Happenings At MMJSHS!

From the desk of Christopher Lowe, Principal

Community Newsletter : November 2022 Update

October has come and gone, but what an amazing month it was for our school and community. Our days and nights were full of amazing activities that only continued to strengthen the bond between, students, staff, families, and our community at large. We are continuously amazed at just how much pride and support there is for any and all activities that we have going on at our school.

Much like October, November is sure to be packed with a variety of activities and events to keep the connection between school and community strong and active! We look forward to seeing all of our families on campus celebrating what is sure to be another amazing month!

As always, thank you for your continued support and partnership!


Chris Lowe

  • Student Spotlight
  • Campus Update
  • From the Public Library
  • Housekeeping/Reminders
  • Our Schedule for the Month
  • Previously Shared
  • Looking Ahead
  • Woolie Gear

Student Spotlight 🙌

Meet our School Photographers Kaitlyn and Ava

Have you seen any of the amazing photos on our social media sites? Or maybe you have witnessed several of our students on the sidelines of our athletic events or behind the scenes of many of our events. This month, I wanted to take a moment and highlight our two students who are typically behind the lens! We are fortunate to have these two amazing students who have embraced the role of school photographer(s) for our building

Here is a bit of information to help you get to know Kaitlyn and Ava better! Make sure to say hello if you see them at an upcoming event.

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Kaitlyn Garden, Class of 2023 --

Kaitlyn is a senior here at Millbury this year! She has been leading photography at the school for 2 years and couldn’t be happier that she was given this opportunity. She is so thankful for the response from the community regarding her photos from sports games, band events and more. On top of this, she is the student council vice president and a member of numerous clubs. She plans to attend college in the Fall of 2023 and hopes to major in Communications.

More of her work can be viewed on Instagram @kaitlyngardenphotos.

Ava Jendrysik, Class of 2025 —

Ava is a sophomore at Millbury this year. Accompanying roles as class president and president of Millbury UNICEF, Ava has joined in helping contribute and manage media for both photography and videography within school over the past year. She would like to express her gratitude for this opportunity and thank not only the school but all the involved community altogether for the opportunity, memories, and a kind response to her work.

More of her work can be viewed on Instagram @byavajendrysik.

Campus Update 🏢

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Thank You!

I just wanted to take a moment and thank everyone who took the time to vote for our candidacy as a Gold Project finalist for Saint Gobain's Sustaining Futures, Raising Communities grant. We are deeply indebted and grateful for our larger community supporting our efforts by voting countless times for our project!

Saint Gobain will be revealing the winning schools on November 18 and we look to updating the community as soon as possible!!

Interested in seeing pictures from our events!?!?

Interested in seeing photos from our events? Be sure to follow our social media accounts as well as check our school website for variety of photos!

Carpenters Union Shop Fridays are underway!

We are happy to share that we have continued our partnership with the local Carpenters Union during the 2022-2023. 12 of our students participated in the second of the four Shop Fridays at the end of October where the students participated in a workshop on Finish Carpentry.

Last month, students participated in Wood Framing.

Innovative Pathways coming to Millbury Memorial Junior-Senior High School

Have you heard that we will be implementing two Innovative Pathways at Millbury Memorial Junior Senior High Schools during the 2023-2024 school year? We are in the application process with the State in order to bring a pathway in both Advanced Manufacturing and Information Systems (Computer Science) to our students next year.

We will be sharing more information with the community in the upcoming weeks and months to share what this will look like moving forward!

Please be on the lookout for more information. In the interim, you can read more about the Innovative Pathway Programs here.

Weight Room Renovations to begin December 12

I am happy to finally share that we are fortunate to be converting our weight room into an updated fitness center. We have been working with a variety of groups in order to make this a reality.

The current weight room will be receiving a makeover with updated equipment, flooring, a turf-inlay, updated audiovisual equipment, new windows, etc. The project went out to bid several weeks ago and we are happy to have a contract in place.

We are looking to have renovations begin around Christmas break.

A special thank you to everyone that is involved in the amazing opportunity for our school!!

Housekeeping/Reminders 💡

We are still in need of many families to complete their sign-off sheets for the year. Please help us out by completing these forms as soon as possible.

Applying for FAFSA? Please read this most recent update from the State regarding their new MassAid program

Starting Monday, October 24, high school seniors and other prospective college students who file a Federal Application for Free Student Aid (FAFSA) for the first time will automatically receive a text message from the Office of Student Financial Assistance within 72 hours of their FAFSA submission. The message will invite them to create an account in the MASSAid system to learn more about their Massachusetts financial aid opportunities. Once logged in to MASSAid, these students will have the opportunity to:
  • View and compare the costs of attending any college and university in Massachusetts, beginning with the first four Massachusetts colleges that they listed in their FAFSA;
  • View their Expected Family Contribution – the amount the federal government expects students and families to pay towards the cost of college – as calculated by the FAFSA;
  • View their federal Pell Grant award amount;
  • View their potential eligibility for 11 different forms of state financial aid, based on the student’s FAFSA data and additional information that the student can provide through the tool; and
  • Access additional information regarding state financial aid programs and contact information for the financial aid offices of every Massachusetts college and university.
Anyone with questions on this tool can contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance at https://www.mass.edu/osfa/home/contact.asp.
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Academic Dates to Remember

TERM 1 (45 Instructional Days)

August 31st 2022 - November 4th 2022

Grades close for midterm - Friday, September 30, 2022

Progress Reports - ready for viewing Tuesday, October 11th

Term 1 ends: Friday, November 4th, 2022

Report Cards - ready for viewing Monday, November 14th

📆 Our Schedule This Month

Freshmen Class Hooded Sweatshirt Fundraiser: October 31 - November 11

Our Class of 2026 Woolies will be holding their first fundraiser of the year starting on October 31. They will be selling hooded sweatshirts.

An informational flyer will be shared out during the month of October so please be on the lookout for more information!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Class of 2026 advisors, Mrs. Chloe Przygoda and/or Ms. Lindsey Briggs.

National Honor Society Interviews: November 2

Students who applied to be the newest members of our school's National Honors Society will interview with our staff panel throughout the day on November 2.

If you have any questions, please reach out to our NHS advisor, Mr. Jonathan Cunha.

Class of 2025 Ring Celebration Luncheon: November 2 @ 12:45 in the Media Center

To celebrate our Sophomore Class receiving their class rings, we will be hosting a Luncheon with Jostens in the Media Center during the afternoon of November 2 starting at around 12:45.

AP Math Saturday Session @ MHS : November 4 from 8:00 - 12:00 pm

We will be hosting an AP Math Saturday Session here at MHS on the morning of November 4 from 8:00 - 12:00 pm.

Our AP Math students will be receiving more information from their teacher and/or our AP Coordinator, Mrs. Sarah Comeau.

If you have any questions about the event, please reach out to Mrs. Comeau directly.

Jr. High Kindness Week: November 7 - November 11

The Junior High Leadership Team will be hosting kindness week activities during the week of November 7. This is a great way for our students to reflect on gratitude, appreciation, and random acts of kindness that they have experienced throughout the school year.

If you have any questions, please reach out to our advisors, Mrs. Comeau and Mrs. Channel.

Environmental Council Waterbottle Fundraiser: November 7 - November 18

Members of our Environmental Council will be selling watterbottles as part of their fundraising efforts. If you are interested in supporting the group, please reach out directly to Mrs. Hamilton or Mr. McQuade.

State Primary Elections taking place at MHS: November 8

Just a friendly reminder that the State Primary Elections will be held at MHS on November 8. Community members that are interested in voting must park in the back of the building and there will be signs to guide you to the voting polls.

MCAS ELA and Math November Retests: November 9 and 10 (ELA), November 15 and 16 (Math)

Students will be participating in the MCAS November retests for ELA and Math on November 9 and 10 for ELA and November 15 and 16 for Math.

Identified students have been notified of the upcoming testing window.

iReady Parent Night: November 9 in the Auditorium from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Mrs. Boutiette, our Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment will be hosting an informational evening for junior high families interested in learning more about iReady.

The event will be taking place on November 9 at 6:00 pm in the Auditorium.

Veteran's Day Assembly: November 10 @ 9:00 am in the Media Center

We will be hosting our annual Veteran's Day Assembly in the Media Center on November 10 at 9:00 am. We are excited to have our event back after taking a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Band and Chorus Fall Concert: November 10 @ 7:00 pm in the Auditorium

Our Band and Chorus Programs will be on display at our upcoming Fall Concert which will be taking place on November 10 at 7:00 pm in the Auditorium.

We hope to see another packed house as our students showcase their amazing talents!

Veterans Day - No School: November 11

Student Council Calendar Fundraiser: November 14 - 23

Our Student Council members will be selling calendars as part of their annual fundraising efforts!

If you have questions or are interested in purchasing one, please see one of our officers or our student council advisors, Ms. Joanna Morin and/or Mrs. Jen Cronin.

The Lions Club Speech Contest: November 17 @ 7:00 pm in the Media Center

Students from our ELA classes will be participating in our annual Lion's Club Speech Contest on the evening of November 17 in the Media Center.

Carpenters Union Shop Friday: November 18

November will mark the third installment of our Shop Fridays for our students through the collaborative partnership with the Carpenters Union Training Facility.

The first two installments have been extremely rewarding for our students and we are excited to continue watching this partnership flourish!

Fall Play Performance: November 18 - 20

Our Drama Club will be presenting their Fall Play Performance throughout the weekend of November 18 - 20.

The performances will be held at the following times:

  • Friday, November 18 @ 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, November 19 @ 7:00 pm
  • Sunday, November 20 @ 2:00 pm

We hope to see our Auditorium packed with the community as we watch our students showcase their amazing skills and talents!

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NHS Induction: November 21 @ 6:00 pm in the Auditorium

We will be honoring our newest NHS Inductees on the evening of November 21 @ 6:00 pm in the Auditorium.

We will be sharing out more information as the event draws closer.

The Athletics Department Presents - Meet the Coaches Night (Winter): November 22 @ 6:30 pm in the Auditorium

Mr. MacCreery and our Athletics Department will be hosting our Winter Meet the Coaches Night on November 22 @ 6:30 pm in preparation for our upcoming Winter sports season.

If you have specific questions, please reach out to Mr. MacCreery directly.

Wellness Day and Pep Rally: November 23

We will be hosting the first of two of our annual student wellness days. These are days in which our priorities shift from academics and focus on students' mental health and well-being by engaging in an assortment of activities that promote personal interest, collaboration, and well-being. Sessions range from fitness activities, visual arts, board games, instrument playing, karaoke, etc.

To close out the early dismissal day, we will be hosting a pep rally to welcome us into the Thanksgiving Day holiday break!

Half Day of School - Dismissal @ 11:00 am: November 23

Thanksgiving Break - No School: November 24 and 25

Thanksgiving Day Football Game versus Grafton at 10:00 am @ Alumni Field: November 24

Please come and join us as our Millbury Woolies take on the Grafton Gators for the annual Thanksgiving football game.

We are excited to host this year's event at our own Alumni field.

Looking Ahead 🗓

Junior High Student Leadership Group hosts a Junior High Dance: December 2 in the cafeteria @ 6:00pm

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Previously Shared

Interested in watching some Athletics contests? Please click the link below to view our Athletics Calendar.

Need some Woolie Gear? We have you covered.

Check out the link to our online store where you can get some great Woolie Gear. This store is open 24/7!

Be on the lookout for more gear that will be available during the year through fundraisers and extra-curriculars!

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The Millbury Public Schools ensures equal employment and educational opportunities for its employees and students and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex or sexual orientation, gender identity (M.G.L. c. 151B and 151C, Title VI, Title VII, and Title IX), or on the basis of disability (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973/ADA) or homelessness. In addition, the Millbury Public Schools does not discriminate against its employees on the basis of age (M.G.L. 151B/ADEA) on the basis of veteran's status, or genetic information.