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This Week at MHS: 4/5/2012

posted Apr 6, 2012, 10:29 AM by Paul Orzech

* Congratulations to our baseball, softball and track teams for a great start for the season! We hope the weather will begin to warm up - it was REALLY cold at the track meet in Winchendon, especially when it began to hail! Hats off to our track team for persevering under such conditions.

** Mr. Caragianes introduced our new freshmen mentoring program to the school committee last night. Every incoming freshmen will be mentored by an upperclassmen in small groups and a small number of incoming freshmen will receive one-to-one mentoring. More information on this program will be shared at the orientation session for new freshmen in August. 

*** Mr. Orzech, Ms. LaBelle and Dr. Chesson are pleased to announce that the school committee has approved our request to add a Senior project capstone project as a graduation requirement beginning with the class of 2014. Students will have the option to choose one of three pathways to meeting this requirement:

    1. Students will create a digital portfolio of exemplary work from grades 11 and 12, present to a portfolio committee, and take traditional end of course exams.


    2. Students may apply and be selected to be part of the freshmen mentoring program. Seniors will mentor small groups of students and one student one to one. They will prepare lesson plans and meet monthly with the guidance staff for training. Students will create a mentorship portfolio and will present regarding this portfolio and this experience to a panel of teachers and administrators. They will be exempt from finals.


     3. Students may apply and be selected to participate in the senior project program. Program will include a research project and paper in the fall and an internship, portfolio, and presentation in the spring. They will be exempt from finals.

More information on the options will be available in our program of studies handbook which will be online after the April vacation.


*** Students will be doing course selections the week after vacation. Teachers will be putting in course recommendations on Monday and Tuesday. Students should get parent sign-off by Thursday. Course selection sheets are due Friday. Students not turning in a course selection sheet will have their courses selected by their guidance counselor.

**** Things will begin really heating up after the April vacation. AP exams for juniors and seniors will be held May 7th thru May 17th. MCAS Math exams for sophomores will be held May 14th and 15th. Parents please take note of these dates.

**** The Jazz Cafe night will be held April 12th at Fowler. The Jazz ensembles of the Fowler and the high school will be performing.

*** MHS Band and Chorus is going to Disney in April of 2013.  Click on the following link to order  beautiful flowers.  The group will receive 50% of all purchases. Sale ends April 19th . Thank you for supporting MHS Band and Chorus’ trip to Disney.