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This Week At MHS: 1/5/2012

posted Jan 5, 2012, 9:43 AM by Paul Orzech

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Our teachers and staff returned on Tuesday refreshed and renewed for the big push to close out semester I of the 2011- 2012 school year. Parents are reminded to check IPASS to ensure that their students will have a strong finish to the semester. Many students have classes which are only a semester long. Therefore if they fail that class for the 1st semester they will not receive any credits for that course.

** Reminder that MHS DOES have school on January 17th to make up the day lost the first day of school.

** Mid-term schedule

     Midterms will begin at 12:10 on January 18th (regular classes are held until 12:10). The 1/18 exam

              be for classes which are held Block 1. Dismissal is at 2:05.

      January 19th there will be two exams - Block 2 exam and Block 3 exam. Dismissal is at 11:00.

      January 20th there will be two exams - Block 4 and Block 5. Dismissal is at 11:00.

      January 23rd there will be two exams - Block 6 and Block 6. Dismissal is at 11:00.

Students must only be present in school when they have an exam. If a student does not have an exam they are excused from school during that time period.

**** School improvement council meeting - the next school improvement council meeting will be held on January 24th at 5:30 in the MHS library. All parents are welcome to attend the school council meeting. We will be reviewing the attendance for the 1st semester, student achievement data from the 1st semester, early college acceptance data, schedule for MCAS and AP testing for Spring 2012, schedule for major activities for the spring semester, progress on efforts to reduce tardies, absences, and drop-outs, report on support program for students with emotion, social, behavioral, and mental health issues, and process for scheduling for the 2012 - 2013 school year.

**** Chinese exchange students - ten host families have kindly volunteered to take exchange students from China in their homes beginning January 23rd. Our International Club, led by Ms. Griffin, will be escorting the exchange students to a number of area sites and restaurants during their time at MHS.

*** League Opener - On Friday the boys varsity basketball team will have their first home league game.

DID YOU KNOW...

Ms. Lind teaches a special course called Media Literacy (media literacy is one of the 21st century skills). This month her seniors are presenting their independent projects. Allison Bosse presented her research paper on Reality TV and Its Effect on Teenagers to the class. Dan Sweeney presented on his project on the effect of Groupon and Facebook on ticket sales at the Fine Arts Theatre. Dan, an employee of theatre, received permission from the theatre's management to create a GROUPON (coupon program on the Internet) for the Fine Arts Theatre which was communicate through Facebook. Dan reported that the venture into Groupon was a successful one for this local business - GREAT JOB Dan and Allison!

Early Action Acceptances - The guidance department is pleased to share that 4 seniors have been accepted early action to Boston College and one senior has been accepted early action to 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).

Have a great week!

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