MRHS PARENT NEWSLETTER

Volume 31, Issue 9

HIGH HONORS - THIRD MARKING PERIOD

GRADE NAME ~~~ GRADE NAME ~~~ GRADE NAME

9 Ayden Alves ~~~ 9 Megan Youmell ~~~ 11 Emma Robinson

9 Gianna Angelica ~~~ 10 Mia Alexander ~~~ 11 Jamison Rohan

9 Emma Arendt ~~~ 10 Nyiah Barrows ~~~ 11 Joseph Rosati

9 Izabella Arroyo ~~~ 10 Madeline Belemjian ~~~ 11 Madison Roy

9 Camryn Baroni ~~~ 10 Cori Bessette ~~~ 11 Gabriella Stellato

9 Ashleigh Barrett ~~~ 10 Ji Cao ~~~ 11 Thomas Taylor

9 Ava Barton ~~~ 10 Kayla Catellier ~~~ 11 Loel Tronsky

9 Lauren Beaudin ~~~ 10 Jing Chen ~~~ 12 Hunter Acconcio

9 Erik Beckel ~~~ 10 Justine Cheng ~~~ 12 Kelsey Allard

9 Madison Bigda ~~~ 10 Daniel Cherkashin ~~~ 12 Kayla Anderson

9 Catharine Brennan ~~~ 10 Morgan Cloutier ~~~ 12 Samantha Baker

9 Adrianna Britton ~~~ 10 Leah Cooney ~~~ 12 Kendal Bates

9 Sofia Carlson ~~~ 10 Maya Damiano ~~~ 12 Grace Beaupre

9 Madison Coite ~~~ 10 Kendall Garvey ~~~ 12 Kyle Biermann

9 Adriana Cosentini ~~~ 10 Liam Gleason ~~~ 12 Elizabeth Blask

9 Christopher Cronin ~~~ 10 Lillian Grono ~~~ 12 Caitlin Bonavita

9 Malyna Dansereau ~~~ 10 Morgan Hastain ~~~ 12 Jocelyn Boudreau

9 Grace Debney ~~~ 10 Joelle Kovarik ~~~ 12 Neve Branconnier

9 Kyla Desmarais ~~~ 10 Erin Lacross ~~~ 12 Alejandra Brenes

9 Jeremy Diehl ~~~ 10 Nicholas Lang ~~~ 12 Caroline Campbell

9 Jacqueline Dolaher ~~~ 10 Ryan Lee ~~~ 12 Mary Kate Caron

9 Regan Donohue ~~~ 10 Jillian Long ~~~ 12 Vivian Cheng

9 Julia Downey ~~~ 10 Jillian Mackay ~~~ 12 Chiara DeGuglielmo

9 Cailyn Doyle ~~~ 10 Shawn Major ~~~ 12 Annabella DeMattia

9 Luke Dunklee ~~~ 10 Mia Manteria ~~~ 12 Mia Drumheller

9 Kailey Elmasian ~~~ 10 Jillian Mawaka ~~~ 12 Serena Fiore

9 Taylor Fahey ~~~ 10 Evan Murray ~~~ 12 Angelina Flebotte

9 Isabelle Fergus ~~~ 10 Margaret Petruzzelli ~~~ 12 David Franco

9 Joseph Finnegan ~~~ 10 Sophia Ramos ~~~ 12 Abbey Gentile

9 Joseph Gentile ~~~ 10 Jaclin Robinson ~~~ 12 Maximus George

9 Kiana Gonzalez ~~~ 10 Ava Sirois ~~~ 12 Kathryn Gormally

9 Julia Gorzynska ~~~ 10 Lena Sotiropoulos ~~~ 12 Noah Hanson

9 Nicholas Guidi ~~~ 10 Diego Suprenant ~~~ 12 Rhea Harrigan

9 Justine Guyer ~~~ 10 Margaret Szpakowski ~~~ 12 Mackenzie Howard

9 Arianna Hawley ~~~ 10 Trijal Thakkar ~~~ 12 Elisabeth Huijing

9 Clare Heinold ~~~ 10 Timothy Whalen-Sylver ~~~ 12 Nicole Kagan

9 Melanie Jalonen ~~~ 11 Andrew Aguilar ~~~ 12 Adam Kierkla

9 Connor Joyce ~~~ 11 Ameer Al-Maliki ~~~ 12 Jennifer Kovarik

9 Evan Kennedy ~~~ 11 Nicholas Bernier ~~~ 12 Sarah Langone

9 Cameron Kolisko ~~~ 11 Abbie Boilard ~~~ 12 Michelle Leckey

9 Peter Kuselias ~~~ 11 Samantha Borsari ~~~ 12 Brooke MacDonald

9 Marlayna Labbe ~~~ 11 Adam Bredvik ~~~ 12 Cameron McGaffigan

9 Olivia LaDouceur ~~~ 11 Nicola Carnevale ~~~ 12 Bridget McMahon

9 Madison Laliberte ~~~ 11 Jayda Correa ~~~ 12 Claire McMahon

9 Willy Li ~~~ 11 Molly Cronin ~~~ 12 Logan Mitchell

9 Olivia Long ~~~ 11 Briana Doran ~~~ 12 Kellen Moore

9 Rachael Lowe ~~~ 11 Olivia Ferreira ~~~ 12 Lily Mulcahy

9 Genevieve Matthews ~~~ 11 Riley Fitzgerald ~~~ 12 Grace Murdoch

9 Isabela Meeker ~~~ 11 Nicholas Ford ~~~ 12 Lainey Mwangi

9 Linh Nguyen ~~~ 11 Nicholas Frangie ~~~ 12 Jenna Nebel

9 Nha Nguyen ~~~ 11 Christian Fuehr ~~~ 12 Truong Nguyen

9 Anna O'Keefe ~~~ 11 Azik Gamidov ~~~ 12 Brianna Odom

9 Lela Osmani ~~~ 11 Ethan Grycel ~~~ 12 Bryce Ostrander

9 Colin Ostrander ~~~ 11 Frank Gulluni ~~~ 12 Gracie Pighetti

9 Isha Patel ~~~ 11 Taylor Hapgood ~~~ 12 Madison Poisson

9 Ella Perry ~~~ 11 Alexis Herrera ~~~ 12 Savannah Rescia

9 Emma Pszeniczny ~~~ 11 Benjamin Jalbert ~~~ 12 Sam Roberts

9 Haldimand Putnam ~~~ 11 Chapin Jeannotte ~~~ 12 Abigail Roebuck

9 Elyse Roberts ~~~ 11 Zeena Joseph ~~~ 12 Molly Roy

9 Ethan Robins ~~~ 11 Isabelle Labbe ~~~ 12 Lydia Ryan

9 Claire Robinson ~~~ 11 Mikayla Langlois ~~~ 12 Aniello Siniscalchi

9 Devyn Rodrigues ~~~ 11 Maya Latour ~~~ 12 Jessica Smith

9 Joseph Sarno ~~~ 11 Jaehee Lee ~~~ 12 Olivia Springer

9 Mia Scatolini ~~~ 11 Jaeyoung Lee ~~~ 12 Michael Streeter

9 Cally Seyler ~~~ 11 Grant Maziarz ~~~ 12 Ashley Strout

9 Olivia Skoczylas ~~~ 11 Jasmine Nieves ~~~ 12 Michael Tirabassi

9 Katie Slattery ~~~ 11 Parker O'Brien ~~~ 12 Sarah Walker

9 Quinn Suomala ~~~ 11 Riley O'Connor ~~~ 12 Sophia Wegrzynek

9 Victoria Velazquez ~~~ 11 Victoria Reyes ~~~ 12 Elanore Worthington

9 Aubrey Welch ~~~ 11 Gavin Rhindress

9 Bethany Whalen-Sylver

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HONORS - THIRD MARKING PERIOD

GRADE NAME ~~~ GRADE NAME ~~~ GRADE NAME

9 Nico Alves ~~~ 10 Colin Hebb ~~~ 11 Andrew Paquette

9 Gabrielle Amato ~~~ 10 Gianna Hickson ~~~ 11 Logan Paradis

9 Katherine Annear ~~~ 10 Emily Howard ~~~ 11 Janan Patel

9 Jessica Baker ~~~ 10 Sophia Hrycay ~~~ 11 Yamalis Perez-Moreno

9 Cody Biermann ~~~ 10 Jacob Ice ~~~ 11 Marisa Polhemus

9 Patrick Boland ~~~ 10 Timothy Jodoin ~~~ 11 Allison Pollard

9 Casey Bottass ~~~ 10 Sandra Joseph ~~~ 11 Caroline Quinn

9 Mary Cable ~~~ 10 Leah Kagan ~~~ 11 Olivia Ranck

9 Nico Caputo ~~~ 10 Jacob Keller ~~~ 11 Mason Raschi

9 Bianca Cardano ~~~ 10 Lauren King ~~~ 11 Kasi Ray

9 Chris Chau ~~~ 10 Olivia Knode ~~~ 11 Annina Rettura

9 Allison Clifford ~~~ 10 Morgan Kowal ~~~ 11 Katherine Rettura

9 Paige Coite ~~~ 10 Jonah Kozub ~~~ 11 Connor Richard

9 Anthia Daubon ~~~ 10 Dominique LaBranche ~~~ 11 Hannah Ross

9 Joseph Davenport ~~~ 10 Ryan Leary ~~~ 11 Savannah Russell

9 Alyssa Desso ~~~ 10 Thomas Leary ~~~ 11 Rhiann Ryan

9 Matthew DeVine ~~~ 10 Janiah Lee ~~~ 11 Sarah Sampson

9 Riordan Donahue ~~~ 10 Antonio Lemelin-Bliss ~~~ 11 Madison Sanborn

9 Jeffrey Duperre ~~~ 10 Nya Maldonado ~~~ 11 Morgan Sanborn

9 Jacob Evans ~~~ 10 Jaclyn Maller ~~~ 11 Taylor Schirmer

9 Jace Falcone ~~~ 10 John Manning ~~~ 11 Natalie Scott

9 Megan Fitzgerald ~~~ 10 Robert McDonald ~~~ 11 Maximus Sepulveda

9 Mary Flynn ~~~ 10 Trenton McInerny ~~~ 11 Katie Shea

9 Shenel Fosuah-Asamoah ~~~ 10 Maire Murphy ~~~ 11 Kelsey Sheehan

9 Brennen Frankhauser ~~~ 10 McKenzie Murphy ~~~ 11 Nicholas Smith

9 Francesca Fusco ~~~ 10 Cassidy Mylonakis ~~~ 11 Charlotte Stark

9 Trevor Galenski ~~~ 10 Marielle Pastore ~~~ 11 Taylor Strum

9 Madison Gallant ~~~ 10 George Patrakis ~~~ 11 Michael Talaia

9 Tyler Gragowski ~~~ 10 Michael Penna ~~~ 11 Sydney Tenczar

9 Isabella Gravanda ~~~ 10 Daniel Perez ~~~ 11 Alexandra Trombley

9 Ella Greenwood ~~~ 10 Timothy Person ~~~ 11 Samantha VanZandt

9 Justin Hanna ~~~ 10 Jenna Petrie ~~~ 11 Tyler Walsh

9 Nisa Harris ~~~ 10 Faith Pettengill ~~~ 11 Emma Walting

9 Peyton Harrison ~~~ 10 Hope Pettengill ~~~ 11 Sydney Webb

9 Sienna Hebert ~~~ 10 Daniel Picard ~~~ 11 Gabrielle Williams

9 Abigail Hotaling ~~~ 10 Jack Pszeniczny ~~~ 11 Anna Youmell

9 Ava Humphrey ~~~ 10 Chelsea Ramos ~~~ 12 Kaitlyn Acciardo

9 James Jolicoeur ~~~ 10 Camden Rigney ~~~ 12 Skyler Allard

9 Tyler King ~~~ 10 Isabella Rita ~~~ 12 Ethan Alves

9 Kate Kosiorek ~~~ 10 Jalexia Rivera ~~~ 12 Leah Anderkin

9 Joshua Kozub ~~~ 10 Isaiah Roberson-Barron ~~~ 12 Jacob Bailey

9 Mikhaila Latourelle ~~~ 10 Joseph Robinson ~~~ 12 Jacob Balbino

9 Gavin Lee ~~~ 10 Katherine Russell ~~~ 12 Blaise Barbeau

9 Colin Leydon ~~~ 10 Erik Saarela ~~~ 12 Ariana Beck-Pabon

9 Alexandra Long ~~~ 10 Athena Senchi ~~~ 12 Madelyn Birtwell

9 Isabel Lopes ~~~ 10 Carlie Simpkiss ~~~ 12 Alexander Black

9 Lily Maloni ~~~ 10 Amelia St John ~~~ 12 Alison Boudreau

9 Thomas Manning ~~~ 10 Tatiana Steed ~~~ 12 Rianna Brathwaite

9 Abigail Maurer ~~~ 10 Krystianna Strange ~~~ 12 Adam Brown

9 Gabriella Maynard ~~~ 10 Brandon Tragakis ~~~ 12 Seamus Butcher

9 Trent Maziarz ~~~ 10 Tyler Tranghese ~~~ 12 Luke Caltabiano

9 Ryan McConnell ~~~ 10 Anissa Velez ~~~ 12 Grace Cherry

9 Madison McGrath ~~~ 10 Dylan Verdon ~~~ 12 Elizabeth Christman

9 Sean McMinn ~~~ 10 Keely Vreeland ~~~ 12 Mikayla Clark

9 Devin McQuade ~~~ 10 Brian Walker ~~~ 12 Timothy Connors

9 Madison Meunier ~~~ 10 Georgia Webster ~~~ 12 Audrey Cordis

9 Gracen Moriarty ~~~ 10 Ahviyauna Wellington ~~~ 12 William Coscore

9 Taylor Morrison ~~~ 10 Kayla White ~~~ 12 Harrison Coutu

9 Veronica Nault ~~~ 10 Katlyn Wolcott ~~~ 12 Anthony Craig

9 Jaclyn Nguyen ~~~ 10 Peter Wurszt ~~~ 12 Madelynne Crooks

9 Abigail Nickerson ~~~ 10 Olivia Yarrows ~~~ 12 Kyle Cunningham

9 Michael Nordstrom ~~~ 10 Joseph Zebian ~~~ 12 Rachel Cunningham

9 Cade Norris ~~~ 11 Joseph Albano ~~~ 12 Andrew Davignon

9 Meghan O'Dell ~~~ 11 Darien Alexander ~~~ 12 Samuel Dowding

9 Jason Ofcarcik ~~~ 11 Tanner Alves ~~~ 12 Scott Dunbar

9 Erin O'Keefe ~~~ 11 Luke Angelica ~~~ 12 Benjamin Dunklee

9 Molly Oldread ~~~ 11 Carolynne Avery ~~~ 12 Elizabeth Dunsmoor

9 Emily Patrick ~~~ 11 Lauren Barry ~~~ 12 Lily Elkhay

9 Steven Pollard ~~~ 11 Ann Bianchi ~~~ 12 Ashley Evans

9 Collin Prendergast ~~~ 11 Francesca Bongiorni ~~~ 12 Nicholas Fedak

9 Brett Proto ~~~ 11 Kasper Borucki ~~~ 12 Sean Ferus

9 Ethan Quill ~~~ 11 Joshua Brennan ~~~ 12 Brian Fett

9 Anthony Rachele ~~~ 11 Nathaniel Brown ~~~ 12 Cristina Fiore

9 Bridget Reilly ~~~ 11 Taline Brubach ~~~ 12 Amy Footit

9 Kayla Rivera ~~~ 11 Van Brubach ~~~ 12 Ethan Fowle

9 Michael Rosso ~~~ 11 Owen Bullen ~~~ 12 Ryan Frangie

9 Amanda Rubner ~~~ 11 Connor Burnett ~~~ 12 Sara Garete

9 Timothy Shannon ~~~ 11 Clark Butcher ~~~ 12 Sara Goodrich

9 Matthew Sherman ~~~ 11 Erin Camire ~~~ 12 Chilion Graham

9 Natasha Sherwood ~~~ 11 Isabella Cardaropoli ~~~ 12 Sophia Grasso

9 Samuel Sibilia ~~~ 11 Ada Cheng ~~~ 12 Benjamin Gregson

9 Samantha Siciliano ~~~ 11 Thomas Cheng ~~~ 12 Jessica Hanna

9 Catherine Skorka ~~~ 11 Griffin Cox ~~~ 12 Kristianna Henriques

9 Ariana Socha ~~~ 11 Grace Crochiere ~~~ 12 Willow Hresko

9 Andrew Strand ~~~ 11 Samantha Daniele ~~~ 12 Nicholas Hunt

9 Sophia Strand ~~~ 11 Sage DeCarolis ~~~ 12 Ethan Jacobson

9 Maisie Straut ~~~ 11 Victoria Dias ~~~ 12 Austin Kareta

9 Kevin Tessicini ~~~ 11 Julia Dinoia ~~~ 12 Jared Kelleher

9 Kalie Thomas ~~~ 11 Sophia Dobosz ~~~ 12 Matthew Kowal

9 Michael Valentine ~~~ 11 Theodore Dobosz ~~~ 12 Ryann Kuhn

9 Sophia Varelakis ~~~ 11 Brian Douglass ~~~ 12 Kaela LaDouceur

9 Luke Wadzinski ~~~ 11 Natalie Falconer ~~~ 12 Avery LaMotte

9 Thomas Wilson ~~~ 11 Isabella Ferrara ~~~ 12 Rheanna Lannon

9 Isabella Woodbury ~~~ 11 Iain Ferreira ~~~ 12 Abigail Lavoie

9 Michael Ziemba ~~~ 11 Brianna Ferri ~~~ 12 Aniya Lawson

10 Ianos Balaur ~~~ 11 Michael Finnegan ~~~ 12 Nathanial Lopes

10 Alexa Barber ~~~ 11 Olivia Foley ~~~ 12 Zachary Lussier

10 Gabrielle Bartolomei ~~~ 11 Kelly Goodwin ~~~ 12 Katherine Malandrinos

10 Dominic Beck ~~~ 11 Robert Gossman ~~~ 12 Eli Maller

10 Sabino Bilotti ~~~ 11 Haley Granger ~~~ 12 Jeffrey Marceau

10 Emily Birtwell ~~~ 11 Brennan Gravanda ~~~ 12 Mary Martin

10 Julian Bixler ~~~ 11 Olivia Grout ~~~ 12 Grace McConnell

10 Ceirra Bradway ~~~ 11 Zach Haislip-Hansberry ~~~ 12 Brennan McMahon

10 Grace Caltabiano ~~~ 11 Tavis Haluch ~~~ 12 Aleksei Mendrala

10 Grace Cantalini ~~~ 11 Tristan Hebert ~~~ 12 Olivia Mitchell

10 Kayleigh Carlin ~~~ 11 Hunter Hembdt ~~~ 12 Sean Monteiro

10 Niya Carrasquillo ~~~ 11 Alex Henry ~~~ 12 Julia Moraitis

10 Ethan Chaffee ~~~ 11 Mack Hicklen ~~~ 12 Ethan Moretti

10 Sarah Champagne ~~~ 11 Sofia Hickson ~~~ 12 Michelle Moskvitch

10 Jacob Chan ~~~ 11 Colby Jacek ~~~ 12 Julia Nemphos

10 Juliana Chiarella ~~~ 11 Alexandra Karpinski ~~~ 12 Sean Oldread

10 Adrianna Clark ~~~ 11 Anna Kierkla ~~~ 12 Kristina Palermo

10 Owen Comeau ~~~ 11 Sumer King ~~~ 12 Grace Proulx

10 Cade Connor ~~~ 11 Samantha Kularski ~~~ 12 Teagan Quill

10 Brendan Connors ~~~ 11 Filip Kumiega ~~~ 12 Jake Rescia

10 Grace Coopee ~~~ 11 Lea Kuselias ~~~ 12 Angel Reyes

10 Emily Corey ~~~ 11 Gage Lee ~~~ 12 Cole Rigney

10 Sara Coughlin ~~~ 11 Nolah Lee ~~~ 12 Alexis Roda

10 Emma Cowles ~~~ 11 Tatum Legere ~~~ 12 Angelo Ruggeri

10 Carly DeGray ~~~ 11 Isabelle Lemire ~~~ 12 Kate Salerno

10 Emma Delamarter ~~~ 11 Alexandra Linarez ~~~ 12 Neko Schmuck

10 Ani Diefenderfer ~~~ 11 Charmaine Liu ~~~ 12 Asher Simon-Plumb

10 Abigail Donahue ~~~ 11 Marina Long ~~~ 12 Angelo Siniscalchi

10 Nathan Dunn ~~~ 11 Courtney Lynn ~~~ 12 Lauren Skala

10 Grace Edwards ~~~ 11 Daniel MacGregor ~~~ 12 Hannah St. Jean

10 Abigail Fernandes ~~~ 11 Mariah Mahabir ~~~ 12 Kacey St. Jean

10 Kara Foley ~~~ 11 Joseph Manning ~~~ 12 Mary Struthers

10 Hannah Fopp ~~~ 11 Ryan Marquez ~~~ 12 Emma Szumowski

10 Miles Fortune ~~~ 11 Julia Mastrio ~~~ 12 Katelyn Thompson

10 Chelsea Foulis ~~~ 11 Joseph Maurer ~~~ 12 Yaritza Toledo

10 Joseph Garvey ~~~ 11 Griffin McQuade ~~~ 12 Laura Tomlinson

10 Kassidy Gendreau ~~~ 11 Isabella Minchella ~~~ 12 Franche Torres Garrafa

10 Zoe George ~~~ 11 Syniya Morris ~~~ 12 Daniel Tracy

10 Cameron Gilrein ~~~ 11 Siobhain Murphy ~~~ 12 Adam Tran

10 Maya Glenn ~~~ 11 Jenna Murray ~~~ 12 Nora Trebbe

10 Kayla Gotta ~~~ 11 Stephen Mushenko ~~~ 12 Leon Vicaire

10 Christopher Graves ~~~ 11 Kevin Ngo ~~~ 12 Brandon Vreeland

10 Anthony Grossi ~~~ 11 Preston Niccum ~~~ 12 Martin Wadzinski

10 Gianna Guidi ~~~ 11 Julia Noel ~~~ 12 Melanie Ward

10 Gavin Guyer ~~~ 11 Emma O'Connor ~~~ 12 Alexander Webb

10 Hannah Harris ~~~ 11 Gabriella Ofcarcik ~~~ 12 Terrell Weir

10 Shea Harrison ~~~ 11 Julia O'Keefe ~~~ 12 Edward Wurszt

10 Sydney Harrison ~~~ 11 Shelby Pace ~~~ 12 Andrew Wysocki

10 Madison Hastain

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FROM STUDENT ACTIVITIES

Congratulations to the newly elected executive board of Student Council: President Hannah Ross, Vice President Carly Sleboda, Secretary Trijal Thakkar, Treasurer Maya Latour, and Historian Teddy Dobosz. These students act as the governance and the voice of the student body and organize the school-wide events and activities throughout the year.


Congratulations to the Minnechaug Regional High School Student Council for obtaining the National Association of Student Councils Gold Council of Excellence Award. This award is a testament of the highest standards of quality that this council consistently demonstrates in its operation, and its projects and activities.


On Friday, May 3rd , the Student Council will be holding a dress-up day to benefit the Ultimate Party. Students are encouraged to dress in our school colors, green and white, to show their support.


On May 3rd, the senior class will be traveling to High Meadow for their senior banquet day. Busses will leave at 9:15 AM. All students are expected to be in their first block class, without any tardiness. Students will be returning to Minnechaug at 6 PM. No student is allowed to drive to or from this field trip. Students DO NOT need any money during the day and should leave all valuables at home. Everything is included in the ticket price. Students wishing to tie-dye, should bring appropriate clothing to do so. Students should bring sunscreen, and they should bring a towel if they expect to go swimming in the heated pool.


Class council elections for the 2019-2020 school year will be held on May 9th during advisory.


Prom ticket sales will be Monday, May 13-Friday, May 17 during all three lunches. We will not be able to sell tickets after 2:00 PM May 17th. All senior debt must be paid before a student is allowed to purchase a prom ticket. Outside guests are allowed to attend prom, but when the ticket is purchased the Minnechaug senior must hand in a completed guest form and a photocopy of the guest’s ID. No person over 20 years of age is allowed to attend prom, as per policy.


The Evening of Recognition will be held on May 15th in the auditorium. The underclassmen award ceremony begins at 7 PM; students receiving an award should report by 6:40 PM. The senior award ceremony will begin around 8:15 PM. Senior award recipients are asked to arrive by 7:50 PM.


The next Student Council meeting is scheduled for May 14th in the auditorium during H-Block.

Student Council will be hosting a banquet for this year’s members and parents on Friday, May 10th at 6 PM in the cafeteria. This will be a time to celebrate the accomplishments of our Student Council during the year. An invitation to share with families has been given to current Student Council members.


The last day for seniors is Friday, May 24th. This will be a half-day, with dismissal at 11 AM.

May 29th is an exciting day for seniors. They are invited to attend their senior breakfast at 8 AM in the cafeteria. During this time, students will receive the graduation seating chart, instructions, and a hot breakfast. At 9 AM, they will participate in a MANDATORY graduation rehearsal in the auditorium, ending at approximately 11:40 AM. Graduation speakers must stay after rehearsal to practice. And seniors will end the night with their senior prom at the Chez Josef; social hour begins at 6 PM, with dinner at 7 PM.


May 31st is the second mandatory graduation rehearsal will be held at Symphony Hall on May 31st at 9:30 AM. We expect all seniors to arrive at Symphony Hall by 9:15 AM. Seniors who signed up for the bus should report to the school by 8:00 AM for departure to Symphony Hall. This bus is by reservation only! During this rehearsal, students will receive their report cards. This rehearsal will end by 11:30 AM. All speakers and vocalists/accompanists must stay for practice after rehearsal has ended.


Graduation begins promptly at 7 PM on May 31st at Symphony Hall. Doors will open at 6:15 and seating is “first come.” No reserved signs may be posted or seats saved. All graduates should report to the Mahogany Room by 6:30 PM to line up for the march. Graduation will take about 2 hours. There is no viewing room for parents with small children and standing is not permitted.


If any family has extra graduation tickets, please return them to the Student Activity’s office as we have no extra tickets and there are families on the waiting list.

FROM THE COUNSELING CENTER

Visit the Counseling Center tab under the MRHS home page for current programs, events and information.


NAVIANCE

The Counseling Center is excited to be utilizing a state-of-the-art web based interactive tool called NAVIANCE. Naviance is the program we use for career and college research. Naviance will also make the college application process more streamlined. Through “Naviance Student” students and parents will gain access to valuable information. Parents are encouraged to explore Naviance with their students using the family log on and password given to students. Please call your student’s guidance counselor if you have any questions.


ALL STUDENTS

A list of classes that students are registered in will be mailed home. If there are any issues with your classes you must see your guidance counselor before the end of the school year. Student schedules for the 2019-2020 school year will be mailed home in the middle of August.


S.T.C.C. “College Now” Dual Enrollment Program

The STCC College Now Program offers free college courses for incoming high school juniors and seniors. Courses can be taken over the summer or during the school year. Please see your guidance counselor as soon as possible for approval and to complete the required MRHS application for this program. Application deadlines are as follows: Summer Session 1 due May 1, Summer Session 2 due June 1, fall due July 1 and spring due December 1. Students may take a day, evening or weekend course but not on-line courses.

More detailed information can be found at: http://www.stcc.edu/collegenow


SUMMER SCHOOL

Summer School is NOT held at Minnechaug. If your child plans to attend summer school for credit recovery at another high school, he/she must see their counselor for information. Administrative approval must be given BEFORE a student can attend summer school for credit. Approved programs will be posted under the Counseling Center tab on the Minnechaug Home Page when it becomes available.


SAT and ACT TEST INFORMATION

The last SAT test date for this academic year at Minnechaug is June 1. Registration must be completed on line by May 3. You may register late for an additional fee. The next SAT date will be on August 24, and you must register by July 24. The SAT will also be given on October 5. Students can register for the SAT by going to the direct link to collegeboard.org which can be found on the Counseling Center Tab on the home page. Students can register for the ACT by going to www.actstudent.org. The ACT will be given this fall on October 26


AP EXAMS

AP Exams are scheduled for May 6 through May 17. Students who have signed up for these exams will receive passes to be dismissed from class to report to their assigned testing room. AP scores will be available in July on the collegeboard.org website.


MCAS dates:

Sophomores will take the Math MCAS on May 21 and 22. The Biology MCAS will take place June 4 and June 5. Freshmen enrolled in Tech/Engineering will take the Science/Technology MCAS on June 4 and 5.


FINANCIAL AID OFFICES HAVE MONEY

Students should have been notified of final admission decisions from colleges, along with financial aid award letters. Remember that at this point in the process, financial aid has been allocated to students who will ultimately reject that college. When that happens, money is “returned” to the financial aid office for redistribution. If you feel you have not been awarded enough financial aid from your first choice school, now is the time to call the financial aid office and let them know. As spring fades into summer additional financial aid monies may become available.


IMPORTANT FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION

The U. S. Department of Education website FAFSA4caster helps families determine potential eligibility for federal financial aid much earlier in the application process. This online resource should prove to be helpful to parents of juniors, sophomores, and even freshman. It provides “junior” families with:


· instant calculation of an estimated EFC,

· early information about student’s potential to receive a Federal Pell Grant and

· automatic transfer of student information to reduce time needed to complete FAFSA during senior year.


You can type in FAFSA4caster into your web browser or “Google” to get to the web site.


SENIOR STUDENTS

Senior students will receive their cumulative folders, including MCAS scores and medical records, at the Wednesday, May 29 graduation rehearsal. These important documents should be kept in a safe place for future reference. THESE ARE THE ORIGINALS! THE ONLY DOCUMENT THE SCHOOL WILL KEEP IS THE STUDENTS’ TRANSCRIPT.


Final Transcripts

Senior students should have notified their guidance counselors and updated Naviance on their final college decisions. Final transcripts will be sent out to colleges the week of June 3. If there is a change in your student’s final college decision please notify Mrs. Lavoie in the counseling center at 599-1556 so your student’s final transcript can be sent to their new college.


ROTC College Scholarship or Appointment to a U.S. Military Academy

Seniors who receive an ROTC college scholarship or an appointment to a U.S. Military Academy should notify their counselor as soon as possible.


JUNIOR STUDENTS

Junior students have three tasks to accomplish for the college admission process by June 5, 2019.


1. Complete their Junior Profile on Naviance (located under the “about me” tab and then

“tasks”.)

2. Give a Student Evaluation form to three teachers.

3. Ask parents/guardians to complete the “Parent Brag Sheet” on Naviance.

Also, students can visit the Counseling Center tab on Edline for complete guidance information on the college admissions process. All juniors should have received the College Application Process Guide “Planning for Your Future.” Juniors and their parents are encouraged to use this as they start the college application process.


PSAT

The PSAT will only be offered to sophomores and juniors once in the fall of 2019. MRHS will be offering the PSAT on Saturday, October 19, 2019. Students will be able to pick up registration packets for the PSAT starting on October 1, 2019 in the Counseling Center. There will be morning announcements reminding students to register for the PSAT exam. Additional information will be provided in the September newsletter. Students requesting testing accommodations must do so at least seven weeks prior to testing.


ATTENTION FRESHMEN, SOPHOMORES AND JUNIORS

It is never too early to start thinking about post-graduation plans. Summer is a great time to visit college campuses. Just call the Admissions Office to get the times for tours. Also, visit the Counseling Center tab on the MRHS home page for specific tasks to help you in making your post-graduation plans.


SUMMER PROGRAMS

ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS: Information about many summer programs offered in this area and throughout the country are available under the Counseling Center tab, and in the Counseling Center office. Check out the variety of classes, outdoor adventures and programs that are available to students of all grades. You should also check the websites of colleges you may be interested in attending for summer programs offered by those colleges.


CAREER CENTER ACTIVITIES


BUSINESS AND EDUCATION BREAKFAST

River East School-to-Career, Inc., the career education partnership to which Minnechaug Regional High School belongs, will hold their annual breakfast at the Ludlow Country Club on Thursday, May 9. The event will honor local businesses that have supported career education in member schools. Member schools, which include Belchertown, Ludlow, Monson, Minnechaug Regional, Palmer, Pathfinder Vocational and Ware High School, will be represented by their superintendents and principals. Student Rhea Harrigan and her mentor Dr. Rebecca Brocks will represent the MRHS interns and mentors at that event. River East School-to-Career scholarship winners, Jenna Nebel and Katelyn King will also be honored.

FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month

Regular physical activity is good for everyone’s health and people of all ages and body types can be physically active. National Physical Fitness and Sports Month is a great time to spread the word about the benefits of getting active.


Here are just a few benefits of physical activity:


· Children and adolescents – Improve muscular fitness, bone health, and heart health

· Adults – Lower the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer

· Older adults – Lower the risk of falls and improve cognitive functioning (like learning and judgment skills)


Getting Active- The Basics: Overview


Regular physical activity is good for everyone's health! Physical activity is anything that gets your body moving. Aim for 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate activity each week.

If you haven't been active before, start at a comfortable level. Once you get the hang of it, add a little more activity each time. Then try getting active more often.


What kinds of activity should I do?


To get all the health benefits of physical activity, do a combination of aerobic and muscle-strengthening activities.


Aerobic activities make you breathe harder and cause your heart to beat faster. An example of Aerobic Exercise is walking fast.


Muscle-strengthening activities make your muscles stronger. Muscle-strengthening activities include lifting weights, using resistance bands, and doing push-ups.


What are the benefits of physical activity?


Physical activity increases your chances of living longer.

It can also help:


· Control your blood pressure, blood sugar, and weight

· Lower your “bad” cholesterol and raise your “good” cholesterol

· Prevent heart disease, colorectal cancer, breast cancer, and type 2 diabetes


And that’s not all. Being more active can:


· Be fun

· Help you sleep better

· Make your bones, muscles, and joints stronger

· Lower your chances of becoming depressed

· Reduce falls and arthritis pain

· Help you feel better about yourself


Is physical activity for everyone?


Yes! Physical activity is good for people of all ages and body types. Even if you feel out of shape or you haven’t been active in a long time, you can find activities that will work for you.

(www.healthfinder.gov)


May is also National Allergy and Asthma Awareness Month


Spring is upon us and so is Allergy Season!


Allergic disease is the leading cause of missed school days for children. It’s the peak season for allergy and asthma sufferers, and a perfect time to recognize the causes of asthma and allergies to best prevent and treat attacks.


If you suffer from allergies, you know they can cause a multitude of symptoms including sniffling, sneezing, coughing, itchy eyes, puffy eyes, post nasal drip, headaches and earaches, to name a few. Common allergens and irritants found in and around the home are pollen, dust mites, mold, insect droppings, pet dander, and secondhand smoke. Exposure to these allergens can even bring about a serious asthma attack.


Helpful tips to clear your home of allergy/asthma triggers:

· Choose not to smoke

· Keep bed linens clean

· Keep pets out of the bedrooms

· Clean up the mold and get rid of excess moisture

· Fix leaky plumbing

· Limit use of pesticide sprays.

· Dust and vacuum regularly

· Use air conditioning when possible


During an asthma attack, airways become narrowed and breathing can become extremely difficult. Other asthma triggers include: respiratory infections, pollen (trees, grasses, weeds) air pollution, food allergies, cleaning products, perfumes, exercise and cold air exposure. Common asthma symptoms include wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and coughing. Asthma cannot be cured but it can be controlled.


Be sure to consult with your doctor about the best treatment options and limit your time outdoors on the days your allergen counts are high. You can check daily particulate counts, usually listed after most televised weather reports. Be sure to take prescribed medications as indicated to get your day started right!


*A friendly reminder that the Nurse’s office does not carry these medications. Students will need to take these medications at home prior to attending school.


*For more information on asthma and allergies you can contact: https://www.aafa.org/


SBIRT Screening


SBIRT Screening for all 9th Grade students is also in the month of May! This year we will be screening the 9th grade students on May 28th – 30th. The SBIRT screen is a way to facilitate a one-on-one conversation with each student in an effort to prevent or delay the start of substance use such as alcohol and marijuana. SBIRT focuses on reinforcing healthy decisions and addressing concerning behaviors around substance use with the goal of improving health, safety and success in school.


Should any parent choose to “Opt Out” of this screening process for their student, we must receive a written notice of opting out prior to the start of the screening dates listed above. All “Opt Out” requests should be mailed to the attention of: Teri Brand, Nurse Leader, 85 Wilbraham Road, Hampden, MA 01036.

FROM THE FINE ARTS DEPARTMENT

GROUPS RETURN FROM BALTIMORE FESTIVAL WITH ALL FIRST PLACE RATINGS!


It was exciting times in Marriottsville, Baltimore on April 27th when the awards ceremony began for the 2019 Baltimore Festivals of Music. The first group recognized with a superior rating was our string ensemble! This was followed by the announcement of our combined symphonic and concert “super band” which received an “Excellent”! Finally, the event was made complete when the class AA results came up and the honors wind ensemble had also attained a score of superior. The average scores were announced, and with the wind ensemble averaging 95 out of 100, they ranked as the highest band performance of the festival and took the over-all first prize. In addition, our 2nd violin section was recognized for outstanding performance, and our bassoon section and french horn sections also received outstanding recognition trophies. Congratulations to all the groups for their hard work and achievements!


JUNIOR ANDREW AGUILAR TO SOLO WITH OLD POST ROAD ORCHESTRA


Junior Andrew Aguilar will be performing as a soloist with the local Old Post Road Community Orchestra on Friday, May 3rd under the direction of conductor Juli Sansoucy in the Minnechaug auditorium. The OPRO will present a full program of music centered on the theme of “A Tribute to American Composers”. Andrew however will be performing the demanding “Concert Piece” by French composer Saint-Saens. This concert is free to the public and begins at 7:00pm.


FINE ARTS FESTIVAL SCHEDULED FOR MAY 9TH!


Thursday, May 9th is the date for a very exciting evening at Minnechaug. The Fine Arts department is coming together to present both music and art with an exciting program of events. The evening will begin with an outstanding art show on display in the cafeteria. This year’s show will feature the “Empty Bowls” project; an international project to fight hunger, personalized by artists and art organizations on a community level. Guests can choose and purchase a one-of-a-kind bowl made by our students to use and keep as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. 100% of proceeds are devoted to local hunger-fighting organizations- in our case, Rachel's Table. Purchase options are small, medium or large bowls ranging from $5-$15.


The art show will also offer the opportunity for the audience to place their vote for “The People’s Choice” awards, recognizing the 3 most popular works from the entire show.

Following the art display, at 7:30 there will be performances in the auditorium by our two choirs, a vocal piece arranged by senior Nick Hunt for voice, piano & strings as well as 2 soloists performing with the wind ensemble. Special music department awards will be given to several students from the band, choir and string programs recognizing their outstanding achievements from the entire school year. Following the awards the audience is welcome to take another visit through the art show in the cafeteria to see the winners of the “People’s Choice Awards”. Please come out to support our musicians and artists at this wonderful event!


MUSIC DEPARTMENT TO HOST “GREAT EAST” MUSIC FESTIVALS IN MAY


On Friday May 9th and Friday May 16th, select members of the music department will work as hosts to the Great East Music Festival, as schools from throughout New England come to Minnechaug to participate in a graded music festival led by noted conductors and clinicians. Groups attending this year include string orchestras, bands, choirs and jazz bands. MRHS students will be responsible for registering each group, managing their stage set-ups, assisting with equipment logistics and keeping a tight time schedule throughout the day. Many participating music directors put in a specific request to attend this event at Minnechaug, because our students do such a fine job managing this event!


MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND


Town of Wilbraham will be presenting their annual Memorial Day ceremony on Sunday, May 26th at Crane Park starting promptly at 10:30am. The Minnechaug marching band will be on hand to provide a musical salute including “taps” to honor the fallen. Minnechaug choir members will also be participating by opening the service with, “The Star Spangled Banner”. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.


The Hampden Memorial Day Parade is scheduled for Monday, May 27th. Meeting for the marching band is 9am at St. Mary’s for line-up, with the parade stepping off at 10am following a route down Main Street all the way to monument park across from the Hampden Town Hall. The band will perform during the service in the middle of town including “Veteran’s Salute” and “taps” while a wreath of flowers is presented in rememberance of the fallen. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

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FROM THE ATHLETIC DIRECTOR

SPORTS FANS – We really need your assistance. As we approach the middle and end of our spring season, we would like to bring a few items to your attention.


TENNIS COURT PARKING: There are limited spots by the tennis courts. There is to be absolutely NO PARKING on the grassy areas on the sides of the courts and the back of the courts adjacent to the farm. Cars parked there will be ticketed.


GENERAL PARKING: All of our fields are now OPEN. Please note that parking for the newer fields is extremely limited next to the field. All parking lots are open for usage after school. Cars parked in fire lanes or in areas not defined as parking will be subject to ticket and possible tow. Also, please note that if you park in a parking spot near the baseball field, there is a chance your car will be hit by a foul ball. HWRSD is NOT responsible for damage to cars parked near the fields.


RESCHEDULE OF GAMES: The weather has certainly wreaked havoc on our schedule at all levels. As we approach the month of May, priority will be given to the varsity schedule to make up games. All efforts will be made to honor jv and freshman level games where we can. Varsity teams MUST play their schedule in order to be counted for tournament play. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we muscle through these uncontrollable variables of the weather. We will get these games in!


Thank you for your support of Falcon Athletics.

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MATH MCAS- May 21st and 22nd

All tenth graders will be taking the Mathematics MCAS on May 21st and 22nd, 2019. Beginning this year, the Math MCAS will be a computer based test. Each test session will begin promptly at 7:35 in the designated testing rooms. It is extremely important that students be present for school on these testing days. Additionally, information regarding online test preparation for students is being mailed home, and students will be given the information in school as well. Paper review packets will also be available for all semester 1 math students.


The online site for student practice is: http://mcas.pearsonsupport.com. Students should practice both the TestNav8 Student Tutorial as well as the Grade 10 Math Practice Tests.


If you have any questions regarding the MCAS, please contact Mrs. Smith at 596-9011 ext. 3831.

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FROM THE CAFETERIA: Food Service End of the Year Lunch Balances


As the end of the year comes closer, please plan lunch account balances accordingly. DISABLE ANY AUTOMATIC PAYMENTS YOU HAVE SET UP IN MYSCHOOLBUCKS FOR SENIOR ACCOUNTS. Balances left on graduating senior’s accounts may be transferred to siblings at any school within the district. If you have a balance you wish to transfer please contact Dawn Barillaro at dbarillaro@hwrsd.org or 279-4139. You can check your balance online at www.myschoolbucks.com . Students can see their balance daily when they purchase lunch or ask any one of the cashiers during lunch or breakfast. Balances for students in grade 9-11 will roll over to the next school year, and lunch pin numbers will remain the same. Refunds for senior accounts of more than $10.00 must be requested in writing, by June 7th. Seniors with a negative balance on their lunch account will not be allowed to pick up a cap and gown until the balance is paid in full.

Class of 2021 is sponsoring a car wash and plant/bake sale on Saturday, May 4th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Grazziano Gardens will be providing plants for you to purchase for your garden or for Mother's Day. Baked goods will be available for sale and donations will be accepted for a car wash! Come support the Class of 2021. Hope we see you there!