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This Week at MHS: 10/20/2011

posted Oct 21, 2011, 5:24 AM by Paul Orzech

** The first quarter marking period ends on 11/4/11. Please check IPARENT this week for updates to your student's grades. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please contact your student's teacher(s) this week so that any open issues can be resolved before the close of the marking period.

** Congratulations to the senior field hockey players recognized at senior night on Tuesday - Ali Bradley, Meg Riley, and Margaret Small. The girls tied Clinton 1- 1. Unfortunately I was away on a NEASC accreditation visit and was unable to attend. Congratulations to the girls and their families.

** Parent/teacher conferences will be held on November 15th from 6:30 - 8:30. Parents may call Ms. Carter in the guidance office to set up appointments with their student's teacher(s) beginning at 9:00 am on Monday November 7th.

** The guidance staff will be sponsoring a college application session on Wednesday October 26th from 2:00 - 4:00. Seniors are welcome to drop in and work with Mrs. Schuster on their college applications.

** Maynard High's guidance department will be sponsoring the PLAN (Practice ACT) test on Saturday November 5th. Sophomores and juniors are strongly encouraged to take this test. Many students score better on the ACT test than the SAT test and most colleges now accept both. The cost is $22.00. Students should see Ms. Muise in guidance.

** Facebook and other types of social media deeply affect our students' lives - sometimes in a positive way, sometimes in a negative way. Unfortunately, schools have no jurisdiction on events which happen outside of school. Our counselors will try to help students deal with concerns that may rise out of personal conflicts, but unless the incidents are serious enough to be considered harassment or bullying (please see our student handbook regulations regarding these issues) the school can not take disciplinary action in the event of negative postings or pictures that happen outside of school. Parents who are concerned about such issues are advised to take their concerns to local law enforcement. In recent months are counselors have been advised by college admissions officers that they often "google" students who are being considered for admission. Scholarship committees have also informed us that they use this technology if the scholarship requirements have a character component. Parents should advise their students that when schools use this technology they will have access to the postings that students put out on social media sites and that what they post may seem private, but in fact is very public. Poor choices in postings could result in a student being declined admission to the college of their choice or not being awarded a scholarship. Ms. Dowd, our instructional technologies teacher, has designed and implemented a new curriculum this year which includes a discussion on student's digital footprints. Please help us in our efforts to make technology a positive learning tool.


Have a great week!