Friday, December 8, 2017

December 8, 2017

Good afternoon-

I hope you have had a wonderful week!  

If you missed the announcement earlier this week please see the attached message.  We are so pleased to announce that Mrs. Lauren Carreiro, Dean of Students, has been named by the Massachusetts School Administrators Association as the 2018 Assistant Principal of the Year.  I couldn't be more grateful to work with such an amazing, caring, and innovative colleague.  

This morning we had a wonderful breakfast hosted by the PBIS team, Peer Leaders and Student Council to honor the 80 students who were nominated by a staff member for continuously modeling the core values. It was a great group!

A few reminders and upcoming dates:
12/13- Winter Choral concert- 7pm
12/20- Clocker Idol - 7pm

Dismissal time on December 22nd- High School12:35 p.m. 

For planning purposes here is the mid-term exam schedule for next month.  Exams are scheduled for the last four days of the semester- January 23-26.

NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges) Accreditation:
NEASC accreditation is a system of accountability that is ongoing, voluntary, and comprehensive in scope.  WE WANT AND NEED YOUR INPUT!  

Parents, please take time to complete the attached survey and help provide us with valuable information:

We ask that every family complete one survey. You do not need to complete multiple surveys if you have more than one student in the school. Thanks for the feedback some of you have provided.  I am sharing with NEASC.  This is a relatively new survey and they welcome any thoughts.  

Have a wonderful weekend and be sure to check out the Parent Flyers .

Enter the PSA and Poster Project
Be the Change
2017-2018 PSA & Poster Projects
All middle and high school students of member districts and organizations of MPY are invited to submit original Public Service Announcements and Posters to the Annual PSA and Poster Project hosted by Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc. 
This year's theme is Be the Change.  Individually, and collectively, we have
tremendous power to create positive change in our lives and the lives of
others. This theme is about challenging students to step out of their comfort zone to make their schools and communities better places to live and learn.
Possible topics for the videos and posters include:
  • Speaking up when you see a wrong
  • Showing respect for all, including those
    who are different from you
  • Believing you can become anything you wish to be
  • Using your voice to create a positive change
  • Don't just dream it, do it
This project is open to all middle and high school students of member districts and organizations of MPY. Students may enter one or both projects. 
Click Here for Poster Project Application.  Entries due January 26, 2018.
Click Here for PSA Project Application. Entries due May 4, 2018.

Click Here for PSA and Poster Project flyer.

Please visit our website for the most updated information

All posters must be an 
electronic file (no hard copies please). All entries can be submitted electronically as .JPG/.JPEG. Upload submission to Google Drive or mail USB drive that can operate with Windows. Electronic (preferred): Enclose your signed application (signature of student and parent/guardian is required), a .jpg/.jpeg file that contains your poster submission, and a list of students who were involved in the creative process and upload to Google Drive. Mail: Enclose your signed application, a USB drive that contains a .jpg/.jpeg file with your poster submission, and a list of students who were involved in the creative process and mail to: Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc., 467 Main St., Wakefield, MA 01880
Videos must be between 30 and 60 seconds long. All PSA entries must either be playable on a standard DVD player or in one of the following computer formats: Windows Media Video, AVI or mp4 video. All entries must be submitted on DVD, CD, USB drive, or electronically through Google Drive or Dropbox. If submitting DVD/CD, the disc must be labeled with the name of the PSA, the participants, and the school it is from.Please see the attached applications for the official rules and submission requirements for each project.
Middlesex Partnerships for Youth, Inc. 

Ashland Raises Healthy & Happy Kids: Add One of These Games to Your Shopping List
As you are shopping for holiday or birthday gifts, consider getting a fun, family board game. There are benefits of playing board games for people of all ages:
  • Engage in activities that do not involve staring at a computer screen or a smartphone.
  • Exercise your brain by learning something new.
  • Improve your memory by keeping track of what is happening in the game.
  • Revive your creativity and problem solving skills.
  • Spend time with family and friends.

Below are some fun family games:
  • Monopoly Empire
  • Skip-Bo (card game)
  • Pandemic
  • Bubble Talk
  • Telestrations
  • Over Under
  • Ticket to Ride - European Edition
  • 7 Wonders
  • Cranium
  • Hoopla
  • Phase 10 (card game)
  • Sleeping Queens (card game)
  • Tri-ominos
  • Apples To Apples
  • Taboo
  • Quirkle
  • Mad Gab
  • Blokus
  • Last Word
  • Funglish

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