L-R) Mia Molinari, Frankie Pizzarella, and Anthony Coutts for being selected to represent Millis High School as MIAA Student Ambassadors for the 2021-2022 school year! They were selected by our school administrators to represent our school in this unique program, and we hope that they will find the experience to be beneficial, to not only themselves, but our school and our community. The goal of this program is to create a network of student leaders from MIAA member schools across Massachusetts that can share information regarding MIAA Educational Athletic initiatives, as well as, other student leadership and volunteer opportunities.

Missing Library Books!!

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~ Music is Back! ~ Sound On! ~

Click Here to Watch and See our MHS Band in Action at Last Week's Football Game!

Junior Class Ice Cream Fundraiser

The line was long but worth the wait. Congratulations to the Class of 2023 on a successful fundraiser with TC Scoops Ice Cream! Thanks to all our students for supporting MHS!!

Caption this...

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Is it...

A. Usain Bolt

B. Dabbing English Teacher

or

C. Mr. Awdycki's Traffic Protege, Mr. Bigelow

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

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TYLER DEMYAN

Electrical Design Engineer

MHS Grad :: Class of 2016

Did you attend college?

I gained my bachelors and masters from Pennsylvania State University in Architectural Engineering. Class of 2021.

What is your profession?

Since being young I’ve always been interested in pursuing a career in the themed entertainment industry; more specifically theme parks and attractions. During my first two years of college, I was fortunate enough to make this a reality as I landed back-to-back summer internships as a ride engineer working on the newest attractions at the Universal Orlando Resort. Through those internships I established valuable relationships with many people in the industry which ultimately led me to working while completing my last three years of college. During those three years I was an Industrial design engineer for a roller coaster company from Europe where I was able to take part in over 70+ roller coaster and water ride designs stretching across 15 different countries worldwide. After graduation, I switched gears and signed on with a new company to become an electrical design engineer, working on some of the largest themed entertainment projects around the world such as theme parks, aquariums, and resorts.

What skills do you find yourself needing the most at work?

Collaboration. If you can't communicate with all the different parties involved, then no project will be successful. There are so many moving parts and coordination efforts needed for all projects, no matter the size.

Do the skills and values that you learned at MHS help you in your professional life?

The focus on collaborative learning and the use of external resources outside the classroom is imperative, and it was great to learn this at MHS. Using my creativity whilst being supported.

Millis High School

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September 10, 2021

9/11 Twenty Year Anniversary

Saturday, September 11th marks the 20 year anniversary of the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks on NYC and Washington DC. We remember and honor those lost that day and encourage all, especially our students who were not yet born when this tragic event transpired, to read the stories of those that sacrificed that day, and how as a country, we were united in our grief and resolve. This morning, we observed a moment of silence at 8:46am, the time the first plane, American Airlines Flight 11, struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.” — Sandy Dahl, wife of Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl.


“Now, we have inscribed a new memory alongside those others. It’s a memory of tragedy and shock, of loss and mourning. But not only of loss and mourning. It’s also a memory of bravery and self-sacrifice, and the love that lays down its life for a friend―even a friend whose name it never knew.” — George W. Bush

A Look at the 9/11 Memorial

Senior Parent College Planning Night

The Millis High School Counseling Department would like to invite parents and students in the Class of 2022 to Senior Parent College Planning Night on Thursday, September 16, at 6:00 pm in the Millis High School auditorium. Millis High school counselors, Riley Dunn and Megan McCarthy will provide a presentation that will explain the post-secondary/college planning process and will take your questions during the evening. For those of you unable to make it, we will provide a recording of the night in the School Counseling area of the Millis High School website following the event (hs.millisps.org/for_students/counseling).


Traditionally, we would also have a representative from the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (www.mefa.org) on hand to give an overview of the financial aid process as well, but they are not scheduling in-person events at this time. However, beginning Tuesday, September 21, MEFA will be hosting live College Financing webinars each week. See the full schedule of events, and register online ahead of time at www.mefa.org/events. You will be able to access the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning on October 1, so book your webinar session soon to get your questions answered about this important process.

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School Counseling Upcoming Events

9/17 ~ Deadline to register for the Pre-ACT on October 16 ~ Sophomores

Pre-ACT Registration Form


9/17 ~ Deadline to register for the PSAT/NMSQT on October 16 ~ Juniors

PSAT/NMSQT Registration Form


*Please check out the information board across from the School Counseling Office

COVID Test and Stay

This year Millis Public Schools will be utilizing the state’s COVID-19 testing services with the “Test and Stay” option for asymptomatic unvaccinated students who are deemed close contacts in school or during school activities. A close contact remains defined as someone who is within six feet of a positive individual for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more in one day. “Test and Stay” allows unvaccinated students with parental consent who are determined to be close contacts in school to take a rapid COVID-19 test and stay in school if the result is negative. Students in this program will test for a minimum of five days (more if there is a weekend or day off between the first and fifth tests) and continue to monitor for symptoms for 14 days. If the student tests positive for COVID-19 they would immediately be sent home and begin quarantine. Please note, this option would not be available for students who were close contacts in situations that occurred outside of school activities (e.g. family gatherings, non-school clubs or athletics, etc.). Unvaccinated students who were close contacts in these non-school situations would need to follow quarantining protocols that would keep them out of school for a specified period of time. It is important to note that vaccinated asymptomatic students are exempt from testing and quarantining when determined to be a close contact. It is also important to note that unvaccinated close contacts who do not have parental consent for testing would be required to quarantine. The “Test and Stay” program is a state program administered by CIC Health. Parents may provide consent for their students through the CIC Health Portal at:

https://www.cic-health.com/consent/ma?district=Millis. Students involved in “Test and Stay” must:

  • Wear masks at all times both inside and outside while involved in the protocol

  • Quarantine when not in school (this would include weekends or non-school days) while involved in the protocol

  • Monitor symptoms for fourteen days after exposure to the positive case

  • Remain at home if symptoms develop

For students involved in school extracurricular activities (music, drama, dance, athletics) where there is a weekend event, there is a test-at-home protocol involving a tele-health observed test. More information on this will follow as we get more details. Please note, this option would only be available for school-sponsored activities; students involved in other non-school weekend activities should continue to quarantine during the “Test and Stay” protocol.

Vaccination Information

Both the DESE and Millis School Committee are determining factors which would lead to vaccinated individuals in some schools to be exempt from mask wearing. A tentative date to review the current mask mandate is October 1, 2021. One important metric that will be considered is the vaccination rate of a school. In order to prepare for this, we would like to begin collecting information on student vaccinations. At this time, reporting of vaccination status is voluntary, but this information would certainly be helpful as we plan ahead. Middle and High School parents are asked to email School Nurse Lynn Molinari a copy of their student’s vaccine card. In this way, we can begin to determine the percentage of vaccinated individuals in our schools.


Our goal is to keep our schools open for in-person learning for all students. High vaccination rates among students and staff will help us do this. We encourage all students and staff who are eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination. If your student is not vaccinated or is not eligible to be vaccinated, we strongly encourage you to grant consent for the “Test and Stay” program. Once again, parents may grant consent using the CIC Health Portal. If your student is vaccinated, please send a copy of their vaccination card to Lynn Molinari.

Welcome Senorita Sagredo!

Welcome to MHS Senorita Maria Martinez Sagredo. Ms. Sagredo will be collaborating with our high school as a participant of the Spanish Language and Culture Assistance Program. Ms. Sagredo is from a village in the north of Burgos, Spain, called Briviesca. For the past six years, she has lived, studied and worked in Madrid.

MHS OPEN HOUSE ~ SEPT. 21ST ~ 6:30PM

Mark the date for this year's Millis High School Open House, which will be September 21, from 6:30-8:30pm. Due to COVID restrictions and social distancing, we are asking that only one parent or guardian per family attend the Open House.


We will meet in the Auditorium at 6:30 and then you will proceed to follow your student's schedule from periods 1-7. You will have the opportunity to meet your student's teachers, find out about course curriculum, learn about classroom expectations, and get a glimpse into the day of your student.


Please note, this is not a time for individual conferences, but should you want to set up a meeting with a teacher to discuss your student, you will have the opportunity to do so at this evening. Your student should bring home a filled in schedule of their classes for you to follow for the evening. A blank schedule is available here. Looking forward to seeing everyone on the 21st!

Attendance Procedures

TARDIES/ABSENCES ~ If your student is going to be late to school, a parent/guardian should contact the office. The office can be reached via the attendance line at 508-906-3713, by emailing hsattendance@millisschools.org or by sending your student in with a note. If we don’t hear from a parent/guardian, the tardy/absence is unexcused. Upon arrival, the student should go directly to the office and sign in.


DISMISSAL ~ If your student needs to be dismissed, a parent/guardian should send their student in with a note listing the dismissal time and reason. Students are expected to check in with the office to confirm their dismissal and receive a pass. This policy is to prevent as much interruption of class time as possible. Activities Eligibility Dismissal: If students are involved in extracurricular activities and need to be dismissed during the school day, they will need to provide a note to the office from the place of their appointment (not a parental note) so they remain eligible to play or practice. Medical Dismissal: Any student requiring to leave for any kind of medical reason must receive approval from the nurse’s office. Emergency Dismissal: In case of emergency dismissal, parent/guardian should contact the main office and every attempt will be made to expedite the dismissal. Please note, driving hours scheduled during the school day are not excusable. Every effort should be made to complete these hours outside of school hours.

Drama Club has started!!

The Millis High School’s Drama Club has officially started its Fall Production. The first meeting was Wednesday and auditions are next week for But Why Bump Off Barnaby, a comedy drama. The actors can’t wait to get back in the auditorium and rehearse!

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MHS This Week

Student Drop Off Table

This year any items that you need to drop off for your student may be dropped at the table outside the Main Office. Please log the item that you are dropping and contact your student to arrange for pick up. Items of a valuable or sensitive nature may be dropped in the office by calling first.

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

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Carly Hilton

Fidelity Investments

Associate Analyst :: Business Optimization

MHS Grad :: Class of 2014

Did you attend college?

Yes, I graduated from Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire with a Bachelors in Business Administration.

What is your profession?

I have been working at Fidelity Investments for the past 3 years. I am currently an Analyst on the Business Optimization Team helping onboard clients to Fidelity.

What skills do you find yourself needing the most at work?

Time management, collaboration with colleagues & problem solving.

Do the skills and values that you learned at MHS help you in your professional life?

Yes, they do. Although Fidelity is a massive company, I work on a small team of individual contributors. MHS taught me the importance of being a part of a team, working together, and to appreciate the small successes as they contribute to the big wins.