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September 22, 2023
9/22 - Homecoming Football Game vs. Blackstone-Millville Regional HS 6:30pm
9/23 - Homecoming Dance - 6-9pm
9/24 - Boosters Back to School 5k Run 9am - LINK to REGISTER
9/25 - Boosters Golf Tournament at Walpole CC 12pm - LINK to REGISTER
9/28 - Senior Parent College Planning/Financial Aid Night at 6:30pm
10/2-10/5 - Book Fair
10/5 - Midpoint of Quarter One
10/6 - No School for Students (Teacher Professional Learning Day)
10/9 - No School - Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples' Day
10/14 - PSAT for Juniors - 8:15am arrival
10/14 - PreACT for Sophomores 8:45am arrival
10/26 - Picture Day
11/1 - Evening Parent-Teacher Conferences - 6-8pm
11/3 - Term 1 Ends
11/8 - Early Release 10:55am / Afternoon Parent-Teacher Conferences - 12-2:30pm
11/10 - No School - Veterans Day
11/17 & 11/18 - Drama Club presents Twelve Angry Jurors
Senior Parent College Planning/Financial Aid Night is September 28
The Millis High School Counseling Department would like to invite parents and students in the Class of 2024 to Senior Parent College Planning and Financial Aid Night on Thursday, September 28, at 6:30pm in the Millis High School Auditorium. Millis High school counselors, Riley Dunn and Nicole Moore, will kick the night off with a presentation from 6:30-7:15 pm that will explain the post-secondary/college planning process. After their presentation, a representative from the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (http://www.mefa.org), will be on hand to give an overview of the financial aid process, including types of financial aid, how to apply, and determining financing options for your family. You will be able to access the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) beginning on October 1, so this is a great opportunity to get your questions answered about this important process.
Thank you, and we look forward to seeing many of you on September 28!
Riley Dunn and Nicole Moore
Millis High School Counselors
Book Fair Volunteers Needed
The library is having a book fair October 2-5, from 7:45am-2:45pm. Funds help us order new books and replace popular lost books. We need volunteers to help run checkout at the book fair.
For more information, check out the library website here https://sites.google.com/millisschools.org/libraryresources/home or email Mr. Carter firstname.lastname@example.org
PJ Day, Bobbing for Apples, Adam Sandler Day, Donut Eating, USA Day, Newlywed Game Class Advisory Style, Class Color Day, Egg Toss Relay, Water Balloon Toss, Millis Pride Day, HoCo Rally
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Armed Forces Release of Information Notice
Pursuant to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, Millis High School is required to provide, upon request, the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of current students to the armed forces' recruiters and institutions of higher education who request them unless the student and/or parent/guardian has submitted a request indicating that such information is not to be released. If a student or that student's parent/guardian does not want such information to be released, they must notify the principal in writing. You only need to fill out this form if you DO NOT want information shared with armed forces recruiters and institutions of higher learning.
Here is the link to the Armed Forces Release of Information Opt Out form
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September 15, 2023
Open House - Thurs. Sept. 21 - 6:30pm
This year's Millis High School Open House will be September 21st, from 6:30-8:30pm.
We will meet in the Auditorium at 6:30pm 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. During free time in your student's schedule, we encourage you to stop by the library for two different displays. Mr. Michael Carter, our school librarian, is working on a nice set up for families to highlight and support our school library. In addition, the Safe Coalition's "Hidden In Plain Sight" display, will be set up for caregivers to explore. The display offers parents insights into current trends in youth substance abuse, drug paraphernalia, concealment of illicit drugs and alcohol.
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 also available here. We look forward to seeing everyone on September 21st!
Farewell Mrs. Haggerty!
Welcome Senorita Belén Portugal Martin!!
Hola everyone! My name is Belén Portugal Martin, and I am the new Spanish Language Assistant this year. I will be helping in Middle and High School Spanish classes here in Millis. I am from Zaragoza, Spain. I spent my junior year of high school in Oklahoma as an exchange student, and just loved the country. After graduating from college, I felt like I had to live abroad again so here I am! I am very excited for this learning opportunity and I can’t wait to see what this year brings.
Homecoming Dance Information
The Homecoming Dance will be on September 23rd, from 6-9 PM. Homecoming Tickets will be on sale during both lunches starting on Friday, September 14th. You can also purchase them from Mrs. Hayden in room 102. Tickets are $20 each and a very limited number of tickets will be sold at the door. If you are planning on bringing a guest to Homecoming that does not go to MHS you will need to get the guest contract signed. No out of town guests will be allowed to buy a ticket at the door. Please see Mrs. Hayden or Mrs. Sullivan if you have any questions.
9/11 Tribute Community Service
MHS sophomore, Mia Young (right), participated in Project 351’s 9.11 Tribute Service this past Monday, September 11. Mia joined over 150 Project 351 Ambassadors & Alumni, as well as elected officials, Gold Star Families, and representatives of Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund, to assemble more than 1,000 care packages for troops serving abroad and local veterans experiencing homelessness.
Project 351 is a nonprofit organization and youth-led movement for change, that starts in the 8th grade. That's when Mia began her time with the program, representing Millis amongst the Commonwealth's 351 cities and towns. She has continued with Project 351 as an Alumni, and plans on working with the group throughout her high school years. In a recent letter to MHS, Project 351 told us that, "Mia stewards Project 351’s ethic of service and values of kindness, compassion, humility, and gratitude."
Congratulations, Mia, for your participation in this National Day of Service & Remembrance which is truly a worthy leadership and enrichment opportunity. Thank you to Mia for sharing some pictures of the day to share with our Millis community.
Club Fair 2023
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September 8, 2023
Freshmen Class Elections & Results!
President: Kevin Brynczka
Vice President: William Leussis
Treasurer: Macy Ingraham
Secretary: Benjamin Vaccaro
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Attention Parents/Guardians of Sophomores!
Millis High School will be offering the Pre-ACT to sophomores on Saturday, October 14th, starting at 9am. Students should arrive by 8:45am to find their room assignments, and come prepared with several number two pencils and a calculator.
The Pre-ACT is a practice ACT, one of the two college entrance exams available to students. No preparation is required for the Pre-ACT. The Pre-ACT is a multiple choice test consisting of questions in English, Math, Reading, and Science. The exam requires approximately 3 1/2 hours, so students should expect to finish between 12:00pm-12:30pm. All students will be dismissed at the same time. Students were given registration forms on September 7th to bring home with them. In order to register for the exam, the bottom of the registration form along with $30 in cash should be returned to Mrs. Harkey in the School Counseling Office by Friday, September 15th.
Millis High School will be offering the PSAT-NMSQT to juniors on Saturday, October 14th. Students were given registration forms on August 30th to bring home with them. In order to register for the exam, the bottom of the registration form along with $30 in cash should be returned to Mrs. Harkey in the School Counseling Office by Friday, September 8th.
The PSAT, or Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test, is a “practice” version of the SAT, one of two college entrance exams available to students. It is an excellent predictor of how a student will score on the SAT. The PSAT helps prepare our juniors for the SAT, which they will be taking this coming Spring. The PSAT/NMSQT will help students better understand their abilities, determine eligibility for national scholarships and recognition programs, and enable them to receive information directly from colleges. We recommend that all juniors take the PSAT.
On October 14th, the exam will begin at 8:30am. Students should arrive by 8:15am to find their room assignments, and come prepared with a chromebook, charger, and several number two pencils and a calculator. The exam requires approximately 2½ hours. Students may expect to finish between 11:00am-11:30pm. All students will be dismissed at the same time. Please contact Riley Dunn email@example.com with any questions.
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September 1, 2023
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Millis High School Recognized for Excellence
Earlier this week, we were notified of two wonderful recognitions for Millis High School that we wanted to share with you. These recognitions belong to the entire district and community for the collective commitment we have toward providing a top notch education for the students in our small town.
First, Boston Magazine released its list of the Best Public High Schools in Greater Boston. For the second straight year, Millis High School cracked the top 25, ranking 24th out of 150 high schools in the Greater Boston area (last year MHS was 22nd). For the third straight year, MHS also made the list of 11 schools Boston Magazine ranked for Bang for Your Housing Buck. Criteria assessed by Boston Magazine included: class size, student to teacher ratio, MCAS, SAT, and AP performance, graduation rate, college attendance, and educator evaluations.
In addition, Millis High School was ranked in the top 12% of schools nationwide, and the top 23% of public high schools in Massachusetts (both rankings right on par with where we were last year), by US News and World Report in their latest evaluation of Best High Schools. As part of those rankings, MHS was 27th in the state and 626th in the entire nation in College Curriculum Breadth, which measures the proportions of 12th graders who took and passed Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate exams in multiple areas. U.S. News ranked approximately 18,000 public high schools after reviewing nearly 25,000 in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Criteria assessed by US News included: college readiness, college curriculum breadth, state assessment proficiency and performance, underserved student performance, and graduation rate.
These recognitions are a testament to the hard work of our students and staff, and the foundation of excellence fostered by Millis Middle School and Clyde Brown Elementary School. They also speak volumes to the support our students and schools receive from our families and the entire Millis community. Rankings alone don't give justice to the work put in every day to ensure our students receive such an incredible, personalized education, but they sure do give our school community some bragging rights as we head into the Labor day weekend!
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A New AED Comes to Millis
Road Closures Start 9/5/23
Please be advised that paving work is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, September 5th, daily until work is completed:
Spring Street will be CLOSED from 7:30am-9:00am
Plain Street will be CLOSED from 9:00am-2:00pm
Other affected roads will be Auburn Road from the cemetery entrance to Route 109 AND Village Street from the intersection of Pleasant Street to Acorn Street.
Please allow for extra time for travel in Town while work is performed. Questions should be directed to the Millis DPW at 508-376-5424. Schedule updates will be posted here.
START OF SCHOOL REMINDERS
School Lunch & Breakfast Free for all students
School lunch continues to be FREE to all students this year. Every student is eligible to receive one free breakfast and one free lunch each daily, and you can check out the menus here. If you feel your family qualifies for free and reduced lunch, you should still fill out the Household Application for Free and Reduced Price Meals for the 2023-2024 school year. The application is used to determine qualification for free transportation, as well as waivers, such as athletic fees.
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2023-24 MHS Parent/Student Handbook
If your student is going to be late to school, a parent/guardian must contact the office, by or before 8AM. The office can be reached one of the following ways:
or you may send your student in with a note
If we don’t hear from a parent/guardian, the tardy will be unexcused. Upon arrival at school, the student should go directly to the office and sign in.
If your student needs to be dismissed, a parent/guardian must send their student in with a note or email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org, listing the dismissal time and reason. Just a reminder that driving hours should not be scheduled during the school day, and do not constitute excused time away from school.
Phone calls for dismissals are not permitted.
Students are expected to check in with the office to confirm their dismissal and receive a pass. If we do not receive a note, a parent or guardian must come into the office to sign their student out at the time of dismissal. Please make every effort to adhere to this dismissal policy to minimize disruptions to class time. Please also be mindful of how a dismissal may impact your student’s eligibility to participate in extracurricular activities.
Activities Eligibility Dismissal:
If your student is involved in extracurricular activities and needs to be dismissed during the school day, they will need to provide a note from the place of their appointment (not a parental note) so they remain eligible to play or practice.
Any student requesting to leave for any kind of medical reason must go through the nurse’s office.
In the event of a true emergency, a parent/guardian should contact the office. Every attempt will be made to expedite the dismissal. Please note, driving hours scheduled during the school day are not considered an emergency nor excusable under any circumstance. Every effort should be made to complete these hours outside of school hours.
If your student needs to be absent from school, a parent/guardian must notify the office via the attendance line at 508-906-3713 or by emailing email@example.com as close to 8:00 AM as possible. If we don’t hear from a parent/guardian, the absence is unexcused and the student will be marked as truant. Attendance at school is incredibly important, and every effort possible should be made to maintain regular attendance at the high school.
School Counselor Assignments for 2023-24
Mrs. Riley Dunn (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Grade 9 (2027): Abreu - Kitchens
Grade 10 (2026): Arian - Lauria
Grade 11 (2025): Adams - Joseph
Grade 12 (2024): Athanasi - Keomorokot
Ms. Nicole Moore (email@example.com)
Grade 9 (2027): Kraby - Zammarchi
Grade 10 (2026): Lebak - Young
Grade 11 (2025): Kaslosky - Zangari
Grade 12 (2024): Legere - Zarnofsky
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