Principal's Blog

  • MASCO'S VIRTUAL FRONTLINES

    Posted by Peter Delani on 4/7/2020 7:30:00 AM

    Day 2 of Masconomet Remote Learning arrived with a beautiful sunrise.  I just wanted to take a moment to thank all the students and teachers for their efforts and emotional resiliency in successfully launching Virtual Masco yesterday, once again proving what makes Masconomet, MASCO........YOU.  I thought I would share a quote from one of my Philosophy Teachers at UMass/Amherst back in the 80s.  "My goal this year is to teach you how to ask good questions, not get answers.  If I tell you an answer then all 25 of you leave knowing the same thing, but if I teach you to ask good questions .......well there's no telling where you'll end up." Professor King, UMass/Amherst.

    Let's Go MASCO..Let's see where we end up....WE GOT THIS!!!!!

    Mr. Delani

    VFL

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  • A Message from the Staff

    Posted by Peter Delani on 4/5/2020 6:00:00 PM

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JltvLe9CWRviTkwent03Spd7Aui7A_Gt/view

    Dear Students,

    The Staff at Masconomet wanted to let you know that we are looking forward to resuming classes on Monday, and the link above is our way of saying we're here for you.  GO MASCO!!

    The Masco Staff

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  • High School Virtual Assemblies - Remote Learning Plan

    Posted by Peter Delani on 4/2/2020 5:00:00 PM

    HIGH SCHOOL VIRTUAL ASSEMBLIES

    Assembly

    Masconomet High School Assistant Principals, Ms. Schatzel (9th & 10th grades) & Ms. DiNardo (11th & 12th grades) held virtual assemblies this morning, Thursday, April 2nd explaining to high school students how the Masconomet Remote Learning Plan will work beginning Monday, April 6th.  In addition to the video link below, the Assistant Principals greeted the students live at the beginning of the assemblies via Blackboard, and then following the video presentation answered questions live in Blackboard.  To see the HS Virtual Assembly Video please click on the link below.

    MASCONOMET HIGH SCHOOL

    REMOTE LEARNING PLAN / Beginning Monday, April 6th

    LINKS to the Assemblies:

     9th Grade Assembly

    10th Grade Assembly

    11th Grade Assembly

    12th Grade Assembly

     

     

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    WE GOT THIS!

     

     

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  • MASCO BAND GOES "VIRTUOSO"

    Posted by Peter Delani on 4/2/2020 8:00:00 AM

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    https://youtu.be/yqYpQRyM2fU

    The Masconomet Band went "VIRTUOSO" yesterday hosting their first virtual concert.  Great Job everyone.........WE GOT THIS!!!

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  • Inspiring Video

    Posted by Peter Delani on 4/1/2020 1:15:00 PM

    What The World Needs Now

    Berklee

    The following video was sent to Mr. O'Keefe, by a sophomore band student. She introduced it by saying "Shelbie Rassler, a student at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee and a saxophonist, rallied 74 fellow students to create a virtual orchestra, performing What the World Needs Now. It's really inspiring to see what another student can do, and it has been well-received because it is truly meaningful."  Mr. O'Keefe shared it with all staff and we would like to share it with you all. Click the title to play the video.

    What The World Needs Now

     

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  • High School Virtual Student Assemblies: Explain Masco Remote Learning Plan

    Posted by Peter Delani on 4/1/2020 10:00:00 AM

    Students,

    I hope this email finds you all well.  Earlier today, Wednesday, April 1st, you received a letter from the Superintendent, Dr. Harvey highlighting the key aspects of the Masconomet Remote Learning Plan (MRLP). 

    On Thursday, April 2nd the Assistant Principals, Ms. DiNardo, Ms. Schatzel, Director of Security & Crisis Response, and members of the Digital Learning/IT departments will be walking you through the Remote Learning Plan explaining key items such as the schedule, student expectations, online behavior, etc..
       
    High School Virtual Assemblies on Thursday, April 2nd:
    o    9th Grade: 9am
    o    10th Grade: 10am
    o    11th Grade: 11am
    o    12th Grade: 12noon

    At your grade’s time, please click this link. You will be prompted to login to Blackboard. Then you will need to choose your grade level session.

    If you can’t get there directly, go into Blackboard, look for the announcement for in the High School Student Resources 19-20 organization and click the link to “virtual assemblies.”

    After the initial introductions, we will post a link to a Google Form where questions will be submitted. We will try to answer as many as possible in the given time but some may need to be answered in a later communication.

    These sessions will be recorded in case you are unable to make it.

    Mr. Delani

    Peter Delani
    Principal
    Masconomet Regional High School

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  • MASCO PRIDE FRIDAY - VIRTUAL STYLE....WE GOT THIS!!!!

    Posted by Peter Delani on 3/27/2020 6:00:00 PM

    The Covid-19 virus may have shut down schools across the state......but it couldn't shut down Masco Pride Friday as teachers and students re-engaged today, reminding one and all what makes Masconomet.....MASCO!  Thanks to our teachers for all the great work you do!  WE GOT THIS!!!

    Maso1

    Masco2

    M3

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  • CHECKING IN

    Posted by Peter Delani on 3/25/2020 10:00:00 AM

    Dear Students and Parents,

    I hope this email finds you all well and safe.  I wanted to reach out to hopefully help put things in a perspective that can begin to provide a construct from which to better understand what we are all dealing with.  To that end, I think there’s some value in thinking about our current situation in 3 Phases since the State closed schools beginning March 16th until Monday, April 6, 2020, and the evolving nature of DESE’s guidance around continuing educational services. 

    We are all (administration, teachers, parents, students) trying to figure out how best to stay safe, connected and engaged.  Towards that end Administrators have been meeting to best “engineer” if you will how to accomplish those three things in an ever changing landscape. 

    Today Masconomet Administrators met virtually to set the ground work to help teachers re-engage with our students beginning Friday, March 27th.  Additionally, I am having a Virtual HS Faculty Meeting on Thursday morning, March 26th followed by Virtual Department Meetings and training for staff members on how to most effectively utilize communication tools such as BlackBoard Connect with students going forward.

    To help make sense of our current situation, I know it’s been helpful for me to break out what has happened since the Covid-19 virus caused us to close schools and begin social distancing, into 3 Phases.  I share these with the hope that they too will make sense for you.

    PHASE 1: 10 School Days (March 13th – 26th)
    During this phase Masconomet worked with DESE and other state agencies to best ensure the safety and well being of our students, while determining best efforts to provide educational resource links that students could access while it was determined how long we would all be physically out of our school buildings.  To this end the district created a FAQ document to provide answers to people’s immediate and most pressing questions, while also compiling a Masconomet Educational Resources Link for students.

    During this time period, Administration was working with the best information available to make determinations relative which events needed to be cancelled or rescheduled; compiling an academic resource link that had value and was logically organized to make it more accessible to students; look at what was going on with things such as Senior Internship; Proms; Athletics; AP & MCAS Testing, etc.etc.

    PHASE 2: 6 School Days (March 27th – April 6th)
    Beginning on March 27th through April 6th, teachers will be available to engage with students via Masconomet communication resources including BlackBoard Conferencing tools and Masconomet email.  This phase will provide a welcome opportunity for students and teachers to reconnect. Some important things to note during this time period as it pertains to the high school. While Superintendent, Dr. Harvey noted in his email to the District and Students/Parents, “Dr. Riley (Commissioner of Education) has told school districts that the educational services provided during the March 16 - April 6 shutdown are not meant to replace a regular school day", we do look forward to  reconnecting students and teachers beginning March 27th.  Though student participation is voluntary, and the work is not graded, we are hopeful this will be a positive step towards normalizing students’ learning as much as possible.  Administratively we are in contact with the Commissioner’s Office and other school districts throughout the state in an effort to determine best steps going forward as it pertains to grading and other school related situations.  What we ultimately want you to know is that students will receive credit for coursework one way or another moving towards their graduation.

    During this phase, administratively we are also continuing the Course Selection Process to ensure that students will receive the courses they signed up for next September.  We are also exploring ways to move student elections, club meetings, and other items into a virtual environment, should our physical separation from Masconomet continue beyond April 6th. 

    Your teachers will begin posting their online availability starting later in the day Thursday, March 26th , becoming available Friday the 27th for engagement.  The teachers are looking forward to reconnecting.

    PHASE 3:  49 School Days   (April 7th – June 22nd)
    It is important to note that beginning April 7th we will have 49 more school days to engage students whether in person or virtually, and that as DESE directives relative to that engagement evolve so too will Masconomet High School.  For myself, I think it’s helpful for me to keep in mind that our school year from March 13th to June 22nd is and will likely continue to be unconventional in many ways, but in moving collectively towards supporting one another the best we can during these unprecedented times we will create some new norms that will require patience, but also provide opportunities where we were perhaps least likely to look.

    One of my favorite books is Malcolm Gladwell’s, David & Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and The Art of Battling Giants.  Part One of the book discusses “The Advantages Of Disadvantages (And the Disadvantages of Advantages).  Gladwell uses a series of different examples to illustrate, and ultimately challenge each of us to think about what are the advantages of the disadvantages in our lives?  If we apply that to our current situation, I think we can all readily point out the many disadvantages in our lives created by current circumstances in the world.  Those disadvantages however create an opportunity to discover the advantages we couldn't otherwise have imagined.  I understand it won’t be easy, but we are in this boat together, and together I am confident we continue to make Masconomet, Masco.

    After you get connected back with your teachers, I am planning on having some virtual meetings with different student groups to navigate through this together.  Know that I keep you all in my thoughts and prayers and look forward to seeing you all soon. 

    Stay safe.

    Mr. Delani

    Peter  Delani
    Principal
    Masconomet Regional High School
    pdelani@masconomet.org

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  • WHAT CAN A COMMUNITY DO?

    Posted by Peter Delani on 3/20/2020 10:00:00 AM

    Friday March 20, 2020

    Dear Masconomet High School Students & Parents,

    I hope that this email finds you and your families safe and well.  As you are all aware, the Governor has closed all Massachusetts schools until at least April 7, 2020.  Additionally, the Federal Government has issued an order that citizens not gather in groups larger than 10 so as to ensure Social Distancing in order to lessen the impact of the Covid-19 virus on all of us.

    This has not only interrupted your academic learning, but disrupted your personal lives and ability to engage in and enjoy those things that make Masconomet, “Masco”.  Unfortunately, we had to cancel or postpone things such as the Senior Prom, Senior Internship, Junior Prom, and Athletics.  We have listed and will continue to update the status of all such events in the following Frequently Asked Questions link on the Masconomet web page (www.masconomet.org)

    Please know that I would have much preferred to be able to speak to you collectively at an assembly or even address each event by email specifically to the group of students affected.  Because of the fluid nature of the situation that we are dealing with, I along with the Superintendent and other members of our Crisis Response Team have been in constant conference calls with the Governor’s Office, Department of Education and the Department of Public Health.  Information literally changed by the hour in the early stages of the crisis, and so our intent has been to most efficiently and effectively keep you updated as to how the Covid-19 health crisis directly affects Masconomet programming. 

    Today, I write you to let you know that each of you personally and collectively are in my thoughts and prayers.  Last August my wife and I sat next to a father and his 5-year-old daughter at a Red Sox game at Fenway Park.  The dad and his little girl were from Texas and staying at the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) in Charlestown as she needed medical care from Boston Children’s Hospital.  During the game I asked the father “So who do you root for?”, assuming that being from Texas he was either an Astros or Rangers fan.  Later that night on the ride home, my wife and I were talking about all of the things that families at the RMH must leave behind when they come to Boston: family; schools; community; youth sports; places of worship; favorite restaurants; etc., and in that ride I said “We (Masco) got this!”  We can be their community.  In early September I met with staff members, coaches, advisors, Peer Leaders, Student Council and others and posed the simple driving question for the year: What can a community do? Over the course of the next 6 months Masconomet High School set about answering that question, adopting the RMH as our own.  We fundraised over $20,000 in our Freshman Walk to provide housing for families.  Peer Leaders, Student Council Members, Singers, along with staff members went to the RMH and made dinner, played games, and sang to the children and their families.

    The events of the past week have reminded me of that question: What can a community do?  We can stay together; stay safe; call on an elderly neighbor to see if they are ok; extend a hand in spirit; remind ourselves of what makes us great……. our humanity.  We will get through this stronger and more resilient, and more self aware.  While we will lament things lost: proms; athletics; performances; a chance at a great internship; we will also be provided the opportunity to reflect on what truly matters to us……………US.  And so while it is my hope to see you all soon in person, please know that in our absence from Masco, that you are in all my thoughts and prayers. 

    Go Masco!

    Sincerely,

    Peter Delani
    Principal
    Masconomet Regional High School

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  • MASCONOMET REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT CLOSED

    Posted by Peter Delani on 3/14/2020 9:00:00 AM

    The Masconomet Regional School District is CLOSED.  For more information go to the District Webpage and see the press release below sent out by Superintendent Dr. Harvey

    http://mascosuper.school.blog/2020/03/13/press-release-north-shore-schools-to-close-starting-monday-through-at-lease-march-27th/ 

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