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This Week at MHS: 1/17/2012

posted Jan 17, 2012, 8:15 AM by Paul Orzech

We are pleased to report that the attendance rate for today is as good, if not better, than a "regular school day" and we thank parents for their cooperation! Your student will thank you at the end of the year when they finish school on the same day as the rest of the district. I know this was difficult for some families, and we thank you again for your assistance with the make-up of our emergency day-off at the beginning of the year.

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Mid-term exams begin tomorrow. The first exam for Block 1 will be after lunch. If students do not have a mid-term it is not necessary that they are present at school during the Block 1 exam. Thursday will be exams for Block 2 and 3, Friday for Blocks 4 and 5, and Monday for exams Block 6 and 7.

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On January 23rd our Chinese exchange students will be arriving. Students who are part of the International Club should check with Ms. Griffin for special events during that week.

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School Improvement Council will meet 1/24/12 at 5:30. All parents are invited.

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Continuing with Senior Projects in Media Literacy class, this week Bryn Koskinen, presented her research entitled - "Reality TV - Fact or Fiction". Bryn did an outstanding job researching whether reality tv shows are in fact real or fiction. Her 15 page research paper examined the impact that such shows have on society and how this genre elevates the status of bad behavior in many cases. Bryn also presented her research to underclassmen in the course through a lengthy in class presentation - great job Bryn!

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College acceptances continue to pour into our guidance office. Recent arrivals are from Plymouth State, Westfield State, Southern New Hampshire University (scholarship), High Point University, St. John's College, and Lynchburg College (scholarship). These are in addition to the great news published in last week's email regarding early acceptances to Boston College and Wellsley College. Other early acceptances have been received from Indiana University, UCONN (Honors Program), St. John's, UMaine, College of Charleston, University of Pittsburgh, University of Minnesota, University of Tampa (scholarship), Northeastern, University of Michigan, University of Hartford (Regent's Scholarship), Sienna College (Presidential Scholarship), Roger Williams College, UMASS-Amherst (Commonwealth Honors College).

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That two of our athletes - both baseball players for MHS - recently signed "Letters of Intent" to play baseball while attending college? Mike Marshall will attend Bryant University and Ben Chiasson will attend Franklin Pierce. Both athlete scholars received significant scholarships in recognition of their success both on and off the field.

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That MHS will be implementing a new orientation program for incoming 9th graders called "Nine Months to Ninth Grade". Beginning this month parents of 7th and 8th graders will receive a monthly newsletter with helpful information to support their students upon entry into high school. For a copy of the newsletter see our school website beginning January 25th.  Newsletters will be sent directly to 7th and 8th grade parents via email.

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That the Guidance Department is currently soliciting applications from Juniors who wish to be 9th grade mentors for next year. These mentors will be attending 9th grade orientation, developing mentoring session lesson plans, and providing mentoring classes to 9th graders during the school year next year. Interested juniors should see their guidance counselors.