Spartan News

Week Ending 1/20/23

From the Principal

We have come to the end of the first semester. This point in the year is busy as students were working hard to tie up all of their projects, papers and assignments. The energy in the building has been high and adults in the building have been working hard with students managing the intensity of emotions and behaviors that can sometimes come with the stress the end of term can bring. It will be a welcome Monday to shift gears when many students have at least 1 or 2 new courses they will begin.


It is also a busy time of year after school. Winter sports are in full swing and our athletes are competing hard and having some wins. Musical is underway and tonight is our Advanced Drama showing of their production, LoveSick. We also have over 80 students involved in Project Connection this winter. This is a record number so kudos to Mr. Kelly for the organization, the student ambassadors for their input and development on programming, and all of the staff and teachers who step up to support our students. Great Job everyone!


One More Time - A reminder: In lieu of Parent Council meeting THIS month on January 31st, I ask you to please join one of these events (AND BRING OTHERS!)

Community Portrait of a Graduate meetings:

(i) Stockbridge Library. Date: Tuesday 1/24 Time: 6 - 7:30 PM

Address: 46 Main Street, Stockbridge.

(ii) Housatonic. Date: Wednesday 1/25 Time: 6 - 7:30 PM

Address: Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, 1089 Main Street, Housatonic.

(iii) West Stockbridge Gym. Date: Tuesday 1/31 Time: 6 - 7:30 PM

Address: 21 Stateline Road, West Stockbridge.

(iv) Berkshire South Community Center. Date: Wednesday 2/1 Time: 6 - 7:30 PM Address: 15 Crissey Rd, Great Barrington.



As always, if you need assistance with anything, please contact me via email kristina.farina@bhrsd.org or phone (413-528-3346).

Please Take 5 minutes to complete the End Of Semester Survey Below

Your feedback is important to us.

We use this data to inform decisions as we plan for next semester and next year.

Thank you for taking the time!

MMRHS Advanced Drama Performance of Love/Sick

MMRHS's Advanced Drama class will be performing John Cariani's play Love/Sick, which is a kind of sequel to the theatrical hit Almost, Maine, on January 20th at 7pm in the MMRHS auditorium. They have been rehearsing this adorably quirky comedy for the past several months and are ready to share it with all of you!

Admission is free.

MMRHS Athletics

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Spartan Athletics Weekly Bulletin


Registration is now open through FamilyID for the 2023 Spring Musical.


Go to Arbiter Live and click on the team you are interested in to see their complete schedule as well as results for every game played.


Use the MMRHS GoFan app to buy tickets to the game online.


MIAA winter sports power rankings are out. Check out the MIAA tournament page to see where your Spartans are currently ranked.


Below is the look at the week ahead but if you can’t make the games you can live stream the action through the MMRHS NFHS channel.


Fri. Jan 20: JV/V Boys bball at Wahconah (5:30) Bus at 4:00

Fri. Jan. 20: Swimming vs. Mt. Anthony(6:00)

Fri. Jan. 20: Wrestling vs. Greylock, Everett,Taconic (5:30)

Sat. Jan 21: Wrestling at Mt. Everett (10:00) Van at 8:00 am.

Mon. Jan 23: Alpine Ski at Bousquet (6:00)

Mon. Jan 23: JV/V Girls bball at Drury (5:30) Bus at 3:35

Tues. Jan 24: JV/V Girls bball at Hampshire (5:30) Bus at 3:35

Thurs. Jan 26: JV/V Girls bball at Agawam (5:30) Bus at 3:45

Fri. Jan 27: B/G Swimming at Wahconah (4:30) Bus at 3:00

Fri. Jan 27: JV/V Boys bball vs. South Hadley (5:30)

Sat. Jan 28: Wrestling at Mt. Greylock Invitational (9:00) Van at 7:00


Congratulations to the MMRHS wrestling team for their success at the recent meet at Taconic high school. Colin Kinne (113) and Luke Hartshorn (195) each brought home a tournament title. Keegan Dargie (106) and Shaun Frank (182) each won a consolation final.


“We had four wrestlers in the finals, which is great, and we won two of them”, Monument Mountain coach Simon Jones said. Please come out and support your Spartan wrestlers on Friday night as they host Greylock, Taconic and Mt. Everett!


Karl Zigmand

Athletic Director

Well-being for Teens: A popular course gets a new spin for a new audience

The most popular course in Yale’s history is being revamped for a high school audience.


Five years after “Psychology and the Good Life” enrolled more than 1,000 Yale students — and its subsequent Coursera equivalent gained international recognition — Professor Laurie Santos is returning with a new online version of her innovative course, this time tailor-made for teenagers.


“The Science of Well-Being for Teens,” which launches on Coursera on Jan. 16, will build on both of Santos’ previous courses, teaching students critical strategies for improving mental health and mindfulness. With this new class, she hopes to adapt the evidence-based strategies from her past teaching to hone in on the specific and significant mental health challenges facing teenagers today like college applications, social relationship stresses, and family conflict.


Click here to read the rest of the article.

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January 25 - HALF DAY - running periods 5-8

Fiddler on the Roof Information


Wednesday January 25th is a half day and we WILL still have rehearsal from 11:45am-2:45pm. Please plan your pick up arrangements.


There will be a brief parent information meeting on Monday January 23rd at 6pm in the auditorium.


The students are doing great! Thank you for all of your support!

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From the Superintendent

Dear BHRSD Families and Staff,

I hope you are doing well.


We are noticing an uptick in COVID-19 cases, flu, and RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus).
Please continue to monitor your children for potential symptoms and reach out to school nurses and/or your own health care providers for advice.

If a student doesn’t feel well, please keep them home and consider testing. We have masks available and encourage students and staff to use them.

Please notify the school immediately if your student tests positive. They should stay home for 5 days and wear a mask for 5 days upon their return. The school nurses will help on the timelines.


Hoping we can navigate this well together.


Peter Dillon, Superintendent
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A reminder that breakfast and lunch are free for all Massachusetts students for this full year.

In addition, students can bring money to purchase additional lunches OR a la carte items.

Job Opportunities

Jockey now hiring - link


MassHire Berkshire Career Center: Career Connections


Price Chopper Supermarkets is actively looking to fill part time jobs for students and have scholarship opportunities for students furthering their educational careers. Please contact Jennifer O'Malley, Staffing and Development Professional at JenniferOmalley@pricechopper.com.


McDonald's - hiring link

Handbooks

Monument Mountain has three handbooks that we would like families to read with their students. Students will be reviewing the procedure guide and student charter in their advisories throughout the school year.


School Handbook

The general school handbook contains all of the laws and policies that govern the school and allow us to hold an orderly school assembly. This is an important school document for you to read and understand.


Procedure Guide

The procedures guide is a listing of all of the daily procedures that allow us to safely proceed with our school day. This document is new and constantly evolving. As a result, you will see some sections that are incomplete. This is an important document for parents and students to read.


The Student Charter

The student charter is written by students and for students. The authors of the charter believe the document to be an articulation of how students want to exist in school and what needs to happen for a safe existence to be possible.

Any Questions?

Questions and Answers

Here is who to contact with certain types of questions:


  • If you haven't received the information packet from the school, call the main office at 413-528-3346 ext. 3100 or email our secretary at doreen.hughes@bhrsd.org.

  • If you have a question about a particular class please contact the teacher.

  • If you have a general question about your child’s schedule or about the school, please call or email our Guidance secretary, becky.campetti@bhrsd.org or contact your child’s guidance counselor directly.

  • If you have a question about PowerSchool login or use, call the guidance office at 413-528-3346 ext.5 or email our Guidance secretary at dede.norton@bhrsd.org.

  • If you have a question, about busses and transportation, call the main office or email our secretary at heather.Lorance@bhrsd.org.

  • If you have a question about sports or activities, contact our Activities Director, Karl Zigmand at karl.zigmand@bhrsd.org.

  • Not sure who to ask, just call the main office at 413-528-3346 ext. 3100 or email our school secretary, doreen.hughes@bhrsd.org

Monument Mountain Mission Statement

The mission of Monument Mountain Regional High School is to create opportunities that foster intellectual and personal growth and Challenge all to become courageous learners, engaged citizens, and individuals of integrity.